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Your Journey Begins
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
After breakfast, your transfer to Madrid airport arrives at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Madrid (Traditional) - Spain
An upscale hotel resting in one of the most elegant residential areas in the city, close to many key attractions.
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.
Seville (Contemporary) - Spain
A dominant hotel which is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville.
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.
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.
Madrid (Contemporary) - Spain
Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.
Our guests rate us
10914 independent user reviews received during the past year.
12 August, 2018
Trip: Enjoyable and Interesting
Service: Very Professional
30 July, 2018
Trip: The itinerary gave me the chance to see a lot of the country, well paced.
Service: The trip was great, everything went very smoothly, all the arrangements worked smoothly,
30 July, 2018
Trip: Pretty full on but had to be to cover what we saw in the time we had.
Service: We had a fantastic time on our tour and the Amazing Spain and Portugal tour was as it said "Amazing". Our Tour Director (Patrick Davies) and Driver (Andre) made a great team. Paddy went over and above to meet everyone's needs, he was organised and there to guide us as required. Great young man.
29 July, 2018
Trip: Distances meant long days on the bus but that is the nature of the country. Toledo ,too long at the sword spot,better spent on free time at that evenings destination Fatima a disappointment. Once again destination time important. Salamanca a gem and should be there earlier in the day. Tour on arrival back in Madrid completely unnecessary.
Service: Service was fine
23 July, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was great and executed beautifully. We seen and learned a lot but the timing was relaxing in the process. All of the guides were very proficient.
Service: The service was very well provided and the tour guide Sabrina Tsimonidis was extremely knowledgeable on both of the countries. Insight Vacations will be my first inquiry when we decide to travel again. Thank you for a life changing experience. Shelton Rucker
22 July, 2018
Trip: Interesting cities lots to do . Perfect pace
Service: Sabrina and Sergio M were excellent ambassadors for Insight
22 July, 2018
Trip: Well picked places to visit and see ... well balanced itinerary between travel time, site seeing. Knowledgeable tour director and local experts..
Service: Very professional, exceeded our expectations. All aspects of the service were excellent
22 July, 2018
Trip: It was great. The locations were spectacular..food amazing and scenery breathtaking
Service: They treated us with dignity and class which makes you feel important while having fun. They had great informatiin and took us to amazing places. Made the experience memorable. The only thing I would have liked is yo stay an extra week..
22 July, 2018
Trip: Love every minute of mine trip . Very comfortable . See a lot in 9 days . Good hoteles I can not find anything i did not like it
Service: Yes i will recommed to mine friends
22 July, 2018
Trip: We loved all the places we visited. Maybe more time to do a little bit of shopping time.
Service: The planning and the organization places we visited. Flamenco show was very good but the food was not.
18 July, 2018
Trip: Covered a lot of ground in a few days. Felt like a good introduction to main cities. But, Salamanca could have another half day, add Segovia for a day longer.
Service: Well scheduled. Tour director never seen managing hotels, tours, dinners, etc., from bus. If there was stress, he did not let us see. My 16th tour, first time to see this. Loved the flourishes. Tour director very involved with each traveler.
16 July, 2018
Trip: Everything was first class and well coordinated
Service: Excellent service and definitely recommend