SPAIN & PORTUGAL
September 10-18, 2023
Spain is very diverse and we have created a vacation that highlights the southern part of the country, with visits to the many Moor-inspired historical and archaeological wonders that make this area so magnificent. The Moors arrived in Spain from North Africa and ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula from 711 AD until the fall of Granada in 1492. Their more than 700 years of Islamic dominance left a rich legacy of architecture and culture throughout Spain, and most markedly in the southern region.
Seville is known for its fascinating history, amazing food and stunning architecture. You will enjoy the Seville Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic church, the Royal Alcázar of Seville and The Alhambra and explore Granada, Cordoba and Carmona. Marvel at the beauty of Seville from a boat trip on the Guadalquivir River and enjoy a sensuous massage at AIRE Ancient Baths with over 500 years of Mudejar history.
Lisbon, Portugal combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. The city also touts a significant African history which you will explore with a Togolese historian. Our Portuguese sojourn culminates with a Sunset Sailing Cruise on the River Tagus.
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OUR SPAIN & PORTUGAL PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
Meeting and assistance at Seville and Lisbon Portela airports upon group arrival and departure
Airport porters in airport on arrival/departure
Guiding, as per program, by licensed English-speaking representative
RT airport transfers (for group arrival and departure)
9 nights accommodations in 4 & 5 star hotels
6 nights in Seville
3 nights in Lisbon
Porterage in/out at all hotels
Welcome reception hosted by Going Places International
Farewell dinner hosted by Going Places International
Day tour of Cordoba and Carrmona
Day tour of Granada
Flight from Seville to Lisbon
Tips at all included restaurants
Admission into the Royal Alcázar of Seville
Admission and guided tour of The Alhambra Palace and Gardens
Entrance into the Mezquita Mosque
Massage at the AIRE Ancient Baths
Boat trip on the Guadalquivir River
24 hour Hop-on Hop-off bus or bus to the Freeport Lisbon Fashion Outlet
Lisbon African Roots Tour
Airfare U.S. to Seville and Lisbon to U.S.
Meals and beverages not mentioned above
Beverages during included meals
Gratuities to guides, assistants and drivers
Maximum availability: 20 guests
Minimum requirement: 12 guests
NOTE: If minimum number is not met 60 days prior to departure, all monies paid by registered guests will be refunded without penalty.
Packages from $3,890 per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy please add $1,410 to the package price.
A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required to reserve space with minimum monthly payments of $500 per person due on the first of each month following payment of deposit. Total payment due 60 days prior to departure.
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"Travel doesn't become an adventure until you leave yourself behind."?"."!""
After arrival and hotel check-in we will enjoy a city tour that showcases the vitality and flamboyance of Seville. This evening we will launch our week of fun-filled activities at a Welcome Reception hosted by Going Places International.
After breakfast we will head down to Barrio Santa Cruz where shopping and great food abound. This area was designed in medieval times and still provides a stunning backdrop to a fun day. We will also visit the Royal Alcázar of Seville, a homage to Moorish architecture and the oldest royal palace in Europe still used by the royal family .
Today we will take a day trip to Cordoba and Carrmona, two of Spain's most beautiful cities. Claimed by King Ferdinand during the Spanish Conquisiton, their magnificent architecture is breathtaking. We will explore the Moorish, Jewish and Christian quarters and discover the famous Mezquita Mosque built in 784 by Abd al-Rahman.
We will leave the hotel in the morning and enjoy a boat trip on the Guadalquivir River, where you will feel the history of Seville from the magical perspective of the water. This evening we will relax to a sensuous massage at the AIRE Ancient Baths, a magnificent Mudejar-style palace with five centuries of history that offers a trip of sensations in the light of dozens of candles in different water rooms.
Today we will tour Granada, the last bastion of the Moors in Spain, replete with Moorish architecture, great tapas bars and natural beauty. We will also have a guided tour of Spain's best-known Moorish site, the Alhambra, built in 889 AD. We will tour the palace and gardens and visit the luxurious rooms and gardens to realize the decadent lifestyle enjoyed by the Moorish kings.
There is so much to see and do in Seville and today you are free to explore this beautiful city on your own. From amazing shopping, gourmet dining and exploring the beautiful neighborhoods, you are sure to discover something very special...and of course you'll tell us all about it, won't you?
Our exciting trip continues to Lisbon, Portugal this morning where we will explore the hidden history of Lisbon's African roots. Our guide is a historian from Togo who will provide insights into the African influence on the city. The streets come alive at night and we will party in Bairro Alto, one of the city's most fun districts.
Free day to explore Lisbon by Hop-on Hop-off bus or spend the day at the Freeport Lisbon Fashion Outlet just 30 minutes from town. Tonight we will bid adieu at our hosted Farewell Dinner.
Has it already come to an end? Perhaps for now, and we hope you'll come back to learn more about Southern Spain or visit the Northern part which is equally interesting.
Today we return home to share all our wonderful experiences with friends and family.
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