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This exciting adventure introduces you to the fascinating major cities of the Iberian Peninsula. You'll stay three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra. On this Spain and Portugal tour, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history and sights—in Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. The included city tour focuses on the must-see sights, including Seville's 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mary, built on a former mosque and housing 80 chapels and the longest nave in Spain, and Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to defend the port of Lisbon. Today, it is a reminder of Portugal's Golden Age. In Madrid, you will see the Puerta del Sol – the “gate of the sun” – and admire the impressive architecture of the wide alleys crossing the city centre.Other tour highlights of this Spain and Portugal tour include the Marian Sanctuary at Fátima, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three local children in 1917. Enjoy Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Also stop in Moorish Cordoba, and Salamanca, where you can wander around Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain.From the larger cities to the differing countryside and landscapes, this affordable tour through Spain and Portugal is sure to delight.
Individual headsetsSightseeing:Visits to Ávila, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Coimbra, Fátima sanctuary, Obidos, Cordoba. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Lisbon, Seville, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Serra da Estrela, Andalusia, La Mancha
NOTES:April 14 Departure – EasterDecember 26 Departure - New Year’s Eve in Seville including reveillon dinner
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Cathedral in Seville
- Historic Centre of Cordoba
- Historic city of Toledo
- Old City of Salamanca
- University of Coimbra
- Old town of Avila with its Extra muros Churches
- Belem tower in Lisbon
- Cultural landscape of Sintra
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Madrid–Avila–Salamanca–Coimbra, Portugal
Spend some time to visit fortified Ávila, then on to Salamanca. Make sure you spend some time wandering around Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Journey into the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way to Coimbra.
Day 3 Coimbra–Fátima–Obidos–Lisbon
Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Continue to Fátima to see the SANCTUARY, a famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary’s appeared to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. On to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 4 Lisbon
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or discover the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra by joining our optional excursion.
Day 5 Lisbon–Seville, Spain
Drive into the Alentejo through the countryside, famous for its production of cork. Cross the border at Vila Verde into Spain and journey into Andalusia, enjoying quite different scenery as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena before reaching delightful Seville.
Day 6 Seville
Seville is one of Spain’s most colorful cities. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour with all the main highlights of this vibrant city.
Day 7 Seville–Cordoba–Madrid
Drive to Cordoba, Spain’s most Moorish city with its great mosque, which is rightly known as one of Islam’s greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. On through the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, to Madrid. This evening, why not join the optional Madrid by Night excursion with dinner?
Day 8 Madrid
This morning, enjoy free time in Madrid, or join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting—even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it’s the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven.
Day 9 Madrid
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
With Cosmos, 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.
ENRIQUE AQUINO LONGO
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
Years of Experience: 10
“I originally came to Spain to discover the other half of my heritage. I'm still here! I just fell in love with it. The culture, never-ending history, breathtaking landscapes, delicious food, bright sunshine and friendly people make it fascinating. Don't be surprised if you'll be the next one to fall in love too. Nothing makes me happier than to show my guests what makes Iberia and Morocco my home.”
MADRID Praga (ST) or NH Ribera Del Manzanares (F) COIMBRA Hotel D. Luis (MF) LISBON Roma (ST) SEVILLE Don Paco (ST)
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).
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Fado Music and Dinner
Treat yourself to an evening of Fado music and dinner at a local restaurant.
Price Range: $$
Classic Flamenco Show
You will be taken to a select location to enjoy a good flamenco show, the guitars, castanets and whirling skirts.
Price Range: $$
Sightseeing through the highlights of the most Moorish-looking of all Spanish cities!
Price Range: $
Madrid by Night and Tapas
An authentic Spanish food experience in a tapas restaurant situated in the centre of the capital. After dinner, an orientation drive of Madrid.
Price Range: $$
The Majestic City of Toledo
The panoramic view of the city is an awesome experience, and visiting Spain's main Cathedral is truly unforgettable. See one of El Greco's most famous paintings in the church of Santo Tome.
Price Range: $$
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