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Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
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, followed by a pleasant 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, stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. This evening, join an optional dinner at a traditional taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
Stop in Tomar, the former seat of the mighty Order of the Knights Templar and then in Fátima, where Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Continue to Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km
Guided sightseeing includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the Church of São Francisco, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. A PORT WINE TASTING is included to sample this delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.
This morning, stop in Braga, named the Portuguese Rome, and see the remains of the Castle of Braga, a historical fortification that used to encircle the entire city. Arrive in Salamanca, and enjoy a LF WINE TASTING and dinner at a local hacienda.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi / 460 km
Before leaving Salamanca, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful PLAZA MAJOR. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to the capital of Spain. Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes. See the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Highlight is a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last 8 centuries. See works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. To make the most of your stay, a selection of optional excursions is available.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the fascinating city of Toledo. This evening, a farewell dinner is prepared at one of Madrid’s fine restaurants.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Situated in the center of Lisbon, the hotel looks out over the historic St. George's castle and is just steps away from Rossio Square. Among its outstanding amenities are the panoramic Varanda de Lisboa restaurant, offering stunning views of the old city and excellent cuisine, as well as a bar and wine cellar, where wine tastings with an expert sommelier are available. Tram Nr. 28 starts its route in front of the hotel, providing an ideal way to explore the city.
Named after a local Portuguese navigator, this family owned modern 18-storey property is situated in the city center close to the Bolhao Market and Rua de Santa Catarina. Features include a rooftop restaurant with stunning city views serving both Mediterranean and Portuguese fare, a small fitness center and Free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the hotel. All 112 Guestrooms offer air-conditioning/heating, in-room safes and minibars.
Welcome to Hacienda Zorita! If you are a foodie, a wine lover, a traveler in pursuit of adventure & discovery or simply love life's understated luxuries you have come to the right place. Luscious outdoors with tucked away corners and secluded pools are what you have to look forward to. The waters of the River Tormes, a tributary of the Duero, flow under the La Casa Grande building. Inside you'll find the farm-to-table restaurant, a wine & dine bar, the Gastro by Michelin-starred chef Victor Gutiérrez, the lounge with its film & fine food menu as well as the relaxing wine - spa.
Located in peaceful surroundings this design hotel is close to Retiro Park and not far from the main attractions of the Spanish capital. The nearest metro station, offering good connections to the city center and the airport, is just 200m away. The hotel is composed of two buildings, that are linked by a spectacular garden and an art gallery. Its 361 guestrooms are modern and spacious and have a minibar. Other amenities include a restaurant, serving international meals, as well as a bar and a cafeteria. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.