TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Madrid- Tordesillas- Leon- Oviedo.-
Total distance covered: 460 km.
Scenery: Plains in Castile; spectacular mountain scenery crossing the Cantabrian Range.
Note: If there are fewer than five travellers from Madrid to Leon, this section may be done by high-speed train. In this case, you will be offered transfer to the railway station, but the trip will be made without a guide (you will meet our main group from Galicia in Leon). In this case, the stop in Tordesillas would be cancelled.
08.30 hrs. - Madrid - Departure -. (the time may change slightly depending on the hotels). We travel through Castilla y León, passing through the Guadarrama mountains and over the plains of Castile.
10.45 hrs.- Tordesillas.- Arrival in this small town where in the 15th century the treaty was signed that divided America between Spain and Portugal. Time for a coffee in its Plaza Mayor.
11.45 hrs.- Tordesillas. Departure.
13:30 hrs. -Leon.- Time for lunch and to stroll around this historic capital of Leon, which stands on the Way of St James. Its Gothic cathedral stands out with its magnificent stained glass windows.
16:45 hrs. -León.- Departure -. Magnificent scenery on our trip to Asturias.
18:30 hrs. .- Oviedo - Arrival -. We include (sometimes, depending on the year, on the Tuesday morning) a one and a half hour tour of the city with a local guide. We will see the 9th-century cathedral, the Calatrava palace, the Campoamor theatre, and the Calle de la Rúa. Night in the capital of the Principality of Asturias. A city with a great atmosphere.
Oviedo- Covadonga- Santillana- Santander.-
Total distance covered: 260 km.
Countryside: Very beautiful scenery: mountains, views of the sea, little villages scattered along the way.
08:30 hrs Oviedo -departure from the capital of Asturias.
09:45 hrs.-Covadonga. - Time to see the sanctuary pinned between mountains, the place where the Reconquista of Spain began.
10:45 hrs.- Covadonga -departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery along the way.
12:30 hrs.- Santillana. -Arrival. Time in this beautiful mediaeval village, its stone streets, its blazoned houses, the Collegiate. Time to have a stroll and for lunch. In the vicinity we will see (tickets included) the Museum of the Caves of Altamira, a reproduction of the fantastic rock paintings preserved here.
16.00 hrs.- Santillana/Altamira-departure.
16:30 hrs.- Santander – Arrival in the regional capital, a maritime city with impressive views between mountains and beaches. We include a panoramic tour of a little over 2 hours with a local guide to discover this elegant coastal city and its beautiful bay. During the tour, we will stroll around the Pereda Gardens, we will climb to the Centro Botín and reached the Cathedral Square. Then, in the bus, we will continue to the Magdalena Peninsular, the Sardinero Beaches, the Grand Casino, Piquío Gardens and climb to the Cabo Mayor Lighthouse for the beautiful views of the city and its spectacular cliffs.
Arrival at a hotel at around 18:45 hrs
NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from May to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.
Santander- Bilbao- La Rioja- Zaragoza.-
Total distance covered: 445 km.
Countryside: Great sea views, beautiful mountains and green scenery.
09.00 hrs.- Santander -departure. Magnificent scenery. We will travel to the Basque Country.
10:30 hrs.- Bilbao. -Arrival in the Basque Country´s largest city. We will go on a tour of the city with a local guide, visiting places such as: the Guggenheim area, the Old Quarter, the Cathedral, etc. At the end of the tour there will be some free time to sample the famous “pintxos” and have lunch.
14:15 hrs – Bilbao. Departure-. We will then travel to la Rioja, a region famous for its excellent wine.
15:45 hrs - Wine Culture Winery Museum. - Located in the small town of Briones we will visit this fantastic museum/winery where we can discover the rich historic legacy and craft of winemaking, from vine-growing to the manufacture of the wine itself. Visit and a wine tasting included.
17.00 hrs - Wine Museum - Departure -
17:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada. This picturesque historic town is situated on the famous "Way of St James". Curiously, a hen lives in the cathedral, which is a tradition born from an ancient legend.
18:30 hrs- Santo Domingo de la Calzada -Departure- We will then travel to Aragon.
21.00 hrs - Zaragoza - Arrival - Accommodation.
Zaragoza- Poblet- Montserrat- Barcelona.-
Total distance covered: 360 km.
Countryside: Semi desert land in Aragon. Pleasant scenery in Catalonia.
After breakfast, we make a tour of Zaragoza with a local guide, lasting around two hours. On our visit, we will see the Pilar Basilica, the Cathedral; we will talk about the painter Goya and see some of his works and will also visit a Roman theatre, Renaissance palace and strolled past the Arab palace of the Aljafería. After this, free time to stroll and have lunch.
14.00 hrs -Zaragoza. - Departure.
16:30 hs - Monastery of Poblet. - Entrance included to this monastery surrounded by its walls, in a very beautiful site. This is one of the best preserved mediaeval monasteries in the world.
17:30 hrs -Monastery of Poblet. - Departure. - We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful area where the Benedictine Abbey stands. We climb to the summit in a small rack train to admire the fantastic views.
18:45 hrs -Monastery of Montserrat. - Arrival. - Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where we find the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia.
19:45 hrs -Montserrat. - Departure (by road).
20:45 hrs- Barcelona. - Arrival.
Note: In some cases, depending on the timetable of the rack railway, the ascent to Montserrat can be done in our coach.
Important note: In the winter months, from November until March (included), due to the shorter days, we will not visit the Monastery of Poblet (in order to reach Montserrat in the daylight).
Highlights: Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included; transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas.
09:00h.- Tour of the city with a local guide (note: if the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide) who will tell us about this exciting city on the shores of the Mediterranean. We will visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí.
Subsequently, we include the entry ticket to “Poble Espanyol” (meaning, Spanish Village), an open-air museum that combines the art, traditions, architecture, arts and crafts and folklore of each of the Spanish regions. Time for lunch. Free afternoon.
18:30h.- Transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas, the heart of the city, where there are many restaurants where you can dine. Return to hotel.
Barcelona - Peniscola - Valencia.-
Total distance: 375km
Highlights: Visit Peniscola, sightseeing of Valencia. Evening transfer.
Scenery: Picturesque towns on the Mediterranean coast.
08:00h Barcelona – Departure for the Region of Valencia.
10:45h Peñiscola – Our guide will tell you about this tiny walled city on the sea shore, which has an interesting history. We will visit the fishing harbour, the castle and the beach and spend some free time.
12:30h Peñiscola – Departure for Valencia.
14:30 h Valencia – Arrival and time for lunch. In the afternoon, with a local guide we will include a visit to the third largest Spanish city that mixes the modern with the historical. We will know its historic center, the fish market, the cathedral and also the avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences, the most important modern tourist site in the city.
18:00h- Evening transfer to the Bullring area. In this area you will have time to dine in line with your preferences (Spanish, Indian, International, etc) . Return to hotel about 21.00 hrs.
Valencia - Alicante - Caravaca de la Cruz - Granada.
Total distance: 536 km
Scenery: Presence of the sea. Fertile orchards and semi -deserts. Mountains in Andalucia.
08.30 hrs- Valencia – We set out for the Region of Alicante.
10.45 hrs- Alicante- Time to stroll in this active and very pleasant city by the sea.
14.00 hrs- Alicante departure- After lunch we go on our way to the Murcia region.
16.00 hrs- Caravaca – Free time to visit this small town, considered a Holy City by the Roman Catholic Church. Its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. We include a ride up to the historic area on the tourist train.
17.00 hrs- Caravaca – We leave the city and pass through beautiful Andalusian scenery.
20.30 hrs Granada – Arrival at the end of the day.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the Alhambra. Night transfer.
We will have a full day in GRANADA. In the afternoon we will visit with a local guide the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times.
19.00 hrs.-In the evening we will visit the Albaicín district of Granada, a World Heritage site as is the Alhambra, where you can have dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. At night, you will have the option to attend a flamenco dance show in the traditional neighbourhood of Sacromonte.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The maximum number of people allowed to visit the Alhambra is limited by the local government. Given that the number of tickets assigned to tour operators is small, and we are only given the confirmed number one month before your arrival, even if you buy the trip with the ticket included we cannot guarantee entrance to the Alhambra. In such event, we would offer entry to the Reales Alcázares in Seville, which is similar. As with the Alhambra visit, the group would be led by a local guide of the city of Granada.
IMPORTANT NOTE: to enter the Alhambra, it is mandatory to present the passport as ID.
Granada - Malaga - Marbella - Ronda - Seville.
Total distance: 400 km
Scenery: Mediterranean and mountain scenery.
08:00h Granada – We set out for the Costa del Sol.
10.00 hrs- Málaga- Arrival and time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum.
11:30h.- We will leave Malaga and continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean.
12.30 hrs.- Arrival at Puerto Banus, in Marbella, a pretty high level recreational port. Time to stroll on the marina, with its cosmopolitan, luxurious atmosphere.
15.00h Marbella – We leave for the mountains, which was once overrun by bandolliers.
16.30 h Ronda – Arrival at the “White City”, located in a magnificent natural setting with its large gorge that divides it in two. Time to explore.
18:00h Ronda – Continuation to Seville.
20:00h Seville – Arrival at the end of the afternoon.
Highlights: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Boat trip along the river Guadalquivir. Evening transfer.
After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Sevilla (if the English-speaking group is fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). Lasting one hour and a half featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, the Maestranza Bullring, and Cartuja Island. After the tour, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards or the tours to the Cathedral or the Flamenco Show that will be offered as optionals by your guide.
At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favorite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on. Return to the hotel.
Seville - Jerez de los Caballeros- Monsaraz - Evora - Lisbon.
Total distance: 460 km
HIGHLIGHTS: a beautiful scenery where we will visit walled villages. Evora Chapel of bones.
Scenery: Attractive landscapes of white-painted villages, mountain ranges and castles.
Note: In Portugal we must set our watches back one hour.
08.15 hrs.- We will leave Seville and journey toward western Andalusia. Eye-pleasing landscapes will greet us en route amidst the hills and olive groves as we enter Extremadura.
11.00 hrs.- JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS, we will make a stop in this town that once belonged to the Knights Templar and where Vasco Nuñez de Balboa was born.
13.00 hrs- Jerez de los Caballeros. We will continue our trip and enter Portugal.
13.30 (14.30 hrs in Spain) - MONSARAZ, one of the most picturesque villages in Portugal with fortified walls, a castle, great views and white-painted streets brimming with flowerpots. Time to have lunch.
15.00 hrs.- Monsaraz- Departure.
16.00 hrs.- EVORA, a city declared a World Heritage Site thanks to its white-painted streets, Renaissance palaces and cathedral. We will also visit the impressive Chapel of Bones (admission included), which was built using the bones from over 5000 skeletons!
18.00 hrs- Evora- Departure.
20.00 hrs.- LISBON- We will arrive toward the end of the day.
Highlights- Comprehensive tour of Lisbon. Night transfer to Restauradores Square.
09:00h.- Start of our tour with a local guide. We visit traditional neighborhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century. We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.
18:00h.-At the end of the afternoon, we include transportation to Restauradores Square , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where you can take the "Elevador da Gloria" (not included) that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto.
Return to hotel.
After breakfast, end of our services.
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