Welcome to Barcelona and Spain

Tour begins: 5:30 PM at Le Méridien Barcelona. A transfer is included from Barcelona Airport or the Barcelona Franca Train Station to Le Méridien Barcelona, ideally located on Las Ramblas. Join us for a private welcome...


Gothic sights & whimsy in Barcelona

Walk along the tree-lined pedestrian promenade of Las Ramblas this morning with a local guide who leads you through the cobblestone lanes of its 14th-century Gothic quarter, Barri Gòtic, a medieval warren of Roman relics, hidden courtyards,...


Montserrat, Cardona & on to the Pyrenees

Venture into the mountains today, stopping at the saw-toothed mountain of Montserrat, just northwest of Barcelona, to visit the Benedictine monastery and see the shrine of la Moreneta, the Black Madonna. According to the legend, the statue was discovered...


Pyrenees pleasures in La Seu d'Urgell

A morning walking tour on the cobblestone lanes of La Seu d’Urgell brings you to the 12th-century Romanesque Cathedral, renowned as the finest in the Pyrenees. Following a traditional paella demonstration at lunch, you have a choice of a hike...


Pamplona & San Sebastián in Basque country

Drive to Pamplona this morning, immortalized in Hemingway’s famous book, The Sun Also Rises; walk the route followed during the running of the bulls as you visit here today. Then it’s on to coastal San Sebastián in Basque...


A day in seaside San Sebastián

Join a local guide for a walking tour along the cobblestone streets of the historic Old Town (Parte Vieja) before exploring San Sebastián on your own. Sample typical Basque food and enjoy the many waterfront activities, including world-class...


Bilbao, the Guggenheim & Oviedo

Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao this morning, discovering its collection of modern art as you wish. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the museum is a showcase for large-scale, site-specific contemporary works of art...


A pilgrimage centuries old to Santiago

Explore Oviedo on a walking tour this morning, seeing a mix of historic and artistic monuments, including two acclaimed churches built in the Astorian pre-Romanesque architecture when the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. Stop for lunch in a picturesque...


Sights of Santiago de Compostela

When the grave of St. James the Greater was discovered in this region in the ninth century, hundreds of thousands began making the arduous pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. James – on foot to visit it. Legend has it...


Prosperous Porto on the Portuguese coast

Turn your clocks back one hour on a drive along the coastal route from Spain to Porto, Portugal. This ancient port city is nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Douro River with a rich port-wine trading history. Enjoy a private...


A Rabelo cruise & more in Porto

Explore Porto on a walking tour, a panoramic drive along Avenida da Boavista and the coast where the river meets the sea and aboard a traditional rabelo boat on the Douro River. Look for Portugal’s iconic blue tiles (azulejos ) on the façades...


To Coimbra en route to Lisbon

Journey to the riverfront city of Coimbra today, the medieval capital of Portugal for over one hundred years and home to the historic University of Coimbra. A walking tour of the hilltop University campus includes a guided visit to the Baroque King...


It's all about discoveries in Lisbon

Everywhere you look in Lisbon, Portugal's beguiling capital city, you'll see reminders of the "Great Period of Discoveries" – when Portuguese mariners set sail to explore the then-unknown world and found what is now Brazil, among other notable...


Homeward bound

Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon to Lisbon’s International Airport or Santa Apolonia Train Station is included. You should allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in...


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