Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and Spain’s second most populated city, with a population of 1.6 million within its administrative limits. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people, being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area, and Milan. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 ft) high.
Day 1: BARCELONA
Arrive at Barcelona and proceed for for a city tour of Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and one of the most vibrant and lively cities in Spain. The tour starts with “Las Ramblas” which is a tree lined pedestrian boulevard selling everything from clothes, jewellery, souvenirs etc. See the Bird market, colourful flower stalls, 19th century Opera House and The Columbus Monument. Then visit the Barri Gotic – a concentration of medieval Gothic buildings with a maze of interconnecting streets linking with squares with plenty of cafes. Two of the city’s most significant buildings – the Ajuntament and the Palau de la Generalitat are located here. After that visit the Museu Picasso which is Barcelona’s most visited museum. The museum shows numerous works that trace the artist’s early years. Then visit the “La Sagrada Familia” – a unique creation that has become Barcelona’s most universal symbol. In 1883 the brilliant architect “Gaudí”, agreed to direct this work, succeeding Francisco de Paula. The artist worked on it until his death. Work to complete this grand church continues still today. Also visit the La Pedrera – another Gaudi masterpiece, it is a quarry with uneven grey stone façade that ripples around a street corner with wrought iron balconies. Visitors can tour the building and go right upto the roof. There is also a museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work. Evening is free for some shopping as this city is a city of styles. Shop at some of the best designer lable outlets at La Rambla and Placa de Catalunya. Enjoy some of the best nightlife the city offers like outdoor cafes, restaurants and discotheques. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY-2 : BARCELONA – MONSTERRAT – BARCELONA
After breakfast, visit Montserrat, driving across picturesque little villages will reach the outstanding Montserrat Mountain situated at an altitude of 1,235 meters. Our first visit will be The Royal Basilica, where the famous XII century Romanesque sculpture of virgin Moreneta shall be admired. An audition of “La Escolania de Montserrat will be included, this children chorus is considered as one of the oldest in Europe. Drive back to the Hotel. On the return we will stop at the Barcelona’s harbour where you can go and shop or visit Aquarium by own. Rest of the day at leisure free on own. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY-3 : BARCELONA – MADRID
Arrive at Madrid Our local representative will be waiting at the Railway Station to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. As the capital of Spain, Madrid has a modern infrastructure as well as historic neighbourhood. Rest of the day at leisure on own. Visit one of the many shopping areas around the streets of Almirante and Conde de Xiquena. Also visit the large departmental stores in the vicinity of Puerta del Sol and Salamanca district which has prestigious shops selling fashions, accessories, jewellery and furniture. Head for some exciting nightlife at one of the many streets of Paseo de la Castellana or Paseo del Prado which has some of the best quality restaurants, cafes and popular night spots. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Madrid. Start the tour at the “Plaza Mayor” (Main Square) which was built in the 16th century. Beneath the arcades you can find an assortment of shops that sell fabrics, costume jewellery and souvenirs and also outdoor cafes and bakeries. Then visit the “Borbons Dynasty” area and visit the 18th century Royal Palace. The palace is no longer used as a residence but as a tourist attraction. Most of the important rooms can be visited and the palace is very interesting with its architecture and gardens. There are some excellent frescoes inside the palace. After that visit the Prado Museum which is considered one of the world’s finest museums and provides a historical and cultural perspective. It houses the world’s finest masterpieces by famous painters like Velazquez and Goya. The former “Casa de Correos” (Post Office) was built in 1768 under the direction of French architect Marquet. It is crowned with a tower with clocks on its four sides; the most famous time piece in Madrid. There are many other outstanding spots, churches and convents full of art. Then visit the Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro located in the city centre. Rest of the day at leisure to explore and shop at Puerta de Sol. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: MADRID – ALMARIA
After an early breakfast, check out and transfer to the station for your train to Almaria.(6 Hrs / 9min.). Arrive at Almaria & proceed to Hotel.
Day 6: MALAGA – LISBON
Arrive Lisbon, visit one of the oldest cities in the world. lisbon’s history dates back to 300,000 years ago, however it emerged as a nation state in the early 12th century, and ranks as one of the world’s longest founded cities. drive through one of the main avenues of the city, till rossio square – heart of the city. the tour continues with a little walk in alfama, the oldest and the most picturesque quarter of the city. proceeding along the riverside, enjoy praça do comercio – ex libris of lisbon and one of the tagus bridges, and belem quarter, dedicated to the discoveries. then, there’s a unique opportunity (except mondays) to visit the church of jerónimos, masterpiece of the manuelin style and the coach museum, home to the world largest collection. you’ll also get a panoramic view of belem tower and the monument of the discoveries, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of price henry the navigator.
Day 7: LISBON
We will take you along winding roads past grand manor houses and gardens on lisbon’s periphery into the forested hills of sintra, famously praised by the poet byron as a “glorious eden”. amidst these lush hills, the unesco world heritage site of sintra is a slightly surreal town of fantasy and magic, freemasonry and veiled secrets. be enthralled by enormous palaces built by the royal and (other) eccentrics of portugal. these palaces are lavish mishmashes of moorish ruins, swan lakes, gargoyles, grottos, secret passages, hidden staircases and gothic towers. the iconic royal palace, dating from the 14th century and certainly the most austere, is famed for its overscaled conical chimneys. within is one of portugal’s great treasure troves of its artistic heritage. the quinta da regaleira, sintra’s most mysterious palace, is a childhood fantasy of secret passages and hidden messages, a playground of freemasonry. the most lavish conceit of all is the delectable pena palace—a pastel-hued hilltop pastiche of every conceivable style of architecture that embodies the eccentricity of sintra. outside sintra is the 18th century palace at queluz, a pink rococo confection with lavish gardens described by locals as their own versailles. on a clear day, you can see from the heights of sintra to the atlantic and a series of old-world european seaside resorts. cascais, small in size, favored by the portuguese, it retains both an authentic charm and a bustling summertime buzz. straddling three small bays with craggy rocks and small sand beaches, its colorful fishing boats set out every morning to fetch your dinner at portugal’s best seafood restaurants. the palm-lined promenades of neighboring estoril, a 30 minute walk from cascais, recall a bygone era. with one of europe’s great 19th century hotels famous as the setting for james bond’s “casino royale”, it is a magnet for world war two history buffs. portugal was neutral and ideally located for spiriting people out of war-torn europe and estoril was a meeting ground and listening post full of spies (for all side) counter-spies, couriers, those who spirited refugees out of europe and just about anyone else you can imagine.
Day 8:LISBON – BACK TO HOME
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer to Lisbon Airport to onward flight to India.
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