Barcelona - Valencia - Alicante (467 km)
After breakfast in the hotel this morning, we will leave Barcelona and head to Valencia, where we will visit Modernism Plaza, the Ancient City Gates and the Valencia Cathedral. Afterwards, we will drive to Alicante and overnight there.
Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.
Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, this cathedral is mainly Gothic in style, though, given that it was built over the course of several centuries, it also features Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical elements.
A city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. Amongst the most notable features of the city are the Castle of Santa Barbara, which sits high above the city, and the port of Alicante.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Alicante or city nearby
Alicante - Granada (362 km)
In the morning, you depart for the city of Granada on the plateau of the Andalusian province. This historic city has been ruled by the Visigoths and Arabs. You will have a picture moment in front of the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, also known as the Red Palace. Then you will continue to tour the old city of Granada, with its exquisite and delicate architecture.
Granada is a mid-sized provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. Spring and autumn are also both excellent times to visit.
The Alhambra is a massive complex consisting of multiple palaces and fortresses. It originated as a Spanish-Muslim fortress in the 9th century, but subsequent rulers, both Muslim and Christian, continually added additions and renovations.
Reservation visit time: 4:00 - 5:00pm. Due to limit daily access control in Alhambra Palace, to avoid disappointment,
we recommend customer who strongly request to visit this place to book tickets online in advance on https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/en
Admission (Optional): Adult €15
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Granada or city nearby
Granada - Seville (261 km)
In the morning, we will drive north to Seville, the largest city in Andalusia. Upon arrival, we will visit the Seville Cathedral, which is the third largest church in the world. We will also see the Alcazar, Santa Cruz, the Torre del Oro and Maria Luisa Park, home of the 1992 World Expo. We will end the day by admiring the Plaza de Espana. If time permits, tour guide will add the optional excursion to Mijas.
This coastal town outside of Malaga in Andalusia is an old-fashioned Spanish white-washed village, where all the buildings are tinted with a distinctive white hue. It is a popular beach community for tourists.
Excursion to Mijas
You will get the chance to spend the day in this beautiful little beach town with its numerous white-washed buildings, which are typical to the Andalusia region.
Admission (Optional): Adult €20
Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.
Royal Alcazar of Sevilla
This is a massive palace complex in Sevilla, originally constructed by the city's Muslim rulers. Originally constructed as a military fort, it is the oldest European palace still in use, and is one of the best examples of Spanish-Muslim architecture.
Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter)
The barrio of Santa Cruz in Sevilla was once the city's Jewish Quarter, and is now the most popular tourist are in the city. The narrow, winding streets and alleyways of this neighborhood remind visitors of a labyrinth.
Parque de Maria Luisa
On the riverbanks of Sevilla, Maria Luisa Park is a large public area that features lovely foliage, fountains, and walkways in the middle of this beautiful city. Within the park are many statues of famous Spanish figures.
Plaza de Espana
A large section of Maria Luisa Park in Sevilla, the Plaza de Espana is a large open space featuring buildings of Renaissance revival architecture. Most of the buildings are currently used for government purposes.
The third-largest church in the world (and the largest cathedral), the Seville is a massive Gothic building. Each of its facades has multiple entrances that are all exquisitely and ornately adorned. It was built over an old mosque.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Seville or city nearby
Seville - Lisbon (463 km)
Today, we will depart for Lisbon, the capital and largest city in Portugal, to see Cabo de Roca. In the afternoon, we will explore the city center and see sights like Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. We will also pass through Marquis of Pombal Square and spend some free time around Rossio Square. This is a great spot to visit some local bakeries to try Portuguese custard tarts!
The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is one of Europe's most important economic centers. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations. Historically significant locations include Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery, which are recognized by UNESCO.
This cape outside of Lisbon forms the westernmost coastline of Portugal. The iconic lighthouse that sits on the cape has become symbolic of the area as it looks out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Tower of Belem
This fortified tower off the coast of Lisbon, also known as the Tower of St. Vincent, was built to defend the city in the 16th century. It was built in the Portuguese Manueline style of architecture of the 16th century.
The Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon was once the home of the city's Hieronymite religious order, and one of the best examples of the Portuguese Manueline style of architecture. Today, the facility houses the National Archaeology Museum and the Marine Museum.
Monument of Discoveries
This monument is located at the mouth of Lisbon harbor, commemorating the age of exploration, when ships bound for the American continents in the west would pass through the Tagus estuary.
Praca de Pedro IV
This public square in Lisbon, nicknamed Rossio Square, has been one of the city's main public areas since the Middle Ages, the site of revolts, celebrations, executions, bullfights, and more. This square has seen it all!
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Lisbon or city nearby
Lisbon - Toledo - Madrid (654 km)
Today, we will leave Lisbon and return to Spain, driving to Toledo, where we will stroll through this medieval jewel and see the city's Alcazar and the Toledo Cathedral. Then, we will relax as we continue our journey to Madrid.
Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the "City of the Three Cultures", having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Alcazar of Toledo
The Alcazar of Toledo is a large palace and fort complex atop the highest point in the city. It was originally a 3rd-century C.E. Roman palace, but was restored in the 16th-century.
Admission (Optional): Adult €4.50
One of the prime examples of Spanish-Gothic architecture, Toledo's Cathedral was built as part of a highly concentrated effort to cover up all non-Christian religious buildings and symbols, as Toledo has a large historical population of Jews and Muslims.