- Explore the scenic highlights of Lisbon, Portugal
- Visit the Belem Quarter & taste the Pasteis de Belem
- Travel across the Alentejo Plateau
- Explore Seville’s Santa Cruz Quarter & walls of Alcazar
- Visit the immense 15th century cathedral & tomb of Christopher Columbus
- Explore the ancient city of Cordoba
- Visit the extraordinary Alhambra Palace
- Discover Toledo’s church & famous painting by El Greco
- Travel along Madrid’s elegant Paseo de la Castellana
- See the Royal Palace & monument to Cervantes
- Spend 2 nights in the vibrant port of Barcelona
- Visit the famous La Ramblas & the extraordinary Sagrada Familia
- Sail through Southern France on a luxury river cruise
- See Arles’ 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre
- Explore the fortified town of Avignon
- Visit one of France’s oldest cathedrals in Viviers
- Tour the castle & roman ruins of Tournon
- Spend a day in Lyon, France’s third largest city
- Explore Chalon-Sur-Saône, the birthplace of photography
- Marvel at the quaint village of Beaune
- Enjoy time at leisure in the city of Paris
Peter Kelsall’s Tour of Portugal, Spain & France
from $13,875 per person, twin share*
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21 days | Departs 8 Oct 2019 –
Explore Portugal & Spain, visiting some of the region’s most iconic cities, then relax aboard a luxury river cruise through Southern France before finishing your holiday in Paris.
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- Return flights to Europe
- Tour fully escorted by well known musician Peter Kelsall
- 11 days of luxury touring aboard a coach with extra legroom
- 7 nights of luxury river cruising in Southern France
- The services of a fully qualified Travel Director & Cruise Director
- First Class hotel accommodation throughout your tour
- All entrance fees and sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Tickets to a number of concerts (details to be advised)
- 19 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) & 14 dinners (D)
We depart Australia this evening on our flight to Lisbon.
We are met at Lisbon Airport by our Travel Director and are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. We meet this evening for dinner and a welcome drink.
❱ Hotel stay: Dom Pedro Palace Hotel (2 nights)
A local expert leads us from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. We visit the Belém Quarter and enjoy a tasting of the Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. We see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or continue exploring.
We cross the Alentejo Plateau this morning, crossing the border into Spain before stopping in Jabugo, famous for its Jamón Ibérico which you will have the opportunity to sample. We then continue to Seville.
❱ Hotel stay: Ayre Hotel Seville (2 nights)
In the city of Carmen a local expert will take us through the Santa Cruz Quarter to emerge by the huge walls of the Alcazar. We see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque before entering the immense 15th century cathedral to see the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Our first stop today is the ancient city of Córdoba, where we visit the magnificent Mezquita and see the city’s old Jewish Quarter. After some free time we head for Granada.
❱ Hotel stay: Melia Hotel (2 nights)
Today’s highlight is a visit to the extraordinary Alhambra Palace (subject to availability). A local expert will introduce us to this World Heritage Site. You will have plenty of time to explore the Palace and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife.
Travelling north today we head for Toledo. A local expert will show us the sights, including a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco’s famous painting ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’. We continue to Madrid in time for our hotel dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Barcelo Emperatriz Hotel (2 nights)
With our local expert we travel along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, pass the Cibeles Fountain, down the Gran Via to the Royal Palace and the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España and cross the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of our day is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Valázques, Goya and other great masters.
Today we continue to the vibrant port of Barcelona.
❱ Hotel stay: Hesperia Presidents Hotel (2 nights)
On our guided tour today we visit the Gothic quarter, the ancient cathedral and see the famous Las Ramblas with its open air markets and cafes. In contrast to the old part of town, we drive along the broad, elegant avenues of the Eixample district to visit Gaudi’s extraordinary unfinished creation, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
This morning we pass through Girona on our way to France. Board the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
❱ River cruise: Emerald Liberte (7 nights)
Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.
Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’.
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town.
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l’Hermitage across the river.
Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.
Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and travel to the famous city of Paris. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this magnificent city.
Sadly, today marks the end of your Europe holiday. You will be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to catch our flight home.
After a wonderful holiday, our flight arrives back in Australia in the early evening.
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08 Oct 2019
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