16 Day Spain and Portugal | Madrid, Portugal and Andalusia - MPACLM
Day 1 - Sunday
Upon arrival you will be met with IBMT Tours Europe representative and will be transferred to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Madrid.
Day 2 - Monday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Madrid.(Breakfast)
Day 3 - Tuesday
Madrid | Avila | Salamanca | Porto
Breakfast. Departure from IBMT Tours bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 a.m. Drive to Avila. A city that preserves its medieval wall. Short stop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City World Heritage of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto. Accommodation. Overnight Porto.(Breakfast)
Day 4 - Wednesday
Breakfast. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. In the afternoon.
possibility of an Optional visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous "port wine".
Accommodation. Overnight Porto.(Breakfast)
Day 5 - Thursday
Porto | Coimbra | Fatima
Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria 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. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation.Overnight Fatima.(Breakfast)
Day 6 - Friday
Fatima | Batalha | Nazare | Alcobaca | Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro and then to Lisbon. Accommodation.
Optional: night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.
Day 7 - Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel.Overnight Lisbon.(Breakfast)
Day 8 - Sunday
Lisbon | Caceres | Cordoba
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 07:30 to Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Cordoba.(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 - Monday
Cordoba | Seville
Breakfast at the hotel. Impressive tour of its Mosque 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 hours ride reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Seville.(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10 - Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. 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, specific flavors of this active full of light city. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional: Flamenco tour.
Overnight Seville. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional Flamenco tour with one drink(purchase locally)-
The emblematic neighborhood of La Macarena, with old buildings from the XIX c. of a typical Sevilla Palace House structure, receives our show. This a place where art, magic and passion come together to come alive in our tablao and to show all lovers of flamenco the depth of its roots, the feeling of this land the sensitivity of their interpreters.
It includes one drink per person during the show.
Day 11 - Wednesday
Seville | Granada
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of ANDALUSIA observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional: Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.
Overnight Granada.(Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter(purchase locally)-
The Temple of Flamenco is a stunning cave divided into three naves, creating form of cruise, that lead to a large central area where is located the stage, elevated one meter above the ground, to avour the visibility from any point of the cave. The flamenco show that you can enjoy in this cave of the Albaicin is full of strength and beauty, led by the charismatic Granadian artist Antonio Vallejo. It makes a tour of the most rhythmic clubs in this art, as: Flamenco tangos, bulerías, alegrías, guajira and soleá or segurilla, alternating these numbers of dance with others of flamenco signing & guitar solos.
Day 12 - Thursday
Granada | Valencia
After breakfast at the hotel start driving looking for 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 of Valencia. Reach Valencia one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious “Paella”, Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Valencia.(Breakfast)
Day 13 - Friday
Valencia | Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of this bright city 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 watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudí symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Barcelona. (Breakfast)
Day 14 - Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Barcelona well known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudí such as La Pedrera, Casa Milá, etc. – declared World Heritage buildings. – The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. Afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city full attractive offers as well as exquisite and varied gastronomy. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Barcelona.(Breakfast)
Day 15 - Sunday
Barcelona | Zaragoza | Madrid
After breakfast at the hotel departure southwest along an industrial and agricultural area with certain relevance within Europe. Arrive to Zaragoza, capital city of Aragón, within the banks of Ebro River the most copious within the Iberian Peninsula. Zaragoza, known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period had 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. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight Madrid. (Breakfast)
Day 16 - Monday
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport.(Breakfast)
END OF OUR SERVICE.
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
- Transfer on arrival and departure
- 15 nights accommodation
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 4 Dinners
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
Not included services:
- Airfare & Departure taxes
- Tips to guide/drivers & hotel staff
- Travel Insurance
- Personal extras on meals not mentioned above
HOTELS: 4 STARS - SUPERIOR
- Madrid: Mayorazgo / Florida Norte
- Porto: Tryp Porto Expo / Eurostars Heroismo
- Fatima: Aurea Fatima / Estrela de Fatima / Regina
- Lisbon: Lutecia
- Cordoba: Tryp Cordoba
- Seville: Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda
- Granada: Los Angeles Hotel
- Valencia: Nh Valencia Las Artes
- Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona 505
HOTELS: 4 STARS Plus - SUPERIOR PLUS
- Madrid: Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Catalonia Gran Via
- Cordoba: Hesperia Cordoba
- Seville: Silken Al-Andalus Palace
- Granada: Melia Granada
- Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza / Condal Mar