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Iberian Explorer

Duration 13 days

Destinations visited :
  • Spain
    ,
  • Gibraltar
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  • Portugal
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Add a dash of emoción to your journey across the Iberian Peninsula, following an enticing trail of tapas, architectural triumphs and centuries-old art on this 13-day adventure through Spain and Portugal. You’ll ramble through Barcelona, people-watch in Madrid, and stroll along the golden beaches of Costa del Sol. Other famous highlights along the way include the ancient cave dwellings at Guadix, Lisbon’s iconic Belém Tower and the world’s greatest Gothic Cathedral in sizzling Seville.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)
Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain’s most cosmopolitan city.
Hotel: Exe Barcelona Gate
Meal:

DAY 2

Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Barcelona – Peñíscola – Valencia
Drive through orange groves to Peñíscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continue through the ‘huertas’ to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the Town Hall, the Bullring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the cathedral and the modern ‘City of Arts and Science’ designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.
Hotel: Mas Camarena
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Valencia – Guadix – Granada
Travel southwest across the ‘sierras’ to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada.
Hotel: Macia Condor
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Granada – Costa del Sol
This morning there is time to explore the city or participate in an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter of Granada. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol for free time or consider an excursion to Mijas, one of the famous hilltop villages.
Hotel: Sol Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic coastal drive past Marbella to La Línea. Cross the border to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary apes and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through the spectacular Andalusian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see a fiery flamenco show.
Hotel: MA Congresos
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 7

Seville Sightseeing and Free Time
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Explore the city at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to visit the elegant Moorish Alcazar. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)
Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Hotel: Olaias Park
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time
See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure in Lisbon or maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal’s Golden Triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca
A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.
Hotel: Vincci Ciudad de Salamanca
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon, your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including the Royal Palace and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España.
Hotel: Tryp Airport Suites
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12

Madrid Free Day
An entire day to explore the city. You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight, dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 13

Depart Madrid
Say ‘adios’ to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc
  • Peñiscola See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
  • Valencia Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences
  • Guadix View the cave homes in “Barrio Troglodyte”
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Costa Del Sol Visit this renowned resort area
  • Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
  • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Fátima Visit the celebrated Shrine
  • Salamanca Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
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Iberian Explorer

Add a dash of emoción to your journey across the Iberian Peninsula, following an enticing trail of tapas, architectural triumphs and centuries-old art on this 13-day adventure through Spain and Portugal. You’ll ramble through Barcelona, people-watch in Madrid, and stroll along the golden beaches of Costa del Sol. Other famous highlights along the way include the ancient cave dwellings at Guadix, Lisbon’s iconic Belém Tower and the world’s greatest Gothic Cathedral in sizzling Seville.