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JUNE 20th - JULY 3rd 2018

"14 day tour"
Join us for 14 day trip.  Come and join the Romance Language Tour of Spain and Portugal.  In Spain we will visit Madrid and some of its outlining cities.  In Portugal we will visit Lisbon and some of its outlining cities.  You will learn about the two cultures through the food, the music, the people, and the language.  Come immerse yourself in the culture, practice your Spanish, and have a wonderful, unforgettable time.  This is our itinerary…..

Day 1 Wed. and Day 2 Thurs. (June 20th and 21st)

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Leave Seattle on June 20th on our journey to Spain.  Arrive Madrid Spain on the 21st of June and take a van to our beautiful hotel in Madrid.

Check in and relax for awhile.  You will have a chance to get to know the city by taking the city tour.  You will have time to get tapas and lunch.  Madrid has much to see in way of architecture, don’t forget to look up!  Walk the city streets check out the different plazas in the old city.  Have some tapas at any of the sidewalk cafes.  Take in a little shopping.  Afterwards return to the hotel rest, and meet for a wonderful group Dinner(1) in the city.


Day 3 Friday (June 22nd)

A full day to play in Madrid.  Meet for typical Spanish breakfast.  Madrid is famous for many things one of which is its art museums that are a must see.  Wow!!! What a great day this will be!  Afterwards, return to the hotel relax and meet for a delicious Spanish Dinner and show (2).  Dancing afterwards for those interested.

Day 4 Saturday (June 23rd)

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Up early for a typical Spanish breakfast. We then head to the airport for our flight to Lisbon (Lisboa in Spanish) Portugal.
We arrive early, go to our hotel check in, relax and meet for our city tour.  After Athens, Lisbon is the capital city that has been around for the longest. It was first ruled by the Romans, Germans, and Arabs before 1147 when Portuguese crusaders finally conquered it.  You will have the time to walk around and explore.  
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Visit the Santa Justa Elevator to get some of the greatest views of the city. Lisbon is one of Europe's most soulful, captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle.  ...the city of the oceans, the only European capital with sunsets on the sea.   Group Dinner(3) with show and unique Portuguese Fado music

Day 5 Sunday (June 24th)

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Breakfast early. Visit the Belém District  on the waterfront on the Tran 28, a form of trolley transportation through the city of Lisbon.   Sample some port wines and Portuguese food and visit the monastery of St Jerome.  In the afternoon pass through and stop in the nearby neighborhood of Alfama  do some shopping and take a stroll through the open air market of Feiru du Ladra. 
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Visit the Castle of Saint George.  It is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of the Portuguese city of Lisbon and Tagus River. The strongly fortified citadel dates from medieval period of Portuguese history.  Meet in the evening for Group Dinner(4)

Day 6 Monday (June 25th)

Early departure day trip out of Lisbon to the close by town of Sintra and Cascais. A short distance from Portugal's capital city, Sintra is a magical place.   Discover secret caves and trails at Pena Park, admire the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park and the cliffs of Roca Cape, and visit the whimsical Pena National Palace.
The romantic Pena National Palace at the top of Sintra Mountain.    Inside the palace, admire the attention to detail in the bedrooms of the king and queen and the Arab Room.  Later we enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, and stop at Guincho Beach. Walk around Cascais town and bay.  Admire the landscapes of Sintra.  Enjoy a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), the westernmost point of Europe, and visit the surfer's paradise of Guincho Beach. Pass the cliff at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno), before stopping to stretch your legs along Cascais bay.     Wander around the center of Cascais,   a former fishing village and today a popular holiday spot. Explore through narrow alleyways and see the traditional Portuguese white houses and return to Lisbon in the evening. Group Dinner(5)

Day 7 Tuesday (June 26th)

We check out early and take our scenic transportation along the coast of southern Portugal through small fishing villages and towns on our way to Lagos Portugal.    Lagos is a historic and lively city, we will wonder through the streets and learn about its heritage.  Lagos is a city that is situated on the beautiful Western Algarve coastline. With glorious beaches, buzzing nightlife and a charming historic centre, which has retained its traditional character and charm. Within the Lagos region is an abundance of varied sights and activities, which makes the city a fantastic destination. History plays a part, too – Lagos was arguably the key launch pad for Portugal’s Age of Discovery, and it played a dark role in the transatlantic slave trade as the host of Europe’s first slave market. The museum about the slave trade inside the old market is worth seeing.  Dinner (6)

Day 8 Wednesday (June 27th)

Breakfast early then venture out to learn about the coast line.  We go on a Kayak tour of the coast. Once you're on the water, you paddle through fascinating rock formations, observing their details in a way that would be impossible if you were traveling on a boat.
Explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade.  Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years.  Go for a swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Next, not a typical day at the beach, Praia do Camilo next to Ponta da Piedade is a fabulous cove at the foot of ochre-tinged cliffs. It’s an adventure to get there as you have to descend many steps on a safe wooden stairway etched into the rock. Before heading down, be sure to pause and take in the azure ocean golden sands and the captivating red and yellow hues of the rocks.   The water is as calm as it gets, and you can swim round or walk through a natural tunnel to a neighboring cove. And when the tide goes out you can walk out to the caves in the bay.  A relaxing and active day of commuting with nature.  Meet late evening for Group Dinner (7).

Day 9 Thursday (June 28th)

Breakfast and an early departure to back to Spain.  We will be going along the Portugal coast to the southern part of Spain as we head to Seville, Sevilla in Spanish. Sevilla is the capital of region of Andalusia.    We will check into our hotel, relax then meet for our tour of the city.  Originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the most charming cities of Spain. The city of Seville is famous worldwide for its culture, monuments, traditions and artistic heritage. This is the birthplace of Flamenco and monuments like the awesome cathedral.  The largest Gothic building in Europe in terms of size, the Catedral de Sevilla which we will tour and admire its impressive Gothic architecture. Built in the late 15th century, the cathedral has more than 40 chapels and sits on the site of a former mosque.  The third largest in the world, the burial site of Christopher Columbus. The Giralda tower, the magical Barrio of Santa Cruz with its narrow streets and many unique shops.   You will have time to wonder and explore this amazing city.  Meet in the evening for Group Dinner(8)


Day 10 Friday (June 29th)

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Breakfast then go to the Alcazar Palace.  Step into sovereignty when you enter the Real Alcázar palace and gardens. The palace was built in the seventh century and it still occasionally hosts the royal family when they visit Seville. The entire palace has been heavily influenced by different architectural and cultural styles, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. The intricate architectural design is known as mudéjar — a Muslim and Christian artistic fusion unique to Andalusia. Later we go take a stroll through the most notable of the city's park the Parque de María Luisa.  Gardens designed by French landscape artist we will take a nice walk to enjoy the many different fountains, bridges [and] plants.  We will also walk around the Barrio of Santa Cruz and enjoy the narrow streets and unique shops.  Meet in the evening for group
Dinner (9).

Day 11 Saturday (June 30th)

Breakfast early then take our transportation to the city of Córdoba.  We will tour one of the most prominent cases of the coexistence of contrasting cultures over thousands of years in the city of Córdoba. This city's heritage can also be primarily observed through it's varied and recognizable architecture. But Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita", which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam.
When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque which stands today.  It is incredible!! We will visit this wonder and spend the day walking and touring Cordoba's treasures which include the Alcazar,  or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum. We will visit these sights and marvel in their uniqueness.  In the evening we will meet for group Dinner (10).

Day 12 Sunday (July 1st)

Spend time in Cordoba. Tour Cordoba's medieval quarter,    once the home of the Jewish community, is called "La Judería" (The Jewry), a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro. In early summer homeowners proudly festoon their patios with flowers to compete for the city's "most beautiful courtyard" contest.  You will be mesmerized by the beauty.  You have time to spend the day walking the streets finding interesting nooks to have a tapa and some great Spanish wine. We meet for our last dinner in Spain. Group Dinner (11)

Day 13 Monday (July 2nd)

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Check out of our hotel head back to Madrid. Return to Madrid in the afternoon.   No group dinner this day.  You dine on your own this evening. Spend one last day in the city.   Shop, have tapas, drink some Spanish wines before heading back to the USA in the morning.

Day 14 Tuesday (July 3rd)

Travel back to Seattle
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The Total Cost for the trip is $4785.00 per person.

Included in the trip price:
  • Round trip international airfare to and from Seattle.
  • International transaction fees for payments.
  • All domestic flights in Spain and Portugal.
  • All Upper scale ****Hotels (based on double occupancy, if you want single occupancy it will cost $300.00 more). 
  • All group transportation; buses, trains, vans, boats.
  • All group tours/permits/excursions.
  • Bilingual tour guides.
  • 12 Breakfasts; 11 Dinners, a couple of shows.
  • Entrance fees to the museums and archeological sites. 
  • Tips with dinners
  • We will also have an informational gathering prior to the trip which will include dinner; this is announced at later time

Not included in the trip price:
  • lunches not mentioned as part of a tour; you will have to pay for your lunches unless otherwise stated
  • One dinner.
  • tips for drivers and guides
  • beverages and tips for beverages
  • entrance and exit taxes.  
  • Museum entrances and transportation you choose to take.

**If you are interested in paying by Credit Card let me know.  There is also a payment plan available.  See the Registration form.
Email: isistaba@gmail.com / phone: 253-219-4924
**Times are approximate and subject to change.
**There may be some slight alterations to activity days.
**A more detailed itinerary will be given a month before the trip.

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