* Spain – Portugal – from Barcelona to Madrid with DMC team


15 Days / 3 590 km
Period : Throughout the year
Reference : 12P015

Prix : 1295€
Turnkey trip to discover a kaleidoscope of culture, climate, scenery and endless discoveries on this grand tour of the Iberian peninsular; from fiery Mediterranean Spain, Andalucia’s olive groves and cosmopolitan Barcelona to Portugal, home to some of the world’s greatest mariners, with the rolling green countryside of the Douro and the busy bustling capital of Lisbon. Please contact us, our DMC is here for you.
Trip

D1 – Barcelona
Turnkey trip
Welcome by your tour guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.
D2 – Barcelona to Valencia (365 km)

Guided tour of the capital of Catalunya, renowned for its striking modernist architecture, visiting the Eixample district, the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Montjuic hill and more. Lunch then on to Valencia driving down the Costa Dorada with its busy seaside resorts. Dinner and overnight in the Valencia region.

D3 – Valencia to Madrid (360 km)

Guided tour of Valencia’s old town with its fortified gates, the Cathedral and its emblematic bell tower – the ‘Miguelete’, the Generalidad Palace, and the ‘Lonja de la Seda’ (old Silk Exchange). Visit the Fallero Museum which recounts the history of Valencia’s oldest traditions, the ‘Fallas’ festival. Traditional paëlla lunch before leaving the Mediterranean coast to head inland to Castile. Dinner and overnight in Madrid.

D4 – Madrid to Salamanca (220 km)

Sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital taking in such well known sights as the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza d’Espagna, the Puerta del Sol, the Descalzas Reales Convent, and the Royal Palace. Lunch then either free time to explore, or an optional guided tour of the Prado Museum (closed on Mondays), housing masterpieces of Spanish Classical Art by Goya, El Greco, and Velasquez. Continue to Salamanca for dinner and overnight.

D5 – Salamanca to Oporto (350 km)

Home to Spain’s oldest University, if not one of Europe’s, your guided tour of Salamanca also takes in the Cathedral ensemble (old and new), and the famous Plaza Mayor and its ancient Roman bridge. Your Spanish Tour Guide leaves the party at this point. Lunch then journey across Castile’s arid plains to cross into northern Portugal and the greener landscapes of the Douro Valley. Dinner, and link up with your Portuguese Tour Guide. Overnight in Oporto.

D6 – Oporto to Coimbra (210 km)

Guided tour of Portugal’s baroque capital, Oporto, taking in the Stock Exchange, the traditional Ribeira district with its buildings decorated with ‘azulejos’, colourful ceramic tiles, and narrow lanes and passages. Continue across the Douro river to Vila Nova de Gaia, well known for its ‘lodges’, or wine cellars, where the famous Port wine is stored and aged. Wine cellar visit with tasting, then lunch. Leave for Coimbra and visit this mediaeval city, Portugal’s first capital perched on a hilltop, taking in the University, one of Portugal’s oldest, the Cathedral exterior and the Church of the 12th century Santa Cruz Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.

D7 – Fatima, Batalha, Nazaré and Obidos (205 km)

Explore Fatima, place of Christian pilgrimage, with its sanctuary, Basilica and Chapel of Apparitions. Continue to Batalha and visit the impressive Santa Maria da Vittoria Monastery, a gothic masterpiece dating from the 16th century. Lunch then on to the picturesque fishing port of Nazaré, with its brightly painted fishing boats and long, broad sweep of beach culminating in a sheer cliff face. On then to the delightful mediaeval, walled city of Obidos, fro 6 centuries part of the dowry of Portuguese queens. Dinner and overnight in the Lisbon region.

D8 – Lisbon and the Sunshine Coast (130 km)

Discover the Sunshine coast, and the grand, bustling seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais, with a halt at Cabo da Roca and the lighthouse, continental Europe’s most westerly point with sheer cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit Sintra, summer residence of the Kings of Portugal. Admire the National Palace with its conical chimneys and the fairytale Romanticist Pena Palace. Lunch then on to Lisbon. Your sightseeing tour takes in the Belem district, home to the Monastery of the Hieronymites (entry is optional) and the Belem Tower (outside). Another option is a cake shop stop to sample a creamy, custardy ‘pasteis de nata’, a Lisbon speciality. Next we tour the Rossio district, the downtown, historic centre and also make a brief detour to the Alfama quarter. Dinner and overnight in the Lisbon region

D9 – The Algarve (410 km)

Direction the Algarve where the fig trees, orange trees, carob trees, and bougainvilleas remind you of North Africa. Our route takes us via land-locked Grandola and Santiago do Cacem. After lunch, journey on to what seems like the end of the world; Ponta de Sagres and the St Vincente headland, whose sheer cliffs soar above the Atlantic breakers. We continue to Lagos and Portimao, a sardine fishing port. Dinner and overnight in the Portimao region.

D10 – Portugal to Spain: a border of olive groves (300 km)

Leaving the coast behind us we head for Faro, the Algarve capital, then Tavira, Monte Gordo, and Villa Real de Santo Antonio at the mouth of the Guadiana River, forming a border with Spain and Andalucia. Your Portuguese guide leaves you at this point. Lunch near Ayamonte and link up with your Spanish guide. On via Huelva, and Niebla with its fantastic ramparts, punctuated with square towers and impressive gates. Through the olive groves and vineyards we continue as far as Seville. Dinner and a Flamenco Show in the evening. Overnight in Seville.

D11 – Seville to Cordoba (150 km)

Guided tour of the Andalucian city of Seville, one of the region’s most beautiful with imposing Cathedral, Giralda bell tower, Santa-Cruz district, the Alcazar and its stunning gardens, and famous Bull Ring. Lunch then set off for Cordoba. Time to stroll in the Juderia district with its flower-filled balconies and narrow lanes, and to admire the monumental exterior of the Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar. Dinner and overnight in Cordoba.

D12 – Malaga and the Costa del Sol (220 km)

Back to the Mediterranean seaside and Malaga, and a short sightseeing tour, followed by lunch. Guided tour of the city which was founded by the Phoenicians, and is dominated by the Gibralfaro, the ‘rock of light’ hill, and the 14th century ruined walls, the Alcazaba and the Cathedral. Check-in to your hotel on the Costa Del Sol. Free time before dinner. Evening dance at the hotel. Overnight.

D13 – Grenada to Jaén (310 km)

Departure for Granada and a guided tour of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens. Lunch then make for Jaén. Guided tour of the old centre taking in the cathedral, and the mediaeval Jewish quarter. Dinner and overnight in Jaén or region.

D14 – Toledo – Madrid (360 km)

Arrive in Toledo in time for lunch. Guided tour of the old town with its labyrinthine, narrow paved and cobbled streets and traces of Jewish, Christian and Muslim influences. The town is dominated by its majestic, gothic Cathedral, the Church of Santo Tome, the Synagogue and the scores of workshops selling intricately patterned damascene metalwork and jewellery. Dinner and overnight in the Madrid region.

D15 – Madrid
Breakfast. Transfer to airport and help with check-in formalities. End of our services.


Service details
Services of local Spanish tour guide from Day 1-5, Portuguese from day 6-10, Spanish from day 10 -15
Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach for trip duration
Accommodation sharing a double room 3* hotels as per programme
Full Board (3 courses – not including drinks) from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 15
Guided tours in English: Fallero Museum, Coimbra University, Batalha Monastery, Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada
Entries: Fallero Museum, University of Coimbra, Batalha Monastery, Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada
Porto Wine Lodge visit and tasting
Dinner and Flamenco Show in Seville
No free places available
Possible supplements
Single room (14 nights):  €336
Madrid: El Prado Museum €10
Lisbon: Hieronymites Monastery €9, Belem Pastry Shop and tasting €3
Seville: Cathedral €10, Alcazar €10
Cordoba: Mosque €10, Alcazar €6
Malaga: Cathedral €5, Alcazaba €10
Toledo: Cathedral €8, Church of Santo Tome €2


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