OUR BUCKET LIST CONTEST WINNER FOR 2020 - Spain & Portugal March 2020

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OUR BUCKET LIST CONTEST WINNER FOR 2020 - Spain & Portugal March 2020

from 3,250.00

9 Days / 8 Nights / 8 Breakfasts / 6 Dinners

Price Includes:

  • Round Trip Airfare from Newark Liberty Airport

  • 9 Nights Handpicked Hotel Accommodations

  • Breakfast Daily

  • Some Lunches and Dinners

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Deluxe Motor Coach

  • Guided Sightseeing

  • This Tour UPGRADED to include

    • Montserrat

    • Paella & Sangria Class and Dinner

    • Panoramic Drive and Dinner in Madrid

    • Visit to Medievel Walled City of Toledo

    • Visit 15th Century Gothic Cathedral where Christopher Columbus is burried

    • An evening of Fado Music and delectable dinner at Fado Restaurant in Portugal

    • Visit to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Palace of Queluz

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March 21-29, 2020

Tour of Spain & Portugal

9 DAYS | March 21-29, 2020

Price includes air, hotel, gratuities, transfers in Europe, meals as indicated, entrance fees motorcoach transportation.

Price: $3,250 per person double; Add $250 for single.  Sorry no triples or quads
To avoid disappointment please register early for this trip. Final payment due December 15, 2019.

Join us as we see 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. 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, we visit the famous Prado Museum, 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, we visit the Casa de Pilatos, with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Additionally we have many upgrades to this tour which includes - an excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat; creating our own paella and sangria dinner from experts then we dine Spanish style; we will take a panoramic drive through Madrid and see the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains; we will take a jaunt to majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities; we will visit Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world and also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus; then in Portugal we take and optional excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the magnificent Palace of Queluz.

Highlights: 

  • Barcelona

  • Madrid

  • Seville

  • Toledo

  • Lisbon

  • Cascais

  • Cabo da Roca

  • Transportation:

    Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

Expectation: On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved roads, at high altitudes.

Hotels on this trip are either First Class or Superior First Class

Planned Itinerary

*Please note itinerary may change without notice

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.

Dinner

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 excursion to Montserrat then learn to make authentic paella and sangria from the experts. Tonight we dine like the Spaniards!

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 BARCELONA–MADRID

Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.

Breakfast

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. We also travel to Toledo to make the most of our stay.

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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. This evening,  dine on local specialties prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant and accompanied by Flamenco entertainment.

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

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 at one of Lisbon’s excellent local restaurants.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 LISBON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast