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Explore 12 signature cities from Lisbon to Madrid

  • 10/24/2019 - 11/07/2019
  • 15 Days
  • Starting price $4,895

Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Southern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with Architectural Adventures. From historic Lisbon to lively Madrid, visit and explore unique cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites while enjoying world class accommodations and fine regional dining. See the iconic Belem Tower and explore the newly opened Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon; visit the the renowned Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic building; and tour the 18th-century Royal Palace in Madrid. Feel the unique spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life on this distinctive journey.

Max guests - 24

Architectural highlights

  • Marvel at Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a monastery built to house some of Portugal’s treasures.  
  • Take in the Tower of Belém, a symbol of Lisbon.
  • Enjoy enchanting Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the architectural gems of Portugal.
  • Discover the National Palace of Queluz, the summer residence of Portuguese royalty.
  • Explore the magnificent Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba’s Old Quarter.
  • See Moorish architecture at the Alcazar palace.
  • Awe at the Alhambra, the grand palace-fortress of Spain’s last Moorish rulers.

 

More highlights

  • Visit the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon. Newly opened in 2016, this innovative space designed by Amanda Levete Architects is an example of industrial architecture whose space celebrates exhibitions of contemporary art, architects and critical thinkers.  
  • Explore the ancient city of Mérida, once the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, that contains the most Roman ruins in Spain.  
  • Visit Toledo’s most impressive monument: the Gothic Cathedral, which was constructed over a period of more than 250 years, from 1226 to 1493.

 

Accommodations

  • Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
  • Pousada dos Lóios
  • Parador de Carmona
  • Parador de Ronda
  • Parador de Úbeda
  • Wellington Hotel

 

Also included

  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • Entrance fees for all included visits
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Regional wine with dinners
  • Gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, airport, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility.
  • Travelers should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing.
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing stairs.
  • A note about air conditioning: Hotels in Spain generally adhere to guidelines issued by the government regarding the availability of air conditioning.  Many lodgings provide air conditioning in guest rooms only from late April/early May until late September/early October.

 

Price

  • Land only price: $4,895 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Air inclusive price: $5,678 per person, based on double occupancy, from Boston or New York. ($4,995 air & land inclusive plus $683 airline taxes and fees). Air inclusive pricing form other US departure cities available upon request.
  • $1,195 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by July 21, 2019

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; passport/visa fees not specified; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; personal items and expenses; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; post-tour extension; optional sightseeing; communication charges; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included. Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Lisbon, Portugal
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Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and have the morning and afternoon at leisure.

Accommodations: Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Meals: Dinner
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Old and new Lisbon

Discover the majestic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a monastery built to house some of Portugal’s treasures from the discoveries of Vasco de Gama and other explorers. Explore the nearby Tower of Belém, a symbol of Lisbon and the most photographed monument in Portugal, and stop by the inspiring Monument to the Discoveries, commemorating Portugal’s seafaring and literary heritage. Visit the National Coach Museum, which contains the finest collection of historical carriages in the world. This unique museum is housed in an old horse riding arena of the former royal palace. Visit The MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Newly opened in 2016, this innovative space designed by Amanda Levete Architects is an example of industrial architecture whose space celebrates exhibitions of contemporary art, architects and critical thinkers. Head to the National Palace of Queluz, the former summer home constructed between 1658 and 1758 that ultimately became the residence of Portuguese royalty.

Accommodations: Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast
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Wine country

Leave Lisbon in the morning for Portugal’s agricultural Alentejo province, a region of olive groves, cork trees, fragrant vineyards, and bountiful wheat fields alive with colorful flowers. En route to Évora, stop at a local winery for a wine tasting. Sip on delicious wine, learn about wine-making, and enjoy stunning views of the vineyards. Continue on to Évora, capital of the Alentejo, arriving late afternoon. Stay at the Pousada dos Lóios, a restored convent considered the finest pousada in Portugal.

Accommodations: Pousada dos Lóios
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Walk through Évora

Explore enchanting Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the architectural gems of Portugal. The walking tour includes a Roman temple; the Cathedral of Évora, built in the late 12th century; Giraldo Square, one of Évora’s primary town centers; and the Church of St. Francis, home of the Chapel of Bones. An ancient walled town, Évora evokes living memories of both the Roman and Moorish periods of Portuguese history, with many streets so narrow they must be navigated on foot. Visit the tiny shops and cafés that line the streets of this Golden Age city, and bask in the surrounding scenery. Dinner this evening is at the pousada.

Accommodations: Pousada dos Lóios
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Ancient Mérida

Leave Évora and travel east for Spain through the countryside peppered with the ruins of fortresses and castles. Along the way, stop in the ancient city of Mérida, once the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania (Latin for the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal), and a town that contains more Roman ruins than any other in Spain. Explore the ruins of an amphitheater, soak in the atmosphere, and enjoy lunch before continuing on to Carmona and the parador, built on the site of the medieval castle of Peter of Castile.

Accommodations: Parador de Carmona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Stunning Seville

Travel to Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. This is a place of beauty and romance, the home of Carmen, Don Juan, and Figaro. One of the earliest Moorish conquests in 712, Seville has a number of excellent examples of Moorish art and architecture. Pass by the renowned 16th-century Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic building and third largest church; and visits the Alcazar, the palace noted for its signature mudejar (Moorish) architecture.

Accommodations: Parador de Carmona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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The once Moorish kingdom Córdoba

See Córdoba, once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. Take in many highlights, including the atmospheric Old Quarter with its narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses, and the revered Mosque-Cathedral. With more than 500 columns and graceful arches, the Mezquita incorporates Roman and Gothic elements into its architecture. Córdoba also is home to one of Andalusia’s synagogues to survive the expulsion of Spain’s Jews in the 15th century.

Accommodations: Parador de Carmona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Medieval Ronda

Travel to the charming, unspoiled town of Ronda, located in a dramatic natural setting. Ronda is built atop the isolated perimeter of a high sierra at the edge of a dramatic gorge, with tall white-washed houses forming a majestic skyline. But perhaps the most wonderful sight of all is the view from the parador, Ronda’s restored medieval city hall, at the edge of El Tajo Gorge, more than 500 feet deep and 300 feet wide.

Accommodations: Parador de Ronda
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Discover Ronda

Explore Ronda on a walking tour, taking in the graceful cathedral of Santa María Mayor in the town’s Old Quarter; two 17th-century bridges; and the Casa de Mondragon, which legend holds was once home to Moorish kings. Enjoy regional specialties at a tapas lunch at the parador, Ronda’s original town hall. This afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy this delightful town – one of Spain’s oldest and most aristocratic.

Accommodations: Parador de Ronda
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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The Alhambra in Granada

Leaving Ronda in the morning, travel to Granada to experience perhaps the most extraordinary and best-preserved Moorish monument in existence: the Alhambra, the grand palace-fortress of Spain’s last Moorish rulers. In addition to its exquisite architecture, the Alhambra enjoys a unique setting high on a hilltop above the Darro River with magnificent vistas at every turn. Visit the Granadian-style Generalife, the palace’s acclaimed gardens before traveling north to Úbeda.

Please note: In addition to your one piece of checked luggage, you also will need to bring along a smaller, soft-sided carry-on or duffel bag for your overnight stay at Parador de Úbeda. This bag should be small and flexible enough so that you can pack it inside your checked luggage.

Accommodations: Parador de Úbeda
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Toledo, the capital of medieval Spain

Explore Toledo, the capital of medieval Spain. Home of the renowned artist El Greco (The Greek) who immortalized the city in many of his paintings, Toledo has changed little in looks since the Middle Ages. Declared a Spanish National Landmark, Toledo is filled with testaments to its Roman and Moorish heritage, and boasts some of the greatest architecture in Spain. Visit Toledo’s most impressive monument: the Gothic Cathedral, which was constructed over a period of more than 250 years, from 1226 to 1493. Call on the Sinagoga del Tránsito, which was erected in 1357 with imported cedars from Lebanon, just as Solomon requested when constructing the First Temple in Jerusalem. The tour of Toledo concludes with a stop at Santo Tomé, home of El Greco’s most famous painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. Leaving Toledo, continue on to Madrid.

Accommodations: Wellington Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
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Explore Madrid

Both historic and cosmopolitan, Madrid boasts an eclectic architecture to match. This panoramic city tour includes Plaza Mayor, the grand square in the heart of the city; the medieval district; and majestic Palacio Real (Royal Palace), a 2,800-room Rococo residence that was home to the Bourbon kings from Charles III in 1759 to Alfonso XIII, whose abdication in 1931 preceded the rise of Francisco Franco. Today, the palace is used only for state occasions. Among the attractions here: the oddly decorated private apartments, two-ton crystal chandelier, 140-seat banquet hall, and grand throne room. The tour concludes at the Prado, one of the world’s greatest museums of fine art. Besides housing, the most important collection of Spanish masters anywhere, the Prado also boasts a superb collection of works by Italian and Flemish masters.

Accommodations: Wellington Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Majestic Madrid

Enjoy the Spanish capital as you wish. Stroll along the city’s broad boulevards; see Picasso’s famed painting Guernica at the Reina Sofía Museum; poke around the weekly El Rastro Market; visit the renowned Thyssen-Borneisz a museum; or simply take in the vibe at a local café. Tonight, bid Adios to Spain and fellow travelers at a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodations: Wellington Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Depart Spain

This morning, depart Madrid for your connecting flight to the United States.

Meals: Breakfast
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