Tour: ZW - 2013 (ZW) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Time to rest or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Madrid

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 España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. In the afternoon, an optional excursion to El Escorial can be arranged. (Breakfast)

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Plaza de Toros in Madrid The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era 
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DAY 3Madrid–Segovia–Avila–Salamanca

A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a walk through the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites. Overnight in Salamanca, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with wine awaits you at one of Salamanca’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Salamanca–Fatima–Lisbon, Portugal

The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your morning drive into Portugal. Before heading for Lisbon, melt into the stream of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima. This evening, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital. (Breakfast)

Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River 
Fatima

Fatima


"Twice a year this small Portuguese town is overrun by pilgrims to celebrate reported sightings of the Virgin Mary in the early 20th century. They crowd a tiny shed like structure known as the Chapel of the Apparitions, where it is said Mary appeared to three devout children above a diminutive holm oak. Today, a small white column marks the spot where the tree once grew, but the passion exhibited by the pilgrims who approach the site walking on their knees in penance is quite remarkable. The apparitions were said to have predicted WWI and Russia’s separation from the church. To this day, Fatima is one of only a handful of Vatican-approved apparitions in the world."
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DAY 5Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and 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. Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monument to the Discoverers. Next, visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. In the afternoon, an exciting optional excursion is available to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz. (Breakfast)

Jeronimos Monastery Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River 
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DAY 6Lisbon–Seville, Spain

Highlight this morning is the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ELEVATOR RIDE to upper Lisbon, before a scenic drive back into Spain and to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville, where dinner awaits you at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain 
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DAY 7Seville

During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, 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. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. Highlight is a visit to the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available, and tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Seville–Tangier, Morocco

Through the sunny sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY and sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain and home town of legendary medieval traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite spectacular panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL. Enjoy the views and quench your thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Tangier–Costa del Sol, Spain

Visit Tangier’s exciting and colorful GRAND SOCCO square and explore the narrow streets of the kasbah. Return by FERRY across the Straits and back in Spain, drive to your hotel in Torremolinos on the elegant Costa del Sol. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10At Leisure on the Costa del Sol

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, and browse through the trendy boutiques. (Breakfast)

Rock of Gibraltar 
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DAY 11Costa del Sol–Granada

Into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also admire the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, a special dinner with wine and local specialties has been prepared for you in one of Granada’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens Alhambra at Sunset 
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DAY 12Granada–Toledo–Madrid

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills and, later, the more barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way north to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Madrid Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting 
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DAY 13Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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