Spain & Portugal (10 days, 9 nights) – February 5-15, 2022

$2595 (priced double occupancy, not including airfare)

Deposit $600

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  • DAY 1 –  USA-EUROPE (outbound flight)
  • DAY 2 – US-MADRID, SPAIN – High speed train to Barcelona. Free time in the evening to explore [Hotel: Barcelona]
  • DAY 3 –  BARCELONA – You will have the chance to check out the best city views at Tibidabo, Montjuic, and Palau Nacional. Next, you can take time to explore on foot the  Columbus Monument, Las Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, Placa Catalunya, and the amazing Mercado de la Boqueria.  In the evening, we’ll introduce you to some great places to get tapas (small savory dishes, snacks or appetizers of Spanish cuisine). [Hotel: Barcelona]
  • DAY 4 –  We will spend the day exploring some of the works of Antoni Gaudi.  Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Catalan architect known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works have a highly individualized, sui generis style. Most are located in Barcelona, including Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família.  [Hotel: Barcelona]
  • DAY 5 – GRANADAToday, we will fly from Barcelona to Granada.  You will have the opportunity to see the gem of Granada – the Alhambra.  The “Red One” is a palace and fortress complex that was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 CE on the remains of Roman fortifications.  It was largely ignored until its ruins were rebuilt in the mid-13th century by Nasrid Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada.  The current palace and walls have many beautiful, intricate details. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333, then in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition).  You will have some time to explore the city of Granada at night.  [Hotel: Granada]
  • DAY 6 – RONDA We will travel by train from Granada to Ronda, Andalucia.  Best-known for its spectacular setting atop a deep gorge spanned by a stone bridge, Ronda has a rich cultural and literary tradition, and is the home of modern bullfighting.  [Hotel: Ronda]
  • DAY 7 – SEVILLA  – We will travel again by train to the city of Seville.  You will have the chance to tour the Royal Alcázar de Sevilla.  Take a walk through the Catedral de Sevilla and enjoy the architectural beauty of Plaza de España and  Parque de Maria Luisa.  See what it is like to attend a bullfight in Spain at Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla   [Hotel: Seville]
  • DAY 8 – SINTRA-CASCAIS – We will fly from Seville to Lisbon, Portugal.  Once we arrive, we will explore the beautiful capital city of Portugal on foot. From imposing São Jorge Castle, with a view encompassing the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.  [Hotel: Lisbon]
  • DAY 9 – LISBON – We will travel around 20 miles outside of Lisbon to the area of Sintra.  We will tour the Palace of Pena high up in the hills with amazing views and you will have time to explore the grounds.  We will then travel to the coast to a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.   We will also visit the Tower of Belem, a 16th-century fortification that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance, and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.   The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 98 foot, four-story tower.  You will have some free time in the evening in Lisbon [Hotel: Lisbon]
  • DAY 10 – LISBON-PORTO –  We will take our journey north to the city of Porto.  Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is a coastal city in the northwest known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval riverside district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. Taking a Six Bridges River Cruise along the Douro River is a great way to see what a beautiful city Porto really is.   [Hotel: Porto
  • DAY 11EU-USA – Inbound USA Flight

*Madrid is not part of our tour itinerary. Ask us about extending the beginning or end of your trip to spend some time in Madrid!

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