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Iberian Tour – 9 Days in Portugal and Spain

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9 Days
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Lisbon
Barcelona
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 Location

Return Location

Lisbon International Airport

Barcelona International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • 7 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 & Valencia

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 Valencia.

Day 7Valencia

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 8Barcelona

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 9Free Day at Barcelona

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

Overnight Barcelona

Day 10Barcelona

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

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