The Best of Spain & Portugal with Barcelona


  • 16 days

  • Spain and Portugal

  • Steady pace

tour : 682E

Overview

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Your 16-day affordable tour through Spain and Portugal, with three nights in beautiful Barcelona will be a vacation to remember. You’ll become immersed in the rich histories and distinct cultures of both Spain and Portugal as you travel through Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca – as well as Lisbon and Porto for the best in sights, sounds, and flavors Portugal has to offer.

You’ll visit Toledo to see the old walled town on a hill, and you’ll see the 12th-century Church of St. Tome – home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings. You’ll see ancient Moorish architecture such as Granada’s 13th-century Alhambra Complex. Visit St. Theresa's Convent in Avila, founded in 1636 on the site of St. Teresa’s birthplace. You’ll experience some aspects of local life too, such as a visit to a local wine cellar in Montilla for wine tasting In Portugal, visit the world-famous shrine in Fátima, dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three children here in 1917. See Seville's impressive Plaza d’Espaňa, built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929; Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (circa 1514); and Porto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries.

At the end of the tour, you’ll complete the experience on a Monograms vacation to Barcelona travelling on the AVE high-speed train. Your Local Host will be available to assist you during your stay, with dining recommendations, sightseeing suggestions, and more included guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a visit of the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Your budget-minded tour of Spain and Portugal will stay a favorite travel memory for years to come.

Highlights

TOLEDO
Guided sightseeing
GRANADA Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*
MONTILLA Visit a wine Bodega
CORDOBA Guided visit of the Mezquita
SEVILLE Guided sightseeing
EVORA Visit
LISBON Guided sightseeing
FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary
COIMBRA Visit
PORTO Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar
SALAMANCA
ÁVILA and SEGOVIA Visits
MADRID Guided sightseeing

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MADRID–TOLEDO–GRANADA

Day
2

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA.

Day
3

Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORDOBA–SEVILLE

Day
4

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SEVILLE.

Day
5

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcázar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de España and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SEVILLE–EVORA, PORTUGAL–LISBON

Day
6

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON.

Day
7

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–PORTO.

Day
8

Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PORTO

Day
9

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a PORT WINE CELLAR along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PORTO–SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Day
10

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID.

Day
11

Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID

Day
12

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID–BARCELONA.

Day
13

Travel by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA

Day
14

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA.

Day
15

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA.

Day
16

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

April 07 Departure – Easter
April 28 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 14 Departure – Christmas dinner in Madrid
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

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