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Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
A sun-splashed journey through the Mediterranean: admire the panoramic views from Lisbon’s Moorish citadel, stroll the elegant grounds of Seville’s Alczazar Palace and wander the squares and gardens in Madrid.
Fly to Madrid where you'll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Discover some of the treasures of Castilla y Leon: Avila, surrounded by its walls built between the 11th and 14th century; Salamanca, where you can wander around the Plaza Mayor, reputed to be the most beautiful square in Spain. Continue with a scenic drive through Serra da Estrela, heading westward to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River.
Before leaving Coimbra, we will take a short tour by bus to get aquainted with this historical town. We will head to Fatima to visit the famous sanctuary, then to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by round towers and bastions overlooking the windmill- dotted countryside. Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city.
Situated on the North banks of the Tagus River, Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century 'mistress of the seas'. You'll see his eye-catching monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square and other highlights on your sightseeing excursion with a local guide. Your afternoon is free, so you can explore this fascinating and diverse city at your own pace.
After breakfast, you'll drive south-west through the verdant Portuguese countryside into the Alentejo, with its undulating plains. Then, it's onto the border at Vila Verde crossing into Spain for the journey into Andalucia. You'll enjoy the different scenery on the drive as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena, one of Spain's most unspoilt and beautiful mountain regions, before reaching delightful Seville, the capital of Andalucia, for two nights.
Today, enjoy an included sightseeing visit of the colourful city of Seville, situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. Explore Seville's Old town, home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites: view the Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral & the General Archive of the Indies, just to name a few highlights.
Drive by Carmona, an old-world country town dominated by an ancient Alcazar, to Cordoba and itss impressive architectural heritage. This is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city with its great mosque, one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. Continue into the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, before arriving in Madrid for a two-night stay.
Not only because it is 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. Here you'll find a multitude of delights from palaces and museums to shopping and colourful gardens & squares. Enjoy the main highlights of this cosmopolitan, sophisticated city on your included sightseeing excursion with a local guide. You may also like to join the optional trip to Toledo, and experience another of Spain's historical towns, home of the painter El Greco.
A short drive to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
New Years in Seville including reveillon: 26th December 2017
Easter Departure: 30th March 2018
Seville Feria: 13th April 2018
New Years in Seville including reveillon: 26th December 2018
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
It would have been 5 stars but we felt some of the extra excursions/activities were very expensive
Interesting itinerary good tour guide, good coach and driver
There were a lot of early wake-up calls. I felt that some of the day-time optional excursions should have been included, particularly that in Cordoba. An extra day in Madrid at the end would have been nice (included in the tour), It didn't occur to us to book this as an extra when we booked as we hadn't appreciated how little time we would actually have in Madrid. Some extra free time on some of the excursions would have been nice, particularly in Cordoba where a shorter included tour would have been better, and in Toledo. Having said all that, I really enjoyed the tour and the places we visited. October was a great time to visit as it was pleasantly warm without being too hot for sight-seeing.
good selection of activities, balanced with personal time, just the right tour pace.
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