Madrid, Andalucia & Lisbon

Overview

Tour Itinerary

Departure: Every Friday
DAY 1: MADRID

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transport to the Gran Vía district. Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Our guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to Plaza de Es­paña and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.

DAY 2: MADRID

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring. Stroll through the Retiro Park. 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. At sunset we provide transfers to the Plaza de Oriente in the historic centre of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace. In this area there are many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, Inter­national). Return to hotel.

DAY 3: MADRID - VALANCIA

TODAYS HIGHLIGHTS: Travel on a high-speed train. Discover Valencia´s city of Arts and Sciences. Evening transfers. In the morning, we take a trip on a high-speed train. (Note: On the train ride, a guide will only accompany the group if it contains over 20 passengers.) The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through marvellous countryside. In several places our speed will be about 300km/h (186m/h). The train journey takes 1,5 hours. Transfer to our hotel in 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. Evening transfer to the Plaza de Toros. In this area you will have time to dine in line with your preferences (Spanish, Indian, international, etc.) Return to hotel.

DAY 4: VALENCIA - CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ - GRANADA

TODAYS HIGHLIGHTS: 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 Sac­ramonte.

DAY 5: GRANADA - MARBELLA - RONDA - SEVILLE

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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, lo­cated 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. Con­tinue to SEVILLE. Leisure time in historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favourite cuisine: Indian, Muslim, Chinese, Spanish, international, and so on.

DAY 6: SEVILLE - LISBON

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided visit with local expert in Seville.Upon arrival a local expert guides you through a scenic visit featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popu­lar 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 pic­turesque 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. *AT LEISURE: USE OF FREE TIME FOR OWN ENJOYNMENT.

DAY 7: LISBON

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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: Ex­planations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than twelve people). We visit tra­ditional 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”). Here you will be able to dine at your favourite restaurant (International, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, etc.). Return to hotel.

DAY 8: LISBON - EVORA - CACERES - MADRID

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 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.

End of our services.

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in the price (for complete tour)

  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: MADRID, SEVILLE, LISBON
  • Evening transfer: To Plaza de España and Gran Via;To Plaza de Oriente in MADRID, To the Plaza de Torreiro do Paco in LISBON
  • Transfer: To Barrio Alto in LISBON
  • Ticket admission: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas in MADRID, Palace of the Alhambra and the Generalife Moorish Gardens in GRANADA, To the Jeronimos Monastery in LISBON, Chapel of Bones in EVORA

 

Price

 

                                                                                Double               Individual

High Season (Apr - Jun, Sep - Oct)                EUR 790                      1035

Mid Season (Jul - Aug)                                     EUR 775                       1020

Low Season (Dec - Mar)                                   EUR 770                       1015

 

 

Hotels used

BARCELO TORRE ARIAS***
Tel: 913879400
email: torrearias@barcelo.com
C. JULIAN CAMARILLO 19
28037 MADRID
SPAIN

ABBA ACTEON****
Tel: 963310707
email: jrecep-acteon@abbahoteles.com
ESCULTOR VICENTE BELTRÁN GRIMAL, 2
46023 VALENCIA
SPAIN

HOTEL ALIXARES****
Tel: 958225575
email: reserva@hotelesporcel.com
Paseo de la Sabica, 40
18009 GRANADA
SPAIN

TRH ALCORA ****
Tel: 954349600
email: reservas.alcora@trhhoteles.com
CARRETERA SAN JUAN TOMARES KM 1, SAN JUAN DE AZNALFARACHE
41920 SEVILLE
SPAIN

VIP VILLA RICA****
Tel: 210043000
email: hotelvillarica@viphotels.com
AV 5 DE OCTUBRO 295
1600-035 LISBON
PORTUGAL