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Welcome to Porto. Private transfer from Porto Airport to Hotel in Porto. Overnight in Porto.
Embark yourself in a Half Day exploration of Oporto, voted Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens. This is also known as “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city). It’s his distinct and unique character that gave Porto a World Heritage classification. Aligned with the river Douro, rich in contrasts and well-preserved treasures, an ancient city of the Port of immeasurable beauty.
The tour will end with a relaxing cruise of the Six Bridges. Overnight in Porto.
Explore the wonderful Douro Region, a traditional place born in the culture of wine production. Visit the most famous Wine Estates and taste its delicious Port Wines. Embark on this adventure through the Douro Valley on a river cruise and enjoy the majestic vineyards around you, loaded with grapes. Discover the best road in the World, N222, which connects Peso da Régua to Pinhão.
The journey includes a guided tour to two of the main Douro Wineries with commented tastings of wines of excellence. You will enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant with vegetarian options (please indicate on reservation). Finally, relax with a scenic cruise on the Douro River in Pinhão.
Overnight in Porto
Transfer from your hotel to Porto Railways Station. High Speed Train from Porto to Lisbon. Upon arrival, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lisbon
Travel the beauty and grandeur of Lisbon on a half-day visit to its various emblematic monuments and districts. In Belém, discover the Belém Tower, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Jerónimos Monastery with its church, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue with Continue with a visit to the National Coach Museum, which hosts one of the world’s finest collections of historical carriages. Explore Alfama, with its neighbourhood of paved streets and alleys “à Portuguesa” and finally walk the main squares of the city: Praça do Comércio, Rossio and the panoramic Marquês de Pombal. Overnight in Lisbon
Discover one of the most famous attractions in the country, grandly located at the top of the Serra de Sintra – the Pena Palace. Your expert guide will walk with you through its different richly decorated rooms and introduce fascinating facts about Portugal’s history. In the historic centre of Sintra, enjoy free time to explore the narrow streets full of regional shops. On the return to Lisbon, discover the villages of Cascais and Estoril, traditional fishing areas and known as the “Portuguese Riviera”. Overnight in Lisbon
Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to the hotel
After having breakfast and a lazy morning, meet the group members and our representative in hotel lobby for a short orientation tour of Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. It’s often said that Barcelona’s true history began right where the Gothic Quarter stands today because this is where the Romans laid claim to the land and built their first settlement, which was fortified by the addition of a thick wall that rose up to a full 60 feet and boasted 78 towers. Remains of the wall are still present today, and many structures that are dated back to medieval times are still standing as well. A great many of the roads in the Gothic Quarter are closed to most automotive traffic, and this gives visitors a chance to explore the narrow, winding streets and alleyways on foot. You can walk about at your own pace, or you may want to choose to join one of the many walking tours so that you can be sure of missing nothing. Those roaming about on their own often find that the roads open out into squares that are filled with wonderful surprises. In the very center of the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find the La Seu, which is a splendid cathedral and one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in the entire city. Seeing it during the day is amazing, and seeing it at night is absolutely breathtaking thanks to its full illumination. Many historical buildings surround the cathedral as well. Many people start their exploration of the Gothic Quarter at the cathedral, and then spread out. In addition to the many historical attractions, your walk will also take you among many famous museums, little sweet shops that offer freshly made chocolate delights, curious boutiques with a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind items, cafes with the best tapas in the world, many restaurants that offer classic Catalonian food and a nightlife that is fun and upbeat. It’s nearly impossible to describe everything that you can expect to experience in the Gothic Quarter, and you’ll definitely want to discover its treasures for yourself. You may not have time to see it all, but these are just a few of the most popular features that you won’t want to miss. We will take you to a traditional Restaurant where you will have an opportunity to sample some of the tastiest tapas of the city. Then return back to the hotel and overnight.
This morning we will first visit the elegant Paseo de Gracia, formerly known as Camí de Jesús (“Jesus Road”), the Passeig de Gràcia was originally little more than a quasi-rural lane surrounded by gardens joining Barcelona and Gràcia, which was then still a separate town. This was still the case at the time of the first urbanization project in 1821, which was devised by the liberal city council, and led by Ramon Plana. This project had to be cancelled due to the epidemics that were raging in Barcelona at the time. Formerly known as Camí de Jesús (“Jesus Road”), the Passeig de Gràcia was originally little more than a quasi-rural lane surrounded by gardens joining Barcelona and Gràcia, which was then still a separate town. This was still the case at the time of the first urbanization project in 1821, which was devised by the liberal city council, and led by Ramon Plana. Next, we will head out to visit he invaluable work of reknowned architect Gaudi. One of them is Casa Batlo and the other one would be Casa Milta. Then we will have our lunch in a local restaurant and proceed to the highlight of the day which is the La Sagrada Familia whose construction begun in 1882 and still unfinished, the tactile, organic form of the Roman Catholic Basilica of La Sagrada Família (The Holy Family) is one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks. It is an unexpected sight in its industrial setting, with its bold flying buttresses and twisted towers looming over the city. Commissioned in 1882, the cathedral was funded by donations to encourage Christianity in Barcelona, which was in decline at the time. In 1883 Gaudí took over as chief architect, and he changed the original Neo-Gothic design to one based on the geometric forms found in nature. It was to be Gaudí’s Expressionist vision of a 20th-century cathedral, where he would use visual symbolism to express the many mysteries of the Christian faith.
Parque Guell which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also included in our tour Park Guell, intended to serve Guell’s private city, became all of Barcelona’s, then the world’s favorite. Gaudi let loose his imagination.
While for houses he drew on natural forms, here he shaped nature into colonnades, archways and covered galleries with well-camouflaged artificial structures.It’s a playground for the mind: visual jokes, like columns that simulate palm-tree trunks, rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground, quilts of ceramic tiles.
A graceful gazebo is made of twisted angle iron – cheap to make, looks good, does not lie about its material yet its shape is as softly curved as climbing vines. The centerpiece is the intended covered market, a majestic forest of fluted columns. Its roof forms a vast terrace with a view of the city. Tonight’s dinner will be served at seafood restaurant. Finally, we will drive to the hotel and overnight.
Today a scenic drive to Alcaniz through the coastal city of Tarragona which is originally a Roman City. Tarragona is a port city in northeastern Spain’s Catalonia region. Many ancient ruins remain from its time as the Roman colony of Tarraco. Among the roman Ruins we will have an opportunity to see are Gothic Cathedral, some ancient monuments, city walls and fortifications. In the afternoon we will motor to Alcaniz. Alcaniz is a city in Aragon, Spain. It has many popular attractions, including Castle Calatravo, Subterráneos medievales, making it well worth a visit. Alcaniz is the place where we will have 2 overnight stays and also view the Eclipse.
After breakfast we will start touring Alcaniz in the morning. Today sdeparture for the tour might a bit early as hwe need to return back to our hotel and get out to our selected spot to view the Eclipse. Tour of Alcaniz will include the The Castle of the Calatravos is a castle in Alcañiz, Spain, that belonged to the Order of Calatrava. This military order played an important role in the reconquest of the town in 1157; the oldest rooms in the building date back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Plaza de España This is the largest square in Alcaniz, even though it is quite small compared to other Spanish towns, it is still a lovely place. The town hall stands like a gem with its columns. Its emblem is quite vivid displayed, chiseled in the town hall from here we can also admire the Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor.
Then we will return to the hotel to get ready to view the Eclipse.
Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse
Local Type: Total Solar Eclipse,
Begins: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 19:38
Maximum: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 20:31 1,015 Magnitude
Ends: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 20:49
Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Totality: 1 minute, 36 seconds
Overnight in Alcaniz
A late departure after breakfast to nearby Zaragoza Town which is also known as Saragossa to us. Zaragoza is the 5th biggest city in Spain and sits in the Northern Aragon Region of the Country and be a wonderful place to take a Spanish City Break to see a real and authentic side of Spain. This city is also the birth place of renowned artists such Pablo Serrano, Goya and Gargallo. Zaragoza is famous for the rich historical heritage left by the Romans and Moors who successively occupied Spain until the 12th century. The Roman ruins include the forum and city wall, the Aljafería Palace and the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, but there are plenty more notable remains from Zaragoza’s long history.
Besides the stunning landmarks, Zaragoza is a very pleasant city to explore. The affable and inviting character of the inhabitants and the lively atmosphere of the city center makes it a very charming place to spend a holiday. Proceed to the hotel and overnight.
After having our breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour of Zaragoza first by Plaza del Pilar, one of the largest pedestrian plazas in Spain, is surrounded by pretty cafés and historic buildings. Make this an excellent starting point for exploring Zaragoza’s attractions. The square frequently buzzes with performances, festivals and other lively events. Then walk to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, on the north side, gives the square its name. This towering Baroque church dates back to 1681, although it was heavily renovated in the 18th century. Inside, find two stunning frescoes by Francisco Goya, as well as a small statue of the Virgen del Pilar, which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Take the elevator that runs to the top of one of the towers to see beautiful views over the city.
See the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) near the basilica. The original Renaissance building was damaged during the Spanish Civil War, with the reconstruction you see today completed in the mid-20th century. Notice the sculptures on either side of the main entrance, representing San Valero and the Angel Custodio (Guardian Angel) of the city. These were designed by abstract sculptor Pablo Serrano.
Head to the opposite side of the square to see La Seo Cathedral, constructed between 1380 and 1550. An attractive blend of Gothic, Baroque and Mudéjar architectural styles, the cathedral was originally designed as a mosque. Look at the exceptional French and Flemish tapestries in the cathedral’s adjacent museum.
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the famous monastery; Monasterio de Piedra which built in the 12th century is located in a privileged natural enclave, surrounded by exuberant nature, waterfalls, lakes, streams and caves that will make the hiker want to return. Due to its biological wealth, it is at this point that the first fish farm in Spain was created 150 years ago. The Monasterio de Piedra is in a mountainous region, at around 736 m above sea level in the Iberian System. The traditional access road to the monastery follows the Piedra River, starting from the Nuevalos village. Along the old path are the masonry ruins of a watermill or wheel. This beautiful spot is often used by the Cistercians as inspiration for their work and prayer. The Monasterio de Piedra was founded by Alfonso II in 1194 with monks from Poblet. The work started in 1195 and was completed in 1219. The monastery lies in the confluence of the Ortiz and Piedra Rivers, in a land of thermal springs, such as Alhama and Jaraba. Followers of Islam sought to establish their cities on the rivers banks because their economy was based on agriculture, which was performed through laboring irrigated lands. This is why they chose to live on low lands and did not effectively occupy the higher areas of the Pyrenees, where they merely controlled the traffic of people and goods through fortified steps at the entrance of the valleys. This is also the reason why the noble and Christian clergy, who would be the most likely to suffer because of the arrival of Islam, had to settle on the northern regions of the Iberian Peninsula, where they began to set up churches and monasteries that would sustain those early Christian communities.
Muslims occupied the existing cities from the Roman Empire and Visigothic civilization, restoring them to a new splendor. This was the case of Huesca, Tarazona, Calahorra and, of course, Zaragoza. In other cases, they founded new cities, such as Tudela, Calatayud, Daroca and Barbastro. This is the case of the Calatayud region, which currently belongs Nuevalos and the Monasterio de Piedra. The area had a large Muslim population which successfully resisted the Christian reconquest several times, as well as attempts of cultural assimilation. The monasteries served, among other things, as centers of evangelization and colonization. Walk through the famous Historic Garden Park of 19th century and drive to Madrid. Overnight in Madrid.
Today we will have a full day tour of Madrid including Royal Palace, Espana Square, Puerta del Sol, Atocha, Alca Gate, Retiro Park, Cibeles Square, Bullring Las Ventas, Neptuno Sqquare, Gran Via Street. Next proceed to the Prado Museum The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to house one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. The numerous works by Francisco Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, are some of the highlights of the collection. Velázquez and his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum’s fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now one of the largest outside Italy.
The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents. As of 2012, the museum displayed about 1,300 works in the main buildings, while around 3,100 works were on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions. The remainder were in storage.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 attendance plunged by 76 percent to 852,161. Nonetheless, the Prado was ranked as the 16th most-visited museum in the list of most-visited art museums in the world in 2020. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.
The Prado, with the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo Reina Sofía, forms Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2021. Return to the hotel and farewell dinner.
Transfer to Madrid Airport for your return flight
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