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Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries, in autumn, winter or spring. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture & marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.
DETAILS
Starting fromR20 350
Package ValiditySet departures between 18 NOV 2017 - 02 DEC 2017.  *** Book & pay by 24 AUG 2017 & SAVE 7.5 % - discount already included in price ***
Duration9 days
DestinationSpain & Portugal
Starts inMadrid
Ends inMadrid

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- Return airport/hotel transfers
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & selected dinners including a Welcome dinner, a three-course meals, a Signature Evening & a Celebration dinner
- Signature Experiences in all towns and cities as per itinerary
- Touring by luxury coach
- Assistance of a Tour Director
-- All hotel service charges & tips, baggage handling fees & local taxes

 

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Welcome to Madrid

Your airport transfers depart from Madrid Airport to your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to get your bearings in this stylish city. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception & the opportunity to mingle & get to know each other, over a delightful evening of dinner & wine.

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Toledo & Granada

With a Local Expert, visit the the city of Toledo & join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Walk through the cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Then, continue on to Granada.

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The Alhambra & Seville

'There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits: a fantasy of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens & fountains, built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. With a Local Expert, you will also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Relax here in the sunshine & enjoy the fine views over the town & its three verdant hills, before embarking upon a scenic drive to Seville. A Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes & shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar. You will see La Giralda the former minaret of the Great Mosque & now the cathedral's bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral -the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, enriched with the spoils of the New World. At night, enjoy the flavours of Andalusia & share in the passion of Spain's most fiery region at a flamenco show & dinner.

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Free Time in Seville

(Relaxed Start) This is a free day to take your time & bask in the city's romantic aura. Or you might like to join an optional experience to Cordoba, for a visit to the magnificent Mezquita - an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it?

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The plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon

(Relaxed Start) On your journey, you will be immersed in a delightful array of seasonal experiences. During the autumn, see the ripe olives being picked; in winter, taste the freshly pressed olive oil; & in spring, learn about the history & curing process of Jamón Ibérico, including a delicious tasting. Next, venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.

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Lisbon & the Age of Discovery

(Relaxed Start) During your stay, a guided panoramic tour takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town & beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto, to the Terreiro do Paco - the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarte, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop at an old patisserie that has managed to protect the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years & enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pastéis de Belém'. See the 'Monument to the Discoveries' & the more ancient Belém Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high & dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Perhaps join an optional experience to the beautiful town of Sintra, which was once the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal?

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Holy Fátima & Golden Salamanca

Drive into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Then cross the border back into Spain & continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings. See the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor, & the Puente Romano across the River Tormes – 15 of its 26 arches date from the time of the ancient Romans.

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Old Castile & Madrid

Cross the rock-strewn hills of Castile, towards the city of Ávila, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls. Walk within the ancient city before returning to Madrid for sightseeing. A Local Expert will take you along the Gran Vía & through the Puerta del Sol. You'll see the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, the Royal Palace & Cibeles Fountain. In the evening, bid farewell to your new-found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Depart Madrid

After breakfast, your airport transfer from the tour hotel arrives at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.


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