Best of Spain and Portugal end Madrid (Winter 201718)

A 16-Day Insight Tours tour starting from $3,150

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Tour Length: 16 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
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Tour Operator: Insight Tours
Tour Code: W932WN112
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Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art. An ideal journey of discovery in autumn, winter or spring.

 
OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES
Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land. Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom. Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary. We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi. From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. Complimentary airport transfers from/to Madrid Airport are available at scheduled times only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with complimentary transfers, charged transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or when additional accommodation is booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

 
Day 1: Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2: Welcome to Madrid
At Madrid Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a beautiful evening of dinner and wine.(WD)

Day 3: Madrid of the Bourbons
(Relaxed Start) Guided sightseeing takes you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana past Madrid's most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Vía to the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument before crossing the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Velázquez, Goya and many others.(BB)

Day 4: Toledo and Golden Salamanca
The morning is devoted to Toledo. With your Local Expert, walk through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets. See El Greco's painting in the Church of Santo Tomé. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Later, pass the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca, with its handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.(BB)

Day 5: Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro
(Relaxed Start) Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. See the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or 'Eiffel Towers on end' according to one Frenchman).(BB / DW)

Day 6: Holy Fátima, Obidos and Lisbon
Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Then continue to the hilltop town of Obidos, where you'll walk inside the city walls to explore the flower-bedecked houses and narrow, medieval streets. Your next destination is the Portuguese capital.(BB)

Day 7: Lisbon and the Age of Discovery
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop by an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. The afternoon is free, perhaps join us for an optional experience to the Portuguese Riviera, visited by surfers, royalty, and even James Bond?'(BB)

Day 8: Seville, the City of Carmen
Leave Lisbon via a modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With your Local Expert, tour the immense cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. At night, settle back for a Signature Evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.(BB / SE)

Day 9: Free Time in Seville
(Relaxed Start) The following day is completely yours to relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city. Our suggestion is an optional experience to the ancient city of Cordoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop.(BB)

Day 10: Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol
Head south to Gibraltar, attached to Spain yet an overseas territory under British... along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday.(BB / DW)

Day 11: At Leisure on the Costa del Sol
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.(BB)

Day 12: Granada and the Alhambra
(Relaxed Start) Drive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. With a Local Expert, see the Lion Court, as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.(BB / DA)

Day 13: On to Valencia.
Journey to Valencia the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. Circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, to reach your hotel. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration with a local chef and savour the flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria.(BB / SE)

Day 14: Peñíscola and Barcelona
Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada, to your hotel in Barcelona.(BB)

Day 15: Barcelona Sightseeing
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to drive along the Passeig de Gràcia. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família Basilica. In the afternoon, maybe experience the great Monastery of Montserrat and see the Black Madonna? At night, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in true Catalan style.(BB / CD)

Day 16: Depart Madrid
Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport early evening, followed by the Madrid tour hotel.(BB)

 
         
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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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Madrid: Your guided tour shows you the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. Toledo: Walk the cobbled streets. Avila: See the dominant city walls. Salamanca: See the cathedral in the university town. Porto: See the bridges and buildings decorated in tiles. See the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores. Obidos: Visit this ancient fortified city. Lisbon: Tour the spacious avenues and elegant squares. See the Monument to the Discoveries, ancient Belém Tower and visit Lisbon Cathedral. Seville: Enjoy a walking tour through the squares and lanes of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the walls of the Alcazar. Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village. Valencia: See the ultra modern Centre of Arts and Sciences. See the huge City Gates of Serranos and Quart. Peñíscola: View the stone castle from the film 'El Cid'. Barcelona: Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
Autumn: See the ripe olives being picked and enjoy a tasting. Winter: Sample fresh Valencia oranges of the season, artfully made into a delicious dessert. Spring: Visit the Cava Bodegas for a taste of Spanish bubbly. Porto: Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores. Lisbon: Enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pastéis de Belém' - a Portuguese delicacy. Seville: Tables are reserved for dinner, drinks and a fiery evening of Spanish dance and music! Get ready for throbbing guitars, lamenting solos, colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco. Granada: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of restaurants for a more intimate experience. Valencia: Learn the authentic recipe of paella in a fun cookery demonstration and savour the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of sangria. Barcelona: With fantastic sea views, be seated for an exceptional Catalan Celebration Dinner, incorporating classic cooking with only the freshest produce. Included Quality Dining: 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 2 Signature Evenings (SE), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian. Toledo: With a Local Expert, visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see El Greco's masterpiece. Lisbon: Stroll through the old Belém Quarter with a Local Expert and visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries. Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral with your Local Expert. Past the altarpiece dripping with gold to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Gibraltar: With your Local Expert tour the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. You will also visit St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes. Granada: Best interpreted with the help of a Local Expert, the Alhambra Palace is the ultimate in Muslim architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the gardens of the Generalife. Barcelona: Explore Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família Basilica, guided by a Local Expert.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
Madrid: The newly built 5-star Barceló Torre de Madrid offers sophisticated comfort and impeccable service, all within walking distance from Madrid's major sights. Salamanca: The centrally located Alameda is close to a range of restaurants and shops and only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor. The spacious rooms all have marble bathrooms and antique-style furniture. Porto: : The NH Collection Porto Batalha was once an 18th century palace hosting lavish balls. It is now a state-of-the-art property offering impeccable service and maximum comfort. Lisbon: Dom Pedro Palace is located in the Amoreiras, Lisbon's vibrant shopping district. This deluxe hotel offers elegant guest accommodation with great city views and a fantastic spa. Seville: The Ayre Sevilla is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville. The property provides outstanding comfort and service, while being the first sustainable hotel in Seville and a pioneer in energy saving. Costa del Sol: : The Melia Costa del Sol is located on a stunning seafront. The perfect setting to relax and fully take in the beautiful scenery. Granada: The 4-star Vincci Albayzin is located in the Albaycin, the old town centre of Granada. Relax in the patio and soak in the typical Andalusian atmosphere of the hotel, in true comfort and style. Valencia: The modern Barceló Valencia is situated right in the centre of Valencia opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. Don't miss out on the magnificent views of the city from the rooftop terrace! Barcelona: The modern Hilton Barcelona is located on the city's main avenue. It promises an outstanding experience in Barcelona with all comforts and a spectacular view over the city!

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions. Obidos: Stroll through the medieval streets of this hilltop fortified city. Mijas: Enjoy a walking tour of the village known for its white-washed houses typical of the region.

 

 
 

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