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 Lark Tours 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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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.
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.
DAY 3 Barcelona–Madrid
Enjoy rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561.
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.
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. This evening, [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] a special dinner to try out local specialties has been prepared for you at El Palacio Andaluz restaurant with Flamenco entertainment.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.
DAY 7 Seville–Setúbal, Portugal–Lisbon
A scenic drive today takes you to Portugal. Stop in Setúbal and [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] enjoy a WINE TASTING before arriving in Lisbon, proud capital of Portugal.
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, [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus 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
DAY 9 Lisbon
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.