2018 SEASON
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018

18 Day Spain, Portugal & the Three Kings Festival

Albatross Winter Festive Tour starting in Madrid and finishing in Madrid

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross's 18 Day Spain, Portugal & the Three Kings Festival. Imagine… New Year enjoyed in UNESCO World Heritage listed Segovia followed by a Christmas 'Fiesta of the Three Kings' in Seville, the passion of the flamenco, the click of heels and clack of castanets… such...read more
Overview
Operator: Albatross
Type: Winter Festive Tour (Premium)
Style: Winter Trips
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 18 Days
From: Madrid to Madrid
Tour Code: SPTKF
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Spain, Portugal
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1
Madrid
Your tour commences this evening in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city, Madrid. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D) Stay: Melia Madrid Princesa Hotel
2
El Valle de los Caidos and El Escorial
We spend the morning in El Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen). Set in the woodlands of the Sierra de Guadarrama hills, the enormous Basilica de la Santa Cruz is remarkable as it is actually underground – hewn out of a granite ridge which is topped by the tallest memorial cross in the world. We spend lunchtime amongst the leafy squares of El Escorial before visiting the massive palace monastery complex of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Later we continue to a hidden gem of a city – Segovia. This evening we have included dinner in a local restaurant to enjoy local Castilian specialties such as suckling pig. (B/D) Stay: Parador de Segovia
3
Segovia and New Year’s Eve
This morning we have included a guided walking tour to discover this amazing city. Dating back to Celtic times, the beautifully preserved hill top town revolves around the huge main square which is flanked by the massive cathedral, heritage buildings, picturesque restaurants and al fresco cafés. In one direction a winding street will lead you to the impressive Alcázar – the fortified stone palace that juts out on a rocky crag, surrounded by sheer cliffs. Down another street you will find the astonishing Roman Aqueduct that cuts high across the base of town. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this splendid town. Tonight, welcome in the New Year with dinner and celebrations in your hotel. (B/D)
4
New Year’s Day and Toledo
A very leisurely start! Arriving in Toledo you will enjoy lunchtime at leisure before a local guide joins us for a city walking tour. Toledo has a wealth of monuments. Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together here for centuries hence it is sometimes called the “city of the three cultures”. Here you will find a city crammed with churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. The highlight of your day will be a visit to Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo, which many consider to be Spain’s finest cathedral. This evening dinner is in your historic hotel. (B/D) Stay: Parador Toledo
5
Granada and the Alhambra Palace hotel
Entering Andalusia, we drive to the famous old city of Granada where we stay two nights. This afternoon a local guide will join us for a walking tour of the picturesque old town, including the narrow white washed alleys in the fascinating old Moorish Quarter. Dinner tonight is in your wonderful hotel. (B/D) Stay: Alhambra Palace Hotel
6
Alhambra Palace, Generalife Gardens and ‘My Time’
This morning we are joined by a local guide who will take us through the incredible Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. With origins dating back to the 9th century and named for its reddish walls, this fortress complex looms high over the city.  In the 13th and 14th century the Moorish Emirates built the famous Nasrid Palaces surrounded by lavish gardens and courtyards. Moorish poets once described the Alhambra as “a pearl set in emeralds”. This is one of the great sights of the world. Your afternoon and evening will be at leisure to explore Granada’s old town which boasts a mixture of original Arab  and Christian architecture, and the Cathedral and Royal Chapel. ‘My Time’ to work up an appetite for tapas and a glass of local wine? (B)
7
Cordoba and the great Mosque
Reaching Córdoba mid-morning, we are joined by a local guide who will show us the major sights in the old city, and take us through the famous 8th century, UNESCO World Heritage Listed Mesquita – the Cathedral and former Great Mosque of Córdoba. Then you will enjoy ‘My Time’ exploring the old quarter and finding a characterful taberna to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later we continue to Seville where we stay the next three nights. This evening we have included a special evening out to enjoy dinner and a traditional Flamenco show.  (B/D) Stay: Hotel Bécquer
8
Seville sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and the ‘Three Kings’ Parade
Welcome to the home of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. This morning we are joined by a local guide who will take us through the enormous cathedral and bring to life this wonderful capital of Andalusia. To complete our visit we have included entrance to the Alcázar Royal Palace. Your afternoon is at leisure. The Santa Cruz quarter is famous for its narrow streets, flowered balconies and hidden patios. Here you will find the best tapas bars and cafés. Nearby is the famous Giralda Tower. As dusk approaches the streets begin to fill with the happy crowds awaiting the best Spanish Parade of the year – the Parade of the Three Kings. You will be delighted as a huge and colourful procession of massive floats and exotic figurines wind leisurely through the streets, along with costumed characters, dancers and musicians. Celebrating the arrival of the Three Kings (the 3 Wise Men) this is the traditional Spanish Christmas celebration, and a time of giving gifts, so don’t be surprised to see 90 tons of sweets and candies being thrown into the excited crowds. (B)
9
Festival of the Three Kings and a Flamenco class
Enjoy a traditional ‘Three Kings Day’ breakfast at your hotel including ‘Roscón de Reyes’ - a circular cake filled with delicious cream and decorated with brightly coloured candied fruit. Your morning is at leisure before we enjoy a special ‘Three Kings Day’ lunch in a local Andalusian restaurant. Later, how would you like to learn how to dance the real Flamenco? For those of you who are interested, we have included a special treat - we visit a genuine Flamenco Dancing School to try our hand at this flamboyant folk dance. Don’t wish to dance?  Then come along and just sit and enjoy the spectacle, as watching the antics is even more fun! The remainder of the evening is free and the old town near the flamenco school is bursting with tapas bars, lively cafés and restaurants, perfect for ‘tapas hopping’. (B/L)
10
Évora and Lisbon
Driving into Portugal we stop at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Évora where a local guide joins us for a  walking tour to discover the town’s rich history which spans 2000 years. The compact centre of town is easily explored on foot and boasts a Roman temple, Moorish buildings, Christian monasteries and convents. Later we continue to the capital city of Lisbon where we stay the next three nights. (B/D) Stay: Pousada de Lisboa Praça do Comercio
11
Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery
We meet our local guide for a tour to see the major sights of this wonderful, historical city – from the Belem Tower, to the fairytale palaces and the Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River. The highlight will be a guided tour through the Jeronimos Monastery. Later we will stop to enjoy coffee and Portuguese Pastel de Nata (small, soft custard pies – served hot). Your afternoon is at leisure amongst Lisbon’s grand sights, paved avenues, shops, cafés and colourful trams. (B)
12
Pena Palace, Sintra and Fado show
Today we visit the nearby Palace de Pena and explore the old town of Sintra. Dating back 500 years the Palace de Pena was originally a peaceful monastery until destroyed by an earthquake. Due to its fantastic hill top location Ferdinand II rebuilt it to be the luxurious summer palace of the royal family. With stupendous views – on a clear day you can easily see Lisbon – the palace is one of the greatest expressions of 19th century architectural romanticism in the world. We have included a guided visit through this UNESCO World Heritage site which is also classified as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Portugal’. Later, we will enjoy lunchtime in the delightful town of Sintra. Its noble villas and palaces prompted Lord Byron to say the town was “perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe”. The remainder of your afternoon is free back in Lisbon. Later this evening we have included a special treat! We visit the Alcantra quarter to enjoy dinner and a traditional Portuguese Fado show. (B/D)
13
Romantic Obidos, Nazaré and Sitio
Travelling north we enjoy a morning stop in medieval Obidos. Known as one of Europe’s most romantic medieval villages, you will find picturesque cobblestoned streets lined with colourful houses adorned with geraniums and bougainvillea and whitewashed churches – all of which is encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle. Lunchtime will be spent in the traditional fishing village of Nazaré. Here we have also included a funicular ride up to the overhanging village of Sitio, to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. We continue to Porto where we stay three nights. (B/D) Stay: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel
14
Porto sightseeing, Port tasting, Tapas lunch & ‘My Time’
After a city tour with a local guide, we cross the River Douro to Cais de Gaia. The city’s stunning skyline is enhanced by the picturesque boats and the soaring Dom Luis Bridge. Here we visit one of the port wine warehouses to sample this famous brew and enjoy a tapas lunch. The rest of the day is completely free. Visit the Avenida dos Aliados – a sloping boulevard lined with grand buildings, and the medieval streets and dark alleyways of the Ribeira which meander down to the riverfront square (‘Praça da Ribeira’), the most picturesque spot in the city. Here you will find traditional boats moored by the quayside, overlooked by colourful trader’s houses. (B/L)
15
Braga, Bom Jesus and Guimarães
First stop on our full day excursion is in Braga where we take a funicular train up to the famous Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Built in 1784, this twin towered neoclassical church sits on top of a hill, above an enormous baroque staircase lined with chapels. Lunchtime will be spent amongst the medieval streets and historic monuments in the birthplace of Portugal – Guimarães. Later in the afternoon we sample Vinho Verde at the Aveleda Wine Estate. (B)
16
River Douro and Palace of Mateus
Heading east we will enjoy a morning stop to visit the baroque Palace of Mateus near Vila Real. You may feel like you have seen this Palace before and you might have! It features on the labels of the Mateus Rose bottle! Later we cross the picturesque River Douro at Régua. This section of the Douro is World Heritage listed, and here the hillsides are littered with Quinta – Wine Estates – sitting above vineyards that sweep down to the river. After a photo stop we will visit a local Quinta to enjoy a wine tasting and lunch. Later we continue into Spain and arrive in Salamanca where we stay two nights. (B/L/D) Stay: Hospes Palacio de San Esteban
17
Salamanca sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Salamanca has a largely pedestrian centre and the city brims with striking monuments and buildings such as the ancient university and cathedral, many of which are constructed out of golden stone. After a fascinating walking tour with a local guide, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Make sure you relax in a café on Plaza Mayor, one of the finest squares in Spain.  This evening we have included a farewell meal. (B/D)
18
To Madrid
After breakfast we will transfer you to Madrid where your tour ends late morning. Drop off points will be the city centre followed by the airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Madrid after 2pm. (B)
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Journey Highlights
Journey Highlights
  • Explore the Alhambra Palace and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife
  • Experience a Spanish Flamenco dinner show
  • Stay 3 nights in a historical Pousada hotel in Lisbon
  • Visit Córdoba’s magnificent Mesquita Cathedral
  • Experience a Three Kings parade
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve staying 2 nights in Segovia
  • Stay 3 nights in a heritage listed hotel in Porto
  • Enjoy a port tasting and tapas lunch
Trip Inclusions
Trip Inclusions
  • All excursions, tastings, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 17 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Frankfurt
  • 31 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L) and 11 evening dinners (D)
  • Tea, coffee, and a complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Special highlights - Flamenco dance class Seville, ‘Three Kings’ Parade
  • Local guides as described
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
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