Spain & Portugal in Style - Insight Vacations

Spain and Portugal in Style (Summer 2018)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: Spain, Portugal

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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, appreciate 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 destination.

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  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals)

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Barcelona

    On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met and transferred to your boutique, five-star hotel. At 16:00 join your Travelling Concierge for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Liceu Opera House. Visit its exclusive members’ club, Cercle del Liceu, which houses the largest private art collection in Catalonia. Enjoy a glass of cava with your travelling companions, before gathering for dinner by the seaside at Restaurant Maritim. Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Catalonia’s Creative Capital

    Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendour and gastronomic delights. 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 rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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 taking a stroll to Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Cordoba and Seville

    Journey through the silent sierras to Cordoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert walks 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. Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps wander to the nearby Church of El Salvador, which offers spectacular views of the city at night?

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Seville, the City of Carmen

    Join your Local Expert in the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral to visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus. Enjoy free time before a romantic clip clop through the charming streets by horse-and-carriage. An 18th century mansion hosts you for a drink, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    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 your own creations for 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 or visit Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the oldest bullring in Spain?

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Across the Alentejo to Lisbon

    Travel to the green slopes of the Sierra de Aracena, where black Iberian pigs snuffle for acorns through glades of oak. Then continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. After an afternoon at leisure, cross the mighty Tagus by ferry to the fishing port of Cacilhas for a Highlight Dinner that draws on the flavours of the sea, accompanied with the best local wines.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    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 more 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 with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you’re invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants during an evening of authentic dining.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Forever Evora

    The lively university town of Évora is one of the best-preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head to L'AND Vineyards to explore the winery, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at your hotel.

  12. Day 12

    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 sunbaked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to Plaza Mayor or Plaza Santa Ana and savour some typical Castilian cuisine?

  13. Day 13 - Relaxed Start

    Madrid of the Bourbons

    Admire the tree-lined avenues, Cibeles Fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace as you explore the heart of Madrid. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to 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.

  14. Day 14

    Depart Madrid

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Barcelona: Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Barcelona's Liceu Opera house and attend a reception at its private members’ club, Cercle del Liceu.

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 the 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.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert at the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife Gardens.
  • Cordoba: See the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge and spend time exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Cordoba: Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through it's forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within.
  • Seville: With you Local Expert you will visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville’s Maria Louisa Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies, to emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and golden altarpiece, then head to the Tomb of Columbus.
  • Seville: Perhaps the best way to appreciate this city is by a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the streets.
  • Seville: Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice is paired with the raw emotion, colour and rhythmic expression of dance.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
  • Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 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 Cervantes in the Plaza de España, 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.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Flavours of Andalusia: 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.
  • Le Bistrot: Explore the flavours of Andalusia with a market tour and Spanish cooking experience where you’ll create some of Spain's most popular dishes. Enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch.
  • Lisbon: Visit the fishing port of Cacilhas for your Highlight Dinner, enjoying flavours of the sea and accompanied by local wines during your first evening on Portuguese shores.
  • Lisbon: Enjoy small-group dining with mouth-watering menus at a selection of local restaurants.
  • Évora: In an old refectory, set in a former Jesuit retreat, enjoy a delicious wine tasting.
  • Madrid: Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, Michelin-starred Albora is known is known for its distinct flavours and high quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. Wine lovers will delight in the impressive variety of regional cellar wines on offer.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

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.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Casa Fuster Hotel

Barcelona (Historic) - Spain

In the heart of the city stands the luxurious Casa Fuster Hotel. This iconic Modernist building was designed by the famous Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, whose work, including the hotel, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Westin Valencia

Valencia (Traditional) - Spain

The Westin Valencia is perfectly located in the city centre, in a quiet area next to Paseo de la Alameda, with a warm and relaxing atmosphere in American art-deco style.

Hotel Alhambra Palace Granada

Granada (Heritage) - Spain

Gran Melia Colon Seville

Seville (Contemporary) - Spain

Located in the heart of the city, Seville's Gran Meliá Colón combines historical features with contemporary touches to create warmth and elegance.

Pousada de Lisboa Lisbon

Lisbon (Traditional) - Portugal

Located in Terreiro do Paço, a historic part of the city, the Pousada de Lisboa is a boutique hotel offering elegantly decorated guest rooms in a classic style.

Convento do Espinheiro Hotel and Spa Evora

Évora (Historic) - Portugal

The Westin Palace

Madrid (Traditional) - Spain

The Westin Palace is located in the centre of Madrid, within walking distance of the most prestigious museums in the city, including Thyssen Museum and the Prado Museum, and a selection of boutique shops and popular eateries.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
654 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 23 May, 2018

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    Trip: Looking back we covered a very large amount of Spain and Portugal in a relatively short amount of time.

    Service: Sara and Helder were very attentive to our needs. They were very pleasant and worked to make sure we had a memorable vacation.

  • 23 May, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary included several experiences that were things I originally felt a little unsure of (i.e. - cooking class, Prado art museum) but because they were so well organized and explained before hand by Sara I enjoyed each one above and beyond my expectations. Good Job

    Service: The most important factor in any trip is the relationship with the Concierge traveling with you for 2 weeks. Sara Tuppen Veloso made the experience feel personal and inclusive. Excellent customer service.

  • 23 May, 2018

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    Trip: Perfect in every way! Couldn’t have asked to be treated any more special!

    Service: Sara & Helerd made our journey seamless. They were there for us 24/7! The hotel arrangements were all so different in style and beautiful as well as comfortable. The tours selected were outstanding! I will be definitely traveling with Luxury Gold again. Tanya my travel consultant with Vacations to Go was “spot on” when she suggested that I would love this trip!

  • 08 November, 2017

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    Trip: The program was well planned and provided an excellent experience of Spain.

    Service: The program was excellent. Our guide Emma was fantastic and treated everyone with respect and kindness. She was instrumental in making our experience a memorable one.

  • 08 November, 2017

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    Trip: Interesting and informative; however, some local guides provided too much detail/commentary. Not enough evening meals included and most meals were of poor quality.

    Service: Attentive, friendly, professional and customer centric.

  • 08 November, 2017

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    Trip: included all the places I hoped for!

    Service: good itinerary, good hotels although Barcelona's location was too far out of city. excellent tour director Emma. fun activities. local guides -some good, some not so good. would have liked a smaller group (we had 38 or 39)

  • 26 October, 2017

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    Trip: I was pleasantly surpised with the places visited.

    Service: The whole tour was great. I will.

  • 25 October, 2017

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    Trip: Great places to visit. Would have liked to spend more time in Merida and Toledo and less time in Evora. Maybe Porto instead would have been better.

    Service: Excellent travel concierge - Emma Holmes

  • 25 October, 2017

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    Trip: More interactive moments (like the cooking class) and more free time in Madrid/Toledo. Some hotels were great locations, confining rooms. The Westin in Madrid was my favorite with Lisbon a close second.

    Service: Customer service online was responsive. I did not interact over the phone, or in person until tour began.

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: A couple of days were too long I felt they could have been split up better. That way we would have had more time to enjoy the area. I totally hated bringing along a jacket and a tie for one event. That was the worst . For me it really annoying. Please re do that event. We could have toured the opera and gone somewhere even back to the hotel for a glass of cava. We certainly did not have to view that special area.

    Service: Hotel were al wonderful

  • 20 October, 2017

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    Trip: Great pace with many inclusions

    Service: Would recommend. Filippo our travel director was superb. The itinerary was great with many inclusions

  • 27 September, 2017

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    Trip: In 13 days we felt like we really saw Spain and Portugal.

    Service: All things advertised in the travel brochure for Spain and Portugal were delivered on the trip, plus more side trips and other little enhancements that were not advertised. The Tour Director was terrific; very knowledgeable, great personality, multilingual and very accommodating!

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