Best of Spain and Lisbon with Barcelona
November 12-22, 2016
Please join us on a grand travel experience to two of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting countries—Spain and Portugal. Spain is one of the world’s great holiday countries, but it has far more to offer than its endless beaches and southern sun. Its attractions lie not only along its hundreds of miles of coastline, but also inland where we will visit picturesque towns and villages and experience some of the country’s most ornate cathedrals and majestic castles. The landscape throughout is a photographer’s paradise featuring the rugged Iberian mountains, the great cork forests, far-reaching plains, sheer cliff-bound coasts and the colorful culture and people of this land.
Spain—the land of Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus, Dante, Don Quixote, Goya, El Greco, Picasso and the adopted home of Ernest Hemmingway, has for centuries inspired great explorers, adventurers and amazing artists. For decades, this was the great intersection for the development of Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths. Power and control changed hands several times in the great conflict of competing Empires, yet the history of these various influences still remains, reflected in soaring cathedrals, luxurious palaces, the ornate mosques of the Moors and majestic medieval castles.
Stroll through the incredible Prado Museum in Madrid, sometimes referred to as the most beautiful museum in the world. Visit the elaborate Alcazar Palace of Seville and the ornate cathedral with the tomb of Columbus. In Granada, you will enter the elaborate summer palaces of the great Moorish caliphs, including the famous Alhambra, an ornate Arabesque architectural confection in pink granite. In Barcelona you will see the beautiful Gothic Architecture and Guadi’s unfinished spectacular Sagrada Familia.
The relatively small country of Portugal offers a range of both scenic and historic/cultural attractions. In earlier centuries, the Portuguese were one of the greatest European powers. This is the home of Vasco de Gama who opened the empire’s trade routes to the spice treasures of India and Magellan who led the first circumnavigation of the globe. The country’s cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon, on the broad estuary of the Tagus, is one of the most strikingly situated cities in the world.
This will definitely be a fun trip, with free-time built into the itinerary for an afternoon stroll, shopping and picture-taking. Plus, we will doubtless have the opportunity for some of the fun and exciting evening musical events featuring the colorfully dressed flamenco dancers and the fiery rhythm of the Spanish guitars.
Request or download the brochure to open the door to you for a most wonderful and enjoyable time in Spain and Portugal. Send in your deposit now and reserve a place on this tour. And get ready for the time of your life, an experience you will never forget!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Katherine by email at CTSFWTours@ctsfw.edu or by phone at 260-452-2119.