Itinerary

DAY 1 LISBON, PORTUGAL

Bem vindo—welcome to Lisbon! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage with striking modernism.


DAY 2 LISBON

Morning guided sightseeing features the Baixa city center, and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of ALFAMA, the ancient Moorish quarter. Drive to the Belém district, known for its seafaring past, nd visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries from one of the best panoramic viewpoints, and pass by Edward VII Park located ear Pombal Square.


DAY 3 LISBON

Your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure, such as a visit to the Madre de Deus Convent, now home to the National Azulejo (Glazed Tile) Museum; and where to shop for traditional souvenirs, like cork products and hand-painted tiles.


DAY 4 LISBON-OPORTO

Travel by HIGH-SPEED ALFA PENDULAR TRAIN (first class) to Oporto. Guided sightseeing includes the soaring Sé do Porto (Porto cathedral), the ornate interior of CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the PALÁCIO DA BOLSA (Stock Exchange) with its ARAB ROOM decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. (In the rare event the Palácio da Bolsa is closed for a special event, the Lello Bookshop will be visited instead.)


DAYS 5-6 OPORTO

Your Local Host will have suggestions for your two full days at leisure. You may be interested in visiting the Soares Dos Reis Museum with sculptures by its celebrated namesake or browsing through the 19th-century, wrought-iron, colorful Bolhão market.


DAY 7 OPORTO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Hotels

MARQUES DE POMBAL

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This 123-room modern hotel is located in the most prestigious quarter of Lisbon, directly on the tree lined Avenida da Liberdade with exclusive shops and the Marquês de Pombal Metro Station just meters away. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of international dishes and after-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the adjacent bar. There is also a gym, sauna and steam bath.


Location & Highlights

Close to the picturesque Edward VII Park, the city center and vibrant restaurant haven of Barrio Alto are also easily accessible, where a good choice of cafés and restaurants can be found.

NH COLLECTION PORTO BATALHA

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Located in the heart of UNESCO's World Heritage Historical City Center, this beautiful 107 room hotel is housed in a renovated 18th century palace overlooking the breathtaking Batalha Square. The cozy Gastrô Bar and restaurant serves modern dishes inspired by regional cuisine and has an outdoor terrace. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property and there is also a gym and wellness center with indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

Location & Highlights

A fantastic location in the heart of this vibrant city with sightseeing, shops, cafés and Tapas bars all within walking distance. 

Optional activities & Excursions

Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Sorrento

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Set sail for the idyllic Italian island of Capri on this full-day tour, including round-trip jetfoil transfers from  Sorrento. Travel around the island by minibus, taking in the views along the famous Mamma Mia Road. Stop to browse the handicraft stores of Anacapri, stroll the Augustus Gardens and soak up the atmosphere in buzzing La Piazzetta. Top it off with a visit to the Blue Grotto and a funicular ride to Marina Grande. 

Pompeii Vesuvius Winery Lunch All-inclusive

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Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii during this full-day all-inclusive tour from Sorrento. Explore the ancient city of Pompeii and what daily life was like in the town before the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which is next on the itinerary. After your 30-minute hike to the top, head to a local winery and enjoy a delicious lunch and wine tasting overlooking the famous volcano before heading back to Sorrento.

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Sorrento Farm Experience Including Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello

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Get a true taste for southern Italy on this 5-hour culinary experience from Sorrento. Led by a local guide, travel to a pizzeria, cheese factory, and family-run farm for tastings of their top products, including homemade bread, lemonade, and extra virgin olive oil. Learn the secrets behind Italian family recipes and try your hand at pizza making, Neapolitan style. Top it all off with coffee, dessert, and a limoncello digestivo before returning to your original departure point in Sorrento.

Itinerary

DAY 1 BARCELONA, SPAIN

Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.


DAY 2 BARCELONA

Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.


DAY 3 BARCELONA

A full day to enjoy Spain’s most cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many suggestions such as a visit to the Catalan National Art Museum or where to relax on the beach.


DAY4 BARCELONA–MADRID

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid.


DAY 5 MADRID

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.


DAY 6 MADRID

Today you may want to try a walking route to discover Madrid’s literary side or a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, a converted 18th century hospital which now houses contemporary and modern art. Your Local Host has all the information you need to plan your day.


DAY 7 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Hotels

CATALONIA RAMBLAS

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This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.


Location & Highlights

An unbeatable location, just a few steps away from La Rambla and Plaza Catalunya offering convenient access to the metro and bus routes. Designer boutiques, tapas bars, and excellent restaurants are all in close proximity.

H10 PUERTA DEL ALCALA

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Located in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district, next to the beautiful Retiro Park, this 146-room modern property enjoys a privileged central location with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. The welcoming restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and international dishes and the garden view bar offers the perfect place to relax with drinks and snacks.


Location & Highlights

Just a stone's throw away from select boutiques with a great variety of traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars nearby, there is also a convenient metro stop which offers easy access to all the historic sights and of this vibrant capital city. 

Optional Activities & Excursions

FADO MUSIC AND DINNER

FADO MUSIC AND DINNER

Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).

DISCOVER LISBON

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Join an expert guide for a nostalgic ride through Old Lisbon on a vintage tram, a walking tour, and an included tasting of Ginjinha cherry liqueur.

SINTRA, CAPE ROCA, CASCAIS & ESTORIL

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Discover some of Portugal's most magical areas on this day trip featuring Estoril, Cascais, Sintra, and the cliffs of Cape Roca, the westernmost point on the continent.

Optional Activities & Excursions

SPANISH TAPAS WALKING TOUR FOR FOODIES

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Explore and taste your way through a gastronomic center, La Boqueria market, and some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

CATALONIA WINERIES WITH TASTINGS

CATALONIA WINERIES WITH TASTINGS

This exclusive day trip into the Penedès wine region includes an introduction to Catalonia¿s fine wines by local wine experts, visits to two historic wineries, two separate wine tastings with tapas, and a 4WD drive through the area¿s ancient vineyards.

BARCELONA BY LAND, AIR & SEA

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Barcelona's magic comes to life by land, air, and sea as you travel by electric bike, cable car, and boat to discover the city's most iconic sights!

BARCELONA MARKETS TOUR WITH TASTINGS

BARCELONA MARKETS TOUR WITH TASTINGS

Learn all about Catalan cuisine and Spanish gastronomy on this exciting foodie market tour with a professional chef! Taste and sample your way through two of Barcelona¿s most famous markets, and visit traditional grocers selected by the chef.

BARCELONA SAILBOAT BRUNCH CRUISE

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This memorable excursion has it all-a relaxing sailboat cruise past Barcelona¿s most famous sights, a delicious brunch at sea, and even time for a refreshing plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean!

MAGICAL MONTSERRAT WITH MONASTERY, CABLE CAR & HORSEBACK RIDE

MAGICAL MONTSERRAT WITH MONASTERY, CABLE CAR & HORSEBACK RIDE

Experience the magic of Montserrat on this engaging day trip featuring the thousand-year-old Benedictine monastery, a relaxing cable car ride down the mountain, and a guided horseback ride through the pristine countryside!