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Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia (2016)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 14 | From: $9,595
Day 1: Arrive Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and then join your A&K Resident Tour Director for a welcome drink followed by dinner at your hotel.
Olissippo Lapa Palace | Meals: D
Day 2: Lisbon | Private Tile-Painting Workshop
Embark on a city tour that includes a visit to the National Coach Museum, to see its collection of ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 17th to the 19th century. Next, tour the National Tile Museum — housed in the 16th-century Convent of Madre de Deus, and displaying a wide array of the beautifully detailed painted tiles for which Lisbon is renowned. Take part in an interactive private tile-painting workshop and take home your creation. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.
Olissippo Lapa Palace | Meals: B
Day 3: Évora | Walled Medieval City
Journey to Évora, a beautifully preserved Medieval city, stopping for a wine tasting en route. On arrival, visit the historic town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view a pillared Roman Temple dating to the first century, the Gothic 13th-century Sé Cathedral with its Romanesque architectural influences and the striking city walls.
Convento do Espinheiro | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Mérida, Spain/Seville | Ancient Mérida
Today, drive eastward into Spain, stopping in Mérida to view its Roman amphitheater, inaugurated in 8 BC to host theatrical performances and gladiatorial combat, as well as an ancient 82-foot-tall aqueduct built from stone and brick. Afterward, continue into Spain’s storied Andalusia region for a two-night stay in vibrant Seville. Once there, ride a horse-drawn carriage to a palace where the owners host your private dinner, followed by a performance of flamenco dancing and singing on the patio of this historic home.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes | Meals: B D
Day 5: Seville | Gothic Cathedral and Jewish Quarter
Enjoy a city tour of Seville, including a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Proceed to the city’s Jewish Quarter, with its labyrinth of narrow streets dating to the time of Moorish rule. Then, relax during an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes | Meals: B
Day 6: Ronda/Granada | Working Farm Visit
After breakfast, travel to Ronda for a walking tour of the Plaza de Toros, and then continue to nearby Reservatauro Ronda, a working farm where horses as well as some of Spain’s finest fighting bulls are raised. Enjoy lunch on site before departing for Granada. On arrival, check in to your hotel. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant.
Hospes Palacio de los Patos | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Granada | The Moorish Architecture of Alhambra
Today, set out on a city tour that includes a visit to Alhambra, a vast palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site that exemplifies Moorish architecture. Next, visit the Jewish Quarter, also known as the Realejo, a neighborhood of grand houses and walled gardens situated at the foot of the hill on which Alhambra stands. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.
Hospes Palacio de los Patos | Meals: B
Day 8: Córdoba/Madrid | Jewish Quarter and Grand Mosque
Travel to Córdoba, arriving in time to visit this city’s historic Jewish neighborhood and roam its narrow streets, and then enter the Grand Mosque to view its breathtaking interior. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before boarding a high-speed AVE train to Madrid. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Dine this evening at a local restaurant.
The Principal Madrid Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Madrid | Artworks of the Masters
Set out on a city tour this morning that includes the Royal Palace, with its rich decor comprised of marble, stucco and mahogany. Break for lunch at a local restaurant, and then enjoy a private tour of the Prado Museum to view incomparable works by Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known as El Greco, as well as paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and Bosch. Cap off your day of exploring with a Scenic Sundowner and a fun tapas tour for dinner.
The Principal Madrid Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 10: Toledo | Damascene Workshop Visit
Travel south to Toledo, notable as a place in medieval Europe where Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities coexisted in harmony. Embark on a city tour that includes visits to the El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum as well as the Great Mosque (La Mezquita del Christo de la Luz). After lunch on your own, stop at a Damascene workshop where masterful craftsmen create objects made of black steel etched with gold, silver and copper threads, for an engaging Artisan Visit. Return to Madrid for an evening at leisure, possibly to explore the city’s many culinary attractions.
The Principal Madrid Hotel | Meals: B
Day 11: Elciego | Enchanting Food and Wine Experience
Today, journey to Elciego, stopping en route for a tour, followed by a gourmet lunch with wine pairings, of the Museum of Wine Culture in La Rioja. Then, proceed to Elciego and check in to the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Settle in to your luxurious accommodations, relax and admire the hotel’s amazing design, created by master architect Frank Gehry. Gaze out to the lush, vineyard-covered hills surrounding this contemporary retreat from one of its eight terraces and perhaps enjoy the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner at your leisure.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal | Meals: B L
Day 12: Bilbao/Barcelona | Guggenheim Museum Tour
Drive to Bilbao today, where you tour galleries devoted to modern and contemporary art, including the monumental sculpture, The Matter of Time, at the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. After a pintxos lunch at a local restaurant, fly to Barcelona, settle into your hotel, and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
El Palace | Meals: B L D
Day 13: Barcelona | Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece
This morning, set out on a panoramic city tour. See the Barcelona Pavilion, a study in minimalism built for the 1929 International Exposition, and then explore the Sagrada Família, a spectacular basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. This amazing structure features eight towering spires outside and an incomparably detailed, vaulted ceiling inside. Begun in 1882, parts of it are still under construction today. Enjoy time for lunch at leisure in the Central Market, also known as La Boqueria, one of the city’s many vital marketplaces for fish, meat and produce. Spend your afternoon at your leisure, with time to relax or explore this colorful, vibrant city on your own. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant for a festive farewell dinner.
El Palace | Meals: B D
Day 14: Depart Barcelona
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart or begin your post-tour extension.
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