DAY 1 BARCELONA
On arrival at Barcelona Airport our Chauffeur will be awaiting you with a luxury vehicle ready to transfer you to your 4* boutique hotel, ideally located in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter, nearby to all major sights, but at the same time on the port front. The rooftop terrace bar and pool provide an astonishing view of the city as well as the port, and your lovely room looks out onto the harbor. Formerly, your hotel was the residence of a wealthy Duke in the city and is deep-seated in history.
A representative of Gourmand Breaks will meet you at your hotel for a welcome drink and together you will discuss your personalized itinerary for the rest of your private cultural, food and wine tour. Apart from having available your Online Personal Travel Webpage, you will be handed your Personal Travel Journals containing all your itinerary details and plenty of suggestions for restaurants and free time activities.
On this first evening in Barcelona you might want to relax and unwind after your journey and settle into your lovely hotel. We have several dinner recommendations for fine restaurants, as well as informal tapas places nearby.
In a Nutshell: Luxury Private Airport Transfer from Barcelona Airport, Overnight in a 4* luxury palace hotel overlooking the port in Barcelona
DAY 2 BARCELONA
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, your Gourmand Breaks Officially Licensed Guide will await you at your hotel. Together you will beat the queues as you enjoy a private guided visit to the incredible La Sagrada Familia, a work on a grand scale which began in 1882. At the end of 1883 Gaudi, the most internationally renowned and emblematic architect of the city, was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea, but it remains unfinished.
You will then continue on your journey, now focused on the authentic gourmet foods in Spain, starting with a guided visit to La Boqueria market, Spains largest marketplace. La Boqueria is like a museum of the brightest and most delectable foods in Spain. Our expert culinary guide will lead you around the best booths and you will taste some of the most delicious local seasonal produce at one famous La Boqueria bar, frequented by celebrities. A glass of a fine brut nature cava will surely go down a treat with a tapa of Chantrelle mushrooms, or fresh cockles, squid or maybe even scrambled eggs with wild asparagus.
Continuing your private walking tour through the Gothic quarter of Barcelona you will see a few architectural feats: the famous Barcelona Cathedral, Sant Jaume Square and the amazing Santa Maria del Mar Church, which is a beautiful and important 14th-century church and considered the finest and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture anywhere. You will, of course, enjoy a wander through Las Ramblas, the colorful must-see pedestrian area. Our guide is a real specialist in local history and will amuse you with fascinating local stories and funny anecdotes. Following this, your tour will take the path of Picasso on the famous Avignon Street. You will pass the Picasso museum (your guide will be able purchase tickets if you wish to visit this afternoon).
Now you will taste some of the best natural artisan Spanish cheeses at a charming local cheese shop. The knowledgeable owner will divulge the secrets of the best Spanish cheeses while you taste some of the delicious specialties paired with some excellent Priorat wine. For something sweet, your tour will stop at the oldest venue in Barcelona for dried nuts and fruits, homemade nougats and chocolates. This quaint and local store, specializing in roasting coffee beans and nuts for over 150 years, is still decorated with its original furniture and old wood-burning stove.
Your luxury private tour will be rounded off with a light lunch of exquisite delicatessen produce which will include Spains best Iberic bellota ham - Joselito, fine cold meats and sausages, some of the finest local preserves of wild tuna, anchovies,or clams from Galicia, a selection of the best Spanish olive oils, etc., all enjoyed at one of the best delicatessens in the city. In addition there are English speaking sommeliers on hand to guide you through more than 6000 wines. Your guide will leave you at the finale of your tour when you are settled safely into this amazing delicatessen enjoying your meal. The rest of your afternoon will be free to enjoy as you wish. Prior to leaving you, your guide will be happy to provide a lot of suggestions for really good places to eat, cafes, shops, etc.
In a Nutshell: Private guided tour of La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter and Born Areas of Barcelona with gourmet food and wine tastings, Overnight Barcelona
DAY 3 BARCELONA
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, the day can be as full as you please. You will have received many suggestions from your private tour guide yesterday for further sightseeing areas, as well as some great dining options.
Maybe you wish to see some more of Gaudis fantastic architecture: Parc Guell is located in uptown Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful icons of the city of Barcelona. Park Guell, a work by Antoni Gaudi carried our between 1900 and 1914, has wonderful views of the city where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll surrounded by nature and modernist works. On the Passeig de Gracia, in the city center, you can see other famous works of Gaudi, including his famous Casa Batllo and la Pedrera. Throughout the work of Gaudi, you will see much of his architectural inspiration came from his experiences in nature. Gaudi is the most internationally renowned and emblematic architect of the city. His famous Pedrera was built between 1906 and 1910 for the Mila family. This is one of the main Gaudi residential buildings and one of the most imaginative houses of the history of the architecture, this building is more a sculpture than a building.
You may like to join a small group Cooking Class today, where you will first meet with chef to learn about the local produce and subsequently head to the market to buy the ingredients required for your cooking class. It is then off to the cooking school where, on the instructions of chef, you will prepare lunch which you will then be able to enjoy with local wines. We will be delighted to include this fantastic cooking class in Barcelona in your quotation on request. Alternatively, we could arrange for you to join a a local wine expert for an exclusive tasting of some top Spanish Wines from the best Spanish Wine Regions.
Maybe you would like to do your own thing today and take advantage of the great shopping, stroll along the beachfront of Barceloneta or return to the old Gothic Quarter, the choices are yours! We have many suggestions for restaurants which will suit your mood of the moment, whether you are looking for an informal dinner or a Michelin Starred experience.
In a Nutshell: Free day in Barcelona, OPTIONAL Cooking Class / Exclusive Wine Tasting in Barcelona, Overnight Barcelona
DAY 4 SEVILLE
After a final breakfast at your Barcelona hotel, you will be ready for departure to another part of your tour, Seville.
Your chauffeur will be waiting to transfer you to Barcelona Sants Station, where you will have tickets for the fast and comfortable high speed train to Seville. Your cross-country journey will take only 5 h 30 min.
On arrival, you will take a taxi to your boutique 4* hotel in Seville. Situated in a delightful area, in the picturesque and authentic Barrio de Santa Cruz, the hotel is an attractive, converted manor house dating back to the 16th century.
This afternoon, your officially licensed Seville guide will be waiting for you and you will depart on a private sightseeing tour of the Barrio Santa Cruz, which is the old Jewish quarter. You will amble around its beautiful squares and narrow streets, which form a labyrinth, but beware, it is very easy to get lost! This is part of the charm of the jasmine and orange scented Barrio because, when one is lost, a convent or a palace may be discovered. Many of the palaces have wrought iron gates that allow a sneak peep into their beautiful patios. The area abounds in small stores and artisan shops, as well as good art galleries.
Your tour continues through historic Seville, including a visit to Seville Cathedral, the oldest and most spectacular Gothic cathedral in the World, and La Giralda, a tower which provides spectacular views of the city. You may also have time to visit The Reales Alcazares, the oldest royal palace in Europe and residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they stay in Seville.
You will have worked up an appetite on this fascinating tour so your guide will lead you now to a tantalizingly delicious tapas dinner. Seville boasts more than 4,000 tapas bars - roughly 1 for every 200 locals so you know they know what they are talking about! Tapas hopping is part of Andalusian life and as you stop into some of the many foodie hot spots you can try a variety of dishes that come freshly out of the kitchen. Plate after plate of hot and cold food appears on the bar to tempt your palate, so maybe try cold roasted pepper salad or anchovies in vinegar, a hot dish of meatballs in sauce or a slice of Potato Omelet ..... the choice is yours. Of course, as is customary, you will accompany your mouth watering bites with a glass of dry Spanish Sherry, wine or draft beer.
In a Nutshell: High Speed train on a 1st Class basis to Seville, Private Guided Tour of Historical Seville to include the Cathedral, Authentic Tapas Hopping, Overnight in luxury 4* Boutique hotel in Seville
DAY 5 SEVILLE
Today, after breakfast, you are as free as you please in Seville.
Your guide will have given you many ideas and top tips for further sightseeing options and foodie hot spots to experience the best of Seville. Maybe you would like to visit the Plaza De Espana and take a stroll in the Maria Luisa Park which are to the south of the center and for lunch why not continue to enjoy the fabulous Andalusian gastronomy!
Or, we could arrange a chauffeured excursion through some beautiful countryside, first of all, to Almonaster la Real, a small village famous for its mosque high on a hill dating back to the 10th Century. Then, onwards to enjoy the most exquisite Spanish Iberian Hams. You will visit an authentic and unique family run estate with a long tradition of Iberian Ham produce, started in 1818! You will see where the Iberian pigs roam freely in the pasture and will have a full tour of the premises. The ham drying process is achieved on three levels and you will have a full tour of these areas, but be careful - the hams drip onto the floor below, so you should watch your step! At the end of your visit you will enjoy an extended tasting lunch in the bodega of this small, but excellent producer. You will be served their exquisite Jabugo Ham, made from acorn only fed pigs, as well as other fine cured hams, accompanied with cheeses and of course wine.
In the evening prepare yourself to be wowed with a wonderful Gypsy Flamenco Show, where the swirling skirts and tapping heels of the dancers will excite and amaze the senses. You may wish to have a relaxed dinner, perhaps something typically Andalusian before or after the Flamenco Show for which we have several suggestions for a delightful dinner in the Barrio Santa Cruz or elsewhere in Seville.
In a Nutshell: Free Day in Seville, Gypsy Flamenco Show, Overnight Seville
DAY 6 CORDOBA
This morning, after breakfast, you are off out for the day as you have tickets on the very comfortable high speed train to Cordoba. Once the biggest city in all of Europe, Cordoba thrived and expanded with its unique blend of cultures. These are beautifully expressed with a visit to Mezquita, the most significant Muslim architectural achievement in the Western world. This 8th century structure was first a church, then a mosque, and today has a cathedral oddly placed in its center.
Walk the street leading up to the Juderia, with its whitewashed houses and colorful courtyards and shops. Though not Jewish in its current expression, a few signs hint of the Golden Age of Jewish life. Note, for example, the statue of the great court doctor and Torah sage, Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon) and the tiny, gem-like Synagogue, (the one in which Maimonedes prayed) which is one of only three remaining synagogues in Spain from before the Expulsion of 1492. The Jewish Quarter is the best-known part of Cordoba's historic center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is one of the largest in Europe.
You are free to explore this beautiful city on your own, but as the Mosque "Mezquita" is a must-see, we will provide you with all the information and maps you may need. Alternatively, we could arrange a private guided tour with our Officially Licensed Guide who, on arrival in Cordoba will be waiting for you to explain the history of and to show off the city. Relax over lunch and watch the world go by on a restaurant terrace in one of the city's charming squares, such as Plaza de la Corredera which is like a mini Venetian St Marks Square. Then, after lunch, why not stroll down to the river to the famous ancient Roman Bridge before heading back to the train station for your return to Seville. We have many suggestions for a final Sevilliano style dinner tonight!
In a Nutshell: Return High Speed Train Tickets to Cordoba,OPTIONAL Private Guided Tour of Cordoba, Overnight Seville
DAY 7 MADRID
This morning, after breakfast, you will be leaving Andalusia and heading to Madrid. You have tickets, on a first class basis, for the fast and comfortable high speed train and your cross-country journey will take just 2 h 40 min.
On arrival in Madrid you will check into your 4* boutique hotel, housed in an eighteenth century building which used to be the residence of the Duke of Noblejas and has maintained its frescoes, mirrors and stained glass whilst being equipped with modern comforts. The hotel's location is perfect, next to the famous Plaza Santa Ana, in the Barrio de las Letras and within the Golden Triangle of Art, so you will not have far to walk to get to the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.
After time to settle into your hotel, perhaps a light lunch and a chance to make the most of the Spanish "siesta", you will join our excellent bi-lingual Officially Licensed guide for a tour of El Prado, Old Madrid and Tapas hopping. Your private guided tour will first take you to El Prado museum, which is the biggest art gallery in the world. It has more than 7,600 paintings, but can exhibit only one part of its collection due to lack of space. However, a recent addition to the museum increased the space by 50%, so more paintings will gradually be displayed. Prado means meadow, and the museum got the name of Prado because there was an open meadow where the museum now sits. Your private guide, additionally qualified in Spanish History and Art, will make sure you don't miss anything. You are in excellent hands. Your private tour of Madrid will then take you to the Plaza Oriente to see and learn about the Royal Palace and the Cathedral.
You will then walk through the Old town to the Plaza de la Villa, with the town hall, and on to San Miguel market, the hottest gastronomic spot in Madrid where its bars and restaurants make it the place to meet in old Madrid. You will also visit the Plaza Mayor and finalize your tour in Santa Ana Square (near your hotel). On your journey this afternoon/evening you will enjoy some fantastic bites to eat, and a beverage or two, as you sample the best variety of wine and tapas the city has on offer!
In a Nutshell: High Speed train to Madrid on a 1st Class basis, Private Guided Tour of El Prado and Old Madrid with Gourmet Tapas Hopping, Overnight in Luxury 4* Hotel in Madrid
DAY 8 TOLEDO
Today you are off to Toledo for the day. You have return high speed train tickets to this beautiful town just 30 min away. You are free to discover Toledo on your own, however if you wish to have a private tour, with our Officially Licensed Guide, this can be arranged.
Toledo is famous for its Cathedral which is one of the most outstanding buildings in the city and is considered to be one of the high points of Gothic art. On its main facade the outstanding feature is the doorway, made up of three doors: Infierno (Hell), Perdon (Forgiveness) and Juicio (Judgement). Discover the famous Toledo synagogues; Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito, where the remains of the Jewish community are well preserved and the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled El entierro del Conde Orgaz (The burial of Count Orgaz).
On return to Madrid, we have many suggestions for dinner this evening- be it in a Michelin starred restaurant with avant-garde cuisine or a traditional meson with the best suckling pig or lamb in town. Wherever you choose, a glass of fine Spanish wine will surely accompany your meal.
In a Nutshell: Return High Speed train to Toledo, OPTIONAL Private Guided Tour of Toledo, Overnight Madrid
DAY 9 MADRID
After breakfast, and based on the insider top tips your guide left you with, you have a free day to wander around Madrid and see all the fantastic Museums, art galleries and famous parks of this fantastic city. Perhaps you wish to visit the Reina Sofia Museum or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in the company of your expert guide, this can be of course arranged.
The Reina Sofia Museum - The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, also called the Museo Reina Sofia, (Queen Sofia Museum), is the national museum for 20th century art in Spain. The museum was officially inaugurated in Madrid in 1992 and is named after the former Queen of Spain. The museum collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late 19th century to the present day, mainly dedicated to Spanish art with highlights including two of the greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Probably the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picassos 1937, oil on canvas painting, Guernica.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum - Madrid's acquisition of this treasure trove of art in the 1980s was one of the greatest coups in European art history. Amassed by a central European collector beginning around 1920, and formerly displayed in Lugano, Switzerland, its 700 canvases, with works by artists ranging from El Greco to Picasso, are arranged in chronological order. This fantastic collection rivals the legendary holdings of the Queen of England herself.
Maybe you wish to return to the Royal Palace, Palacio Real (often referred to as Palacio Oriente after the nearby square of the same name), to view its interesting interior. The palace is used by the King for ceremonial purposes only; he actually lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of the city. Or, take a leisurely walk through El Retiro Park, a great place to enjoy the open air as you stroll along the paths, of this once royal garden, passing fountains, statues, the delicate Palacio de Cristal, the boating lake and maybe the odd street entertainer or art exhibition. You might like to do a little shopping and if your pleasure is designer clothes why not spend some time wandering around some of the finest boutiques in Spain on Calle Serrano. Whatever you decide, enjoy your day! This evening we have many recommendations for fine dining in Madrid, be it old style Spanish food or Michelin starred extravaganza.
In a Nutshell: Free Day in Madrid, Overnight Madrid
DAY 10 DOURO VALLEY
This morning, after breakfast, you will be leaving Spain behind as you head to Portugal.Your chauffeur will be waiting to transfer you in comfort and you will arrive at Pinhao in the heart of the Douro Valley, considered one the most spectacular wine regions of the world with its characteristic terraced vineyards as the sloping hills meet the meandering river below. Here, you will check into your hotel, a charming 5-star property dating back to the XVIII century when it was an old Port winery, with a privileged location in the heart of the Douro valley and overlooking the Douro River.
You may wish to have lunch at your hotel but there are also many local informal places nearby.
This afternoon, and just a short walk away from your hotel, you will be visiting a prestigious Douro Valley winery, owned by a family who have worked here for five generations. You will be able to enjoy the heritage of this famous estate, with an in-house expert, while visiting the winery, the beautiful old wine cellar and the vineyard. At the end of your tour you will enjoy a tasting of the family-made Ports and Douro DOC wines on the terrace (weather permitting) with wonderful views of the Douro River and surrounding vineyards.
After your introduction to the Douro Valley wines you may like to visit Pinhao train station which is considered one of the most symbolic locations on the Upper Douro wine circuit. The picture postcard train station has 25 blue glazed tile panels covering the main building, representing the local landscapes and habits, predominantly of wine making.
In a Nutshell: Chauffeured transfer to Douro Valley, Private Guided Tour of a prestigious Douro Valley Winery, Overnight in 5* Riverside Hotel in the Douro Valley
DAY 11 DOURO VALLEY
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel this morning, get ready to experience the love of the land as your local taxi will be waiting to take you for a private visit to a very special and world famous Douro Quinta. Sitting in a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, this winery is famous for its sophisticated wines as well as for the dramatic views.
This single vineyard property dates as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the worlds first demarcated wine region in 1756. Recently they have begun a new venture with Jean Michel Cazes from one of our favorite wineries of the Bordeaux region, Chateau Lynch Bages. At the winery you will have a full private visit of the vineyards (with mind blowing views of the River Douro) and cellars, followed by a tasting of their incredible wines and ports with an exceptional lunch. Your traditional lunch will be perfectly accompanied by the their top wines from the aperitif through to dessert.
After lunch a local taxi will return you to Pinhao where this late afternoon you will join a small group Rabelo boat cruise along the river, a fantastic chance for you to see the beauty of the area and the many wineries running down towards the river.
Then on return, you may like to take a walk beside the Douro River before dinner. As ever, we have many suggestions for to experience the best of Portuguese food and wine.
In a Nutshell: Taxi transfers, Private guided visit to a prestigious winery with tastings of their finest wines, Exclusive gourmet lunch, Boat Cruise on the Douro River, Overnight Douro Valley
DAY 12 LISBON
This morning, after breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and you will leave for Lisbon, stopping off to visit Coimbra, with a rich historical background and the beautifully walled Obidos.
Coimbra is one of Portugals oldest cities and home to one of the worlds first universities. In 711 the city was occupied by the Moors and remained Islamic for more than 300 years, despite brief interludes when Christian troops regained control. With the final Reconquest, in 1064, Coimbra was ideally situated to be a point of contact between the Muslim south and the Christian north and became home to an important Mozarabic community.
Today, its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondeg: it is a multicolored collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium. Take time out to see the Old Cathedral Se Velha - the present church, in the second phase of Coimbra Romanesque style, dating from the 2nd half of the 12th century and the Almedina Tower (Torre de Almedina) which was built above the Almedina Arch in the 11th century, nowadays housing the Centre of the Walled City, an interpretation centre recounting the history of the medieval city and its wall. Here, you will have a delicious lunch of Portuguese cuisine to be accompanied, of course, with fabulous Portuguese wine.
Obidos is one of the hidden gems of the Portuguese countryside. This completely walled city presents itself with pride and the white washed houses that the Moorish occupation left behind in a maze of narrow cobbled streets on the way up to the castle. In Obidos it will be hard to choose either to explore the little ceramic shops along the way or enjoy the pleasures of the famous local Cherry Liquor known as Ginjinha.
Finally, you will arrive to Lisbon and your chauffeur will take you to check into your boutique 4* Hotel, a renovated 18th century townhouse located in the city center on the cosmopolitan Avenida da Liberdade. We are sure you will be tired after your journey, but a short siesta is the answer before you start to get acquainted with this fabulous city.
If San Francisco had a sister, it would be Lisbon. Both cities have twin bridges and famously foggy weather. Both are situated on the best natural harbors on the west coast of their respective continents. Both have trolleys rattling up and down their steep hills past characteristic buildings. And both have survived horrific earthquakes. In 1755, an estimated 9.0 earthquake leveled two-thirds of Lisbon. Within a month, a new city was designed, and downtown Lisbon was rebuilt on a progressive grid plan, with broad boulevards and square squares. Today, Lisbon is a charming mix of old and new. Bird-stained statues mark grand plazas, taxis screech around cobbled corners and the hip and trendy hang out in Art Nouveau cafes. Just like it did during the days of Magellan and Vasco da Gama, the city continues to welcome ships into its large port. Even today, Lisbon still feels like the European gateway to the world.
We can recommend many restaurants in Lisbon for you to discover some local Portuguese cuisine this evening!
In a Nutshell: Chauffeured Transfer to Lisbon via Coimbra and Obidos, Overnight in boutique 4* Hotel in Lisbon
DAY 13 LISBON
This morning, after breakfast, your experienced, Officially Licensed guide will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a Private Gourmet and Historical Tour of Lisbon. Your private visit will start with the Moorish St Georges Castle, renamed after conquering the Moors, where you will be able to take in the impressive views over the sea. Within the walls of the Castle you will stop at a friendly Cafe for your first Portuguese tasting of the day where you may like to try Ginginha, the famous Portuguese Cherry Liqueur, have a glass of the famous fortified wine Port or join Portugals strong cafe culture with an aromatic coffee.
Leading down from the castle to the river, you will then cross the Alfama, the salty sailors quarter. Its tangled street plan is one of the few parts of Lisbon to survive the big quake, making the Alfama a cobbled playground of Old World color. Urban-jungle roads are squeezed into a maze of confusing alleys, designed to frustrate invaders trying to get up to the castle. What was defensive then is atmospheric now. Gnarled houses snuggle together in their romantic shabbiness; the air drips with laundry and the smell of clams and raw fish.
Onward now to the Baixa and Chiado districts where there are many well-known cafes to enjoy another stop for a coffee and a typical Portuguese cake before heading to Rossio, passing by the famous Santa Justa elevator, where you will hear about the only tea produced in Europe, grown in the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel, in the Azores. You will be visiting a specialized gourmet locale stocked with authentic local delights such as the typical Bacalhau (dried, salted cod), exclusive wines, traditional sweets, chorizo sausages and much more. A taste of the authentic dried salted cod is a must!
From here you will head to Praca do Comercio - Commerce Square - a vast waterfront place, where the royal palace stood until the 1755 Great Earthquake. Here you will sample authentic Portuguese Beer and taste the delicious cod cakes. Your tour of Lisbon would not be complete without including Vinho Verde do Minho (the famous green wine of Minho) and you will able to enjoy a glass accompanied with Azeitao cheese, spicy chorizo sausage and delicious bread.
Your private guide will provide you with many personalized suggestions for further sightseeing in Lisbon for the rest of your day but you will surely appreciate a relax at your Lisbon hotel first.
This evening you are set for a fabulous Fado experience, the national music of Portugal. You will dine at an authentic, elegant Portuguese Fado restaurant in the picturesque Bairro Alto. Founded in 1931 this institution in Lisbon has entertained prime ministers and presidents. The show is composed of Fado Sessions until 2am so you can stay as long as you wish, although most of our guests leave around 11pm.
In a Nutshell: Private Guided Gourmet and Historical Tour of Lisbon, Fado Evening, Overnight Lisbon
DAY 14 LISBON
Today, after breakfast, you are as free as you please. Your private guide yesterday will have provided you with many personalized suggestions for further sightseeing in Lisbon. Maybe ride on the famous trams which were originally called americanos, with the first operational route being inaugurated in 1873, or, visit the Santa Engracia church, which is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the church that took the longest time to construct: started in the 17th century, the last dome was completed in 1966.
Lisbon is also known as the town of seven hills which are comprised of, not surprisingly, the seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela. An uphill walk will be tiring but the views well worth it!
You may like to head to Belem, a picturesque district west of Lisbon. From the ancient harbors of Belem, ships set sail around the world, and many of the 14th century Voyages of Discovery departed from here. It is not surprising then that here in Belem you can visit various monuments dedicated to the discoveries such as the following.
Monument to the Discoveries, which was first erected, temporarily, in 1940, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition. It was then reconstructed in 1960 to mark 500 years since the death of the Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator).
The Monasteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery) is the most impressive symbol of the power and wealth of Portugal during the Age of Discovery. It is a World Heritage monument and resting place of Vasco da Gama
The Torre de Belem (Belem Tower) is a masterpiece of Manueline Architecture built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to the harbor. The Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. This monument is an icon of Lisbon and a symbol of the Age of Discovery.
In a Nutshell: Free day in Lisbon, Overnight Lisbon
DAY 15 DEPARTURE
It is always sad to say goodbye, but this is the last day of your tour and after breakfast you will check out of your Lisbon hotel and have a chauffeured transfer to Lisbon airport for your onward journey home or to your next destination.
We do hope you will join us for this very exciting tour, which will surely be a truly memorable experience!
In a Nutshell: Private Chauffeured Transfer to Lisbon Airport
Your tour includes:
Accommodation for three (3) nights in a boutique 4* palace hotel in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter, at the seafront (port view room, double occupancy)
Accommodation for three (3) nights in a 4* boutique palace-house converted hotel in the historical heart of Seville (premium room, double occupancy)
Accommodation for three (3) nights in an elegant 4* boutique hotel, in the historical and cultural heart of Madrid (superior room, double occupancy)
Accommodation for two (2) nights in a 5* riverside hotel in Pinhao, Douro Valley (river-view room, double occupancy)
Accommodation for three (3) nights at an elegant art deco 4* hotel in the very heart of Lisbon (superior room, double occupancy)
Fourteen (14) full breakfasts
Chauffeured transfers in a luxury vehicle, as indicated in the itinerary
1st class high speed train tickets Barcelona - Seville and Seville - Madrid and standard (the only available) high speed train tickets for short return trips to Toledo and Cordoba
All the culinary, cultural visits and Food and Wine tastings indicated in the itinerary
Six (6) lunches with wine and two (2) dinners with wine
Flamenco show in Seville and Fado concert in Lisbon
Online Personal Travel Webpage including daily itinerary, general local information, details of places of interest, suggestions for restaurant reservations, and your free time, etc.
Handy elegant Personal Travel Journal, which includes the extended information from your Personal Travel Website, that you can take with you as you go and keep as a souvenir to look back on.
24/7 Back Office Assistance
Your tour does not include:
Meals and drinks not stated in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as telephone, minibar, etc.
Tips and gratuities at restaurants etc. at your discretion, NOT obligatory
Travel Insurance may be included in your quotation on request. We strongly recommend you to take out separate cancellation insurance.
Please note our tours are available for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY and are not scheduled mixed group tours. Price is available upon request and varies depending on the number of guests and time of year. Feel free to contact us for your personal quote