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Madrid, Portugal and Andalucia

14 day/13 night tour from $3089 per person share twin
Flights are additional

Sale Period

Until 31 Mar 20 by 4pm

 

14 day/13 night tour from
$3089
per person share twinFlights are additional

Madrid, Portugal and Andalucia 

Portugal has written its history in Lisbon, “city of colours”. Art and flamenco are alive in every Andalucian city.  A few highlights on this two-week tour are: The Alfama district, located at the foot of the Castle of São Jorge, shows the nature of the old fishermen’s neighbourhood. Its picturesque tiny streets are wonderful to get lost in and to discover the charm of the city. The Sanctuary of Fatima, built in the 20th century after the apparitions of the Virgin, is the destination of an inner journey of Christian faith. It is one of the main Marian shrines of the world. The Cathedral of Sevilla is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. Is a sign of its wide cultural and artistic past.

Deal Includes
 13 nights accommodation
 Breakfast daily
 5 dinners
 Transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning
 English Only tour escort
 Transfers to/from airport
 Guided in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) & Toledo
Flights are additional 

14 day/13 night tour
From $3089* per person share twin
Travel: Set departures Sundays (Apr-Oct 20)
*Based on Apr, Jun 2020 departures

Itinerary
Day 1: (Sunday) MADRID

Meet and greet at the airport. Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: MADRID

Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer.

Day 3: MADRID – AVILA – SALAMANCA – PORTO
Drive to Avila. A city that preserves its medieval wall. Short stop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City World Heritage of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto.

Day 4: PORTO

Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, World Heritage city. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Enjoy a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one well known Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included.

Day 5: PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA
Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Fatima is the centre of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles.

Day 6: FATIMA – BATALHA - NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA – LISBON
Batalha Monastery is a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style a UNESCO World Heritage place. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the XII C. Then to Lisbon. Optional traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.

Day 7: LISBON
Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included), Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past.

Day 8: LISBON – CACERES – CORDOBA
Departure to  Caceres (World Heritage) a city blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Continue towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate.

Day 9: CORDOBA – SEVILLE
Impressive tour of the Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease your mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride reach Seville.

Day 10: SEVILLE
Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city. Optional Flamenco tour.

Day 11: SEVILLE – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL
Drive south passing typical villages to reach Ronda; free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvelous view of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon continue to the Costa del Sol, one of the most modern and important international tourist areas.

Day 12: COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA

Granada has an incredible monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.

Day 13: GRANADA – TOLEDO – MADRID
Drive toward the sky of Castilla, surrounded by the Tagus River, to the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, World Heritage City, where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. Short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Visit a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid.

Day 14: MADRID
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for the end of your tour.

Guaranteed Departures
26 Apr, 24 May, 21 Jun, 26 Jul, 23 Aug, 27 Sep, 25 Oct 2020
Mid Season surcharge applies for May $72 per person share twin
High Season surcharge applies for Jul-Oct departures $89 per person share twin

Notes
This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.

During stay in Madrid tour escort service is not available.

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Terms and Conditions

Travel is valid for set departures on Sunday (Apr-Oct 20) and sales valid until 31 Mar 20 or until sold out. Advertised price is for departures Apr, June 2020. Conditions apply. Prices are in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. All prices and packages are subject to availability at time of booking. All travel must be commenced and completed as specified. Some mid and high season surcharges and closeout periods apply – please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details. City Tax not included and to be paid directly to the hotels. Valid for new bookings only. Packages are based on consecutive night stays at specified hotels – should your needs differ please refer to your travel consultant. Amendment & cancellation fees may apply. Airfares are additional. Contact House of Travel on 0800 713 715 for more information and the best airfare to match your holiday.

Sale Period

Until 31 Mar 20 by 4pm

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