18 DAYS | IBERIAN TOUR

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18 DAYS | IBERIAN TOUR

DEPARTURES DATES:
Apr.17 : 03
May.17 : 01
Jun.17 : 05
Jul.17 : 03
Aug.17 : 07
Sep.17 : 04
Oct.17 : 02
Nov.17 : 06
Dec.17 : 04
Jan.18 : 01
Feb.18 : 05
Mar.18 : 05

PRICES PER PERSON
High S. 1960 per person / twin sharing
Middle S.  1920 per person / twin sharing
Low S. 1870 per person / twin sharing

ITINERARY:
01 MON. Lisbon.- TODAYS HIGHLIGHTS:
Arrival  Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

02 TUE. Lisbon.
We will go on a sightseeing tour of the city in the morning during which we will visit Belém District which was the departure point of Portuguese sailors who crossed the oceans in the 15th century. Free afternoon. You may take an optional tour of the towns of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril. We include night transportation to the Bairro Alto (Upper District), a place full of restaurants and fado houses.

03 WED. Lisboa – Lagos – Vila Moura – Albufeira.
We will depart for southern Portugal early in the morning. We will see beautiful landscapes as we cross the long bridge over the Tagus river. Arrival in ALGARVE, Portugal’s southern region. We will visit the historic town of LAGOS, its port from which the Portuguese vessels sailed off to Brazil, and its walled historic centre. Lunchtime. We will visit VILA MOURA and its exclusive marina in the afternoon. Afterwards, a visit to ALBUFEIRA, a beautiful coastal town where you can enjoy the beach or stroll around its charming historic centre.

04 THU. Albufeira – Faro – Mertola – Evora.
We will travel to FARO, Algarve’s quiet capital city. We will continue our trip to Alentejo. We will visit MERTOLA on the bank of Guadiana river, an old Muslim town whose church was formerly a mosque; we will enjoy the sight of its walls and white streets. Arrival in ÉVORA at lunchtime. This town was declared a World Heritage Site due to its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral. The ticket to the spectacular Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) is included. This chapel was built with 5,000 skeletons! You may also relax at the hotel’s swimming pool.

05 FRI. Évora – Marvao – Castelo da Vide – Tomar – Fátima.
On this day we will travel through Alentejo’s beautiful landscapes. We will stop in MARVAO, a quite picturesque little walled town that offers a fantastic vista of the region. Afterwards, we will visit CASTELO DA VIDE, its castle and old Jewish quarter. We will have a chance to visit the old synagogue (a museum today) or wander around this town’s maze of quaint streets. After lunch, we will continue to TOMAR, a town over which CONVENT OF CHRIST looms, an old castle-convent where Templar Knights lived. Ticket included. Arrival in FATIMA. We will first go to ALJUSTREL, the village where the three little shepherds were born. We will have a chance to visit Casa de Lucia. Afterwards, visit to SANTUARIO DE FATIMA where you may watch the Procissão das Velas (Candlelight Procession, not celebrated in winter). Dinner included.

06 SAT. Fatima – Porto.
We will travel to northern Portugal. Arrival PORTO – Portugal’s second largest city – around eleven in the morning. Sightseeing tour of this city on the bank of Duero river and its historic centre included. We also include a visit to the old cellars. Free time.

07 SUN. Porto – Bom Jesus Sanctuary – Cambados – Santiago De Compostela.
On this day we will travel through beautiful landscapes. In the city of BRAGA we will get on the world’s oldest cable car to go up to the Santuário do BOM JESÚS, where we will enjoy its gorgeous vistas. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway. We will resume our trip to Galicia. We will visit the historic town of CAMBADOS in Rías Baixas. We include a glass bottom boat trip where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters. Wine and mussel tasting included. We will arrive in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA at lunchtime. An afternoon tour of this town with a local guide is included. This town was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages.

08 MON. Santiago De Compostela – Lugo – O Cebreiro – León – Oviedo.
We will travel along Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) to Castile. We will take some time in LUGO  to visit its historic centre and Roman walls which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will make a stop on route in O CEBREIRO, a small Galician stone village. Arrival in LEÓN at lunchtime. We will visit the Gothic cathedral with its stained glass windows and stroll around the centre of this historic town. We will later cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. Arrival in OVIEDO at mid-afternoon. We include (occasionally on Tuesday mornings) an hour-and-a-half visit of the city with a local guide. We will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre, Calle de la Rua…

09 TUE. Oviedo – Covadonga – Santillana – Santander.
We will travel to Picos de Europa. We will visit Basílica de Covadonga which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. We will resume our journey following the coastline to SANTILLANA, one of Spain’s most beautiful towns, and we will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter. We visit the National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town. We will later travel to SANTANDER, the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing vistas and beaches.  We include a tourist train tour of the Magdalena Palace gardens, where we will enjoy their magnificent vistas.

10 WED. Santander – Bilbao – La Rioja – Zaragoza.
We will continue on the motorway along the Cantrabrian coastline. Some of its landscapes between the mountains and the sea are quite beautiful. BILBAO, arrival in the largest city of the Basque Country. The bus will leave us at the entrance of Guggenheim Museum which has a spectacular structure. Free time to visit the museum or stroll along the Estuary of Bilbao. We will later travel to LA RIOJA region, an outstanding wine region. We will visit the Wine Museum in Briones, and we will learn about the importance of wine making from time immemorial. We will later stop in SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA, a historic town in Camino de Santiago – a rooster lives in its cathedral. ZARAGOZA, arrival late in the afternoon. Dinner included.

11 THU. Zaragoza – Poblet – Montserrat – Barcelona.
We include a morning sightseeing tour of ZARAGOZA with a local guide. We will visit the Cathedal-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We will learn about Goya, the famous painter, and see some of his works. We will also visit a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace, and walk by the Aljafería Palace. After lunch, we will continue to Poblet Monastery, a walled monastery surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world (ticket included with guided tour). We will later travel to Montserrat Abbey where we include a ride on the rack railway to enjoy fantastic landscapes. We will resume our journey to BARCELONA where we will arrive late in the afternoon.

Note: In the winter months, from November to March (both included), as days are shorter, the Poblet Monastery will not be visited (in order to arrive in Montserrat during the daylight hours)

12 FRI. Barcelona.
We include a morning tour of the city, Les Rambles, Gaudí’s works, and the remnants of olympic venues. Free afternoon. We include night transportation and will attend the show of THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN of Montjuïch, with its combination of lights, colors, water and music. You will have time to dine in this area.

13 SAT. Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia – Madrid.
We will travel south following the Mediterranean coastline. We will stop in PEÑISCOLA, a small medieval walled town surrounded by the sea. Free time for a stroll. We will continue to VALENCIA. We will have lunch and go for a stroll in Spain’s third largest city. We will depart for MADRID around 4.00 pm and we will arrive there around 8.30 pm. We include transportation to Plaza Mayor where we will have some wine at some typical taverns.

14 SUN. Madrid.
We will take a sightseeing tour of the city in the morning where we will visit its most representative monumental sites. A trip to Toledo will be optionally offered later. We will optionally offer to go out at night to see a flamenco show.

15 MON. Madrid – Granada.
Departure from Madrid early in the morning. We will travel south crossing La Mancha stopping in PUERTO LÁPICE, a Manchegan town reminiscent of Don Quixote’s times. We will enter Andalusia through Despeñaperros. Arrival in GRANADA, lunch included. We will visit the Alhambra –ticket and a local guide included – and the beautiful Generalife gardens built in the Arab period. 

Note: in the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. Sometimes your visit may be in the afternoon, depending on the timetables in which we are allowed in. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features). 

16 TUE. Granada – Malaga – Marbella – Ronda – Sevilla.
Departure from Granada. We will travel to Costa del Sol. Arrival in MÁLAGA and free time for a stroll in its historic centre featuring its cathedral and Picasso museum. Afterwards, we will get back on the coastal motorway enjoying beautiful landscapes over the Mediterranean. PUERTO BANUS, located in Marbella, a charming high-end marina. Lunchtime. We will get back on route going through the sierra where many bandolero (bandit) stories took place, until we arrive in RONDA, a gorgeous white town divided by Tajo de Ronda canyon. We will continue to SEVILLE where we will arrive late in the afternoon. Dinner included at the hotel.

17 WED. Seville.
We include a morning sightseeing tour of the city. You will have the opportunity to visit its cathedral and the famous Giralda tower, the banks of Guadalquivir river, the popular Santa Cruz and Triana quarters… We will offer the opportunity to visit a popular flamenco tablao at night.

18 THU. Sevilla – La Rabida Monastery – Mertola – Evora – Lisbon.
Departure from Seville. We will travel to PALOS DE LA FRONTERA, in the province of Huelva. We include the ticket to the Museo de las Carabelas (Museum of the Caravels). Christopher Columbus departed from this location on the 3rd of August, 1492, to later discover America. We will visit the Monasterio de la Rábida (La Rábida Friary), declared a World Heritage Site, a Franciscan friary quite connected with the history of the Discovery of America (ticket included). Afterwards, we will travel to Portugal. A stop in the ancient Muslim town of MERTOLA whose current church used to be a mosque. Lunchtime. Afterwards, we will go through the white towns until we reach ÉVORA, a town declared World Heritage Site because of its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral. We include the ticket to visit the amazing Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), built with 5,000 skeletons! Arrival in LISBON late in the afternoon. End of our services.

Price Includes
General Services : Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
Includes arrival transfer
City tour in : Lisbon, Oporto (porto), Santiago De Compostela, Oviedo, Zaragoza (saragossa), Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Seville.
4 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Fatima, Zaragoza (saragossa), Granada, Seville.

Expected Hotels:
Lisbon: SANA METROPOLITAN (****), VIP EXECUTIVE VILLA RICA (****),VILA GALE OPERA (****); Albufeira: REAL BELLAVISTA HOTEL SPA (****), VILA GALE ATLANTICO (****); Evora: M´AR DE AR MURALHAS (****), VILA GALE EVORA (****),EVORA HOTEL (****); Fatima: LUX DE FATIMA (****), SANTA MARIA (****); Oporto (porto): AC MARRIOTT PORTO (****), HOLIDAY INN PORTO GAIA (****),PREMIUM PORTO AEROPORTO (****); Santiago De Compostela: TRYP SANTIAGO (****), OCA PUERTA DEL CAMINO (****),EUROSTARS SAN LAZARO (****); Oviedo: AC HOTEL FORUM OVIEDO BY MARRIOTT (****), OCA SANTO DOMINGO PLAZA (****); Santander: HOTEL SANTEMAR (****), NOVOTEL BARAKALDO BILBAO (****); Zaragoza (saragossa): TRYP ZARAGOZA (****); Barcelona: AC HOTEL SOM BY MARRIOTT (****), HOTEL PORTA FIRA (****),FIRA CONGRESS (****); Madrid: PRAGA (****), HOLIDAY INN ALCALA (****),NH VENTAS (****); Granada: HOTEL SARAY (****), SERCOTEL GRAN HOTEL LUNA DE GRANADA (****),ABBA GRANADA (****); Seville: SILKEN AL-ANDALUS PALACE SEVILLA (****), HILTON GARDEN INN SEVILLA (****),TRH ALCORA (****)

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