DEPART LISBON on SATURDAY
Tour from Lisbon to Madrid, both capital cities located in the Iberian Peninsula
Stop in Caceres, one of Spains most beautiful cities before arriving in Madrid. Here we explore the capital with a day tour to Toledo. Return to Lisbon with a stop in Trujillo, the birthplace of the Spanish conquistador.
At a glance
|SAT||Depart Lisbon and travel via Caceres to Madrid|
|SUN||Morning tour of Madrid|
|MON||Visit Toledo this morning|
|TUE||Madrid: a day at leisure|
|WED||Return to Lisbon with a stop in Trujillo|
> Spend time in Caceres, where the Old Town has been declared a UNESCO Worl Heritage site
> See the highlights of Madrid during a morning city tour
> Visit Toledo, an ancient city set on a hill and known for its Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments
> Free day in Madrid to explore its Museums, attend a Flamenco shop or browse the many shopping malls
Lisbon - Caceres - Madrid
- Departure from Lisbon at 7:30 a.m. towards the border with Spain and continuation to Caceres.
- Time at leisure to explore its Plaza Mayor and to walk through the old city and its medieval quarter, very well preserved and considered as a World Heritage site.
- Lunch (own arrangements)
- Continue to Madrid.
- Overnight at your hotel in Madrid.
- Breakfast at your hotel.
- Morning city sightseeing tour to get acquainted with this monumental city and see the most important buildings, avenues and squares: Gran Via, Plaza
- de Espana, Plaza de Oriente, fountain of Cibeles and Columbus squares, Puerta de Alcala, Paseo de la Castellana.
- The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring this cosmopolitan city on your own.
- Overnight at your hotel in Madrid
- Breakfast at your hotel in Madrid.
- Today we go on a half day tour to the monumental city of Toledo.
- Located one hour drive from Madrid, the city is like an immense museum of great beauty and holds some of the most genuine historical Spanish Monuments.
- The old city is considered as a National Monument and declared World Heritage Site. Toledo is also named the city of three cultures, as for a long period of time, the Christian,
- Islamic and Jewish lived peacefully within its walls.
- After the tour, return to Madrid and enjoy time at your leisure to continue exploring.
- Overnight at your hotel in Madrid.
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle
- Panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
- Transportation of one baggage per person
- Meal plan: as per itinerary
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Portugal / Spain Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Departure: Saturday
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR 19 and 31 MAR 2020
Seasonal supplements applicable for travel in JUL, AUG, SEP & OCT 2019
Best time to Travel
Both Portugal and Spain have Mediterranean climates with warm summers and mild winters. Both Capitals, Lisbon and Madrid will get cold during the winter months. Lisbon may be rainy but mild in Winter.
Food and drinks
When traveling to both countries, you will not be lost for culinary treats. Fresh seafood with a mixture of spices and olive oils will make every meal a unique experience. Expect to find peri peri in a lot of dishes whilst eating out in Portugal. Spain' meals, such as Tapas is a favorite. Dry white wines and Porto in Portugal are the favorites. Spain is known for its local sparkling wine called Cava. Sangria is, however, the most popular drink
Both nations are proud of their heritage. Having said that, the Portuguese are more laid-back compared with their neighbors. Do not assume that English is widely understood and do not expect a lot of activities on Sundays.
Plan your meals carefully as eating times differ from ours. Breakfast is at 8 am, lunch is served around 3 pm and dinner does not start before 9 pm.
Portugal offers affordable transportation rates. Both countries have an incredibly well-organized transportation network. Road networks are better in Spain compared to Portugal.
Portuguese traditional dishes
Bacalhau: Codfish is the most traditional of food dishes on the menu
Cataplana de Marisco: A seafood stew prepared in a double copper pan and served with rice
Caldo Verde: Enjoyed in Summer and winter and made of Dark green cabbage
Sardines: Grilled is a summertime food of choice
Pasteis de Natas: A sweet creamy egg tart made of flour, butter, eggs, cinnamon and sugar
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.
In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.
The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.
There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called "St. Martin’s Summer" as this saint’s day is on 11 November
From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.
Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor, the youngest nation in the world), and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China.
In Portugal, there are lots of people who can communicate in English, French as well as Spanish.
Money – Currency
Portugal is one of 19 European Union countries whose common official currency is the euro. 1 euro is divided into 100 cents. The coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.
The notes are differentiated by their size and colour and come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
ATMs - Automatic Teller Machines (Multibanco)
Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.
In Portugal, the most commonly used credit cards are Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Europay / MasterCard, JCB and Maestro.
Service is included in the bill in restaurants, though it is customary to leave an additional tip of about 5-10% of the total. It is also normal to tip taxi drivers 5-10 % or rounding up the amount paid to the nearest EUR.
Taxis are usually cream in color, although there are still some painted black with a green roof in the traditional Portuguese style.
The fare is shown on the taximeter. The prices are affixed inside the car or you can ask the driver about them.
If you phone for a taxi you will have to pay an extra 0.80 euros. There is a charge of 1.60 euros for luggage, regardless of weight or the number of pieces.
Carrycots, pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids are carried free of charge.
Outside towns, transport by taxi is paid per kilometer, and the passenger is informed of the amount in advance. Where they exist, the passenger has to pay the road tolls there and back.Tipping is at the passenger’s discretion, though it is normal to tip 5-10% or round the amount up to the nearest EUR
Typical dishes you must try
Bacalhau or Codfish, or bacalhau in Portuguese, is more than simply a traditional dish, it is a national obsession. The dish even has its own nickname, “the faithful friend. There are hundreds of different recipes and versions of this classic, but bacalhau à brás is one of the best; a combination of onions, chips, olives, parsley, egg and, of course, cod.
Cataplana de Marisco: a seafood stew cooked in a copper double-pan and served with rice or chips
Pastel de Nata: is Portugal’s most famous cake, and probably Portugal’s best cake as well. It originates from Lisbon and was originally invented by monks at Jerónimos Monastery
Caldo Verde: is Portugal’s favorite soup, and probably it’s the best soup as well. Although it originates from the Minho region in Northern Portugal, you’ll see Caldo Verde on menus throughout the entire country.
Sardinhas Assadas: The smell of sardines being cooked on a BBQ is something that’s quintessentially Portuguese, and it’s hard not to think of Portugal if you get a whiff of it somewhere else