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Luxury Gold Spain & Portugal in Style - Summer 2021 (G310)

13 Days from Barcelona to Madrid Print
Tour Style: Luxury Gold
2021-2022 Worldwide
Visits: Spain, Portugal, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Lisbon, Evora, Madrid

Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi’s dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, take in the diversity of architectural styles - ranging from contemporary to Moorish - and taste some of the region’s most iconic dishes, including paella. We’ll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each spectacular destination.

Exceptional Dining

  • Barcelona: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in this Mediterranean city, featuring fresh Barcelona seafood and traditional Spanish flavours.
  • Valencia: Tantalise your taste buds as you experience the flavours of traditional Valencian paella for your evening meal.
  • Seville: Situated at an elegant restaurant close to your hotel, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by the harmonious tones of a talented classical guitarist.
  • Seville: Discover the varied flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch.
  • Lisbon: Stimulate your senses with you dinner being hosted in one of the traditional Fado houses of the bohemian Bairro Alto. UNESCO granted Fado World Heritage status, as an urban Lisbon song symbolic of the city and the country.
  • Madrid: Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, the Michelin-starred Álbora is known for its distinct flavours and high quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. Oenophiles will delight in the impressive variety of regional wines on offer.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Journey Highlights

  • Barcelona: Enjoy a walk with a Local Expert through the old lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in some of the city’s daring Modernist architecture.
  • Barcelona: Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern city of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife gardens.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Córdoba: See the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge with your Local Expert and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Córdoba: Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through its forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.
  • Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Louisa Park with your Local Expert. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies. You'll emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Appreciate the city with a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the streets.
  • Seville: Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice are paired with the raw emotion, colour and rhythmic expression of dance.
  • Lisbon: With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
  • Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.
  • Mérida: Famous for its Roman ruins, Mérida is full of history and ancient architecture. Marvel at the well-preserved Roman Theatre.
  • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the Monument to Colombus in Plaza de Colon, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.
  • Madrid: An art historian will provide an in-depth look at Spain's finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum.

VIP Experiences

  • Barcelona: Enjoy exclusive first entry in to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and an architectural pearl of Catalan Modernism.

Your Way

  • Seville: Explore Seville Your Way with two choices. Either step inside the cathedral, from the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and golden altarpiece, then head to the Tomb of Columbus. Alternatively you may choose to sit back and relax with a cocktail on a rooftop as you enjoy views of the city.

Inclusive Luxury Gold Services

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Luxury Gold Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Welcome to Barcelona.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will be met and transferred to your five-star hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome dinner featuring fine Barcelona seafood. Barcelona comes alive at night when the temperatures cool down and it is a beautiful way to start your adventure.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 2 Catalonia’s Creative Capital.
Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendour and gastronomic delights. The day begins as you have first entry to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and an architectural pearl of Catalan Modernism. Meet your Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares, and see some of the most flamboyant buildings of the Catalan art nouveau movement. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló or Casa Milà.(Breakfast)
Day: 3 Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast.
Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sea-lapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled houses clustered around the castle and featured in the film El Cid. Continue past orange groves to Valencia, where ultra-modern buildings rub shoulders with medieval town gates. For dinner, a local chef entices you with incredible traditional paella, native to Valencia.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 4 Granada and the Alhambra Palace.
Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and flourishing Romany culture. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or take a stroll on Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.(Breakfast)
Day: 5 Córdoba and Seville.
Journey through the silent sierras to Córdoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert will walk you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 6 Seville, the City of Carmen.
Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral. Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop with views of the city. An 18th century mansion hosts you for a drink, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. Enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride through the charming streets.(Breakfast)
Day: 7 The Flavours of Andalusia.
Discover the flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy tasting your own creations at lunch, along with a glass or two of wine. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps bask in the sun in Parque de María Luisa?(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day: 8 Across the Alentejo to Lisbon.
Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. This evening, take in an emotive performance of the UNESCO-recognised art of Fado at a local Fado house while enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 9 Lisbon and the Age of Discoveries.
With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your morning of sightseeing, drive along the coast to visit the seaside village of Cascais, known for its sandy beaches and busy marina, and enjoy a lunch by the sea. Return to your boutique hotel and the rest of the evening is yours at leisure.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day: 10 Forever Évora.
Continue to the charming university city of Evora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the hotel restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 11 The Roman Ruins of Mérida and Madrid.
Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll Calle Serrano, Madrid’s most famous and elegant shopping street, before savouring some local cuisine?(Breakfast)
Day: 12 Madrid of the Bourbons.
Join your local expert to learn the history of Madrid and its famous sites before visiting the magnificent Prado Museum, where an art historian provides an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. This evening, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 13 Depart Madrid.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey.(Breakfast)

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