The Best of Spain & Portugal (6820) - 2016 / 2015

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

The Best of Spain & Portugal
Alhambra at Sunset
Alhambra at Sunset
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals
The beautiful oceanside city of Oporto is considered Europes Capital of Culture
Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal
Madrid at dusk

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; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Dinner in A Pueblo Espanol Drive to the enchanting village of Mijas situated in the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range and surrounded by a pine forest. Mijas has managed to retain much of its "white village" charm with cobbled narrow winding streets, dazzling whitewashed walls and breathtaking views. You will have time to wander around on your own before being taken to one of the local restaurants where the decor, music and warmth of the view make a experience worth enjoying. The traditional menu offers a choice of first and second course followed by dessert, and includes 1/2 bottle of wine per person or a soft drink, iced water and coffee.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Classic Flamenco Show One cannot leave Spain without having heard the clicking of castanets!! You will be taken to a flamenco venue founded in 1952 which hosts many famous flamenco performers and is known for performances which feature a variety of flamenco styles as well as classical Spanish dance and music. The evening lasts about 1 and a half hours and during the evening one drink is included at your choice.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

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 center 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 amphitheater, 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 magnificent 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.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

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.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

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 favored by European nobility and kings and today is a colorful 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 continuously 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.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Douro Cruise & Riverside Dinner The best way to see a bit of Oporto from another angle is to join this early evening excursion, which will take you first for a short cruise on the river Douro. This river rises in Spain and reaches the Atlantic Ocean right here in Oporto. On board the boat you will be served a drink (sangria or port) to sip whilst you look at the places of interest situated on the banks of the river. Upon disembarkation in the riverside area of Ribeira you will be taken to a very typical restaurant, which for the last 50 years preserves its fine art of cooking and welcoming clients. The dinner will start with an appetizer, followed by soup, a choice of main course cooked on the spit, dessert and include also wine or soft drinks plus coffee or tea.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Excursion to Guimaraes Enjoy an optional excursion to the spectacular city of Guimaraes, one of the country's most important historical cities. Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is often referred to as the "birthplace of the Portuguese nation" or "the cradle city". This is because it is thought to be the birthplace of Afonso Enriques (1110), the first Portuguese king, but also because of the historical role of the city in the Battle of Sao Mamede (1128), which had a tremendous importance in the formation of Portugal. During the free time you will be able to visit the historical center of the town with its ancient buildings, streets and squares dating back from the middle ages. Also nearby in an almost idyllic setting, is the Palace of the Dukes of Bragan├ža (1401), the well preserved Medieval Castle and the Romanesque Chapel of Sao Miguel do Castelo, housing a font in which it is said Alfonso Enriques was baptized. (entrance fees not included).

Approximate value: €20 EUR per person

Madrid By Night & Tapas An authentic Spanish food experience in a local restaurant tucked away in the center 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.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

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