* Spain and Portugal – Excursion for group with Europe Incoming
Period : March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Reference : 11T008
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From the spirited Spanish capital to Portugal’s ocean borders, home to some of the greatest navigators; from the green river valleys of Galicia’s rias to the fig trees of the Algarve; from lively Lisbon to the Mediterranean coast and Andalusia, no corner of the Iberian Peninsular will remain untouched on this Grand Tour in Europe revealing an astonishing kaleidoscope of landscapes, climates, cultures and emotions. Just come, we’ve prepared everything for you.
D1 Madrid / El Escorial / Avila (115 km)
Group arrival in Madrid airport where you will be welcomed by the driver of your local coach. Travel to the Escorial to visit its impressive monastery perched at 1065 metres on the southern side of the Guadarrama mountain chain. Visit the Royal apartments and the pantheon where all the Kings and Queens of Spain have been buried since Charles V. On to Avila for dinner and overnight.
D2 Avila / Salamanca / Leon (300 km)
Journey to Salamanca for a guided tour of this ancient town, home to Spain’s oldest University, with a wealth of beautiful golden sandstone buildings. Take in the Plaza Mayor, one of the loveliest in Spain and the “Casa de las Conchas” – the House of Shells – whose stone walls are adorned with this emblem of the Knights of Santiago. Continue to Leon, an important halt on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Guided tour of some of the town’s most prestigious monuments such as the Saint Isidoro Basilica and its pantheon, the Gothic Cathedral and the Renaissance Convent of Saint Mark. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Leon / Santiago de Compostela (360 km)
Santiago is one of the world’s most important places of pilgrimage: discover the old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and its remarkable Cathedral, the famous Obradoiro façade giving onto the square of the same name, the Gelmirez Palace, Alzabacheria street, the Casa la Para, Pazo de Feixoo, and the traditional shops and taverns in the do Franco and do Villar streets. Dinner and overnight in Santiago.
D4 Treasures of Galicia: from Santiago to Porto (230 km)
Head for Cambados, home of the famous “Albarino” wine cellars, and the seaside resort of Toja with its casino and Saint Vincent church. Free time in Combarro to visit the little fishing village with its “horreos”, or maritime houses come storerooms. Stop in Vigo then on to Viana Do Castello to visit a Port Wine Cellar for some tasting. Dinner and overnight in Porto.
D5 Oporto and Aveiro (155 km)
Guided tour of Portugal’s baroque capital, Oporto, taking in the Stock Exchange, picturesque fishermen’s district, and residential area. Free lunch then on to Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. Wander along the canals then cross the Bucaco Park, an oasis of freshness with a variety of plants from tree ferns to rhododendrons. Dinner and overnight in Coimbra.
D6 Coimbra, Batalha et Fatima (225 km)
Portugal’s first capital was Coimbra, a city rich in tradition and history. On our guided tour we visit the University, founded in 1290 and its amazing “Joanina” library, as well as the famous “Capelos” hall. Free lunch then on to Batalha to visit the impressive Santa Maria da Vittoria Monastery, a gothic masterpiece. On finally to Fatima, place of Christian pilgrimage, with its sanctuary, Basilica and Chapel to the Apparitions. Dinner and overnight in the Fatima region.
D7 Alcobaca, Nazaré and Lisbon (210 km)
First stop the Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaca then we continue via the picturesque fishing port of Nazare to the mediaeval city of Obidos, and free lunch. On to Lisbon, in a superb setting on seven hills overlooking the Tagus estuary. Sightseeing tour of Lisbon taking in the Belem Tower, the Hieronymites Monastery, and St George’s Castle. A tasting stop at the “Pasteis de Nata” cake shop in Belem is optional. Dinner and overnight in the Estoril region.
D8 The Algarve (435 km)
Direction the Algarve where the fig trees, orange trees, carob trees, and bougainvilleas remind you of North Africa. Our route takes us via the artist’s town of Setubal, land-locked Grandola and Santiago do Cacem. After free 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 towards Lagos and Portimao, a sardine fishing port. Dinner and overnight in the region.
D9 D Portugal to Spain : a border of olive groves ! (275 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. Free lunch near Ayamonte then 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.
D10 Seville and Cadiz (250 km)
Guided tour of Seville, one of Andalusia’s most beautiful cities, with its Cathedral, the Giralda Bell tower and the Santa-Cruz district, the Alcazar and its stunning gardens. Free lunch then set off for Cadiz, built on a rocky outcrop surrounded on all sides by the sea. Guided tour then dinner, and overnight in the region of Algeciras.
D11 The Rock of Gibraltar and Malaga (140 km)
Excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, a tiny territory in its own right separated from the continent by a long strip of sand, and with excellent views over the straits of Gibraltar and the town of Algeciras. Free lunch then on to Malaga along the coast road of the “Costa del Sol” via Marbella and Benalmadena. Sightseeing tour of Malaga. Dinner and overnight in Torremolinos.
D12 Granada and Cordoba (330 km)
Guided tour of Granada visiting the Alhambra Palace, the supreme example of Moorish art in Spain, and the wonderful Generalife gardens and terraces. On then towards Cordoba, and stroll in the Juderia quarter, where flower-filled balconies overlook the myriad alleys, countless whitewashed patios, and little squares. Pass in front of the monumental Cathedral-Mosque and the Alcazar. Dinner and overnight in Cordoba.
D13 Madrid (400 km)
We head back to the capital, Madrid, Aranjuez. Guided sightseeing tour of Madrid taking in the lovely Retiro Park, the University city, the Law Courts, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Puerto del Sol. Dinner and overnight in Madrid.
Breakfast then transfer by local coach to Madrid airport. End of our services.
Coach tour for groups :
13 days Half Board (breakfast and dinner – excluding drinks) sharing a double room in 3* hotels
Local Coach for the duration of the trip, as per the programme (09h-18h)
Guided Tours (excluding entries) : El Escorial Monastery, Salamanca, Leon, Santiago, Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Seville, Cadiz, Alhambra, Madrid
Entrance Fees: El Escorial Monastery, Coimbra University, Bathala, Alcobaça, Alhambra
Visit to a Port Wine Cellar with wine-tasting
Minibus to the Rock of Gibraltar
July/August + 35 €
Single Room (13 nts) : 312 €
English speaking Tour Guide for the entire trip (full board in single room included): 4 850 € /group
Hieronymites Monastery : 7 €
« Pasteis » Cake Tasting : 2 €
Seville : Cathedral 9 €, Alcazar 9 €
Cordoba : Mosque 10 €, Alcazar 5 €