Enjoy the sights and sounds of Spain, Portugal and France.
Day 1: Manila - Lisbon
Depart from Manila and enjoy inflight amenities, meals and entertainment.
Day 2: Arrival in Lisbon
Arrival in Lisbon. Upon arrival, the group will be met by a local guide for a brief orientation tour before checking in to your hotel. The guide will take you around the district of Belem and its sights such as the 16th century Tower of Belem, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Day 3: Lisbon - Fatima - Obidos - Nazare - Lisbon
After breakfast, the group will head north on a day trip to the beautiful villages of Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos. You will start the journey toward the town of Fátima, a once-sleepy rural village that became an important pilgrimage, where we will visit the Sanctuary of Fatima. A visit to the 14th-century Batalha Monastery will followthen the group will head to the Nazaré cliffs and continue through the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto. Finally, we will make our way to the medieval village of Óbidos. Founded in 208 BC, Óbidos is commonly known in Portugal as the 'wedding present town', as it was a gift from King Dinis to Queen Isabel on their wedding day. We will end the day at the capital of Lisbon.
Day 4: Lisbon - Merida - Seville
Early morning departure to Merida, the political and cultural center of Hispania Rome. Merida was conquered by the Muslims in 713 A.D and after a 500-year period of decline, the city was virtually abandoned until the 1500's. Visit the Roman Ruins, before heading to Seville, your final destination of the day.
Day 5: Seville
A full day sightseeing of sightseeing around Seville awaits. You will visit the major tourist spots in the capital of the Andalusia region: the lavish square in Maria Luisa Park, the Palace of San Telmo and the Santa Cruz quarter, also known as the city’s prettiest neighborhood. You will also have the opportunity to see two UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions: Royal Alcazar Palace and Seville Cathedral, then visit the Bullring of the Royal Maestranza museum to explore at leisure. You will end the day with a dinner and flamenco.
Day 6: Seville - Cordoba - Madrid
Early morning departure from your hotel as the group will head to Cordoba. Here you will visit Cordoba’s highlights such as its Catholic cathedral that was formerly a mosque, and the city’s old Jewish quarter, before you continue our tour to Madrid.
Day 7: Madrid - Toledo - Madrid
From Madrid, you will take a short day trip to Toledo, an ancient UNESCO-listed city considered as the spiritual capital of Spain. City highlights include the Cathedral de Toledo and the Old Town, before heading to Madrid for lunch, leisure time and dinner.
Day 8: Madrid - Barcelona
You will discover that Madrid is a multifaceted city, from its Arab origins, through to the heady nightlife of present-day Madrid. From Madrid Rio, the city's newest area, enjoy a walk from the Puente del Rey to the Puente de Segovia, then admire the beautiful sights of the Royal Palace and its gardens. Later, discover the center of Madrid as you walk from the Plaza de la Villa to the Plaza Mayor, while learning interesting facts from your guide.
Day 9: Barcelona
The guide will take you around a morning tour around Barcelona, an ideal introduction to the city’s famous sights. It will cover the following stops: Barcelona cathedral, Gothic quarter, Olympic Village and the Montjuic castle. A glass of cava at the Spanish village also awaits you, where you can take in the aerial views of Barcelona as you sample the local wine. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping.
Day 10: Barcelona - Zaragoza - Lourdes
Early morning departure from Barcelona as you will head to Lourdes. You will pass by Zaragoza where you will get the chance to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. Afterwards, continue to Lourdes, a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. Upon arrival check in at your hotel.
Day 11: Lourdes
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the area surrounding the Grotto of Massabielle where the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Lourdes) appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous 18 times in 1858. Famous for these apparitions, Lourdes has become a major European pilgrimage site. Check out the Statue of the Crowned Virgin Mary, which stands in the impressive Rosary Square, across from the Rosary Basilica (Basilique Notre Dame du Rosaire). Another must-see sight is the small spring inside the Grotto of Massabielle. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure before dinner.
Day 12: Lourdes - Carcassone - Avignon
Bid farewell to Lourdes as you head off to Avignon. En route, stop by Carcasonne, a hilltop town in the Languedoc area which is famous for its citadel, la Cite, with numerous towers and double-walled fortifications. Check in to your hotel upon arrival.
Day 13: Avignon - Gordes - Nice
After breakfast, have a short sightseeing tour of Avignon which is often referred to as the "City of Popes" because of the presence of popes and antipopes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism.It is currently the largest city and capital of the département of Vaucluse. In addition to its historic centre, the palace of the popes, Rocher des Doms, ramparts and the bridge of Avignon are also well-preserved. It was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterwards, head west and visit one of the villages of Luberon, Gordes. Spend some time in this lovely village, before heading to Nice.
Day 14: Nice - Monaco - Montecarlo - Nice
Board your coach and enjoy a scenic drive to the glamorous Principality of Monaco, where you will enjoy panoramic views of Villefranche over Cap Ferrat, the Bay of Billionaires and its famous villas. The drive along the Lower Corniche will take you to the Old Town of Monte Carlo, before you continue your tour around Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Stop to see the luxurious Monte Carlo casino, mega yachts and chic boutiques. End the day with a fist to the Fragonard in Eze, where you will get the chance to know about the process of creating the parfum.
Day 15: Nice - Manila
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Manila.
Day 16: Manila
Arrival in Manila