Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Regional Journey

Amazing Spain and Portugal (Summer 2018)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: Spain, Portugal

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Delve beneath the surface of these two amazing countries. Sample their signature dishes, share in their culture and marvel the legacy of their rich sea-faring history.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Madrid.

    Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. During your time in Madrid you will travel along the Gran Vía and through the Puerta del Sol, seeing the Royal Palace and famous Cibeles Fountain. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of good food and wine.

  3. Day 3

    The old Capital of Toledo and on to Granada.

    Venture south to meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.' Your journey continues to Granada.

  4. Day 4

    The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen.

    'There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert and also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville where a Local Expert will guide you through the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Emerge by the huge walls of the fabulous Alcazar to see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, but now the cathedral bell tower. Enter the immense 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and see his tomb enriched with the spoils of the New World. During a highlight evening enjoy the flavours of Andalucía and share the passion of Spain's most fiery region as you experience a flamenco show.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Seville.

    (Relaxed Start) This is a free day, so take your time to bask in the city's romantic aura and explore as you wish. You may like to join an Optional Experience to Cordoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    The plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon.

    (Relaxed Start) Pass through the oak forests where black Iberian pigs are bred for the famous Spanish hams. Stop in Jabugo for an insight into the history and curing process of Jamón Ibérico. The subtle differences will be revealed with a delicious tasting. Then venture across the wide Alentejo Plateau to Lisbon.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Lisbon and the Age of the Discoveries.

    During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships one set forth to discover unknown lands. See the traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?

  8. Day 8

    Holy Fátima and Golden Salamanca.

    Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.

  9. Day 9

    Old Castile, to St. Teresa of Ávila and on to Madrid.

    Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city that is still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore the old town with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a a lively Celebration Dinner.

  10. Day 10

    Depart Madrid.

    After breakfast, your transfer to Madrid airport arrives at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the Alhambra Palace, the ultimate in Moorish architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the glorious Generalife gardens.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Madrid: Travel along the Paseo de la Castellana and see the Cibeles Fountain, down the Gran Vía to see the Royal Palace and the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Seville: Your Local Expert guides you through the streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter to the Alcazar. See the Giralda Tower and step inside the cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belem Quarter to see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal’s trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Ávila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: Explore the old town with your Local Expert.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as you travel along the River Tagus, through the regions of La Mancha and Andalucía, past the River Tormes and through the Castile region.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Seville: Get ready for colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco as you experience a fiery evening of Spanish dance and cuisine.
  • Jabugo: In a small village dotted with chestnut trees and holm oaks, experience the lingering aroma and incomparable taste of pure Jamón Ibérico.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Madrid: Toast the culmination of your journey with a fabulous Celebration Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Cordoba & the Mezquita

Join your local expert for a walking tour of the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. The highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th-century mosque with a Cathedral built inside. Walk with your guide through the forest of horseshoe shaped arches to the Baroque choir stalls of the Cathedral and the richly ornamented Mihrab prayer niche.

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: SEV0002

Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialities, served in a local restaurant with wine, beer & soft drinks included. After a wonderful meal we'll then finish with a magnificent horse & carriage ride through the old town of Seville which is especially magical in the evening.

Adult Price: EUR 66.00

Code: SEV0003

eatwith Experience

eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. Note: Bookings cancelled within 48 hours will not be refunded. €45 - €65

Adult Price: EUR

Code: SEV0007

Lisbon by Night

Drive to the Bairro Alto, the old quarter of Lisbon, to admire the beautiful views over the city. Then take a funicular ride to the downtown Baixa area where cobblestones sparkle in the light of the shops, bars and cafes. Returning to your hotel, you'll pass monuments and buildings, lit up in all their glory.

Adult Price: EUR 19.00

Code: LIS0003

Seafood Dinner by the Tagus River

Across the mighty Tagus River await Lisbon's famous seafood restaurants and wonderful views of the city. Board your ferry to cross the wide blue waters for a delightful evening of Portuguese seafood and fish specialities. After dinner, encounter more sweeping views over the Portuguese capital, as you return to your hotel via the impressive suspension bridge.

Adult Price: EUR 53.00

Code: LIS0004

Fado Evening

Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity'', Fado is the emotive folk music for which Lisbon is famous. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised art form in one of the country's most prestigious Fado houses. To complete the experience, savour a typical Portuguese dinner, with wine included.

Adult Price: EUR 66.00

Code: LIS0002

Cascais, Estoril & Queluz Excursion

Like the Kings of Portugal before you, travel along the Portuguese Riviera and join your local expert at the glamorous resort of Cascais and the Queluz Palace – veritable jewels in the crown of Portugal. Then, we'll return to Lisbon via the wealthy playground of Estoril with its famous Casino and learn of the inspiring people who frequented Portugal's Golden Triangle.

Adult Price: EUR 46.00

Code: LIS0005

Madrid Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Spain's most sumptuous and impressive royal residence, jam packed with the riches and glory of Spanish history. Join a local historian to explore the extensive collection of armoury, porcelain, tapestries, gilt mirrors, works of art and period furniture. Highlights include the gold and scarlet Throne Room and magnificent State Apartments. A rare and enlightening look into the history and lifestyle of the Spanish monarchy.

Adult Price: EUR 30.00

Code: MAD0007

Accommodation

 

Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay Madrid

Madrid (Traditional) - Spain

An upscale hotel resting in one of the most elegant residential areas in the city, close to many key attractions.

Vincci Albayzin Granada

Granada (Traditional) - Spain

The 4-star Vincci Albayzín is located in the centre of Granada and is typically Andalusian in style. It boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light.

Ayre Sevilla Executive Rooms Seville

Seville (Contemporary) - Spain

A dominant hotel which is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville.

Turim Saldanha Lisbon

Lisbon (Contemporary) - Portugal

New addition to the Turim Hotel Chain, this hotel will be located in the heart of the historic part of Lisbon, next to the Terreiro do Paco Square.

Hotel Alameda Palace Salamanca

Salamanca (Traditional) - Spain

The centrally located Hotel Alameda Palace is close to a range of restaurants and shops and only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor. The spacious rooms all have marble bathrooms and antique-style furniture.

Hesperia Madrid

Madrid (Contemporary) - Spain

Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10076 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: would have liked to see a bit more of Portugal

    Service: excellent

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: However for Seville,Plaza Espana and the adjacent park should be included .Perhaps an hour for both those places. Madrid is a bit of a rush due to time contraint

    Service: Very professional ,efficient and punctual. Excellent tour director and bus driver who try their best to make sure every customer is comfortable ,happy,safe and important. Local guides are very knowledgeable and speaks good clear English.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Very good itinerary with the ability to add on other cities.

    Service: We had a wonderful vacation! Everything was taken care of so all we had to do was enjoy. Our tour director Patrick and driver Alfredo were very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. We have recommended Insight to our friends.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: The photo won’t load?! I’d like to post a picture but it’s not letting me.

    Service: Our tour guide was amazing. Patrick was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our bus driver was also top notch. We traveled to many sites and cities. We could have never seen on our own. I would love insight to have something exclusively for people in their 40’s because we were the “kids”’on the tour. But, we have a lovely time.

  • 23 June, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the whole of the Spain trip. So much to see. The trip to Portugal was really very long & quite tiring. That is really the only downside maybe an extra day? We had the most fabulous guide in Lola. Fun & Exciting & really got to know us all. You couldn’t help But have fun & enjoy the trip with her. Go Lola we all loved you ❤️

    Service: Prompt departures, really nice hotels with included breakfasts. Great coaches, more leg room plus personal USB points. This is so important since the phone runs down quickly when taking lots of photos & videos. Coach trips are no longer than 2 hrs. Great drivers too.

  • 19 June, 2018

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    Trip: Accommodation in Madrid was too far from the city centre and where many sites are located as well as where the local action and shopping centres are also located. Day 6 - preference would have been to spend more time exploring Lisbon city.

    Service: Extremely good. Both the bus driver and the tour Director provided excellent service and if there were any problems with either accommodation, meals or personal issues these were dealt with immediately and resolved. Both were always happy and the tour Director was very knowledgeable of countryside, towns, cities and overall history/geography.

  • 15 June, 2018

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    Trip: A comprehensive tour highlighting the areas we wanted to see.

    Service: we had an excellent travel guide in Tania Mather, we was easy to understand, outlined everything well, was eternally polite and always referred to us as Ladies & Gentlemen...(none of that slang "Guys...")

  • 11 June, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful cities each with interesting and different highlights

    Service: Great itinerary, beautiful hotels and extremely knowledgeable guides

  • 10 June, 2018

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    Trip: The tour director, Tania, was just so helpful and available, you couldn’t avoid having s great time.

    Service: General organisation and information was always available when needed

  • 10 June, 2018

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    Trip: Great cities visited and experiences in each place were great.

    Service: Tour Director, Lola, worked very hard to make sure all details were taken care of and everyone had a good time. Places visited were great and the extra opportunities were well planned.

  • 10 June, 2018

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    Trip: Overall, the tour was very good. The single night stays make it difficult to really experience very much of a place, but that is to be expected on a 8 day tour that covers so many sites. We flew in some days earlier, which gave us time to see more of Madrid, Toledo and Segovia which is not included in the itinerary.

    Service: Our tour director Lola was absolutely fantastic - her enthusiasm and knowledge of her country made us love Spain (and Portugal) too. Nuno, the driver was amazing in his ability to maneuver the narrow streets and was always there on time to pick us up. Most of our fellow travelers were multiple repeat Insight Vacations customers. Some as many as 8-9 times. That alone is a solid recommendation for this tour comany.

  • 10 June, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary is packed with so much to do. We did all of the offered optional experiences. Each local expert was exceptional and showed so much passion about their subject.

    Service: The tour truly was amazing! Everything was so well organized and ran seamlessly. Our tour director Lola made everything just that much more special. The hotels were great as was the included food. Lola always went out of her way to ensure that my dietary restrictions were adhered too. If you are considering a coach tour, I would highly recommend Insight!

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