Code:PSPClassic Spain & Portugal 12 Days

Spain and Portugal are renowned for their rich history, natural splendors and zest for life. Join us to explore both these sun-burnished lands on this captivating 12-day vacation. In Spain, experience pulsating Madrid and flamenco-fueled Seville, marvel at the exquisite Alhambra in Granada, and feel the full force of the exuberance of Barcelona. In contrast, Portugal casts a gentler, though equally enchanting spell. Discover the maritime charms of Lisbon, see magical Sintra, and visit the holy shrine at Fatima.

 

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Day 1 | USA - Madrid, Spain  

Today, fly to Madrid, the first stop in your 12-day voyage around Spain and Portugal.

Day 2 | Madrid  DH

Arrive in Madrid, Spain's capital since 1561 and its largest city. Pulsating with life, the city stands as a perfect testament to the Spanish zest for life, with its unquenchable appetite for art, architecture, dance and epicurean pleasures. A city rich in beauty and history, it serves up imperious monuments and sites at every turn, from cobbled plazas to grand museums and majestic royal palaces all framing a cosmopolitan modern center. After meeting your Peony Tours representative at the airport, transfer to your hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with time to explore the city as you choose.

Day 3 | Madrid  B

Relax over breakfast before taking our sightseeing tour of Madrid. Admire the handsome Plaza Espana, bustling Puerta del Sol and statue of explorer Christopher Columbus at the fountain in the Plaza de Colón. Next, enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Royal Palace*, the opulent 18th-century residence of Spain's Bourbon's rulers that boasts a staggering 2,800 rooms. The afternoon is then free for you to explore as you wish, perhaps hunting for souvenirs along Madrid's shop-filled boulevards; or taking an optional excursion to the historic town of Segovia to see its Roman Aqueduct and the UNESCO-listed castle, and enjoy a traditional roasted pig lunch! (Prado Museum will be a substitute if Royal Palace is closed)

Optional Tour: Segovia Tour & Roast Pig Lunch,

Day 4 | Madrid - Salamanca - Coimbra, Portugal - Fatima  B,DH

This morning, travel to the splendid University city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Accompany your guide as you stroll around the arcade-lined Plaza Mayor, an 18th-century square that many consider to be Spain's most beautiful, and see the sculpted facades and sandstone-ocher entrance of the University, founded in 1218. After lunch, continue through pretty countryside into Portugal and on to Coimbra, the Portuguese capital in the High Middle Ages. Hugging the hills above the Mondego River, this charming town has roots dating back to the 12th century. Enjoy a tour of its quaint center, home to Portugal's oldest university and then continue to the religious town of Fatima, for an overnight stay.

Day 5 | Fatima - Lisbon  B

One of Europe's greatest pilgrimage centers, Fatima attracts an annual six million worshippers who come to see the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three peasant children in 1917. Enjoy free time to visit the Shrine of Our Lady on the site of the apparition and then travel by coach to Lisbon, Portugal's capital. On arrival, enjoy lunch independently before a city sightseeing tour. With a local guide, explore the Belem district that fringes the River Tagus and visit the Monument of the Discoveries, built to commemorate Portugal's 15th-century maritime expeditions. Take photos of the nearby 16th-century Belem Tower, another symbol of the country's Age of Discovery, and head to the ornate Jeronimos Monastery, to visit its sublime cloisters, built in classic Manueline style. Later, choose to celebrate your arrival in Lisbon by joining us for an optional seafood dinner at a popular restaurant.

Optional Tour: Portuguese Seafood Dinner,

Day 6 | Lisbon - Sintra - Cape Roca - Cascais - Lisbon  B,DH

Sprawled over seven hills, Lisbon serves up cobbled streets, grand squares and broad avenues. This morning, set out on a full-day tour to view the city and its surrounding shores, the latter often dubbed Portugal's Sunshine Coast. Head first for Sintra, the one-time summer retreat of Portugal's kings. Admire the mountain-backed setting of the town and visit 14th-century Sintra Palace, famous for its fairy tale-like architecture. Next, drive to Cape Roca, mainland Europe's westernmost point. See this rugged peninsula before following the coastline to the elegant beach town of Cascais. Have lunch here before visiting Estoril, famous for its casino: Europe's oldest and largest. Admire Estoril beach before returning to Lisbon for a panoramic tour, passing sights such as Restauradores Square with its obelisk and art deco buildings, cafe-lined Rossio Square, Gold and Silver Streets, and grandiose Trade Square, overlooking the River Tagus. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 7 | Lisbon - Seville, Spain  B

Leave Lisbon behind this morning and travel back into Spain to visit the old Moorish city of Seville, situated along the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Discover its highlights on a sightseeing tour, including spectacular Seville Cathedral*, the world's third-largest church, its neighboring Giralda Tower* and the glorious Plaza Espana, the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz and Maria Luisa Park. Tonight, don't miss the chance to experience an exciting optional Flamenco dance and dinner show.

Optional Tour: Flamenco Dance & Dinner Show,

Day 8 | Seville - Granada  B,DH

Your tour continues southward through the olive groves and Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalusia to Granada, once an Islamic kingdom inhabited by Jews, Christians and Muslims. After enjoying views of the gypsy cave dwellings in the surrounding hills, pay a visit to the Moorish-built Alhambra Palace*, whose sublime patios, cupolas and marquetry date to the 13th century. While you're here, also visit the Generalife Gardens*, whose terraces and promenades offer grandstand views of the city. After dinner, be sure to join our “Journey of Cave Culture” tour to discover the flamenco and culture of the Roma communities that live in the gypsy caves of Granada's Sacromonte neighborhood.

Optional Tour: Granada Night Tour & Gypsy Cave Show ,

Day 9 | Granada - Purullena - Alicante  B,DH

If time did not allow yesterday, visit Alhambra Palace the first thing this morning, then leave Granada and head towards Spain's Mediterranean coast, traveling through beautiful mountain scenery. On route, see the famous cave houses at Purullena before traveling to the picturesque seaside resort of Alicante. Take time out this afternoon to amble down its mosaic-patterned, palm-dotted promenade, perhaps stopping for drinks or to browse for souvenirs at its shops.

Day 10 | Alicante - Valencia - Barcelona  B

This morning, continue to Valencia, the birthplace of paella, and known for its commercial fruit and vegetable gardens. Stop along the way at the City of Arts and Sciences, a stunning cultural and science park of innovative buildings by architect Santiago Calatrava. Admire the incredible complex before continuing into Valencia. See the historic Central Market and enjoy a walking tour of the center, admiring such landmarks as the cathedral, bullring, and medieval Serrano and Quart Towers, part of the old defensive walls. After free time for lunch at the Cathedral Square - perhaps savoring Valencian paella - relax as we drive along the coast to Barcelona, capital of Spain's Catalonia province, and renowned for its fanciful architecture by Antoni Gaudi.

Day 11 | Barcelona  B,D

Today, drink in the sights of cosmopolitan Barcelona on a panoramic coach tour. View the La Rambla shopping street, Catalonia Square, Columbus Monument and impressive 1992 Summer Olympic site, and take in the city's iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Gaudi's Guell Park*. As a highlight, admire the exterior of Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the breathtaking Holy Family Cathedral (outside), known locally as La Sagrada Familia. Later, visit the world-famous Picasso Museum* before dinner at local restaurant.

Day 12 | Barcelona - USA  B

Bid farewell to Spain today as you transfer to Barcelona airport for your homebound flight to the US.

Meal Code:
AB=American Breakfast, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner at Local Restaurant, DH=Dinner at Hotel, DP=Dinner Party, DS=Dinner & Show
Departure Date Land Only Land & Air Package Single Suppl
11/17/2018 $2000.00 $2700.00
$700.00
12/25/2018 $2000.00 $2900.00
$700.00

• Red colored dates are English speaking groups.

• Advertised land only prices are based on per person, double occupancy.

• Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air package prices are from New York (JFK) including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees.

• Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on airfares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

LAX (Mar-Dec) / SFO (Mar-May, Sep-Dec)...............................$200

SFO (Jun-Aug).......................................................................$300

Eastern Standard Time Zone....................................................$200

Central Standard Time Zone.....................................................$200

Mountain Standard Time Zone..................................................$300

Pacific Standard Time Zone (except LAX, SFO).........................$300

• Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Peony Tours. For your preferred international air carrier, please call Peony Tours for pricing.

• For child (2-11 yrs) rates, please refer to Reservation.

• For details of our Air Policy, and Terms & Conditions, please refer to Reservation.

• All prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices please check our website.

• Airfare listed does not include seat assignment fee. Please contact the airline directly to choose your seats and make the payment if there is any.

 

Features

  • Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.

  • All four-star hotels accommodations as listed or other similar hotels for your comfort: 

    Madrid - Hotel Silken Puerta Madrid (4 Star)
    Fatima - Hotel Santa Maria (4 Star)
    Lisbon - Marriott Hotel Lisbon (4 Star)
    Seville - AC Seville Torneo (4 Star)
    Granada - Granada Palace (4 Star)
    Alicante - AC Hotel Alicante (4 Star)
    Barcelona - TRYP Barcelona Condal Mar Hotel (4 Star)

  • European or buffet breakfast daily at hotel.

  • Dinners at local restaurants or hotels as specified in itinerary.

  • Sightseeing with specialist local guides in selected cities: Madrid, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Barcelona.

  • Sightseeing programs as shown in tour itinerary.

  • Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:

    Madrid - Royal Palace (or Prado Museum)

    Sintra - Sintra Palace

    Seville - Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower

    Granada - Alhambra Palace, Generalife Gardens

    Barcelona - Park Guell, Picasso Museum 

  • Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers.

  • Group airport transfers at arrival and departure.

  • Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.

  • Vacation travel insurance at no extra charge.

Madrid
Calle Juan Rizi, 5, 28027 Madrid, Spain
+34 917 438 300
Madrid
Avd. Capital de España,10, Campo de las Naciones, 28042 Madrid, Spain
+34 917 21 00 70
Madrid
M-601, Km. 1,37, 28400 Collado Villalba, Madrid, Spain
+34 918 40 74 30
Fatima
Rua de Santo António, 2495, 430 Fátima, Portugal
351 249 530 110
Lisbon
Avenida dos Combatentes Lisbon 1600-042 Portugal
+351-21-7235400
Lisbon
Travessa da Republica, 35 -35A,Cascais, Portugal, 2750-475
+351 21 4814600
Lisbon
Av. D. João II - Parcela 1.14 Lote 3, Parque das Nações, 1990-083 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 891 5100
Lisbon
R. Pedro Nunes 16, 1050-171 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 033 0800
Seville
Sanchez Pizjuan, 32 Seville 41009 Spain
0034 954 915 923
Seville
Calle Luis de Morales, 2, 41018 Sevilla, Spain
+34 912 76 47 47
Granada
Calle Diego de Siloé s/n, 18193 Monachil, Granada, Spain
0034 958 301 222
Granada
Plaza del Guitarrista Manuel Cano, 2, 18004 Granada, Spain
+34 958 28 29 13
Alicante
Avda. de Elche, 3 · Alicante, Alicante03008Spain
34-96-5120178
Barcelona
Cristobal de Moura, 138, 08019, Barcelona SPAIN HB-004378
(34) 93 3077727
Barcelona
Av. del Bogatell, 64, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 09 79 17
Barcelona
Ronda de Can Rabadà, 22-24, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona,
+34 936 64 62 30
Barcelona
Travessera de les Corts, 150-152, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 39 90 50
Barcelona
Carrer de Numància, 74, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 22 44 51

When the hotel listed above is not available under certain circumstances, a similar category hotel will be substituted.

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CityTour NameDescriptionPrice
MadridSegovia Tour & Roast Pig Lunch

Delve into Spain's rich past and culture on a half-day trip to honey-stoned Segovia from Madrid. Behold the historic town's main claim-to-fame: a 2,000-year-old Roman two-tiered aqueduct built from 20,000 granite blocks without mortar. Marvel at this architectural feat, one of Spain's greatest Roman-era monuments; and admire the Alcazar, Segovia's stunningly restored, 11th-century fortress, and other sights. Finish with a lunch of Segovia's beloved roasted suckling pig, cooked to such tender perfection that its traditionally carved with a plate.

 

Includes: Roundtrip transfers, City tour, Castle admission, Tour guide, Roast pig lunch, Tips
Duration: 5 hours


€50
LisbonPortuguese Seafood Dinner

Savor Portugal's famous seafood at a classic Lisbon restaurant on this optional dinner experience. Come evening, visit a local restaurant which specializes in local fresh seafood and Portuguese cuisine. Relish the cozy atmosphere and enjoy a delectable 3-course dinner, including soup and shrimp, mouth-watering crab, mussels and seafood rice, and a luscious fruit-and-cream dessert, all served with wine, beer and mineral water. Your experience includes return hotel transfers so you can relax to the full. (Please note the menu may change depending on availability of produce at the time.)  

 

Includes: Roundtrip transfers,  3-course Seafood dinner with wine, Tips
Duration: 2 hours


€39
SevilleFlamenco Dance & Dinner Show

Fiery flamenco is emblematic of Andalucia and has its 500-year old roots in the region's gypsy and Moorish heritage, reflecting the struggles of these peoples during centuries of persecution. On this excursion, be swept up by this passionate art form with a delicious dinner and show at one of Seville's premier flamenco "tablaos". Enjoy a classic Andalucian dinner or tapas with drinks as you watch exotically costumed "bailors" perform flamboyant dances to furiously strummed guitars and emotional songs. Not to be missed.

Includes: Roundtrip transfers, Flamenco Show, Classic   Andalucian dinner with drinks, Tips 
Duration: 2 hours


€75
GranadaGranada Night Tour & Gypsy Cave Show

Discover Granada's ancient Moorish culture on this evening tour of the city's lovely Albayzin neighborhood. With a tour guide to explain the area's history and architecture, delve into this charming UNESCO-listed Arabic Quarter, where narrow cobbled lanes thread past white-washed houses and birdsong-filled gardens. Admire stunning views of the twilit Alhambra and visit the former Gypsy neighbourhood of hillside Sacramonte district to watch an exotic "zambra" (gypsy flamenco) show performed in one of the old cave dwelling carved into the slopes.

Includes: Roundtrip transfers, Tour guide, Night tour, Show ticket, 1 Glass of wine or other beverage per guest, Tips 
Duration: 3 hours


€30