Iberic Wonder - Private tour
Cultural Highlights of Portugal and Spain
Madrid-Escorial-Avila-Salamanca-Santiago de Compostela-Braga-Porto-Duoro Valley-Coimbra-Fatima-Obidos-Lisbon-Evora
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day 01 Madrid Arrival
Met on arrival at Madrid Airport and transferred to your four star hotel in Madrid.
day 02 Madrid
Enjoy a full day with us discovering the magic of Madrid as well as the historical charm of the medieval city of Toledo. These famous cities are a must see while you are visiting Spain and with us you will get well-rounded introductions to the city’s sights and hidden gems.
Starting with Madrid’s famous avenues, including the Gran Via and Castellana, to famous squares such as Plazas de Espana, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de Alcala. We will also visit Madrid’s historic quarters and famous parks, including Casa de Campo and Retiro and to the main attractions including: the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. Our afternoon visit of Toledo will include the famous Cathedral, Church of St Tome, with its masterpiece by El Greco, the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, the Museum of Victorio Macho, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. B
day 03 Madrid-Escorial-Avila-Salamanca
Breakfast and departure towards Escorial. Visit the El Escorial Monastery and the Monument Valley of the Fallen, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. Afternoon tour of Avila listed as a World Heritage city and the birthplace of St Teresa de Jesus. This city is entirely encircled by walls which englobes the main part of their valuable monuments. We will visit the Cathedral (exterior), the Basilica of St Vincent and the Convent of St Teresa. Continue to Salamanca, a renowned university city known for its rich artistic history; cathedrals, palaces, churches and squares. B
day 04 Salamanca-Santiago de Compostela
In the morning, we will visit the historic centre of Salamanca, visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Shells House, the New
and Old Cathedral and the University of Salamanca. Free time in this student ambience and cheerful city. Continue to the hotel in Santiago de Compostela. B
day 05 Santiago de Compostela-Braga-Porto
First we will visit Santiago de Compostela and the important destination for all pilgrims, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, located in the beautiful Plaza de Obradoiro, you will first see the facade de la Gloria. Declared a World Heritage Site, the Cathedral houses the silver coffer with the remains of Saint James. We will continue crossing the border to Portugal until Braga known as the “Portuguese Rome”, due its concentration of religious architecture, as
the oldest Cathedral of the country. Founded in Roman times, with the name of Bracara Augusta, this city has over 2000 years of history.We will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro and Bom Jesus.
We will continue towards Porto and brief panoramic before check in at the hotel. B
day 06 Porto-Douro Valley-Coimbra
Morning tour of Porto the second most important city in Portugal. Promenade through the narrow streets that lead to the Douro River. Visit to the Stock Exchange Palace and the Church of Saint Francis.
Continue to Ribeira, declared a World Heritage site in 1999. Travel across the D. Luis Iron Bridge to Gaia.
Visit a wine cellar including a Port wine tasting. Afterwards we will leave the city of Porto and depart towards the Douro Valley, an amazing wine region known for the production of wine for almost 2000 years. Our journey along this most scenic road of Portugal will take us to ‘Quinta da Pacheca’, a Wine Estate where you will enjoy a traditional
lunch and the fantastic views of the Douro Valley. After lunch you can have a guided tour of its old cellar and the rest of the estate. Then we will leave the Douro Valley behind, travelling across the rolling hills of central Portugal towards Coimbra. BL
day 07 Coimbra-Fatima-Óbidos-Lisbon
Today begins with the visit of Coimbra, a bustling city that combines both the traces of its historic past with the youthfulness of a vibrant student community. Visit one of the oldest university towns in Europe. After that we continue to the Sanctuary in Fátima. We will follow to beach resort town of Nazaré (photo stop) and then the medieval white city of Óbidos. We will continue on to our hotel in Lisbon. B
day 08 Lisbon
In the morning discover Lisbon, capital of Portugal, colonized by many civilizations along the centuries. We
will have the option to visit the Castle of St George, including its surrounding and the Alfama disctrict, Lisbon's oldest.
Then follows one of the most emblematic quarters of Lisbon: Belém. Panoramic tour over the most important monuments ending in the front of Jerónimos Monastery. The morning will end tasting one of the most traditional pastries of Lisbon: the “pastel de Nata”.
In the afternoon we will drive you straight to Sintra where hundreds of years of history and culture await
you. Doing a short walk in the old city centre you'll find yourself surrounded by the old houses now converted into small quaint handcraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Visit of the village centre with option of visiting the Vila Palace.
The return to Lisbon will follow a very special road named "Marginal" by the Portuguese running always parallel to the white sandy beaches, passing through Cascais and Estoril with its famous casino (stop for photos). B
day 09 Lisbon-Évora-Lisbon
Morning drive to Évora following the countryside roads of Alentejo, to maximise our sightseeing. In Évora, we will have enough time to walk in its historical centre and "feel" the atmosphere of this town. After reaching the walled city our guide will invite you to visit the enigmatic church of St Francis and it’s Chapel of the Bones. The tour will continue up the narrow streets of the old town reaching the Giraldo Square where the Inquisition once had its headquarters. You will also have time to explore the millennium old Roman Temple and have a glimpse at the 12th century Cathedral. In the already distant 16th century Évora thrived with culture and tradition in its university as much as it still does today. During a short visit to the century old university courtyard you will understand why Évora once was the second most important city of Portugal. After such an intensive cultural morning it will be time to enjoy the pleasure of one of the most creative cuisines of Portugal in some of the local "alentejano" restaurants that our guide will help you to choose. Relaxing return to Lisbon, passing through a belvedere from where you have the most fantastic views over the capital and its surroundings, namely the Cristo Rei belvedere. B
day 10 Lisbon-Departure
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast with your transfer from the hotel to Lisbon Airport. B
Inclusions: twin share at quality 4* hotels (option to choose 3* or 5* properties), buffet breakfast daily, English speaking professional tourism driver/guide for the whole circuit, travel by private deluxe a/c mini-van during the entire program, fresh water, wi-fi inside the mini-van, entrance fees in Toledo (Cathedral, St Tomey Sta María la Blanca), the Escorial (Basilica y Monasterio), visit of a Port wine cellar, visit- wine tasting and lunch with drinks at “Quinta da Pacheca”, snack at Belém (pastry and soft drink), all applicable taxes according with Portuguese law.
Hotels: Madrid/ Mayorazgo, Salamanca/Catalonia Plaza Mayor, Santiago de Compostela/Hesperia Peregrino, Porto/Mercure Porto Centro, Coimbra/Vila Galé, Lisbon/Turim Europa or similar
Excluding: porterage, gratuities, other entrance fees, personal expenses, mini-bar, phone calls and everything else not mentioned in “inclusions”, additional entries to be paid locally.