EXCURSIONS - Iberian Tapestry 2016

Iberian Tapestry (ZZ)

9 Day Tour from Barcelona to Lisbon

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A tapestry takes different colors and cloths, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That is what this Spain and Portugal tour—Iberian Tapestry—does. It weaves together the sights and cultures of Spain's and Portugal’s most famous cities—Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Seville—and weaves them into one marvelous vacation. You'll spend two nights each in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Lisbon, and you'll enjoy guided sightseeing in each.

Fans of art and architecture are sure to be delighted by the visits to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudi's masterpiece. Begun in 1882, it is still not completed. In Madrid, visit the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world's most prestigious art museums. In Toledo, visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, with a spectacular altar and beautiful stained glass. In Seville, visit the Alcazar, a royal palace founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress.

Those interested in trying the local specialties and wines will be thrilled by the special treats Globus has arranged. In Seville, you'll enjoy a special dinner with local specialties and Flamenco entertainment. In Portugal, enjoy wine tasting in Setúbal and for a true taste of Lisbon, you'll enjoy a pastel (a traditional Portuguese pastry) and drink at Pasteis de Belém, the most famous place for these local pastries.

Throughout this Spain and Portugal tour, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director and Local Guides who will bring these destinations to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the cities' histories, sights, cultures, and insider secrets. Magnificent churches and cathedrals, local specialties and wine, an expert Tour Director, guided sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more...what more could you ask for in a dream vacation to Spain's most famous cities and Lisbon?
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

BARCELONA
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill
MADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
TOLEDO
Guided sightseeing, visit an early synagogue, and the gothic cathedral; visit a Damascene steel workshop
SEVILLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Special dinner at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment; guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
SETÚBAL
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting
LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and the Church with the tomb of Vasco da Gama; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a pastel pastry and drink; a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets Throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine: a welcome dinner in Barcelona, a special dinner in Seville, and a special farewell dinner in Lisbon

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive In Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to Barcelona! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 2 Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece. Also enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Barcelona–Madrid

Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Madrid

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, enjoy a highlight visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Madrid–Toledo–Seville

Arrive in 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, a visit to an early SYNAGOGUE, and the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before continuing to Seville, the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Seville

During your guided sightseeing tour, 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. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 Seville–Setúbal, Portugal–Lisbon

A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Setúbal and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a WINE TASTING before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital of Portugal.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy 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, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit the CHURCH with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. For a true taste of Lisbon, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a pastel (a traditional Portuguese pastry) and a drink at Pasteis de Belém, the most famous place for these pastries. The pastel was first created by Catholic monks at Jeronimos Monastery. They used large quantities of egg whites to starch their clothes, leaving the leftover egg yolks, so they used the yolks to make pastries. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Lisbon

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

HASSAN ZUMURYOT

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I love to share my knowledge and passion for Spain. The best it has to offer, with its truly amazing history and culture. Getting to know its passionate people who love their country and love life. Its contrasts and diversity never fail to surprise and delight our clients. Tour directing has enabled me to experience and discover amazing places but the most satisfying aspect is getting to know the people I have met along the years. I never stop learning and being surprised by our tour members, many of whom are an inspiration to me and their fellow travelers. So many new bonds are created amongst people from all over the world and all walks of life. It's so rewarding to see our clients having such great experiences that they will cherish forever as I guide and accompany them every step of the way through this wonderful country.

Tour Director - HASSAN ZUMURYOT

 Accommodations

Barcelona
Madrid
Seville
Lisbon

Barcelona

Hilton Diagonal Mar

Superior First-Class

Hilton Diagonal Mar Passeig Del Taulat 262 -264, Barcelona,  Spain

Passeig Del Taulat 262 -264
Barcelona, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located only at a 5 minutes' walk from the beach, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona offers stunning views of the sea and the spectacular morning rising sun! Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is "the place to be" should you wish to enjoy a fun family beach holiday, have a cultural Barcelona City break or spend an unforgettable romantic weekend in Catalonia's capital. At less than 25 minutes from the airport, conveniently served by the Tram and metro to reach the city center in just a few stops, the hotel is also facing the largest shopping centre in Catalonia, Diagonal Mar. The Purobeach Barcelona, offers stunning views of the sea and the rising sun, Purobeach Barcelona will provide the perfect place to immerse yourself in an Oasis of relaxation in the middle of such a busy city. Evade yourself starting the Puro Experience with a swim in our unique pool and laying on our teak sunbeds. Relax, hangout, and try our signature massage, listening to our soft tempos from Puro Live Web Radio. The hotel offers services such as fitness centre, sauna and comfortable air conditioned rooms. Our multilingual concierge team can assist you with car and bike renting, museum visits, beauty treatments reservations or simply recommend the best cultural places to discover.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite

Madrid

Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa

Superior First-Class

Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa Calle de La Princesa 40, Madrid,   Spain

Calle de La Princesa 40
Madrid, Spain

A luxury 423 room modern hotel with a distinguished atmosphere. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms with a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include a fitness center with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath. The relaxed 24-hour café offers a great selection of meals and tapas and light snacks can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace or in the hotel bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control

Seville

NH Plaza de Armas

First-Class

NH Plaza de Armas C/Marques De Parada, Sevilla,  Spain

C/Marques De Parada
Sevilla, Spain

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The NH Plaza de Armas hotel in Seville is situated in the center of town, adjacent to the 1992 World Exposition Center. We are ideally located in the heart of the city, near popular shopping areas such as the famous Sierpes Street and surrounded by many of Seville's most interesting points. You can reach various cultural highlights on foot, such as the Fine Arts Museum (5 minutes' walking distance), the Cathedral, the Giralda tower and the Alcázar (10 minutes), or Plaza de Toros and Torre del Oro (15 minutes). The NH Plaza de Armas hotel is conveniently located for both business guests and tourists, and is an excellent starting point for discovering the city's unique flavor and myriad attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television

Lisbon

Marques De Pombal

First-Class

Marques De Pombal Avenida Da Liberdade 243, Lisbon,  Portugal

Avenida Da Liberdade 243
Lisbon, Portugal

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This 123-room modern hotel is located in the most prestigious quarter of Lisbon, directly on the tree lined Avenida da Liberdade with exclusive shops and the Marquês de Pombal Metro Station just meters away. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of international dishes and after-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the adjacent bar. There is also a gym, sauna and steam bath.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Barcelona
Madrid
Seville
Lisbon

Barcelona

Excursion to Montserrat

Excursion to Montserrat

Drive through picturesque villages to 4,320-foot Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery perched halfway up the mountain. Visit the Royal Basilica, one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgin Morenita (Black Virgin).

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Spanish Dinner

Spanish Dinner

In the heart of Barcelona, enjoy a 3-course meal, including local specialties and drinks, in a typical Spanish restaurant.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Madrid

El Escorial and Valley of The Fallen

El Escorial and Valley of The Fallen

Visit El Escorial, a renaissance-style quadrangular complex of white-grey stone, which houses the Mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built under the order of King Phillip II, it is considered the eighth Wonder of the World. Later continue through the Valley of the Fallen to the Basilica and the 492-foot cross commemorating the victims of the civil war.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style! Tonight is your chance to try many of the dishes that Madrid is renowned for, at one of Madrid's favorite restaurants. Drinks and coffee are included. During this evening, don't miss the opportunity to sip a glass of Sangria, the most traditional and famous Spanish drink prepared with wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Seville

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Standing on the site of a grand mosque, Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista, when the city was captured from the Moors. It is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts 80 chapels, the largest altarpiece in the world, and the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). This beautiful structure became the bell tower of the cathedral, and dominates the city's skyline. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus. Although originally buried in Havana's cathedral in Cuba, his first discovery in 1492, his remains were moved to Seville during the upheavals surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1902.

Approximate value: €18 EUR per person

Lisbon

Excursion to Sintra & Queluz

Excursion to Sintra & Queluz

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Lisbon and along the scenic Estoril coast to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with free time for lunch (not included). Later, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, with guided sightseeing and time at leisure for shopping. On the way back to Lisbon, stop in Queluz to visit the 17th-century, Versailles-like royal palace and gardens, the country's finest example of rococo architecture.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

Fado Music & Dinner

Fado Music & Dinner

Treat yourself to an evening of Fado music and dinner at a local restaurant. Fado combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences. It originated in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries it is the music that reveals the Portuguese soul.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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