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The Best of Spain and Portugal with Barcelona (682E2018)

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Tour Length: 16 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
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Tour Category: Other Cosmos Tours
Tour Operator: Cosmos Tours
Tour Code: 682E-2018
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The Best of Spain & Portugal with Barcelona

Vacation Overview
Your 16-day affordable tour through Spain and Portugal, with three nights in beautiful Barcelona will be a vacation to remember. You’ll become immersed in the rich histories and distinct cultures of both Spain and Portugal as you travel through Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca – as well as Lisbon and Oporto for the best in sights, sounds, and flavors Portugal has to offer. You’ll visit Toledo to see the old walled town on a hill, and you’ll see the 12th-century Church of St. Tome – home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings. You’ll see ancient Moorish architecture such as Granada’s 13th-century Alhambra Complex. Your local guide will show you St. Theresa's Convent, a Carmelite convent founded in 1636 on the site of St. Teresa’s birthplace. In Portugal, visit the world-famous shrine in Fátima, dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three children here in 1917. See Seville's Cathedral, the world’s third largest church; Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (circa 1514); and Oporto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Be sure to visit a local wine cellar in Montilla for wine tasting. At the end of the tour, you’ll embark on a Monograms vacation to Barcelona via on the high-speed train. The guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a visit of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica. Your budget-minded tour of Spain and Portugal will stay a favorite travel memory for years to come.

 

Guides
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Toledo, Granada-Alhambra complex, Cordoba Mezquita, Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring

Meals
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto

Transportation
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; high-speed train

 
Day 1:
ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2:
MADRID–TOLEDO–GRANADA. Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B,D)

Day 3:
GRANADA–LOJA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA. Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you travel to Loja. Captured and held by the Moors, it was formerly known as Medina Lawsa until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1486 during the Reconquista. Explore this “flower among thorns” before reaching Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B)

Day 4:
CORDOBA–SEVILLE. With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, travel through the stunningly scenic area of Pueblos Blancos—the “White-Washed Villages of Andalusia.” This picturesque region is famous for the deep El Tajo gorge that literally cuts it in two, and is the birthplace of modern bullfighting. On to vibrant, festive Seville. (B,D)

Day 5:
SEVILLE. Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalusia and the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de España, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars trilogy; and so much more. (B)

Day 6:
SEVILLE–EVORA, PORTUGAL–LISBON. Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. (B)

Day 7:
LISBON. Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra. (B)

Day 8:
LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–OPORTO. Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Oporto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? (B)

Day 9:
OPORTO. Discover Oporto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, overlooking the Port wine cellars along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, maybe join an optional excursion to Guimarães, considered the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, sample local cuisine on the included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10:
OPORTO–SALAMANCA, SPAIN. Enjoy the profusion of woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. (B)

Day 11:
SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID. Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B)

Day 12:
MADRID. Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. The day is dedicated to discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)

Day 13:
MADRID–BARCELONA. Travel by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 14:
BARCELONA. Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ and the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. (B)

Day 15:
BARCELONA. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 16:
BARCELONA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights
Visits to Loja, Montilla wine tasting, Evora, Fátima sanctuary, Coimbra, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Avila St. Theresa’s convent, Segovia.

Notes
March 27 Departure - EasterApril 17 Departure - Feria in SevilleDecember 14 Departure – Christmas lunch in Madrid

Scenic Highlights
Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Douro Valley

Travelers Notes
Individual headsets

 

Cosmos Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2017 early booking. All tours will be open for 2017 bookings in the Fall of 2016. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2016. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $840-$1,026No triple room reductionExtra nights per person in Madrid:in single room $106-$115; in twin / in triple $57-$63Extra nights per person in Barcelona:in single room $190-$319; in twin $109-$175; in triple $99-$144

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