Go for enjoying the thirteen days Tour from Barcelona to Portugal, Andalucía and Mediterranean Capitals. You will visit many amazing places like Lisbon, Córdoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra, Generalife Gardens), Valencia and Barcelona. You will love the charm of these spectacular places along with having the life time opportunity to admire the glory of the renowned World Heritage Sites.
What you can expect
Visit different locations in Spain and Portugal with this13 days tour that kicks off at Barcelona. Amazing scenery, a unique culture, history that dates back to the roman empire, and amazing scenery. Below are the different locations that the tour will cover.
Day 1: Barcelona – Madrid (train)
Make your way to the main railway station of Barcelona, Sants Station and depart by high velocity AVE train to Madrid. This luxurious train will make your journey truly splendid and will make you reach at Puerta de Atocha station with absolute comfort. After this, relax and enjoy the bliss of your stay at the hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Mayorazgo (4-star) . First class - Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa (4-star) or Catalonia Gran Via (4-star)
Day 2: Madrid – Trujillo – Lisbon
Leave Plaza de España, 7, travel agency office at 8.30 am to drive towards Extremadura region. It will be very soothing and relaxing drive to Trujillo. Although it was an important place in Roman Times, but it was the discovery of the new world that brought wealth and immense pride to this excitingly small town. Apart from it, Plaza Mayor is also a ravishing place to visit. We will continue our journey to portuguese soil and Alentejo plains, which has got the fame for it’s traditional polyphonic singing groups.
After that, we will move towards the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge of Lisbon, which connects city of Lisbon to the municipality of Almada. Here a pleasant stay will be provided with an optional show of Fado, It’s a live show to know about the typical culture of Portuguese. Enjoy your lovely stay at your hotel.
Overnight: First class - Lutecia (4-star)
Day 3: Lisbon
After breakfast, begin a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo and drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoveries, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue and the Alfama quarter. Enjoy a full afternoon and evening of free time. Perhaps visit one of the atmospheric Lisbon cafes for lunch or sightsee independently on foot. Head back to hotel to enjoy dinner and good sleep.
Day 4: Lisbon – Obidos – Alcobaza – Nazare – Batalha – Fátima
Have sumptuous breakfast at Lisbon and move towards northland and reach to Óbidos, which has got the popularity for its picturesque narrow streets, walled fortress, breathtaking castles, charming medieval architecture and the “Pousada do Castelo”, which is known to have a beautiful fusion of 14th century medieval accommodation with ultra modern facilities. It has amazing stone walls, four poster beds with air conditioners, chandeliers and well equipped rooms with internet access.
After that, the journey will take you to Alcobaça, which became notable when the king of portugal made up his mind to build a beautiful church in 12th century, which possesses the Tombs of Dom Pedro and Inés de Castro. This church was later evolved into Alcobaca Monastery, which is known to have wonderful Gothic Monuments.
Grab a chance to enjoy your lunch at Nazaré, this picturesque village has driven its name from the statue of Virgin Mary, brought by Nazare monk in 4th century. It is the most popular fishing village of Portugal with gorgeous beach and amazingly colorful life. You can also stroll through the streets of this beautiful village to visit the holy church, lighthouse and lovely ocean.
If time permits, then you will be taken towards Sitio, which is also a small fishing village with a popular stretch of lovely sandy beach, here we can enjoy the panoramic view of this splendid beach.
After this,we will head towards Batalha Monastery, which was made to commemorate the victory of Portuguese over the Castilians in 1385. It was constructed in wonderfully Gothic and Manueline style. It was also added in World Heritage list by Unesco for having it’s historic significance and National Gothic style, which is dominated by Manueline art.
We will take the travel forward to Fátima, where you will enjoy tasty meal and amazing stay.
Overnight: Tourist class - Sao José (4-star). First class - Santa María (4-star)
Day 5: Fátima – Lisbon
Have sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and get set ready to explore Fatima city on your own.
Fátima has got a fame for having the most sought after Catholic Pilgrimage of Virgin Mary. It is believed that Virgin Mary appeared before the three shepherd children, named as Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. So here, the catholic christians pay a tribute to these holy figures. You will also get a chance to attend mass and journey in the chapel of Apparitions, which is the heart of sacred shrine. You may also be fortunate to visit the birthplaces of these three children. This place is a world wide famous religious spot for the people of all the religions.
End of the day will bring you to Lisbon. Here, must pay a visit to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, which is considered as one of the most alluring places of the world. Belem Tower is also an iconic tourist spot, it is proudly declared as a World Heritage Monument by Unesco. To have the bird eye view of the city, don’t forget to visit Saint George's Castle. So, explore this wonderful city at your leisure, as this place has many such spectacular spots to visit. Head back to the hotel for relaxing and enjoying a lovely stay.
Day 6: Lisbon – Cáceres – Cordoba
Enjoy your breakfast and set off for Caceres at 7.30 am. This city was declared as the World Heritage city by Unesco in 1986 because of having the blend of Roman, Northern, Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Caceres is known to have splendid old town, which has restored the glory of ancient times by having the medieval walls, lined with palaces and mansions along with the old setting with no traces of modernity. Thirty islamic towers still exist here and out of that Torre del Bujaco is the most popular one. Small shops are quite popular to sell the typical stuff. Convents are known to sell the homemade sweets and amazing pastries. You can get red wine in Extremadura on nominal prices.
Plaza Mayor Square is also an important and one of the largest squares of Spain. It emerged in 12th century and was surrounded by arcades with semicircular arches, which were supported by uniquely designed stone pillars. You can see lovely stately homes, palaces, museums, nature reserves and rural tourism, all at one place. Journey will be continued towards Córdoba, capital of Caliphate in the past times. Get back to your hotel for soothing ambiance and relaxing night.
Overnight: Tourist class - Tryp Córdoba (4-star). First class - Hesperia Córdoba (4-star)
Day 7: Córdoba – Seville
Have breakfast and get ready for Córdoba, which was the largest city of Europe. It is still considered as one of the most captivating cities. This place is full of the tourist attraction. This city tour presents so much fascination, like, Córdoba Cathedral is a major highlight of this place. It is the biggest and most important mosque for the western islamic world. It is also known for having an amazing Roman Bridge, which is the lasting tribute, given to the Roman Engineers for their creative brilliance.
You would also love to see Jewish Quarter. Head towards Palacio de Viana, which is known for it’s historical and artistic value. Must pay a visit to the museum of Julio Romero, who was a Spanish painter. He got the fame for making the sensual portraits of women, especially of the gypsy women. Similarly you will be able to enjoy the beautiful churches, Roman Temple, Archaeological museum and many more fascinating places at your own convenience. Remember, May is the best time to visit Córdoba, because of its much awaited colorful and exotic, fragrant celebrations.
Continue your travel to explore Seville. It has St.Mary Cathedral, which is lavishly adorned by using the pieces of gold. It is one of the largest gothic cathedral. You can spend your time to see the major attractions of this place with lot of admiration for the artistic creativity.
Have your dinner and good sleep in the soothing ambiance of the hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Catalonia Santa Justa (4-star). First class - Melia Lebreros (4-star)
Day 8: Seville
Have tempting breakfast at your Seville hotel and get set ready for enjoying the Panoramic city tour of this beautiful place. You are really going to fall in love with this city, as it is considered one of the most romantic cities of Europe for having the great blend of roman and moorish traditions. Barrio Santa Cruz goes very well with the romantic image of this city with its narrow streets and wonderfully white washed houses creates a loving ambience all over.
You will admire it for its marvellous monuments and gorgeous architecture. You will get a chance to see the Cathedral of Seville, which boasts of being the largest Gothic Cathedral of the world. Awesome material and amazing furnishing were used in making this iconic church. After this, head towards Maria Luisa Gardens, which are the largest and one of the most ravishing gardens of Europe. You will always cherish the refreshing feel and tranquility of this awesome place.
You will also be given the afternoon time to explore the city on your own, so you will have this amazing opportunity to visit the places of your choice, like 15th century Archeological Museum, which is known for having the extensive roman work of art. You can also see the beauty of marble statues and Roman tombs here. You can see beautiful churches, Gold Tower, City Hall, the lovely gardens, rocking bars, restaurants and exciting markets. Go for enjoying not to be missed Flamenco show for its fine drama and creatively perfect performances (optional). Head back to the hotel for your relaxing stay.
Day 9: Seville – Granada
Begin your day with a tempting breakfast at Seville hotel and set off for La Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. La Alhambra has got the popularity for being possibly the most wonderful fortress, which has ever been constructed. It was earlier constructed as a fortress in 889 and after that, it was badly neglected and then again renovated in the mid 11th century by the Moorish King Mohammad Ben Al Ahmar. You are really going to get the feel of the muslim architecture that has touched its epitome by making this marvellous building. You will also notice the delightfully moorish palaces that are made within this fortress, so it is undoubtedly an incredibly awesome place to visit. Generalife Gardens presents a major tourist attraction as these are couple of gardens, which are stunningly made with the muslim concept of water.
Take a break for excitingly made dinner and sheer comfort of the hotel or you can also go for enjoying very interesting Flamenco Show in a Gipsy departure by driving through the Caliphate road, which takes you finally to Granada Zambra at the Sacromonte square.
Overnight: Tourist class - Los Angeles (4-star). First class - Melià Granada (4-star)
Day 10: Granada – Valencia
Have breakfast at Granada and head towards Valencia, which is home to the fantastic architecture, many ultra modern sights and a long stretch of parks. Here, must visit, ”Bike The Park, where you get a bike and move towards water sculptures, bridges, turtles and big fish ponds. It is a home to an internationally recognized “Paella”, which is a great culinary pride of Spain. You can try many varieties of this tastiest signature dish.
Valencia has its own flavour, having the mix of ancient and modern buildings. It has massive shopping centres, dynamic museums, flourishing restaurants, and very lively nightlife. Its three gorgeous beaches reflect soft golden sand as well as stupendous view of Mediterranean sea. You can stroll in amazing La Albufera National Park along with visiting many interesting gardens. Head back to hotel to enjoy dinner and good sleep.
Overnight: Tourist class - Consul del Mat (3-star). First class - Tryp Valencia Oceanic (4-star)
Day 11: Valencia – Barcelona
Have breakfast at the hotel of Valencia and get set ready for the sightseeing of this amazingly beautiful city. We will visit the most exciting places of this city, like Estación del Norte, which is a North Railway Station that boasts of being the modernist jewel of the city. You will admire the typical elements of Valencian culture here, like oranges, barracas and traditionally dressed Valencian women.
Plaza de Toros is considered as the oldest bullring of the world, it is surely the most enjoyable tourist spot of Valencia. Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the main Square of the old Quarter of Valencia. Loved by the visitors for its neoclassical town hall chimes, fountains and beautiful inside decor.
Next is a Palacio del Marqués, which is quite a luxurious Palace, made with the mix of neoclassical, rocco and oriental elements. It also boasts of having incredibly impressive baroque entrance. You can also visit to some of the known cathedrals here.
After this, we will move ahead for the visit to Turia, which is the most modern place to astonish you with the mysteries of Science and Art. These educational and cultural complexes are aesthetically designed by the architect, Santiago Calatrava. Early afternoon will take you back to the Mediterranean coast of Barcelona, where you will enjoy the ultimate bliss and comfort of your hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Catalonia Barcelona 505 (3-star). First class - Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (4-star)
Day 12: Barcelona
Begin your day with sumptuous breakfast and enjoy breathtaking sights of Barcelona with your guide. Firstly, you will come across the gorgeous buildings, designed by Gaudí. These buildings are the symbol of modernism, Gaudí was influenced by the new changes, in the terms of art, sculptures and architecture. He was quite keen and passionate to consider every small detail of his creation. Thus, the buildings are the awesome creation of extraordinary architecture. Next will be a visit to Park of Montjuic, which is quite a popular hill to show the majestic view of city and harbour. Montjuic is an amazing place which is located near the centre of Barcelona and it is a house of many attractions, such as Spanish Village, Magic Fountain along with MNAC, which is considered as one of the most important and popular museums to visit. Your guide will take you to the other places, like Olympic Ring, which was the main attraction for 1992 summer olympics. It is consist of great Olympic Stadium, notable Sports Hall and splendid Picornell swimming pools.
Other attractions are, Monument to Columbus and old Gothic Quarter. Monument of Columbus is a tall bronze statue, made in honour of The Christopher Columbus, distinguished and powerful discoverer of America. You are really going to enjoy the sight of such influential figure.
The next place will take you to the tour of Gothic Quarter, it is a place in which old town of Barcelona is situated. It presents a beautiful scene of bygone days, having narrow cobbled streets with tall old structured buildings. The great Picasso also lived and worked here. You tend to be nostalgic here of great old days. This way you can explore the beautiful place and relax in the afternoon. Then, head back to the hotel to enjoy the luxury of the accommodation.
Day 13: Barcelona – Zaragoza – Madrid
Enjoy your breakfast in the luxury of your hotel at Barcelona. After breakfast, set off for the journey to Madrid via passing through the awesome cities of Zaragoza and Lérida. Here, you will have the liberty of the time to enjoy both these lovely places. At Zaragoza, you really need to carry camera to capture the alluring charm of beautiful churches, gorgeous palaces of count Morata or Luna, stately houses and the squares of old quarter to reflect the elegance of different civilisations. At Lérida, you can enjoy art, music and old culture. This place has the most popular bars and adventurous night life. Then, head back to Madrid. It will mark the end of this mesmerizing tour as well as our excellent services.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change