Spain & Portugal Escape

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Comfortable pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Get right to the heart of Spanish and Portuguese culture on this Globus Escape holiday, which reveals the history, sights, culture and insider secrets of Barcelona, Córdoba, Madrid and Seville - without the crowds. Discover magnificent churches and cathedrals, taste the local specialties and wine, and enjoy the flamboyant art and architecture of Iberia.

At a glance


  • Barcelona Welcome dinner on arrival. Follow your local guide for some sightseeing, which includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica and Montjuïc Hill, for panoramic views
  • Madrid Visit the Prado Museum on a tour of the city
  • Córdoba Walk around the atmospheric city, accompanied by an expert guide, and visit the famous Mosque of the Caliphs
  • Seville Explore the Casa de Pilatos and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter on a guided tour. Enjoy a special dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant, with Flamenco entertainment.
  • Lisbon Discover the pretty Alfama quarter and the church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama on a stroll around the key sights. Join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Get right to the heart of Spanish and Portuguese culture on this Globus Escape holiday, which reveals the history, sights, culture and insider secrets of Barcelona, Córdoba, Madrid and Seville - without the crowds. Discover magnificent churches and cathedrals, taste the local specialties and wine, and enjoy the flamboyant art and architecture of Iberia.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Barcelona

Day
1

Welcome to Barcelona! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona

Day
2

Sightseeing with a local guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbour from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona - Madrid

Day
3

Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
4

Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your local guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial Prado Museum with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - Cordoba - Seville

Day
5

Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a local guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalucia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Seville

Day
6

During your guided sightseeing tour, you will hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent Casa De Pilatos, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming Santa Cruz Quarter. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Seville - Portugal - Lisbon

Day
7

A scenic drive today takes you over the border to Portugal and its capital Lisbon —starting point in the 15th century for many successful expeditions to the New World.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon

Day
8

Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a local guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint Alfama, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, a special farewell dinner has been prepared for you at the Varanda Restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

No meals included

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Hilton Diagonal Mar

The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is the place to immerse yourself in an oasis of relaxation in the middle of such a busy city.

  • Location

    Located only at a 5 minutes' walk from the beach, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona offers stunning views of the sea and the spectacular morning rising sun!

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Fitness Room
    • Pool

Novotel Madrid Centre

A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District

  • Location

    Located on Calle O Donnell, 5 minutes from El Retiro park and 1.9 miles from the Paseo del Prado

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Restaurant On-Site
    • Fitness Room

NH Plaza De Armas

Conveniently located for both business guests and tourists, and is an excellent starting point for discovering the city's unique flavor and myriad attractions.

  • Location

    The NH Plaza de Armas hotel in Seville is situated in the center of town, adjacent to the 1992 World Exposition Centre. 

  • Facilities

    • Pool
    • Restaurant On-Site
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Free WiFi

Mundial

Offering stunning views of the old city and excellent cuisine

  • Location

    Situated in the centre of Lisbon, the hotel looks out over the historic St. George's castle and is just steps away from Rossio Square.

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant On-Site
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Complimentary Toiletries

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