Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
A sun-splashed journey through the Mediterranean: admire the panoramic views from Lisbon’s Moorish citadel, stroll the elegant grounds of Seville’s Alczazar Palace and wander the squares and gardens in Madrid.
Fly to Madrid where you'll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Discover some of the treasures of Castilla y Leon: Avila, surrounded by its walls built between the 11th and 14th century; Salamanca, where you can wander around the Plaza Mayor, reputed to be the most beautiful square in Spain. Continue with a scenic drive through Serra da Estrela, heading westward to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River.
Before leaving Coimbra, we will take a short tour by bus to get aquainted with this historical town. We will head to Fatima to visit the famous sanctuary, then to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by round towers and bastions overlooking the windmill- dotted countryside. Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city.
Situated on the North banks of the Tagus River, Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century 'mistress of the seas'. You'll see his eye-catching monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square and other highlights on your sightseeing excursion with a local guide. Your afternoon is free, so you can explore this fascinating and diverse city at your own pace.
After breakfast, you'll drive south-west through the verdant Portuguese countryside into the Alentejo, with its undulating plains. Then, it's onto the border at Vila Verde crossing into Spain for the journey into Andalucia. You'll enjoy the different scenery on the drive as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena, one of Spain's most unspoilt and beautiful mountain regions, before reaching delightful Seville, the capital of Andalucia, for two nights.
Today, enjoy an included sightseeing visit of the colourful city of Seville, situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. Explore Seville's Old town, home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites: view the Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral & the General Archive of the Indies, just to name a few highlights.
Drive by Carmona, an old-world country town dominated by an ancient Alcazar, to Cordoba and itss impressive architectural heritage. This is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city with its great mosque, one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. Continue into the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, before arriving in Madrid for a two-night stay.
Not only because it is the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Here you'll find a multitude of delights from palaces and museums to shopping and colourful gardens & squares. Enjoy the main highlights of this cosmopolitan, sophisticated city on your included sightseeing excursion with a local guide. You may also like to join the optional trip to Toledo, and experience another of Spain's historical towns, home of the painter El Greco.
A short drive to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
New Years in Seville including reveillon: 26th December 2017
Easter Departure: 30th March 2018
Seville Feria: 13th April 2018
New Years in Seville including reveillon: 26th December 2018
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
The tour manager and driver were brilliant. The hotels were great except the one in Coimbra where we spent 1 night which we thought was below average compared to the others in Lisbon, Seville and Madrid. The included tours and optional excursions were brilliant. The weather was divine. This is our second time choosing Cosmos holidays and we're definitely choosing them for our next holiday. We highly recommend them to others who want a package holiday.
Wonderful countries and a wonderful tour. Day after day of real gems of the most beautiful cities & towns, and what a history lesson from our guides. We were in a group of lovely people from all over world, and not only found out about Spain & Portugal but many of their counties too. We must reserve our biggest vote of thanks to Enrique, Cosmos tour director, he worked tirelessly to make the trip not only run like clockwork, but very informative and most of all FUN. He tales of a partially " Mr Smith " was most entertaining. I would recommend this tour to everyone and we will deferlently be doing another, but it will have to be something special to better this one.
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They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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