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Highlights of Spain and Portugal
On this holiday we visit many of the great cities and sightseeing highlights of Spain and Portugal, with time to enjoy the seaside, sunshine and relaxation offered by each country’s prime resort areas.
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- Flights with Air Transat
- First Class hotels
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- Dinner daily with local wine
- Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal - $5,797.00
- Single supplement - $1,190.00
- Ottawa - add $150.00 (with round-trip transportation to the Montreal airport)
- Halifax or Winnipeg - add $690.00
- Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver - add $890.00
All Senior Discovery Tours Include
Home pick-up and drop-off (from most Canadian cities)
All airfare and airport taxes
*Airline baggage fees are not included
Carefully selected accommodations
All gratuities (for hotels, drivers, guides & cruise staff)
Insurance for cancellation and health while outside Canada
Services of one of our cheerful experienced Tour Managers
All prices guaranteed in Canadian funds (All taxes included)
First, we discover the magic of Spain including the parks and gardens of Madrid, the Gothic Cathedral of Cordoba, the amazing Alhambra Palace in Granada, the British colony of Gibraltar, the lovely mountain town of Ronda and the lively atmosphere of Spain's old capital, Seville. We also enjoy some relaxation in Torremolinos, Spain's most popular Mediterranean resort.
In Portugal we discover why visitors return again and again. We see the magnificent coastal scenery of the Algarve, the gentle Monchique mountains, old churches, castles and cathedrals, picturesque fishing villages, olive groves and vineyards. We spend some time in Evora, one of Portugal’s most beautiful and historic cities, before finishing with the historic old capital, Lisbon.
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.
- Madrid’s old quarter and Royal Palace
- The walled city of Toledo
- Cordoba’s unique Mosque-Cathedral / Jewish Quarter
- The famous Alhambra Palace in Granada
- Gibraltar, commonly known as the “The Rock”
- Mountain-top Ronda with its incredible bridges
- The romantic city of Seville
- Algarve’s charming villages of Alte, Lagos and Sagres
- Monchique Mountains panoramic views
- The beautifully preserved medieval town of Evora
- Lisbon, the hilly coastal capital of Portugal
Day 1: Depart
We depart for Madrid, via Montreal.
Day 2: Madrid
We arrive in Madrid and transfer to our hotel. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Madrid
On our morning city sightseeing tour we start at the Puerto Del Sol old quarter, with its narrow winding streets, numerous bars and cafes, colourful squares, churches and historic monuments. We will also see the Royal Palace and the Cervantes Monument. Afternoon at leisure to further explore this lively capital. Tonight we enjoy a Tapas dinner - a specialty of Spain.
Day 4: Toledo
Today we travel to the walled city of Toledo. Here we see the Gothic cathedral, centuries old synagogue and the Church of Saint Tome with its El Greco paintings. This small charming city is delightful for strolling.
Day 5: Cordoba
We proceed to Cordoba. After arrival, the balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 6: Cordoba / Granada
On our tour of Cordoba we see the magnificent 8th century mosque supported by hundreds of columns of marble and onyx, and illuminated by 4,000 bronze and copper lamps. Around the mosque are the tiny shops and historic buildings of the old Jewish quarter. After our tour we drive through the Andalusian countryside, enjoying the spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to Granada.
Day 7: Granada / Torremolinos (Costa Del Sol)
In Granada this morning we visit the famous Alhambra Palace, Spain's most beautiful Moorish building and former residence of Moorish Kings. It has imposing towers and halls, rooms decorated with lace-like carvings, coloured tiles and gold mosaics. The exterior has courtyards with fountains and lush gardens. It is unparalleled in Europe. After our tour we continue on to the lively resort town of Torremolinos.
Day 8: Torremolinos
At leisure to enjoy the sun, beach and the lively boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 9: Gibraltar / Torremolinos
We take an excursion to Gibraltar. “The Rock”, as it is commonly called, remains very British. We will see St. Michael’s Cave, the Ape’s Cave and more. During our free time you may want to enjoy a pint in a typical English pub before returning to Torremolinos.
Day 10: Ronda / Seville
This morning we visit Ronda, which has an unforgettable setting - perched over a rocky 300’ deep ravine spanned by three bridges. We see the oldest bullring in Spain, the gardens and the church, which was once a mosque. We continue to the beautiful and lively city of Seville.
Day 11: Seville / Algarve (Portugal)
The romantic city of Seville was influenced by the Moors who occupied the area for 700 years. A fine example of their heritage is the Giralda Tower. We also see the Alcazar, Gothic Cathedral and the fountains of Maria Lusia Park. Later we enter Portugal and head for the country's famed coastal area, the Algarve, which features sandy beaches that stretch for miles, impressive cliffs and rock formations. We will stay 4 nights in the lively resort of Albufeira. During our stay here we will enjoy 3 half-day excursions.
Day 12: Lagos and Sagres
We begin in Lagos where we see the beautiful church and castle walls. Then we proceed to Sagres, where Portuguese explorers learned their navigational skills. We finish off in Cape St. Vincent - the westernmost point in Europe.
Day 13: Typical Moorish Villages
Our first stop today is Alte - considered the Algarve’s most picturesque village. We will stroll the narrow flowery streets and see the 16th-century church. There are several natural hot springs here. Later we will stop at some other quiet hill towns and villages in the region.
Day 14: Evora / Lisbon
We proceed to Evora (a UNESCO World Heritage City) - a beautiful city where Portugal’s Golden Age lives on. Our walking tour takes in the Roman Temple and wall, the Gothic Cathedral, the Aqueduct and its fountains and more. After our tour we continue to Lisbon.
Day 15: Lisbon
On our morning city tour we see the old quarter, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and the monument to Henry the Navigator. Afternoon at leisure, followed by our Farewell Dinner.
Day 16: Home
We fly home, via Montreal.