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Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña and the Sagrada Familia. Highlight is a walk through the charming the Barri Gòtic, the GOTHIC QUARTER. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
Today’s Distance: 385 mi / 620 km
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. An optional excursion to Toledo is available to make the most of your stay.
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.
Today’s Distance: 354 mi / 570 km
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. For those interested, also an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, LF dine on local specialties prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant and accompanied by Flamenco entertainment.
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.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi / 440 km
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 OF SANTA MARIA with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions at one of Lisbon’s excellent local restaurants.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
A large modern 338 room property, located within easy access to many of the city's major sights and attractions. Facilities include a choice of two restaurants a gym and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with panoramic city views.
The hotel is situated approximately a mile from the mosaic-covered buildings of Park Guell. Spacious air-conditioned guest rooms have a safe, minibar, and free Wi-Fi. A vibrant restaurant serves international cuisine. There's also a snack bar and a lounge. Other amenities include an outdoor pool.
Situated in the center of Madrid and close to the Royal Palace and museum. The elegant, air-conditioned rooms have Wi-Fi. minibar, safe and pillow menu. Amenities include a relaxed cafe, a traditional bar and a refined tea room, along with a library and a fitness room.
A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
The hotel enjoys a central location and is within walking distance to the historical Old Town and cathedral. Warmly decorated air-conditioned guest rooms include a minibar and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a refined restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a hot tub and a seasonal outdoor pool with loungers. There's also a fitness room.
This modern 249-room mid-scale hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and poolside bar. There is a small fitness center, a cool vintage style restaurant and bar serving International cuisine as well as a buffet style restaurant.
A 104-room modern hotel offering Free Wi-Fi Internet access and year-round heated rooftop swimming pool, with panoramic views over the Águas Livres Aqueduct. International cuisine and Regional wines can be enjoyed in the main restaurant and there is a lobby bar serving a wide range of drinks & cocktails.
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.