Cosmos

The Best of Spain & Portugal (6820) - 2014 / 2015

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid


The Best of Spain & Portugal
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Rock of Gibraltar
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Discover the best of these two colorful countries on this exciting vacation to the regions of Castile, La Mancha, Andalusia, Costa del Sol, and Oporto. Among the highlights, visit the walled city of Toledo and Granada’s royal Alhambra complex. Also experience sunny Malaga and its surrounding resort villages, the British-owned Rock of Gibraltar, spectacular Seville, enchanting Evora, delightful Lisbon, and the famed Fátima sanctuary. Stop in Oporto, rich in culture and history and known for its Port wine production, as well as Salamanca, Avila, and Segovia—precious jewels in the heart of Spain. Spend your last two nights in Madrid, with an included sightseeing tour of this dynamic capital city.

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Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


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Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


  • December 14, 2014

Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Malaga, Gibraltar, Seville, Evora, Fátima, Oporto, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia

Scenic Highlights:
Costa del Sol, Andalusia

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Toledo, Lisbon, Madrid, Granada-Alhambra. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • Please check Gibraltar visa requirements with your local consulates; responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • May 6 Departure - Feria in Seville
  • December 14 Departure - Christmas lunch in Madrid


Day 1Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Madrid–Toledo–Granada

A short morning drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more sightseers from all over the world than any other Spanish town. Time to visit the old walled city, which was made famous in El Greco’s paintings. Even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B,D)

Day 3Granada–Malaga–Costa del Sol

Take advantage of the included visit with a Local Guide of the Alhambra, a summer complex built by the Moorish kings. You’ll treasure the memory of its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) via Malaga to your overnight hotel. Don't miss out on the Optional excursion to Mijas, a typical Andalusian market town, with some enchanting views of the coast from its upper terrace. (B)

Day 4Costa del Sol

A day at leisure to enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or sample the many fancy restaurants. (B,D)

Day 5Costa del Sol–Gibraltar–Seville

First today, a visit to the strategic rock fortress of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Then, on through the sunny sherry wine region on the Costa de la Luz (Coast of the Light) to vibrant, festive Seville. (B)

Day 6Seville

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

Day 7Seville–Evora, Portugal–Lisbon

This morning, enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop in Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, and brilliant white houses. Take the motorway for the drive into Lisbon for two overnights. (B)

Day 8Lisbon

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 9Lisbon–Fátima–Oporto

North this morning by way of Santarém, using the motorway to reach Fátima for a visit of its world-famous sanctuary. Later, Oporto on the northern bank of the River Douro. Optional sightseeing with a Local Guide takes in many of the city’s highlights. (B)

Day 10Oporto–Salamanca, Spain

A profusion of woodlands and mountains on your way to Spain by way of Fuentes de Onoro and Ciudad Rodrigo, located high above the Rio Agueda. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening. (B,D)

Day 11Salamanca–Avila–Segovia–Madrid

Leave Salamanca this morning, still visualizing its charming Plaza Mayor. Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers for an orientation tour. Visit St. Theresa’s convent before continuing to Segovia for a visit of this medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Cross the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B)

Day 12Madrid

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. (B)

Day 13Madrid

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 Praga (F)
GRANADA Don Juan (ST)
COSTA DEL SOL Las Piramides (F) at Fuengirola
SEVILLE Tryp Macarena (F)
LISBON Roma (ST)
OPORTO Quality Portus Cale (F)
SALAMANCA Catalonia Salamanca Plaza (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 5 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.

ANGEL DÍAZ DE MIGUEL

Years of Experience: 9 years

I'm Angel and I´m here, waiting to meet you and introduce you to incredible Iberia! Just remember to clear your senses before you come, because my plan is to fill them back up with enticing flavors, smells, sounds, and sights from the beautiful countries of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco!

View Offers

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

Save $100 per person on select 2014 vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 Globus, Monograms or Cosmos vacation to receive the $100 per person discount on the land-only portion. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between October 7 and November 11, 2014 for travel at select times. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler discount and current air offer. Applies to new 2014 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.


  • December 14, 2014


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