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Let Scenic take you on an unforgettable journey to discover the spectacular sights of Spain and Portugal.
From the magnificent architecture of their palaces and cathedrals, to the colour and spectacle of their dancers, you’ll be astounded by the rich diversity of these fascinating countries.
Our journey begins in the vibrant city of Barcelona. Revitalised for the 1992 Olympics, this picturesque city is renowned for Europe’s best-preserved Gothic Quarter.
A special highlight will be a visit to Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece…
the Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia
a visually stunning Cathedral and Barcelona’s most important landmark.
We also visit Guell Park, a playful urban park featuring peaceful greens,
winding paths and many sculptures and mosaics designed by Gaudi himself including gingerbread gatehouses, patchwork lizards and much more.
Following the coastline south we’ll visit the fortified seaport of Pensicola before our arrival to the coastal city of Valencia. Among the highlights of our included guided tour, will be the ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ – the most important modern tourist destination in the city. From here we head to the hilltop town of Granada, nestled amongst the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s highest mountain range.
At the centrepiece of the city lies one of the most brilliant jewels of world architecture …the Alhambra, a series of magnificent palaces, fountains and gardens, built in the 14th century. Within the Alhambra stands the massive Palace of Charles the fifth, an outstanding example of Spanish
Visit Sacromonte (Sac-Ro-Mone-E), famous for its cave dwellings and once the home of Granada’s large gypsy community. Here we enjoy a Scenic exclusive: an evening of authentic flamenco dancing in the caves.
Retire to the Palacio de Santa Paola, located in the historic centre, surrounded by stunning garden terraces. A short trip finds us in Cordoba, for a guided visit of the incredible Mezquita, a Gothic Christian cathedral housed inside a large Moorish Mosque.
Travel to Ronda, one of Andalucía’s loveliest towns, steeped in history.
It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province
and is famous for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval and 18th century parts of the town.
It is the oldest and the most beautiful in Spain and the arena itself is also the country’s largest. We continue towards the Portuguese border to Seville, one of Spain’s most charming cities. Enjoy exploring the city sights including the Cathedral housing the tomb of Christopher Columbus and step aboard a horse drawn carriage which will wind through the city’s streets and alleyways.
In Lisbon, we visit the lovely port area, the Alfama (Al-Fam-A) Quarter, with its picturesque cobbled streets and the Avenida de Liberdade (Aven-Knee-Da der Liber-Dad) – the monument to the famous Portuguese explorers – as well as the Belem (bell-eim) Tower.
Located on the Douro River Estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres and was once an outpost of the Roman Empire. Among the highlights of our stay in Porto is a special dinner cruise aboard a traditional ‘Rabelo’(har-bell-o) boat in this fabulously pretty city and a tasting of the city’s namesake.
You’ll have a fun filled afternoon where you may try your hand, and your feet, at a local ‘Tablao’ (tab-lowe) for a fun and energetic afternoon of Flamenco Dance, or for the sportsters you may choose to visit the Bernabeau Football stadium as well as the Trophy Museum of Real Madrid!
Scenic also offer an exciting Spain & Portugal itinerary. On our journey we’ll meet the locals at the charming villages, explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and cities, and absorb the intoxicating culture that is unmistakably Spain & Portugal.
If you would like to extend your journey and discover more of Europe’s treasures, some only accessible by water, why not add a river cruise along Europe’s grand waterways?
Including, new is 2016, Scenic’s newest spaceship will begin to cruise the Douro river from Portugal to Spain.
This river cruise will let you see the best of Portugal and its famed Douro Valley; discover this regions colourful history or simply enjoy the tantalizing tastes and flavours of one of Europe’s Hidden gems.