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Iberian Explorer Portugal.com package

Description

15 Days/14 Nights. Discover the splendor of Spain and Portugal with a great escorted tour. Similar to the Iberian Explorer tour but with the addition of Valencia and Barcelona. Acquaint yourself with the elegant towns and cities of Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Merida, Seville, Cordoba and Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. In Portugal enjoy Viana do Castelo, Porto, Aveiro, Fatima and the capital city of Lisbon.

Please note

This is a bi-lingual tour operated by a local Spanish company and therefore has a larger contingent of Spanish speaking passengers.  Since it caters to the Hispanic visitor it has a propensity to have groups from Hispanic countries. The tour is narrated in both Spanish and English therefore making it suitable to English speaking visitors. If you mind having to listen to the tour in both Spanish and English this tour may not suite your needs. This tour also leans, in some of its sections, leans towards a religious theme due to the inclusion of places such as Avila, Santiago  de Compostela and Fatima.

For English language only please check the following tours:

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday: Madrid

Arrival at Madrid airport. After clearing simple immigration and customs formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is free. We suggest you take advantage of the free time to get to know one of Europe's most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious "tapas". Premium Package includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Accommodations.

Day 2 - Tuesday: Madrid

Buffet breakfast. This morning's escorted sightseeing tour will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid's most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Time for lunch on your own. Highly recommended this afternoon, is an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Touring will include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco's masterpiece painting is displayed. Return to Madrid for accommodations.

Day 3 - Wednesday: Madrid-Segovia-Avila-Salamanca

Buffet breakfast. Departure into old Castile and the magnificent medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and impressive Alcazar Castle. Stop in Avila to admire the perfectly preserved 11thh century city walls before continuing to the charming old university city of Salamanca. Afternoon city tour. Premium Package includes a dinner. Tonight a walk through the beautiful main plaza, always lively with activity, is recommended. Overnight in Salamanca.

Day 4 - Thursday: Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela

Buffet Breakfast and departure to the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Check into your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the old city of Santiago and its beautiful Cathedral on Obradoiro square. Tonight there is an optional traditional dinner at your hotel (Premium Package includes dinner). Overnight in Santiago.

Day 5 - Friday: Santiago de Compostela - Vigo - Viana Do Castelo - Porto

Buffet breakfast. Depart south along the coastal "Rias Baixas" to the port city of Vigo and continue into northern Portugal. We will visit the town of Viana do Castelo, at the mouth of the Rio Limia with its historic old town and castle. We finalize our journey in the charming city of Porto, famous for its namesake Port wines. Overnight in Porto.

Day 6 - Saturday: Porto

Buffet breakfast. This morning enjoy a guided tour of this city on the banks of the Douro river including a visit to a local Port winery. Premium package includes a typical lunch. Afternoon free. Overnight in Porto.

Day 7 - Sunday: Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon

Buffet breakfast and departure to Aveiro "city of canals", affectionately called the Venice of Portugal. Continue to Fatima, one of the pilgrimage centers of Christianity. Free time to visit the basilica and enjoy lunch before continuing to Lisbon. (Premium package includes lunch) Tonight enjoy an optional opportunity to listen to the hauntingly beautiful Fado music while enjoying a delicious dinner. Premium Package includes Fado show and dinner. Overnight Lisbon.

Day 8- Monday: Lisbon

Buffet breakfast. Morning tour of this ancient and lovely city overlooking the Tagus River. Admire its splendid avenues and monuments like the Tower of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery. Afternoon free, with a strong recommendation to visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra and the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais (this tour included in premium package). Please note that due to time constraints, this side tour does not visit any of the palaces in Sintra. Overnight Lisbon.

Day 9 -Tuesday: Lisbon - Merida - Seville

Buffet breakfast. Departure toward the Spanish border, and stop in the Roman city of Merida, founded in 25 BC as “Emerita Augusta”, to admire the impressive Roman Amphitheater archaeological site. Lunch is included in premium package. Continue to Seville. Overnight Seville.

Day 10 - Wednesday: Seville

Buffet breakfast. This morning’s tour of the “Pearl of Andalucia” will explore this gracious city, Spain's third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the huge cathedral (one of the worlds largest) with its Giralda Tower (a former minaret). (PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch) Time for lunch on your own. The afternoon is free to continue to explore or shop. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with the enjoyment of local wine. premium package includes Flamenco Show and drink. Accommodations.

Day 11-Thursday: Seville - Cordoba - Granada

Buffet breakfast. Depart to Cordoba. Visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Time for lunch on your own. Continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. Premium Package includes dinner tonight. This evening, an excellent suggestion would be to visit (optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin Quarter for a night view of an illuminated Alhambra and where Andalusian customs, music and wine join to create an enchanting atmosphere. Premium package includes this visit and Zambra show. Overnight in Granada.

Day 12 - Friday: Granada - Valencia

Buffet breakfast. This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the amazing Moorish palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife. At mid-day departure to the east cost of Spain arriving to Valencia for accommodation.

Day 13 - Saturday: Valencia - Barcelona

Buffet breakfast and morning city tour of the city and the new area of Museums. In the early afternoon continuation north to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. In the evening, it is suggested to dine at the Pueblo Español, featuring architectural replicas from all of Spain’s regions. Premium package includes dinner. Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 14 - Sunday: Barcelona

Buffet breakfast. This morning enjoy an escorted tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. See the old Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Stop to admire the exterior of Gaudi’s masterwork, the Basilica of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia). Continue to Montjuich Hill (site of the Olympic Stadium), to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area. Free time for lunch, perhaps in the Olympic Port area. Lunch included premium package. Afternoon free. Overnight in Barcelona.

Day 15 - Monday: Barcelona

Buffet breakfast. Pre-arranged transfer to Barcelona airport at the proper time to check-in for your trans-Atlantic flight to your home city.

  • Rates shown are per person in US dollars
  • Dates shown are for tour land departure. If you are taking an overnight flight to reach the tour city of origin plan to leave one day earlier than date shown in table
  • Rates do not include cost of flight.This vacation does not have an air option. We can however hold your land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with booking your land portion
  • Comfort class Hotels = 4 Star; may include 3 Star | Superior class Hotels = 4 Star; may include 5 Star
  • Single = 1 person per room | Double = 2 persons per room | Triple = 3 persons per room
  • Child rate applies only when sharing a room with two adults. Child age up to 12 years old

Departure DateSingle ComfortSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple SuperiorChild ComfortChild SuperiorPremium
10/3/2016$2370$2790$1705$1890$1648$1827$1279$1418$425
10/10/2016$2370$2790$1705$1890$1648$1827$1279$1418$425
10/17/2016$2370$2790$1705$1890$1648$1827$1279$1418$425
10/31/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
11/14/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
11/28/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
12/12/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
12/19/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
12/26/2016$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
1/9/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
1/23/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
2/6/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
2/20/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
3/6/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
3/13/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
3/20/2017$2270$2635$1605$1735$1552$1677$1204$1301$425
3/27/2017$2400$2820$1735$1920$1677$1856$1301$1440$425
4/3/2017$2400$2820$1735$1920$1677$1856$1301$1440$425
4/10/2017$2400$2820$1735$1920$1677$1856$1301$1440$425

Your tour includes:

  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • Accommodations in your choice of hotels (Comfort or Superior)
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Professional multilingual tour escort throughout
  • Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona.
  • Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
  • Protection and assistance insurance while on tour
  • Travel bag

Optional Premium Package:

Please note: You may buy individual activities listed here from the tour Director on location. However buying the package as a whole is much more cost effective than buying the sum of activities individually. 

  • “Tapas” dinner in Madrid
  • Dinner in Salamanca hotel
  • Dinner in Santiago hotel
  • Lunch in Porto
  • Lunch in Fatima
  • Dinner in Lisbon hotel
  • Fado show in Lisbon
  • Lunch in Merida
  • Lunch in Seville
  • Flamenco Show in Seville
  • Dinner in Granada hotel
  • Tour of Sintra and Cascais(Lisbon area)
    • It does not include visit the National or Pena palaces
  • Evening tour/Zambra show at the Albaicin, Granada
  • Dinner in Barcelona’s Pueblo Español
  • Typical lunch in the Olympic Port of Barcelona
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Las Ventas Bullring (Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas)
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Lisbon Rossio Fountain - Portugal travel and tours | Portugal.com
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Visit LIsbon - Evening view of Lisbon area | Portugal
City of Toledo - Spain
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Palau Nacional in Montjic, Barcelona - Spain
Granada city - Spain | Portugal.com
Plaza de Espana in Seville
Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora - Lisboa. Photo by Jose Manuel. Turismo de Portugal
Guimaraes
Batalha Monastery
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Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. Tour operator reserves the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Final hotel list is available up to 45 days before departure. Alternate hotels will be of same or better quality of service for respective hotel package category.

Superior Hotels

Granada - Abades Nevada Palace

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Abades Nevada Palace is a modern hotel and spa, located a 10-minute drive from Granada’s historic center. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout.

All air conditioned rooms at the Nevada Palace have satellite TV and a minibar. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and amenities.

The hotel spa includes a gym and sauna. There is a Turkish bath and ham mam, and massage is available.

There is a bar and a restaurant. Room service is also available.

The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk.

More about this hotel from booking.com

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Valencia - Confortel Aqua Hotel

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This design hotel is conveniently set in front of Valencia’s impressive City of Arts and Sciences, and the Oceanographic Park. The 1-star Michelin restaurant on the 9th floor offers panoramic views.

Stylish rooms at the Confortel Aqua 4 include air conditioning and a private bathroom, featuring a modern décor in warm colors. They have free Wi-Fi, free bottles of water in the minibar, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

A varied buffet breakfast is served daily and snacks are available from the cafeteria.

The shopping center features a complete spa and a fitness center. Both the Spa and the gym have limited capacity.

The hotel is 2 km from the center of Valencia and 1 km from the harbor. Buses to the city center stop 50 meters away. The beach is a few minutes' drive from the hotel and Manises Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away. Parking is available for an extra cost at the Aqua shopping center.

This hotel is officially adapted for guests with reduced mobility.

More about this hotel from booking.com

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Porto - Crowne Plaza Porto Hotel

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Located in the Avenida da Boavista, in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, the modern Crowne Plaza Porto exudes pure luxury and comfort. This 5-star hotel is half a mile from Casa da Musica.

Only a few miles from Porto’s beautiful beaches, Crowne Plaza Porto (formerly Tiara Park Atlantic Porto) is the perfect choice. Enjoy magnificent views from the comfort of your spacious room or venture out into the city. All public and privates spaces are elegantly furnished, radiating a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The helpful front desk staff is at your service 24 hours a day and will do its best to ensure you have a relaxing and memorable stay. Sample delicious local specialties at the restaurant or take a walk on the hotel grounds. For business travelers looking to combine work with leisure, on-site meeting facilities are available.

Crowne Plaza Porto is less than half a mile from the Botanic Gardens of Porto and just over 1 mile from the lush Serralves Gardens and Museum. The Bessa Football Stadium is just 270 yards away.

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Salamanca - Gran Hotel Corona Sol

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Free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TV are included in each spacious room at this modern hotel. Situated next to Santissima Trinidad Hospital, it is a 10-minute walk from Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor Square.

The bright, air-conditioned rooms at Gran Hotel Corona Sol have simple, elegant décor and include heating and a safe. Toiletries and a hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom.

You can find a variety of restaurants and typical tapas bars in the surrounding streets.

Gran Sol Corona is situated within a 5-minute walk of Salamanca’s main shopping district. Salamanca University is 700 meters away, while the lively bars of Van Dyck Street are 900 meters away.

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Lisbon - InterContinental Lisbon

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Primarily located in central Lisbon, InterContinental Lisbon is a luxury 5-star hotel overlooking the famous Eduardo VII Park. It is just 500 meters from Marquês de Pombal Square and 700 meters from trendy Avenida da Liberdade's boutiques.

InterContinental Lisbon has chic, spacious guestrooms. Many of the rooms have panoramic views overlooking the park's green areas. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and access to satellite channels. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s L’Appart Restaurant is open daily and serves a wide range of international dishes alongside a wide selection of Portuguese specialties. The Le Ganesh Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink in a relaxing, homely environment. Local restaurants are available within a short walking distance, many serving typical Portuguese dishes.

The nearby Marques de Pombal Metro Station connects with most of the city's emblematic areas. Lively Bairro Alto is 3 km away and features a variety of popular bars, restaurants and cafés. Rossio and Chiado, two of the historical downtown's most famous areas are both at a short 5-minute drive. The emblematic São Jorge Castle is 4 km from the hotel. Portela International Airport is 7.4 km from the InterContinental Lisbon.

More about this hotel from booking.com

6932898(1)823386421242652

Santiago de Compostela - NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

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This design hotel is in a quiet area, a 13-minute walk from Obradoiro Square and the Cathedral. It offers free WiFi, an indoor swimming pool, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

The NH Collection Santiago de Compostela is set surrounded by the Obradoiro Parks. The university campus and Auditorio de Galicia are both minutes away.

The hotel has a heated pool, a sauna and Turkish bath. There is also a fitness center and a massage service.

All rooms at the NH Collection Santiago have a canopy bed, soundproofing and city views. The modern design includes a 46-inch flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities, and attractive wood furniture.

The hotel's healthy Antiox buffet breakfast features antioxidant dishes. The restaurant serves creative Galician food, and there is a choice between a daily menu or à la carte dining. A cafe-bar is also available.

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Madrid - Rafaelhoteles Atocha

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This conveniently located hotel is set near Madrid’s transport hubs of Alvaro Mendez and Atocha – terminal for the AVE high-speed lines.

The contemporary-style Rafaelhoteles Atocha is filled with impressive artwork, putting you in the mood to visit the nearby galleries of Reina Sofia, Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza. After a day’s sightseeing you can relax with a refreshing cocktail and a meal beneath the canopy in the pleasant terrace garden. There is also a comfortable lounge where you can meet up with friends and family before enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Arganzuela is a great choice for travelers interested in business, bars and football.

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Hotel Package Categories

Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. Operator reserves the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Alternate hotels will be of same or better quality of service for respective hotel package category.
  • Comfort package: includes 4 star 1st class hotels
  • Superior package: includes 4 star superior hotels; may include 5 star hotels

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellation 45 - 31 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
  • Cancellation 31 to 7 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Less than 6 days, "no shows" and unused services - No refund
  • If Portugal.com/Portugal Online cancels a tour for any reason full refund will be issued

Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 

Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance

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