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BARCELONA MADRID & LISBON - 10 Days

BARCELONA MADRID & LISBON
1760.00

3 NIGHTS BARCELONA, 3 NIGHTS MADRID & 3 NIGHTS LISBON (DBL)

Fado—the traditional music popular in Lisbon—is characterized by its melancholy and mournful nature. But while you may enjoy being like the locals and listening to the music, your trip to Lisbon will not be melancholy. That’s because Monograms has made traveling to Lisbon, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, easy and hassle-free. To ensure your happiness throughout your vacation, we’ve even arranged for you to have a friend in each city—a Monograms Local Host®—who will be there to help your vacation run smoothly and answer your questions. In addition to the Local Hosts, on this 10-day vacation package, we’ve also arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, sightseeing with local experts, transportation between cities, and intra-vacation transfers.

Your vacation begins in Barcelona, where your Local Host will present you with a destination guide to acquaint you with the city and will be on hand to answer your questions. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. You’ll hear the insider secrets as you visit the must-see attractions, such as Casa Batlló, architect Gaudi’s masterpiece of modernism. In each city, we’ll take you to the sights you can’t miss, such as the famous Prado Museum in Madrid, with a collection of masterpieces of European art; the Alfama in Lisbon, the ancient Moorish quarter characterized by narrow streets and cobblestone alleys; and Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back over 500 years and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, Monograms gives you VIP access, which is why you’ll get to skip the lines at Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona and spend your time inside this amazing, still-unfinished cathedral rather than outside waiting in line!

You’ll have a full day in Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon to explore on your own (with help from your Local Hosts of course). In Barcelona, you may want to take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum, sample tapas on a walking tour, enjoy one of Barcelona’s beaches, or take an excursion to Montserrat, with its 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery and paintings by El Greco, Dali, and Picasso. In Madrid, how about taking an excursion to Toledo, one of the oldest towns in Europe; relaxing at the Arab baths; enjoying a Flamenco show; or strolling through El Retiro Park, one of Madrid’s largest parks? Be sure to listen to fado music in Lisbon and perhaps climb to the Castle of São Jorge, the highest point in the city; taste a pastel de Belém, a sweet pastry; or visit one of the many museums. Your Local Host in each city will have plenty of suggestions and can help arrange activities to ensure your vacation is all you want it to be.

And did we mention we’ve included transportation and transfers in your vacation package? We’ll pick you up at your Barcelona hotel and take you to the train station, where you’ll travel first-class via high-speed train to Madrid. In Madrid, we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel. When it’s time to travel to Lisbon, we’ll take you to the Madrid airport, where we’ve arranged for you to catch a flight to Lisbon, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, and the breakfasts we’ve included, and it’s a vacation of a lifetime!


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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).


Day 1
BARCELONA, SPAIN

Bienvenido—welcome to sunny Spain! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the enchanting capital of Catalonia.

Day 2
BARCELONA

Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.

Day 3
BARCELONA

Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day—perhaps a visit to whimsical Tibidabo amusement park or Sardanes folk dancing performance.

Day 4
BARCELONA–MADRID

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid.

Day 5
MADRID

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.

Day 6
MADRID. EXCURSION TO TOLEDO

Today, you may wish to visit the church of San Francisco El Grande with the largest dome in Madrid or enjoy a Zarzuela operetta. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day.

Day 7
MADRID–LISBON, PORTUGAL

Travel by AIR on selected flights to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Day 8
LISBON

Morning guided sightseeing features the Baixa city center, and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of ALFAMA, the ancient Moorish quarter. Drive to the Belém district, known for its seafaring past, and visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries from one of the best panoramic viewpoints, and pass by Edward VII Park located near Pombal Square.

Day 9
LISBON-OPORTO

Your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure, such as a visit to Berardo Museum with its modern art collection.

Day 10
LISBON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Local Host & Destination Guides with city maps
  • Meals - Buffet breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary.
  • Baggage Handling - Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.
  • Transportation - Travel by high-speed AVE train (first class) Barcelona-Madrid; transfers to/from train stations; by air on selected flights from Madrid to Lisbon with transfers

BARCELONA

TRYP APOLO

A modern 314 room hotel located in the heart of Barcelona with Free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas. Delicious snacks can be enjoyed at the Tapas Bar whilst the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.


OPTION BARCELONA

NH COLLECTION GRAN HOTEL CALDERON

An elegant 253-room hotel with a prestigious location just off Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard in central Barcelona and is only one block away from Gaudi's famous Casa Batlló, Plaça de Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, luxury brand shops with many restaurants and tapas bars within walking distance. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. The gourmet restaurant offers an exclusive selection of local produce and Catalan specialities whilst the 11th floor indoor-outdoor bar serves World class cocktails complete with 360º views. The hotel has a large rooftop swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views of the city and a gym.


Option 2

CATALONIA RAMBLAS

This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.


MADRID

NOVOTEL MADRID CENTER

A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.

MADRID OPTION

H10 PUERTA DEL ALCALA

Located in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district, next to the beautiful Retiro Park, this 146-room modern property enjoys a privileged central location with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. The welcoming restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and international dishes and the garden view bar offers the perfect place to relax with drinks and snacks.


LISBON

MARQUES DE POMBAL

This 123-room modern hotel is located in the most prestigious quarter of Lisbon, directly on the tree lined Avenida da Liberdade with exclusive shops and the Marquês de Pombal Metro Station just meters away. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of international dishes and after-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the adjacent bar. There is also a gym, sauna and steam bath.


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