2020: The Best of Spain & Portugal with Barcelona (682E)
16 days from Madrid to Barcelona
Your 16-day affordable tour through Spain and Portugal, with three nights in beautiful Barcelona will be a vacation to remember. You'll become immersed in the rich histories and distinct cultures of both Spain and Portugal as you travel through Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca - as well as Lisbon and Porto for the best in sights, sounds, and flavors Portugal has to offer. You'll visit Toledo to see the old walled town on a hill, and you'll see the 12th-century Church of St. Tome - home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings. You'll see ancient Moorish architecture such as Granada's 13th-century Alhambra Complex. Visit St. Theresa's Convent in Avila, founded in 1636 on the site of St. Teresa's birthplace. You'll experience some aspects of local life too, such as a visit to a local wine cellar in Montilla for wine tasting In Portugal, visit the world-famous shrine in Fatima, dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three children here in 1917. See Seville's impressive Plaza d'Espana, built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929; Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (circa 1514); and Porto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. At the end of the tour, you'll complete the experience on a Monograms vacation to Barcelona travelling on the AVE high-speed train. Your Local Host will be available to assist you during your stay, with dining recommendations, sightseeing suggestions, and more included guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a visit of the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica. Your budget-minded tour of Spain and Portugal will stay a favorite travel memory for years to come.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2020
- 16 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Madrid||Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)|
|Day 2||Granada||Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Today's Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km (B,D)|
|Day 3||Cordoba||Granada was the Moors' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Today's Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km (B)|
|Day 4||Seville||With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.Today's Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km (B,D)|
|Day 5||Seville||Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the 'Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo', from Star Wars, and the 'Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne', from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville. (B)|
|Day 6||Lisbon||Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)|
|Day 7||Lisbon||Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century 'Mistress of the Seas.' You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera. (B)|
|Day 8||Porto||Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? Today's Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km (B)|
|Day 9||Porto||Discover Porto's highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a PORT WINE CELLAR along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the 'cradle' of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Salamanca||Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)|
|Day 11||Madrid||Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA'S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. Today's Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km (B)|
|Day 12||Madrid||The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid's main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)|
|Day 13||Barcelona||Travel by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay. (B)|
|Day 14||Barcelona||Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. (B)|
|Day 15||Barcelona||Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)|
|Day 16||Barcelona||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $731-$761No triple room reduction.Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.
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