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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
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. Tomé, 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
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. On the way to Cordoba, enjoy more idyllic scenery as you reach an olive farm, where you will stop for a local olive oil tasting.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The Hotel Praga, situated in Madrid was the first hotel of the Santos Hotels chain. It has a total of 420 rooms and is equipped with the best facilities to make your stay unforgettable.
This Contemporary 367-room hotel features a soaring atrium lobby with a fountain and palm trees and offers extensive leisure facilities including an indoor and an outdoor seasonal swimming pool,a spa, paddle tennis courts and sundeck. The restaurant serves traditional Granadan and Andalusian cuisine with modern influences and there is a stylish cafeteria and bar.
Situated in the heart of the city and within walking distance from the main attractions, this property has a unique location. Restaurants, tapas bars and shops can all be found nearby. The hotel offers 65 air-conditioned guestrooms with elegant marble floors and large windows, all come with satellite TVs, minibars and high-speed Wi-Fi. A selection of pillows is also available. Among its amenities, is an elegant bar, serving fresh drinks and light meals and a lovely outdoor courtyard, decorated in Arabic style and filled with plants, flowers and a fountain.
Hotel Don Paco 200 rooms, is set in central Seville, 10 minutes' walk from the cathedral and Giralda Tower. It features a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with excellent city views. Convenient Hotel located 1/2 km from train station & 12 km from San Pablo Airport.
Located on one of Lisbon's main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, high-quality services that are unique in a unit of this category.
Quality Inn Portus Cale, the perfect holiday for sightseeing or business trips in PortoThe Quality Inn Portus Cale is a welcoming and comfortable hotel waiting to welcome you to Porto. Our hotel is conveniently located with direct avenue connection to the highway and offers easy access to the Porto International Airport.
The Artheus Carmelitas Salamanca Hotel is excellently located in the city centre, within four minutes walking distance to Plaza Mayor and the main monuments of Salamanca. In an elegant and distinguished atmosphere, the hotel offers its guests a wide range of high quality services with different options, adapted to the needs of each client, and that will make your stay a unique experience.
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.