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Spain By Train + Portugal
40's - 50's and 60's + Singles Vacations

Barcelona - Madrid - Cordoba - Seville - Lisbon
  
June 11  - June 21, 2020
$3,190*

Travelling around Spain by train is a fabulous way to see the country, add Portugal and you have one amazing singles vacation. Spain offers an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions dating back centuries... from Barcelona's historic quarter to the museums in Madrid, discover Flamenco in Seville and stroll the cobblestone streets of Cordoba. Portugal is located on the Iberian coast and Lisbon has seven beautiful hills overlooking the Rio Tejo. Experience the culture, taste the food and enjoy the differences between Spain's regions and Portugal's capital, Lisbon.
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Spain by Train + Portugal Singles Vacation Itinerary

Spain BarcelonaVacation 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, theaters, 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.
Tonight meet and greet with your tour leader and your fellow single travelers then walk to a local restaurant for an optional dinner.

 

Vacation Day 2: Barcelona
Spain Barcelona Gothic areaDiscover the ancient, medieval and modern sights of Barcelona on our full day guided tour of this marvelous city. Stroll along the district's streets, squares and old buildings, learn about the quarter's history and people. Our morning will start will with a tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the center of the old town. Alongside the medieval buildings are remains of an ancient Roman city, and the Temple d'August, the best preserved Roman relic in Barcelona. One of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the huge Cathedral, Santa  Maria del Mar. This Gothic church was built in the 14th Century in only 55 years. Then we board our bus for a panoramic tour of the Spain Making Paellacity. Enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona including the Waterfront, with the Old Port and Montjuic Hill where we will see the Olympic Ring.
Then it is time to hit the local market with our private Spanish chef. It is all about Paella and Sangria. Enjoy hands on cooking of the famous Spanish dish, paella and learn how to make the fruity Sangria. Then we get to eat and drink what we made.

Vacation Day 3: Barcelona
Spain Oracion Sagrada FamiliaAfter breakfast we will travel to the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece and Barcelona's most popular attraction. Discover the history of the temple of the Sagrada Família and its construction ... construction continues on the Basilica and is expected to be completed in 2026. 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.
After our tour of the Sagrada Família your afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona, relax at the hotel or enjoy tapas at a local cafe.

 

Vacation Day 4: Barcelona to Madridciudad madrid
Our first train ride (3 1/2 hours) takes us to Madrid, once an Arabian Fortress, now a thriving cultural center bursting with monuments, galleries and museums. Upon arrival at the Madrid Atocha Train Station we will transfer to our hotel for check-in.
Our vacation continues with an afternoon guided panoramic tour of Madrid through its many historic neighborhoods, down medieval streets, across majestic squares and through 1200 years of history. We'll take the Cable Car to see Madrid from a different view, overflying parks, streets Spain Mercado de San Migueland monuments. Appearing on one side is historical Madrid and on the other side Modern Madrid, with skyscrapers and the Four Towers.
We will stop at Plaza Mayor, the center of festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and executions. Then we will stop at 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, it will be a perfect place to eat.

 

Vacation Day 5: Madrid, Spain
Madrid Old townOn our guided morning tour, 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. Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, including 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.
With so many things to do in Madrid: explore, shop or visit one of the many famous museums including the 
Museo Nacional del Prado and the Reina Sofía, your afternoon is at leisure.

 

Vacation Day 6: Madrid to Cordoba, Spain
Spain Cordoba MosqueOur morning train ride takes us to a thousand-year-old city, Cordoba, a living legacy of different cultures that settled there throughout its history. From the Carthaginians to the Romans and 10th century Arabs, Cordoba achieved world renown as a center of learning, governance and culture. The historic quarter of Cordoba, once home to the Jewish community consists of a beautiful network of small streets and squares all arranged around the city’s impressive Mesquita, one of the largest mosques in the world. Our local guide will show us the incredible Great Mosque and the ruins of Medina Azahara. Other sites we will see include El Puente Romano, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, with its remarkable Arabian baths and Roman mosaics, and an ancient Jewish Magical Nights in the Alcazar of Cordobasynagogue, one of the few synagogues left in Spain today.
Tonight we enjoy The Magical Nights in the Alcazar of Cordoba, a night-time tour through the history and culture of Cordoba in the incomparable setting of the Castle of the Christian Monarchs (Alcazar) gardens and supported by the most advanced techniques of lighting, projection and sound to accompany the water from the garden fountains and ponds, with its graceful shapes and surprising effects.

 

Vacation Day 7: Cordoba - Seville, Spain
Spain SevilleThis morning we leave Cordoba behind and drive 1 hour to Seville, where Flamenco dancing originated and its rich tradition continues today in the city's 'tablaos'. Put on your walking shoes for our guided tour of Seville. Enter the Maestanza Bullring, built in 1761, a landmark in Spanish bullfighting, Visit the Alcázar of Seville, a royal palace built by Moorish Muslim kings and  renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. We will climb the ramp to the top of Giralda Tower for spectacular views of Seville Cathedral and visit Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral.
Time to relax as we cruise along the Guadalquivir River. The former capital of Spain hugs the east bank of the river and a cruise offers wonderful views of  Seville's wonderful landmarks. From our vantage point on the Guadalquivir view the magnificent Tower of Gold, Maestranza Bullring and the Spain Seville FlamencoSaint Telmo Palace. After our cruise the rest of the day is at leisure.
Tonight's entertainment and dinner is at the Tablao Flamenco El Palacio Andaluz Restaurant. The sound of the guitarists frantically plucking their guitars, the rhythmic clapping and the sound of pounding heels on stage will fully grab your attention as do the colorful swirling flamenco dresses and the beautiful dancers who wear them. Palacio Andaluz has a large cast of flamenco dancers, musicians, singers and clappers and many of them are award-winning artists in the flamenco world. During the show, the dancers will perform many different styles of flamenco, from the bulerias to the soleares, fandangos, sevillanas and more.

 

Vacation Day 8: Seville to Lisbon, Portugal
lisbonAfter breakfast we say Adios to Spain as we travel to Portugal this morning. Relax and enjoy the 5 hour drive to Lisbon through the beautiful Spanish and Portuguese countryside. The landscapes in Portugal are diverse and mostly gorgeous. Lush mountains, meandering rivers and hilltop villages await us on our drive.
Lisbon is the hilly, coastal capital city of Portugal and one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Europe. The city blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

 

Vacation Day 9: Lisbon, Portugal
Jeronimos MonasteryToday we discover Lisbon on our full day guided city tour. Explore Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods as we drive through crooked cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafes and learn how Lisbon grew from a fishing village into a cosmopolitan city during the Age of Discoveries. Pause to admire the Lisbon church’s intricate stained glass rose window, reconstructed with fragments from the original. See the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), a grand religious building historically associated with the early sailor explorers and the Monument to the Discoveries built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. 
Belem TowerView the impressive Belem Tower, a small fort that was constructed in the center of the Tejo Estuary to guard Lisbon from seafaring raiders. For such a trivial role the fort was lavished with beautiful and intricate details that include North African Moorish styled watchtowers, shield shaped battlements and the first European stone carving of a Rhinoceros.
Visit São Jorge Castle (Saint George Castle), a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic center and Tagus River. The strongly fortified citadel dates from the medieval period of Portuguese history, and is one of the main tourist sites of Lisbon.
Time for a tasting at an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belem’. 

Vacation Day 10: Lisbon - Sintra, Portugal
SintraSintra 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 11: Portugal to Home
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 - Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Seville - NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas
   Cordoba - Hotel Hesperia Cordoba Madrid - Tryp Hotel
    Lisbon -   Neya Lisboa Hotel  

 

 Spain by Train + Portugal  Singles Vacation

Date: June 11 - June 21, 2020


Price: $3190*


Singles Tour Includes
* 10 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily - 3 Dinners
* Dedicated English Speaking Tour Leader
* Guided Tours per itinerary
* Tour Transportation - trains and buses
* 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 $850

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Tips


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