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Additional Included Highlights

  • Madrid: Travel along the Gran Vía and through the Puerta del Sol, seeing the Royal Palace and famous Cibeles Fountain.
  • Salamanca: See the building made of golden stone, the arcades of Plaza Mayor and the ancient Puente Romano.
  • Castillo de la Mota: Pass the castle that was conquered by Queen Isabella.
  • Santiago de Compostela: The faithful may wish to touch the gilded effigy of St. James and walk The Way of St. James.
  • Cangas de Onís: See the Roman bridge.
  • Scenic Drives: The Tatras, Oder River, Wielkopolska, Vistula River, Masuria Lake District.
  • Bilbao: See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum.
  • Getaria: See the rock known as El Ratón, or the mouse.
  • Pamplona: Explore the city known around the world of its Running of the Bulls.
  • Scenic Drives: River Tagus, La Mancha, Andalucía, River Tormes, Castile, Guadarrama Mountains, Old Castile, Galacia, Costa Verde, Oviedo, Picos de Europa National Park, Costa Vasca, Costa de Cantabria, Rioja wine–region.

Authentic Dining

  • Seville: Get ready for colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco as you experience a fiery evening of Spanish dance and cuisine.
  • Jabugo: In a small village dotted with chestnut trees and holm oaks, experience the lingering aroma and incomparable taste of pure Jamón Ibérico.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Madrid: Toast the culmination of your journey with a fabulous Celebration Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant.
  • Included Quality Dining: 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Moorish architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Seville: Your Local Expert guides you through the streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter to the Alcazar. See the Giralda Tower and step inside the cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Oviedo: Led by your Local Expert, see 1,000-year-old wall paintings in some of Europe’s oldest churches and admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe,when you visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belem Quarter to see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal’s trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Fátima : Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Ávila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: Explore the old town with your Local Expert.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
  • Santiago de Compostela: The Romanesque interior of the cathedral is magnificent. Let a Local Expert take you through the Gateway of Glory to witness the final stage of one of the world’s most ancient pilgrimages.
  • Santiago de Compostela: Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town.
  • Costa Verde: Experience the coastal vistas of Asturias.
  • Santillana del Mar: Step back in time when you visit this perfectly preserved and ‘most beautiful village in Spain.’
  • Bilbao: See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum.
  • Getaria: See the rock known as El Ratón, or the mouse.
  • San Sebastian: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion. Ascend Monte Igueldo for views of the town and La Concha Bay.
  • Pamplona: Spend free time exploring this city, known for its annual Running with the Bulls festival.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy some of Spain's best scenery as you travel along the River Tagus, through the regions of La Mancha and Andalucía, past the River Tormes, through the Castile region and Rueda wine region, along Costa Verda, through Picos de Europa, along Costa Vasca and Costa de Cantabria and through the La Rioja region.
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You will visit the following 2 places:

Spain

Spain

Spain – one of Europe’s most top travel destinations for its fantastic beaches, islands, UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning and diverse countryside, buzzing nightlife, delicious cuisine and world-famous fiestas! The country is a friendly, multicultural society dedicated to building curious minds, positive attitudes and creative spirits. With great beaches, fun nightlife, many cultural regions and historic cities, Spain makes a great destination for any kind of trip. 

Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. It is also a developed country with an advanced economy, a high living standard, being also the 11th most peaceful country in the world.

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