Spain & Portugal: A Wine & Culinary Journey11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Madrid
Upon arrival in Madrid, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel.Hotel Westin Palace - 2 Nights
Join a local historian to see the highlights of Madrid, including the elegant Plazas de Oriente and Espana, Calle Mayor, Retiro Park and the bullring. Then, explore the Prado Museum, which boasts a fantastic collection of Spanish painting from the 11th-18th centuries.Hotel Westin Palace (B)
Day 3To La Rioja
La Rioja is also Spain's most famous wine-producing area. Explore Logrono, the capital of the region, and its well-preserved old center, before visiting a local winery for a tasting. Later, check in to your hotel and dine in style at the hotel restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef, Francis Paniego.Hotel Marques de Riscal - 2 Nights (B, D)
Day 4La Rioja
Discover Europe's largest wine museum, before visiting the Marques de Riscal winery, which has the area's oldest wine cellar.Hotel Marques de Riscal (B)
Day 5To Leon
Drive west today and en route visit Burgos in Burgos, an important stop on the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago and home to a majestic cathedral, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Leon and check in to your hotel.Parador Hostal San Marcos - 1 Night (B)
Day 6To Porto
Spend some time in Leon this morning before heading toward the Portuguese border and the city of Porto. Situated on the banks of the Douro River, the country's second-largest city looks like a colorful tumbledown dream with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant Baroque churches and stately Beaux Arts buildings piled on top of one another.InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas - 2 Nights (B)
Experience the vibrant Bolhao Market, explore the majestic cathedral, and wander around the atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, stroll along the banks of the Douro River, which provides excellent conditions for growing the grapes used in Porto's famous port wine, which you can sample from the Caves Crofts cellars.InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas (B)
Day 8To Lisbon
En route to Lisbon, stop to see the religious site of Fatima. Upon arrival in Portugal's capital, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tower of Belem, explore the narrow streets of the charming Alfama district, and see the Castelo de Sao Jorge.Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon - 1 Night (B)
Day 9To Seville
Traverse southern Portugal on your way back into Spain. Reach Seville in the afternoon, just in time to participate in a tapas walk through the historic center, sampling small dishes like ardines, dates with Serrano ham or Tortilla Espanola in various local bars.Alfonso XIII - 2 Nights (B, D)
Join your local Cox & Kings historian for a private sightseeing visit, including the grand cathedral (the third largest church in the world), the royal fortresses, the Archive of the Indies and the 13th-century Torre del Oro, which was part of the ancient city walls.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to browse the markets or take a cruise on the slow, stately Guadalquivir River.Alfonso XIII (B)
Day 11Depart Seville
After breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Spain & Portugal: A Wine & Culinary Journey
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