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Grand Iberian Tour – 17 Days in Portugal and Spain

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17 Days
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Lisbon
Lisbon
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 12
Tour Details

A truly amazing experience! A tour of the Iberian Peninsula most relevant spots, where history, monuments, religion, art, adventure and culture blend with great nightlife, great shopping opportunities, incredible food and wine, and really friendly people. An unforgetable vacation, great for discovery or for remembering and showing your children.

Departure & Return Location

Lisbon International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • 15 Nights 4* Half Board Hotel
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Travel and Hotels Insurance
  • Luxury Tour Vehicle

Price Excludes

  • Air Fares
  • Some Meals (designated in tiitnerary)
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
  • Free On-Board Wifi
  • On-board Mineral Water
What to Expect

Expect to be dazzled and suprised everyday. You will be visiting Portugal and Spain’s most emblematic cities and monuments, with a professional guide taking care of the tour in evey moment.

  • Amazing Monuments, 2500 years of history
  • Great Nightlife in the world safest countries
  • Tax-Free Shopping Opportunities
  • Incredible food and wine
  • Friendly and Easygoing people
  • The best selfies you will ever make :-)
Itinerary

Day 0 Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

We will pick you up at Lisbon International Airport and take you to the designated Hotel.

Day 1 Lisbon

During a siege of the city that lasted almost four months (1 July to 21 October1147), the City of White Light which was under Moorish domination, was taken by D. Afonso Henriques with the help of the Templars and Norman, English, Scottish, Flemish and German Crusaders contacted by the Bishop of Porto. In an elaborate strategy they constructed catapults and an enormous tower to facilitate entry to the Lisbon Castle. Successive investments weakened the “enemy” and the attacks finished up by breaking down the walls next to the Portas do Sol.

Castle of S. Jorge
Situated on the highest hill of the historic centre, in the Castle district, São Jorge is the patron saint of horses and the crusaders gave his name to this iconic feature of the city.

Alfama
Is the most typical and best loved district of Lisbon, not only for the Moorish influence in its architecture but also the local and welcoming spirit of the people who live there.

Cathedral of Lisbon
Construction of the Cathedral started in 1147 and was finished in the first decades of the 13th century. A long series of renovations, earthquakes and reconstructions means the Cathedral is today a mixture of architectural styles.

Jerónimos Monastery
This former Portuguese monastery of the order of Saint Jerónimos has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is the greatest example of Manueline architecture, also known as “Portuguese Gothic”. – Memorial to the Discoveries An architectural work which evokes the Age of the Discoveries and the overseas expansion of Portugal, largely sponsored by the Order through expropriation of property from the Infidels. Tower of Belém A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, it is called one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

Overnight Lisbon.

Day 2Sintra

With the Christian reconquest of Sintra, D. Afonso Henriques handed over guardianship of the city to the Order of the Templars in a document addressed to the Grande Master of the Order, D. Gualdim Pais.
Among the donations, in the document is the Forest of Almosquer, houses in the centre of the City (where now are the Café Paris and Hotel Central, Murtas).
Under the City are subterranean galleries, a work of the Templars which are explored by archaeologists.

Pena Palace
The original construction of this magnificent Palace, National Heritage, dates from the 16th century. In the reign of D. João II it was only a small chapel in honour of Nossa Senhora da Pena. In the 19th century D. Fernando II marvelled at the scenery of Sintra and decided to acquire this space as well as the surrounding areas, Castle of the Moors, farms and forests.
Genealogically this was known to be linked to the Rose Cross fraternity, of which he was the Grand Master and later the Order of Christ (after the Templars). It now contains allegories to the Order such as the bow window and the north façade of the Palace, both inspired by the Convent of Christ.

Moor´s Castle
In an attempt to take the Castle of Sintra, known as the Castle of the Moors, D. Afonso Henriques entrusted D. Gil, a knight templar who took a trusted group of men and secretly observed the enemies. Legend is mixed with reality and people say that when they walked silently at night so as not to be seen, between Colares and Penedo, Our Lady appeared to them and said ” Have no fear because if you walk twenty miles you can walk a thousand” .
The knights took courage and beat the Moors. Truth or myth, what is true is that a chapel was built to Nossa Senhora de Milides (Mil Ides) situated in Colares. The Castle was always linked to the Order until D. Fernando acquired it.

Quinta da Regaleira
The most enigmatic, unusual and mysterious building in Sintra, it is also known as Palace of Monteiro dos Milhões, associated with the name of its first owner António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. This estate of four hectares is enclosed by luxuriant gardens and tunnels in the subsoil, open to the public. It blatantly exhibits symbolic marks that evoke Masonry, Rose Cross and Templars. Possibly the most charismatic is the Initiate Well, a subterranean gallery with spiral staircase, in nine landings and sections of 25 stairs that evoke hell, paradise and purgatory as in Dante’s Divine Comedy, linked to the Rose Cross. At the bottom of the well the symbol of the Templar Cross overlaps the Rose of the Winds. The pretty chapel of Santíssima Trindade has embedded in the floor the Armillary Sphere and the Cross of the Order of Christ enclosed by pentagrams. Totally unmissable!

Overnight Lisbon.

Day 3Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

After breakfast, at 9am, we will travel to the North of Portugal, passing through ÓBIDOS, one of the most preserved medieval villages in the country.
The village has within the walls the RUINS OF THE CASTLE OF ÓBIDOS, 2nd place among the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Do not forget to try a little ginjinha in a chocolate cup. Then we will continue to ALCOBAÇA.

The different name of this locality is due to the fact of being located between the rivers Alcoa and Baça. The village was famous due to the beautiful ALCOBAÇA CONVENT or REAL ABBEY OF SANTA MARIA DE ALCOBAÇA (4th place among the Seven Wonders of Portugal), founded in 1153 and classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Free time to visit the Church of the Convent, where are the tombs of D. Pedro and Dona Inês de Castro. After the visit, we suggest to try one of the conventual sweets, similar to those that were made in the monastery.

We will continue to FATIMA, which has become one of the greatest centers of Marian worship after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The first apparition was in 1917, instead of the Cova da Iria, where it is currently the Sanctuary. After lunch (not included), exit to ALDEIA DE ALJUSTREL, known for being the village where the three shepherds were born.
In the backyard of the House of Lúcia, a monument marks the 2nd apparition of the Angel of Peace and the end of the Via Sacra, begun in the Sanctuary.

Overnight Lisbon.

Day 4Seville with visit to Tavira

Tavira
The city has since been rebuilt with many fine 18th-century buildings along with its 37 churches. A ‘Roman’ (actually Moorish) bridge links the two parts of the town across the River Gilão. The church of Santa Maria do Castelo, built on the site of a Moorish mosque, holds the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correia and his knights. The church dates from the 13th century and the clock tower has been remodeled from the original Muslim minaret. A bust of Dom Paio Perres Correia who died in 1275 can be seen on the corner of the town hall. Its original economic reliance on the fishing industry has now passed due to changed migration patterns of Tuna and further silting up of the river Gilão.
The population is in the region of 25,000 inhabitants (municipality of Tavira) supporting a military base whilst the surrounding area is still fairly rural and undeveloped. This is now changing due to the demands of the tourist industry and opening of golf courses in the near vicinity. The beach for this town lies past the salt pans and is reached by a ferryboat that takes the visitor to the sand-bar island known as Ilha de Tavira, part of the Ria Formosa. The island and beaches can also be reached from the nearby footbridge in Santa Luzia.
In recent years the architecturally attractive town has been scarred by a new ‘modernist’ shopping center and many high rise developments but still attracts visitors. House prices have increased sharply in recent years. The development of many golf clubs close to the town has also had an effect.

Overnight Seville

Day 5Seville

Its Old Town, with an area of 4 square kilometres (2 sq mi), contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Seville harbor, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean, is the only river port in Spain. Seville is also the hottest major metropolitan area in the geographical Western Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35°C (95°F).

Seville was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis. It later became known as Ishbiliya after the Muslim conquest in 712. During the Muslim rule in Spain, Seville came under the jurisdiction of the Caliphate of Cordoba before becoming the independent Taifa of Seville; later it was ruled by the Muslim Almoravids and theAlmohads until finally being incorporated into the Christian Kingdom of Castile under Ferdinand III in 1248.

Overnight Seville

Day 6Córdoba & Granada

Córdoba also called Cordova is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the provide of Córdoba. It was a Roman settlement. It was conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century, and then became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula.

Calip Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the many medical schools and universities which existed at the time, making Córdoba a centre for education. During these centuries, Córdoba became a society ruled by Muslims, in which all other groups had a second-class status. It returned to Christian rule in 1236, during the Reconquista. Today it is a moderately sized modern city; its population in 2011 was about 330,000. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Córdoba has the warmest summer high temperatures in Spain and Europe with average high temperatures around 37°C (99°F) in July and similar heat in August.

Overnight Granada.

Day 7Granada

Granada, is the capital city of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Beiro, the Darro, the Genil and the Monachil. It sits at an average elevation of 738 m (2,421 ft) above sea level, yet is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical. Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held.
The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighborhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction. Granada is also well-known within Spain for the University of Granada which has about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city. The pomegranate (in Spanish, Granada) is the heraldic device of Granada.

Overnight Valencia.

Day 8Valencia

Valenciais the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.5–1.6 million people. Valencia is Spain’s third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million depending on how the metropolitan area is defined. Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, and called Valentia Edetanorum.
In 714 Moroccan and Arab Moors occupied the city, introducing their language, religion and customs; they implemented improved irrigation systems and the cultivation of new crops as well, being capital of the Taifa of Valencia. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon reconquered the city and divided the land among the nobles who helped him conquer it.

Overnight Barcelona

Day 9Barcelona

Is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain as well as the country’s second most populous municipality, with a population of 1.6 million within city limits. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people, being the sixth most populous city in the European Union Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works ofAntoni Gaudi and and Luis Doménech i Montaner which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Overnight Barcelona

Day 10Free Day at Barcelona

Free Day at Barcelona for shopping, visiting and other activities.

Overnight Barcelona

Day 11Zaragoza

Is the capital city of the Zaragoza province and of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It lies by the Ebro river and its tributaries, the Huerva and the Gallego roughly in the center of bothAragon and the Ebro basin.
On 1 September 2010 the population of the city of Zaragoza was 701,090, Within its administrative limits on a land area of 1,062.64 square kilometers (410.29 square miles), ranking fifth in Spain. The population of the metropolitan area was estimated in 2006 at 783,763 inhabitants. The munucipality is home to more than 50 percent of theAragonese population. The city lies at an elevation of 199 meters (653 feet) feet above the sea.
The city is famous for its folklore, local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basilica del Pilar La Seo Cathedral and the Aljaferia Palace. Together with La Seo and theAljafería, several other buildings form part of the Mudejar Architecture ofAragon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight Zaragoza

Day 12Madrid

Is the capital city of the Kingdom of Spain, and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. The city has a population of almost 3.2 million. Madrid lies on the River of Manzanares in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and Leon. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government and residence of the Spanish Monarchy, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. While Madrid possesses modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theater with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain’s historical archives; a large number of national museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen – Bornemisza Museum, which completes the shortcomings of the other two museums Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become one of the monument symbols of the city.

Overnight Madrid.

Day 13Free Day at Madrid

Free Day at Madrid for shopping, visiting and other activities.

Overnight Madrid

Day 14Mérida

Is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura western central Spain. The population is 60.119 in 2017. The Archeological Ensemble of Mérida has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Mérida has a Mediterranean influences, due to the proximity of the Portuguese coast. The winters are mild.
The town was founded in 25 BC, with the name of Emerita Augusta (meaning the veterans – discharged soldiers – of the army of Augustus, who founded the city; the name Mérida is an evolution of this) by order of Emperor Augustus to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana river. Emerita Augusta was one of the ends of the Via de Plata (Silver Way), a strategic Roman Route between the gold mines around Asturica Augusta and the most important Roman city in the Iberian Peninsula. The city became the capital of Lusitania province, and one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire.
Mérida preserves more important ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain, including a triumphal arch and a teathre.

Overnight Mérida

Day 15Free Day at Mérida

Free Day at Mérida for shopping, visiting and other activities.

Overnight Mérida

Day 16Évora

The city of Évora, capital of Alto Alentejo, is one of the most historically important towns in the country. The remains of its rich past led to the historic center being classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
Évora, during the occupation of the Iberian peninsula, was elevated to the category of municipium by Julius Caesar with the name of Ebora Liberalitas Julia. Later, during the barbarian invasions, the city of Évora was under Visigoth rule. Later in 714 Évora was taken by the Moors. And in 1165 during the reconquest Christian Évora was taken to the Moors by Geraldo Sem Pavor. The city developed during the Middle Ages and in the sixteenth century Évora reached its height becoming one of the most important cultural and artistic centers of the kingdom. In 1559 the university of Évora was founded and entrusted to the recently founded Company of Jesus.
Places to visit:
Roman example of Évora One of the most important Roman monuments of Portugal, it is located at the highest point of the city and was part of the Roman forum. The construction took place between 1st and 3rd century it is judged to honor the Emperor Augustus, but later came to be known as Temple of Diana.
Cathedral Built between the 13th and 14th centuries in Gothic style, Sé de Évora is one of the most important medieval cathedrals in the country, and was inspired by the Lisbon Cathedral.
Church of San Francisco The Church of San Francisco in Évora is a church of Gothic-Manueline architecture. Built between 1480 and 1510 is closely linked to the historical events that marked the period of maritime expansion of Portugal. This influence is evident in the symbols that make up the monumental nave of ogival vault where one can observe the cross of the Order of Christ as well as the emblems of the founding kings Dom João II and Dom Manuel I.
Chapel of Bones Located in the Church of San Francisco, it was built in the 18th century and completely lined with human bones. It is still known by the famous phrase written at the entrance “We bones that weare here for your hope“

Overnight Évora.

Day 17Lisbon

Return to Lisbon International Airport or optionally to hotel of your choice.

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