Lisbon (Joining the tour)
We will join the tour in Lisbon and stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel for the night in Lisbon.
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.
Standard Hotel: 3-star hotel nearby
Lisbon - Toledo - Madrid (545 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.
Marid - Zaragoza (267 km)
Today, we will visit Madrid, the capital of Spain, where we will see the Cibeles Fountain, the Plaza Mayor, Columbus Square, Complutense University of Madrid and the Royal Palace. Later, we will explore the Puerto del Sol before we drive to Zaragoza, where we will spend the night.
Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city. A modern city with a historic architecture where you can visit the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Fountain of Cibeles and more.
Complutense University of Madrid
Founded in 1293, the Complutense University of Madrid is one of the world's oldest universities. Famous alumni include the poet Federico Garcia Lorca and St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus order of the Catholic church.
Fountain of Cibeles
The centerpiece of the plaza that bears the same name, the Fountain of Cibeles features a statue of an ancient Phrygian goddess sitting atop a lion-drawn chariot, who has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Madrid.
Columbus Square in Madrid is dedicated to the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose statue stands on a tall monument high above. The plaza features a second monument with quotes by philosophers and famous Spanish leaders and the Gardens of Discovery.
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is the central point of Spain's radial network of streets, with a plaque marking it as "Kilometer Zero", and one of the busiest parts of the city.
Royal Palace of Madrid
This Baroque palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although it is only used for state functions. Built in 1738, the palace is nearly 1.5 million square-feet, and contains paintings by many European greats.
Zaragoza - Barcelona (256 km)
In the morning, we will drive to the coastal city of Barcelona. Our first stop will be at the Columbus Monument, where we will begin to stroll down La Rambla and eventually come to the Sagrada Familia. After that, we will visit the Camp Nou, the famous home of F.C. Barcelona (From Feb 3. 2018, we'll just take photos outside). We will also visit the Olympic Park and Stadium. With the time we have remaining, we will bustle around Plaza Catalonia for some free time for shopping.
This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Christopher Columbus is immortalized with a towering monument on Barcelona's famous walkway, La Rambla, depicting the famed explorer pointing out towards the sea. Visitors can take an elevator to the top, which offers a thrilling view of the city.
Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous architect, construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and continues to this day, a perfect synthesis of the 19th-century Gothic and 20th-century Modernist styles, a blend of religion and fantasy.
Admission (Optional): Adult €15
Barcelona at Night
The city of Barcelona looks like a pearl set against a dark background when it is illuminated at night, and on this evening excursion into the metropolis, you will get to see this firsthand.
Admission (Optional): Adult €25
Flamenco is a traditional Spanish cultural dance. During your stay in Barcelona, you can go out for a night to see a performance that will showcase this exciting rhythmic style.
Admission (Optional): Adult €55
Barcelona - Valencia - Alicante (469 km)
After breakfast in the hotel this morning, we will leave Barcelona and head to Valencia, where we will visit Modernism Plaza, the City Hall, the Ancient City Gates and the Valencia Cathedral. Afterwards, we will drive to Alicante.
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.
Alicante Beach at Night
In the evening, you will be able to take a nighttime excursion to the beautiful beach of Alicante, which is located along the lovely Costa Blanca region.
Admission (Optional): Adult €10
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Alicante or city nearby
Alicante - Granada - Málaga (639 km)
This morning, we will depart for the city of Granada, which sits on the plateaus of Andalusia. Here, we will visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace. Then, we will proceed to the Costa del Sol, arriving in Malaga. This was the birthplace of the famous painter, Pablo Picasso.
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.
Admission (Optional): Adult €13
This castle is built on a hill in Malaga that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The name is supposed to come from the ancient Phoenician word meaning "Rock of Light." It was built in 929 CE.
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 €15
This small piece of land that forms the mouth between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. It is a British Overseas Territory, famous for the Rock of Gibraltar.
Excursion to Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory on the southern coast of Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the most famous attraction around, helping to form the mouth to the Mediterranean Sea. Today, you will tour this interesting area.
Admission (Optional): Adult €40
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Málaga or city nearby
Malaga - Seville (214 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.
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.
Admission (Optional): Adult €4.50
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.
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.