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Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Barcelona
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Madrid
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Lisbon
  • Private Airport and Rail Station Transfers
  • First Class Rail from Barcelona to Madrid
  • Airfare from Madrid to Lisbon
  • Private Tour of Barcelona with Licensed English-Speaking Guide
  • Half Day Tour of Montserrat with Cogwheel
  • Half-day Madrid Tour with Optional Evening Tapas Tour
  • Half day tour of Toledo
  • Walking Tour of Lisbon or Optional Guide and Driver Tour Including Belem Area
  • Half day Tour of Sintra
  • Breakfast Daily & VAT included
The Wonders of Spain and Portugal Barcelona

ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1

Barcelona


Welcome to Spain, a country that will captivate you with its palaces, grand cathedrals, famous architecture, and, of course, memorable wine and food experiences. Upon arrival at the Barcelona airport, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or discover the delicious local cuisine. Ask your travel consultant for recommendations of their favorite restaurants, cafes, and bars.

DAY 2

Barcelona – Barcelona Modernism Walking Tour


Discover the Quadrat d’Or on your private guided tour through the Eixample district. This exceptional area was once the focus of Barcelona's Modernism, Art Nouveau style, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Take a stroll through this beautiful neighborhood, admiring the Catalan Modernism-style buildings by architects, such as Antonio Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner, and Puig i Cadafalch. The highlights of the tour include visits to the Martí, the Palacio de la Musica, Gaudi's world-famous Sagrada Familia, and modernist houses including the Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Casa Lleo i Morera, and Casa Terrades.

DAY 3

Barcelona - Montserrat half-day Tour


Your tour will start with a scenic drive through picturesque villages before arriving at the incomparable setting of the mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters). During this excursion, you will have the chance to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin. The Royal Basilica has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain for hundreds of years. As it is of course a site of religious importance guests are advised to be dressed appropriately. At the end of your tour, you will have free time at your disposal to continue exploring at your own pace.

DAY 4

Barcelona – Madrid


After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station and take a high-speed train to Madrid. Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

DAY 5

Madrid – Madrid Old Quarter and Royal Palace Walking Tour


Embark on a memorable exploration of the vibrant city of Madrid! With the help of your English-speaking private guide, you will stroll through the oldest districts of the city and discover the legacy of centuries of history. The tour will begin from the Arab wall of the tenth century, where you will pass through the monuments bequeathed by the dynasties of the Austrians and the Bourbons, which include former hospitals, palaces, theaters, narrow medieval streets, and traditional shops. You will also visit the street of Puerta del and Plaza Mayor, with 400 years of history, the Royal Palace and the elegant Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Opera, which recently turned 200 years old, and Madrid’s Cathedral, La Almudena. You will continue your tour with a visit to the Royal Palace. Royal or Eastern Palace is the largest in all of Western Europe! The construction began in 1738 by order of Felipe V, the first king of the dynasty of the Bourbons. You can admire the official reception rooms, the museum area, the Royal Chapel, the Throne Room, and the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

DAY 6

Madrid – Toledo Half day


With the help of your professional guide, you will start exploring this monumental city, the first capital of the Spanish Empire. Discover the impressive Cathedral, the old Palace of Justice, the Town Hall, the old Jewish quarter, and much more. You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular views of the city over the Tagus River and start with a nice walk-through of Toledo with your expert local guide continuing through the old Jewish quarter, with its narrow streets. Toledo has been the cradle of steel workshops for centuries, not only in Spain. His high-quality swords were praised throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, and you can still witness local craftsmen working steel to transform it into impressive swords, helmets, and more by visiting some work centers where they are still manufactured. The Cathedral of Toledo is considered the best expression of Gothic art in Spain. Starting in 1226, it was not until 1493 that the Catholic Kings completed their construction. The visit to its interior proves the richness of centuries of history and art of the Spanish Empire. The Church of San Tomé houses El Greco's famous painting "The Burial of the Count Orgaz", the masterpiece of the Greek genius who settled in Toledo and created a school in Spain with his unique art. The old Synagogue of Sta. María la Blanca remains a symbol of the coexistence of the "Three Cultures": Architects of the Muslim religion carried out its construction, the most experienced of their time.

DAY 7

Madrid – Lisbon


After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Madrid Airport, to catch your flight to Lisbon. Upon your arrival at Lisbon Airport, a driver will be waiting to take you to your selected hotel in Lisbon.

DAY 8

Lisbon – Lisbon Half-day City Tour


Explore the iconic sites within the city center with a private local guide. Experience Baixa – the old downtown district of the city – tasting the famous Pastel de Nata (custard tart) along the way. Explore the amazing Rossio, Figueira, and Comércio Squares. Get to know Chiado, the glamorous part of the city with its iconic cafés and shops. Finally, travel back through time as you discover the secrets of Alfama, a hauntingly beautiful Moorish neighborhood of Lisbon.

DAY 9

Lisbon – Sintra Half-day Tour


Located right on the central-western Portuguese coast, just a short drive from Lisbon. Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage since 1995, is steeped in history and offers some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country. Here, at the northernmost extent of the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, history, archaeology, architecture, and natural beauty combine to create a compelling and enduring centerpiece that has enjoyed centuries of popularity. Some time at leisure will be given during the tour for exploring the beautiful village with its narrow streets and beautiful parks, and to do some shopping! Do not forget to taste the typical regional pastries, the Travesseiros de Sintra or the famous Queijadas.

DAY 10

Departure


After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Lisbon Airport, to catch your departure flight.

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Conveniently located on the most exclusive shopping street, Mandarin Oriental is an elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of Barcelona. Just minutes away from some of the most important sights and architectural gems of the city, the hotel blends the wonderful city views with stylish accommodation. The hotel features impeccable interior design by the famous architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, while the two Michelin star restaurant “Moments” is managed by the multi-awarded chef Carme Ruscalleda. Wood is one of the key elements for the rooms and suites, with contemporary décor and great attention to detail. The spacious bathrooms offer all modern amenities, including Acqua di Parma toiletries. The hotel also features a rooftop pool with wonderful city views, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a Spa, with several treatment rooms and an oriental steam room.

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Hotel Serras is a historic five-star hotel in the heart of the city. Housed in the building where the globally known painter Pablo Picasso first began his career in 1896, the hotel still features the original façade of the building. Its unique location offers beautiful views of Barcelona's Port Vell, and its unique architecture style merges the famous Catalan style with a contemporary aesthetic. The rooms and suites are spacious and minimally furnished, with a combination of iron and wooden details and the traditional motif tiles of Barcelona, while the bathrooms offer exclusive Diptyque L´Art du Soin bathroom amenities.

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Housed in an early 20th-century building at the heart of the Gothic quarter, Grand Hotel Central offers a fresh approach to the combination of classic and contemporary aesthetics. This five-star boutique hotel offers rooms and suites that reflect a luxurious simplicity, with neutral colors and high-quality fabrics. From the Natural paraben-free toiletries by Finca Serena to the 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, the hotel oozes minimal luxury. At Bistro Helena guests can savor a carefully curated selection of Mediterranean dishes, with traditional flavors and locally sourced ingredients.

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Situated in one of the most prominent and exclusive areas of the city, only a block away from La Pedrera, The One Barcelona Gl is a 5* hotel that offers the most authentic Barcelona experience. Luxurious accommodation elevated local cuisine and is only a short walk from the city’s historic sites and the most exclusive shopping boutiques. Each one of the 89 rooms and suites comes with elegant décor, large beds with pillow top mattresses, and Egyptian cotton linen. The marble bathrooms are roomy and come with a rain shower, Natura Bissé Barcelona toiletries and bathrobes, and slippers by Casa Bassols 1790. The hotel also features a Rooftop Bar with spectacular views a Spa and a 10 m panoramic plunge pool.

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A deluxe hotel on one of Barcelona's most prestigious avenues, Paseo de Gracia, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona offers all the trimmings needed for an upscale Barcelona sojourn. Behind the neoclassical façade of this 1918 building hide classic luxury suites where many famous people have spent the night. Check out the coveted Michelin star restaurant or the outdoor swimming pool with a panoramic terrace and fitness center. Indulge in a full range of treatments at the top-floor Majestic Spa.

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Situated only meters away from the La Pedrera building, H10 Casa Mimosa is a 4-star superior hotel, right in the heart of the city. The hotel is housed in a 19th-century Modernist building, and it incorporates original elements with elegant and timeless décor. One of its best features is the view, as from any room type of floor guests can have beautiful views either over Pau Claris Street or over the courtyard garden which has Gaudí’s chimneys in the background. The rooms are spacious and bright, with fully equipped large bathrooms.

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Just a short walk from the world-known Prado Museum and with the Four Seasons signature style this 5* hotel in Madrid is the ideal choice for guests who want to combine luxury and convenience. The stylish rooms and suites are elegantly decorated, with large windows and neutral colors, and with full marble bathrooms. The rooms feature beautiful views of the courtyard or the vivid streets of Madrid while the hotel also offers fine dining options and a cocktail bar.

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Mandarin Oriental is luxury hotel next to the Puerta de Alcalá, on the northwest corner of Madrid’s famous Retiro Park, giving it, an exclusive location compared to other boutique hotels. With the chic Barrio de Salamanca nearby, the hotel is nestled in a network of boutique-rich streets, giving you a charming experience. Most guests chose the hotel for its location, and ultimately end up staying for its style, boasting towering ceilings, oversize wooden doors, and modern mood lighting.

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Housed in a 20th-century building Relais & Châteaux Heritage Hotel is a beautifully decorated 5-star hotel. Located next to Paseo de la Castellana the hotel features modern décor with a cosmopolitan touch. The rooms and suites are carefully furnished, with bold tapestries and luxurious fabrics. Overseen by the two-Michelin awarded chef Mario Sandoval, Haroma, the hotel’s famous restaurant, offers Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, emphasizing fresh and local ingredients.

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H10 Villa de la Reina is an elegant 4-star boutique hotel, located in Gran Via, right in the center of the city. Conveniently located just a short walk from Puerta del Sol and the Prado Museum, the hotel is accommodated in a beautiful building, dating back to the early 20th century. The hotel is highly inspired by French interior design and fuses classic elements of design with a more contemporary style. For the rooms, H10 Villa de la Reina has created a peaceful atmosphere and features a sophisticated design and fine and sumptuous materials.

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Built in the 19th-century, this luxurious palace is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River and presents guests with the ideal base for an unforgettable stay in Lisbon. Tucked away in the city's diplomatic quarter, Lapa Palace is set in a beautiful sub-tropical garden. Sunbathe on a lounger in the pool area or pay a visit to the Spa, where you can treat yourself to hours of relaxation in the sauna.

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This 18th century palace is next to the National Ancient Art Museum. With its small garden and the top floor library overlooking the river, this historic building transmits a romantic and welcoming feeling. The rooms are sunny and cheerful and the Tagus is close by.

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3 Nights Lisbon Extension

Set off for the illuminated city of Lisbon, whose white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy-going charm has enchanted travelers for centuries. Spend three nights at one of our top-picked hotels, combining luxury and charm. Explore the city's best monuments such as the Belem Tower, Jeronimo's Monastery and the Alfama neighborhood on your half-day guided tour. Spend a day of leisure exploring more of the city's great monuments, museums and districts or taking an optional day trip to the medieval village of Sintra. Your three nights/four-day extension in Lisbon includes roundtrip airfare from an international airport in Spain to Lisbon, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

Michelle, Brant * Wuinn in Spain - Travel Reviews

Michelle, Brant & Wuinn, USA

Marina,

I wanted to thank you and everyone at Travelive, we had a wonderful trip to Spain! All of our hotels were phenomenal, and service was excellent!

Thanks again for everything! If you ever add France, we would be very interested in booking something!

Thank you again for making this the trip of a lifetime!

Sincerely,

Michelle

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