‘Magnifico’ Spain & Portugal | Madrid to Madrid
DAY 15 El Valle de los Caidos and El Escorial
Outstanding Value Inclusions
Over $1,800 value of extras already included ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
Passing the walled city of Avila 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 Basílica de la Santa Cruz is remarkable as it is actually underground – hewn out of the centre 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. Meals: B,D Your Segovia hotel – Hotel Real Segovia This recently renovated 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Segovia between the Cathedral and Aqueduct. The hotel features classic and elegant décor. Visit www.hotelrealsegovia.com 2 DAY 16 Segovia sightseeing and ‘My Time’ 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. Meals: B DAY 17 Toledo sightseeing and ‘My Time’ Arriving into Toledo mid-morning, we are joined by a local guide who will take us on 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. Highlight of your day will be a visit to Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo, which many consider to be Spain’s finest cathedral. The shopping is excellent and the rest of your day is free. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner in your historic hotel. Meals: B,D
Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach AVE train Madrid to Córdoba 17 nights specially selected hotel accommodation Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
29 Meals – including breakfast daily (B), tapas lunch in Porto and tapas lunch cruise on the River Douro (L), 10 dinners including a Flamenco Dinner show and Fado Dinner show (D) Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners Welcome drink in Madrid and Aveleda Vinho Verde wine tasting Hand Selected Albatross Experiences - Flamenco dance class Seville, port warehouse visit and tasting, River Douro lunch cruise Local guides as described in the itinerary ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
Personal audio systemwhilst on tour FreeWiFi on most coaches and at hotels Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map Albatross Memories Photobook NO additional ‘on tour’ costs! The Albatross difference Tours specially designed to suit you Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays Small group sizes – from just 10 to 28 Genuinely inclusive, NO extra ‘on tour’ costs Stay in authentic, character style hotels Easier days with ‘Me Time’ guaranteed!
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2018 Dates & Prices
18 days from $8,499 pp twin share Land only prices in Australian dollars Starts Madrid Ends Madrid
Per Person Twin Share
Your Toledo hotel – Parador Toledo
Located on a hilltop position on Cerro del Emperador (the Emperor’s Hill), there
are stunning 180° views from the hotel’s dining room, terraces and pool, across the old Arab fortress and the whole cathedral city of Toledo. Visit www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-toledo
DAY 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. Meals: B
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