Iberian Vacation with Barcelona
About Madrid, Spain
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. Transfer to Barcelona by high-speed AVE train; enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing with visits to Casa Batlló and Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.
MADRID Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado MuseumSEGOVIA Take pictures of the Roman AqueductAVILA Visit the walled townSALAMANCA [LF] Wine tasting and special dinnerFATIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the RosaryLISBON Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; [LF] ride the elevator to upper LisbonSEVILLE Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, walk through the Santa Cruz quarterALGECIRAS–TANGIER By ferry across the Strait of GibraltarTANGIER Guided sightseeing, [LF] panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; visit Grand Socco squareGRANADA Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner with wine at a local restaurantTOLEDO 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 workshopMADRID-BARCELONA by high-speed AVE TrainBARCELONAGuided sightseeing including visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia BasilicaHeadsets throughout the tour
MADRID Gran Hotel Conde Duque (SF)SALAMANCA Hacienda Zorita (SF)LISBON Mundial (F)SEVILLE Ayre Sevilla (SF),TANGIER El Minzah (F)COSTA DEL SOL Melia Costa del Sol (SF) at TorremolinosGRANADA Saray (SF)BARCELONA Catalonia Ramblas (SF)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 6 three-course dinners (D), including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and special dinners in Salamanca and Granada
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.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry; high-speed first-class AVE train