Spain and Portugal tour
9 days / 8 nights
from 1240 €
24 guests max
Welcome to Spain and to the grand city of Madrid. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is for free time, as you prepare to enjoy your tour of Spain and Portugal. Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast you will embark on a panoramic city tour of Madrid; a rather logical initiation into tours of Spain and Portugal. Overflowing with palaces, museums, and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. We will see the historical and architectural highlights, as well as contemporary Madrid, including the commercial and financial districts, the Las Ventas Bullring, and a spectacular sight for all football aficionados, the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. In your free afternoon, explore this grand city on your own. It deserves it. Stroll through its streets, visit a museum, and enjoy some people watching over a cafe con leche or a copa de vino. Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast, we depart for Salamanca, which has got to be one of the loveliest cities on the Iberian Peninsula and, on a tour like ours, one of the most special and best places to visit on tours of Spain and Portugal. The city has a truly golden glow due to the golden sandstone they used in its construction. The famous university, the two cathedrals, and the main square of the Plaza Mayor are just the highlights, but there are many more things to marvel at, and wandering round the old city (World Heritage Site) in your free time will lead you to a new treasure around every golden corner. We will then head to the Portuguese border, and on until reaching Porto. Accommodation at the hotel.
Let’s get to know Porto this morning on a panoramic sightseeing tour of this World Heritage city, including the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange building, and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, our tour of the Iberian Peninsula takes us to see the city from a different perspective, namely along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise, and then to visit a well-known Port wine cellar for a tasting. The afternoon is at leisure; explore the city, which is consistently ranked high on the list of the best of Portugal, and get familiar with the local motto: “Coimbra sings; Braga prays; Lisbon shows off; and Porto works.” Accommodation in Porto.
After breakfast, we depart for Coimbra. This is the city seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado, Portuguese folk music. Enjoy some free time and check out everything Coimbra has to offer: wandering through its inviting, Arab-flavored old town, a maze of narrow lanes, timeworn shops, and little tascas (cheap eateries). We continue to Fatima, the center of the Christian Faith on the Iberian Peninsula and a World Pilgrimage Sanctuary, with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria. A hundred years ago, this sleepy rural town suddenly shot to international renown when three children reported seeing an apparition of Mary here. Since then, Fátima has become a wildly popular destination for fait-based tourism or any tours of Spain and Portugal. At night you have the chance to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation at the hotel.
We will start this day with a visit to Batalha Monastery, one of the most magnificent and best of Portugal’s architecture. Its gothic structure is beautifully preserved and it is complimented by ornation in Manueline style. Marvel at the structure and at the many delicate carvings, no wonder it is a Unesco World Heritage site. We continue to possibly the most famous and picturesque Portuguese fishing town of Nazaré, unique in many ways and a darling of tours of Spain and Portugal, with an atmosphere of times gone by. After free time, we continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Lastly, we head for the capital, Lisbon. How about an optional traditional dinner with Fado, the hauntingly beautiful typical Portuguese music?
Is Lisbon the best of Portugal? Let’s find out as we start the morning with a sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, driving through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included), the Monument to the Discoverers, the Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue. Free time in the afternoon is for you to get to know the oldest town in western Europe, catch the nostalgic corners of the Alfama Quarter, or take the famous number 28 Lisbon tram passing through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela. You’ll ride in a quaint, screeching, yellow tram through the city’s narrow streets, home to the genuine “tabernas”, where Fado transports listeners back to the past. Every tour of Spain and Portugal needs a visit to the City of Light, generally one of the most intriguing and best places you will visit. Did you know that Portugal is commonly known as the 3 F’s: Fado, Fátima, and Football?
This morning we depart to Caceres, the province’s capital, whose storied past led to its declaration as a World Heritage City. It is not called Ciudad Monumental without reason. With its Roman, Moorish, and conquistador architecture, and surrounded by medieval walls and stork-topped watchtowers, it actually managed to avoid the brunt of Europe’s wars and remain surprisingly intact, becoming the first Spanish city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the old town and soak up all its histories before continuing south towards Madrid and concluding the tour of Spain and Portugal.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and begin your journey home.
|Starting dates 2022|
|Prices in EUR|
|In twin superior “T”||1240|
|In single superior “T”||1760|
|In twin superior plus “A”||1360|
|In single superior plus “A”||2080|
|High season supplement (Jul. 01 to Oct. 31, 2021) in superior “T”||60|
|High season supplement (Jul. 01 to Oct. 31, 2021) in superior plus “A”||70|
|A||Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España|
|2||Porto||T||Tryp Porto Expo|
|1||Fatima||A||Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina|