13 DAY PORTUGAL, ANDALUCIA & THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST TOUR from MADRID - 13 days / 12 nights (PACL)

13 DAY PORTUGAL, ANDALUCIA & THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST TOUR from MADRID (PACL)

DEPARTS MADRID / TUESDAYS: 02 April 2019 - 31 March 2020 / 07 April 2020 - 30 March 2021

Visits: Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona

2020-2021 Itinerary:

Day 1 (Tuesday)                    MADRID / ALIVIA / SALAMANCA / PORTO

Depart from Madrid and drive to Avila, a city known for its well preserved medieval wall. Take a short stop to visit the wall and Avila’s old town. Next continue to Salamanca for some free time to explore this University city and soak up its heritage of Humanity, great architectural and artistic wealth. Later depart for the Portuguese border and continue into Porto. Accommodation.
 

Day 2 (Wednesday)               PORTO

Today, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, including the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city from the river Douro aboard a cruise boat. Discover the heritage of this wine region at a Port Wine Cellars with a Port wine tasting. The rest of day is at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 3 (Thursday)                  PORTO / COIMBRA / FATIMA

This morning, depart for Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Enjoy free time before continuing to Fatima. Known as the centre of Christian Faith and a World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria, the 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. Accommodation. (B)
Evening optional: It may be possible to attend the Fatima Sanctuary Candle Procession.
 

Day 4 (Friday)                        FATIMA / BATALHA / NAZARE / ALCOBACA / LISBON

Farewell Fatima, and drive to the Monastery of Batalha, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next visit the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré, enjoy some free time before continuing to Alcobaça with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 12th century. Later continue to Lisbon. Accommodation. (B)
Evening optional: A traditional dinner and performance of traditional Portuguese music “Fado”.
 

Day 5 (Saturday)                   LISBON

Take a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, visit the Tower of Belem, Jerónimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square and Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure. Maybe explore the Alfama Quarter or the old city, with its old buildings nested in narrow twisting streets “Ruas”, full of colour. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 6 (Sunday)                      LISBON / CACERES / CORDOBA

Today leave Lisbon for Cordoba, en-route stop in Caceres to visit this ancient city. Old Town Caceres has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historic architecture; a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Walk through its Old Town and Plaza Mayor during this short stop. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Accommodation. (B,D)
 

Day 7 (Monday)                     CORDOBA / SEVILLE

Visit Cordoba with an impressive tour of its 8th century Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hour drive arrive in Seville. Accommodation. (B,D)
 

Day 8 (Tuesday)                    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 and unique flavours of this city. Accommodation. (B,D)
Optional: Flamenco tour.

 

Day 9 (Wednesday)               SEVILLE / GRANADA

Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalucia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms until 1492. Visit the world famous La Alhambra (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Accommodation. (B,D)
Optional: Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.
 

Day 10 (Thursday)                GRANADA / VALENCIA

Today, start driving towards the Mediterranean coast  via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river. Continue north via Alicante, the second largest city within the region to arrive in Valencia, the city of arts and science, with its cultural and architectural complex made up of six buildings: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally renowned and delicious “Paella”. Accommodation (B)
 

Day 11 (Friday)                      VALENCIA / BARCELONA

Morning city tour including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to see its stunning exterior. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Arrive in Barcelona principal Mediterranean city and home of the famous architect Gaudí, symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Accommodation (B)
 

Day 12 (Saturday)                 BARCELONA

Morning city tour of Barcelona, known worldwide for the Olympic Games in 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera & Casa Milá, UNESCO World Heritage buildings, The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city and harbor, the Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and Olympic Port. Afternoon free to continue exploring the city. Accommodation (B)
 

Day 13 (Sunday)                    BARCELONA / ZARAGOZA / MADRID

After breakfast depart southwest along an industrial and agricultural area to arrive in Zaragoza, capital city of Aragón, within the banks of Ebro River. Zaragoza, known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period played an important role in Spanish history. Some free time to see the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilic-Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Continue to Madrid. (B) END OF TOUR.
(Consider finishing in Barcelona after breakfast and extending your stay!)
2020 Departure Dates
Tuesdays
 
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
March: 10, 24, 31   AU$2860 AU$3915
2020 Departure Dates
Tuesdays
2021 Departure Dates
Tuesdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 21   AU$3280 AU$4570
April: 7, 14, 28
May: 5, 12, 26
June: 9, 16, 23, 30
March: 30 AU$2995 AU$4285
May: 19
July: 7, 14, 21, 28
August: 4, 11, 18, 25
September: 1, 15, 22
October: 13, 20, 27
  AU$3095 AU$4385
October: 6   AU$3180 AU$4465
September: 8, 29
December: 22
  AU$3140 AU$4425
  March: 23 AU$3355 AU$4645
Regular guaranteed departure coach tour by air-conditioned vehicle with multilingual escorts/guides.
(B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Seasonal supplements may apply

Highlights Include: Boat cruise along the Douro River; Port Wine Cellar Visit & Port Wine Tasting; Visit Coimbra, with one of the oldest universities in Europe; Monastery of Batalha; Tower of Belem & Jerónimos Monastery; Cordoba Mosque; La Alhambra in Granada

Tour Includes: Meals as per itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (drinks not included); Guided & Panoramic city tours as per itinerary; Entrance fees included as per itinerary

First Class (4*) Tour Hotels used (or similar): Porto – BessaHotel Boavista (2 nights); Fatima – Aurea Fátima or Estrela de Fátima or Regina (1 night); Lisbon – Lutécia Smart Design (2 nights); Córdoba – Hesperia Córdoba (1 night); Seville – Hesperia Seville (2 nights); Granada – Meliá Granada (1 night); Valencia – NH Valencia Las Artes (1 night); Barcelona – Catalonia Barcelona Plaza / Meliá Barcelona Sarriá (2 nights)

Additional Information: Passport details are required in advance; Tourist city taxes (in applicable cities) are to be paid locally; There is a small possibility that tickets to the Alhambra may not be attained, in which case the operator may be obliged to change the Alhambra visit; Luggage Limit: one suitcase per person (max. 25kg, 157cm total dimensions), If 2 passengers are sharing one suitcase larger measurements will be accepted.

Generally, coach tours in Spain, Portugal & Morocco use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a multilingual tour escort unless they are specifically listed as only ‘English Speaking’. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program. Your fellow travellers could be from all over the world, speaking various languages. Tour information and descriptions will be given in English, and possibly Spanish and other language(s) depending on those spoken by tour participants. Your fellow tour participants may be staying at multiple hotels in each city.

For further tour information or to book a tour, please contact Timeless Tours.

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