With a medieval charm about it, the city of Granada in Spain offers a perfect destination for history buffs as well as nature lovers. Like a scene straight out of the movies, Granada is blessed with a panoramic, awe-inspiring landscape where the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges rule the skyline. The city stretches out to the plains of Vega and ends on the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. With the rivers like Genil and Darro criss-crossing through the heart of the city, Granada is blessed with fertile plains. With stunning architecture that dates back to the Moorish rule and Christian domination, Granada has a rich heritage.
This is a city where narrow streets and forts speak of bloody history and great conquests, and forts and cathedrals stand testimony to its stories. If you are embarking on a trip to this beautiful city, be sure that you visit the Alhambra, the Museum of Alhambra, Granada Cathedral, Arc of Elvira, Royal Chapel of Granada and Monasterio de San Jeronimo. Seek out some adventures in the mountains of Sierra Nevada. Lately, the city has turned into a cosmopolitan hub where its medieval splendour has fused with modernity and students from outside have flocked into this city for higher education at the University of Granada.
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 at an Indian restaurant after which you will head back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 – City tour of Lisbon (Guided tour of Lisbon. Also visit Sintra, Cascias Bay, Estoril and Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno)
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, Cascias 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 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 hone-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Lisbon for overnight stay.
Day 3 – Drive from Lisbon to Obidos, Fatima to Coimbra | Visit Obidos, Fatima & Coimbra
After continental breakfast, proceed to Obidos-a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills . Later proceed to Fatima, stop here to see the sanctuary, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s apparition to three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia, on May 13, 1917. Later proceed to Coimbra ,a profusion of woodlands and mountains await you as you journey into the valley of Serra de Estrela on your way to Coimbra. On arrival proceed for an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Later, proceed to have dinner at an Indian restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel in Coimbra area
Day 4 – Drive from Coimbra to Salamanca, Avila to Madrid | Visit Salamanca, Visit Aliva
Post 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 at an Indian restaurant and relax overnight at the hotel in Madrid area
Day 5 – Exploring Madrid || Guided tour of Madrid, Visit to Prado Museum
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 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 down 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 at an Indian restaurant 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, Flamenco Show with Local dinner
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 – Valencia || Guided 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 circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, take a walk to the Cathedral and El Miguelete. Enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant and relax overnight at the hotel in Valencia area.
Day 9 – Valencia – 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 extraordinary, unfinished Sagrada Familia Church. Have dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Barcelona area.
Day 10 – Depart from Barcelona
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to Barcelona airport to board your flight for back home.Tour Ends