Iberian Tapestry / Spain

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September 22, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Day 1: Arrive In Barcelona, Spain Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Barcelona Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill.This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged. (B)

Day 3: Barcelona–Madrid Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561. (B)

Day 4: Madrid Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to thePuerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo deCastellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available. (B)

Day 5: Madrid–Toledo–Seville Arrive in Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge, a visit to an early SYNAGOGUE, and the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL. Time to visit a DAMASCENESTEEL WORKSHOP before continuing to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia. This evening, a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment. (B,D)

Day 6: Seville During your guided sightseeing tour, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. (B)

Day 7: Seville–Setúbal, Portugal–Lisbon A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Setúbal and enjoy a WINE TASTING before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital ofPortugal. (B)

Day 8: Lisbon Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers.Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of theDiscoverers. Also, visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. For a true taste of Lisbon, enjoy a pastel (a traditional Portuguese pastry) and a drink at Pasteis de Belém, the most famous place for these pastries. The pastel was first created by Catholic monks atJeronimos Monastery. They used large quantities of egg whites to starch their clothes, leaving the leftover egg yolks, so they used the yolks to make pastries. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant. (B,D) VACATION HIGHLIGHTS BARCELONA Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the SagradaFamilia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill MADRID Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum TOLEDO Guided sightseeing, visit an early synagogue, and the gothic cathedral; visit a Damascene steel workshop SEVILLE Special dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment; guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through theSanta Cruz quarter SETÚBAL Wine tasting LISBON Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama; enjoy a pastel pastry and drink; a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant Headsets Throughout the tour

Day 9: Lisbon Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)



$4,182.00 Single


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