General

Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined.

Why I Love Spain

By Anthony Ham, Writer

The life that courses relentlessly through the streets here always produces in me a feeling that this is a place where anything can happen. Here, the passions of Spain’s people are the fabric of daily life; this is a country with music in its soul, a love of fine food and wild landscapes, and a special talent for celebrating all the good things in life.

Art Imitates Life

Poignantly windswept Roman ruins, cathedrals of rare power and incomparable jewels of Islamic architecture speak of a country where the great civilisations of history have risen, fallen and left behind their indelible mark. More recently, what other country could produce such rebellious and relentlessly creative spirits as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí and place them front and centre in public life? Here, grand monuments to the past coexist alongside architectural creations of such daring that it becomes clear Spain’s future will be every bit as original as its past.

An Epic Land

Spain’s diverse landscapes stir the soul. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sun-baked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. The wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest are offset by the charming coves of the Mediterranean. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain.

A Culinary Feast

Food and wine are national obsessions in Spain, and with good reason. The touchstones of Spanish cooking are deceptively simple: incalculable variety, traditional recipes handed down through the generations, and an innate willingness to experiment and see what comes out of the kitchen laboratory. You may experience the best meal ever via tapas in an earthy bar where everyone’s shouting, or via a meal prepared by a celebrity chef in the refined surrounds of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Either way, the breadth of gastronomic experience that awaits you is breathtaking.

Fiestas & Flamenco

For all the talk of Spain’s history, this is a country that lives very much in the present and there’s a reason ‘fiesta’ is one of the best-known words in the Spanish language – life itself is a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited. Perhaps you’ll sense it along a crowded, postmidnight street when all the world has come out to play. Or maybe that moment will come when a flamenco performer touches something deep in your soul. Whenever it happens, you’ll find yourself nodding in recognition: this is Spain

Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Upon arrival you will be met by our experienced tour manager who will arrange for your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, you have the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, Dinner will be served at an Indian restaurant after which you will head back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 - City tour of Lisbon (Guided tour of Lisbon. Also visit Sintra, Cascias Bay, Estoril and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno)

After continental breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a guided tour of Lisbon. Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), one of the pioneers or Europe’s seaward expansion, made Lisbon the 15th-century ‘Mistress of the Seas’. The Belem Tower has been dedicated to his memory. The quadrangular Tower of Belém is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery. Erected between 1515 and 1520, the Manueline-style tower is Portugal's classic landmark and often serves as a symbol of the country. A monument to Portugal's great military and naval past, the tower stands on or near the spot where the caravels once set out across the sea. Apart from this, you will be taken to visit the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other attractions. Later proceed to Sintra, Cascias Bay and Estoril and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno) and take in views of the Atlantic Ocean on the drive along the Portuguese coast. Continue to the picture postcard-like town of Sintra to visit the enchanting Pena National Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage and one of Europe's most stunning palaces. At the end of the day, enjoy hone-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Lisbon for overnight stay.

Day 3 - Drive from Lisbon to Obidos, Fatima to Coimbra | Visit Obidos, Fatima & Coimbra

After continental breakfast, proceed to Obidos-a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills . Later proceed to Fatima, stop here to see the sanctuary, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s apparition to three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia, on May 13, 1917. Later proceed to Coimbra ,a profusion of woodlands and mountains await you as you journey into the valley of Serra de Estrela on your way to Coimbra. On arrival proceed for an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Later, proceed to have dinner at an Indian restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel in Coimbra area

Day 4 - Drive from Coimbra to Salamanca, Avila to Madrid | Visit Salamanca, Visit Aliva

Post breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to Salamanca, just six miles from the spot where Wellington routed Napoleon’s army in 1812. Spend time at Salamanca Plaza Mayor-the most beautiful square in Spain and leave Salamanca and head westwards to the fortress town of Ciudad Rodrigo-perched high above the Rio Agueda. Later proceed west to fortified Avila, then. Proceed to Madrid and on arrival enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant and relax overnight at the hotel in Madrid area

Day 5 - Exploring Madrid || Guided tour of Madrid, Visit to Prado Museum

Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. The old and the new contrast vividly in Madrid, where narrow cobbled lanes and 17th-century chapels border modern boulevards and gleaming skyscrapers. Such is the diversity of modern Madrid, where locals revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting in the afternoon and then feast on sushi in the evening. And if you ask Madrileños about their favorite attractions, they're just as divided: The masterpieces of the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums vie with junk-shopping at the Rastro. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a guided sightseeing tour which takes you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana past Madrid’s most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Via to the Cervantes Monument in the Plaza España and cross the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Velázquez, Goya and many other Spanish masters. At the end of the day, enjoy home-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Madrid for overnight stay.

Day 6 - Drive from Madrid to Seville || Guided city tour of Seville, Flamenco Show with Local dinner

Post continental breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Seville. On your arrival, proceed for a guided tour that includes visit to the immense Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and the Giralda Tower-a former minaret that was converted to a bell tower for the Cathedral of Seville in Seville. Also visit the Santa Cruz Quarter with its flower-decked wrought-iron balconies and see the Alcazar. Later, in the evening settle back for a local dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery Flamenco show. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Seville to Granada || Granada City tour, Guided Visit to Alhambra Palace

After continental breakfast, proceed to Granada, known the world over for the fascinating Alhambra Palace. Moorish Granada rightly conjures up visions of the fairytale Alhambra, the snowcapped Sierra Nevada and passionate gypsy flamenco -- but there's more. Get lost in the winding alleys of the medina-like Albaicín, the old Muslim quarter; nibble free tapas in hole-in-the-wall tascas; and sample some of Spain's hottest nightlife -- no mean feat in a country famous for its fiestas. You too, just like sultans some 800 years ago, will be smitten with this Andalusian city. Proceed on a guided city tour of the palace to see the Lion Court as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. At the end of the day, enjoy hone-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Granada for overnight stay.

Day 8 - Granada - Valencia || Guided orientation tour of Valencia

Post continental breakfast at the hotel, proceed to enjoy superb views over the Sierra Nevada as you cross the Mora Pass. Continue past the cave dwellings near Guadix to the hi-rise of the Costa Blanca. Now through the famous orange groves to Valencia and see the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and then circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, take a walk to the Cathedral and El Miguelete. Enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant and relax overnight at the hotel in Valencia area.

Day 9 - Valencia - Barcelona || Guided tour of Barcelona

After a filling continental breakfast, proceed to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona and arrive at Barcelona, be welcomed by your guide and head for a walking tour of the Gothic quarter. Now drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, where stands the most amazing modernist buildings and continue through the Eixample district to visit Gaudi’s extraordinary, unfinished Sagrada Familia Church. Have dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Barcelona area.

Day 10 - Depart from Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to Barcelona airport to board your flight for back home.