Captivating Spain & Portugal - 10 Days

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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 after which you will head back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2
Guided City Tour of Lisbon

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, Cascais 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 the 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 home – style dinner after which you can retire to your hotel in Lisbon for an overnight stay.

Day 3
Drive from Lisbon to Obidos, Fatima to Coimbra

TODAY’S HIGLIGHTS: Tour with a local expert from Florence. View from Piazzale Michelangelo.

We will leave Rome, heading north. This route is graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival in FLORENCE, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piaza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.

Day 4
Drive from Coimbra to Salamanca, Avila to Madrid

Post continental 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 and relax overnight at the hotel in Madrid area.

Day 5
Guided City Tour of Madrid

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 continental 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 dow n 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 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

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 to Valencia 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 circum navigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, take a walk to the Cathedral and El Miguelete. Enjoy dinner and relax overnight at the hotel in Valencia area.

Day 9
Valencia to 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 extraordi nary, unfinished Sagrada Familia Church. Have dinner and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Barcelona area.

Day 10
Departure

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

  • Lisbon      02 Nights
  • Coimbra    01 Night
  • Madrid       02 Nights
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  • Free & Unique Experiences with Yatra : 02 Nights Free in Istanbul
  • Return economy class airfare with taxes on flights envisaged or similar
  • Overseas Travel Insurance (for travellers up to 60 years of age)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Continental buffet breakfast
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Tours attractions and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Tips
  • All transfers by Deluxe Coach as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Professional Yatra tour manager
  • Schengen Visa Fee

Inclusions April 2020 Onwards :

  • Free & Unique Experiences with Yatra : 02 Nights Free in Istanbul
  • Return economy class airfare with taxes on flights envisaged or similar
  • Overseas Travel Insurance (for travellers up to 60 years of age)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Continental buffet breakfast
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Tours attractions and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Tips
  • All transfers by Deluxe Coach as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Professional Yatra tour manager
  • Visa Assistance Charges
  • Items of personal nature viz, drinks, laundry, calls, etc.
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary.
  • GST of 5% on total package price.
  • Overseas Travel Insurance (for 60 Years and above).
  • Any increase in the airfare, fuel surcharge taxes charged by the airlines before the issuance of flight tickets shall be charged extra irrespective of the booking date (Airfare & taxes currently calculated as on Oct ’18).
  • Cost of extension or devaition of air ticket as per actual at the time of ticketing.
  • Events or Trade Fair surcharges might be applicable on specific departure dates.
  • Optional Tours.
  • Porterage at Hotels, Airports and Seaports.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
  • UK & Schengen Visa Fee (April 2020 Onwards)
What is the incidence of crime in Italy?

Thanks to mafia-themed masterpieces like The Godfather, there is a misconception that Italy has a high crime rate, but most crime in Italy is confined to bag-snatching and pickpocketing. Although organised crime in Italy is a reality, it’s unlikely to affect day-to-day life in any way.

What is the population mix of Italy?

Ethnic Italians constitute 95 percent of the population, and the largest ethnic minority is Romanian. Over the past few years, statistics have shown increasing waves of immigration from the EU countries of Eastern Europe and illegal immigrants from southeastern Europe and North Africa. The population density of Italy ranks among the highest in Europe. This means that Italian culture influences many aspects of life and expats may experience elements of culture shock in Italy.

How is the economy of Italy performing?

Italy’s economic growth in the past 15 years has been one of the slowest in the European Union. However, despite slow growth, the economy itself is one of the largest in the world. Italy is a member of the G8 group of industrialised nations and the economy is reliant on importing raw materials for industry. Still, expats can find opportunities for work in tourism, finance, media and communication and teaching English as a foreign language, amongst other areas of work.

What type of government does Italy have?

Italy is a parliamentary democracy with a history of coalition governments.

What is the climate like?

Italy’s climate varies from one region to another, with Mediterranean conditions experienced on the coast and continental weather and temperatures in the interior. Higher elevated areas close to the Alps and Apennines encounter particularly frigid conditions. Rainfall occurs mainly during the autumn and winter seasons, with the wettest parts in the north of the country. Temperatures tend to fluctuate year-round between 11°C and 30°C (51°F to 86°F). The hottest month is July and the coldest is January, when the average daily minimum and maximum can range from 4°C to 6°C (39°F to 42°F).

How can I buy a car in Italy?

Though public transport in Italy is extensive, it has its faults. So, often, expats choose to buy a car. Anyone can buy a car in Italy, as long as they have a residence permit. Then they must find the car they want, be it new or second hand. Once they have decided, they must go to the ACI Public Registry Office to register the transaction and put the car in their name. Car insurance is a must, so factor this in when thinking about costs. It’s also important to think about the feasibility of owning a car, especially in big cities like Rome.

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