Highlights of Spain and Portugal (ZZ)

9 days from Barcelona to Lisbon

2019 Tour Details

This marvelous vacation offers two-night-stays each in Spain’s and Portugal’s most famous cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon, with guided sightseeing including the most popular sights.

Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visits to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudi's masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world's most prestigious art museums. In Cordoba, visit the magnificent 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs. In Seville, visit the Casa de Pilatos, with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures; and in Azeitão visit a traditional tile workshop.

Those interested in trying the local specialties and wines will be thrilled by the special treats Globus has arranged. In Seville, you'll enjoy a dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment, and in Portugal, visit a traditional tile workshop in Azeitāo. Throughout this Spain and Portugal tour, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Add magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, plus fantastic art and architecture with a flourish of Iberian flamboyance, and… you have a dream vacation to Spain's most famous cities and Lisbon!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

BARCELONA
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill

MADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

CORDOBA
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter; [LF] dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment

AZEITÃO
[LF] Visit a traditional tile workshop

LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama; a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Notes:

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Barcelona program cannot be excluded.

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Seville and Lisbon

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN. Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

BARCELONA. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Today's highlight is a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

BARCELONA–MADRID. Admire rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

MADRID. Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Highlight is a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last 8 centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. To make the most of your stay, optional excursions are available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

MADRID–CORDOBA–SEVILLE. Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the medieval Jewish Quarter, the MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper, the Roman Bridge, and the remains of the Alcazar. Your next destination is Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

SEVILLE. During your guided sightseeing tour, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, [LF] dinner has been prepared at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

SEVILLE–SETUBAL–AZEITÃO, PORTUGAL–LISBON. A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Setubal for the colorful food market, and visit a traditional [LF] TILE WORKSHOP in Azeitão, before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital of Portugal.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

LISBON. Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and a walk along the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

LISBON. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HASSAN ZUMURYOT

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"I love to share my knowledge and passion for Spain. The best it has to offer, with its truly amazing history and culture. Getting to know its passionate people who love their country and love life. Its contrasts and diversity never fail to surprise and delight our clients. Tour directing has enabled me to experience and discover amazing places but the most satisfying aspect is getting to know the people I have met along the years. I never stop learning and being surprised by our tour members, many of whom are an inspiration to me and their fellow travelers. So many new bonds are created amongst people from all over the world and all walks of life. It's so rewarding to see our clients having such great experiences that they will cherish forever as I guide and accompany them every step of the way through this wonderful country. "

Tour Director -  HASSAN ZUMURYOT

 Accommodations

BARCELONA

TRYP APOLO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LISBON

MARQUES DE POMBAL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MADRID

NOVOTEL MADRID CENTER

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SEVILLE

HESPERIA SEVILLA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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