Amazing Spain and Portugal

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Regional Journey

Amazing Spain & Portugal (Summer 2019)

Duration: 9 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

    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. 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. During your time in Madrid you will travel through the Puerta del Sol, seeing the Royal Palace and famous Cibeles Fountain.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Seville.

    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 Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    The plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon.

    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.

  6. Day 6 - 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 and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. 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?

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9

    Farewell Madrid.

    Board your onward flight, taking home memories of this exciting journey. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • 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: With your Local Expert, see the Royal Palace, the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the grandiose Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert to see some of the most exquisite architecture.
  • Toledo: Enjoy a visit the Church of Santo Tomé to marvel at an El Greco's masterpiece.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Seville: Explore with your Local Expert visiting the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, strolling through the Santa Cruz Quarter and see the gates to the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Step inside the impressive cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold and marvel at the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Afterwards, perhaps walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
  • 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: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients are the hallmarks of your Spanish Celebration Dinner. The perfect accompaniment to good conversation and a chilled glass of beer or wine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

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

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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 (Traditional) - Spain

Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay is centrally located within Madrid's central neighbourhood of Salamanca. Unwind from the hustle and bustle in the hotel's garden or book a treatment at the wellness centre.

Vincci Albayzín, Granada.

Vincci Albayzín, Granada.

Ayre Hotel Sevilla (Superior Rooms)

SEVILLE (Contemporary) - SPAIN

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

Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon.

LISBON (Contemporary) - PORTUGAL

located in the heart of the historic part of Lisbon, next to the Terreiro do Paco Square.

Hotel Alameda Palace

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.

Hotel Hesperia Madrid.

MADRID (Traditional) - SPAIN

Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, Hotel 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
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 19 November, 2018

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    Trip: The stops we made at the "ham factory" and beach while it was raining were the only stops that we felt could be changed.We were also disappointed that the "Lisbon at Night" tour was not offered on our trip as we were looking forward to it. Please have someone give the "Flamenco Show" feedback on the poor quality the food.

    Service: We had to call on several occasions to get clarity on some of the inclusions on our trip. The agents were not always able to answer our questions.

  • 18 November, 2018

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    Trip: We saw quite a few places within only 8 days Loved every minute Insight knows exactly where to take us to the important placesn

    Service: Everything was amazing. Travel director and Driver were amazing I will definitely travel with Insight again.

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent overall Would drop Fatima in Portugal and include Porto instead of Avila and Salamanca

    Service: Enzo was excellent Tour Guide Well organized - good visits Food on some excursions e.g. in Seville not up to scatch and service poor - otherwise excellent Would recommend this Tour

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: All of the sites were of great interest and historically significant.

    Service: Enzo has excellent customer service skills -- always made the day interesting and informative and fun. His knowledge is excellent.

  • 07 November, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent selection of sites with appropriate amounts of time at each.

    Service: Excellent choices of sites and accommodations. Enzo is an excellent tour guide with SUPERB customer service skills.

  • 06 November, 2018

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    Trip: The places we went, easily getting in and often getting there early to beat the crowds.

    Service: It started with meeting us at the airport, easy to find, organized. Our tour guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and did every thing he could to make sure everything went as planned. Would definitely travel again with Insight.

  • 06 November, 2018

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    Trip: I thought the itinerary was very very good, my only comment is that I would add a day or two, and spend more time in Portugal.

    Service: Everything from my initial booking experience, right through to the actual tour was wonderful. Our Tour Director, Dan, was exceptional, and we were very comfortably transported in our coach, complete with our excellent Driver, Helder. The hotels were lovely, as were the restaurants that hosted us. Great group of people, great trip!

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing Spain and Portugal lived up to its name and then some! It has just the right combination of included and optional experiences and is led by friendly, knowledgeable, skilled professionals. Thank you for a great trip and glimpse of other cultures.

    Service: This was our 3rd trip with Insight (as well as many other trips with other companies) so we have some valid comparisons. Insight Tour Director Dan Mailhiot's skills in ALL areas were amazing and made the difference between a good trip and an amazing trip. Of course the less-crowded coach, coach driverr (amazing Helder), included meals, hotels, included sights, local guides, and optional excursions also contribute to an overall great experience. Insight will definitely be our go-to choice and we always recommend it to friends and family.

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: Good use of short time frame to see the highlights of Spain and Portugal.

    Service: Well organized. Responsive to needs. Good variety of options.

  • 04 November, 2018

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    Trip: Extremely interesting, with a fast but, resonable pace.

    Service: The Tour Director (Patrick Davis) was FAR above EXCELLENT! He clearly enjoyed what he was doing and his forward thinking was amazing. We would tour anywhere in the world were Patrick was going to the Tour Director. You have a winner, with Patrick, on your payroll. Jan & John Hanick Booking ID# IVUSAS 10/6/2018

  • 04 November, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary.. excellent accommodations.

    Service: Loved the Amazing Spain & Portugal itinerary and would absolutely recommend to my friends. Daniel, our tour Director was just “GREAT”.

  • 29 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great coverage of the areas visited

    Service: Well coordinated by the tour director during the tour. Good information and communication provided during confirmation.

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