2021 Spain / Portugal

$2,875.00 + Airfare / 10 Days, 8 Nights

Iberian Tapestry: Spain & Portugal

A tapestry takes different colors and cloths, and weaves them together into a beautiful design.  This Iberian Tapestry tour weaves together the sights and cultures of Spain’s and Portugal’s most famous cities (Lisbon and Madrid) into one marvelous vacation. Fans of art and architecture will be delighted by the visits to the famous Prado Museum, which houses 8,000 pieces of Western painting and is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. From the larger cities to the differing countryside and landscapes, from its world-class art, historical sights, and magnificent cathedrals to its sunny climate and unique cuisine, this trip is a great introduction to the Iberian Peninsula!

  • Madrid: Witness the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings plus an impressive foreign collection as you tour the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal’s trade over the centuries.
  • Optional trip to Seville: From the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, step inside the cathedral, past the altarpiece dripping with gold, to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Date & Price

TOUR A: June 10-19, 2021 (Thursday through Saturday)

TOUR B: September 2-11, 2021 (Thursday through Saturday)

COST: $2,875.00 + Airfare

  • Our tours don’t include airfare
  • We are glad to assist with making your flight arrangements and airport transfers, if desired
  • Some tour members arrange to fly into Madrid (MAD) and out of Lisbon (LIS)
  • Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Spain.
  • Fly in style: ask me how you can treat yourself to an extra legroom! Premium, business, and first class seats might be available. 

NOTE: at Go Global it is always Your Trip, Your Way.  Pick and choose from our vast listing of daily options to customize your Spain and Portugal adventures! 

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 8-12 people
  • Full-time services of our travel concierge, friendly guide and local experts who will make fascinating history, art and culture of Spain and Portugal come alive for you.
  • All tours and admissions – most at no extra cost – including access to at least 30 pre-selected historical, cultural, and local events of your choice: walking tours of Madrid and Lisbon; Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, Church of Santo Tomé, El Greco’s famous painting, Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries, ancient Belem Tower, Lisbon Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Quarter, the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de Espania, Royal Palace, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol
  • Optional day trips to Segovia, Toledo, and Sintra Palace
  • 10 days/8 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located, hotels.
  • All group transportation between Madrid and Lisbon
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked-in the moment you submit your application and deposit.
  • Optional day (or multiple days) trips to Barcelona
  • All trip related tips, taxes, and gratuities.
  • All breakfasts and 4 additional meals
  • ALUMNI DISCOUNT of $50 for each trip you have taken prior to 2020
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks, free-time sightseeing, travel and airport transfers.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light (2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day)
  • Moderate (2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs)
  • Strenuous (2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain)

Day 1

Today is a long travel day; be as rested as possible before heading for the airport.  Know your itinerary.  If any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

Day 2

Our orientation meeting with start at 3 pm at our hotel in Madrid and following that meeting we will venture out to become familiar with our neighborhood and its surroundings.  After dinner, you may choose to take an optional walk to explore Madrid’s major monuments and classy Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city.

Walking: light (moderate, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 3

Today, we will start with a walking tour of the historical center of Madrid.  Next, we will explore the Almudena Cathedral and sumptuously decorated Royal Palace.  The palace has over 2,000 rooms, tons of luxurious tapestries, and a king’s ransom of chandeliers, the Royal Palace is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. Late afternoon and evening are free for personal discoveries and explorations of this great city.

Walking: moderate.

Day 4

This morning we will tour one of Europe’s premier art museums — the masterpiece-packed Prado — where you will see paintings by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and others. Then we’ll visit the Reina Sofía, Spain’s greatest modern art museum, home to Picasso’s Guernica. The rest of the afternoon is yours to stroll through the majestic Retiro Gardens (Madrid’s most popular park), do a little shopping, and maybe even catch a performance of flamenco.

Walking: strenuous.

Day 5

Free day in  Madrid.  Take an optional bus ride to Spain’s old capital city of Toledo (and go back in time about 500 years).  Enjoy enjoy traffic-free, winding medieval streets of this incredible city. Or choose a day trip to Segovia, famous for its Alcazar Castle the the Roman built aqueduct.  Free evening back in Madrid.

Walking: moderate (and more, if you join after dinner walk).

Day 6

Today we fly to Lisbon, Portugal.  Upon arrival will start our explorations of the city by visiting neighborhoods of Alfama and Baixa.  In the afternoon we will visit the historic São Jorge Castle and from here enjoy majestic views of the city.  We will explore the food district in time for dinner.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 7

Our day starts with a walking tour of Belém District, home to many of the city’s most historic buildings. Sticking close to the waterfront, we will learn about Portugal’s golden age of exploration at the heroic Monument to the Discoveries, and how faith, money, and a knack for sailing combined to build the dazzling Monastery of Jerónimos.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 8

We will start with a morning visit the world-class Gulbenkian Museum, where we’ll see how an international oil tycoon assembled a priceless art collection spanning 5,000 years. You will have free afternoon and evening to continue to explore the museum or return to Lisbon for dinner on your own.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 9

Today is a free day in Lisbon.  You will have opportunity to travel to Sintra, a longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views. Return to Lisbon for the last evening.

Walking: moderate to strenuous, with some hills and stairs.

Day 10

Today is a travel day.  Know your flight itinerary – if any of your flights are delayed or canceled, contact the airline authorities ASAP.

Walking: light.

 

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Apply for: 2021 Spain / Portugal

$2,875.00 + Airfare / 10 Days, 8 Nights

Printable copy of this form: Travel Application (PDF file).

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