13D Portugal, Andalusia & the Mediterranean Capitals Tour ex Madrid

Plaza de Oriente, Calle de Bailen, 17, Madrid, 28013, Spain
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Portugal has written its history in Lisbon, the city of colours. Art, flamenco and old times mark are alive in every Andalucia's city. Castle of Sao Jorge shows the nature of the old fishermen's neighbourhood. Its picturesque tiny streets are wonderful to get lost in and to discover the charm of the city. Fatima, built in the 20th century after the apparitions of the Virgin, is the destination of an inner journey of Christian faith. It is one of the main M... Read More

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Tour Duration
13d

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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

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Portugal has written its history in Lisbon, the city of colours. Art, flamenco and old times mark are alive in every Andalucia's city. Castle of Sao Jorge shows the nature of the old fishermen's neighbourhood. Its picturesque tiny streets are wonderful to get lost in and to discover the charm of the city. Fatima, built in the 20th century after the apparitions of the Virgin, is the destination of an inner journey of Christian faith. It is one of the main Marian shrines of the world. Also, visit Seville and see the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. It is a sign of its wide cultural and artistic past. Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in South Western Europian country of Spain. Having been known for being a traditional agricultural region, it entraps greenery, farmlands and large beautiful canyons which are widely known and recognized for the beauty and serenity that it portrays. The region is rich in its cultural diversity which includes flamenco, bullfighting and Hispano Moorish styles of architecture, all of which are known to have their origin from Spain. Among major cities in Andalusia, Cordoba is known for its spectacular Mosque cum Cathedral and Jewish Quarter, also known as Mezquita is a remarkable Islamic architecture with all luminous and wonderful decoration. The beauty of the Cathedral can be seen as an amalgamation of Islamic, Jews and Christian diversity, defining an era when these religions lived side by side. The Jewish Quarter is another landmark which describes a dark history of deceit and destruction which has its presence on the walls of the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba.

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Inclusions

12 nights accommodation: Porto (2 nights), Fatima (1 night), Lisbon (2 nights), Cordoba (1 night), Seville (2 nights), Granada (1 night), Valencia (1 night), Barcelona (2 nights) 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Airconditioned deluxe motor coach Guided visits in Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada, Valencia, Barcelona Tour escort during the tour Travel insurance

Exclusions

Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto local city taxes are not included, to be paid directly to the hotels.

Highlights

Visit the Alfama district Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima Visit the narrow and labyrinthine streets of Barrio Gotico

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid to Avila to Salamanca to Porto Our tour starts from Julia Travel bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 hours. At first, we drive to Avila, a city that preserves its medieval wall. Then we visit Salamanca, where can spend free time in this University City Heritage of Humanity of great architectural and artistic wealth. We depart to the Portuguese border until we reach Porto. Days 2: Porto After Breakfast, enjoy a Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange building and the Santa Clara church. In the afternoon, there is a possibility of an optional visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous port wine. Days 3: Porto to Coimbra to Fatima Have your breakfast at the hotel and departure to Coimbra. City seat on one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, the heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. At night the possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Days 4: Fatima to Batalha to Nazare to Alcobaca to Lisbon Breakfast at the hotel, and depart to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazare, and then visit Alcobaca, a World Heritage site followed by the XII Century Church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Ines de Castro and then to Lisbon. You can have an optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, a typical Portuguese song, and music. Days 5: Lisbon Have your breakfast at the hotel, and then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, and then drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. In the afternoon, catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting Ruas, full of colour housing the genuine tavernas, where Fado sounds like a missing past. Days 6: Lisbon to Caceres to Cordoba Have your breakfast at the hotel and depart at 07:30 hours to Caceres, which is considered as World Heritage place because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walkthrough it's Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Afterwards continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Days 7: Cordoba to Seville Have your breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy an impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride, reach Seville. Days 8: Seville Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and then embark on to a morning panoramic city tour visiting, the exterior of the Cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome. Santa Cruz Quarter, a natural scenario of Carmen as well as a precisely where the myth of Don Juan came into the picture. You can also explore Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de Espana. In the afternoon, we will discover exclusive views, specific flavours of this active full of the light city. Days 9: Seville to Granada Have your breakfast at the hotel and then drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the Tales of the Alhambra by W. Irving. You can have an optional visit to Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter. Days 10: Granada to Valencia After breakfast at the hotel, start driving towards the Mediterranean coast, via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north via Alicante, the second-largest city within the region of Valencia. Reach Valencia, one of the main capitals of the Mediterranean coast with its modern Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex, being integrated by six elements namely, Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de Les Arts and Agora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and delicious Paella. Days 11 Valencia to Barcelona After your breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex also known as Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early afternoon, depart northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona principal Mediterranean city homeland of the famous architect Gaudi symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Days 12: Barcelona Have your breakfast at the hotel and then embark onto a morning city tour of Barcelona, which is well known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, drive along the main avenues with impressive modernist buildings by Gaudi such as La Pedrera, Casa Mila, etc. and has also been declared World Heritage buildings. We will also visit the Montjuic Park with spectacular views of the city, the Olympic Ring, a monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. The afternoon is for you to keep on discovering this city full attractive offers as well as exquisite and varied gastronomy. Days 13: Barcelona to Zaragoza to Madrid After breakfast at the hotel, depart southwest along an industrial and agricultural area with certain relevance within Europe. Arrive at Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragon, within the banks of Ebro river the most copious within the Iberian Peninsula. Zaragoza, also known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period had an important role in Spanish history. Some free time to see the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilica Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Continue your trip back to Madrid

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Plaza de Oriente, Calle de Bailen, 17, Madrid, 28013, Spain

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