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Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.
 

An Insight Vacation tour comes with Insight Experiences, `Top Rated Highlights, Authentic Dining, Staying in Style and the following included Insight Services:
•Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organizer, and friend overseas.
•Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
•Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
•We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
•Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
•Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
•From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
 

Pricing starts at $4,225 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.
 

Tour prices are land only. All tour specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.
 

2019 Available Departure Dates: April 6^, April 20, April 27, May 11, May 18, May 19,  May 24, May 25, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 2, June 7, June 9, June 16, June 21, June 29*, June 30*, July 6*, July 13*, July 19*, July 21*, July 27*, August 4*, August 10*, August 16*, August 18*, August 25^, August 31^, September 1^, September 6^, September 8^, September 14^, September 20^, September 21^, September 28^
 

*Starting at $4,195 per person
^Starting at $4,250 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid
Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
Hotel: Barceló Torre de Madrid/Barceló Emperatriz
Meals: Dinner with Wine
 

Day 2: Madrid of the Bourbons
Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the Capital of Spain known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter discovering the origins of the city. A highlight of your trip is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum with an art historian to admire the paintings of Velázquez, Goya and many others.
Hotel: Barceló Torre de Madrid/Barceló Emperatriz
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 3: Segovia and Golden Salamanca
Travel to the fortified city of Segovia where you will walk through the medieval streets from the ancient aqueduct to see the magnificent Alcazar fortress. Journey west, passing the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca. During your orientation see some of the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.
Hotel: Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 4: Relaxed Start – Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro
Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Continue your exploration of the city, admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or ‘Eiffel Towers on end’ according to one Frenchman).
Hotel: NH Collection Porto Batalha
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 

Day 5: Holy Fatima, Ancient Obidos and Lisbon
Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the Basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Obidos and walk inside its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets with houses covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
Hotel: Dom Pedro Lisboa/Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 6: Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries
Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, occasionally royalty, and even James Bond.
Hotel: Dom Pedro Lisboa/Altis Grand Hotel (Superior Rooms), Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 7: Seville, the City of Carmen
Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With your Local Expert, visit the immense cathedral to see the Tomb of Christopher Columbus and the slender Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 8: Relaxed Start – Free Time and Flamenco in Seville
Enjoy a relaxed start and a day to relax, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. In the evening you are treated to dinner, wine and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms), Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 

Day 9: Head for Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol and Mijas
Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast.
Hotel: Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 

Day 10: Relaxed Start – At Leisure on the Costa del Sol
Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savor the specialties in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.
Hotel: Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 11: Relaxed Start – Dining with Locals and the Alhambra
Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Almazara to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread. Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet town with a population of just 500 people and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. In small groups, you are invited to into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.
Hotel: Vincci Albayzín, Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
 

Day 12: On to Valencia
Journey to Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences. Pass through the Old City and see its ancient gates. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Or sit back with a drink and watch the Valencian’s go about their day. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the old town and learn the traditional recipe during a Cooking Demonstration, before savoring the delicious flavors of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
Hotel: Barceló Valencia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 

Day 13: Along the coast to Peñíscola and on to Barcelona
Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the Cava Bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. During a delicious light lunch, enjoy a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona.
Hotel: Meliá Barcelona Sarriá
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
 

Day 14: Relaxed Start – Barcelona Sightseeing
A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Gràcia adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. At a local restaurant, join your fellow travellers to toast newfound friends and a wonderful journey as you enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Meliá Barcelona Sarriá
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 

Day 15: Depart Madrid
Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers are scheduled to arrive early evening at Madrid airport, followed by the trip hotel in Madrid.
Meals: Breakfast




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