Portugal, Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast

Portugal, Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast

FROM MADRID
WEDNESDAYS ALL YEAR
12 days

Price from: €1410
Duration: 12 days

Tour starts on every single WEDNESDAY all year long.


Tour code: C-3122

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guide in Lisbon, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona

- tickets to St. Gironimus Monastery

- tickets to Cordoba's Mosque

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

The route is of twelve days and combines windy, fresh and colorful Portugal; hot and passionate Andalusia and relaxed and cool Mediterranean Coast. 

You are about to experience the spectacular views of Lisbon - Quarter of Alfama, Torre de Belem, Monasterio de los Jeronimos, o mention a few, - just enjoy a couple of days exploring the Portuguese capital. Excursions to one of the main pilgrims centers Fatima is definitely a 'must' and will be provided. 

Later you'll cross the border with Spain and will see various Andalusian cities - Seville with its southern charm; Granada with its gorgeous Palace of Alhambra and Cordoba with a famous Mezquita-Catedral and a Jewish quarter. Ancient village Ronda on your way to Marbella is definitely not to be missed too.

Then it's time to be spent on one of the best resorts of Costa del Sol, in Marbella. 

Later, you'll be transferred to Mediterranean Coast with the main cities of Valencia and Barcelona - to enjoy their long sandy beaches, to see unique architecture and to taste a delicious seafood. 

Before returning to Madrid on the last day you will stop in Zaragoza to visit the famous Basilica Pilar - patron saint of hispanidad.

Day 1. Madrid - Trujillo – Lisbon (658km ~ 409 miles)

Departure from Madrid at 8am to the beautiful region of Extremadura, where the first stop will be in the ancient town of Trujillo, a place built and enriched by many famous conquerors of the medieval times. In Trujillo you will have free time to explore the city’s cultural treasures, such as the monumental main square of the town - Plaza Mayor, with its Pizarro's Equestrian Statue (Pizarro is conquieror of the empire of inca and founder of city of Lima), the old Arab castle or the churches Santa María and San Francisco. Later from Trujillo you will proceed to the Portugal and will  reach Lisbon in the early evening. Accommodation. Later you can join an optional visit to a show of Fado - traditional Portuguese guitar music.

 

Day 2. Lisbon

After breakfast you will join a sightseeing tour to discover the beauty of the city, located at the mouth of the River Tagus. You will see the oldest district of Lisbon - the Alfama Quarter, the fortified Tower of Belem, that was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s expedition, and the Jeronimos Monastery, which was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as many other impressive sights. Second half of the day is free to explore the city on your own. It is very recommended to try a famous Portugese pastry - ´´pastel de nata´´. Optional excursions to beautiful suburbs of Lisbon - Sintra, Cascais and Estoril - are possible. Another night in Lisbon. 

 

Day 3. Lisbon - Fatima - Lisbon (264km ~ 164 miles)

Breakfast. Departure to Fatima - an important pilgrimage center known for its ''Marian apparition'' (appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary), that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917 and which was recognized by the Catholic Church. After some free time to visit the Basilica you will return to Lisbon. Free evening and overnight.

 

Day 4. Lisbon - Caceres - Sevilla (575km ~ 357 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards the Spanish border to go back to Extremadura, - this time to Caceres, - a beautiful city founded by the Romans in 25 BC. There you will have free time to explore the charming old town, (Parte Antigua), with its famous medieval quarter and ancient walls. Caceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's unique blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. After a break you will take the highway towards Seville. Arrival and dinner.

 

Day 5. Seville

Breakfast, then a city tour with a local guide to see Seville’s most beautiful places and notorious sights: Park of Maria Luisa – Sevilles’s main public park and the largest green area that stretches along Guadalquivir river; the Plaza de Espana – most famous square in Seville and one of the largest in Spain; the Cathedral of Saint Mary; the Minaret of Giralda; as well as the typical Quarter of Santa Cruz (former Jewish Quarter) with its white houses and tiny narrow streets. After the city tour you will have the afternoon off to rest or to explore further more on your own. You can also join an optional tour to the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palaces of Seville). Dinner and night in Seville.

 

Day 6. Seville - Cordoba (145km ~ 90 miles)

Breakfast. In the morning departure towards Cordoba, -a Roman settlement, that was colonized by Muslim armies in the eighth century. It became the capital of the Islamic Emirate, and then of the Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula. In Cordoba you will have a walking guided tour, that includes the entrance to the famous Mosque-cathedral and the visit to the Old Town - Jewish Quarter. The Mosque-cathedral was originally a Catholic Christian church built by the Visigoths, however in the middle Ages it was converted into an Islamic mosque and back to Catholic Church after the Reconquista (´reconquist´). In the middle Ages it was the second largest Cathedral in the world. It is also very famous for its wine-colored marble columns and double arches that were an innovation in architecture at that time. Accommodation and free second hal of the day.


Day 7. Cordoba - Ronda - Marbella (332km ~ 206 miles)

Breakfast. On your way to Costa del Sol you will check out some beautiful white villages as well as the roman village Ronda, founded by Romans (logically!), and situated in a very mountainous area, around 750 meters above the sea level. It is famous for its three bridges - ´Puente Romano’, ‘Puente Viejo’ and ‘Puente Nuevo’, that span the canyon. After some free time there you will continue to the coastal city of Marbella, located at the Costa del Sol (translated as 'Sunny Coast'). Marbella is known as a very rich city, where famous actors, singers, and other well-known people from all over the world are living or spending their vacations – to see some famous from TV face here is absolutely nothing uncommon. Arriving to Marbella in the late afternoon, you can take a swim, walk along the promenade, relax and enjoy the sunset at the beach. Dinner and a night in Marbella. 

 

Day 8. Marbella - Granada (180km ~ 120 miles)

After the breakfast you will continue to Granada. Here you are going to visit the impressive monumental complex of fortresses La Alhambra, with its typical Arabian palaces Nazaries and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens. Besides Granada´s absolutely awesome and historical sights, this city is known as one of Andalusia’s hippest, most youthful places, with a ‘free tapas’ culture (when you get a free ´tapa´ - snack, along with each drink ordered), cool bars and intimate flamenco haunts. In the evening you will have the possibility to visit the Sacromonte caves and experience a passionate Zambra flamenco show.  Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 9. Granada - Valencia (498km ~ 309 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Valencia. On the way you will pass interesting and typical for the area small towns of Guadix, Baza and Puerto Lumbreras. Later, upon arrival to Valencia you will have the afternoon free to explore a city on your own. Valencia is a Spain’s third - largest city. Highlights not to be missed: futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (‘Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias’) build by world famous arquitect Antonio Calatrava, an old part of the city with Plaza de Ayutamiento (Square of City Hall) and one of Europe's biggest markets - Mercado Central. Walk thru Turia Garden and don't forget Valencia's famous long sandy beach - it is considered one of the best in Spain. Accomodation.

 

Day 10. Valencia - Barcelona (355km ~ 220 miles)

After breakfast you will have some more free time to explore Valencia before you continue your trip to Barcelona. Barcelona is the capital city of the Spanish autonomous region Catalonia with a population of more than 1.6 million (4 million if counted with suburbs), it is the country’s 2 largest city after Madrid.  Few places in Europe can offer you such a wide diversity of things to do and see as the one you'll find here in Barcelona. Thanks to its great location, its vibrant street life, its spectacular Gaudi architecture, its incomparable cuisine and its football team this city has become one of the world´s most popular tourist destinations. Once you have reached Barcelona in the late afternoon, it will be at your full disposal to check out its sights and attractions. Accommodation.

 

Day 11. Barcelona

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour around the city in the fIrst half of the day. You will see Barcelona’s most famous and impressive monuments, such as the Park of Montjuic, situated on the mountain with its spectacular overviews of the City; the Olympic Ring; the Columbus Statue and the old Gothic Quarter. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to discover Barcelona's other famous places at your pace. You may want to check out famous creations of Antonio Gaudi: get inside the Sagrada Familia – the longest time ´under construction´ building in the world - and Park Guell with its unique mosaic. Walk down on the famous artistic and pedestrian Las Ramblas street; you can shop in the old town or in numerous shopping malls around Barcelona. Some of you may want to visit Barcelona´s Oceonarim (L’Aquarium), which is the biggest in Europe. Second night in Barclona. 

 

Day 12. Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid (635km ~ 395 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Madrid. On your way back to the capital you will pass through cities Lleida and Zaragoza. Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period. In Zaragoza you will have free time to visit the local sights such as the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar or the bridge ‘Puente de Piedra’. Later continuation to Madrid and end of service.

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Please click here to see the route on a map.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour.

Alternatively, you may want to go for this tour: Andalusia, Morocco & Marrakech visit.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 1410€

Single Supplement: 430€

Supplement July to Oct.: 80€

Supplement for departure on March 21, 28 and April 18: 100€

 

Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price 

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined. 

Lisbon

Lutecia**** - located at the entrance of the City, this hotel is close to many tourist attractions such as University of Lisbon, Gulbenkian Museum and Lisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico). It is also within easy reach to Estadio da Luz (home of Benfica football team).  Hotel offers 175 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned guestrooms. Free Internet access, lounge and a restaurant are at your disposal. Complete with the most functional facilities, among which is a Spa and a fitness center, Lutecia hotel will make your mornings start perfect, thanks to their range of delicious dishes served for breakfast.


Seville

NH Viapol**** A modern hotel located in the heart of Seville’s business area, a pleasant 15-20 minute walk to Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Park – some of the main attractions of the City. Tram (public transport) station is just few meters outside of the hotel too. This modern hotel offers plenty of peace and quiet, yet there are many of shops, tapas bars and restaurants nearby. The hotel has 96 rooms spread over 6 floors. Rooms are nicely decorated, and have elegant hardwood floors. Hotel’s restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace is at your disposal.


Cordoba

The NH Crodoba Guadalquivir**** The hotel sits in the middle of a World Heritage Site, and it’s just a few footsteps from Córdoba's famous Mosque-Cathedral. The rest of Córdoba's historic center is only a 10-minute walk away, across the ancient Roman Bridge. Rooms are bright, modern and plenty of peace and quiet. Many of them look directly out across the historic town, the Mosque-Cathedral or the river. The rooftop terrace, which comes complete with its own outdoor swimming pool, offers you spectacular views of the Mosque-Cathedral. The Al Punto restaurant serves a delicious range of local and international dishes and a sumptuous Continental breakfast buffet. 

Marbella

The NH Marbella**** hotel is a perfect place for exploring Marbella’s upmarket shops, restaurants and bars. It’s located along the ‘Golden Mile’, roughly halfway between the city center and famous Puerto Banus. It is less than 10 minutes walking to the beach. Hotel’s 163 rooms are spacious and modern, all with balconies and many with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and satellite TV are the norm. The restaurant serves classic Mediterranean dishes. In spring and summer you can eat outside in the terrace to enjoy the warm temperature. In the gardens, you’ll find a pool with a poolside bar, also hotel possess a free gym.


Granada

Carmen ****: a well located hotel - right in front of El Corte Inglés - Spain’s most famous shopping mall, - this property has all the facilities necessary for a pleasant stay: swimming pool, reastaurant and lounge bar to mention only a few. ‘’Fuentes de las Batallas’’ square – the ‘’heart’’ of Granada - is within a short walking distance.


Valencia

Silken Puerta Valencia**** is a luxurious 4-star property, conveniently located.  Drawings traced over its glazed facade are the work of Javier Mariscal, and immediately bring an eye. Every room has satellite TV, Canal+, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, and Internet. The contemporary design puts special emphasis on comfort with laminate floors and orange-beige colors. From the hotel you will have an easy walk to the beach that is only 10 min away. You can also walk to L'Oceanografic and City of Arts and Sciences - those are 20 min away. Cathedral and Gothic Quarter both are close too - only about 1km from the hotel.


Barcelona

Catalonia Barcelona 505**** hotel located in the sophisticated zone of Sarria – Sant Gervasi and not too far from the famous Park Guell – beautiful park, which was designed by the renowned architect Antonio Gaudi. Hotel has an outdoor pool, is modern looking and offers a rich and satisfying buffet breakfast as well as a restaurant for dinner. Few train stations around makes a City center easily reachable, it will only take around 15 min. 


In a very rare case hotel can be substituted for a one of a similar category. 

Here we put together answers to all the questions we constantly receive regarding our tours. Although much of this info you can find under ‘’Overview’’, ‘’Itinerary’’ and ‘’Prices’’ sections, we decided to simplify the task for you and put it all below:

 

 Are your tours really for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends, whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group for a tour.

 

How many people are normally on a tour?

- We can never tell exactly (neither guarantee) how many people will be on the specific route. Normally, it is about 10-20 persons in a group. In some cases, it could be more, in other days you travel with just a few more people or even by your party only. In summer (high season) groups tend to be larger, in winter – smaller. Also, it is possible that on different sections of the route number of travelers will change. For example, if you are on the trip of 10 days, there could be travelers that only do a 5-day trip and after your paths will split.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) is with a group during the whole trip, except for the routes when just a very few people are signed up. Those small groups will be travelling with an experienced and English speaking driver-guide. For the city tours, we use local professional and licensed guides.

 

In what languages guides explain?

- In English and Spanish, all our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If happens that there are only English speaking clients are on a bus, tour will be run in English only.

 

When during the year do you run your tours?

- Most of our tours are running all year long. Some (to northern parts of Spain, for example) – are only running from March till October. In any case, under each tour’s description it says exactly when it runs. Example: ‘’Sundays all year’’ - means that on every single Sunday of the year the tour will start, no matter how many people signed up, even if it’s you only.

 

What cities tours start from?

- Madrid and Barcelona (also says in the description of each specific tour – where it starts). First four tours on the list are from Barcelona, the rest from Madrid.

 

What are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, one of the streets right off Plaza Espana.

- In Barcelona, it is the reception of Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ (address: Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022 Barcelona)

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, not. We do not pick up from the hotels, because that would delay the tour scientifically. Sometimes the groups get larger and to pick up everybody from their hotels would take us half of the day.

However – if your hotel is on the way of the bus route on leaving day, - we will pick you up. So, one week before travel we ask you to give us your hotel name in Madrid, and then we can tell if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or must go to meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, it is always a meeting point at the reception of ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern and with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included everywhere where it’s mentioned in the itinerary (section ‘’Itinerary”). Buffet Breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels you are staying in during your tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

-No problems at all. Just tell this to our tour leader and he’ll advise and help. On top, many dinners are buffet, so you can simply choose what you like. For allergics, if in doubts, please remind your case to tour leader in the restaurants, or ask staff about content of the dishes. 

 

What time are you coming back to Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on this same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible delays may cause you being late for your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know about it.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour needs to be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed for you. It is recommendable to book even earlier, if possible. Requests that we receive in less than 2 weeks in 80% of the cases are fine as well, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No, as in each tour there are more people. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please ask us regarding conditions.

 

What is the process of booking?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, 6 steps need to be done:

   a) you confirm the tour to us by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names.

    b) we send you an invoice

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour

    d) we issue the confirmation

    e) 2 weeks before starting date you pay the rest

    f) you show up for the tour on appointed date and time

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require 10% in the moment of reservation, and 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the trip

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. All our bank details are always on the invoice that you receive.

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we must charge 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (just front) to verify the ownership.

3) Western Union (normally for the short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently)

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing to transfer funds, paying very small commissions.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable.  The other 90% are fully refundable, if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (in case if you paid 100% right away at the time of reservations). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 2 weeks before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ‘’Prices’’.

 

Are the taxes included in your prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for Tourist Tax of Cataluña (region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro per person and per night.

 

Most of the multiday tours start and finish is in Madrid. But what are the options for a Day Tours and excursions in Madrid self, if we have few days in the Capital before or after multiday tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to surroundings, if you have time before or after your multiday tour. Please check our separate website for the options. If you start from Barcelona and have some free time there, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the information on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the visa requirements for Morocco you can find here. On all trips to Morocco you also need to make sure that your Schengen visa will allow you a multiply entrance to European Union as you must enter Spain once again.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we help our customers to get Visa, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit is paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, we write to Spanish Embassy/Consulate sealed and signed letter where we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid a tour with us. Please note, that we do not guarantee the issue of visa, neither can influence the process, - the decision is always up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country, - but we do everything that depends on us to help you.