Iberian Vacation (ZW) - 2014 / 2015

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13 days from Madrid to Madrid


Iberian Vacation
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
The Plaza de Toros in Madrid
Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain
Madrid
Rock of Gibraltar
Madrid at dusk
Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain

Vacation Overview

This trip covers three countries: Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, concentrating on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Start with an included welcome dinner. Two-night stays in the cities of Madrid, Lisbon, and Seville allow enough time for in-depth sightseeing including visits to important sights such as Madrid’s Prado Museum, Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, and Seville’s Alcazar. In Salamanca, a wine tasting, followed by a special dinner at a local restaurant has been included to taste the local specialties. Another highlight is an elevator ride from lower to upper Lisbon, to enjoy the views. The overnight stay in Tangier gives you a nice taste of Morocco with a spectacular panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, where a glass of hot mint tea and biscuits await you. Enjoy ferry crossings across the Strait of Gibraltar, and a full day at leisure on the Costa del Sol gives you the possibility to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar before continuing to Granada, to visit the famed Alhambra complex with a Local Guide and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Also stop in Toledo, where you’ll see one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, and back in Madrid, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of your Iberian Vacation.

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MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

SEGOVIA
Take pictures of the Roman Aqueduct

AVILA
Visit the walled town

SALAMANCA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting and special dinner

FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary

LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ride the elevator to upper Lisbon

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter

ALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar

TANGIER
Guided sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; visit Grand Socco square

GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

TOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.


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 Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Madrid 
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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 WINE TASTING followed by special dinner awaits you at the Hacienda Zorita. (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)

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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)

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 Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Jeronimos Monastery 
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DAY 6Lisbon–Seville, Spain

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

Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Plaza de Espana in Seville, 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. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro 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, 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 Favoritespectacular 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)

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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)

Alhambra at Sunset The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens 
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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)

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Madrid Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid 
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DAY 13Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry



Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and special dinners in Salamanca and Granada


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RITA MARTINS

Years of Experience: 17 years

I love to explain the culture, history, and traditions of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. My goal is that by the end of a tour, the tour members have unique memories and experiences. For me, being a Tour Director is not just about the traveling, but mainly about spending time with each person. I enjoy sharing experiences, contributing toward happy memories, making dreams come true, and creating new bonds.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Iberian Vacation:

  • Alhambra, Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Toledo
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Ávila
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct