South of Spain and Portugal
Day 1 ARRIVAL TO MALAGA - SEVILLA
Arrival to Malaga Airport by scheduled flight. After entry formalities you will depart to Sevilla. Upon arrival begin HD sightseeing tour in Sevilla. You will be able to visit The Cathedral of Santa María (entrance not included), the largest Gothic cathedral and the fourth largest Christian church in the world. The tour will continue to Royal Alcazar (entrance not included), Arabic palace from the 14th century and nowadays residence of the Spanish Kings. The tour will end with a nice walk through the historical part. Check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 SEVILLA - ARSEN CAVES - LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to Lisbon. En route stop in Arsen caves for visit (entrance not included). Free for lunch on own. After lunch proceed to Lisbon. Upon arrival, check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 3 LISBON – CASCAIS – ESTORIL - LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to Estoril. En route stop in Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Continental Europe with wonderful views over the Atlantic and with a unique flora. We will then drive along the coastline towards Cascais, where we will have a stop for a beautiful view of the fishing port. Cascais became a look-out for Lisbon during the age of the Discoveries. Due to its location close to the mouth of the River Tagus it was the first place the navigators used to see when they returned from overseas. Cascais became very famous in the end of the 19th century, when it was chosen as a summer residence by the Portuguese Royal Family. Free time for lunch on own. Continue to Estoril and enjoy a panoramic view of its gardens and Casino. Return to Lisbon. Overnight.
Day 4 LISBON – SINTRA - LISBON
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast start a HD panoramic tour of Lisbon (without local guide). First we will have a panoramic tour that will take you through the most historical and traditional points of the city, such as the Park Edward VII, Liberty Avenue, Restauration Square, Rossio Square, the Downtown (rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755) and Commerce Square. Afterwards we will continue to Belém, that is known as the “Discoveries Quarter” – it was from here that the caravels set sail to their trips to South America and to the Orient. First we will see the Tower of Belém (entrance not included) – built in Manueline style on the north bank of the River Tagus for defence of the city – and afterwards photo stop at the Monument of the Discoveries that celebrates the Portuguese discoveries and specially Henry the Navigator. Continue towards the Jeronimus Monastery (entrance not included), buit in the 16th century in Manueline style. This monument celebrates the power of King Manuel I and the magnificence of the empire. Free time for lunch on own. After lunch proceed to Sintra, a beautiful town situated on the green slopes of a mountain range. This town used to be the residence of the Portuguese royal family during the middle ages and it was considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit of the National Palace (entrance and guide not included), built over an ancient Arabic palace and rebuilt over the centuries. It houses an interesting collection of glazed tiles, paintings and furniture. Return to Lisbon. Overnight.
Day 5 LISBON – ALGARVE – FARO - HUELVA
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast depart to Huelva. You will drive through nice coast side of the Portuguese south coast Algarve. En route stop in Faro for short panoramic view (without local guide). Free for lunch on own. After lunch continue to Huelva. Upon arrival check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 6 HUELVA – RONDA – PUERTO BANUS – COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast depart to Ronda. Upon arrival you will start a half day sightseeing tour of Ronda (without local guide). Ronda is one of Andalucia´s loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province, and is famous through Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of the town. This gorge is known as El Tajo - The Cliff and is spanned by a stone bridge, which once housed a prison. You will be able to peer down into the gorge, to see the waters of the River Guadalevín. Free for lunch on own. After lunch proceed to Costa del Sol. Enroute stop in Puerto Banus for short panoramic tour. Continue to Costa del Sol. Upon arrival check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 7 COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR – APT MALAGA
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast depart to Gibraltar. Upon arrival optional excursion by minibuses (ticket not included) from the frontier with Spain towards the southernmost point of Gibraltar, Europe Point and the sight of the only Trinity Lighthouse outside Great Britain. En route you will pass by Catalan Bay, formally a quaint little fishing village, until you will arrive Europe Point. From this view point the African continent is often visible. The tour then proceeds to the Upper Rock area and to St. Michael's Cave and after this the Rock Apes (monkey reservation) After this the tour continues via the Upper Rock area to exit the Nature Reserve passing by the Moorish Castle and the tower of Homage that still bears the scars of Battle. At the end you will be able to see the Main Street in upper Town area. Return to Malaga Airport.