9 DAY MADRID – PORTUGAL COACH TOUR
**ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLY**
**SMALL GROUP – MAXIMUM 24 PASSENGERS**
Visits: Madrid, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres
Departs MADRID / SUNDAYS: April – October 2021
This guaranteed departure regular coach tour is guided in English only with a maximum of 24 participants.
Start & finish this tour in Madrid.
Day 1 (Sunday) ARRIVE MADRID
Meet and greet at Madrid airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation. (Perhaps book an optional afternoon Prado “Skip the Line” tour or evening Tapas Tour)
Day 2 (Monday) MADRID
Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the 19th century works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation. (B)
Day 3 (Tuesday) MADRID / SALAMANCA / PORTO
Morning transfer to Juliá Travel bus terminal (Plaza de Oriente). Depart for Salamanca with free time in this World Heritage University City of great architectural and artistic wealth. Later continue to the Portuguese border and Porto. Accommodation. (B)
Day 4 (Wednesday) PORTO
Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, to admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city along the Douro river aboard a BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one Port Wine Cellar with a wine tasting included. Rest of day at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
Day 5 (Thursday) PORTO / COIMBRA / FATIMA
Depart for Coimbra a city with of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado; Free time then continue to Fatima. Centre of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Accommodation. (B)
Optional: tonight, it may be possibility to attend the procession of the candles.
Day 6 (Friday) FATIMA / BATALHA / NAZARE / ALCOBACA / LISBON
Today, depart for the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next travel to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time. Continue to Alcobaça, another UNESCO World Heritage site, with its 12th century Gothic church and Cistercian monastery. Later continue to Lisbon. Accommodation. (B)
Optional: traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.
Day 7 (Saturday) LISBON
Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included), Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation. (B)
Day 8 (Sunday) LISBON / CACERES / MADRID
Today leave Lisbon to return to Madrid. En-route stop in Caceres to visit this ancient city. Old Town Caceres has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historic architecture; a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Walk through its Old Town and Plaza Mayor during this short stop. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation. (B)
Day 9 (Monday) DEPART MADRID
After breakfast; transfer to Madrid airport. (B) END OF TOUR.
|2021 Departure Dates
in Double / Twin
|AUD 1845||AUD 2805|
|AUD 1975||AUD 2935|
Regular coach tour by air-conditioned coach with English speaking guide
Coach Tour Includes:
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Meals as per itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (drinks not included)
- City tours with local guides as per itinerary
- Entrance fees included as per itinerary
- English speaking tour director
First Class (4*) Tour Hotels used (or similar):
- Madrid – Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa or RIU Plaza de España (3 nights)
- Porto – BessaHotel Boavista (2 nights)
- Fatima – Aurea Fátima or Estrela de Fátima or Regina (1 night)
- Lisbon – Lutécia Smart Design (2 nights)
- Passport details are required in advance;
- Tourist city taxes (in applicable cities) are to be paid locally;
- During the Madrid Stay, the tour escort will not be available.
- Luggage Limit: one suitcase per person (max. 25kg, 157cm total dimensions),
- If 2 passengers are sharing one suitcase larger measurements will be accepted.
Generally, coach tours in Spain, Portugal and Morocco use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a tour escort. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program.