Your journey begins in Spain: the land of bullfighters and flamenco dancers, fiestas and siestas and crispy churros con chocolate. Start off in Barcelona,
once home to such influential artists as Picasso, Miró, and Dalí. No stop in this vibrant city is complete without a visit to Gaudí's
architecturally intriguing Casa Batlló, Park Güell, and the Sagrada Familia. In Madrid, take in the sights and sounds of the Plaza Mayor or
relax with a row around the pond in El Retiro. Last - but certainly not least - is Lisbon, Portugal's rejuvenating capital. Here you can wander the
cobblestoned streets of timeworn Alfama, indulge in a crispy pastry from a local confeitaria, or take a ride on one of the city's old-fashioned yellow
Highlights and Inclusions
Accommodations: Barcelona 3 nights, Madrid 3 nights, Lisbon 3 nights
Breakfast daily except where noted otherwise
Private arrival transfers
Fast-Track Sagrada Familia Tour
Private Barcelona Sightseeing Tour
Art Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes
Private Monsterrat Tour
Small group tour: Madrid Gourmet Tapas & Local Neighborhoods
Private Madrid Highlights and 'Skip-the-line' Guided Tour of Royal Palace
Avila and Segovia Full Day Tour with Gastronomic Lunch
Private Lisbon Tour
Fatima, Obidos, Batalha, Alcobaca, and Nazare Tour with Lunch
Lisbon by Night Tour with Fado Show
Private departure transfers
Barcelona - 3 nights
DAY 1: Arrive in Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona and collect your bags. As you exit customs, a transfer representative
will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Take the afternoon to get acquainted with your surroundings. Don't forget to lace up your
comfortable shoes for your late-afternoon guided tour of La Sagrada Familia. When it's over, stroll through the produce and food stands of
the Mercat de la Boqueria or check out the evening happenings on the Rambla pedestrian boulevard.
FAST-TRACK GUIDED TOUR SAGRADA FAMILIA
Barcelona is known as the capital of Modernism and the home of famous architect Antoni Gaudí. His cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, is
one of the most visited buildings in the world. This tour will walk you through the astonishing interior of this church, with its 18
symbolic towers and 230-foot vaulted ceilings. You will also visit the Sagrada Familia Museum, which houses drawings, plaster models, and
photographs depicting the basilica's history and development.
After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby for your private guided tour of the city. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Take a
walk to admire the façade of Gaudí's architecturally unique Casa Batlló, tour the Picasso Museum, or sample some traditional
Catalan cuisine in El Raval. In the evening, meet up for your three-hour tapas walking tour.
PRIVATE HALF-DAY BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING - CAR AND DRIVER
Get a feel for Barcelona's history and culture with this tour of the city's most emblematic sites. The itinerary is up to you, but
possible points of interest could include Passeig de Gracia, Park Güell, the port and beaches, Olympic Park, or Poble Espanyol.
FLAMENCO SHOW AT TABLAO FLAMENCO CORDOBES
Since the XIX century these "cafes" have occupied three areas in Barcelona, La Rambla, El Paralelo and Sant Pau, also known as "The Golden Triangle".
These small establishments are cozy, and intimate where flamenco comes alive in all its natural state. The live music, continuous improvisation, the
proximity to the public, the absence of microphones, etc…. create an atmosphere for flamenco that cannot be reproduced in larger colder spaces.
Begin your day with a private tour of the awe-inspiring Montserrat. When you return, grab a
late lunch - maybe some black rice with garlic aioli - and head out to do any final sightseeing in the city. Take in an FC Barcelona match
at Camp Nou or spend a serene afternoon at the 14th-century Monastery of Pedralbes, now a museum of monastic life.
PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING: MONTSERRAT, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN HALF-DAY TOUR
This tour will take you on an unforgettable journey to the Benedictine monk mountain retreat of Montserrat. Here you'll visit Montserrat
Natural Park and learn about its geology and wildlife while gazing down upon the spectacular Catalan landscape. You'll tour the
11th-century sanctuary, Gothic basilica, and Chapel of the Virgin. Depending on the time and day, you might be lucky enough to witness a
performance by the Montserrat Boy's Choir in the basilica. After some free time to explore, the tour will head back to Barcelona.
Madrid - 3 nights
DAY 4: Arrive in Madrid
After breakfast, pack your bags and meet your private driver in the hotel lobby for your
ride to the train station. The train will take you to Madrid, where you'll meet the transfer representative who will deliver you to your
hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore. In the evening, you'll attend a flamenco show with dinner included.
SMALL GROUP TOUR: MADRID GOURMET TAPAS & LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD
On this tour your guide will give you an introduction and an overall feel for the city starting off with a hot drink and pastry before heading to the La Latina neighborhood, which is filled with coffee shops and restaurants. You will see inns from the 17th century that are now trendy hotels and also Rastro Market, which is the biggest flea market in the country. Next, we will visit the multicultural Lavapies neighborhood where we will visit an old food market, see an old religious school and traditional patio houses. Finally, we will visit another food market and arts center where you will learn about gypsy and flamenco culture while sampling Spanish cuisine.
Eat a hearty breakfast and head to your hotel lobby to meet the guide for your private
full-day city tour, which will include the interior of the Royal Palace. When you return, treat yourself to a
traditional local meal like cocido Madrileño - a slow-cooked broth flavored with vegetables, chickpeas, chorizo, and pork.
PRIVATE MADRID HIGHLIGHTS AND 'SKIP-THE-LINE' GUIDED TOUR OF ROYAL PALACE
Stroll around Plaza de la Villa, the bustling Puerta del Sol, and the lushly landscaped Plaza de Oriente. Continue with a private car tour of more highlights including the Puerta de Toledo. Enjoy stunning views of Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Mayor Street, Las Cortes, Paseo del Prado, and the architecture of the Las Letras Quarter. Finally, see the ancient gate of Puerta de Alcalá, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, and Colon Square. Next, skip the line for a guided tour of the Royal Palace and its glorious gardens. This grand former residence of Spanish kings and queens is furnished with intricate tapestries and stunning antique furniture spread across over 3,000 opulent rooms.
This morning, take some time to explore. People-watch in the Plaza Mayor, wander the paths
and marble statues of Parque del Buen Retiro, or head to the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía to admire Picasso's "Guernica." In the afternoon,
you're headed to see other charming Spanish cities!
AVILA AND SEGOVIA FULL DAY TOUR WITH GASTRONOMIC LUNCH
Prepare yourself for a rip-roaring introduction to Spanish gastronomic culture! Your three-hour cooking experience begins with a trip to
the food stalls of Torrijos Market, where your experienced chef-teacher will show you tips for picking the best local and seasonal
products. When you return from the market, your chef will guide you through process of crafting paella, tortillas (Spanish omelets),
Andalusian salad, and sangria - Spanish dishes that have influenced cuisines around the world. When you're finished, you'll taste your
dishes with a sampling of Spanish wines. Your parting gift will be a recipe card, so you can recreate these delicious dishes in your own
Lisbon - 3 nights
DAY 7: Arrive in Lisbon
After breakfast, head to the lobby to meet the driver who will take you to the airport.
Arrive in Lisbon and collect your bags. As you exit customs, a transfer representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Spend
some time getting settled, then head out on your private half-day tour of Lisbon. Then grab some dinner and head to one of the city's
popular - and plentiful! - wine bars.
PRIVATE HALF-DAY LISBON TOUR
Explore Lisbon with a private driver-guide at your disposal. You'll visit sites including the Castle of São Jorge, Rossio Square,
Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon Cathedral, and the Cristo Rei monument. Customized itineraries are possible if they are arranged in
You'll need lots of energy for today, so eat a good breakfast before heading off on your
tour of some of Portugal's most historically and culturally significant landmarks. When you return, indulge in an authentic Portuguese
meal. Try arroz de marisco - rice cooked with herbs and an abundance of seafood - or spicy chicken piri piri.
FATIMA, OBIDOS, BATALHA, ALCOBACA, AND NAZARE FULL-DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
This tour will guide you to some of Portugal's most important landmarks, including three of the Portuguese Seven Wonders. Transport
yourself back in time with a visit to a medieval Obidos, admire the Gothic churches of Batalha and Alcobaca, and have lunch in Nazare,
Portugal's most famous fishing village. You'll end the day in Fatima, home to the Catholic pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of Fatima.
End your stay in Portugal with an itinerary of your choosing! Spend your morning and
afternoon at the National Tile Museum, or explore the shops and cafes of the old Alfama district. In the evening, you'll embark on a night
tour through Lisbon followed by a traditional Fado show.
PRIVATE LISBON BY NIGHT TOUR WITH FADO SHOW
Begin your evening with a leisurely drive through Lisbon and across the 25 de Abril Bridge, a vast suspension bridge built over the River
Tagus. A stop in Almada will give you a great vantage point from which to gaze down upon the gleaming lights of Lisbon. Your driver will
take you back across the bridge to a restaurant where you can have dinner (not included) and take in a traditional Fado show.
Pack your bags and head to the hotel lobby to meet the driver who will take you to the
airport. Reflect on how quickly your trip flew by, but recognize that the experiences you had are yours forever.