Great Iberian Route - ENGMARKET

Duración

12 Días

Condición física

Moderado

Ciudad de inicio

Madrid

Disponible

2019 / 2020

Ciudades a visitar: Madrid; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Provincia; Barcelona; Peñiscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Provincia; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Monasterio De La Rabida, Huelva Provincia; Mertola, Beja; Evora; Lisboa; Fatima

Descripción detallada día a día

Introducción

Estimado viajero: ¡Gracias por habernos elegido para realizar este circuito! Esperamos que disfrute de su viaje.

Le damos aquí una orientación sobre su tour con la información que consideramos puede ser de su interés. La información es ORIENTATIVA, pudiendo existir variaciones sobre los horarios señalados.

TRASLADOS desde el aeropuerto, si lo tiene incluido o comprado. Nuestro trasladista lo estara esperando con un cartel con el nombre de Europamundo o su nombre a la salida de aduanas (despues de recoger su equipaje).

IMPORTANTE: Si usted tuvo NOCHES ADICIONALES a su llegada al hotel tendrá su reserva realizada, pero el guía de su viaje normalmente no se encontrará hasta la noche anterior al inicio del tour. Su tiempo por tanto hasta ese momento es libre.

En el HOTEL le podrán ayudar con toda la información que precise sobre la ciudad. En la recepción podrá encontrar un CARTEL INFORMATIVO de Europamundo donde figurarán las actividades y los horarios establecidos para su grupo. Lea el cartel informativo.

Dia

Welcome to Madrid!


Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to  transfer  you to your hotel. Check the informative panels in the hotel reception area for the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to receive information about the circuit. 
 

Towards the end of the day, we provide  transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Vía,  a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant, Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.

Highlights:  Guided tour and stroll through Retiro Park. Visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) and transfer to Plaza del Oriente.   

The day starts about  08.30 hrs with a comprehensive tour  through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Gran Via, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. 

Visit to Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to  Las Ventas Bullring included . This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.


At sunset we provide a  transfer to Plaza de Oriente , opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International)  in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 640Km  
Scenery :  different landscapes on the Spanish plateau and fertile areas in Catalonia.    

07:30h Madrid – Departure. 
12:00h Zaragoza –  Arrival at this city, which stands on the banks of the river Ebro. The guide will join the group to Basilica del Pilar . Free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and have lunch in the city centre.

14:00 hrs. -Zaragoza.- Departure on our way to Catalunia.
16:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet.  Surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting, this is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world  (entrance and guided tour included) .

17:30 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet.- Departure.- We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We climb to the summit in small  rack train  to admire the fantastic landscapes

18:45 hrs. -Monasterio de Montserrat. - Arrival.- Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia, is located.

19:45 hrs. -Montserrat.- road exit. 
20:45 hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival. 

Important note: In   the Winter months, from November to March (both included), due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited (so that we can reach Montserrat in the daylight).

Highlights:   Barcelona Guided tour lasting 3 hours; visit to “Poble Espanyol”, with admission included; transfer to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas. 

09:00h.- Tour of the city with a local guide  ( note: if the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide)  who will tell us about this exciting city on the shores of the Mediterranean. We will visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighborhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place.  It will be possible to see and photograph La Sagrada Familia basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí.  

Subsequently, we include the  entry ticket to  “Poble Espanyol ” (meaning, Spanish Village), an open-air museum that combines the art, traditions, architecture, arts and crafts and folklore of each of the Spanish regions. Time for lunch. Free afternoon.   

18:30h.- Transfer  to Plaza de Cataluña and the Ramblas , the heart of the city, where there are many restaurants where you can dine. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 375km 
Highlights:  Visit Peniscola, discover Valencia. Evening transfer.
Scenery:  Picturesque towns on the Mediterranean coast.   

08:00h Barcelona – Departure for the Region of Valencia. 
10:45h Peñiscola  – Our guide will tell you about this tiny walled city on the sea shore, which has an interesting history. We will visit the fishing harbour, the castle and the beach and spend some free time.

12:30h Peñiscola – Departure for Valencia. 
14:30h Valencia  – Arrival to the 3rd largest city in Spain where we will see the City of Arts and Science, an important modern complex. Then our guide will take us to the historical city centre and to the Cathedral. Free time for lunch and stroll in the city. 

18:00h- Transfer to the Bullring.  In this area you will have time to dine in line with your preferences (Spanish, Indian, International, etc) . Return to hotel about 22.30 hrs.

Total distance: 536 km  
Scenery:  Presence of the sea. Fertile orchards and semi -deserts. Mountains in Andalucia.   

08.30 hrs- Valencia – We set out for the Region of Alicante.
10.45 hrs- Alicante - Time to stroll in this active and very pleasant city by the sea.

14.00 hrs- Alicante departure- After lunch we go on our way to the Murcia region.
16.00 hrs- Caravaca  –  Free time to visit this small town, considered a Holy City by the Roman Catholic Church. Its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. We include a ride up to the historic area on the  tourist train .

17.00 hrs- Caravaca – We leave the city and pass through beautiful Andalusian scenery . 
20.30 hrs Granada  –  Arrival at the end of the day.

Highlights:  Visit to the Alhambra. Night transfer.

A full day in GRANADA and  guided tour of the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife  (admission included). This is an important work built during the period when the Muslims ruled Granada. 
Free afternoon.

At the end of the day enjoy an  evening transfer to the Albaicín of Granada , a World Heritage site along with the Alhambra, where you can enjoy dinner in a restaurant  in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. Return to hotel. Tonight you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighborhood of Sac­ramonte.

Note:  In the Alhmabra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. Sometimes your visit may be in the afternoon, depending on the timetables in which we are allowed in. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares, which have similar architecture and features,  will be included in Seville

Total distance:  400 km 
Scenery:   Mediterranean and mountain scenery.    

08:00h Granada – We set out for the Costa del Sol. 
10.00 hrs- Málaga - Arrival and time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. 

11:30h.- We will leave Malaga and continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. 
12.30 hrs. - Arrival at  Puerto Banus, in Marbella , a pretty high level recreational port. Time to stroll on the marina, with its cosmopolitan, luxurious atmosphere. 

15.00h Marbella – We leave for the mountains, which was once overrun by bandolliers. 
16.30 h Ronda  – Arrival at the “White City”, located in a magnificent natural setting with its large gorge that divides it in two. Time to explore.

18:00h Ronda – Continuation to Seville.
20:00h Seville –  Arrival at the end of the afternoon. 

Highlights:    Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Evening transfer.


After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a  scenic visit of Sevilla  (if the English-speaking group is fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). Lasting one hour and a half featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, the Maestranza Bullring, and Cartuja Island. Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards or the tours to the Cathedral or the Flamenco Show that will be offered  as optionals by your guide. 

At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the  historic city centre area ( calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favorite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel.

Total distance: 495km  
Scenery:  :  Attractive landscapes of white villages, mountain ranges, castles en route. 
Note:  In Portugal we must set our watches back one hour.   

08.30 hrs.- Seville- – departure-. We travel to the west of Andalusia. Pleasant landscapes en route.
 
10.00 hrs.- Rabida Monastery –  We visit ( entrance included)  this Franciscan monastery  where Christopher Columbus got help to start his journey. We will know the monastery.  After the monastery we will visit the  Caravels Museum,  an open air museum located in Palos de la Frontera, the port from where he embarked on his voyage, where there are replicas of the caravels with which Columbus left for the Americas.

12.15 hrs.- Palos de la Frontera. We leave Andalusia to set out for Portugal. We enter the Algarve region and continue between mountains towards the interior of the country.
  13.15 (14.15h. in Spain)- Mertola . We stop in this picturesque white city, old Muslim population. Its present church was once a mosque. Time for lunch.

14.45 hrs.- Mertola. Departure. We travel through the Alentejo region.
16.30 hrs. - Évora. – Arrival.  To the capital of the Alentejo, one of the oldest cities in Portugal with its wide streets, its Renaissance policies and its cathedral, a city declared by Unesco World Heritage. We include  entrance to the Chapel of the Bones  built with 5000 skeletons.

18.30 hrs. - Évora. -departure. 
20.00 hrs. – Lisbon.  Arrival.

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon. Night transfer to Restauradores Square.

09:00h. - Start of our  tour with a local guide  (explanations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than 12 people). We visit traditional neighborhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century.  We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.


18:00h.- At the end of the afternoon, we include transportation to  Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where you can take the "Elevador da Gloria" (not included) that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto. Return to hotel.

Total distance: 695 km.
 
Scenery:  F orests, small mountains, walled villages


Note:   There is an hour difference between Spain and Portugal. When in Portugal is 11 hrs in Spain is 12 hrs.

07:30 hrs. - Lisboa – departure. We Travel to the north of Portugal.
09:15 hrs. - Fátima  – Time to know this important Sanctuary. 
 
10:30 hrs. - Fátima – Departure. We will continue on our way through the Green lands of the centre, passing into Spain and over the grasslands we cross the north of Extremadura region.
Lunch included  en route in a regional food restaurant  .   Continuation to  MADRID. 


2 0.30 hrs.- Madrid, arrival. 

Fin de nuestros servicios. Compruebe la hora de su vuelo por si necesitase una noche adicional. Traslado de salida al aeropuerto no incluido; nuestro guía le asesorará sobre el mejor transporte público para su realización.


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