The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned
towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes,
the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial
PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures.
A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on the way to Segovia, famous for
the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a walk through the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the
Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca, and follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful Plaza Mayor. A
highlight is your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, where a WINE TASTING and dinner await you.
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your morning drive into Portugal.
Before heading for Lisbon, melt into the stream of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima. This evening, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect
introduction to Portugal's capital.
Lisbon was the center of Europe's longest-lived overseas empire. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a
drive through the Baixa quarter's main squares and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the
popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square.
Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monument to the Discoverers. Next, visit
JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. In the afternoon, an exciting optional excursion is available
to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz.
The highlight this morning is the Santa Justa ELEVATOR RIDE to Upper Lisbon. Then, a scenic drive back into Spain
and to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.
During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, hear about the city's role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors
in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the
Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the ALCAZAR,
founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes
of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is
available, and tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.
Through the sunny sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to
Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain and home town of legendary medieval
traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a spectacular panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL. Marvel
at the views and quench your thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits. This
evening, enjoy a lively Moroccan show after dinner at your hotel.
TANGIER-COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN
Visit Tangier's exciting and colorful GRAND SOCCO square and explore the narrow streets of the kasbah. Return by
FERRY across the Strait and back in Spain, drive to your hotel in Torremolinos on the elegant Costa del Sol.
AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the
sandy beaches, and browse through the trendy boutiques.
COSTA DEL SOL-GRANADA
Into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA
COMPLEX. A fantasy of "lace in stone" surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of
the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also admire the magnificent WATER
GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, a special dinner with wine and local
specialties has been prepared for you at one of Granada's fine restaurants.
The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills and, later, the more barren landscapes of Don Quixote's
La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way north to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded
by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early
SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOME with one of El Greco's most
famous paintings. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell
dinner with wine at your hotel.