Classic Spain & Portugal

Classic Spain & Portugal

  • 12 Days / 10 Nights
  • CODE: RSP
  • From: $1800

Awash with history and natural wonders, Spain and Portugal cry out to be explored. Discover these sun-kissed lands on this captivating 12-day vacation that starts in Spain and takes you to historical Madrid, flamenco-fueled Seville, the exquisite Alhambra in Granada and Catalonia’s proud capital of Barcelona. Along the way, venture into Portugal to experience its gentler charms and cities such as beautiful Lisbon, magical Sintra and Fatima, a city of holy shrines.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA - Madrid, Spain
DAY 2
Madrid
DAY 3
Madrid
DAY 4
Madrid - Salamanca - Fatima, Portugal
DAY 5
Fatima - Lisbon
DAY 6
Lisbon - Sintra - Cape Roca - Cascais - Lisbon
DAY 7
Lisbon - Seville, Spain
DAY 8
Seville - Granada
DAY 9
Granada - Purullena - Alicante
DAY 10
Alicante - Valencia - Barcelona
DAY 11
Barcelona
DAY 12
Barcelona - USA

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Madrid (2 nts) SalamancaFatima (1 nt) Lisbon (2 nts) SintraCascaisSeville (1 nt) Granada (1 nt) PurullenaAlicante (1 nt) ValenciaBarcelona (2 nts)
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1

USA - Madrid, Spain

Today, fly to Madrid, the first stop in your 12-day voyage around Spain and Portugal.


day
2

Madrid

Arrive in Madrid, Spain's capital since 1561 and its largest city. Pulsating with life, the city stands as a perfect testament to the Spanish zest for life, with its unquenchable appetite for art, architecture, dance, and epicurean pleasures. A city rich in beauty and history, it serves up imperious monuments and sites at every turn, from cobbled plazas to grand museums and majestic royal palaces all framing a cosmopolitan modern center. After meeting your Peony Tours representative at the airport, transfer to your hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with time to explore the city as you choose.


Included: Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

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3

Madrid

Relax over breakfast before taking our sightseeing tour of Madrid. Admire the handsome Plaza Espana. Next, enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Royal Palace*, the opulent 18th-century residence of Spain's Bourbon's rulers that boasts a staggering 2,800 rooms. The afternoon is then free for you to explore as you wish, perhaps hunting for souvenirs along Madrid's shop-filled boulevards; or taking an optional excursion to the historic town of Segovia to see its Roman Aqueduct and the UNESCO-listed castle, and enjoy a traditional roasted pig lunch! (Prado Museum will be a substitute if the Royal Palace is not available).


Included: Breakfast at hotel

day
4

Madrid - Salamanca - Fatima, Portugal

This morning, travel to the splendid University City of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Accompany your guide as you stroll around the arcade-lined Plaza Mayor, an 18th-century square that many consider to be Spain's most beautiful, and see the sculpted facades and sandstone-ocher entrance of the University, founded in 1218. After lunch, continue through pretty countryside into Portugal and on to the religious town of Fatima, for an overnight stay. This evening, after dinner at hotel, if you desire, you may enjoy a stroll along the quaint streets to the world famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

Santa Maria or Similar - ★★★★

day
5

Fatima - Lisbon

One of Europe's greatest pilgrimage centers, Fatima attracts an annual six million worshippers who come to see the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three peasant children in 1917. Enjoy some time to visit the Shrine of Our Lady on the site of the apparition and then travel by coach to Lisbon, Portugal's capital. On arrival, enjoy lunch independently before a city sightseeing tour. With a local guide, explore the Belem district that fringes the River Tagus and visit the Monument of the Discoveries, built to commemorate Portugal's 15th-century maritime expeditions. Take photos of the nearby 16th-century Belem Tower, another symbol of the country's Age of Discovery, and head to the ornate Jeronimos Monastery, to visit its sublime cloisters, built in classic Manueline style. Later, choose to celebrate your arrival in Lisbon by joining us for an optional seafood dinner at a popular restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
6

Lisbon - Sintra - Cape Roca - Cascais - Lisbon

Sprawled over seven hills, Lisbon serves up cobbled streets, grand squares and broad avenues. This morning, set out on a full-day tour to view the city and its surrounding shores, the latter often dubbed Portugal's Sunshine Coast. Head first for Sintra, the one-time summer retreat of Portugal's kings. Admire the mountain-backed setting of the town and visit 14th-century Sintra Palace, famous for its fairy tale-like architecture. Next, drive to Cape Roca, mainland Europe's westernmost point. See this rugged peninsula before following the coastline to the elegant beach town of Cascais. Have lunch here before visiting Estoril, famous for its casino: Europe's oldest and largest. Admire Estoril beach before returning to Lisbon for a panoramic tour, passing sights such as Restauradores Square with its obelisk and art deco buildings, cafe-lined Rossio Square, Gold and Silver Streets, and grandiose Trade Square, overlooking the River Tagus. 


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

accomodation:

day
7

Lisbon - Seville, Spain

Leave Lisbon behind this morning and travel back into Spain to visit the old Moorish city of Seville, situated along the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Discover its highlights on a sightseeing tour, including spectacular Seville Cathedral*, the world's third-largest church, its neighboring Giralda Tower* and the glorious Plaza Espana, the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz and Maria Luisa Park. Tonight, don't miss the chance to experience an exciting optional Flamenco dance and dinner show.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

day
8

Seville - Granada

Your tour continues southward through the olive groves and Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalusia to Granada, once an Islamic kingdom inhabited by Jews, Christians and Muslims. After enjoying views of the gypsy cave dwellings in the surrounding hills, pay a visit to the Moorish-built Alhambra Palace*, whose sublime patios, cupolas and marquetry date to the 13th century. While you're here, also visit the Generalife Gardens*, whose terraces and promenades offer grandstand views of the city. After dinner, be sure to join our “Journey of Cave Culture” tour to discover the flamenco and culture of the Roma communities that live in the gypsy caves of Granada's Sacromonte neighborhood.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

day
9

Granada - Purullena - Alicante

If time did not allow yesterday, visit Alhambra Palace the first thing this morning, then leave Granada and head towards Spain's Mediterranean coast, traveling through beautiful mountain scenery. On route, see the famous cave houses at Purullena before traveling to the picturesque seaside resort of Alicante. Take time out this afternoon to amble down its mosaic-patterned, palm-dotted promenade, perhaps stopping for drinks or to browse for souvenirs at its shops.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

accomodation:

day
10

Alicante - Valencia - Barcelona

This morning, continue to Valencia, the birthplace of paella, and known for its commercial fruit and vegetable gardens. Stop along the way at the City of Arts and Sciences, a stunning cultural and science park of innovative buildings by architect Santiago Calatrava. Admire the incredible complex before continuing into downtown Valencia. See the historic Central Market and the UNESCO World Heritage Site - La Lonja (Silk Exchange), and enjoy a walking tour of the center, admiring such landmarks as the cathedral, bullring, and medieval Serrano and Quart Towers, part of the old defensive walls. After free time for lunch at the Cathedral Square - perhaps savoring Valencian paella - relax as we drive along the coast to Barcelona, capital of Spain's Catalonia province, and renowned for its fanciful architecture by Antoni Gaudi.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
11

Barcelona

Today, drink in the sights of cosmopolitan Barcelona on a panoramic coach tour. View the La Rambla shopping street, Catalonia Square, Columbus Monument and impressive 1992 Summer Olympic site, and take in the city's iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Gaudi's Guell Park*. As a highlight, admire the exterior of Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the breathtaking Holy Family Cathedral (outside), known locally as La Sagrada Familia. Later, visit the world-famous Picasso Museum* before dinner at local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

accomodation:

day
12

Barcelona - USA

Bid farewell to Spain today as you transfer to Barcelona airport for your homebound flight to the US.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

10 Nights hotel accommodation at deluxe 4-star hotel

10 hotel breakfasts, 6 dinners at hotels or restaurants

Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:
Madrid - Royal Palace (or Prado Museum)
Sintra - Sintra Palace
Seville - Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower
Granada - Alhambra Palace, Generalife Gardens
Valencia – La Lonja (Silk Exchange)
Barcelona - Park Guell, Picasso Museum

Professional Tour Director throughout the trip

Sightseeing with specialist local guide in selected cities

Private comfortable coach with the professional and experienced driver

Group airport transfers in Europe on arrival in Madrid and departure in Barcelona for Land+Air guests.

Audio headset throughout the trip

Madrid: Silken Puerta Madrid or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

The Silken Puerta Madrid Hote is located in the San Blas district, in a business district close to IFEMA and the Adolfo Suárez - Madrid Barajas Airport, the Silken Puerta Madrid offers a free shuttle service to and from Madrid airport. The Hotel has spacious rooms, all outward-facing and with lots of light. They are equipped with Wi-Fi, trouser press, safe and a large desk.

Fatima: Santa Maria or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

With a prime location, just 2 minutes walk from the Sanctuary of Fatima, Hotel Santa Maria follows the most modern concepts of architecture and contemporary design, providing the guest's peace and tranquility.

Lisbon: Marriott Hotel Lisbon or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Portugal's spectacular capital city beckons at the Lisbon Marriott Hotel, a leading 4-star destination. Once you've checked in, relish in a 4-star experience in our hotel rooms, all of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows, high-speed Wi-Fi. 

Seville: Silken Al-Andalus Palace or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

The Silken Al-Andalus Palace, modern and bright, emerges as an oasis in the Andalusian capital, among the gardens of the Heliopolis neighbourhood and close to the María Luisa Park and Plaza de España. This 4-star hotel stands out for its extremely spacious facilities, 15,000 m2 of gardens, swimming pool, 623 tranquil and bright rooms and piano bar with live music, among other virtues.

Granada: Granada Palace or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the village of Monachil, Hotel Granada Palace combines Moorish-style architecture with modern interior design. Its stylish air-conditioned rooms feature free Wi-Fi, equipped with satellite TV and a mini-bar. Granada Palace has an outdoor pool and sun terrace. The hotel also has a spa, with a water circuit and massage service. A varied breakfast is served daily in the hotel’s Restaurante Palatium.

Alicante: AC Hotel Alicante or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

AC hotel AIicante conveniently located near the commercial area, the busy city center, Paseo de la Explanada and the Postiguet Beach. After an adventure in Alicante, make our hotel your home base and share your feed in social media with our free Wi-Fi: relax in our guest rooms, with sleek design and the amenities you need. Enjoy Alicante’s Sun in our rooftop pool with panoramic views of Santa Barbara’s Castle with a delicious smoothie and drop by our on-site NEW AC Lounge.

Barcelona: TRYP Barcelona Condal Mar or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

The Barcelona Condal Mar By Meliá is located in Barcelona, near the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), the beach and Diagonal Mar shopping mall. Amongst a wide range of services and facilities, you can enjoy a wonderful outdoor swimming pool with spectacular 360º views of Barcelona, a fully equipped gym, Turkish bath, massage booths, free WiFi.

Why not check out the optional excursions available on your tour and pre-book? Booking them in advance will save you money and hassle. Optional tours must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Special exchange rate: When you pre-book optional excursions in US Dollars you enjoy a discounted exchange rate, saving you money. Online prices are in USD for our European tours; on-site prices will be in Euros (EUR) or British Pounds (GBP) in the UK. 
Easy budgeting: Pre-booking your excursions makes budgeting for your vacation easy. You’ll find it easier to plan your spending money and you’ll need less cash during your vacation.

 

Online Purchase Window closes 7 days prior to departure 

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