Spain & Portugal, Combo Delight 11 Nights Program

    • Duration

      12 Days

    • Total Destinations

      6

    • Attractions

      0

    • Pkg Id

      0000361

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    DAY 1
    Arrival-Madrid

    • Arrive at Barajas Adolfo Suarez International Airport.
    • Our Airport representative will meet & greet you.
    • Pick – up from Airport and transfer to the hotel in Madrid.
    • Check-In to the hotel and day @ leisure.
    • Overnight at the hotel.

    DAY 2
    Madrid

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • After breakfast today it’s time to visit two main hot spot of Madrid.
    • THE PRADO MUSEUM: Museo Del Prado, officially known as Museo Nacional Del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world.
    • ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID: The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now used only for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 m2 (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe
    • Evening get picked up for FLAMENCO TABLAOS: Corral de la Moreria may be the most famous tablao flamenco in the world and one of the most recognized flamenco establishments in Spain. In 2011 the establishment received a recommendation in the Michelin Guide for the fifth consecutive year, a testament to its continuous quality. Author Patricia Schultz, in her NY Times bestseller "1000 Places to See Before you die", also listed Corral de la Moreria as one of Madrid's top 10 sights, ranked in the third place, along with the Museum of El Prado and the Royal Palace of Spain. 
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 3
    Madrid – Toledo (Half Day Guided Tour)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Today post breakfast you will be picked up for your half day tour to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Spanish city, It will be a 5-hour tour from Madrid with a knowledgeable guide, you will witness the arresting beauty of ancient landmarks like the Church of St. Tomé and the sacred Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Absorb the serpentine charm of the Jewish Quarter, enjoy a panoramic coach tour of Toledo’s outskirts, and marvel at the old Palace of Justice as you gain valuable insight into Toledo’s rich history on this tour.
    • CHURCH OF ST. TOME: Church with a Mudéjar tower dating from the 14th century. It is home to the famous painting by El Greco, the Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The church dates from the 12th century, although it was completely rebuilt in the early 14th century by the Count of Orgaz. The tower is one of the best examples of the Mudéjar art characteristic of Toledo. The two upper sections are made of brick, with two groups of two and three windows with pointed horseshoe arches scalloped with other lobed arches. The interior is home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, the Burial of the Count of Orgaz, which is on display in a special room.
    • MONASTERY OF SAN JUAN DE LOS RYES: This was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs in thanks for the victory at the Battle of Toro. It has a single nave, with side chapels located between the buttresses. Of particular interest on the main façade are the chains of the freed prisoners. It has a late Gothic cloister and the ceiling on the second floor is in the Mudéjar style. Its church has a single nave with a stellar vault. Another highlight is the main chapel, which is decorated with the coats of arms of the Catholic Monarchs supported by a large eagle, ogee arches and the figures of saints.
    • JEWISH QUARTER OF TOLEDO: The Jewish quarter of Toledo is a district of the city of Toledo, in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It was the neighborhood in which the Jews lived in the middle Ages, although they were not obliged to live within it.It is the Jewish community of Toledo which became, in the 12th and 13th centuries, the most populous and rich of the Kingdom of Castile. And coexists for centuries, more or less peacefully, with Muslims and Christians, in which it would be called city of the three cultures.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 4
    Madrid – Avila & Salamanca (Full Day Tour)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Today post breakfast, you will Travel from Madrid to Spain’s medieval, UNESCO-listed cities Avila and Salamanca. Avila is famous for its medieval walls. They are arguably the best in Europe. The 11th century walls are two kilometres long, have 88 turrets and are perfectly preserved. The town is also famous as the home of Saint Teresa. Visit the Avila Cathedral and Basilica of St. Vincent in Avila
    • AVILA CATHEDRAL: Avila’s UNESCO-listed old city, one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval gems, out of which you will see one of a master piece in Avila, The Cathedral of the Saviour is a Catholic church in Ávila in the south of Old Castile, Spain. It was built in the late Romanesque and Gothic architectural traditions. It was planned as a cathedral-fortress, its apse being one of the turrets of the city walls. It is surrounded by a number of houses or palaces.The Basilica de San Vicente in Avila or Basílica de San Vicente in Spanish stands on the traditional site of the martyrdom of St. Vincent at the hands of the Romans.According to legend, a rich Jew laughed at the saint's execution, but afterwards he was nearly suffocated by a serpent that emerged miraculously from the rocks. He repented, converted, and built a church on the site. The Basilica de San Vicente that stands today dates from the 12th century and is mostly a Romanesque in style. You will appreciate particularly, the 12th-century portals and portico of the Basilica de San Vicente which are fine examples of Romanesque architecture.
    • Later you will be then preceding ahead to Salamanca a UNESCO-listed City in Spain, famous for its medieval university and enchanting sandstone architecture. You will see its famous Cathedral, Plaza Mayor & Casa Lis.
    • MSYTERIOUS CATHEDRAL OF SALAMANCA: There are numerous mysteries in the world, and the Cathedral of Salamanca’s astronaut is one such. Cathedral of Salamanca is actually two churches joined together, one dates back to the 12th‒13th centuries, while the newer one dates back to the 16th century. Besides its glories as architectural marvels, the two churches are also known for something mysterious, i.e., astronaut carvings on its wall. While most of its carvings are unique, While many claim that the aliens are involved in this, or it is in fact the work of a time traveller, the mystery was soon unveiled, and it was left no mysterious after all.
    • PLAZA MAYOR: The Plaza Mayor (English Main Plaza) in Salamanca, Spain is a large plaza located in the center of Salamanca, used as a public square. It was built in the traditional Spanish baroque style and is a popular gathering area. It is lined by restaurants, ice cream parlors, tourist shops, jewelry stores and a pharmacy along its perimeter except in front of the city hall. It is considered the heart of Salamanca and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain.
    • CASALIS MUSEUM: The Casa Lis is a museum located in the ancient city wall of Salamanca, Spain. Also known as Museo Art Nouveau and Art Déco, it is a museum of decorative arts, with exhibits dating from the last decades of the 19th century to World War II.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay

    DAY 5
    Madrid– Seville (Approx 4 Hours)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Post breakfast you will be picked up for your transfer to Seville.
    • Arrive and Check-In to the hotel.
    • Evening you will picked up from the hotel for Pura Esencia Flamenco Shows in Triana TABLAOS AND FLAMENCO SHOWS: No matter the time of year you can be sure that there will be flamenco shows happening across the city on any evening.A tablao is a good way to watch a show, with live musicians and either a bar or restaurant service.If you’re staying near the Cathedral then Tablao El Arenal would be a good option, with two performances a night (each lasting 90 minutes) and a choice of tapas or full dinner.People visiting Seville in spring or autumn can catch the Peñas de Guardia, a series of shows organized for local or up-and-coming flamenco talent.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 6
    Seville

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • After breakfast today it’s time to visit the main hot spots of Seville.SEVILLE CATHEDRAL: This enormous structure is like a little world on its own, and you will lose hours staring in awe at the beautiful architectural flourishes, relics and historical curios. With 80 different chapels it’s the largest cathedral in the world by volume and is a World Heritage site. There are also hints of the mosque that once stood on this spot, especially in the Court of the Orange trees on the north side, where Muslims once performed ablutions.The big photo opportunity inside is definitely the tomb of Christopher Columbus, but there’s something spectacular at almost every turn.
    • LA GIRALDA: An enduring emblem for Seville, the Giralda is the bell-tower right next-door to the Cathedral. It has Moorish origins, being the minaret for the former mosque.What’s unusual about the tower is that 34 ramps lead to the top instead of a stairway.This was so that Muezzin who led the call to prayer could ride his horse up the tower instead of walking. To break up the monotony of the climb there are regular archaeological exhibits on the way up. And at the top the view is even better than you could hope for.
    • Evening visit REAL ALCAZAR: This is a marvelous UNESCO-listed palace complex that is still in use by the Spanish royal family: their chambers, state rooms and halls are on the upper level and can be viewed if you pay a little extra.Nearly all of the complex is in the Mudéjar style (Moorish-inspired architecture for non-Islamic buildings) and was developed by Pedro the Cruel during the 14th-century.There are small glimpses of the original Almohad palace on the Patio del Yeso, for instance.On a visit you’ll walk from courtyard to beautiful courtyard, look up at carved coffered ceilings and surround yourself in the lush greenery of the sprawling gardens.Fine views of the grounds can be had from the elevated Grutesco Gallery.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 7
    Seville

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Today post breakfast take a break and you will be picked up from the hotel by 12 PM for your half day tour in Seville.MARIA LUISA PARK AND IT’S BOTANICAL GARDEN: The largest green space in central Seville originally belonged to the nearby San Telmo Palace, dating to the 1500s.In the late-19th century the grounds were donated to the city by Infanta Luisa Fernanda and took their present shape after a remodel in 1911. Maria Luisa is one of those parks with a pleasant surprise down every path, whether it’s an ornamental pond, pavilion, sculpture or tiled fountain.The park’s broad avenues have twin-rows of tall palm trees, while the body of the park, woven with little trails, is a large botanical garden with unusual species from around the world.
    • Plaza de España: This colossal monument was built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929 and stands within the Maria Luisa Park. It’s a semi-circular plaza edged by a canal and overlooked by a large, curved palace. The palace contains many of the city’s administrative buildings, but the reason to visit is to walk beneath the gallery.You’ll see busts of important national figures but also little installations for every province in Spain.Using typical Sevillian azulejos (painted tiles) these displays showcase details like the local food and famous monuments in each part of the country.
    • TRIANA NEIGHBORHOOD: On the left bank of the Guadalquivir, opposite the old city is the Triana neighborhood. This is an earth part of the city, credited for many of the things people associate with Sevillian culture, like painted ceramics and flamenco. The main way in is via the Isabel Bridge close to the bullfighting arena, here you can halt and see 250 years old bullfighting arena and moving in the said direction will make you arrive at the Plaza de Altozano, which has a much-photographed statue of a flamenco dancer, a “monument to the flamenco art”. Check out the area’s Moorish revival and baroque architecture and pop into one of the many tile and ceramics shops for authentic azulejos tiles and take a scenic boat ride.It’s like a quaint geography lesson and will hold your attention for a good few minutes.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 8
    Seville (Full Day Museum Tour)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Post breakfast, you will go on a full day tour of Museums. These are famous and must visit sites on your travel to Seville.ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: This attraction is part of ensemble built for the Ibero-American Exposition, collecting the most important artefacts from the archaeological sites around the Seville Province.The most exciting finds are from the Bronze Age: For example, dating to the 8th century BC is Treasure of El Carombolo.This hoard belonged to either the local Tartessos Culture that lived on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, or to the Phoenicians.It’s a hoard of 21 pieces of gold jewellery, and after replicas had been on display for many years the original items were installed in 2012.
    • MUSEUM OF ARTS AND TRADITIONS: Also part of the Exposition is this surprisingly diverting museum covering Seville’s traditional industries, households and customs.Here you’ll see everyday items from throughout Seville’s history, including ceramics from the 16th-century and large displays of swords and knives forged in the city.One section leads you through the various workshops relating to Seville’s historic trades, such as tile-making, metalwork, lacework and barrel-making for the local sherry (fino).
    • MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: Walking around the older parts of the city, the buildings that don’t look Moorish have a highly ornate baroque style.This is because the 17th and 18th centuries were a time of great wealth for Seville, which gave rise to a whole cultural movement. At the Museo de Bellas Artes you can see the painting and sculpture from the Sevillian School.Much of the work here is religious and comes from monasteries and convents around the city that were closed down in the 19th-century and brought here.The building is also fabulous, with a series of peaceful courtyards.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 9
    Seville – Lisbon

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Seville international airport to fly to Lisbon
    • Arrive in Lisbon at Portela international Airport
    • Our Airport representative will meet & greet you
    • Pick – up from Airport and transfer to the Hotel
    • Check-In at the hotel
    • Evening you can visit to Fado in Alfama which is a traditional Portuguese genre music that Started in Lisbon and finding live performances in one of the best ways to really experience the City.
    • Back and hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 10
    Lisbon

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick-up from the hotel for Half day SINTRA & CASCAIS tour, Sintra is known for its many 19th Century romantic architectural monuments which was recognize by UNESCO world heritage site surrounded by mountains. You will visit Pena Palace, the Moorish castle, the regaleira & the Monserrate Palaces.
    • Next you will take ride in TRAM 28, which has been working its way up the steep, cobbled roads and into old Alfama districts for decades. Journey starts below the Palm-spotted hills of Graca and head towards seeing various majestic palaces and castles to weaves hair-pin alleys of Escolas Gerais.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay

    DAY 11
    Lisbon– Porto (Approx 3 Hours)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick-up from hotel for full day tour to Porto.
    • Enjoy panoramic tour of the city Porto Se Cathedral, Avenida dos Aliados and Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos - the city’s architectural symbol. Delve into Porto’s history as you pass Liberdade Square and Ponte de Dom Luis I, structures integral to understanding Porto’s past.
    • The next stop is a Port wine cellar, where you’ll take a guided tour and learn a little about the Wine’s production process. For an additional fee, taste a selection of the city’s finest Port wines before heading back to Lisbon.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay in Lisbon

    DAY 12
    Fly Back

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Time to say “Good bye to PORTUGAL” post breakfast you will be picked up for your final transfer to Portela International Airport for your flight back to home with sweet memories

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