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Iberian Inspiration: Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia to Lisbon

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11 Days
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US$ 3,901

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.

Few 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$ 3,901

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Day 1

Madrid Airport to Madrid City Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Vincci Capitol

Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Vincci Capitol

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    Vincci Capitol



    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious ...

    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage

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Day 2

Madrid - Toledo

After meeting in vibrant Madrid, we'll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca will help us get a grip on the area's unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel's restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hacienda del Cardenal

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    Hacienda del Cardenal



    Hacienda del Cardenal is situated next to the Gate of Alfonso VI. Once the main entrance into Toledo, it is the only remaining Moorish gate in the medieval walls. Parts of the gate date from the 10th century. The hotel has one of the most ...

    Hacienda del Cardenal is situated next to the Gate of Alfonso VI. Once the main entrance into Toledo, it is the only remaining Moorish gate in the medieval walls. Parts of the gate date from the 10th century. The hotel has one of the most renowned restaurants in the Toledo, where traditional, regional cuisine draws from the freshest, local ingredients.

    This charming hotel, whose garden area is surrounded by an original 11th-Century Arab wall, rests a few metres from the escalator that leads to the city centre. You can explore the history and culture of this beautiful city from the Hotel del Cardenal.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking Nearby ($)
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Toledo - Valdepenas - Cordoba

Today, our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepenas - where we'll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we'll move on to beautiful Cordoba - our home for the next two nights

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

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    Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia - Cordoba


    Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba Hotel. Boutique boasts an excellent location. Its doors open out to the Jewish Quarter, within the vicinity of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Royal Stables, the 10th century Caliphate Baths and the synagogue. The establishment is ...

    Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba Hotel. Boutique boasts an excellent location. Its doors open out to the Jewish Quarter, within the vicinity of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Royal Stables, the 10th century Caliphate Baths and the synagogue. The establishment is just 200 metres from Cordoba's Mosque-Cathedral and the cities conference centre.

    The hotel encompasses 5 noble houses and its re-purposing was carried out while showing maximum respect for the buildings architecture and history, resulting in a uniquely charming hotel with all the services and facilities any guest could need in a beautiful setting where visitors will enjoy peace and quiet.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Outdoor resort pool and spa
    • Parking
    • Pet Friendly

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Day 4

Cordoba

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia - a walking tour of Cordoba's Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you'll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafes, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city's magnificent architecture - this afternoon is all about you.

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Day 5

Cordoba - Ubeda - Granada

Our next stop will be Ubeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause to taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada.

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.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baggage consignment
    • Bar-cafe
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Covered parking
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Library
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Granada

Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors. Colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today, we'll visit the incomparable Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched high on a hilltop outside the city.

This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where you'll be free to explore as you please.

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Day 7

Granada - Ronda

You can be rest assured that today's journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we'll get our bearings on a walking tour.

Tonight, we'll come together for dinner in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

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    Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria



    It is the most emblematic and historical hotel in Ronda and its construction brought on part of the rapid urban development in the early 20th century. For example, it was responsible for the construction of the 'Paseo de los Ingleses' - a must-see in Ronda. ...

    It is the most emblematic and historical hotel in Ronda and its construction brought on part of the rapid urban development in the early 20th century. For example, it was responsible for the construction of the 'Paseo de los Ingleses' - a must-see in Ronda. What makes this hotel special is its exceptional location, at the edge of el Tajo, with views of the mountains and surrounded by the extensive gardens that form part of the hotel. Although the hotel isn't at the heart of the city and close to landmarks such as the Plaza de Toros and the Puente Nuevo, the hotel offers its guests a natural and peaceful environment, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the new facilities. From the terraces of most of its rooms, and the gym, Spa, cafe and restaurant, as well as from the pool, travellers staying in the Reina Victoria can enjoy the spectacular views.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 8

Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos - Jerrez - Seville

Today, it's back on the road with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we'll set our sights on Jerez where we'll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery.

Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Days
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Hotel Casa Romana

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    Hotel Casa Romana



    Hotel Casa Romana is a faithful reflection of the awareness of the interior spaces that the Romans moved where they were present. Its luminous rooms, harmonious and temperate, have managed to capture the atmosphere of that civilization, obstinate in enduring for eternity. Hotel Casa Romana ...

    Hotel Casa Romana is a faithful reflection of the awareness of the interior spaces that the Romans moved where they were present. Its luminous rooms, harmonious and temperate, have managed to capture the atmosphere of that civilization, obstinate in enduring for eternity. Hotel Casa Romana is a unique 18th century building with unmistakable popular features in the central old town. Once crossed the threshold, the visitor enters a uniform and orderly space, presided over by a courtyard guarded by serene columns in harmony with the ancient atrium.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Broadband Internet
    • Cafe
    • Conference Facilities
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Guest Laundry
    • Internet Access
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 9

Seville

We've a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always kick back and sample some Andalucian specialities at one of the city's abundant bars...

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Seville - Sierra De Aracena

Back to nature today.

After breakfast, we'll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble! While we're here, we'll pay a visit a local pig farm where we'll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamon iberico and local cheeses

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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 11

Sierra De Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz

Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We'll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time.

Then, the grand finale! Tonight we'll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner.

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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 12

Estremoz - Evora - Lisbon

Onwards to Evora, the capital of the Alentejo region, where we'll take a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square.

And then? This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.

Hotel Mundial

Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the Baixa Pombalina, with the historical St. George's castle in the background and Rossio square just a few steps away, this hotel has the best location to explore this beautiful city. The hotel Mundial has 350 rooms, including 3 suites, all of them equipped and decorated in order to provide maximum comfort in an elegant environment. The panoramic restaurant "Varanda de Lisboa" offers a stunning view over the old city as well as excellent cuisine.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Mundial

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    Hotel Mundial



    Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the Baixa Pombalina, with the historical St. George's castle in the background and Rossio square just a few steps away, this hotel has the best location to explore this beautiful city. The hotel Mundial has 350 rooms, including 3 ...

    Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the Baixa Pombalina, with the historical St. George's castle in the background and Rossio square just a few steps away, this hotel has the best location to explore this beautiful city. The hotel Mundial has 350 rooms, including 3 suites, all of them equipped and decorated in order to provide maximum comfort in an elegant environment. The panoramic restaurant "Varanda de Lisboa" offers a stunning view over the old city as well as excellent cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 13

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 20, 31; Sep 4, 6, 13, 18, 21, 25, 27; Oct 2, 9, 14
2020: Mar 7, 17, 29; Apr 11 17, 27; May 1, 5, 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 27, 30; Jun 4, 8, 15, 21, 26; Jul 5, 14; Aug 3, 14, 31; Sep 4, 6, 9, 13, 19, 21, 25, 27; Oct 5, 10, 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • 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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