Day 1 UK - Madrid
Fly from the UK to Madrid today, to transfer to our first hotel. Look forward to meeting your fellow travellers over traditional tapas in a bar tonight. Meals included: D
Day 2 Madrid
Vibrant Madrid is our playground today, with a panoramic tour of the city's iconic attractions. From elegant shopping boulevards to majestic museums and beguiling plazas filled with restaurants, expect a feast for your senses and a workout for your walking shoes.
An official guided tour of the Royal Palace offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Spain's royal family. Discover sumptuous rooms decorated with tapestries, frescoes, lavish furniture and vast works of art. After time for lunch, we'll stroll through the historic centre, with the famous Plaza Mayor at its heart. Next, discover artistic wonders at the Prado Museum.Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Madrid - at Leisure
Yesterday's sample of Madrid will set your feet on fire for further exploration – and you'll have free time to get out and about today. Eat your fill of tapas, fill your suitcase with treasures from shops surrounding Gran Vía, or indulge your love of sports with a visit to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Alternatively, why not join us for an optional excursion to El Escorial and Segovia? Learn about the history of the majestic Escorial Palace with an expert Local Guide. After free time for lunch, we'll explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Segovia and its Roman Aqueduct, which is estimated to be 2,000 years old.Meals included: B
Day 4 Madrid - Zaragoza
Saying goodbye to Madrid, we'll journey on to our overnight stay in Zaragoza with a special stop on the way. The spectacular Monasterio de Piedra dates from the 13th century, a beautiful example of a one-time Cistercian monastery. These days, it's surrounded by lush parks, waterfalls, caves and a shimmering lake.
After a tasty lunch here, we'll continue to Zaragoza, a hub of art, culture and cuisine that's far from the regular tourist trail. Admire Renaissance architecture, Moorish palaces and striking cathedrals, before sitting down together tonight for a mouthwatering traditional lamb dinner at a local restaurant.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 5 Zaragoza - Barcelona
Our trip to Barcelona today encompasses a visit to Bechite and its haunting remains of the Spanish Civil War bomb sites. Next, get ready to thrill your taste buds at a typical Catalan Masia, where old farmhouse traditions equate to a seriously scrumptious lunch.
We'll jump back on the road before an afternoon stop at Cava Codorniu, famed for its Catalan Modernist architecture. After we check into our hotel in Barcelona, it's time for dinner together with wine and conversation at a local restaurant. Cheers!Meals included: B,L,D
Day 6 Barcelona
Our very own Local Guide introduces us to the eclectic world of architect Antoni Gaudí. Explore Sagrada Familia, perhaps the world's most famous unfinished monument. The masterpiece impresses with its exquisite stained-glass windows and astonishing views of the city from its towers.
Afterwards, we'll soak up the enchanting gardens, mosaic statues and eccentric buildings of Park Güell, highlighting Gaudí's works inspired by nature. A walking tour of Barcelona's atmospheric Gothic Quarter awaits this afternoon, with narrow streets leading to amazing structures, like the Temple of Augustus.Meals included: B
Day 7 Barcelona - at Leisure
There are so many 'must-sees' in Barcelona and a day of leisure today allows you to pick your favourites. Sample cheeses, charcuterie and seafood at La Boqueria, watch the colourful street performers on Las Ramblas or lounge on the golden sands of La Barceloneta. You can also join us for an optional tour of Montserrat, a Benedictine mountain retreat that's encircled by magnificent views and unique rock formations. We will also visit Monserrat Basilica where you can see the statue of the Black Madonna, the most famous of its kind in the world.Meals included: B
Day 8 Barcelona - Seville
An exciting trip on a high-speed train transports us from Barcelona to romantic Seville today where we will enjoy a mouth-watering tapas lunch upon arrival. Prepare to fall in love at first sight, as we delve into medieval laneways, majestic palaces and baroque churches on an official guided walking tour. We will also visit the Gothic Cathedral, the world's largest gothic structure and the second largest cathedral in the world.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 9 Seville - GranadaWe'll travel from Seville to Granada today, with plenty of time to immerse in the charming city of Córdoba first. It's home to one of the world's most mesmerising mosques, the Mezquita. Though the Islamic marvel is the city's claim to fame, this is a place for slowly strolling cobbled lanes with pretty wrought-iron balconies, colourful potted plants and quaint hidden plazas galore. We'll also visit the Alcázar of Córdoba and its celebrated garden patios, before arriving in Granada ready for dinner. Meals included: B,D
Day 10 Granada
Today we have a tour of Granada to discover the city's lovely centre with a visit to the Royal Chapel. This afternoon, we visit the incredible Alhambra Palace, a Moorish fortress that inspires awe with lavish gardens and astounding architecture throughout the complex.
Tonight, enjoy free time to sample the excellent culinary scene in Granada. In some bars, you can still expect tapas with every drink you buy. Or, why not join us for an optional Flamenco show and flavourful dinner with fantastic views of the city.Meals included: B
Day 11 Granada - Madrid
On our return to Madrid, we'll stop to discover the magnificent city of Toledo, sitting dramatically on a gorge above the Río Tajo. It was known as the 'city of three cultures' in the Middle Ages, where Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities resided in peace.
Our walking tour shows you the highlights, including the Gothic cathedral, the Alcázar and panoramic views from Puente de San Martín, a beautiful medieval bridge. Tonight is our last evening in Spain and we'll enjoy dinner together in Madrid.Meals included: B,D
Day 12 Madrid - Porto
Today we'll fly to the second largest city in Portugal, Porto. After checking into your hotel, there will be time to relax before dinner this evening.Meals included: B,D
Day 13 Porto
Porto, known for its production of port wine, is a lively city set on a great gorge of the River Douro. We’ll explore on today’s tour, taking in the Baroque Clérigos Church, whose soaring bell tower can be glimpsed throughout the city, before stepping inside the famous Lello Bookstore (at additional cost), one of the country’s oldest bookshops and amongst the best in the world. Perhaps join some of your fellow travellers for lunch before we visit the town’s old quarters, Ribeira, and the neo-classical Stock Exchange Palace.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro – a chance to enjoy fantastic views of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, which line the banks of the river. Admire the six bridges that unite these two delightful towns before stepping ashore in Gaia, also famed for its production of port wine, which is made exclusively in the Douro Valley. What better way to end the day than with a visit to one of the town’s numerous port wine cellars for a tasting of this sweet red wine, before heading back to the hotel.
Day 14 Porto - Douro Valley
With a UNESCO-listed historic centre, Guimarães is the proud birthplace of Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first independent king. We'll head here today where there will be the opportunity to discover castle ruins, charming narrow streets and the beautiful square of Largo da Oliveira. After time to explore and enjoy lunch, we'll head to Vila Real to discover the 18th century Mateus Palace. We'll also take in Pinhão's pretty train station, decorated with tiled panels depicting traditional scenes of the Douro region, before finally reaching our hotel in the Douro Valley.Meals included: B
Day 15 Viseu & Aveiro
A delightful city with a well-preserved historical centre and a maze of cobbled streets, Viseu is our destination this morning as we leave the Douro Valley behind us. We'll then continue to Aveiro, known as the 'Venice of Portugal' and one of the world's most beautiful destinations. Admire the traditional seaweed-harvesting 'moliceiro' boats, stunning natural lagoons and elegant 19th century architecture, before we finally reach Coimbra for an overnight stay.Meals included: B
Day 16 Douro Valley - Coimbra
Today we’ll explore Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over 100 years. Discover one of the oldest universities in Europe, with its magnificent baroque-style library and the New Cathedral – the current bishopric seat of the city. Next we’ll visit Óbidos, surrounded by an old wall flanked by round towers and square bastions. The town was given by King Denis to his young wife, a gesture that was repeated by future monarchs until 1833. We’ll explore the town, which is also known for its unique cherry liqueur. Our final destination today is Lisbon.Meals included: B
Day 17 Lisbon
The beautiful Alto do Parque Belvedere offers brilliant views over Lisbon, and we'll head here to gaze over the city this morning. Admire the bronze statue of the Marques of Pombal, who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, and explore the historic Rossio Square. A walking tour of the historic centre will introduce us to the magnificent St George Castle, which watches over the city from a towering hill, and Lisbon Cathedral – the city's oldest church and a National Monument. Next we'll explore the cobbled alleys and steep stairways of the ancient Alfama district, the Belém Tower, the imposing St Jerome Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries, before savouring the opportunity to sample the 'pastéis de Belém' – a deliciously sweet pastry served at Belém's famous pastry shop.Meals included: B
Day 18 Sintra & Cascais
Sintra is an enchanting town with a fascinating UNESCO-listed centre, and it’s the first stop on today’s tour. See the spectacular Sintra National Palace, which for an extra cost you can enter, or enjoy a spot of lunch before we begin our journey back to Lisbon. En route, we’ll stop at Cape Roca – the most westerly point of Continental Europe – and Cascais, an ancient fishing village which has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot thanks to its gorgeous beaches, picturesque gardens and pedestrianised Old Town. Just before we reach Lisbon, we’ll take a panoramic tour of Estoril, once a summer retreat for royal families and now known for its sandy beaches and popular casino. This evening we'll gather together for a farewell dinner, the perfect finalé to your holiday.Meals included: B,D
Day 19 Lisbon - UK
You'll fly back to the UK today.Meals included: B
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