Day 1 Madrid - Avila - Salamanca - Porto (450 km)
At 8:30am, guests should at the specified departure location in the underground parking lot of the Plaza de Orienteat. Our journey will begin as we drive out of Madrid on our way to Avila, where we can still see the medieval walls surrounding this city. We will make a brief stop to explore the area before continuing to Salamanca, where we will explore this university town. After crossing the border into Portugal, we will arrive in Porto, where we will check into our hotel for the night.
Day 2 Porto
Today, we will embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, during which we will admire the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Building and Santa Clara Church. In the afternoon, we will have the option of visiting a beloved winery in the region to sample famous port wine. Afterwards, we will go to our hotel for the evening.
Day 3 Porto - Coimbra - Fatima (193 km)
Today, we will make our way to Coimbra, home to one of Europe's oldest universities and the birth of Fado music, where we will spend some free time. Then, we will continue to Fatima, an important pilgrimage site for Christians, where we will be able to visit the impressive Basilica, the cave where an image of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared and the Chapel of the Apparitions. In the evening, we can observe the beautiful procession of the candles.
Day 4 Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Lisbon (176 km)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will depart to the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is considered a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline styles. Then, we will continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazare, where we will have some free time to explore. After that, we will continue to Alcobaca to visit the local monastery and admire the tombs of important local religious figures. Afterwards, we will continue to Lisbon for the night. In the evening, we can attend a performance of Fado, a traditional type of Portuguese song and dance.
Day 5 Lisbon
After breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a sightseeing tour of ancient Olissipo, driving through its main squares and avenues. Along the way, we will see Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, the Coach Museum, the Monument of Discoveries, Marquis of Pombal Square and Liberty Avenue. We will be able to spend the afternoon at leisure around the Alfama District.
Day 6 Lisbon - Caceres - Cordoba (523 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave at 7:30am to travel to Caceres, considered a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. We will walk through the Plaza Mayor and the Old Town, where we will be able to see the historical Medieval Quarter. Afterwards, we will continue to Cordoba, once the capital of the Islamic Caliphate in Spain. We will enjoy dinner before checking into our local hotel.
Day 7 Cordoba - Seville (145 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a tour of Cordoba, seeing its impressive Mosque-Cathedral, the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter and more. In the afternoon, we will drive to Sevilla, where we will enjoy dinner and check into the hotel.
Day 8 Seville
Today, we will go on a sightseeing tour around Seville, visiting the Cathedral, which is the second largest Catholic church in the world after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome; we will also see the Santa Cruz Quarter, Maria Luisa Park and the Plaza de Espana. We will be able to spend the afternoon at our own leisure or take an optional Flamenco tour.
Day 9 Seville - Ronda - Costa del Sol (179 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive past small countryside villages on our way to Ronda, where we will spend some free time admiring this town of Celtic origin, taking in marvelous views of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon, we will continue to the Costa del Sol, an important international tourist area.
Day 10 Costa del Sol - Granada (201 km)
After breakfast, we will travel to the city of Granada, where we will visit the famous Alhambra palace complex and the Generalife Gardens, which have inspired several writers and artists with their beauty. Later, we can attend an optional gypsy flamenco show in the Sacromonte Quarter.
Day 11 Granada - Toledo - Madrid (440 km)
Today we will drive to Toledo - World Heritage City - where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. We will have a short guided tour of this historical old town throught its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous "Damasquinado" (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Later we will continue to Madrid.