Great Iberian Tour - ENGMARKET

Duración

17 Días

Condición física

Moderado

Ciudad de inicio

Madrid

Disponible

2019 / 2020

Ciudades a visitar: Madrid; Caceres; Evora; Lisboa; Fatima; Oporto; Bom Jesus Do Monte (Santuario), Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; O Cebreiro; Leon; Oviedo, Principado de Asturias; Covadonga; Santillana; Santander, Cantabria; Bilbao, Provincia de Vizcaya, Pais Vasco; Area De Servicio Foronda (Parada Tecnica); Logrono; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Provincia; Barcelona; Peñiscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Provincia; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Cordoba

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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.

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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.

Distance covered: 650 km.
 
Scenery:  Large farm lands in Extremadura. Powerfully walled villages in Portugal. Entry in Lisbon over the very beautiful hanging bridge over the River Tagus.  
Note:  The time changes as we go into Portugal, and you will have to put your clocks back by one hour (when it is 12 o’clock in Spain, in Portugal it is 11 o’clock).    

07.45 hrs. - Madrid - Departure -. (the time may change slightly depending on the hotels). We travel through Castile and Extremadura.  
12:15 hrs. - Cáceres  - Arrival -. The historic centre of the city is an impressive open-air museum, which maintains intact the physiognomy of a Mediaeval-Renaissance city. You can see its busy Plaza Mayor and go into its walls. Time for a stroll and lunch.  

15:15 hrs. - Caceres - Departure -. Pretty large farmland scenery. Crossing into Portugal. We into the region of Alentejo.   
16.30 hrs ( Portuguese time)-  Évora.  - Arrival -. The capital of Alentejo, one of the most ancient cities in Portugal which has been declared UNESCO World Heritage. We will include  tickets to the impressive Chapel of bones,  built with 5,000 skeletons! After this, you will have time to stroll in the historic centre with its wide streets, its cathedral, its ancient churches and its southern Portuguese flavour.  

 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 covered: 320 km.
  
Countryside: Pleasant green scenery, hills, historic cities.    

07:30 hrs - Lisbon - Departure.  
09:15 hrs - Fatima -Arrival. Time to visit the Sanctuary.   

11.00 hrs - Fatima - Departure.   
13:30 hrs - Oporto. - Arrival. Time for lunch. In the afternoon, we will make a tour of the city of approximately two hours with a local guide: the river Duero, its historic centre declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Iron Bridge. At the end of the tour, we will also visit one of its centenary wineries where the famous "Vino de Oporto” is made.  Free time. 

Total distance covered: 270 km.
 
Countryside: Beautiful green countryside and views over the Rías Bajas. 
NB: Remember that we will be taking a boat trip. Have you got warm clothing for the crossing?   

08.00hrs.- Oporto -departure. 
09.00 hrs. - in the city of Braga is the sanctuary of Bom Jesus ; we include a trip on the oldest funicular in the world... Moved only with water, after a visit to the sanctuary, we suggest walking down the beautiful staircase admiring the views and the sanctuary gardens.  

10:15 hrs Bom Jesus -departure. We go into to Galicia, with views over the Galician estuaries. We will see the Ría de Arosa. 
13.00 hrs (12.00 hrs in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. A historic maritime town. We include a glass bottomed boat trip along the Ría de Arosa estuary. We will be told how mussels are grown. On the boat, we include wine tasting and mussels. Time afterwards to stroll in Cambados and have lunch. 

16.00 hrs -Cambados. - Departure.  
16.45 hrs -Santiago de Compostela. - Arrival. We include a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide. They will tell us how St James brought pilgrims over the centuries, we will stroll through the mediaeval streets in the centre and admire the cathedral.  

NB: On some dates (particularly on the festivity of Santiago, or St James) our groups may be accommodated in a town near Santiago. 

Total distance covered: 475 km.
  
Countryside: Attractive green scenery, villages. Spectacular mountain scenery crossing the Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range.    

08.00 hrs. - Santiago -departure. Following the ancient way of St James amidst picturesque scenery, we travel to Lugo.   
09:30 hrs.- Lugo - Free time, you can stroll around its walls built more than 2000 years ago by the Romans, declared UNESCO World Heritage.  

11.00 hrs.- Lugo -departure. We travel to Castile, and on our way we make a stop at O Cebreiro, a small Galician stone village that shows us this region’s traditional way of life. 
14:15 hrs. -Leon . - Time for lunch and stroll in this historic Leonese capital which stands on the Way of St James. Its Gothic cathedral stands out with magnificent stained glass windows.   

16:45 hrs -Leon. - Departure.   
18:30 hrs   -Oviedo - Arrival. We include (sometimes on the following morning) a one and a half hour tour of the city with a local guide. We will see the ninth century cathedral, the Calatrava Palace, the Campoamor Theatre, and the Calle de la Rua. Night in the capital of the Principality of Asturias. A city with a great atmosphere. As an option, the atmosphere can be enjoyed in a typical Asturian cider house. 

Total distance covered: 260 km.
 
Countryside: Very beautiful scenery: mountains, views of the sea, little villages scattered along the way.   

08:30 hrs Oviedo -departure from the capital of Asturias. 
09:45 hrs.-Covadonga. - Time to see the sanctuary pinned between mountains, the place where the Reconquista of Spain began. 

10:45 hrs.- Covadonga -departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery along the way. 
12:30 hrs.- Santillana. -Arrival. Time in this beautiful mediaeval village, its stone streets, its blazoned houses, the Collegiate. Time to have a stroll and for lunch. In the vicinity we will see (tickets included) the Museum of the Caves of Altamira , a reproduction of the fantastic rock paintings preserved here. 

16.00 hrs.- Santillana/Altamira-departure. 
16:30 hrs.- Santander – Arrival in the regional capital, a maritime city with impressive views between mountains and beaches.  We include a panoramic tour of a little over 2 hours with a local guide to discover this elegant coastal city and its beautiful bay. During the tour, we will stroll around the Pereda Gardens, we will climb to the Centro Botín and reached the Cathedral Square. Then, in the bus, we will continue to the Magdalena Peninsular, the Sardinero Beaches, the Grand Casino, Piquío Gardens and climb to the Cabo Mayor Lighthouse for the beautiful views of the city and its spectacular cliffs.  

Arrival at a hotel at around 18:45 hrs   


NOTE:  On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from May to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.
    

Total distance covered: 445 km.
 
Countryside: Great views over the sea, mountains and green scenery.    

09.00 hrs.- Santander -departure. Magnificent scenery. Travel to the Basque Country.   
10:30 hrs.- Bilbao. -Arrival, we are in the largest city of the Basque Country. On arrival, we include a funicular ride up to the Artxanda viewpoint for a great view of the whole city. After this, with a local guide, we will make a short tour of the city: the Guggenheim area, Old Quarter, Cathedral, etc.  at the end of the tour there will also be time to try one of the famous “pintxos” and have lunch.   

14:15 hrs – Bilbao. Departure- . We travel to la Rioja, and the lands known for their wines. 
15:45 hrs - Wine Culture Winery Museum. - In the small town of Briones, we visit this fantastic museum/winery where we can discover the universe of wine, from the vine growing to the production of the wine itself with its rich historic legacy. We include a visit and a wine tasting. 

17.00 hrs - Wine Museum - Departure - 
17:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The picturesque historic town on the Way of St James. A hen lives in its cathedral, reminding us of an ancient legend.   

18:30 hrs- Santo Domingo de la Calzada -Departure- We travel to Aragón.  
21.00 hrs - Zaragoza - Arrival - Accommodation. Dinner included.

Total distance covered: 360 km.
  
Countryside: Semi desert land in Aragon. Pleasant scenery in Catalonia.    

After breakfast, we make a tour of Zaragoza with a local guide , lasting around two hours. On our visit, we will see the Pilar Basilica, the Cathedral; we will talk about the painter Goya and see some of his works and will also visit a Roman theatre, Renaissance palace and strolled past the Arab palace of the Aljafería. After this, free time to stroll and have lunch.   

14.00 hrs -Zaragoza. - Departure.   
16:30 hs - Monastery of Poblet. - Entrance and tour included to this monastery surrounded by its walls, in a very beautiful site. This is one of the best preserved mediaeval monasteries in the world.   

17:30 hrs -Monastery of Poblet. - Departure. - We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful area where the Benedictine Abbey stands. We climb to the summit in a small rack train to admire the fantastic views.    

18:45 hrs -Monastery of Montserrat. - Arrival. - Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where we find the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia.  

19:45 hrs -Montserrat. - Departure (by road).  
20:45 hrs- Barcelona . - Arrival. 

Important note: In the winter months, from November until March (included), due to the shorter days, we will not visit the Monastery of Poblet (in order to 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:  T ravelling in the high speed train. The journey has a length of 472 km and takes two hours and a half.    

08:00 h. Comprehensive tour of Seville  with a local guide.  (If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). 
Lasting one hour and a half. 
Visit to 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. Free time to explore and have lunch. 

18.00 hrs-Transfer to Santa Justa station to catch the high speed train to travel for 2 ½ h on a high-speed train to Madrid. The train is quite comfortable and it is an enjoyable trip through Andalusian and Castilian landscapes. Possibility for the train to reach speeds of around 300 km/h (186 m/h).
(If the group has more than 20 people, they will be accompanied by a guide). 

Note: Your luggage during the train ride will be under your responsibility and custody. The total limit is 20 kg, and the dimensions must not exceed (length + width + high) of 250 cm. The railway services company shall not assume responsibility for any incidents in relation to luggage .

Arrival to Madrid –

Distancia total realizada: 565 km.
 
Paisajes: Agradables tierras fértiles del valle del Guadalquivir. Tierras castellanas de la Mancha.

08:30 hrs.  Sevilla -Salida.  10.30 hrs.  - CÓRDOBA . Llegada.  Con un guía local visitaremos la Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba , monumento declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad y emblemático de la ciudad ( entrada incluida ). Posteriormente disfrutaremos de tiempo libre durante el cual podrá almorzar  y pasear por el florido barrio de la judería.
14.00 hrs. - Córdoba –salida-. Viaje hacia tierras castellanas.
17.15 hrs.- Consuegra . 12 molinos de viento gigantes contemplan junto al castillo la planicie manchega. Visitaremos el interior de uno de ellos, el molino Rucio , que nos recordará el tiempo que permitía transformar el trigo en harina (entrada incluida).
18.15 hrs. - Consuegra –salida-.
20:00 hrs. Madrid - Llegada.

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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