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15-Day Iberian Explorer Tour from Madrid, Barcelona out Tour Code: 978-791

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Madrid, Spain
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14 nights First Class accommodations. Buffet breakfast daily. Round trip airport transfers. Special Features: Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona.
  • Madrid, Spain-In/Barcelona, Spain-Out
  • 2 nights in Madrid, 1 night in Salamanca, 1 night in Compostela, 2 nights in Porto, 2 nights in Lisbon, 2 nights in Seville, 1 night in Granada, 1 night in Valencia, 2 nights in Barcelona
Price (/person)
    Single $2845
    Double $1995
    3rd Person
    Adult $1929
    Child
    (Age w/2 Adults & under 12)
    $1829

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  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.
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Day 1: Madrid Arrival

Guests will arrive at the Madrid airport and be subsequently transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to spend at our own leisure. Take a walk to get to know the city! In the evening, we will enjoy an "Illuminated Madrid" drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending in the historical Plaza Mayor. This area has some of the city's best restaurants and taverns, so be sure to stop for a bite to eat. We will return to the hotel on our own.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Agumar or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Catalonia Goya or similar

Day 2: Madrid City Tour

In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour allowing us to see some of the city's most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana and the Plaza de Oriente.
  • Madrid, SPAIN

    Madrid, SPAIN
    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.

    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.

    Fountain of Cibeles

    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.

    Puerta de Alcala

    This monument is designed in the neo-Classical style, and stands near Madrid's city center, reminiscent of the old medieval gates to the city, although this gate stands alone.

    Gran Via

    The Gran Via, oftentimes referred to as "The Spanish Broadway," is a central avenue in Madrid with some of the finest shops in the city, not to mention one of the most active nightlife scenes of any European city.

    Plaza de Espana

    This large public square in Madrid features a huge monument to Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's most widely-read writer, that hovers over bronze sculptures of Cervantes' two iconic characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Agumar or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Catalonia Goya or similar

Day 3: Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca(235 km)

After a buffet breakfast, we will depart Madrid for the old Castile region, visiting the medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct and the impressive Alcazar castle. Our next stop will be Avila, where we will admire the perfectly preserved defensive walls, before continuing to the old university city of Salamanca, where we will take a city tour in the afternoon. In the evening, we will walk through the city?s Plaza Mayor, always lively with activity. We will spend the night in Salamanca.
  • Segovia, SPAIN

    Segovia, SPAIN
    Being one of the largest Roman structures in Spain, it was built in the period of "Flavio" around 50AD. With a profound culture and history in Segovia, you can visit Segovia Aqueduct, Alcazar de Segovia etc.

    Alcazar of Segovia

    Alcazar of Segovia
    Like the other Alcazars located throughout Spain, the one in Segovia was a renovated Arab fortress, converted to a magnificent castle after the Christian reconquest of Spain. It rests at the far-northern edge of town, atop a steep cliff.
  • Avila, SPAIN

    Avila, SPAIN
    Avila is a small town in Castile and Leon, Spain. Not much has changed since the Middle Ages, as far as the architecture is concerned, as the town's original medieval defense walls still proudly stand.

    Old Town

    Old Town
    The medieval walls that surround the Castilian town of Avila, which boasts one of the highest numbers of Romanesque and Gothic churches in the whole of Spain, still stand, impressively guarding the city.
  • Salamanca, SPAIN

    Salamanca is a major city in Spain that mixes antiquated, medieval architecture with the atmosphere of a college town, with the University of Salamanca leading the way in the teaching of the Spanish language.

    Plaza Mayor

    Most Spanish cities have a Plaza Mayor, but few are comparable to that of Salamanca. Surrounded by baroque buildings, the centerpiece of this public square is the city hall, with arms of restaurants, cafes, and other shops lining the side.
Standard Hotel: Gran Hotel Corona Sol or similar

Day 4: Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela(427 km)

Today, we will depart for the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old city and its beautiful cathedral in the Praza do Obradoiro. In the evening, we will have the option of enjoying a delicious, traditional dinner in our hotel. We will spend the night here.
  • Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN

    Santiago de Compostela has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century.

    Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    This grand cathedral northwestern Spain is supposedly the burial site of the apostle St. James, built in the Romanesque style of architecture. The exterior is covered with intricate designs of apostles and Biblical scenes.

    Praza do Obradoiro

    This open, public square in Santiago de Compostela is a great spot to stop for a rest or merely people watch. Once there, your eyes willbe drawn to the exquisite cathedral.
Standard Hotel: TRYP Santiago or similar

Day 5: Santiago - Viana Do Castelo - Porto(196 km)

Today, we will depart for Portugal, stopping in the town of Viana do Castelo. After a stop here, we will continue our journey in the charming city of Porto, known for its namesake Port wines.
  • Viana do Castelo, PORTUGAL

    Viana do Castelo is a municipality in the Norte Region of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 88,725 in an area of 319.02 km2.
  • Porto Santo, PORTUGAL

    Porto Santo is the northeasternmost island in the Madeira archipelago, located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal. It is a popular vacation spot, featuring many hotels and a professional golf course in addition to its wonderful beaches.
Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar

Day 6: Porto City Tour

This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of Porto, which includes a visit to a local winery. The afternoon will be free for us to enjoy at our own leisure.
Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar

Day 7: Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon(302 km)

After breakfast, we will depart for Aveiro, the "City of Canals", regarded as the Portuguese Venice. Then we will continue on to Fatima, a Christian pilgrimage center, with free time to visit the Basilica. Afterward, we will drive to Lisbon, where we can enjoy an optional excursion to hear live Fado music while eating a delicious dinner.
  • Fatima, PORTUGAL

    Fatima, PORTUGAL
    Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.

    Basilica of the Santissima Trinidade

    One of the largest Christian church in the world, construction on this basilica was completed in 2007. With its thoroughly modern design, it looks completely unique from most other European churches.
Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar

Day 8: Lisbon City Tour

In the morning, we will tour the city of Lisbon, admiring its splendid avenues and monuments, like the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery. We will have the afternoon free, and it is strongly recommended that we visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra or the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais.
Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar

Day 9: Lisbon - Merida - Seville(477 km)

Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After we cross the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE as "Emerita Augusta," to admire the impressive amphitheater. Afterward, we will continue to Sevilla for the evening.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar

Day 10: Seville City Tour

Today, we will tour the city of Sevilla, the "Pearl of Andalusia," seeing the Torre del Oro, tranquil Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally, the massive Cathedral with its Giralda tower. The afternoon is free to continue exploring the city or shop. In the evening, there is an option to see a performance of live Flamenco music while enjoying local wine.
  • Seville, SPAIN

    Seville, SPAIN
    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.

    La Giralda

    La Giralda was once a minaret for the Muslim population in medieval Sevilla, but was converted to a church bell tower after Christian forces had regained power in Iberia. Its design has influenced many other towers around the world.

    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.

    Seville Cathedral

    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: Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Melia Lebreros

Day 11: Seville - Cordoba - Granada(346 km)

After breakfast, we will depart Sevilla for Cordoba, visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most marvelous religious buildings in the world. Then, we will continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. It is suggested that we spend our evening visiting the quaint Albaicin Quarter, where we will see the city illuminated beautifully.
  • Seville, SPAIN

    Seville, SPAIN
    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.
Standard Hotel: Macia Gran Via / Alixares or similar

Day 12: Granada - Valencia(497 km)

Before we leave Granada, we will go on a guided tour of the amazing Moorish palacae and fortress complex, the Alhambra, seeing the verdant gardens of the Generalife. At midday, we will depart Granada, traveling along the east coast of Spain until we reach Valencia.
  • Granada, SPAIN

    Granada, SPAIN
    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.

    Alhambra

    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.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Melia Valencia or similar

Day 13: Valencia - Barcelona(301 km)

After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city and the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia's museum complex. In the early afternoon, we will drive north to Barcelona. In the evening, we have the option to dine at the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum which features architectural replicas from all of Spain's regions.
  • Barcelona, SPAIN

    Barcelona, SPAIN
    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.

    Poble Espanyol

    Poble Espanyol
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Tryp Apolo or similar

Day 14: Barcelona

This morning, we will enjoy an escorted tour of this beautiful city, passing through the Gothic Quarter, admiring the Sagrada Familia, wandering through the public parks on Montjuic Hill, site of the Anella Olimpica, where we will get the best view of the city and its port area. We will then have lunchtime and the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona.
  • Barcelona, SPAIN

    Barcelona, SPAIN
    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.

    Anella Olimpica

    Barcelona's Anella Olimpica, the series of athletic facilities in the park atop Montjuic hill, was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The complex was designed in a contemporary minimalist style, and the individual facilities are connected by a plaza.

    Gothic Quarter

    Gothic Quarter
    Barcelona's Gothic Quarter was once the city's center in medieval times, and many of the buildings date to this period, some even earlier to when the city was merely a Roman settlement.

    Montjuic Hill

    Rising above the Barcelona's harbor is Montjuic Hill. Parks and gardens rest on this hill, converging with each other via winding paths carved into the hillside, along with a Greek amphitheater, various museums and the Olympic Park.

    Poble Espanyol

    Poble Espanyol
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.

    Sagrada Familia

    Sagrada Familia
    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.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Tryp Apolo or similar

Day 15: Barcelona

After breakfast, guests will be dropped off at Barcelona airport for return flights.

Price Includes

  • Transfers to and from the airport and hotel
  • 14 nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Professional tour escort throughout (bilingual English/Spanish)
  • Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
  • Baggage (1 piece per person) handling at hotels
  • Travel bag (delivered in Spain)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare to and from tour destination
  • Optional tours and excursions, unless otherwise specified.
  • Gratuities for guides, driver, and tour manager.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, wine, water, beverages, food other than the table d'hote menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, airport taxes and fees, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified. indicated in the package inclusions

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  • Prices: Quoted prices are based on US Dollars and are subject to change without notice.
  • Tour Accommodations: The tour operator reserves the right, if necessary, to substitute other, similar hotels from those listed. Such substitutions may be made at any time and without prior notice. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for hotel over-bookings. In the event of over-booking, the tour operator will find similar accommodations in the same area.
  • English-Speaking Tour Escort: A professional, bilingual tour director will accompany tours while traveling by motor coach. Most tours will operate in both Spanish and English on the same motor coach. In the unusual event that a group totals less than 15 persons, the tour operator reserves the right to operate the tour in a minibus or private car with a bilingual driver-escort, or by first-class rail transportation.
  • Hotels: Unless otherwise stated, prices are per room and based on one, two or three persons sharing a room, with private bath. A limited number of single rooms are available at additional cost. Triple rooms are not recommended.
  • Meals and Sightseeing: As indicated in the itineraries. Meals do not normally include beverages, except coffee or tea with breakfasts.
  • Passport and Visas: A valid passport is required for United States citizens. Citizens of other countries require a valid passport and may require additional documents. Such persons should contact consulates of countries to be visited and obtain proper documents before departure. The possession of required and valid passport and visas is the sole responsibility of the traveler. The tour operator assumes no liability for lack of proper documents.
  • Baggage: Although airline regulations generally allow, free of charge, a maximum of two bags, the tour operator will accommodate only one normal size suitcase plus one small overnight bag on motor coach tours.
  • Surcharges: A documentation and shipping fee of $25 will be added to all online bookings.
  • Cancellation: Once a partial or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure:
    Notification day and departure day are not counted
    Cancellations received more than 45 days prior to departure will have a penalty of $50 per person;
    Cancellations received between 45 and 31 days will have a penalty of 25% per person.
    Cancellations received between 30 and 6 days will have a penalty of 50% per person.
    Cancellations received received 5 days or less prior to departure or "no shows" will receive no refund.
    No refund will be made for abandonment of services. No refunds will be made for transfers, city tours or any other services (including meals, accommodations or transportation) voluntarily not taken.
    The refund amount will be credited directly to your account. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 10% handling fee.
  • Insurance: The tour operator highly recommends that each traveler purchase travel and cancellation insurance. Such insurance can be obtained through your travel agent.
  • Changes: Travelers holding confirmed tour or hotel package reservations may request a change of date to another tour or hotel package of equal or greater value. Online changes can be made up to 45 days before departure and are subject to availability. There will be a charge of $25 for such changes if accepted by the tour operator.
  • Responsibility: The tour operator holds itself free of any responsibility for any cause, in all matters connected with hotels, accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation, whether by air, rail, bus, motorcar, boat or any other means. The tour operator and/or its agents will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any of the traveler's belongings. The tour operator reserves the right to accept or retain any person as a member of a tour at any time. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour, unless insured.
  • Limitations of Liability: The tour operator and its agents act only as agents for the traveler's hotels, restaurants, sightseeing and transportation (such as railroad, aircraft, boat, motor coach, automobile, or any conveyance). The tour operator and its agents shall not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, neglect, accident, error or default of any company or person engaged in providing such hotel, restaurant, sightseeing, transportation or other services of the tour. The tour operator and its agents shall not be responsible or liable for alterations of the tour itinerary or arrangement, if such alterations become advisable or necessary for the comfort or well being of any passenger, or for any reason whatsoever. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours or portions thereof. The sole and exclusive responsibility and liability of the airline shall be in accordance with and as limited by the contract of carriage in the passenger's ticket, the applicable tariffs, and provisions of the Warsaw Convention, if applicable.

Additional Note

  • Optional Premium Package ($470 per person): You may wish to enhance your tour experience by adding our exclusive Premium Package (details below).
    Tapas dinner in Madrid
    Dinner in Salamanca
    Dinner in Santiago
    Lunch in Porto
    Lunch in Fatima
    Dinner in Lisbon
    Fado show in Lisbon
    Tour of Sintra and Cascais
    Lunch in Merida
    Lunch in Seville
    Flamenco Show in Seville
    Dinner in Granada
    Evening tour/Zambra show at the Albaicin, Granada
    Dinner in Barcelona's Pueblo Espanol
    Lunch in the Olympic Port of Barcelona

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