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This Escape brings together the sights and cultures of Spain's and Portugal’s most famous cities—Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Lisbon—and weaves them into one marvelous vacation. Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visit to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudì's masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, one of the world's most prestigious art museums. A guided walking tour in Cordoba showcases the sights, including a visit to the magnificent 8th-century Mosque of the Caliphs. In Seville, visit the Casa de Pilatos, with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures.In Seville, you'll enjoy a special dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment, and in Lisbon, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Throughout this Spain and Portugal vacation, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, and much more...what else could you ask for in a dream vacation and guided tour of Spain’s famous cities and Lisbon?
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter; [LF] dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternate hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine; a welcome dinner in Barcelona, a local restaurant dinner in Seville, and a farewell dinner in Lisbon
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 BARCELONA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. A highlight is a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudì’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.
Day 3 BARCELONA–MADRID
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
Day 4 MADRID
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely facing towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. An optional excursion to Toledo is available to make the most of your stay.
Day 5 MADRID–CORDOBA–SEVILLE
Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Later, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.
Day 6 SEVILLE
During your guided sightseeing tour, you will hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, also an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, dine on local specialties prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant and accompanied by Flamenco entertainment.
Day 7 SEVILLE–LISBON, PORTUGAL
A scenic drive today takes you over the border to Portugal and its capital city Lisbon, starting point of many successful 15th-century expeditions to the New World.
Day 8 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, as well as a 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, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
Day 9 LISBON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.
Price Range: $$
Sangria-Making and Paella Dinner
Learn how to make Sangria, Spain's most popular drink, then create your own during a healthy competition, followed by dinner featuring authentic Paella!
Price Range: $$
Discover majestic Toledo, an incredible melting pot of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian influence over the centuries, making it one of Europe's most interesting and unique walled medieval cities!
Price Range: $$
Cathedral and Columbus Tomb
Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Price Range: $
Fado Music and Dinner
Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).
Price Range: $$
Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz
Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on this excursion from Lisbon.
Price Range: $$
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