* Europe – Grand Tour of spain and Portugal turnkey trip


14 days / 3370km
Period : Throughout the year
Reference : 14B171

Prix : 765€

Embark on a grand tour of the Iberian peninsula : from the energy of Mediterranean Spain to the open seas and adventure of Portugal, from the lush rias of the Duoro Valley and the olive groves of Andalusia, to cosmopolitan Barcelona and exciting Lisbon. Explore this wonderful kaleidoscope of climates, landscapes and cultures with a dash of fiery Latin spice. Turnkey trip highlights: Trip to the AlgarveFlamenco evening in Seville

Trip

D1 Vibrant Barcelona

Arrive in Barcelona. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, the Catalan capital thrills with its unique modernist architecture and oceanic atmosphere. Guided sight-seeing tour, including the Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, the Casa Batllo and Casa Lleo, the Plaça Catalunyathe, and the Passeig de Gràcia with its strange and colourful angles, a testimony to the talents of some of the greatest modernist architects in the world. Dinner. Board in Barcelona.

D2 Barcelona and the Costa Daurada (365 km)
Guided walking tour of bohemian Barcelona, with its art galleries and authentic local hotspots. If you like, enjoy a coffee break at the Els Quatre Gats café, a favourite with trendy local artists and the first place to host a Picasso exhibition, in 1900. Explore the Plaça Reial, the old cathedral and the heart of the Gothic quarter. After stopping off at the famed Ramblas, head to the Boqueria market (closed on Sundays), where you’ll find an array of delicious Catalan delights. Free time for lunch. Continue to Costa Daurada and its lively seaside resorts. Dinner. Board in the Valencia area.
D3 Bright and Bold Valencia (360 km)

Home of fallas and paella, Valencia offers vibrancy and a unique heritage. Guided tour of the old town with its fortified gates, cathedral and the “Miguelete” tower, the Palacio de la Generalitat, and the silk market. During a trip to the Fallero museum, enjoy an exhibition on the Fallas festival. Free time for lunch. Continue on to Castille. Dinner. Board in Madrid.

D4 Regal Madrid (220 km)
Deep in the heart of the country, Spain’s atmospheric capital is still the world centre of Hispanic culture. Sight-seeing tour including the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Espana, the Puerta del Sol, the Descalzas Reales convent, the Royal Palace. Free time to wander and have lunch. An optional guided tour of the Prado Museum (closed on Mondays), home to key works of classical Spanish art : Goya, El Greco, Velasquez… Continue on to Salamanca. Dinner. Board in Salamanca.
D5 Salamanca : the Florence of Spain (350 km)
Guided tour of Salamanca’s historic centre. Visit one of Europe’s oldest universities, the Vieja and Nueva cathedrals, the renowned Plaza Mayor, the House of Shells and the ancient Roman bridge. Free time for lunch. Continue on to Porto, crossing the arid plains of Castile before reaching the lush, green landscapes of northern Portugal and the Douro Valley. Dinner. Board in Porto.
D6 From Porto to Coimbra (210 km)
Guided tour of Porto : the Palazzo market, the authentic Ribeira quarter with its azulejo-tiled houses and narrow winding streets. Continue along the shores of the Douro towards Vila Nova de Gaia where Porto wine storehouses abound. Trip to a wine cellar followed by a tasting session. Free time for lunch. Depart for Coïmbra. Explore this medieval hilltop town : the university, the outside of the cathedral and the church at the 12th century Santa Cruz monastery. Dinner. Board in Fatima.
D7 Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos (205 km)

Explore the major Christian pilgrimage site of Fatima, its sanctuary, basilica and the chapel of the Apparitions. Continue on to Batalha, where you’ll pay a visit to the impressive 14th century Santa Maria da Vittoria Gothic monastery. Free time for lunch. Next, stop off in Nazare, a picturesque fishing port with a long beach punctuated by a cliff. Continue to Obidos. This beautiful little medieval town is surrounded by ramparts, and for 600 years was the property of the queens of Portugal. Dinner. Board in the Lisbon area.

D8 Lisbon and the Costa del Sol (130 km)
Explore the Costa del Sol: the lively resorts of Estoril and Cascais, the Cabo da Roca cape and its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic. Enjoy a trip to Sintra to see its wonderful palace and original chimneys – this was once the summer residence of Portuguese kings. Free time for lunch. Set off for Lisbon. Sight-seeing tour that takes you past the Bélem quarter, the Hieronymite monastery, the Belém tower, the historic town centre of the Rossio quarter, and the lower town in the south. An optional stop-off at a bakery, to sample the traditional ‘pasteis de nata’ pastries. Dinner. Board in the Lisbon area.
D9 The Algarve and the Beautiful South (410 km)
Depart for the Algarve : fig, carob and orange trees and the luxurious bougainvilleas evoke images of North Africa. Cross the dry sands of Grandola and Santiago do Cacem. Free time for lunch. Continue on to the end of the world: Ponta de Sagres and the St Vincente cape, with stunning, dramatic cliffs that plunge into the ocean. Continue to Lagos and Portimao, a port known for its sardine fishing. Dinner. Board in the Portimao area.
D10 From Portugal to ’Spain : the Olive Frontier (300 km)

Leaving the coast, depart for the Algarve capital of Faro, followed by Tavira, Monte Gordo, and Villa Real de Santo Antonio at the mouth of the Guadiana, forming a border with Spanish Andalusia. Free time for lunch on the road. Continue on through Huelva and Niebla with its great walls flanked by imposing square towers and massive gateways. Travel through landscapes dotted with olive groves and vineyards, arriving in Seville where dinner and a flamenco-themed evening await. Board in Seville.

D11 The Beauties of Andalusia : Seville and Cordoba (150 km)

Guided tour of Seville. Explore the cathedral, the Giralda, the Santa-Cruz quarter, the Alcazar and its delightful gardens, the Plaza de Toros… Free time for lunch. Continue on to Cordoba, an ancient town that beautifully combines nostalgia for days gone by and modern living. Wander down the narrow streets and fragrant patios of Juderia, passing by the Cathedral-Mosque and the Alcazar. Dinner. Board in the Cordoba area.

D12 From Granada to Jaén (310 km)

Depart for Granada. Tour and commentary of the Alhambra and the Généralife gardens, a breath-taking combination of buildings, gardens, water installations and streams. Free time for lunch. Set off for Jaén, nestled amidst olive groves. Discover the historic centre, its cathedral and medieval Jewish quarter. Dinner. Board in the Jaén area.

D13 Toledo – City of Three Religions (360 km)
Set off for Toledo. Free time for lunch. Guided tour of this living, breathing museum: its maze of winding, narrow streets where Jewish, Muslim and Christian influences can be seen, its majestic Gothic cathedral, the Santo Tomé church, the synagogue and the wonderful little shops selling Damascene items. Dinner. Board in the Madrid area.
D14 Madrid
Breakfast. End of your turnkey trip.


Service details

Half board in 3* hotels
1/4 wine + 1/2 water during dinners
Tour guide 14 days
Dinner and flamenco show in Seville
Guided tours (1/2 day) : Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Toledo
Tour with commentary: Fallero museum, University of Coïmbra, Batalha monastery, Alhambra and Generalife
Admission fees : Fallero museum, University of Coïmbra, Batalha monastery, Alhambra and Generalife
Tour of a wine cellar followed by tasting session in Porto

Possible supplements

Single room (13 nights) : 325 €
Coffee break in Els Quatre Gats : 6 €
Belem pasteis tasting : 3 €
Prado Museum 10 €
Hieronymite Monastery 9 €
Seville : cathedral 10 €, Alcazar 10 €
Cordoba : mosque 10 €, Alcazar 6 €
Toledo : cathedral 8 €, Santo Tome church 2 €

Coach transport : contact us for the price



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