2020 Tour Details
What could be better than spending eight days in Portugal and Spain? Spending them during the off season when crowds are fewer and travel prices are lower! Begin your European vacation in Lisbon to enjoy guided sightseeing through the Imperial history of the colorful city and explore the Alfama maritime quarter. In Fátima, hear the story of Our Lady of Fátima at the site where Mary appeared to three shepherd children, then travel to Oporto for sightseeing and port-wine tasting. Enjoy a visit to the colorful city of Braga before continuing on to Salamanca for a wine tasting and dinner at a hacienda. Stand before the masterpieces of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, and more in Madrid’s Prado Museum. Eight days of sumptuous color, cuisine, and culture await you on this guided vacation in Portugal and Spain!
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LISBONWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama QuarterFATIMA & TOMARMorning stopsOPORTOGuided sightseeing, visit the Stock Exchange, the Arabian Hall; enjoy a port wine tastingBRAGASee the remains of the castleSALAMANCA[LF] Wine tasting, dinner at a local hacienda; orientation walkMADRIDGuided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Motorcoach; free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners: welcome dinner in Lisbon and a farewell dinner in Madrid at a local restaurant
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
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, followed by a pleasant walk through 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, stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
LISBON—FÁTIMA—TOMAR—OPORTO. Stop in Fátima, where Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917, and in Tomar, the former seat of the mighty Order of the Knights Templar. Continue to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city.
OPORTO. Guided sightseeing includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the Church of São Francisco, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Of course, a PORT WINE TASTING is included to sample this delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. Later, you may wish to join an exciting optional excursion.
OPORTO—BRAGA—SALAMANCA, SPAIN. This morning, stop in Braga, named the Portuguese Rome, and see the remains of the Castle of Braga, a historical fortification that used to encircle the entire city. Arrive in Salamanca, and enjoy a [LF] WINE TASTING and dinner at a local hacienda.
SALAMANCA—MADRID. Before leaving Salamanca, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful PLAZA MAJOR. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to the capital of Spain. Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes. See 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. See works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.
MADRID. A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the fascinating city of Toledo. This evening, a farewell dinner is prepared at one of Madrid’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your vacation.
MADRID. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.