Departure Date: 18/04/2020
Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture and marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history. Book your 2020 Insight Vacations holiday at 2019 prices PLUS save an extra 10%. Save R2,990, this is already reflected in the price.
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Explore the history and culture of Munich, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg on this Regional Explorer trip.
Day 1: WELCOME TO MADRID.
Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00.
Day 2: THE OLD CAPITAL OF TOLEDO AND ON TO GRANADA
Venture south to meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.' Your journey continues to Granada.
Day 3: THE ALHAMBRA PALACE AND SEVILLE, CITY OF CARMEN.
'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 arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert and also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills.Embark on a scenic drive to Seville where a Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar to see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and see his tomb enriched with the spoils of the New World. During a highlight evening enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share the passion of Spain's most fiery region as you experience a flamenco show.
Day 4: FREE TIME IN SEVILLE
Enjoy a relaxed start and a day to relax, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish.
Day 5: THE PLAINS OF THE ALENTEJO TO LISBON.
Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Jabugo for an insight into the history and curing process of Jamón Ibérico. The subtle differences will be revealed with a delicious tasting. Then venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.
Day 6: LISBON AND THE AGE OF THE DISCOVERIES.
During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?
Day 7: HOLY FÁTIMA AND GOLDEN SALAMANCA.
Travel 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. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.
Day 8: OLD CASTILE, TO ST. TERESA OF ÁVILA AND ON TO MADRID
Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city that is still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Celebration Dinner.
Day 9: FAREWELL MADRID
Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.
Airport transfers on first and last travel day (Conditions apply), 8 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked hotels in the best locations, 8 breakfasts & 4 dinners, 15 sightseeing experiences, including unique Insight Experiences and top-rated highlights; travel in a customized 40-seater coach with extra legroom and free onboard Wi-Fi; accompanied by a passionate and knowledgeable Travel Director; enjoy smaller group camaraderie with an average of 33 guests in a group.
8 Nights from R26,910 pps
Valid for Travel: 18 April 2020 - 17 October 2020. Valid for sale until 30 September 2019. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE. The discount is already reflected in the advertised price. For all Europe & Britain bookings made from 1 July to 30 September 2019 from the Europe & Britain Preview 2020 brochure. Now price is based on 2019 pricing and includes 10% Early Payment Discount. All discounts apply to the land portion of the trip price only. If the prices of the 2020 European journeys go up, Insight Vacations will honour the Preview price. If prices go down, Insight Vacations will refund the difference. Pay a R3000 per person deposit within 7 days of the booking with full payment due by 18 December 2019. The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip). All cancellation policies apply as per Insight Vacations Preview 2020 brochure. Trip Itineraries are subject to change. Excludes: Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature.