Amazing Spain & Portugal

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Departure Date: 06/04/2019

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. Visit: Madrid, Granada, Seville, Lisbon & Salamanca.

Insight Experiences: Visit a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Explore the incredible Alhambra Palace with a local expert. Witness the grandeur of Seville’s Plaza de Espana. Savour a Spanish feast and experience a flamenco show. Visit the famed Basilica in Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon’s Belém Quarter

Day 1
Welcome to Madrid.
Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of good food and wine. During your time in Madrid you will travel through the Puerta del Sol, seeing the Royal Palace and famous Cibeles Fountain.
Hotel: Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay, Madrid.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

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.
Hotel: Vincci Albayzín, Granada.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 4 - Relaxed Start
Free Time in Seville.

This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city’s romantic aura and explore as you wish. You may like to join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Relaxed Start
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.
Hotel: Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Relaxed Start
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?
Hotel: Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon.
Meals: Breakfast

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.
Hotel: Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
Meals: Breakfast

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 the old town with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a a lively Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Hesperia Madrid.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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.
Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Airport transfers on first and last travel day (conditions apply), 8 nights’ accommodation, Breakfast daily, 4 dinners, 15 included experiences, Travel & Stay in Style, Delicious authentic dining, Passionate Travel Directors, Smaller Group Camaraderie.


9 Days Now from R26 910 pps


The Small Print

Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date. (High and low season rates apply). Single supplement rates available on request. Now price includes 10% Early Payment Discount. Pay a R3000 per person deposit within 7 days of the booking with full payment due 31 January 2019. All discounts apply to the land portion of the trip price only. The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip). For all new bookings made from 11 October 2018 to 31 January 2019 from the Premium 2019 Europe & Britain brochure. The Early Payment Offer may be combined with normal brochure discounts (past guest, group discount, 2 tours or more) if applicable. All cancellation policies apply as per Insight Vacations Premium 2019 Europe & Britain brochure. 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.


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