Welcome to Barcelona!. Upon airport arrival we will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. Our guide will await you and will provide all the necessary information. At the end of the afternoon, we provide transfers to Plaza de Colón and Maremagnum area, a place that’s full of life and activities right next to the sea. This is where the most innovative spirit of the city blends with its deep historic character. We will guide you on where to eat right in the heart of this district. Classic Spanish food can be found, Return to the hotel.
Today we will get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi¬terranean Sea. Our visit includes an informative city tour with a local expert. (Note: If the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide.) We also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neigh¬bourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Fa¬milia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to “Poble Espanyol” (meaning “Spanish Village”). This open air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Free time to explore the city on your own. Return to hotel.
Visit Peniscola, a beautiful walled town combined with a castle on the sea. Discover Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. Evening transfers. We travel south along the Mediterranean. A special stop is made at Pe¬niscola, a small walled town on the shores of the sea. After a short introduction given by our guide, you can make your way through the town, discovering the fishing port, the castle and the beach. Time for a walk and lunch. Afterwards we travel to Valencia, the third largest Spanish city, where we explore the City of Arts and Sciences, the most important modern tourist site in the city of Valencia. Next, we walk through the historic centre of the city, and our guide will accompany us to the Cathedral. Return to hotel.
Caravaca, a Catholic “holy city” (includes entry ticket and guided visit to the impressive palace and gardens of the Alhambra). Early in the morning, we travel on minor roads through the Spanish heartland. We make a stop in Caravaca de la Cruz, a small town considered by the Catholic Church to be one of the five holy cities. We continue through beautiful landscapes to Andalusia. Arrival in Granada. Experience the city with highlights such as the immense Palace of the Alhambra and the beautiful Generalife Moorish Gardens, built during Moorish times (includes entry ticket and local guide). Later, enjoy an evening at Plaza de Gracia in Granada’s city centre, where restaurants mix with local cultural flavour to create an unforgettable night. Choose between Spanish, international, Chinese, Latin cuisines, etc. Tonight you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sac¬ramonte. Return to hotel.
Visit Marbella, one of the most cosmopolitan cities along the Spanish coast. Visit to Ronda, a traditional Andalusian village. Leaving Granada, we travel towards the Costa del Sol (Sunshine Coast). Beautiful landscapes along the Mediterranean accompany our journey. We stop in Puerto Banus, loated in Marbella, one of the most cosmopolitan coastal cities. We take a walk through the marina and see its luxury yachts. We continue our journey through the mountains, with its bandit history, before reaching RONDA, a beautiful traditional “white village” with its impressive “El Tajo” gorge that divides the city in half. Con-tinue to SEVILLE. Leisure time in historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. Return to hotel.
Upon arrival a local expert guides you through a scenic visit featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popu¬lar neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. (Note: If the group has fewer than fifteen travellers, it can be arranged in both Spanish and English). Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards. After lunch, we travel to Portugal. Sit back, relax and enjoy the pic¬turesque landscapes en route to Lisbon. At the end of the day, we provide transfers to the beautiful Plaza de Torreiro do Paco, bordering the Tajo River. In this area, you can find several restaurants, serving everything from Portuguese to Indian and International cuisine. Return to hotel.
Visit Lisbon. Admission to the Jeronimos Monastery. We taste the “pastel de Belem” (Belem cake). Ascend in funicular to the upper district. In the morning we have a sightseeing tour with a local guide. (Note: Ex¬planations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than twelve people). We visit tra-ditional neighbourhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and include an entry ticket to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite all our travellers to try a “Belem cake”, an exquisite and iconic local delicacy. The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently. At the end of the afternoon, we ascend on the funicular and reach the famous Barrio Alto (meaning “upper district”) Return to hotel.
Drive over Lisbon’s suspension bridge. Visit the Chapel of Bones. Marvel at the Renaissance City of Caceres. Gran Vía (Madrid’s city centre). Leaving Lisbon by the beautiful suspension bridge over the Mar de Palha (meaning “sea of straw”), we stop in Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour includes admission to the “Chapel of Bones,” which was built with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next we travel to Spain. In CACERES, it’s time for a lunch break and we take a stroll through the historic centre, one of the world’s best preserved Renaissance and Medieval urban complexes. We continue to Madrid. Return to hotel.
This morning, experience the city on a guided tour, which showcases the city’s vibrant centre, the beautiful Plaza Mayor (Main Square), its broad and magnificent avenues and its many fountains. (Note: if groups have fewer than fifteen travellers, it can be given in both English and Spanish.) Our tour includes a visit to see inside the PLAZA DE TOROS DE LAS VENTAS, a fine-looking building. Here we learn about the tradition of “corridas” (meaning “running with the bulls”) in the Bullfighting Museum. Also the day includes a walking tour of the beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon. If you wish, there is an optional visit to the ROYAL PALACE. Return to hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.