A tapestry takes different colors and cloths, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That is what this Spain and Portugal tour—Iberian Tapestry—does. It weaves together the sights and cultures of Spain’s and Portugal’s most famous cities—Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Seville—and weaves them into one marvelous vacation. You’ll spend two nights each in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon, and you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in each.
Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visits to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudi’s masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. In Toledo, visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, with a spectacular altar and beautiful stained glass. In Seville, visit the Alcazar, a royal palace founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress.
Those interested in trying the local specialties and wines will be thrilled by the special treats Globus has arranged. In Seville, you’ll enjoy a special dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment. In Portugal, enjoy wine tasting in Setúbal and for a true taste of Lisbon, you’ll enjoy a pastel (a traditional Portuguese pastry) and drink at Pasteis de Belém, the most famous place for these local pastries.
Throughout this Spain and Portugal tour, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the cities’ histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, an expert Tour Director, guided sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more…what more could you ask for in a dream vacation to Spain’s most famous cities and Lisbon?
NOTE: 2018 itineraries and dates are subject to change and will confirmed at the release of the 2018 brochure.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gracia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbour from Montjuic Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.
Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Alcazar, the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Tour the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, continue to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.
During your guided sightseeing tour, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. This evening, a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment.
A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Azeitao and enjoy a WINE TASTING before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital of Portugal.
Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.