Spain Portugal In Style

Spain & Portugal in Style (Summer 2019)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: Portugal, Spain

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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, take in 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 spectacular destination.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Barcelona.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. 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 opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. 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 are required to wear a jacket and tie.

  2. Day 2 - 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.

  3. Day 3 - 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.

  4. Day 4

    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 take a stroll on Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Córdoba and Seville.

    Journey through the silent sierras to Córdoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert will walk 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?

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Seville, the City of Carmen.

    Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter. Emerge near the cathedral. Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop with views of the city. 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.

  7. Day 7 - 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 tasting your own creations at 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?

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Across the Alentejo to Lisbon.

    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. Once here you'll enjoy a Highlight Dinner that draws on the flavours of the sea, accompanied with the best local wines.

  9. Day 9 - 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 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 and cloisters with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you’re invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants during Your Choice Evening.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Forever Évora.

    Head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best-preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at a local restaurant.

  11. Day 11

    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 sun-baked 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?

  12. Day 12 - 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.

  13. Day 13

    Depart Madrid.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Barcelona: Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Barcelona's opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu, 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 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.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Granada: Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife gardens.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Córdoba: Your Local Expert will show you the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Córdoba: Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through it's forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.
  • Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Maria Louisa Park with your Local Expert. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies. You'll emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Seville: Explore Seville Your Way with two choices. Either step inside the cathedral, from the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and golden altarpiece, then head to the Tomb of Columbus. Alternatively you may choose to sit back and relax with a cocktail on a rooftop as you enjoy views of the city.
  • Seville: Appreciate the city with 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: With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its beautiful Manueline architecture.
  • Évora: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.
  • 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

  • Barcelona: Located at the Barcelona Marina, Restuarant Marítim combines seafood, fresh from the local fish market, with traditional Spanish and Catalan flavours, to present a sumptuous meal accompanied with wine.
  • Valencia: Tantalise your taste buds as you experience the flavours of traditional Valencian paella for your evening meal.
  • Seville: Situated at an elegant restaurant close to your hotel, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by the harmonious tones of a talented classical guitarist.
  • Seville: 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.
  • Lisbon: Visit the fishing port of Cacilhas for your Highlight Dinner, enjoying flavours of the sea, accompanied by local wines during your first evening on Portuguese shores.
  • Lisbon: For Your Choice Evening, enjoy small-group dining with mouth-watering menus at a selection of local restaurants.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Évora: Explore a local winery and learn about their processes and enjoy a delicious wine tasting.
  • Évora: Sit down to a tasty meal, served with wine, at a local restaurant.
  • Madrid: Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, the Michelin-starred Albora is known for its distinct flavours and high quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. Oenophiles will delight in the impressive variety of regional wines on offer.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Barcelona: The centrally located Ohla Barcelona is a boutique, five-star hotel positioned on the site of what was once the palace of the first Count of Barcelona. From the rooftop there are incredible views over the city for you to enjoy while taking a dip in the pool, or relaxing with a drink on the terrace.
  • Valencia: 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.
  • Seville: Located in the heart of the city, Seville's Gran Meliá Colón combines historical features with contemporary touches to create warmth and elegance.
  • Lisbon: Situated 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.
  • Madrid: 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.

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.
  • Enjoy the comfort of 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, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Accommodation

 

Ohla Eixample Barcelona.

Barcelona (Boutique) - Spain

Ohla Barcelona is a boutique, five-star hotel centrally located on the site of what was once the palace of the first Count of Barcelona. From the rooftop there are incredible views over the city for you to enjoy while take a dip in the pool, or relaxing with a drink on the terrace.

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 (Heritage) - Spain

Gran Meliá Colón

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 (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

Évora (Historic) - Portgal

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 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 November, 2018

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    Trip: I wished it would have started in Madrid and then on to Barcelona, ending in Portugal. It was a very long travel day on the bus from Portugal to Madrid.

    Service: This was our third trip with Luxury Gold and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide and driver were absolutely the best! The variety of hotels was an adventure itself. We learned so much about Spain and Portugal. And it was stress free due to the excellent service from everyone!

  • 07 November, 2018

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    Trip: Special places to see and stay. Great overview of Spain and Portugal.

    Service: Well organised and interesting tour with a fantastic and caring tour guide and such a pleasant and helpful driver. They really made our experience unforgettable.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: We could have done with less free afternoons.

    Service: Everything was as it should be. Pick-ups were on time, rooms were ready for early check in, our travelling director and driver were courteous and knowledgeable. Overall, it was a great experience and this year, I recommended Luxury Gold to friends who traveled with us!

  • 26 October, 2018

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    Trip: No waiting in lines. Three days in Saville was a nice break. Lots of free time.

    Service: Dan and Helder were fantastic - professional, attentive and funny! The itinerary was well-paced and the hotels were lovely.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Already filled out onegreat guide with excellent knowledge Driver was wonderful More tours of each city 3 days in each place Take more days

    Service: Tour guide and driver were beyond excellent. Dan has excellent knowledge of the countries Problem as I see it is not enough time in the towns and more touring of the highlights of each town/city. I think the trip could benefit by staying at least 3 days per city with tours everyday.

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was excellent couldn’t be any better thank you

    Service: Excellent trip excellent , concierge excellent driver overall excellent trip ...

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: perfectly awesome trip. Same itinerary i was planning on my own.

    Service: Excellent service. Everything worked on time with no hassle. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good choices of sites and great "special" events. I would encourage an extra day on both ends of the trip. More time is necessary in both Barcelina and Madrid.

    Service: Our concierge and our driver were absolutely amazing. The entire trip ran like a Swiss timepiece. As trivial as it may seem, my only criticism is the name tags. They were awful. Everything else was 5 star except those. You need to use the magnetic ones, especially on the luxury gold ones. Also, gold ink is impossible to read.

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: The places visited were exactly what we were looking for in a tour.

    Service: The tour was great, the places visited were exactly what we were looking for. We had a great Tour Concierge, the coach was extremely comfortable, the hotels chosen for us were all great.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: We saw a lot in the time we had...fantastic memories to last a lifetime.

    Service: Sabrina the tour guide was upbeat, informative and made the trip simply put...FUN! Helder, the coach driver was such a gentleman and a fantastic driver. It was a 5 star trip from excellent hotels, luxury coach, fantastic meals etc. We came away with a pretty good sense of Spain & Portugal. Everything was thought of for us...we just showed up and enjoyed!

  • 26 September, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful and fascinating sites. All interesting.

    Service: Everything was really far better than we expected and we had come to expect the best with this company. Concierge the best ever!!

  • 26 September, 2018

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    Trip: The cities visited were great but just a little too much time on the coach. You did not ask me about the dinners provided I would like to give my feedback on the poor quality food provided on what was called luxury gold

    Service: Excellent

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