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Iberian Inspiration (departures Mar 2020 - Feb 2021)

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Price: R 27,229.00

10 nights, Madrid to Lisbon.

Visiting 2 Countries: Spain & Portugal.

East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
  • Between 08 March – 28 April 2020
  • Between 22 September 2020 - 15 February 2021
R 27,229.00 pps
  • 05 May 2020
  • Between 05 June – 20 September 2020
R 29,819.00 pps
  • Between 18 May – 28 May 2020
R 30,649.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Madrid - Toledo

After meeting in vibrant Madrid, we’ll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get to grips with the area’s unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel’s restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Toledo - Valedepenas - Cordoba

Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas - where we’ll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba - our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - Cordoba

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia - a walking tour of Córdoba’s Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture - this afternoon is all about you. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Cordoba - Ubeda - Granada

Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause to taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada. Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Granada

Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors. Colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we’ll visit the incomparable Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched high on a hilltop outside the city. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where we’ll set you free to explore as you please. Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Granada - Ronda

You can rest assured that today’s journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we’ll get our bearings on a walking tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos -  Jerez - Seville

Today it’s back on the road - with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we’ll set our sights on Jerez - where we’ll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8 - Seville

We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always kick back and sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars... Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Seville - Sierra de Aracena

Back to nature today. After breakfast we’ll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble! While we’re here, we’ll pay a visit a local pig farm - where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses. Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Sierra de Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz

Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Then: the grand finale! Tonight we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Estremoz - Evora - Lisbon

Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, where we’ll take a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square. And then? This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.
 

Validity Various departures between March 2020 - February 2021
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers BEHIBML-9
Inclusions • 10 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
• 10 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers other than mentioned above.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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