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Iberian Inspiration Back Roads: Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia to Lisbon

Duration
11 Days
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US$ 3,533

Seen Barcelona and Madrid? This Spain vacation takes you into the country’s south, including imperial Toledo, Corboda, Seville, and beautiful Granada. Steeped in history, this historic region will fascinate you magnificent architecture, delicious food, and unique Moorish influences.


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This 11-day trip from Madrid tp Lisbon takes you through Spain’s most historic regions.

Madrid is the cultural heart of Spain, so consider arriving a few days early to explore all the city has to offer. Then set out for Toledo, which served as Spain’s capital until the 16th century. Eclipsed by famous neighbours, Toledo is nonetheless a World Heritage listed city, noted for its astonishing cathedral and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. From here, head east into La Mancha, where the spirit of Don Quixote defines local lore, in between servings of magnificent wines and tapas.

BRTFew places on Earth bring together Roman, Islamic and Spanish culture and architecture, but Corboda is one such city. A walking tour transports you to Spain’s 8th century Islamic Al-Andalus period. You’ll also visit the old Heritage Listed town of Mezquita, and have the option of indulging in the luxury of an Arabic bathhouse.

Go on to Seville, where you can try your hand at making tapas and sangria. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at leisure, or rest before a spectacular evening flamenco show. There’s plenty to see in this city, where many of Spain’s most familiar images come to life. Explore the Jewish Quarter and see the Alcazar de Sevilla, Europe’s oldest royal palace still in use.

Head the Atlantic Coast, enjoying a tour through one of Jerez de la Frontera’s wineries en route. Then spend a night in the ancient town of Ronda, before exploring Granada, the historic stronghold of the Moorish empire in Spain. Today, it’s one of the country’s most beloved cities. You’ll visit the famed Alhambra palace, the crowning glory of the town’s Moorish influences. Roam its patios, rooms and gardens before exploring Granada at your own pace.

Your final day of sightseeing is spent exploring Ubeda and Baeza. These unassuming towns will surround you with glorious renaissance architecture, creating the perfect ambience for an olive oil tasting, before spending your last tour night in a beautiful 17th century mansion hotel.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,533

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Day 1

Madrid to Toledo

This tour commences from NH Collection Palacio de Tepa (San Sebastian, 2, 28012 Madrid) at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

From Madrid you will head south to Toledo, known locally as the "Imperial City", a Spanish capital where hundreds of years of history unfold. Here you will see the magnificent cathedral as well as the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. This evening enjoy dinner in a traditional Spanish restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Carlos V (or similar)

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Best Western Hotel Carlos V

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    Best Western Hotel Carlos V



    Located in the heart of Madrid, this family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Convent de las Descalzas Reales, Mercado de San Miguel, and Gran Via Street. Also nearby are Fuencarral Market and San Anton Market. The lobby, first floor lounge, and breakfast area are ...

    Located in the heart of Madrid, this family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Convent de las Descalzas Reales, Mercado de San Miguel, and Gran Via Street. Also nearby are Fuencarral Market and San Anton Market. The lobby, first floor lounge, and breakfast area are decorated ala Classical mode, with rich royal colors, antique-style furniture, chandeliers, and hardwood floors. There's even a knight's shining armor!

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Porters

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Day 2

Toledo to Valdepenas and Cordoba

Today you will travel south across the vast plains of La Mancha, famous for its delicious wines, manchego cheese and - of course, Don Quixote. When you reach Valdepenas you will stop and visit a local bodega to sample wines and tapas before continuing to the enchanting city of Cordoba, where you will spend the next two nights.

Overnight: Hotel Casas de la Juderia (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Casas de la Juderia

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    Hotel Casas de la Juderia



    Las Casas De La Juderia is a magnificent hotel ideally situated in the charming "La Juderia" or Santa Cruz neighbourhood - one of the most traditional areas of Seville. The Cathedral and its Giralda tower is only 4 minute walk away, as is the Plaza ...

    Las Casas De La Juderia is a magnificent hotel ideally situated in the charming "La Juderia" or Santa Cruz neighbourhood - one of the most traditional areas of Seville. The Cathedral and its Giralda tower is only 4 minute walk away, as is the Plaza Nueva and Sierpes Street, making it the perfect base for visitors who want to stay right in the heart of this culturally rich city. The hotel is a beautifully restored stately home with an impressive central courtyard and reflects the stunning Andalusian architecture that Seville is famous for. Facilities include a concierge service, an elegant piano bar and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lounge Bar
    • Porters
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 3

Cordoba

In Cordoba you will begin your journey back in time to the Al-Andalus from over a thousand years ago with a walking tour and a visit to the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon explore the Old Town's narrow streets and private patios at your leisure, or perhaps pamper yourself this evening with a visit to an Arabic bathhouse.

Overnight: Hotel Casas de la Juderia (or similar)

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Day 4

Cordoba to Ubeda and Baeza

Today we pay court to two great women of Andalucía. The towns of Ubeda and Baeza, called 'queen' and 'lady' respectively by poet Antonio Machado, are replete with spectacular Renaissance palaces. After time spent in Ubeda, we pause to taste Spanish olive oil at its source in a peaceful olive grove, before settling in to our hotel in Baeza. Dinner tonight is a group affair.

Overnight: Hotel Puerta de la Luna (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Puerta de la Luna

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    Hotel Puerta de la Luna



    The Puerta de la Luna Hotel is a very charming establishment. It is located in Baeza, inside a majestic palace from the 17th century, totally renovated. From its magnificent stone and wooden inner patio, you can accede to the hotel facilities, such as library, living ...

    The Puerta de la Luna Hotel is a very charming establishment. It is located in Baeza, inside a majestic palace from the 17th century, totally renovated. From its magnificent stone and wooden inner patio, you can accede to the hotel facilities, such as library, living room or its outdoor swimming pool. The Puerta de la Luna Hotel also offers equipped lounges where to celebrate conventions or company reunions in an unbeatable place. Furthermore, you can taste the best dishes of the region, prepared with fresh products of the season, in its elegant restaurant. The Puerta de la Luna Hotel is placed in the oldest part of Baeza, city declared UNESCO World Heritage, place full of noble palaces, churches and mazy roads, which invite you to get lost.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Baeza to Jaen and Granada

Our first stop today is Jaen Cathedral, with its towers set against a backdrop of rolling hills. After free time, we continue on to Granada. The last stronghold of the Moorish empire in Spain, this captivating city finally fell to the Catholic kings in the 15th century. With two nights here, we have plenty of time to unravel its secrets.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Oniria (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Villa Oniria

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    Hotel Villa Oniria



    Hotel Villa Oniria is housed in a nineteenth century manor house, carefully restored according to the canons of the architecture of the old Andalusian palaces. It has a large garden full of herbs and framed by two sources that lead to the courtyard garden and ...

    Hotel Villa Oniria is housed in a nineteenth century manor house, carefully restored according to the canons of the architecture of the old Andalusian palaces. It has a large garden full of herbs and framed by two sources that lead to the courtyard garden and health spa and hotel. In addition to a lobby area with reception and check out service 24 hours, safes, currency exchange facilities, cloakroom and lift access, facilities at this fully air-conditioned city hotel include a cafe, bar, restaurant and WLAN Internet access. It offers room service and laundry and guests arriving by car can make use of the parking spaces and garage.

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    • Garden
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 6

Granada

Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors featuring colourful tiles. Lush gardens. The Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched on a hilltop outside Granada, must be seen to be believed. This tribute to the beauty of North African architecture is one of Andalucía's finest gems, and we take the whole morning to explore it. Afternoon finds us back in the city centre, where you're free to go your own way - just be sure to take in the stunning cathedral.

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Day 7

Granada to Ronda and Seville

From Granada our path turns east, passing through rural countryside to Ronda. With a dramatic setting on the edge of a deep canyon, this historic town boasts pinch-yourself views. But Seville soon beckons, where we see in the night with dinner and a thrilling flamenco show. This magnetic dance, with its bright costumes and evocative guitar music, is a quintessential symbol of southern Spain.

Overnight: Hotel la Casa de la Juderia (or similar)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Casas de la Juderia - Seville

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    Hotel Casas de la Juderia - Seville



    Crossing the threshold of this hotel means immersing yourself in a Seville known to only a select few. Comprising of 27 houses from the city's old Jewish quarter which are linked through patios and passageways, Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia (in the heart of ...

    Crossing the threshold of this hotel means immersing yourself in a Seville known to only a select few. Comprising of 27 houses from the city's old Jewish quarter which are linked through patios and passageways, Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia (in the heart of Seville) is the perfect embodiment of the towns and eras that have provided this city with its name. The remains of pedestals, Roman statues, amphoras, earthenware jugs, antiques and original furniture decorate each of its corners and afford it a certain prominence normally reserved for other spaces. As such, getting lost in this labyrinth of alleys - some of which were main roads - is one of the best pleasures that can only be enjoyed here.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Cafe
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Concierge
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Garden
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lift/elevator
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Snack Bar
    • Spa Services
    • Turkish Bath

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Day 8

Seville

Today is devoted to Seville. First, a local guide introduces us to many of the city's most fascinating sites, from the Jewish Quarter to the impressive cathedral. We also see the intriguing Alcazar de Sevilla - the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use. The rest of today is free. You could search out Roman ruins, Moorish mosaics and classical squares. Or take yourself on a tapas tour, hopping from bar to charming bar, sampling Andalucían specialities in each.

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Day 9

Seville to Sierra de Aracena and Aracena

The city rooftops disappear as we head into the great outdoors. Our first stop is Ibéricos, a farm in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche National Park where black Iberian pigs roam. After working up an appetite, we try the famous Jamón Ibérico. We continue to Aracena, where we plunge underground to the magical stalactite-dripping caves of Gruta de la Maravillas.

Overnight: Hotel Convento Aracena and Spa (or similar)

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Convento Aracena and Spa

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    Hotel Convento Aracena and Spa



    This beautiful Convent from the 17th century, today restored into an unique four star hotel, is located just below the Castle of Aracena, in the heart of the mountain chain of Huelva. We've maintained the Convents appearance being respectful with its architectural heritage and also ...

    This beautiful Convent from the 17th century, today restored into an unique four star hotel, is located just below the Castle of Aracena, in the heart of the mountain chain of Huelva.

    We've maintained the Convents appearance being respectful with its architectural heritage and also added all the necessary elements for the comfort of our clients.

    In the Cloister and gardens you'll breathe peace and tranquility, the Church invites us to meet and enjoy. Crown an unforgettable stay letting you seduce by our SPA.

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    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 10

Aracena to Monsaraz and Estremoz

We set our sights for Portugal today, first travelling to Sao Pedro de Corval, one of the country's biggest pottery centres. Browse for handmade, beautifully painted ceramics, before we continue to Monsaraz, a centuries-old hilltop town crowned with a medieval fortress. Next comes Villa Vicosa, whose grand Ducal Palace was built by the powerful Dukes of Braganza in the 16th century. Finally, our road winds into Estremoz, where we spend our last night in regal style at the castle.

Overnight: Pousada de Estremoz (or similar)

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Duration1 Night
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Pousada de Estremoz

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    Pousada de Estremoz



    The Pousada of Estremoz is situated in a privileged place, as is the Castle Estremoz. D. Dinis ordered the construction of this building for his wife the queen Santa Isabel, which has given its name to the Pousada. Placed in the old city, this was ...

    The Pousada of Estremoz is situated in a privileged place, as is the Castle Estremoz. D. Dinis ordered the construction of this building for his wife the queen Santa Isabel, which has given its name to the Pousada. Placed in the old city, this was the stage of battles, love and treason. This Pestana Historic Hotel in Estremoz offers from its gardens and pool, a magnificent panoramic view of Estremoz and the Alentejo plain.

    Come and relax in the shade of a castle whose history goes back over 700 years. A residence of kings, the place of reunion of the royal court, the scene of bloody fights, a place of legends and miracles, and, for your absolute satisfaction, richly decorated and truly palatial. We are sure it will be a stay to remember.

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    • Business Centre
    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 11

Estremoz to Evora and Lisbon

Our last day dawns - but there's plenty to see before our tour ends. We pause in UNESCO listed Evora to see its beautiful mix of medieval churches and stately Roman temples. Then it's time to continue to Lisbon, Portugal's charismatic capital, where we bid each other farewell until next time.

The tour finishes at 5:30pm at Hotel Heritage Av de Liberdade Lisboa ( Av. da Liberdade 28, 1250-145 Lisboa)

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 31; Sep 2, 7, 9, 14, 21, 28, 30; Oct 5, 12, 19
2018: Feb 15; Mar 8, 18; Apr 5, 8, 12, 19, 22, 26; May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 24, 31; Jun 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 23; Sep 2, 6, 8, 13, 20, 23, 27, 29; Oct 4, 11, 18; Nov 1

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader
  • Driver and mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Toledo, Cordoba, Seville & Granada
  • European breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • 1 tapas lunch
  • Flamenco show in Seville
  • Wine & sherry tasting
  • Learn to make sangria & tapas in Seville
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Included Entrance Fees: Santa Maria la Blanca and San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo, Mezquita in Cordoba, Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville & the Alhambra in Granada.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights, items of a personal nature, travel insurance and gratuities.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Trip Highlights:

  • Stay in charming hotels in the heart of Cordoba, Seville and Baeza.
  • Taste local wines and sherries in traditional bodegas.
  • Learn how to make some of the most traditional tapas dishes while learning about this now, world famous, Iberian tradition.
  • Watch a flamenco show in Seville.
  • Explore the heart of Andalusia, where palaces, cathedrals and quaint villages all have a fascinating story to tell.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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