Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.
The rest of the day is free so you can either explore the fantastic center of Barcelona on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.
Day 2: Tour of Barcelona Gothic Quarters
After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.
Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.
You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District "Call", the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.
You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church - the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages.
The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open air terraces.
After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 3: Gaudi Tour + Train to Madrid
Following breakfast you meet your private guide and private driver and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi.
You start with a visit to the colorful Park Guell, where you spend some time strolling through its mosaic paths and enjoying the great city views.
The day is crowned with a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia Basilica - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.
After the tour you are brought to the train station for your departure to Madrid.
Day 3: Arrival into Madrid
Bienvenido a Madrid - the glorious Spanish capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Upon arrival, you are transferred to your downtown hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.
Day 4: Madrid Old Town Tour with driver
Today prepare to enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.
After breakfast you meet your private guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.
Next you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, pass through the always bustling St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking
Puerta del Sol.
After the touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 5: Exploring Treasures of Toledo
This day is devoted entirely to the exploration of Toledo - the former Spanish capital and one of the oldest towns in Europe.
Following breakfast in your Madrid hotel you walk to the train station and enjoy a 30-minute train ride to Toledo (regular class train tickets to and from Toledo are included).
Upon arrival, your local guide meets you at the train station and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of the ancient Toledo.
During the tour you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).
After the tour you return to Madrid by train, walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 6: Madrid to Porto
After breakfast you check out and depart from Madrid.
Day 6: Arrival & Port Wine Tasting
Welcome to Porto - the romantic second-largest city in Portugal!
Upon arrival, your guide meets you at the train station in Porto. You are transferred to your hotel to drop off your luggage, and together with your guide you start a welcome walking tour from Palacio da Bolsa to Luis I Bridge. As a highlight of your introduction to Porto, you walk to a winery for port wine tasting.
After the introductory walk, you return to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free.
Day 7: Exploring the Highlights of Porto
After breakfast you meet your guide who takes you on an exhilarating walking tour of Porto's main landmarks. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first stop of your tour is the iconic Lello Bookshop, the oldest bookshop in Portugal. This bookshop was often visited by J.K.Rowling when she taught English in Porto. During the tour you also admire the most iconic city monuments, including the railway station of Sao Bento, the Porto Cathedral and San Francisco Church. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 8: Day Trip to the Douro Valley
Following breakfast, you meet your guide-driver who takes you on a full day tour to the breathtaking Douro Valley Wine Region - a famous UNESCO Heritage Site recognized as the best river destination of Europe.
The tour starts in the historical city of Amarante, where you see the impressive Bridge and Sao Goncalo Church. Afterwards, you make a stop in Regua - the center of the Port wine region. As a highlight of the tour you are taken to wine tasting at Quinta Do Seixo from Sandeman, renown for its amazing view from the top of the mountain to the vineyards. Here you are treated to a wine tasting and lunch.
Your route then takes you along one of the most beautiful roads of Portugal to the small town of Pinhão, where you see beautiful blue tin-glazed ceramic tilework called Azulejos at the famous railway station. After the tour you are transferred to your hotel in Porto and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 9: Braga & Guimaraes Old Town Sightseeing Tours
After breakfast your guide-driver takes you to Minho - the greenest region of Portugal, famous for its amazing landscapes, wonderful cultural heritage, and authentic handicrafts, which make Minho a region with a very unique personality full of traditions.
Upon arrival in the capital of the region - the ancient city of Braga, you visit its 11th century Braga Cathedral (entrance tickets are included) and admire the impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.
You then take a trip to the cradle of Portugal - the medieval city of Guimaraes, where you explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and visit its famous Palace of the Dukes (entrance tickets are included). After the tour your driver takes you back to your hotel in Porto. The rest of the day is free.
Day 10: Porto to Lisbon (train)
After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart from Porto. You will be brought to the train station for your trip south to Lisbon.
Day 10: Arrival
Welcome to Lisbon - the fabulous capital of Portugal! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.
The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.
Day 11: Exploring the Highlights of Lisbon & Fado Show
After breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic walking sightseeing tour of Lisbon.
During the tour you see the most famous attractions, including Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640.
You take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighbourhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters.
Then you proceed to Baixa including Rossio Square, where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today.
Continue to Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district to admire Se Cathedral - the city’s oldest church and Commerce Square.
After the tour, you return to your hotel and have some time to rest before going to the Fado Show with dinner.
Day 12: Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter
Following breakfast you meet your driver-guide and start your journey on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - UNESCO-listed Cultural Landscape of Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival, you visit the Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).
Then you have some free time for lunch (not included) before your driver-guide takes you back to Lisbon. Upon arrival, you visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.
After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 13: Departure
In the morning following breakfast you check out from your hotel and depart from Lisbon.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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