This Escape brings together the sights and cultures of Spain’s and Portugal’s most famous cities—Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Lisbon—and weaves them into one marvelous vacation. You’ll spend two nights each in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon, and you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in each. Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visit to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudì’s masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. A guided walking tour in Cordoba showcases the sights, including a visit to the magnificent 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs. In Seville, visit the Casa de Pilatos, with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures.
In Seville, you’ll enjoy a special dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment, and in Lisbon, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Throughout this Spain and Portugal vacation, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the cities’ histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, an expert Tour Director, guided sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more…what else could you ask for in a dream vacation and guided tour of Spain and Lisbon?
Day 1 ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 BARCELONA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. A highlight is a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudì’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.
Day 3 BARCELONA–MADRID
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
Day 4 MADRID
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely facing towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay.
Day 5 MADRID–CORDOBA–SEVILLE
Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Later, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.
Day 6 SEVILLE
During your guided sightseeing tour, you will hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, also an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, dine on local specialties prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant and accompanied by Flamenco entertainment.
Day 7 SEVILLE–LISBON, PORTUGAL
A scenic drive today takes you over the border to Portugal and its capital city Lisbon, starting point of many successful 15th-century expeditions to the New World.
Day 8 LISBON
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares, as well as a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
Day 9 LISBON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter; [LF] dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama; farewell dinner
Headsets throughout the tour.
Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternate hotels of equivalent standard.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine; a welcome dinner in Barcelona, a local restaurant dinner in Seville, and a farewell dinner in Lisbon
Catalonia Barcelona 505
All-suite hotel, situated approximately a mile from Parque Guell and six miles from El Prat Barcelona International Airport.
AC Som by Marriott
The Hotel, thanks to its location and proximity to city center and airport becomes a reference point for business and leisure looking for a modern and edgy Hotel near Fira Gran Vía, the Gran Vía 2 Shoping Center, Plaza de Europa and Ciudad de la Justicia.
Novotel Madrid Center
A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid’s elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
Gran Hotel Conde Duque
Since 1953, the hotel stands up in the peaceful and landscaped square of Plaza Conde Valle de Suchil, near museum & Royal Palace.
Modern multistory Hotel, guest amenities for the business or leisure traveler, panoramic views of the city, centrally located.
Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa, this contemporary 365 room property boasts a stunning seasonal outdoor pool with large sun terrace overlooking Plaza España, a spa and fitness area. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout, unique rice dishes are served in the designer mediterranean restaurant and cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed in the sophisticated lounge bar or at the outdoor poolside bar.
A 104-room modern hotel offering Free Wi-Fi Internet access and year-round heated rooftop swimming pool, with panoramic views over the Águas Livres Aqueduct. International cuisine and Regional wines can be enjoyed in the main restaurant and there is a lobby bar serving a wide range of drinks & cocktails.
Hotel Novotel Lisboa
This modern 249-room mid-scale hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and poolside bar. There is a small fitness center, a cool vintage style restaurant and bar serving International cuisine as well as a buffet style restaurant.
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