9-Day Ibero Romance

 

[Europe Tour] Ibero Romance (PSP9) – 9 Days 8 Nights

Visited Countries: Portugal, Spain
(2 Countries)
Price: Twin sharing: £850 £750 per person (Early bird discount) 
(Include 8 continental breakfast)
Price Include 8 nights hotel, 8 breakfast, transport throughout the journey and professional tour guide
Departure Date:
8 Jul 2018 22 Jul 2018  29 Jul 2018
12 Aug 2018  19 Aug 2018
Pick Up Point: Barcelona

Europe Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Full day in Barcelona
Day 2 – Full day in Barcelona
Day 3 – Barcelona / Monserrat
Day 4 – Barcelona / Madrid
Day 5 – Toledo / Madrid
Day 6 – Madrid / Escorial / Valley of the Fallen / Lisbon
Day 7 – Full day in Lisbon
Day 8 – Lisbon / Obidos / Fatima / Lisbon
Day 9 – Sintra Royal Palace / Roca Look Out Bay / Lisbon
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Day 1 – Full day in Barcelona

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All tour members are welcomed at the assemble point (decided in advance)

Upon taking attendance and all being perfect, tour manager and driver shall commence our drive about town along the main streets of Catalonia, the capital of the riches regions in the country.

Start with the water front dominated by twin towers; continue along the Diagonal Avenue, one of the longest tree-lined street in the city; with the houses of Gaudi that grace this stretch of the road.

Then enjoy an hour to enter Gaudi’s bizarre Parc Guell which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings flanking the entrance with fantastically shaped roofs and unusual pinnacle.

The landscape is indeed true flamboyance by Gaudí. Don’t forget the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. These benches form a number of enclaves, where Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into it. You have to be here to appreciate its lines, colours and the remarkable uniqueness of it all. (Please pre-book for this ticket when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

Return to the city, we wander into the La Ramblas famous covered market place (actually it is called Mercat de la Boqueria), with lots of flavours and unique food stalls and fresh fruits vendors pushing their wares. We make stop at the beach front for you to stroll along the breezy seaside, taking in the views and the laughter coming from the locals who are having a ball, a dip in the sea, a quick tan in the sun with great appreciation of life in this carefree city. There is also a restaurants galore for your dinner choice. After meal on your own, we check in our hotel.

Day 2 – Full day in Barcelona

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After breakfast, our coach goes along the La Ramblas. It is often the distinctive landmark that most tourists identify with the city.

It is the central most boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best. Here time is given for your stroll all the way towards the Santa Maria and Christopher Columbus’s statue by old port.

Next we climb up Montjuïc, in the Jewish quarter that offers hill top panoramic view of Barcelona; take in the views of the bustling city below and the piers where largest ocean cruisers drop the anchors; the panoramic view is breath-taking. Upon descend we pass by the bull ring and of course a stop at the football stadium of Barcelona (any football fan around?).

Our highlight is visiting the old town, dominated by the Cathedral. It is the visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família Basilica, is what we are after. A walk to the iconic church (Please note this is a timed entrance), known as the crown jewel of the many projects by Gaudí. Learn more about the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral.

Inside, admire the opulent ceilings and stained-glass windows while learning about the building’s charismatic creator. Visit the museum to see exhibits on the cathedral’s history and observe original plaster models and design sketches. When you come out, do not forget to check-out the carving of Christ at the top of the gate. The face and eyes will actually follow your direction as you move from left to right, did they say “GOD is always watching?” (Please pre-book for this ticket when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 3 – Barcelona / Monserrat

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A morning call for you to get ready for yet another exciting trip 60 km away to the outskirt of Barcelona!

We are visiting Santa Maria de Montserrat, one of Spain’s most important historical sites; on arrival at the foot of the multi-peaked mountain, take in the stunning natural vistas as your coach negotiates and meanders up the mountain.

Learn how over the centuries wind and rain have shaped Montserrat’s striking pink rock face, and have your camera ready to capture the peculiar rock formations along with panoramas of Barcelona, Catalonia and beyond. At Santa Maria de Montserrat, the mountain’s Benedictine abbey, follow your tour manager to explore and discover how the abbey plays an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia.

At 12:30 noon, if we are in luck, the boys’ choir will perform for 30 minutes in the chapel. Many visitors are mesmerised by their angelic voices, as if the cherubim and seraphim are about to descend from above, indeed a treat to look out for.

We return to stop at the “Poble Espanyol – Spain in a Nut-shell”, where 117 buildings, each one an original, they represent iconic architectures for all part of the regions and most are converted to artist quarter with loads of handicrafts to browse and enjoy. (ticket to Poble Espanyol on your own)

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 4 – Barcelona / Madrid

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We bid good-bye to Barcelona today as we journey through the mountainous region towards West.

Passing massive red rock formations, dramatic peaks and the occasional hawk hovering above towering cliffs.

In the afternoon, we come into the township of Zaragoza. It is the capital of north-eastern Spain’s Aragon region. Overlooking the Ebro River in the city centre is Baroque Nuestra Señora del Pilar basilica, a famous pilgrimage site with a shrine to the Virgin Mary and multiple domes. We arrive in Madrid, in time for dinner on your own.

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 5 – Toledo / Madrid

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Die berühmte Kathedrale von Toledo ist die Hauptkirche des Bistums Toledo im Herzen von Spanien

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In the morning we depart Madrid to Toledo. One of the oldest cities of Europe with her magnificent examples of Arab, Jewish and Catholic architecture from different epochs.

This former capital of Spain, the highlights of your tour include the Alcazar, looming over the city on its highest hill when we stop for pictures at the look-out point over the river.

It is a fortress outside the city walls that provides detailed history over 1000 years old, from its time as a Roman palace to its role as a military academy during the Spanish Civil War. Stroll into the city walls, admire the Cathedral, construction that started in 1227 under order of the Archbishop Don Rodrigo Jumenéz.

This is a combination of various style of decoration and architecture motif in one building, almost a treat to the eyes. We shall see also the bridge of St Martin with the heavy bell. You shall find the time free in the old section most intriguing and enjoyable. (Please pre-book for this ticket to Cathedral when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

Back in Madrid, it is time to visit the Royal Palace with pre-booked timed ticket. (Please pre-book for this ticket to Cathedral when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

Visit of the palace that is second to Versailles in Paris as well as Schrunbrunn Palace in Vienna, built only in 1738. It is one of the world’s largest and best preserved Royal residence, though unoccupied now by the Royal Family, it is still the seat of the official and government and to host for official visits from dignitaries overseas.

The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. These include paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya. Other collections of great historical and artistic importance preserved in the building include the Royal Armoury of Madrid, Porcelain, Watches, Furniture, and large collection of Silverware.

Copntinue with our city tour on our bus passing by the various shopping and commercial areas of the city, and to admire the fountains of Cibeles not too far from Gran Via. We suggest you to venture to the El Corte Inglis department store on its 9th floor where the food hall is located and especially for the best view of the bustling capital.

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 6 – Madrid / Escorial / Valley of the Fallen / Lisbon

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Continue with your enjoyment today as we proceed toward north-western part of the city.

Through beautiful Spanish countryside, we make our journey to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. (Please pre-book for this ticket to Cathedral when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

Get acquainted with the rich history of the regal structure along the way as your tour manager offers insightful information of a striking symbol of 16th century Spanish power.

Begin your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder at the monastery, which is the final resting place of Charles V and Isabella of Portugal. Admire the religious relics of the basilica and gaze up at the Baroque dome.

Next, venture to the grand palace known as the Pantheon of Kings. Pay your respects to the marble tomb of Charles and browse the intriguing collection of building equipment in the Architects Room for insight into construction processes of the 16th century. See vicious arms in the Weapons Room, and observe the frescoes in the library.

Continue to the Valley of the Fallen to visit a vast basilica carved into the side of a mountain. Capture a photograph of the colossal granite cross that tops the structure and delve into its origin with your tour manager. Venture within to tour the vaulted crypt replete with sculpted angels and then check out the views of the surrounding countryside from the arches.

This evening, we prepare ourselves for a specially arranged travel mode to Lisbon. This train shall leave at 9.30 pm and getting into the Portuguese capital in the morning. (On board will provide twin bedded cabin and there is a restaurant for snacks and drinks and meals)

( Continental Breakfast)

Day 7 – Full day in Lisbon

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Let us enjoy Lisbon in the best of mood! Spacious public parks with verdant vegetation almost year round and flowers all season making this city a “Garden City”.

Located on the northern shore of the Tagus River, from vantage points the city is backed by hills and facing the Atlantic water, the colourful combination of roof-tiles of different hue and shades, blends extremely beautifully with plants of different green. As we cross the 25th of April Bridge, it does remind us of the similar one that spans across San Francisco bay.

During our serene ride, listen as your tour manager highlights Lisbon’s famous landmarks “the Christ the King monument (Cristo Rei)”. Learn how this shrine, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, was influenced by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

Continue to encounter the History and Culture of Portugal as we come to Belém, boasting two world heritage sites — the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) guarding the entrance to the port of Belem from where Vasci da Gama set sail for India, and the 1960 Monument to the Discoveries short distance from the Jerónimos Monastery. Fondly referred to as the “jewel” of the Manueline style.

This exclusive Portuguese style combines architectural elements from the Gothic and from the Renaissance periods. In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity” by UNESCO. (Please pre-book for this ticket to Cathedral when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

During your free time, we shall introduce you to try the local delicacies such as the “egg tart” and the “fish Cake” simply delicious!

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 8 – Lisbon / Obidos / Fatima / Lisbon

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Another day of brilliant adventure. We head for Obidos, one of the most picturesque towns of Portugal.

The compact town centre is filled with cobbled streets and traditional painted houses, while the entire town is encircled by the solid city walls. Obidos was traditionally owned by the queen of Portugal and this has ensured that every house or shop has been lovingly cared for and maintained.

There is no better example of a traditional Portuguese town than Obidos. This charming old town with shops is bound to fascinate any visitors with unique handicrafts. Enjoy a delightful stroll where every corner you turn to, is a picture postcard.

After an hour here, we continue to Fatima, home to 3 shepherds – Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta. These were the three children who had seen the vision of The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, a total of six times between May 13th and October 13th 1917. She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church.

Today, tens of millions of tourists or pilgrims around to world has set foot in the shrine. One could either simply light a candle or devote a lengthy period of meditation. You will find this place most fascinating. The pristine white basilica in the neoclassic style was erected at one end of the wide square. We return back to Lisbon for your own meal.

( Continental Breakfast )

Day 9 – Sintra Royal Palace / Roca Look Out Bay / Lisbon

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A full day ahead as we travel with local guide to Sintra.

Once a hotspot destination for Portuguese royalty, Sintra is widely acclaimed as one of Portugal’s most beautiful destinations, full of plush greenery, gorgeous mountains, as well as amazing neo-Gothic structures that radiate in the sun’s glow throughout the year. Visit the Royal Palace of Sintra, the best preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal.

Being inhabited more or less continuously from at least the early 15th century to the late 19thcentury. It is a significant tourist attraction, and is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Please pre-book for this ticket to Cathedral when you place your reservation with us, as it is a timed entrance to be purchase well before hand).

We then proceed to the Cape Roca for the view of the clash of two currents (in the Atlantic Ocean); take note of the steep cliff as you perch over the railings for better view. This spot is also marking your visit to the furthest end of the European continent.

We travel along the sea coast via Estoril Casino, reputed to be owned by Stanley Ho a millionaire from Hong Kong. In the early evening, we end our tour back in Lisbon airport as well as the city centre.

♥ Tour ends in Lisbon at the airport, where you make your own way home.
♥ Tour members could also stay behind in Lisbon, and continue with your extended vacation.

( Continental Breakfast )

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Included in the Europe Tour Package:

8 Continental breakfast daily
Bilingual, professional, experience and humour tour guide throughout the journey with at least 10 years experience
Guided tour at each cities by allowing some free times for you shopping and sightseeing
6 nights 3 Star hotels n twin share every night
1 night twin bedded cabin train from Spain to Protugal
Modern air-conditioning luxury coach with experienced European driver

Not Included in the Europe Tour Package:

Lunch and dinner on your own approximately 15 -25 Euro per meal
Tipping for Driver & Tour Guide 45 Euro (Whole journey)
Single supplement (Single room) £280 per person
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Barcelona Pick Up

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Pick up point: Barcelona

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