Giro Iberico (Sin Alhambra)

Duration

18 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Lisbon

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Lisbon; Lagos; Cape St. Vincent; Albufeira, Algarve Region; Mertola, Beja; Evora; Marvao; Castelo De Vide; Tomar; Fatima; Porto; Bom Jesus Do Monte, Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; ; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana; Santander; Bilbao, Vizcaya Province; Logrono; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Madrid; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Monsaraz

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. 

You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon, taste the “pastel de Belem” (Belem cake) and evening transfer.

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 neighbourhoods, 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. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite all our travelers to try a “ Belem cake”,  an exquisite local delicacy.
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.

18:00h.-  We include night transportation to Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars, cafes and restaurants from where we suggest you to take the "Elevador da Gloria"  that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint. 


Return to hotel about 22.00 hrs.

Distancia total realizada: 410 Km
Paisajes: Agradables paisajes del sur de Portugal. Hermosas vistas sobre el oceáno en el Algarve.
08:00 hrs -Lisboa -salida. Bonitos paisajes atravesando el largo puente sobre el Tajo. Llegada al Algarve, la región del sur en Portugal.
12:00 hrs - Lagos - Llegada.Ciudad histórica desde la que salieron los navegantes portugueses en el siglo XVI hacia Brasil y la ruta de la India. Sugerimos un paseo por su puerto y sus murallas. Tiempo para almorzar.
14:30 hrs. - Lagos - salida. Seguimos la costa del Algarve. Paramos en Vila Moura. 
15:30 hrs - Vila Moura .- Población balnearia de alto nivel, muy de moda. Un paseo por su puerto deportivo.
16:30 hrs. - Vila Moura.-Salida-.
17:00 hrs - Albufeira - llegada. Hermosa ciudad costera, una de las más populares entre los turistas europeos, puede disfrutar de sus playas. Recomendamos un paseo por su casco histórico dominando el mar y lleno de ambiente. Puede disfrutar también de nuestro hotel vacacional.

Total distance: 295 km .
Scenery: The Alentejo, region of white villages and medieval castles.

08:45hrs. - Faro- Arrival.-A time for a stroll through the small capital of the Algarve; Its walled historic center seems stopped in time.

09:45hrs - Faro - Departure.- We continue our route towards the Alentejo.
11:15hrs - Mértola. -Arrival. On the bank of Guadiana river, an old Muslim town whose church was formerly a mosque; we will enjoy the sight of its walls and white streets

12:15hrs. - Mértola - Departure. Great plains of cereals; Meadows.
14:15hrs. - Evora. Time for lunch and to know the historic city that was declared a World Heritage Site due to its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral.  The ticket  to the spectacular Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) is included. This chapel was built with 5,000 skeletons! You may also relax at the hotel’s swimming pool.

Free afternoon.

Total distance: 305 km.

Landscapes: Pleasant landscapes, white villages, castles, agricultural land.

08:30 hrs. - Evora - departure.
10:15 hrs- Marvao - very picturesque small town surrounded by walls that offers a fantastic panoramic view of the region.

11:15hrs- Marvao. Departure.
11:45 hrs- Castelo de Vide- Time to enjoy in this Alentejo village with its castle and old Jewish quarter. We will have a chance to visit the old synagogue (a museum today) or wander around this town’s maze of quaint streets. Time for lunch.

13:45 hrs- Castelo De Vide, departure.
15:30 hrs- Tomar. -Arrival to this town over which  CONVENT OF CHRIST  looms, an old castle-convent where Templar Knights lived.  Ticket included

16:30hrs- Departure.
17:15hrs - Fatima . We will first go to ALJUSTREL, the village where the three little shepherds were born. We will have a chance to visit Casa de Lucia. Afterwards, visit to  SANTUARIO DE FATIMA  where you may watch the Procissão das Velas (Candlelight Procession, not celebrated in winter).  Dinner included.

Total distance: 210 km.

Scenery: Nice, green hills.


08:30 hrs. - Fatima - departure.
11:00 hrs - Porto -  arrival.   Sightseeing tour  of this city on the bank of Duero river and its historic centre included.  The center of the city has been declared a World Heritage site,  We also include  a visit  to the old cellars. Free time.

Note: From November to April, the visit of Porto can be made in the afternoon.

Total distance: 270 km.

Scenery: Beautiful green landscapes and views over the Rías Bajas .
Note: We will take a boat trip by the sea. Should you wear a warm coat to enjoy it?

08:00 hrs .-Porto-Departure.
09:00 hrs.- Braga we will get on the  world’s oldest cable car moved only with water to go up to the  Santuário do BOM JESÚS , where we will enjoy its gorgeous vistas. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway and gardens.

10:15 hrs Departure-. We enter to Galicia, views over the Galician Rías. We will know the Ría de Arosa.

13:00 hrs (12.00 hrs in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. Historic city and seafaring. We  include a glass bottom boat trip  where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters.  Wine and mussel tasting included . Time later to walk in Cambados and to have lunch.

16:00 hrs -Cambados.- Departure.
16:45 hrs -Santiago de Compostela. - Arrival to this town that was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide where we will talk about how Santiago attracted pilgrims throughout the centuries, stroll through the medieval streets of the center and admire its cathedral.

Note: On some dates (like the day of the Patron day of the city) our groups can be hosted in a city near Santiago.

Total distance: 475 km .
Scenery: Attractive green landscapes, villages. Spectacular mountain landscapes crossing the Cantabrian Mountains.

08:00 hrs. - Santiago. Departure. Following the ancient road of Santiago between picturesque landscapes we travel to Lugo.
09:30 hrs. Lugo - Free time,to visit its historic centre and Roman walls, built more than 2000 years ago which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

11:00 hrs. Lugo -Departure. We travel to Castile. We will make a stop on route in  O ??CEBREIRO, a small stone Galician village that shows us the traditional way of life of this region. 
14:15hrs. -Leon .- Time to have lunch and stroll through the historic capital of León, located on the Camino de Santiago; Stands out its gothic cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows.

16:45 hrs. -Leon.- Departure. We will cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. 
18:30 hrs. -Oviedo - Arrival.   We include  (occasionally on Tuesday mornings)  an hour-and-a-half visit  of the city with a local guide. We will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre, Calle de la Rua...

Night in the capital of Asturias. City with lots of atmosphere. Optionally you can enjoy the atmosphere in a typical Asturian cider house.

Total distance: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes: mountains, views of the sea, small villages line the road.

08:30 hrs Oviedo-Departure of the Asturian capital.
09:45 hrs Covadonga. - We will visit Basílica which is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

10:45 hrs Covadonga -Departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery on the way.
12:30 hrs Santillana. -Arrival to one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. We will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter with its embalzoned houses, the Collegiate church, its cobbled streets. Time to walk and have lunch.. We visit the  National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA   (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town where we can find reproduction of the fantastic rupestrian paintings of the cave.

16:00 hrs Santillana / Altamira-Departure. 
16:30 hrs Santander - Arrival to  the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing vistas and beaches. We will foloow the coast of the port to arrive to the beaches of Sardinero.  We include a tourist train tour of the Magdalena Palace gardens , where we will enjoy their magnificent vistas.
Free time in Santander.

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

Total distance: 445 km .
Scenery: Great views of the sea, mountains, green landscapes.

09:00 hrs Santander -Departure. Magnificent landscapes. We enter to the Basque country.
10:30 hrs Bilbao . arrival in the largest city of the Basque Country. The bus will leave us at the entrance of  Guggenheim Museum  which has a spectacular structure. Free time to visit the museum or stroll along the Estuary of Bilbao. Time for lunch.

14:15 hrs - Bilbao - Departure. We go to the Rioja, an outstanding wine region. 
15:45 hrs - Bodegas Museum of Wine Culture. - In the small town of Briones we visit this fantastic museum / wineries, we will learn about the importance of wine making from time immemorial. We will discover the universe of wine, from the cultivation of the vine to the wine making as well as its delicious Historical legacy. We include visit and wine tasting.

17:00 hrs - Wine Museum - Departure -
17:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada . A picturesque historic town in Camino de Santiago. In its cathedral lives a rooster that reminds us of an ancient legend.

18:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada- Departure- 
21:00 hrs - Zaragoza - Arrival - Accommodation. Dinner included.

Total distance: 360 km.

Scenery:  : Semi-desert land in Aragon. Nice landscapes in Catalonia .

We include a  morning sightseeing tour of ZARAGOZA with a local guide . We will visit the Cathedal-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We will learn about Goya, the famous painter, and see some of his works. We will also visit a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace, and walk by the Aljafería Palace. 

14:00hrs -Zaragoza.- Departure.
16:30hrs. - Monastery of Poblet .-a walled monastery surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world ( ticket included with guided tour ). 

17.30- Departure. We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We include a ride to the summit on the rack railway to enjoy the fantastic landscapes.

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

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

Note : In the winter months, from November to March (both included), as days are shorter, the Poblet Monastery will not be visited (in order to arrive in Montserrat during the daylight hours)

Resumen de etapa: Barcelona, visita panorámica y traslado nocturno. 


09:00 hrs  Por la mañana a las 09:00 hrs. se inicia la  visita   panorámica con nuestro guía o guía local. Esta visita incluye monumento a Colón, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuich con instalaciones olímpicas, Plaza de España. En la Sagrada Familia se efectúa parada de unos minutos para ver este monumento con tranquilidad. Se finaliza la visita en la zona de Ramblas para que los participantes caminen por el centro histórico-barrio gótico.  
Tarde libre. 
Por la noche incluimos un traslado y asistiremos al espectáculo de  LA FUENTE MÁGICA de Montjuich , con sus ritmos de luz, colores, agua y música, dispondrá también de tiempo para cenar por la zona.
Nota:  Durante los meses de enero y febrero por cierre anual por mantenimiento,  el espectáculo de la Fuente Mágica no se realiza y el traslado nocturno se dará al  Puerto Olímpico , zona con numerosos restaurantes, vida y animación nocturna. 

Total distance: 725 km.

Scenery: We follow the Mediterranean coast. Landscapes on the sea.


08:00 hrs -Barcelona -Departure. We travel to the Valencian Community.
10:45 hrs -Peñíscola. - Arrival. Dominating the sea with its powerful walls, its historic center with steep streets, white houses and medieval castle. History tells us about popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful villages of the Spanish Mediterranean. Time to walk.

12:30 hrs -Peñíscola.- Departure.
14:30 hrs -Valencia.- Arrival.  Free time in the center for lunch. Why not trying an authentic Paella Valenciana?. We suggest visiting the Lonja and the Cathedral.

16:30 hrs -Valencia.- Departure. After passing through the avant-garde city of Arts and Sciences, we  continue through Castilla-La Mancha to Madrid.
21:00 hrs -Madrid.- Transfer to the Plaza Mayor - There may be small variations in the departure time according to the hotel where you stay. Our guide will accompany you to the area so that you know where the main inns are located. 

Note: Sometimes the journey from Valencia to Madrid will be by train.

Distancia total realizada : 450 Km
Paisajes:  Las llanuras manchegas con la sombra de algún molino y las grandes extensiones de olivares en la provincia de Jaén.

07.45 hrs  - Madrid -salida. (la hora puede variar ligeramente según los hoteles de recogida). Realizamos una parada en PUERTO LAPICE, un hermoso pueblo manchego con recuerdos de Don Quijote de la Mancha.
13:30 hrs - Granada  - Llegada. Llegada al hotel y almuerzo incluido.   Por la tarde, tiempo libre. Recomendamos visitar la Catedral que alberga la sepultura de los Reyes Católicos o pasear por el barrio del Albaicín y disfrutar de las bonitas vistas de la Alhambra desde el Mirador de San Nicolás.


Nota:   Recordamos que el viaje que usted ha adquirido no incluye la entrada a la Alhambra de Granada. En caso de estar interesado en adquirir una entrada sugerimos que la soliciten a través de la página web del patronato: https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es o bien a través de empresas que organizan visitas a la ciudad. 


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 for lunch and  take a 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 has 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. Free time to explore and have lunch. 

19.30 hrs-  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 favourite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel about 22.30 hrs.

Distancia recorrida: 465 km.
 
Paisajes: Atractivos paisajes de pueblos blancos, sierras, castillos en la ruta.
Nota: Al pasar a Portugal cambiaremos nuestros relojes; si en España son las doce, en Portugal marcará las once. 


08.15 hrs.- Sevilla –salida-. Viajamos hacia el oeste de Andalucía y Extremadura. Agradables paisajes en ruta entre colinas, olivos y dehesas.
11.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- parada en esta ciudad que perteneció a los templarios y donde nació Vasco Núñez de Balboa. 


13.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- Salida.- Seguimos a Portugal.
13.30 hrs.- (14.30 hrs en España)- Monsaraz- Llegada a este pueblo, uno de los más pintorescos de Portugal, con sus murallas, castillo, calles blancas llenas de flores y grandes vistas.


15.00 hrs.- Monsaraz- Salida.  Viajamos por la región del Alentejo. 
16.00 hrs. - Évora. -Llegada. La capital del Alentejo, una de las ciudades más antiguas de Portugal, ha sido declarada por la Unesco patrimonio de la humanidad. Incluimos entrada a la Capilla de los Huesos construida con 5000 esqueletos.


18.30 hrs. - Évora. -salida. 
20.00 hrs. - Lisboa – Llegada.

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