Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera - 13 Day Tour
Enjoy a true taste of the Iberian Peninsula. In Madrid, join a local expert to explore the world famous Prado Museum. Travel by high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Relax on the Costa del Sol. Tour Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Visit a centuries-old wine maker. Marvel at the architecture of the Cathedral of Seville, third largest in the world. Visit Cadiz, the oldest inhabited city on the peninsula. Tour Lisbon, including the Moorish Alfama Quarter. Enjoy a four-night stay on Portugal’s Riviera. See the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers. Travel the Silver Coast and visit Fatima, the world-famous pilgrimage site. Enjoy leisure time for independent explorations.
Call 877-929-7245 to book your Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera vacation.
- Rail transportation aboard Spain’s high-speed AVE train
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- 15 meals
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights include:
- Plaza Mayor
- Costa del Sol
- Generalife Gardens
- Plaza d'Espana
- Jeronimo's MOnastery
Day 1 - International Flight to Madrid
Embark on your trans-Atlantic flight to Madrid from your U.S. gateway (international flight not included in tour cost).
Day 2 - Madrid, Spain
Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight Madrid. (D)
Day 3 - Madrid’s Sights
Enjoy a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center. See the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. Join a local expert to explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum, which opened in 1819 and boasts the world's finest collection of art by masters including Velazquez and Goya. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight Madrid.
Day 4 - AVE to Cordoba / Costa del Sol
Sit back and enjoy stunning landscapes as you travel by high speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, originally built as a mosque, was converted into the city’s cathedral when the Christians conquered the region in 1236. Stroll the streets of the historic Jewish quarter. Your day concludes in Spain’s Costa del Sol for a three-night stay. (B, D)
Day 5 - Costa del Sol
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and experience the best of this cosmopolitan coastal region. Stroll the sandy beaches and promenades or linger at a traditional café. Your tour manager will be on hand to help you plan your day. Overnight Costa del Sol. (B)
Day 6 - Excursion to Granada
Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain. Travel past rolling hills dotted with olive groves, capturing Spain’s classic beauty. Upon arrival, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, a hilltop palace and UNESCO site. Tour the Generalife, “garden of the architect,” and behold waterfalls, courtyards and secret gardens upon its grounds. Overnight Costa del Sol. (B)
Day 7 - Cadiz / Seville
Visit Cadiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula – founded in 1104 BC. Enjoy a walking tour through the ancient port city. Continue to Spain’s “cultural capital” – Seville. Overnight Seville. (B, D)
Day 8 - Seville
In Seville, see Columbus’ tomb; the ornate cathedral – a UNESCO site; and Giralda Bell Tower. Take a walking tour of the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter with its cascading bright flowers, white-washed buildings and winding streets. Continue to Plaza D’Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park – one of the loveliest parks in all of Europe. Overnight Seville. (B)
Day 9 - Azeitao, Portugal / Cascais
Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Depart Spain and travel through the Portuguese countryside to Azeitao – an agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and country estates. Visit a family-run shop that illustrates how azulejos – hand-painted Portuguese tiles – are made. Afterward, enjoy a tour and tasting of local wines when you visit a centuries-old wine maker. Continue to Cascais, the famous coastal resort on the Portuguese Riviera, for a four-night stay. (B)
Day 10 - Excursion to Lisbon
Tour Lisbon, including the Moorish Alfama Quarter. See the 16th century Jeronimo’s Monastery, a UNESCO site; the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons; and the impressive Belem Tower, a UNESCO site. Then, enjoy leisure time in Cascais…perhaps walk the beach promenade or shop for ceramics, hand woven works and tapestries. Overnight Cascais (B)
Day 11 - Sintra and Estoril Excursions
Visit the town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Continue on to Estoril, finding coastal villas on sheltered bays. Peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts. Overnight Cascais. (B)
Day 12 - Visits to Obidos, Nazare, and Fatima
Travel Portugal’s Silver Coast, a region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and castles. Stop in Obidos, protected by medieval city walls. Continue to Nazare, a coastal fishing village. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site.This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Overnight Cascais. (B, D)
Day 13 - Tour Conclusion
Your Spain and Portugal vacation comes to an end after breakfast today. (B)
Hotels include the Melia Galgos, Melia Costa del Sol, Melia Seville, and Vila Gale Cascais Hotel.
Tour prices are land only, per person. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however, prices are subject to change.
Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera vacation.