Classic: Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts
Accommodations: Hotels (14 nts).
Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast.
Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine - the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you'll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness GaudI's Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we've only just begun.
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|Day 1||Lisbon||Day 1 Lisbon|
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Lisbon||Day 2 Lisbon (1B)|
Enjoy a morning CEO-led orientation walk of central Lisbon. After, explore the city with some free time. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, and is well worth a visit. Visit the area of BelEm where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world. Included Activities: Orientation Walk BelEm District Visit
|Day 3||Lagos||Day 3 Lisbon/Lagos (1B)|
There will be some free time to explore this lively student city made up of medieval alleyways and quaint architecture. Opt to make a stop at Evoras magnificent cathedral. Included Activities: Chapel of Bones Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (3.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 4||Lagos||Day 4 Lagos (1B)|
Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves. Included Activities: Coastal Hike in Algarve
|Day 5||Seville||Day 5 Lagos/Seville (1B)|
Spend time in Seville exploring Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens, getting a feel for Sevilles energetic pulse. Opt to savour some tapas at the citys many bars and caFes. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Flamenco Show Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Seville||Day 6 Seville (1B)|
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the AlcAzar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter- a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral - climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo ArqueolOgico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de MarIa Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the AlcAzar of Seville.
|Day 7||Granada||Day 7 Seville/Granada (1B)|
Visit Cordobas most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral. After, stroll through Cordobas historic medieval Jewish Quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses. While here, sample some of Cordoba's cuisine, steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Included Activities: Mezquita de Cordoba (Mosque) Visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 8||Granada||Day 8 Granada (1B)|
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Alhambra Guided Tour
|Day 9||Madrid||Day 9 Granada/Madrid (1B)|
Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Madrid||Day 10 Madrid (1B)|
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin BotAnico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as MalasaNa. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.
|Day 11||Valencia||Day 11 Madrid/Valencia (1B)|
After a long travel day, arrive to the shores of the Mediterranean and the vibrant city of Valencia. The city is the home of paella, the Holy Grail, the birthplace of the inimitable architecture of Santiago Calatrava, and one of Europe's newest and most impressive science museums. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Valencia||Day 12 Valencia (1B)|
Try Valencias famous dish, paella. Opt for an evening out to a local paella restaurant and sample a few of the great Valencian wines!
|Day 13||Barcelona||Day 13 Valencia/Barcelona (1B)|
Take the bus to Barcelona. Join a CEO-led orientation walk before free time to explore this unique city. Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and caFes. Stroll Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park GUell, Casa BatllO, and Casa MilA. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Barcelona||Day 14 Barcelona (1B)|
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni GaudI. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. With time, opt to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, a home for catalan music. For nightlife, the highest concentration of young locals dancing can be found near the intersection of SantalO and Mariano Cubi streets. Find good music, good drinks, and lots of fun. Another nightlife spot to meet the fashionable locals is on the Plaza Francesc MaciA.
|Day 15||Barcelona||Day 15 Barcelona|
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
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