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Spain to Portugal Singles Vacations
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations

Barcelona - Madrid - Lisbon

June 30 - July 9, 2014

$2,690
*

From palaces to tapas... Walk through the historic quarter of Barcelona, visit the museums in Madrid and ride the trams in Lisbon. Explore 3 great cities as we travel by high-speed rail from Madrid to Barcelona then board our flight to Lisbon on this wonderful Spain to Portugal Singles Vacation.

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Spain to Portugal Singles Vacation Itinerary

Barcelona BuildingVacation Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Land at the Barcelona airport and take the provided shuttle to the group's hotel,located right in the very heart of Las Ramblas. Throughout history, theatres, music cafes and flamenco bars have opened up in this area. It brings together the bustling and cosmopolitan culture, leisure, traditional gastronomy, popular places and all types of shops.

Our Spain vacation begins this afternoon with a walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. Visit the district's streets, squares and old buildings and learn about the quarter's history and people.
 Alongside the medieval buildings are remains of an ancient Roman city, and  the Temple d'August, the best preserved Roman relic in Barcelona.

 
Day 2: Barcelona, Spain

Receive your 2-day Hop On Hop Off pass for the double-decker open-top bus, the most convenient way to discover the sights of Barcelona. Get on and off as many times, at any of the 44 stops with a brief explanation at each stop by the on board guide.

Barcelona Sangara FamiliaLet's start our day with the hop-on North line bus and begin our tour of the city. Hop-off at the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece and Barcelona's most popular attractions. Visit the crypt were Gaudí is buried and central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. We can also visit the towers. An elevator and a long walk leads us to the top of a tower where a magnificent view over Barcelona awaits.

Parc Güell is one of the world's most intriguing parks with its colorful main staircase and fanciful pavilions that were designed by Antoni Gaudí. The pavilions seem to be taken out of a fairytale, with curved roofs covered with brightly colored tiles and ornamented spires. The dragon-like lizard at the center of the decorated staircase is the best known symbol of the park. A photo opportunity at Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona affords spectacular views of the city and the surrounding coastline.

It is all about Tapas and Flamenco tonight. Taste up to 15 different kinds of tapas and delicious Sangría. After our feast we visit a typical Spanish Bar where the magic begins and we see colorful costumes, hear the flamenco rythms of two guitarists and one dancer for a Flamenco show you will never forget!

Day 3: Barcelona, Spain

After breakfast hop on the South line bus and let's travel around another area of Barcelona.

Afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 4: Barcelona to Madrid, Spain

MadridThis morning we depart Barcelona as we travel by train to Madrid. Enjoy a leisurely ride and beautiful countryside as we speed towards our next destination. Once an Arabian Fortress, Madrid is now a thriving cultural centre bursting with monuments, galleries and museums.  

Our vacation continues with a guided walking tour that will take us down medieval streets, across majestic squares and through 1200 years of history. See Madrid the way it should be seen: by walking from the heart of the city through both twisted medieval streets and down grand boulevards. We’ll see the famous must-see sights and secret places the tour buses can’t go.


Vacation Day 5: Madrid, Spain
Madrid VisionFor the next 2 days we explore the city of Madrid using the Madrid Card and the Hop On Hop Bus. We have access to the entire cultural offerings in and around Madrid. Free entry to more than 4 of the major museums and as many journeys as we wish on the Hop On Hop Off tour bus. With the Madrid Card we receive information on the museums and establishments associated with the program, as well as a city map. The Hop-on Hop-off bus has onboard commentary with individual earphones that will tell us the history of the city.

On our first day in Madrid we will try and visit as many sites as possible, including the following:

Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid - Philip V commissioned Sacchetti, an Italian architect, one of Juvarra's followers, with its construction. The gardens stretch down towards the river. Highlights of the palace include the magnificent Plaza de Armas, the main staircase, the Throne Room, the Gasparini Hall and the Royal Chapel. The rooms are filled with beautiful examples of decorative art and furniture.
teleferico Take the Cable Car to see Madrid from a different view, overflying parks, streets and monuments. Enjoy  incredibles views of Madrid and discover the most emblematic monuments. Appearing on one side is historical Madrid and on the other side Modern Madrid, with skycrapers and the Four Towers.

Have a photo stop at Plaza Mayor, the center of festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and executions. A great lunch stop is the Mercado de San Miguel, the last iron market hall in Madrid. as there are a number of cafés and mini-restaurants that offer specialty food, from tapas to foreign food.

Just a few of our other choices...
 

Prado Museum
The Prado Museum, considered to be one of the world´s best art galleries, houses famous masterpieces of paintings, with the outstanding presence of Velázquez, Goya, Titian and Rubens, amongst others.
The Reina Sofía National Museum
The
 Reina Sofía National Museum, located in an 18th century building, houses the most important collection of contemporary art in the Spanish State.
120  x localizaciones-thyssen Villahermosa Palace houses the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, regarded to be the top 20th century private collection. Durero, Titian, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Kandinsky or Rothko are some of the highlights included in this tour of Western art.
San-Lorenzo-de-El-Escorial The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was the political centre of Philip II. The Royal Palace, a monks monastery, a magnificent library, a large basilica with cenotaphs of the king and his father, Charles I. Most kings of Spain are buried in the Kings' Pantheon.
Aranjuez PalacioReal cadena The Royal Palace of Aranjuez, 18th century, is surrounded by magnificent gardens, The Farmer's House, an 18th century mansion, is located in the Prince's garden. The Boat museum has vessels that were used to sail the Tagus river.
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The Benedictine Abbey of the Sacred Cross Valley of the Fallen's granite cross rises up in the middle of a pine forest on the Cuelgamuros crag. It was built as a mausoleum in the years following the civil war.
fauniapool Faunia, Madrid's nature theme park, enjoy the 140,000 m2 complex where some of the world's most incredible ecosystems have been faithfully recreated. Faunia also boasts the largest polar ecosystem in Europe.

 

Vacation Day 6: Madrid, Spain - Lisbon, Portugal
ART is the word of the morning as we start the day at the Prado Museum, the most popular tourist destination in Madrid. Considered to be one of the world´s best art galleries it houses famous masterpieces of paintings, with the outstanding presence of Velázquez, Goya, Titian and Rubens, amongst others.
Madrid To give everyone a chance to explore all the art museums at their own pace, take one of the many included tours or shop till you drop, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Enjoy your last dinner in Madrid as we fly to Portugal on a late evening flight. Upon arrival in Lisbon we will be transfered to the group's hotel to check-in and have a good night's sleep.

Vacation Day 7: Lisbon, Portugal
After breakfast our Lisbon vacation begins and we meet our local guide. Discover the magic of Lisbon as we travel through one of the main avenues of the city till Rossio square, the heart of the city; visit Belem, the historical section of Lisbon; walk through Alfama, the oldest and most picturesque area and see Praca do Comercio, the largest and most beautiful square in Lisbon.

Everyone will receive their Lisboa Card - Your Passport to the City. The card allows free and unlimited travel on pubic transport including the Carris buses, trams and funiculars. It also includes free admission to 26 museums, historic buildings and many other places of interest.

Just a few of your choices...

Belem Tower


Belem Tower was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, It is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery and often serves as a symbol of the country.

Jeronimos Monastery


Jeronimos Monastery was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. The monastery was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome, whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king's soul.

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The Santa Justa Elevator connects downtown streets with the uphill Carmo Square. The iron lift is decorated in neo-gothic style, with a different pattern on each floor. The top floor is reached by stairs and offers views of Lisbon Castle and Rossio Square.

ajuda palace


Ajuda palace was never completed due to the exile of the royals caused by the Napoleonic invasion, it is still filled with furniture, tapestries, statues, and extravagant decorative arts.

Santa-Engracia


Built in 1681, Santa Engracia Church is the National Pantheon, where the elevator inside whisks visitors to the top of the dome to enjoy a sweeping 360-degree panorama of the city below.

Lisbon tram


The easiest way to get around Lisbon is public transportation. Ride Carris, buses, trams, underground trains and the elevators.

Mafra May 2013-2

Mafra National Palace is a Baroque monument from the 18th century, encompassing a basilica, a royal majestic palace and a convent of the Order of St. Francis. Its precious library, collection of Italian sculptures and set of bells and 6 organs are unique in the world.

 
Vacation Day 8 - Lisbon, Portugal

Today we continue to explore Lisbon using our Lisboa Card. We can take a trip through history with a visit to the sensational Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, two monuments dating from the time of Vasco da Gama, Magellan, and all the other great Portuguese explorers. Let's find out why the fascinating Coaches Museum is one of Lisbon's most popular attractions, and if you are an art lover don't miss seeing the masterpieces inside the Gulbenkian Museum.


Getting around Lisbon is part of the fun, as the charming clanking old trams are still the best way to reach the top of the steepest hills. We can take tram number 28 that passes through the oldest quarters, the colorful funiculars are a fun way to reach Bairro Alto. Best of all is reaching the top of Santa Justa Elevator and finding Lisbon standing below.

 

Vacation Day 9: Lisbon - Sintra, Portugal
pena-national-palaceSintra is an extraordinary place with a surreal mixture of history and fantasy, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Today we take the local train to visit it's fairytale palaces, incredible vistas, and notable museum collections.

The Romans made Sintra a place of cult moon worshiping, then the Moors built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas. We will visit the National Palace located in the main square and dating from the 14th century and the most famous building in Sintra, the Pena Palace.

Tonight enjoy a local folklore show as we have our Farewell Dinner together.

 
Vacation Day 10 - Depart Portugal
After a final breakfast we have to say "adeus" to all our new single travel friends as we are transferred to the airport and our flights home.

Hotels

   Barcelona - H10 Casanova Madrid - Paseo del Arte Hotel Lisbon - Hotel Real Palacio
 

Spain to Portugal Singles Vacation

 
Date: June 30 - July 9, 2014


Price: $2690*


Singles Tour Includes

* 9 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily - 3 Dinners
* Tour Transportation - train & plane
* Breakfast Daily - 3 Dinners
* Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon Passes
* Guided Tours per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

 

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $750

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Tips $120 collected on first day

 
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Balance Due May 15, 2014
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