March 13 - 29, 2019
Tour Status - Available
Join this food, wine and agriculture tour to Portugal and Spain in March 2019. You will visit such places as Lisbon, Seville, and Cordoba plus much more...
*Please Note: For this departure to be guaranteed and operated by Select Holidays, there must be a minimum of 10 confirmed passengers.
- Return airfare from: Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver / Winnipeg / Toronto
- Resort Accommodations
- Meals as outlined
- Tours and attractions as outlined in brochure
- Cooking classes
- Free gratuities for drivers and local guides
- Escorted by Select Holidays
DAY 01: March 13, 2019: [IFM]
Depart North America on an overnight flight into Lisbon, Portugal.
DAY 02: March 14, 2019: LISBON, PORTUGAL [IFM/D]
Arrive into Lisbon, Portugal and transfer to hotel for a 4-night stay. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Western Europe. The city blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and offers a rich and varied history, lively nightlife and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate. Enjoy a “Welcome Dinner” with a private Portuguese chef this evening.
DAY 03: March 15, 2019: LISBON – SINTRA - LISBON, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for a visit of Sintra, a UNESCO heritage village with a fairytale setting. The home of Portugal’s monarchs, this magnificent town has marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Tour the village, enjoy a beachside luncheon at Cataplana’s Seafood Restaurant. This afternoon’s highlight will be the visit to Colares Wine Region, that lies within two miles of the Atlantic Ocean. It is famous as much for its sandy soils and un-grafted vines as the robust, tannic red wine it produces from the area's Ramisco grape. Visit the Carcavelos Wines Region before returning to Lisbon and dinner at Fado, (musical genre with a dinner of Tapas) Restaurant.
DAY 04: March 16, 2019: LISBON, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
Breakfast at the hotel then visit a handmade tile factory. This will be followed with a tour to a wine and cheese maker’s estate and also known for regional pastries. Lunch at a local restaurant then return to Lisbon to explore on your own or just relax at the hotel. Dinner this evening in Lisbon will be on the south bank of the river.
DAY 05: March 17, 2019: LISBON – SETUBAL – LISBON, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
After breakfast, visit the market for a tour and hands-on cooking class. This market features fish and produce vendors with colorful locals daily lifestyle. Let the chef teach you how to cook and enjoy a Portuguese typical 3-course lunch with fish, meat and the famous Portuguese custard tarts as dessert. This afternoon tour and visit the city of Lisbon via the Eco Tuks, that will include old and historic Lisbon neighborhoods and viewpoints. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.
Day 06: March 18, 2019: LISBON - COUNTRY REGION, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
Check out of hotel and drive into the fruits and vegetable growing region of Portugal. Visit to a Co-op of fruit and vegetable growers that buys and sells fruits, potatoes and pre-pack agricultural produce. The Co-op is still using a preservation method now in its 4th generation. Lunch at a fishermen’s village. Travel to a unique countryside hotel and check in. There will be a Cooking Class and Dinner at the hotel this evening.
DAY 07: March 19, 2019: COUNTRY REGION - EVORA, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
Enjoy a country style breakfast then visit the Cork oak tree forest and cork observatory. This is followed with a winery luncheon in the Alentejo region. In the afternoon, travel to Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage City. With more than two thousand years of history, Evora is rated as one of the best Portuguese cities to live in. Check into hotel for an overnight stay and then enjoy the local cuisine at dinner.
DAY 08: March 20, 2019: EVORA – BEJA, PORTUGAL [B/L/D]
Following breakfast, visit Évora on a walking tour. The tour includes the Roman Temple, the Cathedral and Giraldo Square. Lunch at a local winery that produces a unique white wine using red grapes. This afternoon visit to an olive grove and mill, the fourth largest exporter of olive oil in the world. Enjoy a tasting of the different types of olive oil being produced here. This evening dinner is at a typical regional restaurant with a Cante Alentjano chorus live performance. Return to hotel for the night.
DAY 09: March 21, 2019: BEJA, PORTUGAL - SEVILLE, SPAIN [B/L/D]
After breakfast at the hotel, there is time to explore this quaint hotel that was once a monastery. Visit to a hydroponic strawberry greenhouse with over 200,000 plants. Lunch at a local winery before saying farewell to Portugal and driving into Spain. Arrive at the hotel in Seville for a 2-night stay. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 10: March 22, 2019: SEVILLE, SPAIN [B/L/D]
After breakfast, learn about the fascinating world of the preparation of the famed Iberian ham. You will see how traditional and natural practices are still used in the production of the finest quality hams. Lunch will include a taste of local product, cured cheese, local home-made cakes and a selection of local wines. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Seville including admission to the Cathedral. Return to the hotel later this afternoon and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11: March 23, 2019: SEVILLE - GIBRALTAR [B/L/D]
Breakfast at the hotel then visit the Royal School of Equestrian Art to see the unique show called "How the Andalusian Horses Dance". It is an equestrian ballet accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th century style costumes. Lunch at a local restaurant then visit a Sherry wine cellar and see the exciting world of the Sherry wines as well as their unique Art Gallery. Finishing the visit with a tasting of their Sherry wines. Travel to Gibraltar for the night.
Day 12: March 24, 2019: GIBRALTAR – MALAGA, SPAIN [B/D]
With its unique location at the mouth of the Mediterranean and its proximity to Africa, Gibraltar has played a vital role in defensive military strategy for centuries. See Europa Point, the Pillars of Hercules, St. Michaels Cave, and O'Hara's Battery. Visit the Great Siege Tunnels, WW2 Tunnels and the Moorish Castle. Depart for Malaga for a 2-night stay.
Day 13 March 25, 2019: MALAGA, SPAIN [B/D]
A morning walking tour of Malaga is a historic and culturally rich provincial capital. The tastefully restored historic center is a delight with the Gothic cathedral surrounded by narrow pedestrian streets flanked by traditional and modern bars, and shops. Afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14: March 26, 2019: MALAGA - GRANADA, SPAIN [B/L/D]
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to an avocado cooperative. Drive to Granada for lunch then visit the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. This evening enjoy dinner in a "Gypsy Cave" with Flamenco show.
Day 15: March 27, 2019: GRANADA - CORDOBA - MADRID, SPAIN [B/L/D]
Drive to Cordoba for sightseeing of the city including the Cathedral of Cordoba. Founded by the Romans and due to its strategic location on the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba became a port city of great importance, for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. Later today take the "High Speed Train" to Madrid for a 2-night stay
Day 16: March 28, 2019: MADRID, SPAIN [B/L/D]
After breakfast, depart for Madrid for sightseeing and lunch. Free afternoon before a “Farewell Dinner” this evening.
Day 17: March 29, 2019: END OF TOUR [B/IFM]
Following breakfast the hotel, check out and transfer to the Madrid Airport and the flight back to North America.
Per Person, Double - $11,645.00 CAD including air
Plus Air/Government Taxes of $734.81
Single Add: $1,480.00
Initial Deposit - $1,500.00 Per Person at time of booking
Final Payment - per person is due before November 30, 2018