Spain and Portugal Delights - Madrid to Porto    *alt*

20 days
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Description

Discover the beauty and tradition of Spain.

APT EXCLUSIVE! Enjoy a tapas dinner and a flamenco performance in one of the Sacromonte Gypsy caves in Granada
In Jerez, savour a gourmet lunch and a sherry tasting at one of the city's famous sherry bodegas
Delight in a home-cooked meal with breathtaking views at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery in Bitetos

Itinerary


 Day 1. Arrive Madrid

On arrival in Madrid, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet fellow travellers and your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Three Nights: Madrid, InterContinental Madrid


 Day 2. Madrid

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid's landmarks, including the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 3. Madrid, Freedom of Choice

Explore more of Madrid on your selected touring activity. Tonight, enjoy a special tapas dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 4. Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba

This morning, head to the historic city of Toledo, Spain's medieval capital. Take a guided tour, then continue to Cordoba.
Stay: Two Nights: Cordoba, AC Hotel Cordoba Palacio
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 5. Cordoba

On a guided tour of Cordoba, visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the historical Jewish Quarter. Later, enjoy the afternoon free to explore this charming town.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 6. Baeza, Granada

On your way to Granada today, stop in the World Heritage-listed Baeza, and enjoy a guided tour. Later, continue to Granada. Tonight, you'll enjoy a tapas dinner and a flamenco performance in one of the Sacromonte Gypsy caves.
Stay: Two Nights: Granada, AC Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 7. Granada

Today, explore the World Heritage-listed Alhambra on a guided tour.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 8. Granada, Seville

Depart Granada this morning and travel to Seville. Later, take a guided city tour, and see the Alc'zar, the massive Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower.
Stay: Two Nights: Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIIIB
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 9. Jerez, Seville, Freedom of Choice

Take an excursion to Jerez, and visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Then enjoy lunch and a sherry tasting at one of the city's famous sherry bodegas. Return to Seville, and choose to enjoy a river cruise or take a horse and carriage ride through its quaint streets.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch


 Day 10. Seville, Lisbon

On your way to Lisbon, stop in the coastal city of Faro.
Stay: Three Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch


 Day 11. Lisbon

Learn about Lisbon on a guided tour today. This evening, enjoy Fado music during dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 12. Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais

Today, visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a guided tour of Sintra. Continue to the village of Cascais and take a walking tour.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 13. Lisbon, Fatima, Porto

Journey to Fatima and enjoy a tour. Later, continue to Porto.
Stay: Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 14. Regua

Cruise through the Douro River Valley to Regua. Upon arrival, enjoy a wine tasting at Quinto de Sexio.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 15. Lamego, Barca d'Alva

Tour Lamego today, then cruise to Barca d'Alva.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 16. Salamanca

Take an excursion to the ancient city of Salamanca. On a walking tour, visit the University of Salamanca, Plaza Mayor, the House of Shells and more.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 17. Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Pinho

Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo for a guided tour. Later, cruise to Pinha?o for a wine-tasting and dinner at a local restaurant.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 18. Regua, Vila Real, Bitetos

Cruise back to Regua and tour the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Continue to Bitetos and visit the Alpendurada Monastery. There, enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 19. Porto

Today, arrive back in Porto and enjoy a sightseeing tour. This evening, return to your ship for a Farewell Cocktail Party.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 20. Disembark Ship, Depart Porto

Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast