Welcome to Spain "Land of the Flamenco & Fiestas"!
Arrive in Madrid, Spain's second largest city you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Madrid.
Overnight at Madrid.
Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the morning and proceed for a half day City tour. The Royal Palace is a beautiful example of 18th century architecture and is one of the best preserved palaces in Europe. It is one of the most beautiful examples of royal residence style and has become the permanent symbol of Madrid as the political capital of the Kingdom. The most important official receptions of the Crown take place here including audiences, gala dinners and the signing of important agreements. We will visit the principal staircase, rooms of alabarderos, columns, throne, Gasparini, Carlos III, porcelains, gala dining room, museum of silver, musical instruments, principal courtyard, real chapel and the four new rooms. We continue by coach for a panoramic tour to see some of the different areas of Madrid from the Borbones, Austrias, Isabelino and contemporary quarters through to the Moorish Quarter. You will have time for lunch at one of the Tapas Bars.
After lunch we proceed for a visit to Toledo - Toledo is a city of great artistic beauty. It was once the capital of the country and is now one of the oldest cities in Europe. During a walking tour of the city centre, we visit the city's most famous monuments such as St Tome Church, Santa Maria la Blanca Synanogue, the Victorio Macho Museum and San Juan de Los Reyes Church.
Overnight at Madrid.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning. The city of Avila is completely encircled by 11th century walls and looks more like a great castle than a living city. It has Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces and a fortified Cathedral from the 12th century. The city was the birthplace of St Teresa de Jesus, the greatest mystic of the Catholic Church. We make a stop at Cerro de los Cuatro Postes to admire the views of the city and then visit the Basilica San Vicente and St Teresa's Convent. Then we depart towards Segovia and take some time for lunch. Segovia was a very important military city during the time of the Romans. The city was chosen by some of the Castilla's Kings as a summer residence and is preserved as a notable medieval center. We visit the Cathedral (the last gothic cathedral built in Spain) and the Alcazar, a spectacular castle. Evening is at leisure.
Overnight at Madrid.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for a train to Seville, vibrant capital of Andalusia. On arrival at Seville station, transfer to the hotel and complete your check in procedures. Day at leisure till evening.
In a truly Andalusian night out, enjoy a breathtaking evening at El Patio Sevillano watching a fantastic performance. Located in the center of Seville (next door to the Bull ring La Maestranza), El Patio Sevillano offers both regulars and tourists a unique and friendly atmosphere. Singers, Guitarists and Dancers share the experience to make you feel the art of "Flamenco". They will introduce you to various flamenco styles through song, guitar and dance. After the show the evening is free to enjoy the many restaurants, Tapas bars and to soak in the life and culture of Spain.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel proceed for tour of this vibrant city. Proceed for a full day excursion to The Andalusian city of Cordoba, one of the most beautiful in Spain, was founded by Claudius Marcellus in the 2nd Century BC during the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Later, the city played an important role during the Moorish occupation and after the re-conquest, traces of all these periods can be found in the city's architecture. After an hour-and-a-half drive from Seville, the tour starts with a visit of the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Formerly a Roman fortress, the Catholic Kings resided here following the re-conquest, and the Moorish influence is seen in its beautiful gardens. The next stop on our visit is perhaps the highlight of the day, the Mosque. Building began in 785 AD by Abd al-Rahman on the site of an old Visigoth basilica of St. Vincent, and underwent additional building work during the following two hundred years. After the re-conquest, it was reconstructed as a Christian church and underwent further alterations, the most notable being the construction of a Renaissance cathedral nave. The Mosque today exhibits fine examples of Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Following the Mosque we will continue with a walk through the old Jewish Quarter, the Old Market (now a handicraft market) and the old Synagogue (14th century) used until 1492 when the Jews were expelled from Spain. After our visit to the Synagogue we will have free time for lunch (not included) before returning to Seville.
Enjoy your breakfast this morning and proceed for a city tour of Seville. With a population of some 704,000 people, Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain and is considered the cultural centre of the region. Its history dates back more than 2,000 years. Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors all left their presence in the city. We will also discover the most emblematic monuments of Seville by minibus: the University, the Old Tabac Factory, the Plaza de Espana, the centerpiece of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition, San Telmo Palace, The Golden Tower, and Isabel II Bridge. We will then discover Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter: a labyrinth of narrow streets which lead to the gorgeous Plaza de los Venerables. We will start our tour by visiting the Royal Alcazares, World Heritage and one of the most remaining examples of Mudejar architecture and the visit of the Cathedral of Seville, the largest gothic cathedral of the world, where Christopher Columbus' s remains lie.
Later we proceed to the railway station for train to Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso also known for its excellent weather and beaches is located on the southernmost coast and is one of the most visited tourist spots of Spain. A port city and ranked among top five metropolitan areas in Spain. Surrounded by mountains and flanked by two rivers, the city with mild and enjoyable climatic features presents beautiful landscape marked by pretty streets, lush gardens.
On arrival at Marbella check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for your own activities.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning and spend the day at leisure to discover this charming Spanish city or enjoy its beaches.
Or take an optional excursion to Granada and Alhambra Palace
After an early breakfast we proceed for the splendid city of Granada. Once there, our first stop will be the Alhambra Palace and its gardens. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of XIII century. Throughout the XIII, XIV and XV century the fortress became a citadel which housed two main areas: the military area or Alcazaba and the medina (or court city) where Charles V palace was built after the city was taken by the Catholics. The complex of monuments has also an independent palace opposite the Alhambra, The General life, which is surrounded by orchards and beautiful gardens. After this, we will have free time for lunch (not included). After lunch we will continue into the afternoon with a panoramic tour of this pretty city, stopping at Mirador de San Nicolas for photo.
Overnight at Marbella.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning. Spend the day at leisure.
Overnight at Marbella.
After a buffet breakfast in the morning, transfer to the railway station to board a train to Barcelona. On arrival at Barcelona, transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at Barcelona.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel and spend the day leisure.
Or take an optional Excursion to Figueres and Girona
After an early breakfast proceed for a tour of Girona, Figueres. Discover two of the most interesting towns of Catalunya: Figueres, visiting its landmark Teatro-Museo Dali and the amazing world of Dali. Also visit Girona - wander through this monumental city, which has one of Europe's best-preserved Jewish quarters.
Overnight at Barcelona.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel. We proceed from the bus terminal and proceed into Via Layetana, visiting the Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Sant Jaume Square, the Port and the Olympic Village. We also pass the Columbus Statue, Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and St. Jordi Palace. Then there is time for a visit to the 'Spanish Village' where you'll be able to taste Catalan cava and there will be some free time to explore and take lunch (lunch is included). In the afternoon we visit Gaudi's Park Guell and have a brief stop at the Sagrada Familia. Then we will have a view of the Lleo Morera, Ametller and Mila houses.
Overnight at Barcelona.
Enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast in the morning. Transfer to the airport for a flight back to India.
3 Nights Lisbon: Euro 185 Day 1 : Barcelona - Lisbon On arrival at Lisbon transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy an illuminated tour of the city while understanding a bit about the roots of the Portuguese "Alma Lusitana" (Portuguese soul). Driving down the Liberdade Avenue, we find the most symbolic squares of the city; Praca dos Restauradores, Rossio and Praca do Comercio. Then along the river, enjoying a splendid view of the bridge, we reach Belem quarter where you will be impressed by the magnificence and richness of its monuments that date back to the discoveries time; S.Jerome Monastery and Belem Tower. In a local restaurant enjoy dinner and a typical Fado show. Enjoy local music and folk dances with colorful costumes. Overnight at Lisbon. Day 2 : Lisbon After a delicious buffet breakfast proceed for a full Day tour of Fatima, Obidos, Nazare, Batalha & Alcobac. We drive northwards and arrive at our first point of the visit: the beautiful walled town of Obidos with its narrow streets and the Pousada do castelo. We then drive to Alcobaca where we can visit the 12th century Church with the tombs of Pedro and Ines de Castro. We drive to Nazare' the most colourful Portuguese fishing village, where we stop for lunch. If possible, we will go to the Sitio for a panoramic view of the beach and village. In the afternoon we go to Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture considered a heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Finally we arrive at Fatima's Sanctuary, we will have time to attend the mass for those interested. At the end of the day we will return to Lisbon through the beautiful farming region. Overnight at Lisbon. Day 3 : Lisbon Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure OR choose one of the optional sightseeing tours. Overnight at Lisbon. Day 4 : Lisbon - Onward Flight Enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast in the morning. Transfer to the airport/ railway station for your onward journey.
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