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From walking the cobblestone streets of a former Roman colony to tasting a decadent ‘Pasteis de Nata’ tart made from a 200-year-old secret recipe, this 9-day guided tour allows you to embrace the best of old-world Spain and Portugal. Listen as metal sizzles in a master artisan’s hands as he teaches you the craft of Damascene. In Granada, wander the fragrant and arabesque gardens of the Alhambra Palace. Learn the art of flamenco dancing, stomping your feet to the sounds of an acoustic guitar, in a private lesson with professionals in Seville. Then, cross the Portuguese border to scale a 16th-century fortress in Lisbon and visit Fátima, Portugal’s most holy site. Finally, raise a glass and say ¡salud! to these ancient wonders during a celebration feast in Madrid.

Inclusions
  • 8 night luxury guided vacation
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless and look after all the details along the way
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • All taxes and porterage charges at hotels included
  • Stay connected with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Book by Dec 5!

Mar 4,18,25, 2023 from $2555 including tax
Apr 22-Jun 17, 2023 from $3055 including tax
Jul 1-Aug 26, 2023 from $2955 including tax
Sep 2-Oct 14, 2023 from $3199 including tax
Based on Double or Single Share
Single Room Supplement add from $460 more
Pre-Pay Gratuities (Tour Director & Driver) add $144 per person

Roundtrip airfare to Madrid additional, but can be added if available!

Single Share Program: When traveling alone, we understand that some clients do not want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That’s why we give you the opportunity to purchase selected vacations on a room sharing basis on the majority of our itineraries. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a ‘two-bedded’ basis (non-smoking rooms only).

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES
  • Seville: Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation
  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you’ll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
  • Toledo City Tour: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tome; to see an El Greco’s masterpiece.
  • Granada: Explore ‘The City of the Pomegranate’ with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you’ll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Seville: Stroll through The Old Jewish Quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville or Explore Seville’s top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.
  • Evora: With your Travel Director explore the ancient city of Evora and visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal’s trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Ávila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
AUTHENTIC DINING
  • Madrid: Enjoy a welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Madrid: Spanish Celebration Dinner, With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid (D)

Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. While in Madrid, explore the elegant boulevards, expansive parks and varied architectural styles. At 18:30, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of good food and wine.
Included Meal: Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Riu Plaza De Espana (or similar)

Day 2: The old Capital of Toledo and on to Granada (B/D)

Venture south to meet a master craftsperson in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain’s capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco’s famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.’ Your journey continues to Granada.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Vincci Albayzín, Granada (or similar)

Day 3: The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen (B)

‘Give him alms, woman, because there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada’, proclaims the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in the morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits—a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert before visiting the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the summer residence of the Spanish royals. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills before continuing on to Seville.
Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Explore the city with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, enjoy a drive with panoramic views.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (or similar)

Day 4: Seville: Free Time & Flamenco (B)

This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?
Included Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Sevilla (or similar)

Day 5: Évora and onto Lisbon (B)

Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman Times.  Visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, a chapel decorated with 5000 bones, before making your way to Lisbon.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Turim Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Lisbon and the Age of the Discoveries (B)

During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city.
Visit the Belém Quarter and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the historic Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Church with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?
Included Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Turim Saldanha Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Holy Fátima and Golden Salamanca (B)

Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Alameda Palace, Salamanca (or similar)

Day 8: Ávila and on to Madrid (B/D)

Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Celebration Dinner.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Melia Madrid Serrano (or similar)

Day 9: Farewell Madrid (B)

After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.
Included Meal: Breakfast

The Insight difference

As an Insight traveller, you’ll enjoy an altogether deeper, more enriching experience; not just meeting local people, but joining them for unique opportunities to share their stories, passions, customs and expertise.

We’ll take you to places that you otherwise wouldn’t get to if you travelled independently.

Insight Experiences – A carefully curated collection of memories-in-the-making.When you travel with Insight, we’ll introduce you to authentic experiences, fascinating activities and expert insights that you could never enjoy as an independent traveller. Your journey will include unique Insight Experiences from a carefully curated collection. We’ve selected a few of our favourite Insight Vacations experiences below. With these and many more, magical moments and memories await you…

Deliciously Authentic Dining – Dining well isn’t just about great food; ambience, service, location – and, of course, good company – are all essential ingredients of an unforgettable meal. When you travel with us, we provide dining experiences that really connect you to the heart and soul of each destination. In addition, we’ve designed our deliciously varied menu of dining choices to perfectly complement each well-planned day of your journey with us.
Dining the Insight Way – So Many Delicious Ways to Dine

Travel in Style –When you travel with us, we want you to feel entirely relaxed and at ease throughout your holiday. So naturally, we take care of the driving, leaving you free to sit back, and enjoy the journey.  Our experienced coach drivers are hand-picked to transfer you seamlessly to your destination, via the best and most scenic routes. Sitting high above the traffic in your uniquely customised Insight Vacations coach, you’ll enjoy the best possible views along with personal air conditioning and double the legroom of a standard coach.  And you can catch up online, sharing your photos and highlights with our complimentary Wi-Fi.  It’s a sociable way to travel, too. As part of a smaller group, Insight guests enjoy spending quality time together, really getting to know each other – and their Travel Director and coach driver – en route to the next amazing destination.

Hand-Picked Hotels – At Insight, we believe that where you stay makes the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable one. That’s why we take the greatest possible care in choosing hotels that are truly exceptional in terms of style, location and service. With Insight, your hotels will always be stylish, comfortable and well located. And on some journeys, you’ll have a chance to stay somewhere truly remarkable. Whether that’s a castle steeped in centuries of history, a French chateau set on a beautiful vineyard estate, or an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of one of Europe’s great cities, these are places that will stay with you as treasured memories, for life.

Smaller Group Camaraderie – With an average of just 32 guests and a maximum size of 40, our group travel opportunities are smaller than you’ll find elsewhere. Fewer people means you’ll be able to savour the personal service and companionship of an intimate group as you get to know your like-minded travel friends.

Seamless, Stress-free Travel – Wherever you stay on your travels with us, you’ll enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience, with nothing at all to distract you from relaxing and getting maximum enjoyment from your vacation. We work passionately, 24 hours a day, to ensure you, and tens of thousands of other travelers, can confidently explore your dream destinations.
Insight Vacations Travel at Ease – Your safety is our utmost priority, and in the rare event of a circumstance requiring attention, no matter the scale, you can rest assured that we are always in close communication with our Travel Directors, regional offices and partners in the places in which we operate. We find practical solutions for travel issues and will take care of all the details so you can travel at ease.
Your Insight Travel Director – Your highly-skilled Travel Director will be on hand to share knowledge, advice, act as a travelling concierge, give practical assistance, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. Leave the baggage handling, check-ins, reservations, tips, and all the other details to us. Hassle-free travel is our speciality and we’ve thought of everything, leaving you to relax and effortlessly enjoy your vacation. If you would like suggestions on how you could spend your free time, your Travel Director will be only too happy to offer guidance. See for yourself, and meet our Travel Directors as they guide you through a selection of trips.
Local Experts – Our introductions to locals make it possible for you to gain a meaningful understanding of what it is like to actually live in an area. Historians, artisans, chefs, growers and other local experts who reside in the region will share their stories, traditions and insights, bringing the places you visit to life in a meaningful way. Nothing compares to hearing and seeing first hand from local legends who are passionate about their way of life and keen to share it with others.

Insight Cares – Enriching Travel Experiences. As one of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation and shares a collective desire to protect and conserve the stunningly beautiful environments, fascinating cultures and awe-inspiring communities of our natural world. TreadRight is a not-for-profit organisation that works tirelessly to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. Since 2008, TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide, working with expert project partners who directly oversee these projects on the ground. When travelling with Insight on select Premium itineraries, you’ll see some of these incredible projects in action. In Perugia, experience one of the last remaining hand-weaving textiles in Italy, reminiscent of great medieval and renaissance textile traditions in Italy. In choosing Insight Vacations you are helping TreadRight continue its life-changing work. Visit TreadRight.org for more information

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287