SPAIN & PORTUGAL ADVENTURE

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Embark on a remarkable journey through Spain and Portugal, where culture, history, and architectural wonders await. Your adventure begins in Barcelona, a city pulsating with vibrant culture. Explore iconic landmarks like the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, and the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. Savour tapas during a delightful lunch. In Valencia, discover ancient city walls, historic neighborhoods, and the cathedral, home to the Holy Grail. Visit La Lonja de la Seda, a UNESCO masterpiece. Travel to Granada, explore the Albaicín, and marvel at the Alhambra’s beauty. Savour dinner and rest.

Next, head to Seville, a city of history and grandeur. Visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and choose to explore the city or visit the Alcazar. Continue your journey to Cordoba, famed for its UNESCO-listed historic centre and the Mosque-Cathedral. Delight in local specialties and move on to Seville. In the Algarve, Portugal, wander through the charming town of Tavira and explore Ria Formosa Natural Park, a haven for wildlife. Conclude the day in Albufeira, a coastal town with a vibrant atmosphere.

Journey to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, and enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Jeronimos Monastery. Experience Fado music with a sumptuous meal at a Lisbon Fado venue. Discover Baixa in Lisbon and explore the Alfama neighborhood, including the São Jorge Castle. Head to Coimbra, a city steeped in history, and visit the university, the Joanina Library, and the Royal Palace.

Your adventure continues to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Explore Clérigos Tower, São Bento Railway Station, and the Ribeira Quarter. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace and enjoy a boat tour on the Douro River. Explore the Douro Valley’s terraced vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy lunch with regional products. Arrive in Viseu, where you can stroll through the cozy town centre. The journey leads back to Spain, visiting Salamanca and Ávila with its medieval city walls. Finally, arrive in Madrid, where you’ll embark on a panoramic tour, explore Toledo, and enjoy a farewell dinner. What an incredible two weeks.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Saturday 28th September 2024

BARCELONA (ARRIVAL DAY) (D)

Arrive at Barcelona airport, where you will be met and transferred  to the hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Two’s a Crowd Tour Host for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Best 4’ in Barcelona or similar


Day 2 – Sunday 29th September 2024

BARCELONA (B,L,D)

Barcelona, a city that pulses with vibrant culture, historic treasures, and architectural wonders, extends an enticing invitation to embark on an immersive full-day tour that reveals the very soul of this extraordinary metropolis. You’ll be enveloped in the architectural marvels of the legendary Antoni Gaudi and the intricate tapestry of Barcelona’s city centre. As you meander through the city’s enchanting streets, you’ll come across iconic landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, with its winding medieval alleys and storied edifices, and the bustling La Rambla, a promenade alive with street performers and market stalls. The tour’s pinnacle undoubtedly rests in the visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s magnum opus. This awe-inspiring basilica, still evolving after more than a century, stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its breathtaking facade, intricate interiors, and soaring spires render it one of the globe’s most renowned landmarks. As you explore this architectural masterpiece, you’ll be entranced by the interplay of light and colour within its sacred spaces. A culinary highlight of the tour unfolds during a tapas luncheon at a local eatery nestled in the heart of the city. Barcelona is celebrated for its gastronomic offerings, and tapas encapsulate the very essence of Spanish culinary artistry. Indulge in an array of small, flavoursome dishes that embody the spirit of sharing and conviviality, all while basking in the city’s lively ambiance. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Best 4’ in Barcelona or similar


Day 3 – Monday 30th September 2024

BARCELONA – VALENCIA (B,L,D)

Following breakfast at the hotel, our journey leads us to the charming city of Valencia, where we’ll arrive around lunchtime. Before we dive into exploration, a delectable tapas lunch awaits at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Valencia, a city steeped in history and enriched with a vibrant cultural heritage, beckons with open arms. Here, ancient city walls, historic neighbourhoods like the Barrio del Carmen, and a plethora of museums and art galleries await your eager exploration. The city’s cathedral stands as a remarkable landmark, housing the Holy Grail, believed to be the chalice used during the Last Supper.

The crowning jewel of your day unfolds with a visit to La Lonja de la Seda, or the Silk Exchange, a true treasure of Valencia. This Gothic-style masterpiece, erected during the late 15th century at the peak of the city’s prosperity, has earned the esteemed title of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its intricate columns, breathtaking carvings, and the grandeur of the Trading Hall bear testament to the city’s opulence during its Golden Age. The main hall, adorned with ribbed vaults and delicate ornamentation, eloquently echoes the city’s historical role as a hub for silk trading. It’s an architectural masterpiece that encapsulates the elegance of a bygone era. As the day winds to a close, we’ll savour  dinner and find rest at the welcoming Hotel Eurostars Acteon in Valencia.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Eurostars Acteon’ in Valencia or similar


Day 4 – Tuesday 1st October 2024

VALENCIA – GRANADA (B,D)

Today, our adventure unfolds as we set out to explore the captivating City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on foot. Here, we’ll be treated to a visual feast of modern architecture, a testament to the brilliance of Santiago de Calatrava. This complex stands as a symbol of modernity and innovation in the realms of architecture and cultural development. Comprising several distinct and visually stunning buildings and structures, each with its unique purpose, the City of Arts and Sciences has solidified its place as one of Valencia’s most iconic landmarks. Following a leisurely break for lunch, we’ll regroup and board the coach, embarking on a journey to the enchanting city of Granada. Our arrival is anticipated in the evening, concluding with dinner at the hotel.       

Your own room at ‘Hotel Tent Granada’ or similar


Day 5 – Wednesday 2nd October 2024

GRANADA (B,D)

Prepare for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Granada, a city steeped in history and artistic splendor, as we embark on an exploration of its vibrant city centre and the mesmerizing Alhambra Nazaríes Palaces, a true jewel of Islamic architecture and culture. Our day commences with a visit to the Albaicín, Granada’s ancient Moorish quarter. Its narrow, winding streets unfurl like a tapestry, adorned with white-washed houses, balconies overflowing with vibrant flowers, and secret courtyards. This historic neighborhood offers a portal to Granada’s medieval past, and the breathtaking views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás are a sight to behold.

Our next stop is Plaza Nueva, the beating heart of the city. This bustling square is a hive of activity, home to a plethora of cafes, shops, and street performers. As you meander through the square, you’ll feel the vibrant pulse of daily life in Granada. The pinnacle of our day awaits as we step into the Alhambra Nazaríes Palaces, an architectural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Alhambra stands as a testament to the grandeur of Islamic art and culture in Spain. Within the Alhambra, we delve into the Nasrid Palaces, the most iconic facet of this remarkable complex. Here, you’ll explore intricately designed courtyards, tranquil reflecting pools, and ornate rooms that showcase the exquisite artistry of Islamic architecture. Marvel at the Hall of the Ambassadors, the enchanting Court of the Lions, and the enchanting Generalife Gardens. The geometric patterns, intricate stucco work, and intricate tile mosaics will transport you to another era. Our journey also leads us to the Alcazaba, a fortress nestled within the Alhambra’s embrace. Ascend its towers and walls to savour panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. A leisurely stroll through the Generalife Gardens, a haven of fountains, terraces, and lush greenery, offers insight into the leisure and relaxation enjoyed by the Nasrid rulers. You’ll have free time for lunch in the city centre, where you can savour the local cuisine and soak in the ambiance. As the day draws to a close, we’ll gather for dinner at the hotel. 

Your own room at ‘Hotel Tent Granada or similar


Day 6 – Thursday 3rd October 2024

GRANADA    CORDOBA – SEVILLE (B,D)

Today we continue our journey towards the south via Cordoba to Seville. Our first stop is the historic centre of Cordoba, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. As you meander along cobbled streets, you’ll be flanked by white-washed buildings adorned with vibrant flowers, encapsulating the true spirit of Andalusia. Within this enchanting labyrinth, you’ll uncover concealed courtyards, delightful plazas, and the whispers of the city’s Moorish legacy. Next, we step into the iconic Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, a living testament to the city’s enthralling history of religious harmony. Inside, prepare to be entranced by the extraordinary fusion of Islamic and Christian architecture. The marble forest of columns, graceful horseshoe arches, and the awe-inspiring Mihrab are a visual symphony to behold. Following this immersive experience, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the heart of Cordoba’s city centre. Delight in local specialties, including the refreshing salmorejo (a chilled tomato soup), the delectable flamenquín (breaded ham and cheese rolls), and an array of mouthwatering tapas.

Our journey continues in the afternoon as we bid farewell to Cordoba and set our course for Seville, the vivacious capital of Andalusia. Upon our arrival in Seville, we commence with an introductory panoramic tour of the city, offering you a tantalizing glimpse of the grandeur that awaits. The city’s resplendent architecture, storied history, and vibrant atmosphere are bound to captivate your senses. Our day concludes with dinner at the hotel.

Your own room at ‘Novotel Sevilla’ or similar


Day 7 –  Friday 4th October 2024

SEVILLE (B,L,D)

Today, we fully immerse ourselves in the captivating city of Seville, where history, culture, and architectural marvels converge to create a remarkable tapestry. Our day is brimming with iconic landmarks, culinary delights, and the chance to explore the heart of this vibrant Andalusian jewel. Our morning commences with a visit to some of Seville’s most renowned and cherished landmarks, each imbued with a rich history and architectural grandeur. The Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands as a monumental masterpiece, a testament to Seville’s storied history and Christian legacy. Inside, you’ll be awe-inspired by its soaring nave, intricate stained-glass windows, and an abundance of chapels. The tomb of Christopher Columbus also finds its resting place within these sacred walls. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the Giralda Tower, an iconic symbol of Seville. This former minaret, now transformed into a bell tower, offers a unique ascent with a series of ramps instead of stairs. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city, revealing the architectural and historical diversity that defines Seville. Following the cathedral and Giralda experience, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the historical heart of Seville. Wander through charming plazas and narrow streets, where the city’s rich heritage comes to life. At every turn, hidden gems emerge, from quaint cafes to vibrant street markets.For lunch, we’ll indulge in the delectable Andalusian tradition of tapas at a local restaurant. Here, you’ll relish the tantalizing flavours of regional dishes, perfectly complemented by a fine glass of local wine. In the afternoon, you have the freedom to choose your own adventure:

Option 1: Free Time to Explore

Enjoy the liberty to explore Seville at your own pace. Meander through the historic streets, soak in the city’s unique ambiance, and perhaps uncover new treasures.

Option 2: Visit of the Alcazar

Join us for an enlightening visit to the Alcazar of Seville, another UNESCO World Heritage site. This royal palace is a true architectural marvel, seamlessly blending Moorish and Christian influences. As you walk through its exquisite gardens, intricate courtyards, and opulent chambers, you’ll be immersed in the grandeur of Spanish history. As the day draws to a close, we’ll come together for dinner and a restful night’s stay at the comfortable Novotel Sevilla.

Your own room at ‘Novotel Sevilla’ or similar


Day 8 – Saturday 5th October 2024

SEVILLE – TAVIRA – RIA FORMOSA, FARO – ALBUFEIRA (B,L,D)

Our day unfolds as we leave behind the enchanting landscapes of southern Spain and venture into the picturesque coastal towns of the Algarve in Portugal. Our journey is a fusion of culture, nature, and relaxation, as we cross the border to explore Tavira, the Ria Formosa, and conclude our day in the vibrant town of Albufeira.

As we bid farewell to Spain, the scenery undergoes a mesmerizing transformation, unveiling the beauty of the Algarve region. Our initial destination is the delightful town of Tavira, renowned as an ancient fishing village. Saunter through its historic town centre, where cobbled streets, white-washed buildings, and the scent of the sea blend together to create a nostalgic atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to traverse its charming streets, uncover centuries-old churches, and bask in the town’s maritime heritage. We’ve prepared a delightful lunch for you at a local restaurant, where you can relish the authentic flavours of the region.

Our journey proceeds to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area of immense ecological significance. This breathtaking coastal lagoon serves as a sanctuary for wildlife and a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The tour unveils the park’s natural splendor, with its salt pans, tidal flats, and a profusion of bird species. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the awe-inspiring landscapes and the chance to spot flamingos, herons, and other local wildlife. As the day draws to a close, we reach Albufeira, a lively coastal town nestled in the heart of the Algarve. Our hotel is ideally positioned close to the picturesque town centre. Wander through the charming streets, adorned with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant ambiance, perhaps with a leisurely stroll along the scenic seafront promenade.The evening culminates with a delightful dinner and a restful night’s stay at the welcoming Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira, Portugal.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa’ in Albufeira, Portugal or similar


Day 9 – Sunday 6th October 2024

ALBUFEIRA – LISBON (B,D)

Leaving the captivating Algarve region behind, we journey northward to the vibrant capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Upon our arrival, lunch awaits at a local restaurant, where you’ll have the pleasure of indulging in Lisbon’s culinary delights. In the afternoon, we set our sights on the historic district of Belém, a place where Portugal’s age of discovery comes vividly to life. Our first stop is the impressive Belém Tower, a fortified structure that once stood as the sentinel of Lisbon’s harbor entrance. This remarkable exemplar of Manueline architecture graces the waterfront and offers a glimpse into the city’s maritime heritage. Our tour proceeds with a visit to the Monument to the Discoveries, a grand tribute to Portugal’s legendary navigators, including the likes of Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator. A visit to Belém wouldn’t be complete without exploring the exquisite Jeronimos Monastery. This magnificent Manueline-style monastery is celebrated for its intricate stone carvings, serene cloisters, and its role as a symbol of Portugal’s maritime triumphs. Inside, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings and a serene ambiance that offers a striking contrast to the bustling world outside.

Lisbon is renowned for its deeply emotional and hauntingly beautiful music, Fado. As the sun sets over the city, its narrow, winding streets come alive with the soft glow of lamplight. You’ll embark on a journey to one of Lisbon’s intimate Fado venues, where the melancholic melodies of Fado fill the air. Before the music begins, you’ll have the opportunity to relish a traditional Portuguese meal. Enhance your dinner with Portuguese wines to fully immerse yourself in the local flavours.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Smy in Lisbon’ or similar


Day 10 – Monday 7th October 2024

LISBON – COIMBRA (B,D)

Today’s journey commences in the heart of Lisbon, in the district known as Baixa. Here, you’ll leisurely stroll along wide, tree-lined boulevards, admire ornate squares, and explore elegant 18th-century buildings. The grandeur of this district, meticulously reconstructed after the devastating 1755 earthquake, offers a glimpse into the regal history of the city. Our exploration then guides us to the iconic Alfama neighborhood, one of Lisbon’s most ancient districts. We meander through its labyrinthine streets adorned with red-tiled roofs and pastel-hued buildings, culminating in our visit to the São Jorge Castle. From its vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Following a morning filled with exploration, we’ll pause for  lunch in Lisbon. Afterward, we bid farewell to the coastal capital and set our course towards the central region of Portugal. Our destination is the historic city of Coimbra, renowned as the home to one of the world’s oldest universities. As the day unfolds, we’ll gather for dinner.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Coimbra Aeminium’ or similar


Day 11 – Tuesday 8th October 2024

COIMBRA – OPORTO (B,L,D)

Our day commences with a captivating walking tour of the historical centre of Coimbra, where we delve into the rich tapestry of history and academia that defines this city. Coimbra’s enchanting old town unfurls like a maze of narrow streets, traditional shops, and cozy cafes. As we explore the university’s campus, you’ll have the privilege of visiting the Joanina Library, a UNESCO heritage site, and the Royal Palace, each brimming with the accumulated knowledge of centuries. Our journey then leads us to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city, where we’ll savour a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll venture into the UNESCO-listed historical centre. Our city tour takes us to the iconic Clérigos Tower and São Bento Railway Station, celebrated for its breathtaking azulejo tilework. The station’s walls are adorned with intricate blue-and-white tiles that depict scenes from Portugal’s rich history and culture. Our exploration continues to the Ribeira Quarter, one of the most picturesque areas in Porto, where you’ll encounter colorful buildings, narrow alleys, and the lively atmosphere along the Douro River waterfront. As you wander through these vibrant streets, you’ll capture the very essence of the city. Our next destination is the Stock Exchange Palace, a neoclassical marvel boasting opulent interiors, including the famous Arab Room. Here, you’ll explore lavishly adorned chambers, each displaying a unique blend of styles and influences.

If time permits, we’ll embark on a boat tour on the Douro River, providing unparalleled views of the city and its iconic bridges, including the Dom Luís I Bridge. This scenic cruise offers an ideal vantage point to admire Porto’s landscape from the water. Dinner at the hotel. 

Your own room at ‘Holiday Inn Porto Gaia’ in Oporto or similar


Day 12 – Wednesday 9th October 2024

PORTO – DOURO VALLEY – VISEU (B,L,D)

Leaving behind the charms of Oporto, we embark on a journey to discover the breathtaking vistas of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, the iconic terraced vineyards gracefully cascade down the hillsides. These meticulously cultivated slopes bear the fruits used in the crafting of exquisite port wine. As you soak in the panoramic views, you’ll gain a profound appreciation for the artistry of the winemakers and the singular beauty of this region. Our journey comes to a pause for lunch, where you’ll enjoy fresh regional products, an expression of the local culinary heritage, against the backdrop of the Douro Valley’s splendor. Continuing our adventure, we make our way to Viseu. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely stroll through the town centre, celebrated for its warm and welcoming ambiance. Meander along its narrow streets, graced with traditional Portuguese architecture, and take your time to explore the local shops, cafes, and historic landmarks. Dinner at the hotel.  

Your own room at ‘Hotel Grao Vasco’ in Viseu or similar


Day 13 – Thursday 10th October 2024

VISEU – SALAMANCA – AVILA – MADRID (B,D)

After  breakfast at the hotel, we turn our sights back to Spain, but this time, we venture into the heart of the Castile region. Our first destination is Salamanca, a city steeped in history and celebrated for its prestigious university, one of the oldest in Europe. As we explore this remarkable city, you’ll have the opportunity for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, where you can indulge in regional delicacies.

Our journey continues as we proceed to Ávila, a town closely associated with the beloved Saint Teresa of Ávila. Ávila is renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval city walls, which embrace the historic centre. Here, we’ll embark on a leisurely walk along the ancient walls, granting you panoramic views of the city’s picturesque streets and historic architecture. As you explore the cobblestone streets and visit notable landmarks, you’ll truly feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. As the day draws to a close, we make our way to the vibrant city of Madrid, where we’ll check in at our hotel. The evening unfolds with another included dinner and a restful night’s stay at the Novotel Madrid Centre.

Your own room at ‘Novotel Madrid Centre’ or similar


Day 14 – Friday 11th October 2024

MADRID & TOLEDO (B,D)

Our day commences with a panoramic tour of Madrid, granting us glimpses of its most significant monuments, including the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Palace, and the Almudena Cathedral. We’ll embark on a delightful walk through Madrid’s city centre, where you’ll encounter vibrant streets, historic architecture, and bustling plazas. Our tour takes us to the renowned Mercado de San Miguel, an epicurean haven where you can sample a diverse array of Spanish delicacies. You’ll have some free time for lunch, offering you the chance to relish the authentic flavours of Spanish cuisine. As we arrive in Toledo, you’ll be greeted by the city’s enduring beauty and rich history. We’ll pay a visit to the stunning Cathedral of Toledo, a true masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture. The cathedral’s interior is graced with intricate artwork, chapels, and an overwhelming sense of religious and historical significance. To conclude this intense two-week journey through Portugal and Spain, we come together for a farewell dinner.

Your own room at ‘Novotel Madrid Centre’ or similar


Day 15 – Saturday 12th October 2024

MADRID (DEPARTURE DAY) (B)

Today we’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before our group transfer to Madrid airport and our journey home or onto further adventures!

TOUR PRICING: A$10,996

TOUR DATES: 28TH SEPTEMBER – 12TH OCTOBER 2024

Hotel Best 4 in Barcelona

This modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from Llacuna subway stop and 11 minutes from the beach. It’s also 3 km from Sagrada Família. Offering free Wi-Fi, the stylish rooms also have flat-screen TVs, as well as desks and sitting areas. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemaking equipment, minibars and views of the city or the Mediterranean sea. There’s a modern restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and a casual bar with snacks. There’s also a fitness room with a sauna, a hot tub and a steam room. Massages are available with surcharges.

Hotel Eurostars Acteon in Valencia

An 8-minute walk from Ayora metro station, this modern hotel is 1 km from the City of Arts and Sciences complex, and 3 km from La Malvarrosa Beach. The casual rooms are warmly decorated, featuring free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibars and desks. Suites add sitting areas; some have 2nd bedrooms. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet is offered (fee). There’s a bright Mediterranean restaurant and a contemporary bar. There’s also an exercise room, a squash court and a sauna, as well as a business center and bike rentals.

Hotel Tent Granada

In a modern building along a tree-lined, 2-way street, this laid-back hotel is a 4-minute walk from Granada train station, 2 km from the Royal Chapel of Granada and 13 km from the medieval Alhambra fortress complex. The unassuming, air-conditioned rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars. Suites add living areas and whirlpool tubs. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, and a compact outdoor pool with a sun terrace, plus a spa and a gym.

Novotel Sevilla

Across the street from Ramon Sanchez–Pizjuan Stadium, this modern hotel is 2 km from Catedral de Sevilla and 4 km from Alcázar of Seville, the royal palace. Airy rooms with contemporary furnishings have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. Suites add Nespresso machines. A casual restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. A bar offers light fare, and live entertainment on some nights. Other amenities include a gym, and seasonal outdoor pool with city views, as well as an indoor playground and video game center.

Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira

This airy, relaxed hotel near Fisherman Beach is 2 km from Praia da Oura and 13 km from golfing at Vilamoura Old Course. Warmly furnished rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add living areas. Room service is available. Other amenities include 2 bars and a restaurant, as well as a spa, a fitness centre, and indoor and outdoor pools. There’s also a playground, a game room and gardens.

Hotel Smy in Lisbon

Reflective glass exteriors marks this modern hotel. It’s an 11-minute walk from a metro stop (with direct service to the airport) and 3 km from Rossio Square. Featuring contemporary design in warm earth tones, the rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and desks. Upgraded units add balconies, tea and coffeemakers, and terraces. Suites include lounges with sofas. Room service is offered. The a la carte restaurant serves regional fare and has themed dinners. There are 2 bars, including a 6th-floor cocktail lounge with a terrace offering city/river views. Other amenities include an exercise room and a business center.

Hotel Coimbra Aeminium

Hotel Coimbra Aeminium enjoys a hill-top location in Coimbra. The hotel bar features live music once a week. The air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in a modern style with pastel colors. They include a cable TV, mini-bar and work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Baga restaurant, which serves a selection of Portuguese, international and vegetarian cuisine.

Holiday Inn Porto Gaia in Oporto

An 8-minute walk from Vila Nova de Gaia train station, this modern high-rise hotel is 2 km from the Dom Luis Bridge over the Douro River. Relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars, along with tea and coffeemakers; upgraded rooms have river views. Suites add kitchenettes, and living areas with sofabeds. Room service is offered. Kids age 19 and under stay at no cost with parents. There’s a casual restaurant, an atrium bar and a 24-hour lounge. Breakfast is offered for a fee. Other amenities include an indoor pool and a hot tub, plus a gym and a spa.

Hotel Grao Vasco in Viseu

This relaxed hotel surrounded by greenery is a 3-minute walk from Parque Aquilino Ribeiro, a 6-minute walk from Viseu Cathedral and a 7-minute walk from the Sé de Viseu funicular railway. Warmly decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Upgraded rooms add balconies and/or mini fridges. Breakfast and parking are free. There’s an airy restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a mature garden and an outdoor pool.

Novotel Madrid Centre

Occupying a modern brick building in the city centre, this expansive hotel is 7 km from the Teatro Real opera house and 10 km from Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Featuring hardwood floors, the slick rooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and desks, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Some have pull-out sofas. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, Nespresso machines and terraces. There’s a casual regional eatery and a bar showing big-screen sports; a breakfast buffet is offered for a fee. Other amenities include a fitness room, a business centre and stylish lounge areas.

PORTUGAL

Language

The official language is Portuguese.

Currency 

Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Passports & Visas

Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.

 

SPAIN

Language

The official language in Spain is Spanish or Castilian Spanish, which is spoken by all citizens. However, certain Autonomous Communities have their own official language in addition to Spanish. Catalan is spoken in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, and Basque in the Basque Country and part of Navarre.

Currency

Spain has the euro (EUR) as its currency. One Euro is made up of 100 cents, and there are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 Euros), and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Passports & Visas

Spain has visa-free travel agreements with a number of non-Schengen and non-EU countries including Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfasts 14,L = Lunches 6, D=dinners 14)
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!
  • One Group arrival and departure transfer included to align with the majority of flight times

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Porterage

Embark on a remarkable journey through Spain and Portugal, where culture, history, and architectural wonders await. Your adventure begins in Barcelona, a city pulsating with vibrant culture. Explore iconic landmarks like the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, and the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. Savour tapas during a delightful lunch. In Valencia, discover ancient city walls, historic neighborhoods, and the cathedral, home to the Holy Grail. Visit La Lonja de la Seda, a UNESCO masterpiece. Travel to Granada, explore the Albaicín, and marvel at the Alhambra’s beauty. Savour dinner and rest.

Next, head to Seville, a city of history and grandeur. Visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and choose to explore the city or visit the Alcazar. Continue your journey to Cordoba, famed for its UNESCO-listed historic centre and the Mosque-Cathedral. Delight in local specialties and move on to Seville. In the Algarve, Portugal, wander through the charming town of Tavira and explore Ria Formosa Natural Park, a haven for wildlife. Conclude the day in Albufeira, a coastal town with a vibrant atmosphere.

Journey to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, and enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Jeronimos Monastery. Experience Fado music with a sumptuous meal at a Lisbon Fado venue. Discover Baixa in Lisbon and explore the Alfama neighborhood, including the São Jorge Castle. Head to Coimbra, a city steeped in history, and visit the university, the Joanina Library, and the Royal Palace.

Your adventure continues to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Explore Clérigos Tower, São Bento Railway Station, and the Ribeira Quarter. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace and enjoy a boat tour on the Douro River. Explore the Douro Valley’s terraced vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy lunch with regional products. Arrive in Viseu, where you can stroll through the cozy town centre. The journey leads back to Spain, visiting Salamanca and Ávila with its medieval city walls. Finally, arrive in Madrid, where you’ll embark on a panoramic tour, explore Toledo, and enjoy a farewell dinner. What an incredible two weeks.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Saturday 28th September 2024

BARCELONA (ARRIVAL DAY) (D)

Arrive at Barcelona airport, where you will be met and transferred  to the hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Two’s a Crowd Tour Host for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

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Day 2 – Sunday 29th September 2024

BARCELONA (B,L,D)

Barcelona, a city that pulses with vibrant culture, historic treasures, and architectural wonders, extends an enticing invitation to embark on an immersive full-day tour that reveals the very soul of this extraordinary metropolis. You’ll be enveloped in the architectural marvels of the legendary Antoni Gaudi and the intricate tapestry of Barcelona’s city centre. As you meander through the city’s enchanting streets, you’ll come across iconic landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, with its winding medieval alleys and storied edifices, and the bustling La Rambla, a promenade alive with street performers and market stalls. The tour’s pinnacle undoubtedly rests in the visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s magnum opus. This awe-inspiring basilica, still evolving after more than a century, stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its breathtaking facade, intricate interiors, and soaring spires render it one of the globe’s most renowned landmarks. As you explore this architectural masterpiece, you’ll be entranced by the interplay of light and colour within its sacred spaces. A culinary highlight of the tour unfolds during a tapas luncheon at a local eatery nestled in the heart of the city. Barcelona is celebrated for its gastronomic offerings, and tapas encapsulate the very essence of Spanish culinary artistry. Indulge in an array of small, flavoursome dishes that embody the spirit of sharing and conviviality, all while basking in the city’s lively ambiance. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3 – Monday 30th September 2024

BARCELONA – VALENCIA (B,L,D)

Following breakfast at the hotel, our journey leads us to the charming city of Valencia, where we’ll arrive around lunchtime. Before we dive into exploration, a delectable tapas lunch awaits at a local restaurant in the heart of the city. Valencia, a city steeped in history and enriched with a vibrant cultural heritage, beckons with open arms. Here, ancient city walls, historic neighbourhoods like the Barrio del Carmen, and a plethora of museums and art galleries await your eager exploration. The city’s cathedral stands as a remarkable landmark, housing the Holy Grail, believed to be the chalice used during the Last Supper.

The crowning jewel of your day unfolds with a visit to La Lonja de la Seda, or the Silk Exchange, a true treasure of Valencia. This Gothic-style masterpiece, erected during the late 15th century at the peak of the city’s prosperity, has earned the esteemed title of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its intricate columns, breathtaking carvings, and the grandeur of the Trading Hall bear testament to the city’s opulence during its Golden Age. The main hall, adorned with ribbed vaults and delicate ornamentation, eloquently echoes the city’s historical role as a hub for silk trading. It’s an architectural masterpiece that encapsulates the elegance of a bygone era. As the day winds to a close, we’ll savour  dinner and find rest at the welcoming Hotel Eurostars Acteon in Valencia.

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Day 4 – Tuesday 1st October 2024

VALENCIA – GRANADA (B,D)

Today, our adventure unfolds as we set out to explore the captivating City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on foot. Here, we’ll be treated to a visual feast of modern architecture, a testament to the brilliance of Santiago de Calatrava. This complex stands as a symbol of modernity and innovation in the realms of architecture and cultural development. Comprising several distinct and visually stunning buildings and structures, each with its unique purpose, the City of Arts and Sciences has solidified its place as one of Valencia’s most iconic landmarks. Following a leisurely break for lunch, we’ll regroup and board the coach, embarking on a journey to the enchanting city of Granada. Our arrival is anticipated in the evening, concluding with dinner at the hotel.       

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Day 5 – Wednesday 2nd October 2024

GRANADA (B,D)

Prepare for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Granada, a city steeped in history and artistic splendor, as we embark on an exploration of its vibrant city centre and the mesmerizing Alhambra Nazaríes Palaces, a true jewel of Islamic architecture and culture. Our day commences with a visit to the Albaicín, Granada’s ancient Moorish quarter. Its narrow, winding streets unfurl like a tapestry, adorned with white-washed houses, balconies overflowing with vibrant flowers, and secret courtyards. This historic neighborhood offers a portal to Granada’s medieval past, and the breathtaking views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás are a sight to behold.

Our next stop is Plaza Nueva, the beating heart of the city. This bustling square is a hive of activity, home to a plethora of cafes, shops, and street performers. As you meander through the square, you’ll feel the vibrant pulse of daily life in Granada. The pinnacle of our day awaits as we step into the Alhambra Nazaríes Palaces, an architectural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Alhambra stands as a testament to the grandeur of Islamic art and culture in Spain. Within the Alhambra, we delve into the Nasrid Palaces, the most iconic facet of this remarkable complex. Here, you’ll explore intricately designed courtyards, tranquil reflecting pools, and ornate rooms that showcase the exquisite artistry of Islamic architecture. Marvel at the Hall of the Ambassadors, the enchanting Court of the Lions, and the enchanting Generalife Gardens. The geometric patterns, intricate stucco work, and intricate tile mosaics will transport you to another era. Our journey also leads us to the Alcazaba, a fortress nestled within the Alhambra’s embrace. Ascend its towers and walls to savour panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. A leisurely stroll through the Generalife Gardens, a haven of fountains, terraces, and lush greenery, offers insight into the leisure and relaxation enjoyed by the Nasrid rulers. You’ll have free time for lunch in the city centre, where you can savour the local cuisine and soak in the ambiance. As the day draws to a close, we’ll gather for dinner at the hotel. 

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Day 6 – Thursday 3rd October 2024

GRANADA    CORDOBA – SEVILLE (B,D)

Today we continue our journey towards the south via Cordoba to Seville. Our first stop is the historic centre of Cordoba, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. As you meander along cobbled streets, you’ll be flanked by white-washed buildings adorned with vibrant flowers, encapsulating the true spirit of Andalusia. Within this enchanting labyrinth, you’ll uncover concealed courtyards, delightful plazas, and the whispers of the city’s Moorish legacy. Next, we step into the iconic Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, a living testament to the city’s enthralling history of religious harmony. Inside, prepare to be entranced by the extraordinary fusion of Islamic and Christian architecture. The marble forest of columns, graceful horseshoe arches, and the awe-inspiring Mihrab are a visual symphony to behold. Following this immersive experience, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the heart of Cordoba’s city centre. Delight in local specialties, including the refreshing salmorejo (a chilled tomato soup), the delectable flamenquín (breaded ham and cheese rolls), and an array of mouthwatering tapas.

Our journey continues in the afternoon as we bid farewell to Cordoba and set our course for Seville, the vivacious capital of Andalusia. Upon our arrival in Seville, we commence with an introductory panoramic tour of the city, offering you a tantalizing glimpse of the grandeur that awaits. The city’s resplendent architecture, storied history, and vibrant atmosphere are bound to captivate your senses. Our day concludes with dinner at the hotel.

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Day 7 –  Friday 4th October 2024

SEVILLE (B,L,D)

Today, we fully immerse ourselves in the captivating city of Seville, where history, culture, and architectural marvels converge to create a remarkable tapestry. Our day is brimming with iconic landmarks, culinary delights, and the chance to explore the heart of this vibrant Andalusian jewel. Our morning commences with a visit to some of Seville’s most renowned and cherished landmarks, each imbued with a rich history and architectural grandeur. The Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands as a monumental masterpiece, a testament to Seville’s storied history and Christian legacy. Inside, you’ll be awe-inspired by its soaring nave, intricate stained-glass windows, and an abundance of chapels. The tomb of Christopher Columbus also finds its resting place within these sacred walls. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the Giralda Tower, an iconic symbol of Seville. This former minaret, now transformed into a bell tower, offers a unique ascent with a series of ramps instead of stairs. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city, revealing the architectural and historical diversity that defines Seville. Following the cathedral and Giralda experience, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the historical heart of Seville. Wander through charming plazas and narrow streets, where the city’s rich heritage comes to life. At every turn, hidden gems emerge, from quaint cafes to vibrant street markets.For lunch, we’ll indulge in the delectable Andalusian tradition of tapas at a local restaurant. Here, you’ll relish the tantalizing flavours of regional dishes, perfectly complemented by a fine glass of local wine. In the afternoon, you have the freedom to choose your own adventure:

Option 1: Free Time to Explore

Enjoy the liberty to explore Seville at your own pace. Meander through the historic streets, soak in the city’s unique ambiance, and perhaps uncover new treasures.

Option 2: Visit of the Alcazar

Join us for an enlightening visit to the Alcazar of Seville, another UNESCO World Heritage site. This royal palace is a true architectural marvel, seamlessly blending Moorish and Christian influences. As you walk through its exquisite gardens, intricate courtyards, and opulent chambers, you’ll be immersed in the grandeur of Spanish history. As the day draws to a close, we’ll come together for dinner and a restful night’s stay at the comfortable Novotel Sevilla.

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Day 8 – Saturday 5th October 2024

SEVILLE – TAVIRA – RIA FORMOSA, FARO – ALBUFEIRA (B,L,D)

Our day unfolds as we leave behind the enchanting landscapes of southern Spain and venture into the picturesque coastal towns of the Algarve in Portugal. Our journey is a fusion of culture, nature, and relaxation, as we cross the border to explore Tavira, the Ria Formosa, and conclude our day in the vibrant town of Albufeira.

As we bid farewell to Spain, the scenery undergoes a mesmerizing transformation, unveiling the beauty of the Algarve region. Our initial destination is the delightful town of Tavira, renowned as an ancient fishing village. Saunter through its historic town centre, where cobbled streets, white-washed buildings, and the scent of the sea blend together to create a nostalgic atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to traverse its charming streets, uncover centuries-old churches, and bask in the town’s maritime heritage. We’ve prepared a delightful lunch for you at a local restaurant, where you can relish the authentic flavours of the region.

Our journey proceeds to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area of immense ecological significance. This breathtaking coastal lagoon serves as a sanctuary for wildlife and a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The tour unveils the park’s natural splendor, with its salt pans, tidal flats, and a profusion of bird species. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the awe-inspiring landscapes and the chance to spot flamingos, herons, and other local wildlife. As the day draws to a close, we reach Albufeira, a lively coastal town nestled in the heart of the Algarve. Our hotel is ideally positioned close to the picturesque town centre. Wander through the charming streets, adorned with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant ambiance, perhaps with a leisurely stroll along the scenic seafront promenade.The evening culminates with a delightful dinner and a restful night’s stay at the welcoming Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira, Portugal.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa’ in Albufeira, Portugal or similar


Day 9 – Sunday 6th October 2024

ALBUFEIRA – LISBON (B,D)

Leaving the captivating Algarve region behind, we journey northward to the vibrant capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Upon our arrival, lunch awaits at a local restaurant, where you’ll have the pleasure of indulging in Lisbon’s culinary delights. In the afternoon, we set our sights on the historic district of Belém, a place where Portugal’s age of discovery comes vividly to life. Our first stop is the impressive Belém Tower, a fortified structure that once stood as the sentinel of Lisbon’s harbor entrance. This remarkable exemplar of Manueline architecture graces the waterfront and offers a glimpse into the city’s maritime heritage. Our tour proceeds with a visit to the Monument to the Discoveries, a grand tribute to Portugal’s legendary navigators, including the likes of Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator. A visit to Belém wouldn’t be complete without exploring the exquisite Jeronimos Monastery. This magnificent Manueline-style monastery is celebrated for its intricate stone carvings, serene cloisters, and its role as a symbol of Portugal’s maritime triumphs. Inside, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings and a serene ambiance that offers a striking contrast to the bustling world outside.

Lisbon is renowned for its deeply emotional and hauntingly beautiful music, Fado. As the sun sets over the city, its narrow, winding streets come alive with the soft glow of lamplight. You’ll embark on a journey to one of Lisbon’s intimate Fado venues, where the melancholic melodies of Fado fill the air. Before the music begins, you’ll have the opportunity to relish a traditional Portuguese meal. Enhance your dinner with Portuguese wines to fully immerse yourself in the local flavours.

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Day 10 – Monday 7th October 2024

LISBON – COIMBRA (B,D)

Today’s journey commences in the heart of Lisbon, in the district known as Baixa. Here, you’ll leisurely stroll along wide, tree-lined boulevards, admire ornate squares, and explore elegant 18th-century buildings. The grandeur of this district, meticulously reconstructed after the devastating 1755 earthquake, offers a glimpse into the regal history of the city. Our exploration then guides us to the iconic Alfama neighborhood, one of Lisbon’s most ancient districts. We meander through its labyrinthine streets adorned with red-tiled roofs and pastel-hued buildings, culminating in our visit to the São Jorge Castle. From its vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Following a morning filled with exploration, we’ll pause for  lunch in Lisbon. Afterward, we bid farewell to the coastal capital and set our course towards the central region of Portugal. Our destination is the historic city of Coimbra, renowned as the home to one of the world’s oldest universities. As the day unfolds, we’ll gather for dinner.

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Day 11 – Tuesday 8th October 2024

COIMBRA – OPORTO (B,L,D)

Our day commences with a captivating walking tour of the historical centre of Coimbra, where we delve into the rich tapestry of history and academia that defines this city. Coimbra’s enchanting old town unfurls like a maze of narrow streets, traditional shops, and cozy cafes. As we explore the university’s campus, you’ll have the privilege of visiting the Joanina Library, a UNESCO heritage site, and the Royal Palace, each brimming with the accumulated knowledge of centuries. Our journey then leads us to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city, where we’ll savour a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll venture into the UNESCO-listed historical centre. Our city tour takes us to the iconic Clérigos Tower and São Bento Railway Station, celebrated for its breathtaking azulejo tilework. The station’s walls are adorned with intricate blue-and-white tiles that depict scenes from Portugal’s rich history and culture. Our exploration continues to the Ribeira Quarter, one of the most picturesque areas in Porto, where you’ll encounter colorful buildings, narrow alleys, and the lively atmosphere along the Douro River waterfront. As you wander through these vibrant streets, you’ll capture the very essence of the city. Our next destination is the Stock Exchange Palace, a neoclassical marvel boasting opulent interiors, including the famous Arab Room. Here, you’ll explore lavishly adorned chambers, each displaying a unique blend of styles and influences.

If time permits, we’ll embark on a boat tour on the Douro River, providing unparalleled views of the city and its iconic bridges, including the Dom Luís I Bridge. This scenic cruise offers an ideal vantage point to admire Porto’s landscape from the water. Dinner at the hotel. 

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Day 12 – Wednesday 9th October 2024

PORTO – DOURO VALLEY – VISEU (B,L,D)

Leaving behind the charms of Oporto, we embark on a journey to discover the breathtaking vistas of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, the iconic terraced vineyards gracefully cascade down the hillsides. These meticulously cultivated slopes bear the fruits used in the crafting of exquisite port wine. As you soak in the panoramic views, you’ll gain a profound appreciation for the artistry of the winemakers and the singular beauty of this region. Our journey comes to a pause for lunch, where you’ll enjoy fresh regional products, an expression of the local culinary heritage, against the backdrop of the Douro Valley’s splendor. Continuing our adventure, we make our way to Viseu. Upon arrival, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a leisurely stroll through the town centre, celebrated for its warm and welcoming ambiance. Meander along its narrow streets, graced with traditional Portuguese architecture, and take your time to explore the local shops, cafes, and historic landmarks. Dinner at the hotel.  

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Day 13 – Thursday 10th October 2024

VISEU – SALAMANCA – AVILA – MADRID (B,D)

After  breakfast at the hotel, we turn our sights back to Spain, but this time, we venture into the heart of the Castile region. Our first destination is Salamanca, a city steeped in history and celebrated for its prestigious university, one of the oldest in Europe. As we explore this remarkable city, you’ll have the opportunity for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, where you can indulge in regional delicacies.

Our journey continues as we proceed to Ávila, a town closely associated with the beloved Saint Teresa of Ávila. Ávila is renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval city walls, which embrace the historic centre. Here, we’ll embark on a leisurely walk along the ancient walls, granting you panoramic views of the city’s picturesque streets and historic architecture. As you explore the cobblestone streets and visit notable landmarks, you’ll truly feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. As the day draws to a close, we make our way to the vibrant city of Madrid, where we’ll check in at our hotel. The evening unfolds with another included dinner and a restful night’s stay at the Novotel Madrid Centre.

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Day 14 – Friday 11th October 2024

MADRID & TOLEDO (B,D)

Our day commences with a panoramic tour of Madrid, granting us glimpses of its most significant monuments, including the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Palace, and the Almudena Cathedral. We’ll embark on a delightful walk through Madrid’s city centre, where you’ll encounter vibrant streets, historic architecture, and bustling plazas. Our tour takes us to the renowned Mercado de San Miguel, an epicurean haven where you can sample a diverse array of Spanish delicacies. You’ll have some free time for lunch, offering you the chance to relish the authentic flavours of Spanish cuisine. As we arrive in Toledo, you’ll be greeted by the city’s enduring beauty and rich history. We’ll pay a visit to the stunning Cathedral of Toledo, a true masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture. The cathedral’s interior is graced with intricate artwork, chapels, and an overwhelming sense of religious and historical significance. To conclude this intense two-week journey through Portugal and Spain, we come together for a farewell dinner.

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Day 15 – Saturday 12th October 2024

MADRID (DEPARTURE DAY) (B)

Today we’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before our group transfer to Madrid airport and our journey home or onto further adventures!

TOUR PRICING: A$10,996

TOUR DATES: 28TH SEPTEMBER – 12TH OCTOBER 2024

Hotel Best 4 in Barcelona

This modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from Llacuna subway stop and 11 minutes from the beach. It’s also 3 km from Sagrada Família. Offering free Wi-Fi, the stylish rooms also have flat-screen TVs, as well as desks and sitting areas. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemaking equipment, minibars and views of the city or the Mediterranean sea. There’s a modern restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and a casual bar with snacks. There’s also a fitness room with a sauna, a hot tub and a steam room. Massages are available with surcharges.

Hotel Eurostars Acteon in Valencia

An 8-minute walk from Ayora metro station, this modern hotel is 1 km from the City of Arts and Sciences complex, and 3 km from La Malvarrosa Beach. The casual rooms are warmly decorated, featuring free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibars and desks. Suites add sitting areas; some have 2nd bedrooms. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet is offered (fee). There’s a bright Mediterranean restaurant and a contemporary bar. There’s also an exercise room, a squash court and a sauna, as well as a business center and bike rentals.

Hotel Tent Granada

In a modern building along a tree-lined, 2-way street, this laid-back hotel is a 4-minute walk from Granada train station, 2 km from the Royal Chapel of Granada and 13 km from the medieval Alhambra fortress complex. The unassuming, air-conditioned rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars. Suites add living areas and whirlpool tubs. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, and a compact outdoor pool with a sun terrace, plus a spa and a gym.

Novotel Sevilla

Across the street from Ramon Sanchez–Pizjuan Stadium, this modern hotel is 2 km from Catedral de Sevilla and 4 km from Alcázar of Seville, the royal palace. Airy rooms with contemporary furnishings have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. Suites add Nespresso machines. A casual restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. A bar offers light fare, and live entertainment on some nights. Other amenities include a gym, and seasonal outdoor pool with city views, as well as an indoor playground and video game center.

Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira

This airy, relaxed hotel near Fisherman Beach is 2 km from Praia da Oura and 13 km from golfing at Vilamoura Old Course. Warmly furnished rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add living areas. Room service is available. Other amenities include 2 bars and a restaurant, as well as a spa, a fitness centre, and indoor and outdoor pools. There’s also a playground, a game room and gardens.

Hotel Smy in Lisbon

Reflective glass exteriors marks this modern hotel. It’s an 11-minute walk from a metro stop (with direct service to the airport) and 3 km from Rossio Square. Featuring contemporary design in warm earth tones, the rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and desks. Upgraded units add balconies, tea and coffeemakers, and terraces. Suites include lounges with sofas. Room service is offered. The a la carte restaurant serves regional fare and has themed dinners. There are 2 bars, including a 6th-floor cocktail lounge with a terrace offering city/river views. Other amenities include an exercise room and a business center.

Hotel Coimbra Aeminium

Hotel Coimbra Aeminium enjoys a hill-top location in Coimbra. The hotel bar features live music once a week. The air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in a modern style with pastel colors. They include a cable TV, mini-bar and work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Baga restaurant, which serves a selection of Portuguese, international and vegetarian cuisine.

Holiday Inn Porto Gaia in Oporto

An 8-minute walk from Vila Nova de Gaia train station, this modern high-rise hotel is 2 km from the Dom Luis Bridge over the Douro River. Relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars, along with tea and coffeemakers; upgraded rooms have river views. Suites add kitchenettes, and living areas with sofabeds. Room service is offered. Kids age 19 and under stay at no cost with parents. There’s a casual restaurant, an atrium bar and a 24-hour lounge. Breakfast is offered for a fee. Other amenities include an indoor pool and a hot tub, plus a gym and a spa.

Hotel Grao Vasco in Viseu

This relaxed hotel surrounded by greenery is a 3-minute walk from Parque Aquilino Ribeiro, a 6-minute walk from Viseu Cathedral and a 7-minute walk from the Sé de Viseu funicular railway. Warmly decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Upgraded rooms add balconies and/or mini fridges. Breakfast and parking are free. There’s an airy restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a mature garden and an outdoor pool.

Novotel Madrid Centre

Occupying a modern brick building in the city centre, this expansive hotel is 7 km from the Teatro Real opera house and 10 km from Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Featuring hardwood floors, the slick rooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and desks, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Some have pull-out sofas. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, Nespresso machines and terraces. There’s a casual regional eatery and a bar showing big-screen sports; a breakfast buffet is offered for a fee. Other amenities include a fitness room, a business centre and stylish lounge areas.

PORTUGAL

Language

The official language is Portuguese.

Currency 

Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Passports & Visas

Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.

 

SPAIN

Language

The official language in Spain is Spanish or Castilian Spanish, which is spoken by all citizens. However, certain Autonomous Communities have their own official language in addition to Spanish. Catalan is spoken in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, and Basque in the Basque Country and part of Navarre.

Currency

Spain has the euro (EUR) as its currency. One Euro is made up of 100 cents, and there are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 Euros), and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Passports & Visas

Spain has visa-free travel agreements with a number of non-Schengen and non-EU countries including Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfasts 14,L = Lunches 6, D=dinners 14)
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!
  • One Group arrival and departure transfer included to align with the majority of flight times

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Porterage

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I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

I had a fabulous time

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone and am very interested in the Scandinavia  tour at the end of 2017.

Cathy, Adelaide - Canada/Alaska May 2016

Great holiday

What a great trip! I experienced so much and participated in all that was offered. I had read and reviewed as much as time allowed me but was not prepared for what the trip gave me and that is a better understanding of the beautiful people of both countries. - Lesley on Vietnam/Cambodia

In good company

I thought the suggestions for optional things to do, in the "free" time were very good. So good, we really ended up with very little free time. So much to do! - Mary on Vietnam

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

Fantastic first experience!

Extremely well organised with fabulous guides throughout - especially in Vietnam! First holiday with your company and certainly not the last. - Glenys on Vietnam

Great group to travel with

Having a small group meant that the days were more relaxed and flexible and I really felt spoilt and looked after. Melinda on Borneo

Thoroughly enjoyed Uganda

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip especially Uganda. There was so much variety of things to do on this trip. Jaros & Julius were great. Thought in Kenya the Maasai Mara were beautiful people, so easy to get along with. Judy

Can’t stop talking about my experience

I just feel so privileged to have shared with the Maasai the most awe-inspiring majestic sights and sounds of Africa. The fantastic memories will be with me forever. Maureen

Absolutely enjoyable

Gillian was a fantastic host. She was there for us from the moment we reached Hotel Troy. Heather on Africa

Best holiday I’ve been on!

One of the best holidays that I have been on - really well organised. I would never have travelled to Vietnam or Cambodia on my own. Bronwyn

Well organised

Fun, well organised and a really great group. Barbara on Vietnam/Cambodia

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together.

Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

A great bunch of people & I can't believe how we all had such a fabulous rapport filled with much humour!!!

I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
The ship & crew were fantastic & the excursions were very good, I couldn't fault anything. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.  Peter

Informative and educational

The entire trip was one of the most enjoyable and exciting. Also so informative and educational. I was so pleased to make the trip. Wish I was over there in that magical place.  Marjorie

Delighted

I’ve just returned from the wonderful Kimberley trip.  It was my first experience with Two’s a Crowd and I was delighted.  Kay

Opportunity to experience

I have had the opportunity to experience things I would never had done by myself.  Solo travellers is a fantastic concept and use of social media has been a great way to share and keep in touch with friends and family. Judi

I need not have worried

Being my first tour and a senior member, I admit I was apprehensive but I need not have worried. It was great and I was very well looked after.  Can’t wait to go to Kenya with Two’s a Crowd.  Maureen

Smooth and seamless

A memorable trip of a lifetime, a wish fulfilled.  A fascinating cultural country steeped in history which I found totally enthralling.  Two’s a Crowd service was smooth and seamless.  Pam

A wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and gave me a better understanding of these countries. I had a great time with new friends, we had a good bunch and Leonie was the perfect host. Eric

Value for money

Value for money and outstanding co-operation from your staff and tour operators. Joan

Safe and secure and totally looked after

An awesome adventure for my first time overseas alone.  Leonie was excellent and both guides were also fantastic.  At all times I felt safe and secure and totally looked after.  Melinda

Well done Two’s a Crowd.

Leonie was an excellent host, the ideal person. I never felt any pressure to  be involved in every activity so I could explore alone during free time. Having 2 or 3 nights in most places was great – you could rest up or party. Well done Two’s a Crowd. Jenny

A completely different experience

It was a nice surprise holiday, a completely different experience from all my other holidays. Thanks. Piroska

I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.

In my travelling life, I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.  Two’s a Crowd is the first one where I haven’t had to correct anything in my travel documents.   Piroska

I’m so excited to have found you Two’s a Crowd.

“Finally. A travel company is recognising the needs of people like me”

This is perfect for me.

“I’ve been to Burma but can you please send me some information about other destinations. This is perfect for me.”

I really wanted to meet the people behind it

“I saw your ad in the local paper and could have phoned but I wanted to come in and congratulate you on starting this great business. I really wanted to meet the people behind it.”

Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be!

I’m really enthusiastic about the niche you are determined to cover in the market, and have the feeling stumbling on Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be.

I find them inspirational

Thanks for sending these emails as I find them inspirational and will sit dreaming for the next hour or so.

Thank you for providing a service for people like me

“I am very excited to read about your area of speciality, and look forward to devouring all information that might come my way. Thank you for providing a service for people like me.”

Excellent throughout.

The entire 14 days ran so smoothly from Two's a Crowd booking my flights to  airport transfers and then the 12 days camping in the Kimberley. Excellent throughout. Congratulations. Marjorie

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