The Best of Spain and Lisbon

  • Friday, May 05, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Spain and Lisbon
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Tour The Best of Spain and Lisbon

May 5th to May 18th, 2023


From towering cathedral spires to a shared jug of sangria, it’s passion that ties Spain together.

Passion is the constant across Spain’s diverse regions and cultures. Despite (or perhaps because of) its complicated and tumultuous history, Spain has produced some of the most moving art in the world.

Follow in the spirit of Don Quixote and the steps of the matadors on an escorted tour of Spain. Tap into the traditions of flamenco and fiery sunsets, and settle in for a colorful mosaic of mouthwatering cuisine, magnificent architecture, and the sunny sights on the Costa del Sol. From La Giralda bell tower and Seville's Cathedral to Granada's grand vistas, you'll discover the heart of Spain with the soul of an adventurer. Visit the Giralda bell tower in Seville, a private tour and tapas tasting in Madrid. Celebrate your escapades in España with a glass or two of sangria and tempting tapas around every corner.

Package Includes:

  • Round trip flights Orlando – Lisbon; Madrid – Orlando (price TBD - not included in package price)
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Ground Transportation
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Lisbon
    • 2 nights Seville
    • 3 nights Costa del Sol
    • 2 nights Granada
    • 3 nights Madrid 
  • Hotel portage 
  • All transfers 
  • Breakfast daily, and 4 dinners 
  • Comprehensive sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of experienced English-speaking tour guide throughout 
  • Travel Medical Insurance Plan

Tour Itinerary:

LISBON, PORTUGAL

MAY 06-08, 2023 (2 NIGHTS) - My Story Hotel Figueria

  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Included 1 night

LISBON ACTIVITIES:

  • CLASSIC WALKING GUIDED TOUR 3 – 4 hours: Take a walk where the locals go on this orientation of the historic center.  Walking tour in historic downtown (an activity should always involve the use of public transport, either streetcar/tram or bus).  Itinerary: *old area: Meeting point Sao Jorge Castle and Alfama going down through Alfama, by the cathedral, to Campo das Cebolas, Trade Square, Downtown and Rossio. Lunch in the area (not included). In the afternoon, a walk to Camões, passing through Bairro Alto and Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara - mandatory visit to S. Roque church, then eventually taking the streetcar/tram to Campo de Ourique, to visit this chic neighborhood, the basilica of Estrela and, depending on the energy of the group, down to Bica. Perhaps ending at the Ribeira-Time Out Market.
  • VISIT BAIRRO ALTO, SNACK TASTING, FADO MUSIC:  PM Guided tour with professional guide.  If it's in the afternoon, it may be possible to schedule a little show in a fado house; or a tasting of typical products - like a food tour.  *Bairro Alto area, also including Downtown, but up to the Bica lift, including entrance to São Roque church; pastel de nata tasting, a drink at the kiosk, fado as well.
SEVILLE, SPAIN

MAY 08 – MAY 10, 2023 (2 NIGHTS) - Radison Magealena Plaza

  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Included 1 night
  • 3-hour AM Seville Private City Tour:  This 3-hour private tour will show you Seville's top attractions and take you through the legends of one of the most unique neighborhoods in the world. Our local private tour guide will take us to must-see spots such as the Giralda bell tower, Plaza de España and much more!  Your private tour guide also takes you through the former Jewish quarter of this medieval city, now a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys holding over 2,200 years of history. From the Tartessians to the Romans, from the Muslims to the Christians, to the 18th Century urban renewal, dive into the top sites and monuments.
    • La Giralda bell tower and Seville's Cathedral
    • Divine Salvador Church
    • Saint Isidoro of Seville
    • Orange trees at Patio de Banderas
    • Peter of Castile's statue
    • Roman Temple remains
    • Plaza del Triunfo
    • Seville City Hall
    • Callejón del Agua (Water Alley)
    • Santa Cruz neighbourhood
    • Royal Tobacco Factory
    • Seville Cathedral
  • Sevilla Tapas & Flamenco Tour:  What's Included
    • Delicious tapas at 3 local tapas bars (enough for dinner), and a full one-hour flamenco show at a top venue in Seville’s historic center.
    • See an intimate, improvised flamenco show in the city where the art form was born.
    • Learn about flamenco before the show and understand the meaning behind the art form.
    • Visit three diverse eateries that tell the story of tapas from past to present.
    • Enjoy one-on-one time with your guide—an expert in food, flamenco and Seville.
    • Get a crash course in Spanish cured meats—and try five different kinds!

           *Please note that this description is an example and stops or tastes may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size.

COSTA DEL SOL

MAY 10 – MAY 13, 2023 (3 NIGHTS) - Hotel Melia Costa Del Sol

  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Included 1 night
  • 1.5 hour guided Mosque visit in Cordoba DAY TRIP:  On this 1.5-hour guided tour with a professional historian you’ll discover the fascinating Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, one of the most significant structures of the Al-Andalus Empire and an important place of Catholic worship in modern-day Spain. Delve into the detailed stories and secrets of the site’s 15-century-long history and marvel at the architectural beauty of this incredible structure.
    • The Jewel of Al-Andalus
    • Built on the site of the ancient Visigoth Basilica of San Vicente in 785 on the orders of Abd ar-Rahman I, when Córdoba was the capital of the Muslim empire of Al-Andalus, the original mosque was a primitive construction. Multiple subsequent extensions by Abd ar-Rahmen’s successors saw the Mezquita of Córdoba becomes more and more impressive, showcasing the wealth and beauty of medieval Islamic art. Hear in detail how each of these expansions of the building came about and admire the stunning, intricate beauty of each section of the former Great Mosque.
    • Hear in detail about the many extensions and phases in the construction of the Great Mosque
    • Marvel at the intricate beauty of the countless carved arches, one of the most impressive examples of Islamic architecture in Spain
    • Appreciate the incredible legacy of the Muslim Empire of Al-Andalus
    • Learn about the conversion of the Great Mosque into a Christian cathedral, and the development into today’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
    • Enjoy detailed stories and secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that you would never discover on your own!
GRANADA

MAY 13 – MAY 15, 2023 (2 NIGHTS) - NH Collect ion Hotel Vicoria

  • Breakfast Daily
  • 2.5 hour Alhambra guided tour: 

Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife with a guide exclusively for you and your companions.

  • Nasrid Palaces Alhambra
  • Carlos V Palace
  • Medina
  • General life Garden
MADRID
MAY 15-18, 2023 (3 nights) - Hotel Riu Plaza Esana

  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner Included 1 night
  • 3-hour Madrid Private City Tour:  This 3-hour private tour dives head-first into the city’s gritty history; covering its role during the Spanish Inquisition, as well as the more recent Civil War.
    • Plaza Mayor
    • Alfonso XIII’s anarchist attack
    • World’s oldest restaurant
    • The Spanish Empire
    • Catedral de Almudena
    • Plaza de Puerta Cerrada
    • Segovia’s Viaduct
    • San Miguel’s Market
    • Oriente Square
    • Moorish Ruins
    • Plaza de la Villa
    • Teatro Real (Royal Opera House)
    • Royal Palace
  • Classic Madrid Tapas & Wine Tour:  Start your evening in a historic square just outside the central touristic area of Madrid. Find out about all the curious names that this barrio has had throughout the centuries before setting out to the first tapas bar.  From there, it’s time to eat! Over the course of the evening, the spots we’ll visit may include:
    • A family-run bar for a typical aperitif of vermouth paired with a selection of regional tapas from northern and southern Spain.
    • A centennial restaurant best known for having invented Madrid ́s most famous tapa, gambas al ajillo, which we’ll enjoy with wine from their family vineyard.
    • A historic tavern that was saved from closing by three local chefs breathing new life into the neighborhood’s dining scene. Here, we’ll sample a few essential Madrid dishes along with a mini tasting of Spain’s most beloved wine styles.
    • A seemingly unassuming neighborhood deli with a fascinating link to the Spanish Civil War.
    • Their curated cheese and charcuterie plates paired with a crisp glass of cava will change your life.
    • A quirky bar that shows off Madrid’s eccentric side in the best way possible, where we’ll try a selection of their delicious open-faced mini sandwiches.

To wrap up, we’ll walk off our dinner by heading back to the same gorgeous plaza where our night began. Your guide will leave you with some suggestions to help make the rest of your evening—and the rest of your time in Madrid! Unforgettable!           

   

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY:

Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (Euro). It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE (per airline requirements)

Trip Price (CASH):

Double Occupancy - $3,000 price per person*, plus airfare

*Final Price WILL Be Adjusted due to Airfare and/or Currency Exchange*


RESERVE A SPACE: 

$500 per person deposit will reserve your spot.  No space is held without a deposit.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 

Initial Deposit: $500 per person

Payment 1: $1,000 per person: Due by September 15, 2022

Payment 2: $1,000 per person: Due by December 30, 2022

Final Payment Due:  Due by February 15, 2023


Trip Cancellation Penalties:

Cancellation Penalty Schedule*

Up to September 15, 2022 = $75 Per Person

Between September 16th - December 29, 2022 = $1,425 Per Person

Between December 30, 2022 - February 14, 2023 = $2,575 Per Person

After February 15th = NO Refund

NO SHOWS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

* Plus any other non-refundable charges for airlines, hotels and suppliers

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING BEFORE CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE. NO REFUNDS FOR UNUSED ACCOMMODATIONS OR SERVICES.

SCSTC Detailed Trip Cancellation Policy

Trip Cancellation Insurance is recommended.

TRIP INSURANCE:  Standard medical is covered in the trip package price. Click for Trip Insurance flyer.

Trip Registration:

Please complete a SCSTC Trip Application to secure your spot on this trip.  Our trips have been selling out quickly so recommend you send in your application and initial trip deposit soon.

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* PASSPORTS:  Must be valid 6 months BEYOND the date of our return, November 18, 2023.

Make checks payable to Space Coast Ski & Travel Club and mail with your completed trip application and a copy of your passport picture page to:

Space Coast Ski & Travel Club
P.O. Box 372633
Satellite Beach, FL 32937

If you have any questions please contact Pam

Trip Leader:



Pam Kaercher

(321) 298-7086

Email: PAM


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