9 DAYS WESTERN EUROPE TOUR

Code: EUR09W
9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS
  • spain and portugal
  • plaza mayor
  • Plaza_de_España_de_Madrid
  • Plaza de Colónand Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Puertadel Sol
  • Columbus Monument
  • Roman-Catholic Church
  • Camp Nou
  • Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
  • Modernisme Plaza
  • Ancient City Gates
  • Valencia Cathedral
  • SONY DSC
  • Algarve rock – coast in Portugal
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Alcázar of Seville
  • Santa Cruz, Torre del Oro
  • Maria Luisa Park
  • Plaza de España
  • Cabo da Roca
  • Belém Tower
  • Jerónimos Monastery
  • Alcázar of Toledo
  • Toledo Cathedral

Follow an enticing trail of delicious tapas, avant-garde art, architectural triumphs and centuries-old culture on this incredible tour through Spain and Portugal. Travel the scenic route from Madrid to Barcelona, visiting cosmopolitan metropolises, sleepy seaside villages, quaint towns set amid rolling green hills and atmospheric medieval citadels along the way. Admire the masterpieces of Picasso, Dali and Gaudi, experience the passion of flamenco, taste some of the best port in the world and be graced by the style and sophistication of Madrilenos, Lisboetas and Barcelonians – this history- and culture-packed adventure flaunts the very best of Spain and Portugal.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Barcelona Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED

Accommodations Breakfast
Professional guide Transportation
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare Guide gratuity
Entrance fees Taxes

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Day 1: Madrid

Arriving to Barcelona Airport, you will meet tour guide then transfer to Madrid hotel for relaxing and preparing  for the next day visit.

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Day 2: Madrid – Zaragoza

Starting in the Spanish capital, Madrid, we will pass the Cibeles Fountain by coach before arriving at the Plaza Mayor – a grand arcade square in the center of Madrid is very popular with tourists and locals alike. The symmetrical rectangular square features a uniform architecture. The name of the plaza has changed over time. Originally it was called the “Plaza del Arrabal” but became known as the “Plaza Mayor”. It was built during the Habsburg period. Measuring 129 by 94 meters, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entrance ways.

Piazza De Spagna is a mammoth square located in the very heart of this cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by some impressive skyscrapers and huge buildings including the very impressive Edificio Espana which is a building dating from 1953 which at 25 storeys high easily dominates the immediate area. There’s a fantastic monument to Cervantes (Monumento A Cervantes) in the square,a great fountain and two other statues ,one of Don Quixote and another of Sancho Panza.

Plaza De Colónand Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid was built by the Spanish Royal Family with its magnificent and splendid former empire and historical grandeur. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square meters of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms.

Next stop is the Puerta Del Sol is a public square in Madrid, one of the best known and busiest places in the city. You can find the Km. 0 squared tile placed on the pavement, which represents the Puerta Del Sol is the center of the radial network of Spanish road. In the square, you can shop for specialty leather goods, clothing and traditional Spanish souvenirs in Spain.

In the afternoon, we say farewell to Madrid and head to party town of Zaragoza.

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Day 3: Zaragoza – Barcelona

In the morning, we drive directly to the Spanish warm and charming coastal city of Barcelona. After arrival, you will visit the Columbus Monument which is a 60 m tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal De Barcelona in honor of Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas.

Followed by Sagrada Família, the monumental Roman-Catholic Church designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s unique vision and out-worldly decoration can be seen throughout the city and makes it feel like one is entering the Artist’s mind. In 1882, construction of Sagrada Família started under architect Francisio De Paula Del Villar. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Relying solely on private donations, Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Since commencing construction in 1882, advancements in technologies such as computer aided design and computerized numerical control (CNC) have enabled faster progress and construction passed the midpoint in 2010. However, some of the project’s greatest challenges remain, including the construction of ten more spires, each symbolizing an important Biblical figure in the New Testament.It is anticipated that the building can be completed by 2026—the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

Our next photo stop is Camp Nou which is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the second largest association football stadium in the world in capacity.

You will also visit Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the main stadium where the 1992 Summer Olympics were located from Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of Barcelona which overlooks the city views. It is originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the city, it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Any remaining leisure time is taken at the bustling Plaza Catalonia, where you can eat, drink and shop like the locals do.

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Day 4: Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante

After having breakfast at the hotel, we leave Barcelona for Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. Valencia forms the gateway to North Africa. With a history of affluent commerce, cultural ties to Moorish and Arab culture, Valencia enjoys a level of prosperity and depth thanks to its advantageous geographical location. Despite Valencia’s understated position in these recent times, the port and its businesses still attract traders from all continents throughout the year.

Upon arrival, you will visit the Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia which was the transformation of the square of the City Hall of Valencia by Javier Goerlich in 1931, now in its site is the current Plaza of the City Hall and its fountain.

Ancient City Gates with a thousand years ago, a formidable set of walls protected Valencia from marauders and invading armies, and anyone hoping to gain access to the city had to pass through one of its twelve monumental gates. Today, the medieval walls have disappeared, but two gates remain: the Torres de Serranos to the north, and the Torres de Quart to the west.

The grand Valencia Cathedral, where you can see the true Holy Grail. The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, alternatively known as Saint Mary’s Cathedral or Valencia Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Spain. The cathedral was consecrated in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista, Pere d’Albalat, Archbishop of Tarragona, and was dedicated by order of James I the Conqueror to Saint Mary. It was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque. The Valencian Gothic is the predominant architectural style of the cathedral, although it also contains Romanesque French  Gothic,  Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical elements. The cathedral contains numerous 15th-century paintings, some by local artists (such as  Jacomart), others by artists from Rome engaged by the Valencian Pope Alexander VI who, when still a cardinal, made the request to elevate the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan see, a category granted by Pope Innocent VIII in 1492.

The day is completed with a drive into our next stop Alicante.

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Day 5: Alicante – Granada – Málaga

This morning we depart for the city of Granada on the plateau of the Andalusia province. This historic city has been ruled by Visigoth and Arab. It became the last stronghold for the Arab Dynasty while its eight-hundred-year-long rule in the Iberian Peninsula. In 15th century, King Ferdinand successfully expelled the Arabs and achieved to unite Spain.

You will visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, also known as the Red Palace. Once arrived, the Moorish legacy will catch your eye immediately. Generally referred to as the ‘golden age’ of architecture, the dome shape is both stunning and admirable. One of the most beautiful places on earth, the Alhambra palace in southern Spain is one of the contenders for the prize to be listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Reminding us of that Golden Age of Islam in Spain, the Alhambra speaks to the hearts of all people as a place of refinement and elegance. The subject of a million postcards, the Alhambra is a symbol of beauty itself. Just one look at The Alhambra makes us feel the heat of the Spanish sun and the coolness of the shade offered by the palace’s courtyards.

You continue your journey to the popular European coastline of Costa del Sol where we check into our hotel for a much needed rest.

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Day 6: Málaga – Seville

In the morning, you go northbound to the largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Seville. This city was the capital of the Muslim dynasty, considered to be the guardian angel of culture in Andalusia and the birthplace of the flamenco dance. Seville is the primary setting of many operas, the best known of which is Bizet’s Carmen. As the fourth largest city in Spain, it has hosted the World’s Fair in 1992.

Upon arrival, you will visit Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Its completion was back to the early 16th century and now the cathedral halls are dedicated as Royal Chapel, the burial place of the kings’ mausoleum for over a century, also the tomb of Christopher Columbus who discovered the New World as a credit to the great navigator.

From there onward we see the Alcázar of Seville, used to be a Muslim palace and the Spanish Royal Palace. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence, which is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral.

Then you walk through the Santa Cruz, Torre del Oro (the Tower of Gold) which is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain. It was erected by the Almohad Caliphate in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river. Then, visit Maria Luisa Park which is a large green space to the south of the city center, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with exotic touches provided by colorful tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools. The park was the site of the Expo 29, which had Plaza de España as its centerpiece. Large enough never to feel crowded, the park is a delightful place for a quiet stroll, a kids’ runabout, or romantic horse-and-carriage or boat ride. Taking a horse and carriage is a great way to see the shady avenues of the park; a more energetic option is a bike for four with sunshade – the front seats have belts to strap wriggly young children in safely. You can find them in the road opposite Plaza de España.

In Plaza de España (Spain Square), you can admire a crafted porcelain painting, detailing the history and elegance of old Spain. It is designed by Aníbal González, was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Park’s edge to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. González combined a mix of 1920s Art Deco and “mock Mudejar”, and Neo-Mudéjar styles. The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the center is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. Each alcove is flanked by a pair of covered bookshelves, said to be used by visitors in the manner of “Little Free Library”. Today the Plaza de España mainly consists of Government buildings. The central government departments, with sensitive adaptive redesign, are located within it. The Plaza’s tiled Alcoves of the Provinces are backdrops for visitors portrait photographs, taken in their own home province’s alcove. Towards the end of the park, the grandest mansions from the fair have been adapted as museums. The farthest contains the city’s archaeology collections. The main exhibits are Roman mosaics and artefacts from nearby Italica.

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Day 7: Seville – Lisbon

Today you depart for the capital and the largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. We are expected to arrive in Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) in the afternoon, which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape displays the voluminous Atlantic surrounded by endless scenery. Don’t forget to buy the remembrance certificate to prove once footstep was on the west point as it will be a memorable souvenir to keep.

Later you will be back to the Lisbon city center and visit Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both were classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belém Tower (Tower of St Vincent) played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. It is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discovery. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from lion limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30-meter (98.4 ft), four-story tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.

Jerónimos Monastery (Hieronymites Monastery) is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém, in the Lisbon Municipality; it was secularized on 28 December 1833 by state decree and its ownership transferred to the charitable institution, Real Casa Pia de Lisboa. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983.

You will pass through Marquis of Pombal Square and then stop at Rossio Square for some free time to sample authentic Portuguese custard tarts at the century-old bakery.

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Day 8: Lisbon – Toledo – Madrid

Today we will drive back to Madrid via Toledo, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. This old city is located on a mountaintop, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River and houses many historical sites.

You will stroll across the city, overlooking the Alcázar of Toledo which is a stone fortification located in the highest part of Toledo, Spain. Once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century, it was restored under Charles I and his son Philip II of Spain in the 1540s.

Then visiting the grand structure of Toledo Cathedral, you will feel the grandeur of Spain of old times. The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo is a Roman Catholic church in Toledo. It is the seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toledo. It is one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered, in the opinion of some authorities, to be the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain. It was begun in 1226 under the rule of Ferdinand III and the last Gothic contributions were made in the 15th century when, in 1493, the vaults of the central nave were finished during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. It was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral, although its five naves plan is a consequence of the constructors’ intention to cover all of the sacred space of the former city mosque with the cathedral, and of the former sahn with the cloister. It also combines some characteristics of the Mudéjar style, mainly in the cloister, with the presence of multi-foiled arches in the triforium. The spectacular incorporation of light and the structural achievements of the ambulatory vaults are some of its more remarkable aspects. It is built with white limestone from the quarries of Olihuelas, near Toledo.

The day is concluded with a well-earned rest as you recline in our coach to catch a breath taking landscape of Spain and enjoy its rich palette of colors in natural surroundings while on the journey to Madrid.

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Day 9Madrid

After breakfast, we will meet up at lobby and prepare for the flight back to hometown.
Finish the fantastic tour.

 

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