Spain's Classics from Barcelona to Lisbon

15 Days: April 16 - 20, 2024

HIGHLIGHTS… Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Valencia, Paella Experience, Granada, The Alhambra, Seville, Choice on Tour, Flamenco Show, Cordoba, Madrid, The Prado Museum, Toledo, Elvas, Lisbon, Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belém, Obidos

Jan and Vince are your hosts. Offered in conjunction with Collette Tours

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April 06 - 20, 2024

$7,148 per person based on double occupancy. Includes air.

$8,848 based on single occupancy

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Saturday, April 06: Overnight flight to Barcelona

You are on your way to a colourful cultural adventure featuring the 
best of Spain and Portugal.

Day 2 - Sunday, April 07: Barcelona

Welcome to Spain. Begin your journey in the vibrant city of Barcelona. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 3 - Monday, April 08: Barcelona

Start your morning with a walk from your hotel to some of Barcelona’s main sights, getting to experience this amazing city as it was meant to be explored - on foot. After some free time for lunch on your own, embark on a panoramic tour of Barcelona, showcasing the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, and Antoni Gaudi’s Batllo House and Casa Mila building (UNESCO). A local expert will accompany you on a visit to the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia* (UNESCO), considered to be the most famous of Gaudi’s work. Work on the basilica began in 1882, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2026 on the 100th anniversary of the architect’s death.(B)

Day 4 - Tuesday, April 09: Peniscola

Today, say goodbye to Barcelona! On your way to Valencia, stop in 
beautiful Peniscola where you will enjoy free time to explore on your 
own. Known as the “City in the Sea,” this fortified town and its 
Knights Templar Castle dating back to the 13th century are a little 
hidden gem. End your day in Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and 
Arabic architecture, surrounded by citrus groves. Perhaps you will 
join an optional tour that explores the myths and legends of Valencia. 
(B)

Day 5 - Wednesday, April 10: Valencia

On a panoramic tour of Valencia, see the City of Arts and Sciences –
an ultramodern educational institution. Explore the city’s old town on 
foot, discovering the history with a local expert. View the ornate 
Serranos Towers before wandering through the bustling central 
market, where you’ll shop side-by-side with the locals. Enjoy time on 
your own to explore as you wish. Travel to Albufera, the area where 
paella first originated. Enjoy a short boat ride on the canals 
surrounding the rice field plantations. Visit a traditional fisherman’s 
home, known as a barraca, and enjoy a paella-making demonstration 
and a delicious paella lunch. (B, L)

Day 6 - Thursday, April 11: Granada

Today you’ll make your way to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B, D) 

Day 7 - Friday, April 12: Seville

This morning, join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra** (UNESCO,) a stone fortress overlooking the entire city and serving as a mesmerizing example of Islamic architecture. End your day in Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D) 

Day 8 - Saturday, April 13: Seville

Decide how you see Seville because it’s your choice! Walk the Santa Cruz Quarter with an expert guide, admiring the orange trees and white-washed houses before continuing to the Plaza de España -ORsee the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, drifting by timeworn bridges and towers. Later, visit the Seville Cathedral*** (UNESCO) – the largest gothic church in the world – and see Columbus’ tomb and the Giralda Bell Tower. End the afternoon with a light tapas lunch, overlooking the cathedral. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville's most famous traditions. (B, L)

Day 9 - Sunday, April 14: Cordoba and Madrid

Travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Cordoba. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of La Mezquita (UNESCO), an 8th-centurymosque that was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Cordoba in the city's well preserved and historical Jewish Quarter. Then, board the AVE high speed train to Spain’s capital city, Madrid! Arrive in the late afternoon and enjoy some free time to rest or venture out and explore on your own. (B)

Day 10 - Monday, April 15: Madrid

During a locally guided panoramic tour of Madrid’s historic centre, see iconic sites such as the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. Join a local expert to explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum, which opened in 1819 and boasts some of the world's finest collections of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Your afternoon will be free to explore this fascinating city further. (B, D) 

Day 11 - Tuesday, April 16: Toledo and Elvas

Travel to Toledo (UNESCO), the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Embark on a comprehensive tour, highlighting the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then, visit the Church of Santo Tome and view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Bid Spain adios and cross the border into Portugal, arriving in the off-the-beaten-path town of Elvas, a garrison town recognized as a World Heritage site. (B)

Day 12 - Wednesday, April 17: Lisbon

After enjoying a relaxing morning in Elvas, make your way to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Spend your day uncovering legends of the country’s past, including visits to Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belém (UNESCO). Enjoy time in the evening to settle into your new home for the next 3 nights. (B) Day 13: Thursday, April 18, 2024 Lisbon The day is yours! Discover the capital city on your own. Cons

Day 13 - Thursday, April 18: Lisbon

The day is yours! Discover the capital city on your own. Consider tasting the city’s mouthwatering cuisine or taking the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district. Perhaps you will go on an optional excursion to the Portuguese Riviera, visiting the picturesque towns of Cascais and Sintra. (B)

Day 14 - Friday, April 19: Obidos

Today, visit one of Portugal’s most famed towns – Obidos! With its labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses, this medieval town beckons you to linger and enjoy its charm. You may choose to try one of the local delicacies – sour cherry liquor served in chocolate cups, or simply enjoy the narrow streets and picture perfect alleyways. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain and Portugal. (B, D

Day 15 - Saturday, April 20: Return flight

Return home with memories of a beautiful land and a diverse cultural heritage. (B)

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INCLUDED

Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $499 per person, Round Trip Air from Toronto Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $150 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers; 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinner.

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