Canterbury Tours

Iberian Adventure 2018

 

Day 1     Wed 29 Aug                         Barcelona

Arrive this morning and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free. Meet the rest of the group at dinner this evening. (D)

 

Day 2     Thu 30 Aug                         Barcelona

After breakfast we set off with a local guide for a full day of sightseeing, including Las Ramblas, Barcelona Cathedral, the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Guell Park and the colourful and interesting architecture reminiscent of Gaudi. Dinner at the hotel this evening. (B, D)

 

Day 3     Fri 31 Aug                         Montserrat

205We take our coach to Montserrat, and drive up to the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat. This complex houses not only the monastery but also a school and various homes and businesses. There will be free time here to contemplate, perhaps listen to the choir in rehearsal, visit the museum and browse the pious articles for sale, before we return to Barcelona for overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 4     Sat 01 Sep                           Barcelona – Tarragona – Valencia

Today we drive south west to Tarragona where there is a wealth of Roman ruins including the seaside amphitheatre. We shall have a stop here for sightseeing. The many colourful alleyways are typical of a Spanish city and there is also an impressive cathedral. We then continue on to Valencia for overnight.(B,D)

 

Day 5     Sun 02 Sep                           Valencia

After breakfast we shall meet our local guide for a half day city tour. Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and was founded in 138BC. Today it is a modern port city but the original laneways of the old city have been extensively restored. Apart from its well- known oranges, Valencia was the home of the paella. Free time this afternoon. (B,D)

 

Day 6     Mon 03 Sep                           Valencia – Alicante – Granada

Our first stop this morning is in the tourist mecca of Alicante. A colourful, vibrant seaside city, its roots go back more than 7000 years. We then continue on to the beautiful city of Granada for our overnight stay. (B,D)

 

Day 7    Tue 04 Sep                            Granada

Latest 367A local guide will conduct us on a city sightseeing tour this morning. A treat is in store this afternoon as we visit the amazing fortress/palace that is known today as the Alhambra. Dinner has not been included this evening to give you an opportunity to sample some local cuisine in the many restaurants and bars. (B)

 

Day 8     Wed 05 Sep                            Granada – Malaga – Seville

This morning we drive to Malaga. Although located on the very touristy Costa del Sol, this beautiful city has a long and varied history and boasts an interesting Renaissance cathedral and the Alcazaba citadel. In the afternoon we take the short drive to Seville. This evening w e have a treat in store – a Tapas Tour. We shall have the opportunity to visit local bars and eating places to sample this most Spanish of cuisines. (B,D)

 

Day 9     Thu 06 Sep                            Granada – Malaga – Seville

Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain and our local guide take us touring this morning to show us the highlights, including the Gothic cathedral with the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the Alcazar Castle complex and gardens, and the very beautiful Spain Square. The afternoon has been left free until we meet up for another treat this evening – a flamenco show with dinner. Seville is the heart of flamenco and we are promised a grand display. (B,D)

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Day 10   Fri 07 Sep                             Seville – Lisbon

Our first stop today will be across the border into Portugal in the popular resort town of Albufeira. Then it is on to the capital Lisbon. (B,D)

 

Day 11   Sat 08 Sep                            Lisbon – Estoril – Sintra – Lisbon

This morning we visit Estoril, the trendy resort area. Then on to the pretty hillside town of Sintra, which is World Heritage Listed. The town is set in a national park and is full of both natural and historic beauty. (B)

 

Day 12   Sun 09 Sep                          Lisbon

This morning has been left free for those who may wish to visit St George’s Anglican Church this morning for the 11.30am Eucharist. This afternoon we meet a local guide who will show us the highlights of Lisbon, which dates back to Phoenician times. The city has had wide and disparate influences ranging from the Romans, to the North African Arabs, and even Bonaparte. Free time this afternoon. Tonight we shall experience Fado, a Portugese cultural phenomenon at a dinner show. (B)

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Day 13   Mon 10 Sep                          Lisbon – Fatima – Obidos.

After breakfast we drive to the shrine of Fatima where there will be plenty of time to visit the sanctuary. We then travel on to the small picturesque town of Obidos for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 14   Tue 11 Sep                         Obidos – Coimbra – Oporto

Our first stop today is the old Portuguese capital of Coimbra. We shall have time to visit the mediaeval old town and the Romanesque cathedral of St Velha. Continue on to Oporto for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 15   Wed 12 Sep                          Oporto – Braga – Santiago de Compostela

Before we leave Oporto we shall have a morning tour of the city with a local guide. Oporto is known for its stately bridges and Port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. We then drive to Braga to visit the famous shrine of Bom Jesus. Then it is on to Santiago de Compostela for our overnight stay. (B,D)

 

Day 16   Thu 13 Sep                             Santiago de Compostela

We shall have an official tour this morning which will include the cathedral, and then free time. (B)

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Day 17   Fri 14 Sep                            Santiago de Compostela – Leon

A morning drive to Leon today. On arrival we shall meet a local guide for a tour of this city. Leon is the provincial capital and boasts many churches including the 13th century cathedral and the 10th century basilica of St Isadoro with its frescos and royal tombs. (B,D)

 

Day 18   Sat 15 Sep                          Leon – Salamanca – Avila

Today we drive south to Salamanca which is known as Spain’s golden city as it is rich in architectural, religious and gastronomic culture. We shall stop for a visit before continuing on to Avila. Eucharist at the hotel is planned for this evening. (B,D)

 

Day 19   Sun 16 Sep                          Avila – Madrid

Another city rich in history, Avila has been conquered by Romans, Arabs and Visigoths. The Gothic cathedral and the basilica of St Vincent are amongst its famous monuments of architectural note. The entire town is World Heritage listed and is a noted pilgrimage site as the home of St Teresa of Avila. After a local guide shows us the sights of the city we shall continue our journey south east to the capital Madrid. (B,D)

 

Day 20   Mon 17 Sep                          Madrid

A full day of sightseeing awaits us today. We shall enjoy the majestic parks, gardens, plazas and fabulous architecture, and a visit to the Prado Museum is also included. (B)

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Day 21   Tue 18 Sep                         Madrid – Toledo – Madrid

A full day excursion to the town of Toledo is planned for today. Only a short distance from Madrid, the city has its roots in ancient times when it became known for its sword making – still a thriving industry today. Return to Madrid in early afternoon and this evening we have our farewell dinner. (B,D)

 

Day 22   Wed 19 Sep                          Madrid                                                 

Our tour finishes after breakfast today as we transfer to the airport for onward or return flights. (B)

 

TOUR COST:                      From $7,345 twin share

 

INCLUSIONS:                     Private sightseeing from Barcelona to Madrid to include

  • Accommodation at selected hotels, taxes included
  • Breakfast daily, 17 dinners including Tapas Tour, Flamenco Show and Fado Show
  • Australian tour manager
  • Touring with a modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Dedicated Spanish Guide
  • One group arrival and one group departure transfer – it may be necessary to arrange private individual transfers, for which there would be an additional charge
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary including entrances
  • Local guide for sightseeing tours as per program: for Barcelona (full day), Valencia, Granada, Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Bom Jesus, Santiago de Compostela, Leon, Avila, Madrid (full day)
  • Entrance fees during tours conducted by local guides
  • Tips for our guide and driver

 

NOT INCLUDED:                              

  • Air fares and airline taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for local guides on individual day tours in selected cities
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature throughout the tour.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:  $1615

For those preferring not to pay the Single Supplement it may be possible to arrange share twin accommodation, depending on availability. This is not guaranteed.