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July 2018 Taste of Portugal & Spain

A Taste of Portugal & Spain – July 10-19, 2018

For a fantastic price, come explore Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain this coming July! There is so much to see in these two fantastic European travel hot spots.

Itinerary:

July 10 – Fly from Salt Lake to Lisbon, Portugal!

July 11 – Welcome to Portugal! Meet your driver & guide enjoy city tour of Lisbon. With so many attractions such as Jerónimos Monastery and Torre de Belem, which are both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, you will get a chance to visit them both. After both visits continue to Bairo Alto for some amazing traditional Portuguese food. Overnight in Lisbon.

July 12 – This morning after breakfast start your tour with the journey to Sintra. Follow your driver/guide to the historical center of Sintra, where you’ll have free time to explore the town and visit Pena Palace. Next, enjoy the landscapes of Sintra Natural Park. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), the westernmost point of Europe. Continue to Mafra is a small town that is home to the most lavish and exuberant palace of Portugal. The Palácio Nacional de Mafra was funded by the gold that flowed out of Brazil, and these unimaginable riches were enough to employ a workforce of 45,000 people. After the 13 years of construction, the Palace had a staggering (unbelievable) 1,200 rooms and visitors today will walk around 1.5km within the vast complex. (Breakfast)

July 13 – Today is a free day to explore or spend at the beach. (Breakfast)

July 14 – You will have some free time this morning before taking a short flight to Barcelona, Spain. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel where the rest of the day is free to relax and explore. (Breakfast, Dinner)

July 15 – This morning you will get the chance to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, famous for its 12th-century Romanesque carving of the the Black Virgin. On weekday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe’s oldest children’s choirs: La Escolania de Montserrat. Have some free time to explore the surroundings before returning to Barcelona. Once in Barcelona, continue your tour as you visit the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s heritage which continues to be built up ‘till today. Then take a stroll around Parc Guell before having some free time around Las Ramblas. (Breakfast, Dinner)

July 16 – Free day to explore Barcelona & enjoy lovely day by the pool. (Breakfast, Dinner)

July 17 – Today depart for medieval town of Girona. You will have time to explore here and learn about the Spanish history of this charming town dating back to 100BC. Discover the Jewish quarter and visit the old synagogue, climb to the top of the hill to visit the Romanesque Cathedral, and walk along the cobblestone alleyways and streets. Next stop is famous Dali museum in the city of Figueres. You will have sufficient time to explore this most unique art Hall where Dali’s most famous work is exhibited. (Breakfast, Dinner)

July 18 – Today is one last free day in Spain. Relax, shop or continue exploring on your own. (Breakfast, Dinner)

July 19 – Fly back home today with incredible memories and experiences. (Breakfast)

 

Alf GunnYour Host: Alf Gunn

Alf Gunn fell in love with Portugal and Spain while hiking and biking El Camino de Santiago, the Portuguese route, a few years ago with his brother.  Professionally, fluency in Portuguese and Spanish afforded Alf a 30-year FBI career followed by security consulting in Latin America. Now a veteran of nine specialty tours to Brazil, and three that have taken him to Portugal and Spain, he shares his love and first-hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and lifestyle of these countries.  He admits he loves to meet people and his trips go beyond sightseeing to provide unique people-to–people experiences on international cruises and in-country tours.  He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 12 grand kids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.

 

 

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Tour with airfare from Salt Lake City (other cities available) – Double Occupancy – $2499 per person (includes tour, air and taxes)

Single Supplement – additional $575

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment – pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1200 per person

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