Take on Spain & Portugal in 7 Days visiting monumental locations! Stop in at the Sagrada Familia Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, enjoy an excursion to the Mijas Malaga, the jewel of the Costa del Sol or take a stroll by yourself and snap some photos of the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Experience an unforgettable dinner and Flamenco Dance Show of Seville Flamingo or a quiet Local Dinner in Lisbon.
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DAY 1 - Saturday
Madrid - Zaragoza
The Yellow Line tour starts from the capital of Spain, Madrid, where you will pass by the Cibeles Fountain, and then arrive and visit Plaza Mayor, Piazza di Spagna, and Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid was built by the Spanish Royal Family, showing the magnificent and splendid former empire and its historical grandeur. Then you’ll arrive at the Puerta del Sol, a public square in Madrid. You can find the Km 0 square tile on the pavement, which represents the Puerta del Sol, the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads.
In the afternoon, we say farewell to Madrid and head to Zaragoza. After arriving in Zaragoza, you'll visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, which is a Roman Catholic Church in the city. The Basilica venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary, praised as "Mother of the Hispanic People". It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history. There are a lot of coffee shops and restaurants around the Basilica.
DAY 2 - Sunday
Zaragoza – Barcelona
In the morning, you will drive directly to the Spanish warm and charming coastal city of Barcelona. After arrival you will visit the Columbus Monument and Las Ramblas, followed by the Sagrada Família, which is a large Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s unique, colourful, fairy tale decorations can be seen throughout the city and makes the place feel like a fantasy of the artist’s mind.
Then it’s on to a photo stop at Camp Nou, a football stadium in Barcelona, which has been the home of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. You’ll also visit Estadi OlímpicIluís Companys, the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics located in Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of Barcelona, which overlooks the city. The remaining time is spent in the bustling Plaza Catalonia, where you can have free time and do some shopping.
DAY 3 - Monday
Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante
After having breakfast at the hotel, you’ll leave Barcelona for Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. In Valencia's history, the city was celebrated as the gateway to the Mediterranean. It’s commercially and culturally rich, with Moorish and Arab culture and food. Although today’s Valencia is less prominent, it’s still an important city for large commerce exhibitions and trade fairs to be held in throughout the year.
Upon arrival, you will visit the Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia, Valencia’s Ancient City Gates and the Valencia Cathedral, where the true Holy Grail is preserved. After the tour the day is rounded off with a drive into Alicante.
DAY 4 - Tuesday
Alicante – Granada
In the morning, you depart for the city of Granada on the plateau of the Andalusian province. This historic city has been ruled by the Visigoths and Arabs. It became the last stronghold of the Arab dynasty during its eight-hundred-year-long rule of the Iberian Peninsula. In the 15th century, King Ferdinand successfully expelled the Arabs and managed to unite Spain. You will have a picture moment in front of the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, also known as the Red Palace. Then you will continue to tour the old city of Granada, with its exquisite and delicate architecture.
DAY 5 - Wednesday
Granada – Seville
In the morning, the tour will go northbound to the largest city of the autonomous region of Andalusia, Seville. This city was the capital of the Muslim dynasty, considered to be the guardian angel of culture in Andalusia and the birthplace of the flamenco dance. Seville is the primary setting of many operas, of which the best known is Bizet’s Carmen. As the fourth largest city in Spain, it has hosted the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992. Upon arrival, you will visit the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Its completion dates back to the early 16th century and now the cathedral halls serve as the Royal Chapel, the burial place of the kings for over a century. The tomb of Christopher Columbus, who discovered the New World, is also in the church as a credit to the great navigator. From there onwards you will see the Alcázar of Seville, which used to be a Muslim palace and a Spanish Royal Palace. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence today, which makes it the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral. We will walk to Santa Cruz, Torre del Oro (the Tower of Gold) and Maria Luisa Park, where the 1992 World Expo was located. In Plaza de España (Spain Square), you can admire crafted porcelain paintings, detailing the history and elegance of historical Spain. If possible, your tour guide will add an optional excursion to Mijas and/or Ronda.
DAY 6 -Thursday
Seville – Lisbon
Today the tour departs for the capital and the largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. You are expected to arrive in Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) in the afternoon. This is the most western extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. At the cape, you can see the enormous Atlantic Ocean surrounded by endless scenery. Don’t forget to buy the remembrance certificate to prove that you once set foot on the west point.
Later we will head back to the Lisbon city centre and visit the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both were classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Belem Tower was important during the Age of Discovery, as this was the place where the ships would depart. The Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. You will pass through the Marquis of Pombal Square and then stop at the Rossio Square for some free time. Those who are interested in Portuguese custard tarts can taste the authentic ones at a century-old bakery.
DAY 7 - Friday
Lisbon – Toledo – Madrid
Today we will drive back to Madrid via Toledo, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. This old city is located on a mountaintop, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River, and contains many historical buildings. By strolling across the city, overlooking the Alcázar of Toledo and visiting the grand structure of the Toledo Cathedral, you will feel the bustling of Spain in the old time.
Then take a well-earned rest as you sit back, drive through the breath-taking landscape of Spain and enjoy its rich palette of colours in natural surroundings, while you journey to Madrid.
Hotel accommodation is not provided before and on the last day of the tour. Optional: if post-hotel is chosen, overnight stay in Madrid or city nearby
Hotel accommodation based on shared twin.