AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL – INSIGHT VACATIONS

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AMAZING SPAIN & PORTUGAL – INSIGHT VACATIONS

Step Back in Time During a 9-Day Spain and Portugal Guided Tour including Ancient Sites

From walking the cobblestone streets of a former Roman colony to tasting a decadent ‘Pastel de Nata’ tart made from a 200-year-old secret recipe, this 9-day guided tour allows you to embrace the best of old-world Spain and Portugal. Listen as metal sizzles in a master artisan’s hands as he teaches you the craft of Damascene. In Granada, wander the fragrant and arabesque gardens of the Alhambra Palace. Learn the art of flamenco dancing, stomping your feet to the sounds of an acoustic guitar, in a private lesson with professionals in Seville. Then, cross the Portuguese border to scale a 16th-century fortress in Lisbon and visit Fátima, Portugal’s most holy site. Finally, raise a glass and say ¡salud! to these ancient wonders during a celebration feast in Madrid.

SAVE upto $446 per person

Expired on Friday March 28th, 2025

Expired on Friday March 28th, 2025

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid

While in Madrid, explore the elegant boulevards, expansive parks and varied architectural styles. 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.

Arrival Transfer -
Depart Madrid-Barajas airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30, 16:00

Welcome Meeting -
Meet your Travel Director at 18:00

Accommodation
Hotel Riu Plaza España

Included Meals
Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINING

Madrid Welcome Dinner.
Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.

Visit 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. From here you will venture south to meet a local artisan in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft, handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Then enjoy a walk within the city walls of Toledo, 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.

Accommodation
Vincci Albayzín

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Meet an Artisan for a Damascene Workshop in Toledo.
At a Damascene workshop, meet a master artisan for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Witness firsthand their precision as they inlay gold and silver into iron, using a chisel and a hammer.

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Toledo City Tour.
Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.

'Give him alms, woman, because there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada', proclaims the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in the morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits—a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert before visiting the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the summer residence of the Spanish royals. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills before continuing on to Seville.
Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Explore the city with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, enjoy a drive with panoramic views.

Accommodation
Catalonia Giralda Hotel Seville

Included Meals
Breakfast

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Alhambra Palace in Granada.
Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

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Granada City Tour.
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 Cathedral Visit.
Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

INSIGHT CHOICE
Choose between two carefully selected activities

Seville Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour.
Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

OR

Seville Panoramic City Tour
Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance.

Accommondation
Catalonia Giralda Hotel Seville

Included Meals
Breakfast

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville.

Highlight Details

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as they perform an emotional show.

The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain’s cultural heritage.

The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman Times.
Visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, a chapel decorated with 5000 bones, before making your way to Lisbon.

Accommondation
Turim Saldanha Hotel

Included Meals
Breakfast

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Explore the Ancient City of Évora.
With your Travel Director explore the ancient city of Évora and visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.

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 historic 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 cloisters of the 500-year-old Jerónimos Church 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?

Accommondation
Turim Saldanha Hotel

Included Meals
Breakfast

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Taste Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon.
Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.

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Lisbon City Tour.
Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.

Lisbon Jeronimos Cloisters Visit.
Visit the cloisters of Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the chapel 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.

Accommondation
Hotel Alameda Palace

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the Chapel of Apparations in Fatima.
Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.

See the Golden Stone Buildings of Salamanca.
See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.

Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Admire the impressive city still entirely enclosed within its 11th-century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Celebration Dinner.

Accommondation
Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Walk the Ancient Walls of Avila.
Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.

Madrid City Tour.
See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Madrid Celebration Dinner.
With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Today bid farewell to your journey along Spain and Portugal as you transfer to the airport.

Departure Transfer -
Arrive at Madrid-Barajas airport at 07:00, 09:00, 11:00

Included Meals
Breakfast

GROUP SIZE: Classic up to 40 guests

Departure Return Offer Price
10 Feb 2024 18 Feb 2024 $2875
24 Feb 2024 03 Mar 2024 $3185
09 Mar 2024 17 Mar 2024 $3525
23, 30 Mar 2024 31 Mar, 07 Apr 2024 $3795
06, 13, 27 Apr, 11, 18 May20 24 14, 21 Apr, 05, 19, 26 May 2024 2024 Travel sale $4406 10%off $3966
25 May, 01, 08, 15 Jun 2024 02, 09, 16, 23 Jun 2024 2024 Travel sale $4406 10%off $3966
29 Jun, 06 Jul, 03, 24 Aug 2024 07, 14 Jul, 11 Aug, 01 Sep 2024 2024 Travel sale $4219 10%off $3798
31 Aug 2024 08 Sep 2024 2024 Travel sale $4469 10%off $4023
07, 21 Sep 2024 15, 29 Sep 2024 $4469
28 Sep, 12, 19 Oct 2024 06, 20, 27 Oct 2024 $4406
26 Oct 2024 03 Nov 2024 $4369
09, 16, 23 Nov 2024 17, 24 Nov, 01 Dec 2024 $3738
18, 25 Dec 2024 26 Dec 2024, 02 Jan 2025 $4249
28 Dec 2024 05 Jan 2025 $4134
18 Jan. 08 Feb 2025 26 Jan, 16 Feb 2025 $3674
22 Feb 2025 02 Mar 2025 $3709
01, 08, 15 Mar 2025 09, 16, 23 Mar 2025 $3766
22, 29 Mar 2025 30 Mar, 06 Apr 2025 $3853

*Prices are per person base on twin room
SAVE up to $446 per person

BOOKING TERM & CONDITIONS

UPDATED BOOKING CONDITIONS: The following conditions apply to bookings made after 15 August 2023 for tours departing on or after 1 April 2024. If you booked before 15 August 2023 or are travelling before 1 April 2024, please see the relevant Booking Conditions for your tour.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

Payment and cancellation terms vary by tour so please review this tour deposit level table to view the terms that will apply.

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2  AIRLINE TICKETS
Deposit due per person $200 $350 As per airline policy
Final Payment due
(before departure)
60 days 90 days As per airline policy
Cancelation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday (No. of Days before travel)
Before Final Payment Date Deposit Deposit As per airline policy
Final Payment Date until 30 days before departure 50% 50% $75 plus airline charges
29 days – 2 days before departure 80% 80% $75 plus airline charges
1 day before or day of departure 100% 100% $75 plus airline charges

Cancellation charges pertain to the tour, extra nights’ accommodation as well as chargeable transfers.

NOTE: Included flights are outlined in each trip itinerary in our brochure or online. Guests travelling on any flight must provide their full name (as appears on their passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding.

Level 1: Cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is described as Level 2.

Level 2: These trips are generally trips which include cruise/ferry, train, intra-trip flight elements and small group departures.

A full list of all trips and levels can be found at Tour Deposit Level.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCES

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences connect you with people, the planet and wildlife and promote the values of sustainable tourism.

UNIQUE INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Explore destinations with engaging Local Experts, gain special access to iconic sites and enjoy fun activities with our Unique Insight Experiences.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Learn about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

AUTHENTIC DINING

8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners with Wine
Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Sip, savour and sense the local flair with every meal.

STYLISH HAND PICKED HOTELS

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service and superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

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