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Ramble up Las Ramblas and through the zesty Iberian peninsula, from Barcelona to Lisbon, Salamanca to Madrid. Enjoy delicious paella in Valencia, see the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix and the medieval quarter of Lisbon with its Belém Tower.
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Variety of Optional Experiences
City orientation tours
An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc
See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences
View the cave homes in “Barrio Troglodyte”
Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
COSTA DEL SOL
Visit this renowned resort area
Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
Visit the celebrated Shrine
Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
Day 1. ARRIVE BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city.
Day 2. BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat.
Day 3. BARCELONA – PEÑÍSCOLA – VALENCIA
Drive through orange groves to Peñíscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continue through the ‘huertas’ to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the Town Hall, the Bullring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the cathedral and the modern ‘City of Arts and Science’ designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.
Day 4. VALENCIA – GUADIX – GRANADA
Travel southwest across the ‘sierras’ to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada.
Day 5. GRANADA – COSTA DEL SOL
This morning there is time to explore the city or participate in an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter of Granada. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol for free time or consider an excursion to Mijas, one of the famous hilltop villages.
Day 6. COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS)
Enjoy a scenic coastal drive past Marbella to La Línea. Cross the border to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary apes and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through the spectacular Andalusian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see a fiery flamenco show.
Day 7. SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Explore the city at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to visit the elegant Moorish Alcazar. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas.
Day 8. SEVILLE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS)
Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 9. LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure in Lisbon or maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal’s Golden Triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.
Day 10. LISBON – FÁTIMA – SALAMANCA
A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.
Day 11. SALAMANCA – MADRID SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS)
Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon, your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including the Royal Palace and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España.
Day 12. MADRID FREE DAY
An entire day to explore the city. You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight, dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday.
Day 13. DEPART MADRID
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