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Spain's Costa del Sol & The Portuguese Riviera

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Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy the fresh flavors of Málaga’s coastal cuisine with a dinner in the Costa del Sol.
  • Savor regional wines with every included dinner.
  • Journey on the thrilling AVE high-speed train.
  • Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita, a religious marvel.
  • Travel to Ronda, one of Spain's loveliest and most historic towns.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the picturesque Costa del Sol.
  • Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors.
  • Tour the world-famous Alhambra,* a hilltop palace.

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From bustling capital cities to peaceful stays on the Mediterranean coast, get a true taste of the Iberian Peninsula.

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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
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Córdoba Granada Lisbon Madrid Malaga Seville

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Itinerary

Day 1 Madrid, Spain - Tour Begins

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Tonight, enjoy a charming welcome dinner.

Day 2 Madrid

Today, it’s your choice! Join a local expert who introduces you to Madrid’s architectural treasures on a panoramic tour; then, explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum which boasts the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya -OR- take a walking tour of Madrid featuring sites of the Habsburg era: discover the Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the famous Andalusian Tavern “La Torre del Oro;” the Mercado San Miguel, the last remaining market constructed in forged iron; Arco de los Cuchilleros (the Arch of the Knifemakers); and Plaza de la Villa with its historic Baroque and Mudéjar-style buildings. The remainder of your day is at leisure or you may choose to purchase an optional tour to Toledo.

Day 3 Madrid - AVE High-Speed Train - Cordoba - Málaga

Sit back and enjoy stunning landscapes as you travel via AVE high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita (UNESCO World Heritage site). Originally built as a mosque, it was converted into the city’s cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236. Stroll through the streets of the historic Jewish Quarter. Continue on to Spain’s Costa del Sol and enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay in beautiful southern Spain.

Day 4 Málaga

Today is yours! Enjoy time to relax and experience the beauty of coastal Andalusia. Or, you may choose to purchase an optional tour to Gibraltar.

Day 5 Málaga - Granada - Málaga

Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain. Travel past rolling hills dotted with olive groves, capturing the country’s classic beauty. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra (UNESCO),* a stone fortress overlooking the entire city and serving as a mesmerizing example of Islamic architecture.

Day 6 Málaga - Ronda - Seville

Head to Ronda, a stunning historic town perched upon a cliff in Andalusia. Explore the old town full of twisting narrow streets, the 18th-century Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) over the El Tajo gorge, and La Alameda Park with its wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Then, continue to Spain’s “cultural capital” – Seville.

Day 7 Seville

In Seville, see Columbus’ tomb, the ornate cathedral (UNESCO), and Giralda Bell Tower. Take a walking tour of the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter with its cascading bright flowers, whitewashed buildings and winding streets. Continue to Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park – one of the loveliest parks in all of Europe. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you will attend an optional tapas market tasting and flamenco show at one of Seville’s most famous tablaos (flamenco club).

Day 8 Seville - Estremoz, Portugal - Cascais

Depart Spain and travel through the Portuguese countryside to Estremoz – a historic town whose marble can be found in Portuguese monuments throughout the country. Spend the morning exploring this hilltop town on your own before gathering for a lunch full of local flavors. Continue on to Cascais, the picturesque resort town situated along the coast of the Portuguese Riviera. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 9 Cascais - Lisbon - Cascais

Your journey takes you to Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital city. Embark on a panoramic city tour that takes you through the postcard-worthy streets of the Alfama District. Take a step into the past and tour the medieval St. Jorge Castle, the sprawling Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO), and the seaside Belem Tower (UNESCO). The rest of the day is yours to explore independently.

Day 10 Cascais - Sintra - Cascais

Head to the town of Sintra (UNESCO), a favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Explore Sintra’s National Palace and peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts. Enjoy leisure time to discover the storybook streets on your own. Travel back to Cascais and indulge in savory Portuguese flavors at a farewell dinner.

Day 11 Cascais - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today.

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Optional Activities


Gibraltar - $118

Gibraltar
Enjoy a leisurely coastal drive to Gibraltar, a British territory. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the rock with breathtaking views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines. While on the rock you will visit the Saint Michael caves, a dramatic natural grotto sometimes used as a venue for concerts and classical music performances. There will also be time to meet the locals - the semi wild troop of Barbary "Apes." It is said the British will not leave Gibraltar until the apes have left. Afterwards, enjoy duty free shopping opportunities in the main street where everything is sold. Duration approximately 9 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.



Lisbon by Night (Fado Dinner Show) - $125

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Fado: the perfect blend of voice and guitar. A shawl, a guitar, a voice and heartfelt emotion – these are the ingredients of Fado, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Patrimony, as a celebrated form of world music that captures what it is to be Portuguese. The song of Fado harnesses the Portuguese soul. The word Fado comes from the Latin word fatum, which means fate or destiny. It is a style of music that is all about deep feelings: the disappointments of love, the ups and downs of life, the sadness and longing felt for someone who has gone away, the everyday life of the neighborhood and the conquests of the local inhabitants. No one knows quite how Fado first came into being, but to this day Portugal's traditional music remains at the very heart of the country's culture. In one of Lisbon’s most popular Fado restaurants, professional performers entertain you while you enjoy a wonderful, three course, candlelit dinner of regional Portuguese cuisine and wine. A Fado dinner and show is an experience that you simply have to include when visiting Portugal. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.


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The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your Tour Manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.

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