From Barcelona and Madrid in Spain to Lisbon in Portugal, soak in the sights, scenery and sunshine on this locally-hosted expedition.
About the Tour
Spain and Portugal are renowned for their sunny skies and fantastic, rich cultures. On this tour, you get to experience it all. The tour begins with time in Barcelona. Enjoy one day of sightseeing, making stops at Gaudi's Casa Batlló and in the Eixample District, and one day to see the stunning beaches, sample the fantastic wine and food, and to immerse yourself in the city. Next, you enjoy two days in Madrid, where amazing attractions, such as the Prado Museum and Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, meet incredible historic architecture and beautiful parks. The journey ends in Lisbon, which is the sunniest city in all of Europe. Here, guided touring takes you to sites such as Jeronimos Monastery and Alfama, and your independent time gives you the opportunity to enjoy the amazing Mediterranean climate and all that comes with it. Each city has its own specialties to offer, and with the help of a Local Host in each destination, you will be able to make the most of every moment of your tour.
- Rail travel on AVE high-speed train (first class) from Barcelona to Madrid
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Breakfast daily
- Guided sightseeing in each city
- Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona
- The Prado Museum in Madrid
- Alfama and Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon
- Intra-tour rail station & airport transfers
- Services of a local host in each city
Day 1 - Barcelona, SpainBienvenido - welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.
Day 2 - Sightseeing in BarcelonaYour morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façades of Gaudì’s Casa Batllò and La Pedrera. Pass through the central Eixample district to reach the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica. See the Arc de Triomf and stop at Ciutadella Park to begin a walking tour through the medieval streets of the trendy El Born district, home to the Picasso Museum and Santa Maria del Mar church. Your city discovery continues to the Old Port area and Columbus Monument, arriving at magnificent Montjuic Hill with time for a photo stop at Miramar lookout point for breathtaking views of the city.
Day 3 - Barcelona at leisureYour Local Host has many recommendations for your day - perhaps a visit to whimsical Tibidabo amusement park or where to find a Sardanes folk dancing performance.
Day 4 - To MadridTravel by high-speed AVE train (first class) to Madrid.
Day 5 - Sightseeing in MadridMorning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial Prado Museum to admire one of the world's finest collections of European art. Also, see the Plaza de España. Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Day 6 - Madrid at leisureToday, you may wish to visit the church of San Francisco El Grande with the largest dome in Madrid or enjoy a Zarzuela operetta. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day.
Day 7 - To LisbonTravel by air on selected flights to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.*
Day 8 - Sightseeing in LisbonMorning guided sightseeing features the Baixa city center, and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of Alfama, the ancient Moorish quarter. Drive to the Belém district, known for its seafaring past, and visit Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries from one of the best panoramic viewpoints, and pass by Edward VII Park located near Pombal Square.
Day 9 - Lisbon at leisureYour Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure, such as a visit to Berardo Museum with its modern art collection and where to shop for souvenirs.
Day 10 - DepartureYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Tryp Apolo, Barcelona
A modern 314 room hotel located in the heart of Barcelona with Free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas. Delicious snacks can be enjoyed at the Tapas Bar whilst the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Novotel Madrid Center, Madrid
A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
Marques de Pombal, Lisbon
This 123-room modern hotel is located in the most prestigious quarter of Lisbon, directly on the tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade with exclusive shops and the Marquês de Pombal Metro Station just meters away. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of international dishes and after-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the adjacent bar. There is also a gym, sauna and steam bath.
Additional departures are available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
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