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Tour: 6790 - 2013 (6790) - 2013 / 2014


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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Dinner & Flamenco Show Before sitting back and enjoying a memorable flamenco show, sample a delicious Sevillian tapas dinner with several different and varied tapas dishes, a dessert and accompanied with wine and still water. Then the real entertainment starts with a flamenco show which hosts many famous flamenco performers with a variety of styles as well as classical Spanish dance and music - and of course the click of castanets! During the show you will be served one drink of your choice.

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Splendors Of Seville Enjoy an added bonus to the normal sightseeing tour of Seville as after departing from the hotel with a local guide, the coach takes you just outside the city centre to the site of Italica - the Roman city founded by Scipio. The ruins of the Roman town, close to Santiponce and not very far from the Cartuja complex include an amphitheatre, baths, theatre and various buildings containing mosaics. After an interesting guided visit, and a short break, return back to Seville and at Murillo Gardens you will leave the coach for a walk through the streets of the Old Jewish Quarter to the magnificient Gothic Cathedral for an inside visit of one of the most complete Christian temples in existence. The excursion lasts approx. 4 hours and at the end of the sightseeing you will be taken back to the hotel by coach. In case the Cathedral is closed to the public a visit will be made to Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House), which is an Andalusian palace and serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli.

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Moorish Cordoba The most Moorish-looking of all Spanish cities. Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance, used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called "El Puente Romano". But Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus and this was when work began on the Great Mosque or "Mezquita". The 3 hour sightseeing tour with local guide starts first with a panoramic drive to see the Guadalquivir River, Roman Bridge, Calahorra Tower, Arabic water mills and water wheel, city walls and Almodovar Gate. Then get off the coach and proceed on foot through the Old Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares with first stop at the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum, and then Memorial Statue of Maimonides. The walk then takes you to one of Cordoba's treasures, the unique mosque-cathedral "Mezquita" with a guided visit inside this incredible complex. At the end of the sightseeing you will be taken back to the hotel by coach.

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A Real Portuguese Evening No visit to Lisbon is complete without seeing a live "fado" show. The word "fado" literally means faith and this form of urban folklore is a repository of the sadness and joys derived from the destiny of Portugal throughout its history. You will be taken to one of the most renowned venues located in the former cellars and stables of a 17th century palace. The dinner will let you sample delicious traditional Portuguese dishes together with locally produced wine or soft drinks or beer plus mineral water, coffee or tea. After dinner sit back and relax and take delight in the fado and folklore show with the performers playing music and dancing from all Portuguese regions in traditional costumes. This is an experience to remember.

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Sintra & Portuguese Riviera On this interesting afternoon excursion with a local guide you will first drive along the scenic ocean road of the Portuguese Riviera, passing the cosmopolitan town of Estoril to arrive at the quaint fishing village of Cascais. Back in the early 20th century it was a popular resort favoured by European nobility and kings and today is a colourful town with elegant pedestrian streets, some paved with blocks recreating wave patterns. There will be time here to look around and perhaps have some lunch before continuing to the town of Sintra. This beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. It comes under the special category of a "cultural landscape" due to its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. A visit will be made to the Sintra National Palace, one of the best preserved medieval Royal palaces in Portugal, due to it being inhabitated more or less continuosly from the early 15th century up to the late 19th century. Its history goes back to the times of Islamic domination when Sintra had two different castles, one located on the top of a hill overlooking Sintra and the other located downhill. After visiting this fascinating Palace you will have time on your own for sightseeing or shopping before driving back along the coastal road to Lisbon.

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Madrid By Night & Tapas An authentic Spanish food experience in a local restaurant tucked away in the centre of old Madrid. The venue with its warm ambiance is home to solid Castillian cuisine and the tapas dinner we are offering you gives a sample of a variety of dishes i.e. "tortilla espanola", "jamon serrano". Included is the well-known Spanish drink "sangria" or soft drink or mineral water. After dinner, see some of the main sights of Madrid on a short orientation drive before returning to the hotel.

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The Majestic City of Toledo Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the "city of three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led it to being declared a World Heritage site. The excursion will be accompanied by a local guide from Madrid and lasts approx. 5 hours. Upon arrival in Toledo there will first be a drive around the city with a stop for a panoramic view. Then a walk in the city visiting one of the most outstanding buildings in the city - the Cathedral - considered one of the high points of Gothic art. Continue with a visit of the church of Santo Tome, which is famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled "The burial of Count Orgaz". At the end of the sightseeing a stop will be made in a Damascene workshop to see the Toledo craftsmen at work before driving back to Madrid.

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