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2023 Tour Details
This affordable tour of Spain and Portugal introduces you to fascinating Iberian cities and exciting cultural discoveries. Spend three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra and enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history and sights—in Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. The included city tours focuse on the must-see sights, including Seville's impressive Plaza d’Espaňa, built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, and Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to defend the port of Lisbon. Admire the impressive architecture of the wide alleys crossing Madrid’s city centre. Visit highlights on this affordable tour of Spain and Portugal include the Marian Sanctuary at Fátima, a popular pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three local children in 1917. Explore Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills, Moorish Cordoba, and Salamanca, where you can stroll the Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. From the larger cities to the idyllic countryside and landscapes, this value-minded tour through Spain and Portugal is sure to delight.
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*Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023 for travel in 2023. Promotional discount will apply to Groups of 8 or more who provide their Group Block Deposit within the promotion's booking dates and will apply to all individual members of the Group until the due date of the passenger names/non-refundable individual deposits. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2023 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0992
ÁVILA VisitSALAMANCA VisitCOIMBRA OrientationFÁTIMA Visit the SanctuaryOBIDOS Visit the fortified cityLISBON Guided sightseeingSEVILLE Guided sightseeingMADRID Guided sightseeingNotes:
April 7 Departure – Easter April 21 Departure – Feria in SevilleDecember 26 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Seville including festive dinner
World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.
MADRID–ÁVILA–SALAMANCA–COIMBRA, PORTUGAL Visit fortified Ávila with its intact medieval city walls, then stop in Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Travel through the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way to Coimbra in Portugal. Today’s Distance: 329 mi/ 530 km
COIMBRA–FÁTIMA–OBIDOS–LISBON Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Continue to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary, a catholic pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. On to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon. Today’s Distance: 177 mi/ 285 km
LISBON Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on your guided city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets or discover the Portuguese Riviera by joining our optional excursion.
LISBON–SEVILLE, SPAIN Drive through the Alentejo countryside, famous for its cork production. Cross the border into Spain at Vila Verde and journey into Andalusia, enjoying quite different scenery as you skirt the Sierra de Aracena on your way to delightful Seville. Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km
SEVILLE Seville is one of Spain’s most vibrant cities. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour with all the main highlights, including the iconic Plaza de España.
SEVILLE–CORDOBA–MADRID Travel to Cordoba, Spain’s most Moorish city with its Mezquita, which is rightly known as one of Islam’s greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. On through the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, to Madrid. This evening, why not join the optional traditional tapas dinner and highlights of Madrid? Today’s Distance: 342 mi/ 550 km
MADRID This morning, enjoy free time in Madrid or join the fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus River was made famous in El Greco’s painting—even now, it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. As the capital of Spain and situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards call Madrid the nearest thing to Heaven.
MADRID Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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"Working as a Tour Guide is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, because it consists in SHARING. Sharing experiences and knowledge with people from different parts of the world, showing them the legacy left by the different civilizations in Iberia, recommending the best sunsets or the most popular tapa of that city. For me, it is a pleasure to welcome you to my country. I am ready to share with you my knowledge. Are you?"