Cosmos

Jewels of Spain & Portugal (6790) - 2014 / 2015

9 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


Jewels of Spain & Portugal
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal
Fatima, Portugal, is famous for the religious visions that took place there in 1917.
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Fatima
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
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Vacation Overview

This exciting adventure introduces you to the fascinating major cities of the Iberian Peninsula, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin with an overnight in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Then, visit fortified Avila and pretty Salamanca, pearls of the Castile region, and cross the Serra da Estrela into Portugal to reach Coimbra, a charming hillside town that overlooks the Mondego River. Stop in Fatima to see its famous sanctuary, then on to the awesome walled city of Obidos with its towers and bastions. Spend two nights in Lisbon and discover explorer Henry the Navigator’s exquisite city. Travel back into Spain via the Sierra de Aracena for two overnights in Seville, a lively city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The city center boasts many stunning highlights, including the cathedral, Alcazar, and Plaza d’España. Admire the Andalusian landscapes on the way to Cordoba with its lovely Mezquita. Travel across Don Quixote’s La Mancha, known for its castles and windmills, and return to Madrid for the final two nights of your vacation.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Avila, Salamanca, Coimbra, Fátima, Obidos, Seville

Scenic Highlights:
Serra da Estrela, Andalusia, La Mancha

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Lisbon and Madrid. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • April 11 Departure - Holy Week in Seville
  • May 2 Departure - Feria in Seville


Day 1Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Madrid–Avila–Salamanca–Coimbra, Portugal

Journey west to fortified Avila, then on to Salamanca, just six miles from the spot where Wellington routed Napoleon’s army in 1812. Make sure you spend some time wandering around Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, the most beautiful square in Spain. Leave Salamanca and head westwards to the fortress town of Ciudad Rodrigo, perched high above the Rio Agueda. A profusion of woodlands and mountains awaits you as you journey into the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way for an overnight in Coimbra. (B,D)

Day 3Coimbra–Fátima–Obidos–Lisbon

This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Next, Fátima. Stop here to see the sanctuary, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s apparition to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. A few more miles for a stop in Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon. (B)

Day 4Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing excursion. Spend the afternoon in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra. (B)

Day 5Lisbon–Seville, Spain

Drive southeast this morning into the Alentejo through the countryside famous for its production of cork. Then, on to the border at Vila Verde and cross into Spain for the journey into Andalusia, enjoying quite different scenery as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena before reaching delightful Seville for two overnights. (B)

Day 6Seville

One of Spain’s most colorful cities. Perhaps you’d like to spend the morning enjoying an optional sightseeing tour including the main highlights of this vibrant city. (B,D)

Day 7Seville–Cordoba–Madrid

Drive north towards Carmona, an Old World country town dominated by an ancient Alcazar (fortress), to Cordoba. This is Spain’s most Moorish city with its great mosque, which is rightly known as one of Islam’s greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world and now a Catholic cathedral since 1236. Later, into the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills. Overnight in Madrid. (B)

Day 8Madrid

Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards rightly say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included guided sightseeing excursion. The optional trip to Toledo is rewarding in more ways than one; the splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B)

Day 9Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Madrid if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


MADRID NH Ribera de Manzanares (F)
COIMBRA Dom Luis (ST)
LISBON Roma (F),
SEVILLE Don Paco (ST)
MADRID Praga (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LUIS AUGUSTO FERREIRA COUTINHO NOGUEIRA

Years of Experience: 11 years

I was born in Portugal, home to the greatest explorers in history. Now it's my turn to help people navigate this colorful corner of the globe. Iberia is a region where history, culture, and modernity blend together, creating an incredible destination. Nothing makes me happier than guests telling me they would like the vacation to start all over again so they could experience everything just one more time.

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