Your 16-day affordable tour through Spain and Portugal, with three nights in beautiful Barcelona will be a vacation to remember. You’ll become immersed in the rich histories and distinct cultures of both Spain and Portugal as you travel through Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca – as well as Lisbon and Oporto for the best in sights, sounds, and flavors Portugal has to offer. You’ll visit Toledo to see the old walled town on a hill, and you’ll see the 12th-century Church of St. Tome – home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. You’ll see ancient Moorish architecture such as Granada’s 13th-century Alhambra Complex. Your local guide will show you St. Theresa’s Convent, a Carmelite convent founded in 1636 on the site of St. Teresa’s birthplace. In Portugal, visit the world-famous shrine in Fátima, dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three children here in 1917. See Seville’s Cathedral, the world’s third largest church; Lisbon’s Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (circa 1514); and Oporto’s cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Be sure to visit a local wine cellar in Montilla for wine tasting. At the end of the tour, you’ll embark on a Monograms vacation to Barcelona via on the high-speed train. The guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a visit of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica. Your budget-minded tour of Spain and Portugal will stay a favorite travel memory for years to come.
Visits to Loja, Montilla wine tasting, Evora, Fátima sanctuary, Coimbra, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Avila St. Theresa’s convent, Segovia.
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto
March 27 Departure – EasterApril 17 Departure – Feria in SevilleDecember 14 Departure – Christmas lunch in Madrid
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; high-speed train