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9D Amazing Spain and Portugal (Winter 2018-19)

Highlights of Spain & Portugal

Quick Overview

Sightseeing Highlights:
• City tour in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
• Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve Region and Salamanca
• View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix
• Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and Synagogue in Toledo

Travel Highlights:
• Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
• Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
• Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
• Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
• Hand-picked Insider Experiences
•Optional Experiences and free time
•All porterage and restaurant gratuities
• Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
• An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
• All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
• VIP entry to many sights

Tour Inclusive:
• 12 Nights Accommodation
• 18 Meals (12 Hot Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest Lunch & 5 Dinners with local wine)
• On-Trip Transport
• Airport Transfers

Remarks:
• Free 3 Days WiFi router by Roaming Man
• Up to 50% off 2nd guest 
• Up to S$300 discount per couple
• 5% off Group 5 discount
• 10% off Young Traveller (5-17)
• U$200 per couple optional Experiences Vouchers (Cost Saver)
• Free Duffel Bag / Luggage with min spend by UOB/DBS
• Book by 31 Jul 18

*Prices stated are before discounts based on roe 1.37
**Terms and Conditions Apply

From $2,946/-

Details

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Madrid
The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and fascinating cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's glorious sights as the sun sets on the capital.

Hotel
• Ayre Gran

Meals
• Welcome Reception

Day 2: Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia
Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca during our first stop today before we journey to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening perhaps indulge in the fragrant flavours and aromas of paella for which Valencia is famous.

Hotel
• Silen Puerta

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences:
• Paella Experience
Spain's famous rice dish "The Paella" originated in Valencia. This evening, we'll travel to a seafront restaurant where we'll enjoy this iconic Spanish fare. We'll also enjoy great beach views and a drive through the yachting marina, home of the America's Cup 2007.
Adult Price: €52.00

Day 3: Valencia - Guadix - Granada
Meandering through the sierra of Spain, we arrive in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Hotel
• Occidental

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast
• Regional Meal

Optional Experiences:
• Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada
Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.
Adult Price: €34.00

Day 4: Granada - Cordoba - Seville (3 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, it's amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is beguiling Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Hotel
• Melia Sevilla

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast
• Dinner with wine

Day 5: Seville Sightseeing
Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower in the company of a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Perhaps witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets this evening at a fiery flamenco performance.

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences:
•  Discover the Origin of "Tapas" & Evening in Old Seville
Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.
Adult Price: €53.00

Day 6: Seville - Jerez and Cadiz Excursion
We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we gain a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launchpad to the new world, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city that are said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Day 7: Seville - Algarve Region
We journey from Spain to the sun-kissed shores of southern Portugal's Algarve, a retreat for sun-worshippers with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating heritage. Enjoy the delicious flavours of piri piri chicken and grilled sardines against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Atlantic, relax on its golden beaches or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

Hotel
• Agua Riverside

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast
• Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences:
• Wonders of the Algarve
Your opportunity to experience the coastal Algarve region, with wonderful photo opportunities at Ponta da Piedade. Next, we'll walk around Lagos and then to photogenic Praia da Rocha before you’ll enjoy free time in one of the well-known yachting marinas. This is a fully-guided tour.
Adult Price: €34.00

Day 8: Algarve - Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Travel north to the Serra da Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century. We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular 16th century Hieronymite Monastery, and Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery. Consider an evening in the quaint hillside Bairro Alto enjoying traditional Portuguese flavours amidst the melancholic tunes of the fado.

Hotel
• Olissippo Marquês de Sá

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast
• Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences:
• Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation
Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.
Adult Price: €53.00

• Seafood Dinner by the Tagus River
Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.
Adult Price: €53.00

Day 9: Lisbon
Meander through the cobblestone lanes of old town Lisbon and the grand shopping boulevards that stretch from the shores of the Tagus and Lisbon Baixa to Rossio. Today is yours to embrace the charm of the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata, venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz.

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences:
• Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner
An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
Adult Price: €66.00

• The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast
After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra. On occasions where Sintra is not available you will be offered a visit of the Palace of Queluz.
Adult Price: €46.00

Day 10: Lisbon - Fatima - Salamanca
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage where we will view its 18th century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

Hotel
• Gran Corona Sol

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Day 11: Salamanca - Toledo - Madrid (2 Nights)
See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo where we'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of Count Orgaz. Join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through the quaint streets and see the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight into the historical steel industry while watching local craftsmen at work. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel
• Rafael Atocha

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences:
• Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid
This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Adult Price: €61.00

Day 12: Madrid Sightseeing
This morning we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you will see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument with its stone representations of Don Quixote's "true love". Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your terms. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast
• Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences:
• Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle
Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.
Adult Price: €45.00

Day 13: Depart Madrid
For now it's time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals
• Buffet Breakfast

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