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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Eight nights’ accommodations in distinguished historic lodgings
  • National Palace of Queluz, Portugal
  • Lisbon sightseeing, including Belém
  • Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Roman ruins at Mérida
  • Moorish Toledo
  • Tour of Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Seville and its renowned Catédral
  • Granada’s Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Three-night stay in sophisticated Madrid
  • Madrid sightseeing, including Prado, Plaza Mayor, and Royal Palace
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal

Day 2: Arrive Lisbon We arrive in the Portuguese capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times vary, we have no group activities planned during the day. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner. D

Day 3: Lisbon/Queluz This morning’s city tour includes the Jeronimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture; iconic Belém Tower; and the Monument to the Discoveries commemorating Portugal’s storied explorers. Then we visit the National Palace of Queluz, the former residence of Portuguese royalty now used for state occasions. After returning to Lisbon, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore as we wish. B

Day 4: Lisbon/Evora Leaving Lisbon this morning, we travel through the rolling hills of the agricultural Alentejo district, with its bountiful fields of wheat, fra­grant vineyards, and stands of olive and cork trees. After stopping for lunch in the fortified hilltop town of Monsaraz (pop. 150), late afternoon we arrive in Evora, capital of the Alen­tejo and site of our pousada, considered Portugal’s finest. B,L,D

Day 5: Evora Our morning walking tour of Evora introduces us to the many charms of this architectural gem – a university town, prosperous regional capital, and UNESCO site thanks to the many relics of its Roman and Moorish heritage. We sample Alentejo wines at a local winery then the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this “Golden Age” city as we wish. B,D

Day 6: Evora/Mérida, Spain/Carmona Today we travel east through countryside peppered with the ruins of fortresses and castles to the Spanish border town of Mérida. Once the capital of ancient Lusitania (Latin for the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal), Mérida boasts outstanding Roman ruins. There’s time to ­explore and eat lunch on our own before we continue on to Carmona and our parador, a restored 14th-century Arab fortress. B,D

Day 7: Carmona/Seville This morning we visit splendid Seville, Moorish capital of Spain’s Andalusia region and city of beauty and romance. This is the place that inspired Carmen and Don Giovanni; where fragrant orange trees and flower-bedecked balconies delight the senses; and home of the re­nowned Catédral, the world’s largest Gothic building. After a tour that includes the Alcazar palace and the Arab quarter, the afternoon is free to explore in­dependently. We return to Carmona late afternoon and dine at our parador this evening. B,D

Day 8: Carmona/Cordoba Today’s visit to this cultural gem promises to be special indeed. First the capital of Roman Spain, then of Moorish Spain, Cordoba features some of the country’s most impor­tant monuments, including the Old Quarter built around the magnificent Mezquita mosque. It was here that the Moors ruled from the 8th to the 11th centuries and fostered a culture of learning and relig­ious harmony known the world over. Cordoba also is home to Andalusia’s only synagogue to survive the expulsion of Spain’s Jews in the 15th century. After touring these and other highlights we have free time to explore on our own. Late this afternoon we return to our parador, where we dine tonight. B,D

Day 9: Carmona/Ronda Leaving Carmona this morning we travel south to tiny Ronda, one of Spain’s oldest and most aristocratic towns. It’s set high in the mountains with whitewashed houses clinging improb­ably to the edge of El Tajo Gorge – 500 feet deep and 300 feet wide. B,D

Day 10: Ronda This morning we take a walking tour of Ronda. We return to our parador, Ronda’s original town hall, for a special tapas lunch then the rest of the day is free for independent exploration. B,L

Day 11: Ronda/Granada/Úbeda Continuing our journey, we travel today to Granada, the former stronghold of Moorish Spain set in the foothills of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada. The city’s undisputed highlight is the Alhambra, the extraordinary palace of Spain’s last Moorish rulers. Sprawled across a hilltop above the Darro River, the Alhambra commands breathtaking views of the city below, as we see on our afternoon tour of this splendid citadel. We also visit the Granadian-style Generalife, the palace’s acclaimed gardens. Late afternoon we travel north to Úbeda and our next parador, where we dine tonight. B,D

Day 12: Úbeda/Toledo/Madrid A highlight is in store today as we visit Toledo, capital of medieval Spain. Declared a Spanish National Landmark, the city is little changed visually from its 16th-century days as a subject for the artist El Greco. Toledo boasts an incomparable hilltop setting overlooking the Castillian plains and surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River. After lunch on our own we see Toledo’s most important sights on our guided tour, including the massive Gothic Cathedral begun in 1226 and not finished until 1493. Then we continue on to Madrid, arriving late afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own; perhaps to dine late as the Madrileños do. B

Day 13: Madrid Our morning tour of this monu­mental and dignified capital city includes vast Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Old Madrid; the Moorish medieval district; and opulent 18th-century Palacio Real (Royal Palace), with its 2,800 rooms. Then we sample some of Madrid’s specialties over a lunch of tapas. Our tour ends at the Prado, one of the world’s greatest museums, displaying treasures by Spanish masters Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. The remainder of the day is free for independ­ent exploration in this most cosmopolitan city. Well known for its “foodie” culture, Madrid offers a bounty of restaurants for dinner on our own tonight. B,L

Day 14: Madrid Today is at leisure to enjoy the Spanish capital as we wish. Tonight we bid “Adios” to Spain and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 5 nights in Deluxe hotels; 8 nights in First Class paradores and pousadas
  • 25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Regional wine with dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates and Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 29
Nov 1
Nov 5
Oct 22
Oct 25
May 7
Sep 1, 6
Sep 10, 17
Sep 24
Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 11
May 21
Boston, New York$3,778$3,978$4,378$4,678
Phil, Wash, DC$3,978$4,178$4,578$4,878
Atlanta, Balt,
Char, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleveland,
Detroit, Miami,
Orlando, Tampa
Dallas, Den, Hou,
Los Ang, Minn,
Phoe, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $683, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995 Nov; $1,195 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $895 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Lisbon / Days 2-3 / Deluxe 

    Situated a short distance from the historic city center, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon overlooks Monsanto National Park. The 518-room hotel features two restaurants and an indoor/outdoor lounge, indoor swimming pool, gym, spa with massage treatments, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, solarium, jewelry shop, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Pousada dos Loios, Evora / Days 4-5 / First Class 

    A former 15th-century convent lovingly converted into a hotel, this building features fine architectural details including decorative arches, a marble staircase, a cloistered garden, and frescoed walls and ceilings. The Pousada dos Loios does feature a restaurant and laundry service. Small but comfortable guest rooms have been converted from a monastic cell, but you won’t need to sacrifice your comfort to enjoy it, because your room is fully equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning and private bath with hair dryer, Internet access, safe, TV, and phone. The pousada has no elevators.

    Parador de Carmona, Carmona / Days 6-8 / First Class 

    Converted from a 14th-century Moorish castle and overlooking the scenic plains of Carmona, this hotel features Internet access, an Andalusian Courtyard with Moorish columns and a fountain, a stone-vaulted restaurant, laundry service, swimming pool, and garden. Your room is equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Parador de Ronda, Ronda / Days 9-10 / First Class 

    Originally a medieval town hall, this parador boasts a stunning location on a cliff overlooking a dramatic gorge. It features a restaurant, Internet access, laundry service, and gardens with footpaths and sweeping vistas of the gorge and surrounding mountains. Your room is equipped with air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Parador de Ubeda, Ubeda / Day 11 / First Class 

    Located in the main square in historic Úbeda, this parador is a former 16th-century Renaissance palace that has been converted to an intimate and lovely lodging. A beautiful inner courtyard highlights the parador’s public rooms; other amenities include a restaurant featuring Andalusian specialties, a bar, laundry service, and Internet access. High-ceilinged guestrooms have air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Wellington Hotel, Madrid / Days 12-14 / Deluxe 

    This old-world style hotel is located in the Salamanca neighborhood, near several of Madrid’s most prestigious boutiques. The hotel features a swimming pool with terrace; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; wellness center with sauna and massage; hair salon; snack bar; and two restaurants, including a Michelín-rated Japanese restaurant and a grille room. Fully air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Avenida Palace, Barcelona / Extension / Superior First Class 

    Built in 1952, Hotel Avenida Palace stands in the heart of Barcelona and offers a good location from which to explore. The 151-room hotel is just minutes from La Ramblas, the Picasso Museum, and the museum housing the works of modern architect Antoni Gaudí. The hotel features restaurant and bar, wellness center, fitness room, laundry and dry cleaning services, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fully equipped with private bath with hair dryer, safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Barcelona – On Your Own

4 days/3 nights for $745 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Enjoy this bustling seaport, Spain’s cultural and commercial capital, with its medieval Gothic Quarter and popular Ramblas waterfront promenade.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Madrid/Barcelona, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Avenida Palace (Superior First Class)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfers to/from airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Vera Soublechero Alvarez

“Vera is the most charming, knowledgeable, conscientious, and warm person. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”
Pat & Monika Hseu
Escondido, CA

Blaz Bostjancic

“He was great – we loved him throughout the trip.”
Dennis & Holly Nappen
Coronado, CA

Fernando Derqui

“Fernando was a total ‘ace.’ His skills and knowledge, combined with his charm and kindness, had all of us in awe!”
Jon & Ruth Hutchison
Riverside, CA

Elena Gonzalez

“Elena is terrific! Very cooperative, very knowledgeable and informative. She is always upbeat and professional.”
Richard & Maureen Wright
Fort Myers, FL

Rafael Lugo

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Carmen Manzanares

“Carmen was outstanding. She worked diligently in making sure everyone was well taken care of and happy with arrangements. She was knowledgeable and informative.”
Phil & Jane O’Sullivan
Norwell, MA

Margaret Monnier

“Margaret was the best tour director ever. … Wish I could go on another trip with her!”
Gordon Alexander
Austin, TX

Susana Olivares

“Susana was a delightful combination of charm, efficiency, and knowledge. Outstanding!!”
Ken & Judy Ryan
Tucson, AZ

Africa Palacios

“Africa is an amazing, funny woman and a great asset to Odysseys.”
Linda LaBella
Bohemia, NY

Jesus Martin Rodriguez

“Jesus was the best tour guide I have had in all my travels, which were many! He was very knowledgeable and really cared about all of us.”
Gloria Parisi
South Pasadena, FL

Jesus Ruiz

“In 15 years of international travel, he was the best overall guide we have had – extremely caring, efficient, and knowledgeable. Going out of his way to be helpful and available. Everyone else we talked to said the same thing. You couldn’t have anyone better!!”
Tilden & Mary Edwards
Bethesda, MD

Hazel Sharp

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


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