Costsaver Europe Summer 2021 V2: Iberian Explorer
Brochure Type: Costsaver Europe Summer 2021 V2
Add a dash of emocion 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 Belem Tower and the world's greatest Gothic Cathedral in sizzling Seville.
- Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla and views from Montjuic
- Costa Del Sol Visit this renowned resort area
- Fatima Visit the celebrated Shrine
- Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
- Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
- Guadix View the cave homes in 'Barrio Troglodyte'
- Lisbon View Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
- Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Royal Palace, Retiro Park and the Cibeles Fountain
- Peniscola See the ancient castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
- Salamanca Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
- Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Plaza de Espana and Giralda Tower
- Valencia Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences
- 12 Breakfasts
- 4 Three-course dinners
- 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 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
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Barcelona||Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights): Bienvenido a Espana! The golden shores of Barcelona kickstart your exhilarating visit to Spain and Portugal. Check in to your hotel, then take some time to recharge siesta-style before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse of what lies ahead. There's boundless energy to Barcelona and you'll want to soak it all up on your first evening in the capital of Catalonia. Grab your front-row seat, on an Optional Experience, to watch the famous Dancing Fountains followed by a delightful Catalonian feast with drinks.|
Campanile Sud Cornella
|Day 2||Barcelona||Barcelona sightseeing and free time: Gear up for an exciting morning of sightseeing in Barcelona, joining your Local Specialist who knows all the best spots in town. Capture the sights and sounds of La Rambla, Placa de Catalunya and the ornate La Sagrada Familia as you tour the city, ascending to Montjuic for sublime views. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own. Head to the Gothic Quarter or seek out the fanciful facades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi, whose plentiful works of art and architecture lend a fairy-tale feel to Barcelona's skyline. You may consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat with its hidden monastery, home to the revered La Moreneta.|
|Day 3||Valencia||Barcelona - Peniscola - Valencia (1 Night): Today we'll skirt along the Costa Daurada, a gleaming strip of the Mediterranean coastline, travelling past expansive orange groves to Peniscola. You'll see its imposing 13th-century Templar Castle, famed as the dramatic backdrop for the Hollywood classic El Cid. Then continue to Valencia, catching a glimpse of the iconic highlights of this bustling modern metropolis on your orientation tour with your Travel Director. View the Town Hall, the Towers of Serrano and Quart and the impressive Cathedral. Next, leave the present behind and admire the futuristic 'City of Arts and Sciences', a cultural complex built into the Turia riverbed.|
|Day 4||Granada||Valencia - Guadix - Granada (1 Night): Today we journey to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where you'll find a hidden underground world of cave houses. The trogloditas of Guadix live in these ancient man-made dwellings, skilfully carved centuries ago. The only clue to their existence is the white chimneys that rise up from the hills and front doors etched into the rockface. You'll have the chance to capture this curiosity on camera then continue your scenic travels across the Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain.|
|Day 5||Costa del Sol||Granada - Costa del Sol (1 Night): Embrace the laid-back spirit of your Spanish hosts and enjoy a slow start to the day on your Mediterranean tour. Spend your free morning exploring Granada and its Moorish influences on your own. There's even time for a quick tea break at a traditional teteria or you may choose to join an Optional Experience to the Albaicin Quarter, one of the oldest centres of Islamic culture in the city. Later, we head to the golden beaches of the Costa del Sol. Set your watch to siesta time or don your sandals and sunglasses for a leisurely stroll to soak up the fresh sea air. Consider joining an Optional Experience this evening to the hilltop village of Mijas offering stunning views of the coast followed by a delicious Mediterranean meal.|
|Day 6||Seville||Costa del Sol - Gibraltar - Seville (2 Nights): Explore a slice of Britain when you cross the border into Gibraltar, the much-contested gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe join an Optional Experience to get up close to the Barbary apes and visit the cave of St. Michael at the Rock of Gibraltar, the Roman and Greeks' former pillar of the "known world". Next, we return to Spain, travelling north through the Andalusian countryside to sizzling Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see the whirling skirts and fiery passion of a flamenco show. This foot-tapping extravaganza is not to be missed.|
|Day 7||Seville||Seville sightseeing and free time: A Local Specialist is on hand today to reveal Seville's special allure and, standing amidst the pavilions and fountains of Maria Luisa Park, you'll hear all about the elaborate Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 which put this sleepy Spanish city on the global map. See the world's largest Gothic Cathedral and its Giralda Bell Tower, then consider joining an Optional Experience to the Alcazar, built by a Christian king who loved Mudejar architecture. This lavish palace complex has witnessed key moments in Spanish history and welcomed great Spanish kings and queens over the centuries. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the city's Old Quarter your way and celebrate sunset in Seville in style, sampling the traditional tapas on an optional evening in Old Seville.|
|Day 8||Lisbon||Seville - Lisbon (2 Nights): The highlights of your Spain and Portugal value tour just keep on rolling and for now it's adios Sevilla and a warm ola to Portugal, as we journey through the golden and green plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon. Pastel and azulejo-clad facades line the Portuguese capital's narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. You'll be drawn to the city's vibrant nightlife in the Bairro Alto and beyond, so head out with new friends for a night on the town or join your Travel Director for a poignant Optional Experience including a traditional meal accompanied by the melancholic sounds of fado.|
Ramada by Wyndham
|Day 9||Lisbon||Lisbon sightseeing and free time: Visit the banks of the Tagus River this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Hieronymite Monastery and Belem Tower, built in the 16th century to defend the city. Later, you'll want to hop on one of the city's signature trams to explore the city's hilly bairros or find a corner cafe to sample some of the local pastries - pasteis de nata anyone? You could choose to leave the city limits behind this afternoon and visit the beach playgrounds of Estoril and Cascais, as well as Sintra, on an Optional Experience of the iconic Golden Triangle - the choice is yours.|
|Day 10||Salamanca||Lisbon - Fatima - Salamanca (1 Night): Rub shoulders with visiting travellers who have made the journey to the Catholic pilgrimage centre of Fatima. It was here in 1917 that the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children. Today this humble village has been transformed into a place celebrating religious miracles. There's time to explore the Basilica and Sanctuary before venturing east and crossing the Spanish border bound for Salamanca. Your Travel Director will take you on an orientation tour to reveal their favourite spots, followed by an evening spent your way amidst the historic monuments and honey-hued facades for which this ancient university town is famous.|
|Day 11||Madrid||Salamanca - Madrid sightseeing (2 Nights): We leave Salamanca behind, with Madrid firmly in our sights. Our scenic drive takes us through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains before arriving in the Spanish capital. With a Local Specialist at your side, you'll embark on a sightseeing tour to view the Cibeles Fountain, Gran Via and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire views of the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the Royal Family. The evening is yours to discover why the Madrilenos adore their nightlife, so resist the urge to set an early curfew and perhaps join an optional dinner and discovery in downtown Madrid.|
|Day 12||Madrid||Madrid free day: There's every excuse to rise with the Madrilenos and enjoy a leisurely start to your morning. You'll have a full free day to explore the city your way and discover the legacy of 'Madrid's Best Mayor', which installed Madrid as one of the most gracious capitals across Europe. King Charles III's desire to 'beautify' Madrid can be seen around every turn, from the Puerto de Alcala to the treasures displayed in the Prado Museum, which you could choose to visit today. Alternatively, you could take an opportunity to join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the country's famous sword-making centre. This evening, you'll celebrate with your fellow travellers as your enchanting journey through the Iberian Peninsula comes to a close with a farewell dinner.|
|Day 13||Madrid||Depart Madrid: Keep that Spanish gusto in your step as you prepare to close the curtain on your epic Mediterranean journey through Spain and Portugal. It's time to say a final hasta la vista to your fellow travellers and your Travel Director. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.|
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Tour Type: CostsaverBrochure Type: Costsaver Europe Summer 2021 V2Add a dash of emocion 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 ...