World Cafe Travel Adventure – Spain and Portugal
Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Madrid, The Prado Museum, Toledo, Seville, Choice on Tour, Flamenco Show, Lisbon, Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belém, Nazare, Obidos
Travelers will attend World Cafe recording sessions in both countries layered into the schedule. Both Madrid and Lisbon have extensive and diverse local music scenes. The music schedule, as in the past, will be confirmed and announced in the weeks before departure.
Day 1: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Overnight Flight
You are on your way to a colorful cultural adventure featuring the best of Spain and Portugal.
Day 2: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 Barcelona, Spain – Tour Begins
Welcome to Spain. Begin your journey in the vibrant city of Barcelona. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Thursday, April 13, 2023 Barcelona
Embark on a panoramic tour of Barcelona, showcasing the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, and Antoni Gaudi’s Batllo House and Casa Mila building (UNESCO). A local expert will accompany you on a visit to the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia (UNESCO), considered to be the most famous of Gaudi’s works.* Work on the basilica began in 1882, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2026 on the 100th anniversary of the architect’s death. (B)
Day 4: Friday, April 14, 2023 Barcelona – AVE Train – Madrid
Today, say goodbye to Barcelona and travel to the extraordinary City of Madrid. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to explore Spain’s lively capital and largest city. (WXPN may arrange musical inclusions today.) (B)
Day 5: Saturday, April 15, 2023 Madrid
During a locally guided panoramic tour of Madrid’s historic center, see iconic sites such as the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. Join a local expert to explore the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum, which opened in 1819 and boasts some of the world’s finest collections of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Your afternoon will be free to explore this fascinating city further. (WXPN may arrange musical inclusions today.) (B, D)
Day 6: Sunday, April 16, 2023 Madrid – Toledo – Madrid
Travel to Toledo (UNESCO), the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Embark on a comprehensive tour, highlighting the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Return to Madrid this afternoon. (WXPN may arrange musical inclusions today.) (B)
Day 7: Monday, April 17, 2023 Madrid – AVE Train – Seville
Depart today for Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” Your afternoon will be free to explore the city. (B, D)
Day 8: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 Seville
Decide how you see Seville because it’s your choice! Walk the Santa Cruz Quarter with an expert guide, admiring the orange trees and white-washed houses before continuing to the Plaza de España -OR- see the city from a different perspective with a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, drifting by timeworn bridges and towers. Later, visit the Seville Cathedral (UNESCO) – the largest gothic church in the world – and see Columbus’ tomb and the Giralda Bell Tower. End the afternoon with a light tapas lunch, overlooking the cathedral. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s most famous traditions. (B, L)
Day 9: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 Seville – Faro, Portugal – Lisbon
This morning, journey to Faro, the capital of the Algarve. See the city’s historic center and 9th-century city walls. During lunch, discover the flavors of the region as a local chef highlights Algarve gastronomy during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a tasting menu featuring iconic dishes of the region complete with local liquors and pastries. Later, make your way to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and your new home for the next 3 nights. (B, L)
Day 10: Thursday, April 20, 2023 Lisbon
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Lisbon and the riverside district of Belém. Uncover legends of the country’s past, including visits to Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belém (UNESCO). Your afternoon is free to explore the city at your own pace. (WXPN may arrange musical inclusions today.) (B)
Day 11: Friday, April 21, 2023 Lisbon – Nazare – Obidos – Lisbon
Your day on Portugal’s “Silver Coast” begins with the quaint seaside town of Nazare, famous for its dramatic cliffs. Continue on to the charming medieval walled town of Obidos. You will have free time to explore each town independently and take in their beauty. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain and Portugal. (B, D)
Day 12: Saturday, April 22, 2023 Lisbon – Tour Ends
Return home with memories of a beautiful land and a diverse cultural heritage. (B)
Experience It! The Flamenco
“El cante,” “el baile,” and “la guitarra.” Combine the three into one romantic tour de force, and you have the essence of the flamenco…the song, the dance and the guitar. The flamenco’s roots began in southern Spain as a 17th-century art form created by Andalusian gypsies. Similar to the blues that originated in America’s Deep South, the “cante,” or song, was a way for the gypsies to express their sorrow and repression. They sang their lyrics in the dark mines where they worked, using verse to help ease each other’s personal grief. As the 18th century approached, the gypsies gained more legal rights and many were able to purchase musical instruments. Soon the “guitarra,” or guitar, was added to their repertoire. The “baile,” or dance, quickly followed — and like any great art form, the flamenco took off. Soon performances in more mainstream venues like local cafés and dance halls combined with old-fashioned commercialism to make the flamenco the national dance of Spain.
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IMPORTANT RESERVATION INFORMATION
Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
Hotel check-in on your day of arrival is 3:00 p.m. Rooms may not be available prior to that time.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Effective immediately and through April 30, 2023 tour departures, we require all guests to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in this tour. Although destination entry requirements may differ, if you are unvaccinated, you will not be able to join us on this tour. All guests are required to bring proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper) on tour.
Destination-specific information may change frequently and without prior notice. It is very important that you frequently check the entry/exit requirements for destination(s) visited on this tour, to ensure that you are aware of any changes that may be applicable to your travel plans, including right up to your departure.
Please refer to our Online Travel Requirements Resource page www.gocollette.com/en/landing-pages/2021/online-travel-requirements-resource for detailed information.
*On the rare occasion that the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is not available, you will instead visit another top Spanish attraction.
The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour.
The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. The walking tour of Toledo is considered to be more strenuous in nature due to the uneven walkways, numbers of steps and some uphill walking necessary to see the historic sights. For your comfort, we recommend bringing sturdy walking shoes.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of October 05, 2022 are based upon availability. Final payment due by February 10, 2023. Deposits are refundable up until October 12, 2022.