Great Iberian Route

Duration

13 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Madrid; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Province; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Monsaraz; Evora; Lisbon; Fatima

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Madrid!
Welcome to Europamundo!!!
IMPORTANT -IF YOU REQUESTED
ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked,
but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included
activities. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
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 trip.
In the evening we provide transfers to the Plaza Mayor and La Latina, Madrid´s most famous area for night life and tapas restaurants, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.
The day starts around 08.30 hrs with a city tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
We will visit Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the football stadium of Real Madrid. We get to know the areas reserved for the players as well as the public areas and the small museum about this team, considered by some as the best in the world.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the evening, we will return to the hotel.
Total distance: 640Km
Scenery : Varied. Abrupt in some sections, very arid in others, Mediterranean at the end.
07:30h Madrid – Departure. We will make a brief stop on our way.
12:30h Zaragoza – Arrival. Our guide provides with the orientative information about the city of Zaragoza, leaving you next to the Pilar Square to visit the basilica and have lunch.
14:30 hrs. -Zaragoza - Departure.
17:00 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet (entrance included) . We will make a stop to see this beautiful medieval monastery, which, surrounded by its walls in a beautiful setting, is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world.
18:15 hrs. – Monastery of Poblet - Departure.- We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia.
20:00 hrs. - Barcelona - Arrival.

09:00 h. - City tour with our guide or the local guide of Barcelona, famous for Gaudí and its modernist architecture. We will see the Columbus monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuich with the Olympic facilities and Plaza de España. We finish at the Ramblas area. You can have a walk in the historic center - Gothic quarter. After the city tour our guide will offer you optionally the visit to the Gaudí´s masterpiece and emblem of the city, the Sagrada Familia. Free time in the afternoon.
18.30 hrs- In the evening we include a transfer to the Maremagnum , a modern leisure center and restaurants facing the sea, next to Plaza Colón, where you can stroll through this lively area and dine.
20.30 hrs- Return to hotel.
Total distance: 375 km
Scenery: following the Levantine coast between the Mediterranean Sea and arid landscapes dotted by orchards, citrus and rice fields, arriving in Valencia.
08:00 h. - Barcelona – departure. We travel to the Valencian Community along the touristy Levantine coast.
10:45 h. - Peñiscola – Dominating the sea with its powerful walls, its historic center with steep streets, white houses and medieval castle. The history tells us about Popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful towns in the Spanish Mediterranean. Time for a walk.
12:30 h. - Peñiscola – Departure.
14:30 h. - Valencia – Arrival and time for lunch. Why don´t you try the authentic Valencian Paella? In the afternoon we will make a visit with a local guide of this port city on the Levantine coast, with more than 2000 years of history that dot its urban layout with monuments from all periods that contrast with the architectural avant-garde of buildings such as the City of the Arts and Sciences. Free time.
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.
Full day in GRANADA and if you have purchased the tour with the entrance included, visit the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens , built in the Arab era. Free time in afternoon. We recommend to take a walk through the Albaicín neighborhood or visit the cathedral that houses the tomb of the Catholic Monarchs.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The number of people authorized to visit the Alhambra is limited by law. To guarantee entry, the ticket will be issued when confirming the reservation of the tour. For this it is necessary to have the client´s correct personal data (full name and passport/ID number). Since there is no possibility of cancellation, in case of cancellation of the reservation the ticket costs will be passed on to the client. In very limited cases, when the Alhambra reservation is canceled, the Real Alcázar of Seville with similar characteristics will be visited.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the Alhambra, it is necessary to present the document with which you confirmed the reservation (passport or ID).
Total distance covered: 390 km
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes by the sea. Mountains and white villages.
08:00 hrs. - Granada – departure. We travel towards Mediterranean Sea.
10:00 hrs. - Málaga - arrival. A time to walk through the historic center, where the cathedral stands out.
11:30 hrs. - Málaga - departure. We follow the coastal highway next to the sea.
12:30 hrs. - Puerto Banus , we will have a stop and time in this exclusive area that is a part of Marbella. In the heart of the Costa del Sol. Time to walk along its marina and its shopping streets.
15:00 hrs. - Marbella – salida. We leave the sea cost and travel towards the Andalusian mountains, beautiful towns along the way, great views.
16:30 hrs. - Ronda – arrival. Impressive white city, its alleys, its immense gap that divides the city. Time for a walk.
18:00 hrs. - Ronda – departure. We continue through beautiful landscapes of hills and white villages.
20:00 hrs. - Seville – arrival in the evening.
Our visit to Seville will be very special, we combine a part by bus and on foot with a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River that will allow us to appreciate the best views of the monuments and places that the city offers.
A local guide will explain the history and culture of the capital of Andalusia and show us its most beautiful corners. We will begin with the visit around nine in the morning. We passes by the Cathedral-Giralda, Santa Cruz neighborhood, Banks of the Guadalquivir River, Torre del Oro, Maestranza Bullring, Cartuja Island, where the Expo took place and which currently houses the "Isla Mágica" amusement park, María Luisa Park with the beautiful Plaza de España. Total duration of the visit is about 3 hours (including the boat ride). Free time in the afternoon. The guide will offer you optionally the possibility to visit the cathedral and in the evening to attend a popular flamenco tablao.
Total distance: 490 km
Scenery: Attractive landscapes of white-painted villages, mountain ranges and castles.

Note: In Portugal we must set our watches back one hour.
09:00 hrs. - Seville - Departure. We travel through pleasant landscapes of soft mountains and large pasture lands towards Extremadura.
11:30 hrs. - Mérida . Arrival in the capital of Extremadura. Admission included to the archaeological complex of the Roman Theater and Amphitheater , the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, a World Heritage Site, recognized not only for its good state of conservation, but also as an example of the importance that spectacle and entertainment had the ancient Rome in all of its provinces. Mérida has a pleasant pedestrian historic center with a lot of life and places, where you can have lunch.
15:30 hrs. - Mérida - departure. Beautiful landscapes of large meadows. We pass to Portugal. We enter the Alentejo region.
16:30 hrs. (Portuguese time) - Évora - Arrival. The capital of Alentejo, one of the oldest cities in Portugal that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Time to walk through the historic center with its white streets, its cathedral, its old churches, a taste of southern Portugal.
18:30 hrs. - Évora - Departure.
20:00 hrs. - LISBON - Arrival and accommodation.
City tour of Lisbon. In the morning city tour with a local guide lasting approximately 2 hours. During this visit we will pass through the following points: Eduardo VII park, Baixa Pombalina (Marqués de Pombal square, Rossío square with views of the San Jorge castle, Alfama), Estrela
neighborhood, Estrela Basilica, Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery. The visit will finish in the city center. Free time in the afternoon to continue exploring the city. We suggest you taking the Elevator da Gloria to visit Bairro Alto and the viewpoint São Pedro. Our guide will optionally offer you to visit the beautiful towns of Sintra with its castle and Cascais and Estoril by the sea.
20:30 hrs. - We return from the Restauradores Square , an area with numerous restaurants and cafes, to the hotel.

Total distance: 620 km.

Scenery: Forests, small mountains, walled villages. Castilian hills.
Note: There is an hour difference between Spain and Portugal. When in Portugal it is 11 hrs., in Spain it is 12 hrs.
07:30 hrs. - Lisbon – departure. We cross the beautiful region of Alentejo.
09:45 hrs. - Estremoz – arrival in this charming town with a medieval castle, cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere that reflect Portuguese authenticity.

10:30 hrs. - Estremoz – Departure. We will pass to Spain, amidst pastures we cross Extremadura.
13:30 hrs. (12:30 hrs. in Portugal) - Cáceres – Arrival and time for lunch and a walk through its historic center, one of the best-preserved medieval and Renaissance urban complexes in the world.
16:00 hrs. - Cáceres, departure.
20:00 hrs.- Madrid, arrival.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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