14D12N SPAIN & PORTUGAL DISCOVERY

Spain is the perfect destination full of charming locals, stunning beaches with lots of sunshine and tons of paella and tapas. Additionally, explore Lisbon in Portugal in this itinerary and your trip will be as varied as it could be!

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Exceptional Experiences:

  • Experience the authentic gastronomy of Alicante and sample authentic cuisine loved by the locals. Get off the usual tourist trail and experience everyday life in Alicante on a food tasting tour of some of the best tapas bars in the city.

 

  • (Summer Special) Travel to the beautiful northern Catalonia region of Costa Brava for an exciting day on the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea.

 

  • Feast on a mouth-watering Valencian speciality at the two-Michelin-star restaurant, Ricard Camarena, the eponymous restaurant of Valencia’s most renowned chef.

 

  • Go on a private boating tour down the Guadalquivir River. Cruise along the city’s main river and enjoy the wonderful views of Seville’s most beautiful panoramas.

 

  • Get Behind The Scenes access and the opportunity to meet the dancers and director backstage after attending a flamenco show at a Flamenco history museum

 

  • Pop the top of your refurbished VW Beetle convertible and discover Lisbon on this privately guided tour, which will take you on a route around the city most beautiful and important places of interest

 

  • Spend a day shopping, accompanied by an exceptional Personal Shopper, who will introduce you to the city’s most exclusive and interesting stores, where you will be waited on exquisitely at all times. Visit the premises of fashion’s most important brands, where you will be able to purchase the season’s trendiest garments, accessories and shoes.

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Itinerary:

DAY 1: SINGAPORE – BARCELONA

Troop down to Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Barcelona, Spain.

 

DAY 2: BARCELONA

This morning, say “Hola Barcelona” to the 2nd-largest city in Spain in both size and population. Barcelona has a pleasant Mediterranean climate and stands on a plain that slopes gently down from Sierra de Collserola to the sea.

Upon arrival in Barcelona, be greeted by your personal host at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. Then, with your guide embark on a private biking excursion to take in the main highlights of Barcelona. Alternatively, you may request a private car transfer.

Kickstart your journey with a ride through the city at a relaxed paced, stopping frequently at the best monuments along the way, so you can hear about the culture behind them. Ride to the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park.  The Arc de Triomf was built as the gateway to the fair which was held in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The monument is classical in shape and proportions and features ground-breaking sculptural and decorative finishes replete with symbolism, making it one of the city's iconic landmarks.

Then, visit the city’s spectacular icon, Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO WORLD Heritage Site and a grand unfinished magnum opus by renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. Next, survey through other UNESCO listed Gaudi masterpieces such as Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.

In the afternoon, explore Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the largest square in Barcelona and home to some of Spain’s most famous streets lined with cafes, restaurants and kiosks. Along here, apart from the amazing acts of performing street artists, you can also watch the world go by at one of its cafes. Opt to have some churros and dip it into a cup of thick and piping hot chocolate that will define a whole new world of awesome for your palate. You have been told so miss it at your peril.

After this, continue along the waterfront by the old port, see the Columbus monument and new port which were constructed for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

In the evening, head to Montjuic where you can appreciate outstanding views of the city. The stunning fountain in front of the castle is breathtaking any time of day but the view at sunset is extra special.

Accommodation: 5* El Palace

Exclusive Amenities, For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit per stay (valid for use at Nineteen Restaurant, Garden Room, Room Service or Minibar only) Credit amount is not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full
  • $50 USD equivalent Spa services credit to be utilized during stay (from 50-minute Packs and Rituals treatments only)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

DAY 3: BARCELONA - VALENCIA

After breakfast, travel to the 3rd-largest city of Spain, Valencia.

The city seamlessly blends avant-garde modern architecture with world heritage historic buildings, and a trip to Valencia would be incomplete without seeing its two most valuable assets, the Old Town of Valencia and the City of Arts and Sciences.

Explore the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. This afternoon, look forward to feast on a mouth-watering Valencian speciality at the two-Michelin-star restaurant, Ricard Camarena, the eponymous restaurant of Valencia’s most renowned chef. Here, Camarena experiments with traditional Valencian flavours, offering the most representative ingredients in new and exciting ways.

After lunch, discover the secrets of Valencia’s Old Town before sipping award-winning regional wines surrounded by the original city walls, which date back to the 11th Century. Travel through different architectural periods and see the city’s most important landmarks including La Lonja, Plaza de la Virgen and Mercado Central. Enter the amazing Iglesía San Nicolás, the stunning “Sistine Chapel of Valencia”, and marvel at its impressive frescos.

Gain exclusive access to an intimate dining venue where we invite you to enjoy a 10-course tapas complemented by prizewinning regional wines. The menus are designed to shine a spotlight on the best of local produce.

Note: Iglesia San Nicolas (The Church of San Nicolas) is exclusively for worshippers on Monday and is therefore not open to the public. Only visits on Tuesday to Sunday include a visit to the church. It is also closed for festivities throughout the year.

Accommodation: 5* Hotel Balneario Las Arenas

 

DAY 4: VALENCIA –  ALICANTA

This morning, after breakfast, make a visit to Central Market. The Central Market is a display of Valencia's modernist architecture. With construction dating back to 1914, the building has been recently refurbished, displaying an impressive entry and colourful ceramic tiles.

Thereafter, visit the famous landmark, The Silk Exchange, a Gothic-style building declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, unwind at Valencia’s highest private rooftop terrace, overlooking panoramic views of the entire city.

Then, continue your journey to Alicante, located in Costa Blanca. It is a city synonymous with fun and relaxation. Bask in the glory of Alicante’s wide boulevards, long white sandy beaches, waterfront and Castillo de Santa Barbara, a 16th-century fortress that dominates the skyline.

In the evening, experience the authentic gastronomy of Alicante. Get off the usual tourist trail and experience everyday life in Alicante on a food tasting tour of some of the best tapas bars in the city. Sample authentic cuisine loved by the locals.

Enjoy drinks and as you immerse yourself in the local atmosphere of different bars off the usual tourist trail. Along the way, see some of the city's most emblematic buildings and historical areas, and get a feel for the real vibe of Alicante and its citizens.

Accommodation: 5* SHA Wellness Clinic

Exclusive Amenities, For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • 150 EURO Wellness Credit Voucher for Wellness Treatments at SHA
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • For bookings in our Presidential, & Royal Suite & Residences guest may choose 1 option: complimentary private access to our SHA Cinema for private session OR one hour private entrance in our SPA & Wellness Area (from 9 pm to 10 pm subject availability during your stay) OR complimentary use our bicycles

 

DAY 5: COSTA BRAVA

Note: This activity is only available in Summer from May - September

This morning after breakfast, escape the crowds of Barcelona with a beach day exploring beautiful Costa Brava. Travel to the beautiful northern Catalonia region of Costa Brava for an exciting day on the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea.

Kayak on the crystal-clear blue waters of Costa Brava, past coral reefs teeming with marine life perfect for snorkelling. Visit sunny beaches and caves which are ready to be explored. Kayaking and Snorkelling Costa Brava is the best option to get some healing vitamin sea and work on that tan when you need a break from those wild Barcelona nights, or just to disconnect and get away for the day.

Set out and paddle to secluded beaches, rocky caves, and volcanic cliffs where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel through the crystal-clear waters brimming with fish, corals, sea urchins and more.

Return to your accommodation to rest for the night.

Accommodation: 5* SHA Wellness Clinic

 

DAY 6: ALICANTE – GUADIX – GRANADA

This morning after breakfast, drive to the cathedral town of Guadix, a large bustling country town with a distinctive personality. Among its many interesting features is that almost half of its inhabitants live underground. View the cave houses in the remarkable Troglodyte Quarter, which houses 2000 caves that have been inhabited for many centuries. The inhabitants, known as troglodytes, are very friendly and also house proud, or in this case, cave proud.

Continue your journey to Granada, capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom. The city lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the autonomous region of Andalusia and served as the Moorish capital of Spain until liberation in 1492.

Tonight, indulge in a delectable and moreish spread of a traditional Spanish tapas dinner.

Accommodation: 5* Hospes Palacio de Los Patos

Exclusive Amenities, For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A complimentary Tapas Tasting Menu including drinks served in Andalussian Courtyard for up to two people, once during stay, excluding taxes and gratuities (up to a value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

DAY 7:  GRANADA – SEVILLE

This morning, tour the crown jewel of Granada known as the resplendent Alhambra, a UNESCO WORLD Heritage Site, and the adjoining Generalife Gardens, one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens. The palace, an Arabian fantasy of brilliant mosaics and tiles, is one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture.

Next, continue to Seville, the 4th-largest city in Spain.

Upon arrival in Seville, go on a private boating tour down the Guadalquivir River. A journey along the river will provide a unique insight into the surprising and ancient history of Seville.

Cruise along the city’s main river and enjoy the wonderful views of Seville’s most beautiful panoramas, including the historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for some years now. Observe the picturesque 19th-century popular houses of Triana and the enchanting bridges. You will also sail around the Parque de Maria Luisa to get a view of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition.

Accommodation: 5* Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

Exclusive Amenities, For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room (menu of the day) once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

DAY 8: LISBON

This morning, go a private guided tour of Seville. Visit Royal Bullring and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla. It was here that the corrida, or bullfight, moved from horseback to foot, and many of the cherished theatrical traditions of the matador evolved.

Not to be missed is Plaza de Espana with its 58 benches around the square representing the different provinces of Spain. For its sheer scale and grandeur, this massive building is by far one of Seville’s pride and glory.

Then, visit Alcazar & the Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Following this, get exclusive access to the cathedral’s roof where you can take in the unique viewpoints of the city.

In the evening, attend a flamenco show at a Flamenco history museum where you will be greeted by the director. You will have the opportunity to meet the dancers backstage after the show.

Accommodation: 5* Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

 

DAY 9: SEVILLE – LISBON

This morning, continue your journey to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Lisbon is a capital full of energy with its particular light, unique for its cross between the classic and the contemporary, the picturesque view over its roofs, the clothes drying decorating the windows and the multiculturalism that makes it even more special.

Then, go on a half-day sightseeing tour in an iconic Volkswagen Beetle. Pop the top of your refurbished VW Beetle convertible and discover Lisbon on this privately guided tour. Make a stop at various highlights in the city.

Begins your unique guided tour of the Portuguese capital, which will take you on a route around the city's most beautiful and important places of interest. Accompanied by your English-speaking guide and driver, you'll visit monuments like the 15th-century Jerónimos Monastery, a World Heritage Site; the elegant Praça do Comercio square; and the emblematic Belém Tower.

Make a stop at the beautiful Belém district and indulge in a tasting of Portugal's most famous sweet treat, which shares the neighbourhood's name: the Pastéis de Belém, a delicious custard tart. Mouth-watering! Then, visit the highest point in Lisbon, the Senhora do Monte viewpoint. From this hilltop chapel, you'll enjoy incomparable views over the Portuguese capital.

In the evening, enjoy an evening boat cruise down the Tagus River and out over the ocean to admire the sparkling city of Lisbon by night. Sail into the city centre, where the lights become brighter and more captivating. You will be able to view the historic city centre. You will venture down the southern margin in darkness, here you can really enjoy the view of Lisbon from a distance before returning to Belem. Throughout the cruise, you will also have snacks and fine local wine to celebrate.

Accommodation: 5* Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

 

DAY 10: LISBON

This morning after breakfast, meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your Lisbon.

Cross the 25th April Bridge, on your way out of Lisbon. It is also known as 25 de Abril Bridge and it is the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Then, make a stop in San Simao and visit a tile-making factory. Visit the studio where hand-painted and hand-crafted tiles are made the way that it has been done for centuries and see the process of manufacturing and the traditional method of making and painting the famous Portuguese tiles or “azulejos”.

Next, continue towards the aristocratic town of Azeitao. Here, visit the wine cellars of Jose Maria da Fonseca one of the most prestigious estates in the area. Get to know almost 200 years of history, where the values passed down from generation to generation are kept alive while allowing the company to project itself into the 21st century.

With your guide visit the historic cellars, dating back to the 1800s, enjoy a walk through the gardens and enjoy an unparalleled wine and gastronomic tasting experience and find out about the history, flavours and essence of the wine produced here for almost two centuries

Next, take a superb scenic drive along Arrábida Mountain (National Park) to Setubal.

Enjoy lunch (on own) in Setubal, a charming fishing village. Visit the fishing port and visit the old town. There are many fresh fish restaurants in this area which offers the sounds and views of the beautiful Sado estuary.

Return to Lisbon for the night.

Accommodation: 5* Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

 

DAY 11: MADRID

This morning after breakfast, take a domestic flight to Madrid.

Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel. After lunch, meet with your expert guide at the lobby of your hotel. Enjoy a historical tour of Madrid’s royal heritage and let your imagination fly with the stories and legends surrounding the kings of Spain.

The Spanish Crown and the Spanish Empire have been linked to two great European dynasties for centuries: the Habsburgs, Austria’s Imperial family, and, since the eighteenth century, France’s Royal family: the Bourbons.

Visits Madrid’s Royal Palace, including several rooms and official halls which are not open to the public, as well as visits to some of the city’s oldest and most beautiful churches and convents, as well as a day trip to the palace-monastery of El Escorial, and its Royal Mausoleum. Visit Phillip's palace-monastery of El Escorial, and admire its impressive library, home to invaluable antique books from all over the world

Accommodation: 5* Palacio de los Duques, a Gran Meliá Hotel

Exclusive Amenities, For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • For Standard room categories, guests receive free access to Red Level Lounge
  • For Red Level room categories guests receive a $100 USD equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

DAY 12: MADRID

From haute couture to today’s trendiest brands, such as Mango, Custo Barcelona, DELPOZO, or Zara, you can’t talk about fashion without talking about Spain and its centuries-old influence on the world of style. Today, you will spend your day shopping for the latest trends.

Whether you are shopping for men’s or women’s fashion, spend a day shopping, accompanied by an exceptional Personal Shopper, who will introduce you to the city’s most exclusive and interesting stores, where you will be waited on exquisitely at all times. Visit the premises of fashion’s most important brands, where you will be able to purchase the season’s trendiest garments, accessories and shoes.

Prior to this experience, an image consultant will send you a questionnaire to get to know your style better. Your favourite brands, as well as your size, measurements, age and budget.

In the afternoon, meet your fashion consultant to discuss about the day’s plans and its goals. Stop by exclusive stores and boutiques which have been preselected according to your tastes and style and where you will be shown garments and accessories which have been previously hand-picked and are ready for you to try them on straight away in your size.

Accommodation: 5* Palacio de los Duques, a Gran Meliá Hotel

 

DAY 13: MADRID – SINGAPORE

If time permits, do some last-minute shopping before bidding “Hautu Luego Espana” to Madrid as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

DAY 14:  ARRIVE IN SINGAPORE

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Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.


This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.

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