(Seville, Cordoba, Granada)
Lisbon and Southern Spain- Spend time in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, known as the city set on seven hills, with its cobble-stoned pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafes. The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past which includes some of the best known voyages of discovery (including Columbus' maiden voyage to discover the Americas). Its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and impressive castle mirror the city's rich cultural heritage make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit. Onwards to the magnificent Andalusia and it’s three main cities - Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Nowhere else in Europe is the Moorish influence so present in the architecture and ingrained in its everyday living. Cosmopolitan Seville has it all, from the grand, formal gardens of the Parque Maria Luisa, to the impressive Gothic cathedral. Life seems to literally breathe in the streets. Cordoba has one of the most unique structures in the Mezquita - a former mosque - turned cathedral (which speaks to its colorful religious past). Granada, with its stately Alhambra Palace surveying the city below is and forever will be majestic. Spend your time wandering from place to place, at your own pace, with local guides in each city, explore in as much depth as you please.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Spreading out along the right bank of the Tagus, and known as the Baixa, the downtown area of Lisbon is located in the 18th-century area around Rossio. East of the arcade Praça do Comércio, are the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, crowned by the magnificent St. George's Castle. To the west lie Bairro Alto and Madragoa, with their typical streets, and on the western extreme is Belém, with its Belém Tower, (the sentinel over the Tagus river that protects the entrance into Lisbon), the Jerónimos Monastery (masterpieces of Manueline architecture and classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list) and the Cultural Center of Belém.
The city of Lisbon is still recalled by its glorious past linked with the Discoveries. Centre of the spice trade and meeting point for people from all over the world, in 1500 AD Lisbon was a cosmopolitan and dynamic city. In this private guided 2.5 hour walking tour, you'll have the opportunity to revive this period in the monumental area of Belém, where the Monastery and the Tower remain two symbols of that golden age, where the testimonies of the new worlds have inspired the dominant decorations of the “manuelin” style. On the tour you will discover: D. Manuel- king of the seas, Vasco da Gama, Monastery of Belém along with its history and symbolism, Palace of Belém, 16th century buildings, Pastéis de Belém Royal Factory, as well as Lisbon’s shoreline. Cost includes a one-way private transfer from your hotel to the meeting point of your private walking tour. No entrance fees included.
Fado refers to the national song style of Portugal and is deemed of cultural importance to Lisbon and therefore protected by UNESCO. Experience live Fado this evening at an excellent Fado Restaurant, "Casa de Linhares". Enjoy the great ambience as you listen to the Fado singers over dinner at one of Lisbon's most famous venues. Includes 3-course meal, wine, coffee and water as well as private return transportation.
A private guide and driver will escort you on your full day guided tour along the coast of the Lisbon District. Your first stop will be in Sintra, a World Heritage site known as "Lord Byron's Glorious Eden". Sintra was used as a retreat by the Romans, the Moors and the Portuguese Kings due to its location, beauty, wooden ravines and fresh water springs. Next you will visit Cabo da Roca, the most western point in all of continental Europe. On your way back, you will discover Cascais, famed for being a resort area for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th and early 20th century. Finally, you will stop in Estoril, a seaside resort and tourist destination. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Lisbon. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Embark on a Seville walking tour with your own private guide to check out the most important landmarks of the city. You will see La Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), a Moorish-built tower dating from 1222, which formed part of the old defensive wall that protected the old city. You will also see Triana (this Gypsy district is the home of flamenco), Santa Cruz (the Old Jewish Quarter and a labyrinth of tiny alleys with white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), Reales Alcazares (a Moorish palace-fortress which originally dates back to 913AD and has been the residence of various kings and boasts impressive gardens and fountains) and The Cathedral and Giralda, originally a 12th Century mosque, of which only the minaret (La Giralda) and the orange tree courtyard now remain. The cathedral is also Europe's second largest. If you have a particular interest in bullfighting, we can substitute some of the above for a visit to the Real Maestranza (The Maestranza Bullring). Built between 1767 and 1880 this famous bullring houses a museum dedicated to the world of bull fighting. No entrance fees included.
Explore the city with a Seville Culture Card. This electronic smart card offers free admission to more than 20 of the major museums in and around Seville. You can also benefit from discounts in approx 50 establishments including shops, restaurants, shows, and leisure centres for adults and children. You will obtain a guide book with information on the museums and establishments that are included on the scheme, plus a map of the city when you exchange your voucher for the card in the city centre.
Enjoy a breathtaking evening at El Arenal watching a fantastic performance of Flamenco. Located in the center of Seville (next door to the Bullring La Maestranza), El Arenal offers both regulars and tourists a unique and friendly atmosphere. Singers, Guitarists and Dancers share the experience to make you feel the art of "Flamenco". They will introduce you to various flamenco styles through song, guitar and dance. You will also have the opportunity to taste the Spanish and local cuisine for dinner while you enjoy a glass of wine and mineral water.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy the fast speed direct train ride from Seville to Cordoba. The train ride takes approximately one hour.
Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer to the train station.
The best way to see the sights in Cordoba is by foot, so spend time with a local Guide who will introduce you on your private tour to see the highlights. Tour the Mezquita, a unique work of its type, it is the representation of Caliphal art.
Then choose between the Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its sunken gardens and its magnificent Mossaics Hall or The Synagogue, the only one existing in Andalucia, and the Jewish Quarter. (Entrance fees not included).
If you wish to see all of the above, please ask us to extend your tour to our 4 hour private walking tour.
Meet your guide at the Medina Azahara, 6 miles away from Cordoba. Discover the prints of its splendid past under the Umayyads of Andalusia. The Rich Chamber, The House of Yafar, the city walls, the bureaucratic area, and the Mosque. Includes entrance to the Medina Azahara, but not transportation from Cordoba. Taxis are readily available and economical.
Enjoy the train ride from Cordoba to Granada. The train ride takes approximately two and a half hours. Multiple daily departures. Check your ticket for the exact time.
Enjoy a guided exploration of the Albaicín, the old Moorish quarter of Granada with your private English-speaking guide. You will be shown how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, as your guide explains its history and character in anecdotal style. As you walk through its cat’s cradle of twisting alleyways, you will come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces and, beyond, the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You will pass by churches built on the sites of mosques, stroll underneath the walls of the scented gardens of carmens, and stop in squares to take in the slow rhythms of daily life in this most traditional and yet singular neighborhood. A stop for refreshments in a cafe or bar is included. (Please note that no transportation is included and depending on the distance of your hotel to the Albaicin quarter you may like to take a taxi).
Enjoy a private tour with a local guide as you visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace and gardens. On a rocky hill, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and amongst the eldest quarter in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with its distinctive reddish stone in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty enclosed within. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of XIII century. The complex of monuments has also an independent palace opposite the Alhambra; The Generalife, which is surrounded by orchards and beautiful gardens which you will also visit. (Tour includes entrance into the palace).
Please note that this tour does not include transfers to or from the palace. Your guide will meet you at the Alhambra ticket office (best to take a local cab from your hotel). At the end of your tour, you can either choose to walk back down the hill to explore the city, or return by taxi (payable by you locally). If you prefer us to arrange private transfers, please let us know.
Hotel Britania (4*) is a genuine Art Deco Boutique Hotel in the Historic Centre of Lisbon. Located on a quiet street right alongside the cosmopolitan Avenida da Liberdade. The only hotel to remain intact until today, this hotel records the glamour of the 1940's. Everything about its design strives to reawaken the spirit of the unit without losing its original soul. The rooms conserve ample dimensions as well as the cork floor. The warm colours contrast with the elegant lines of the furniture and the luster light fittings. The recovery of the whole building is exemplary as is the case of the paintings in the bar alluding to the Portuguese overseas empire.
This traditional hotel in the historic centre of Seville is 100 metres from the nearest shops and Casa Pilatos, 300 metres from Barrio de Santa Cruz and two kilometres from the city’s cathedral. The 41 guestrooms combine contemporary style with traditional touches; rooms include air conditioning, satellite television, DVD players, and complimentary high-speed Internet connections. Guests can dine on Andalucian and Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant, take a swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the rooftop wellness centre, with its spa treatments, fitness room, and sauna.
Just five minutes from the major sights of Cordoba, in the heart of the Jewish quarter, the Hotel Conquistador welcomes you on the eastern side of the Mosque. The elegant guestrooms offer guests the height of comfort, and come with cable television, Internet access, and air conditioning. Conquistador boasts a bar, large gardens and wonderful interior patio; the restaurant is open to guests seven days a week serving delicious Spanish and international dishes.
The AC Palacio de Santa Paula Autograph Collection is located in the historic center of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the historical Gardens of the Triumph, the Archeological museum, and, of course, the Alhambra. The beautiful hotel, one of the best five star hotels in Granada, is a 75-room restored masterpiece that was also declared an artistic and historic monument. It replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the XVI and XII centuries respectively. This luxury hotel’s restaurant, “El Claustro”, where the Santa Paula convent refectory used to be, offers guests haute cuisine that fuses elements of traditional Andalusian gastronomy with modern culinary concepts.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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