Day 1 Madrid Arrival
Guests will arrive at the Madrid airport and be subsequently transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to spend at our own leisure. Take a walk to get to know the city! In the evening, we will enjoy an "Illuminated Madrid" drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending in the historical Plaza Mayor. This area has some of the city's best restaurants and taverns, so be sure to stop for a bite to eat. We will return to the hotel on our own.
Day 2 Madrid City Tour
In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour allowing us to see some of the city's most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana and the Plaza de Oriente.
Day 3 Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca (235 km)
After a buffet breakfast, we will depart Madrid for the old Castile region, visiting the medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct and the impressive Alcazar castle. Our next stop will be Avila, where we will admire the perfectly preserved defensive walls, before continuing to the old university city of Salamanca, where we will take a city tour in the afternoon. In the evening, we will walk through the city?s Plaza Mayor, always lively with activity. We will spend the night in Salamanca.
Day 4 Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela (427 km)
Today, we will depart for the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old city and its beautiful cathedral in the Praza do Obradoiro. In the evening, we will have the option of enjoying a delicious, traditional dinner in our hotel. We will spend the night here.
Day 5 Santiago de Compostela - Vigo - Viana Do Castelo - Porto (245 km)
After breakfast, we will make our way along the "Rias Baixas" region to the port city of Vigo, continuing into northern Portugal. We will visit the town of Viana do Castelo at the mouth of the Rio Limia with its historic old town and castle. We will end the day with our arrival in Porto, famous for its namesake Port wines.
Day 6 Porto City Tour
This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of Porto, which includes a visit to a local winery. The afternoon will be free for us to enjoy at our own leisure.
Day 7 Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon (302 km)
After breakfast, we will depart for Aveiro, the "City of Canals", regarded as the Portuguese Venice. Then we will continue on to Fatima, a Christian pilgrimage center, with free time to visit the Basilica. Afterward, we will drive to Lisbon, where we can enjoy an optional excursion to hear live Fado music while eating a delicious dinner.
Day 8 Lisbon City Tour
In the morning, we will tour the city of Lisbon, admiring its splendid avenues and monuments, like the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery. We will have the afternoon free, and it is strongly recommended that we visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra or the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais.
Day 9 Lisbon - Merida - Seville (477 km)
Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After we cross the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE as "Emerita Augusta," to admire the impressive amphitheater. Afterward, we will continue to Sevilla for the evening.
Day 10 Seville City Tour
Today, we will tour the city of Sevilla, the "Pearl of Andalusia," seeing the Torre del Oro, tranquil Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally, the massive Cathedral with its Giralda tower. The afternoon is free to continue exploring the city or shop. In the evening, there is an option to see a performance of live Flamenco music while enjoying local wine.
Day 11 Seville - Cordoba - Granada (346 km)
After breakfast, we will depart Sevilla for Cordoba, visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most marvelous religious buildings in the world. Then, we will continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. It is suggested that we spend our evening visiting the quaint Albaicin Quarter, where we will see the city illuminated beautifully.
Day 12 Granada - Madrid (360 km)
Before we leave Granada, we will go on a guided tour of the amazing Moorish palacae and fortress complex, the Alhambra, seeing the verdant gardens of the Generalife. In the afternoon, we will return to Madrid, crossing the plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote.
Day 13 Madrid (Last Day)
After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the Madrid airport for their return flights.