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Lisbon, Seville & Madrid tour

Lisbon, Seville & Madrid

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,650 $ 183 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • You’ll enjoy the highlights of these two beautiful countries – including sightseeing with a local guide in both Lisbon and Madrid.
  • You won’t have to worry about any details with your accommodations, transportation and sightseeing included.
  • Spain and Portugal are home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Enjoy stays in charming accommodations throughout Spain and Portugal.
  • Be sure to try the tapas, or small plates, in Spain!

Short Description

This exciting 8-night adventure will introduce you to the fascinating cities of the Iberian Peninsula, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Note:

  • To take advantage of included transfers, flight must arrive in Madrid between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm, and depart Madrid between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Madrid
End City Madrid

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class air to Madrid (MAD)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 1 night in Madrid at the NH Ribera de Manzanares Hotel
  • 1 night in Coimbra at the Dom Luis Hotel
  • 2 nights in Lisbon at the Roma Hotel
  • 2 nights in Seville at the Don Paco Hotel
  • 2 nights in Madrid at the Praga Hotel
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 three-course dinners
  • Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including:
  • Guided tours of Lisbon & Madrid
  • Sightseeing in Avila, Salamanca, Coimbra, Fatima, Obidos, Seville
  • Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motor coach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
  • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charge

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid!

Accommodation: Hotel NH Madrid Ribera del Manzanares

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Transfer to Madrid hotel

Day 2: Madrid – Avila – Salamanca – Coimbra (Portugal)

Accommodation: Hotel D. Luís – Coimbra

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, one of the most beautiful squares 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 to Portugal for your overnight stay in Coimbra.

Day 3: Coimbra – Fátima – Obidos – Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel Roma

This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. From here you’ll travel to Fátima, where you’ll stop to see the sanctuary, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s apparition to three shepherd children — Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia — on May 13, 1917.

You’ll then travel on a few more miles for a stop in Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills.

Orientation Tour of Coimbra

Get a taste of the highlights of Coimbra on this orientation tour! Discover the medieval highlights of this riverfront city, which also formally served as Portugal's capital.

Day 4: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel Don Paco

Spend the afternoon wandering through the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, before embarking on your guided sightseeing tour!

Guided Sightseeing Excursion: Belem Tower, Moorish Citadel, & Black Horse Square

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 a guided sightseeing excursion.

Day 5: Lisbon – Seville (Spain)

Drive southeast this morning into the Alentejo, through the countryside famous for its production of cork. Then, travel 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 the first of two nights.

Day 6: Seville

Seville is one of Spain’s most lively and colorful cities, with a lovely setting on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Enjoy a full day at leisure, to explore at your own pace.

Day 7: Seville – Cordoba – Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga

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 is now a Catholic cathedral since 1236.

Later, travel into the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills.

Day 8: Madrid

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 of this incredible city on your included guided sightseeing excursion.

Guided Sightseeing in Madrid

The soul of Spain can be felt at every corner in Madrid. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the highlights, and learn more about the history of Spain's capital city.

Day 9: Depart Madrid

Your Iberian getaway ends this morning. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Transfer to Madrid airport (MAD)

Fly home!

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