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Spain & Portugal in Style - Summer 2022


tour code: G310B17
Spain & Portugal in Style - Summer 2022

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Step into the rich worlds of Spain and Portugal on this 13-Day guided tour. Explore Granada’s grand Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, who will lead you through its exotic water gardens. After wandering the white-washed alleys of Seville on a guided tour, visit an 18th century mansion, where you’ll be treated to a private-but-passionate flamenco dance performance; later, enjoy a romantic carriage ride through the city's streets or relax at a rooftop bar. In Lisbon, have the Queluz National Palace all to yourself during a private, after-hours visit. Marvel over Madrid’s Prado Museum, where an art historian will lead you on a private tour of Spanish masterpieces.

13 Days from £5,195 per passenger

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Day 1 : Welcome to Barcelona.

On arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will be met and transferred to your five-star hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome dinner featuring fine Barcelona seafood. Barcelona comes alive at night when the temperatures cool down and it is a beautiful way to start your adventure.

Accommodation : Ohla Eixample Barcelona.

Day 2 : Catalonia’s Creative Capital. Relaxed Start

Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendour and gastronomic delights. Meet your Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares, and see some of the most ?amboyant buildings of the Catalan art nouveau movement. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit Park Güell on Carmel Hill, founded originally for the aristocracy of the city. Take a walk through its leafy paths, enjoys the views over the city and see Gaudi's colourful ceramics. Alternatively, have your afternoon at leisure and join a nighttime tour of Barcelona, ending with a light show at the foot of Montjuic.

Accommodation : Ohla Eixample Barcelona.

Day 3 : Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast.

Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to La Galera and stop for an olive tasting at El Moli de la Creu, a family-run olive farm that harvests using traditional methods. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at the incredible Michelin-starred L’Antic Molí. Savour a creative Mediterranean menu made from fresh seasonal produce. Continue past orange groves to Valencia, where your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation : Hospes Palau de La Mar, Valencia.

Day 4 : Granada and the Alhambra Palace.

Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and the perfect city to enjoy an evening paseo. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or take a stroll on Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

Accommodation : Hospes Palacio de los Patos, Granada.

Day 5 : Córdoba and Seville. Relaxed Start

Journey through the silent sierras to Córdoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magni?cent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert will walk you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.

Accommodation : Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.

Day 6 : Seville, the City of Carmen. Relaxed Start

Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and ?ower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, see and tomb of Columbus and marvel at the intricate details of its decoration. Alternatively, visit the Fine Arts Museum exhibiting masterpieces of Sevillian Baroque and Spanish artists such as Murillo or Velásquez. Tonight, enjoy an intimate and passionate performance of ?ery ?amenco.

Accommodation : Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.

Day 7 : The Flavours of Andalusia. Relaxed Start

Discover the ?avours of Andalusia during a market visit and a Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of the most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch, along with a glass or two of wine. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to go on a romantic horse and carriage ride and relax as you pass some of the city's highlights. Alternatively, allow us to reserve your seat at a rooftop bar for incredible views over the mighty cathedral with a cocktail in hand.

Accommodation : Gran Meliá Colón, Seville.

Day 8 : Across the Alentejo to Lisbon.

Travel to the hilltop town of Serpa and explore the cobbled streets lined with olive trees, red-sloped roofs and white sun-baked houses. During a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience learn about the Iberian Lynx, the world’s most endangered feline and how Serpa has implemented conservation programs to protect and re-introduce the species to the local area. Enjoy lunch accompanied by a singing performance of Cante Alentejano. This traditional polyphonic singing style has been recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Continue to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and check in to your elegant hotel.

Accommodation : Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.

Day 9 : Lisbon and the Age of Discoveries. Relaxed Start

With your Local Expert visit Belém, the historical location for Lisbon's shipyards from where ships set forth to discover new routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the 16th century Belém Tower, the ceremonial gateway to the city. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert to learn about Portuguese religious history. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn how to make the famous Pasteis de Belem at a sustainable cooking school that's known for its commitment to the local community. The evening begins with a special after-hours visit to The National Palace of Queluz. Marvel at the exuberance of its architectural details and learn about the Royal Family that resided there during the 18th century. Dine like royalty this evening at Cozinha Velhina and savour a selection of Portuguese delicacies.

Accommodation : Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon.

Day 10 : Forever Évora. Relaxed Start

Continue to the university city of Evora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their winemaking process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation : Convento do Espinheiro, Évora.

Day 11 : The Roman Ruins of Mérida and Madrid.

Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll Calle Serrano, Madrid’s most famous and elegant shopping street, before savouring some local cuisine?

Accommodation : The Principal Madrid Hotel.

Day 12 : Madrid of the Bourbons. Relaxed Start

Join your local expert to learn the history of Madrid and its famous sites.Your Journey, Your Way. Join an art historian and visit the Prado Museum, housing the world's richest and most comprehensive collection of Spanish paintings by artists such as Bosch, Titian or El Greco - the favourites of Spain's 16-17th century monarchs. Alternatively, join a Local Expert on a walking tour to explore the maze of streets in Madrid's old town and try churros, the popular Spanish snack. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. Tonight, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.

Accommodation : The Principal Madrid Hotel.

Day 13 : Depart Madrid. Departure Flight

After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey.

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