Spain & Portugal

highlights

  • One of the best travel agency in India serving Pure Vegetarian Food “GEM TOURS AND TRAVELS” ·
  • Experience your stay with 3 & 4* Categories of Hotels.
  • All Inclusive with Meals, Sightseeing’s mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Services of Tour Guide at all the places
  • Services of GEM Tour Manager.
  • Cover 5 Cities in Spain & 1 city in Portugal with wonderful sightseeing.
  • Madrid: 2 Nights stay covers Guided City tour and Entrance to Royal Palace 
  • Lisbon: 2 Nights stay covers Guided city tour and Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery.
  • Seville: 1 Nights Stay covers Guided city tour and Horse Carriage Ride.
  • Marbella: 2 Nights stay covers free time to beach and Flamenco Show.
  • Valencia: 1 Night stay covers city tour 
  • Barcelona: 2 Nights stay covers Guided city tour and Entrance FC Barcelona Football Stadium.

Itinerary

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Mumbai - Madrid ( DAY 1)
Assemble at your nearest airport to board flight for Madrid. Madrid is the Capital and largest City of Spain, Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic Heritage, Arrive and check in Hotel. Further we proceed for city tour of Madrid, - Gran Via,- Plaza de Espana,- University- Moncloa- Habsburg and Bourbons quarter – Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol,- Puerta de Alcala, The Bullring,- Columbus square,- Paseo de la Castellana, Bernabeu Stadium,- Plaza Castilla,- Cibeles fountain, Royal Palace. Overnight at Madrid (D)
Madrid (Guided City Tour)( DAY 2)
After breakfast we shall proceed for Guided city tour Visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. Then after visit the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open into the old quarter, where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively meeting place. Return Back to Hotel. Overnight in Madrid (B & D)
Madrid – Lisbon ( DAY 3)
After a continental breakfast we will proceed to Lisbon. Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and largest city. It is a fascinating city of charming architecture, art and tradition. Set on the Portuguese west coast where the river Tagus meets the Atlantic, Lisbon claims the title of mainland Europe's westernmost capital. The city's relaxed atmosphere, cultural diversity, nightlife, casinos and architecture are more likely reasons to attract travelers. Arrive and Check in at Hotel.  Overnight at Lisbon (B & D)
Lisbon ( DAY 4)
After breakfast proceeds to city tour of Lisbon, Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark. The construction of this stunning monastery began in 1502 and was completed before the end of the century. It managed to survive the great earthquake in 1755, unlike most of the city. See Lisbon’s cathedral which was built by Portugal’s first king, Dom Afonso Henrique’s (1109-1185). It was damaged extensively during the great earthquake of 1755 and rebuilt in an earlier style. The Belem Tower which is located on the banks of the Tagus River, Built in 1521 as a monument to the Portuguese discoveries and as a lookout tower, it resembles a miniature castle. Enjoy the panoramic sights of Lisbon, a city that overlooks the river and the ocean. Later proceed to take the Boat ride in Tagus River. Later return back to Hotel. Overnight at Lisbon (B & D)
Lisbon – Seville (447 Kms – Approx. 4 Hours – 15 Mins)( DAY 5)
After breakfast we proceed to Seville by Road, Seville was founded over 2,000 years ago by the Romans, who were displaced from the region early in the 8th century by the Moors. Arrive & check in at hotel. Later proceed to take the Authentic & Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. See the main sights of Seville in a fun and romantic way on a horse and carriage ride. You'll take in top Seville landmarks such as the Parque Maria Luisa, the Triana neighborhood, the Guadalquivir riverside area and the palatial Hotel Alfonso XIII. Overnight at Seville (B & D)
Seville – Marbella (188 Kms – Approx. 3 hours) ( DAY 6)
After breakfast we will proceed for Guided city tour of Seville. It has beautiful Maria Luisa Park with the squares of Spain and America, the Palace of Saint Telmo (Andalucía’s President House), the former Tobacco Factory, the Monument dedicated to the famous soldier El Cid, the Pavilions of the Expo-Fair in 1929, the Guadalquivir River, and the Tower of Gold - Torre Del Oro. The evening will be kept free for exploring the streets of Seville. Further Proceed to Marbella; check in at hotel Overnight at Marbella (B & D)
Marbella( DAY 7)
After breakfast Day at Leisure. Marbella, Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses. West of Marbella town, the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars. For the rest of the period we can enjoy the beaches of Marbella. Later proceed to the Famous Flamenco Show in Marbella. Overnight at Marbella (B & D)
Marbella – Valencia (634 kms – Approx. 7 hrs 30 mins) ( DAY 8)
After breakfast we will proceed to Valencia. The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails. Overnight at Valencia (B & D)
Valencia – Barcelona ( DAY 9)
After breakfast we precede to Guided city tour of Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. It is a principal tourist attraction in the city. Later we proceed to Barcelona Overnight at Barcelona (B & D)
Barcelona( DAY 10)
After breakfast we proceed for Guided city tour, in the afternoon the tour will continue along the Paseo de Gracia to see Gaudi's famous apartment buildings including Casa Batllo then pass by Gaudi's fabulous Guell Park declared an artistic monument and world heritage site by UNESCO. You will then pass by  the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Church, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece You'll also pass by Barcelona's Monumental Bull Ring and the Picasso Museum which exhibits works from the blue and pink periods of the world -famous painter. We also go through the Plaza de Cataluña, Via Layetana, the Cathedral and its cloister. You'll tour the Gothic Quarter with its evidence of the Roman and Medieval periods. Next you'll see the drive along the Paseo Colon past the Monument of Christopher Colombus and up to the top of Montjuich from where you'll enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the harbor, and the Olympic complex. Explore the Spanish Village which reproduces the most typical regional architectural styles in Spain. Further go through biggest stadium of Spain Camp Naou.  Later visit the FC Barcelona Football Stadium. Overnight at Barcelona (B & D)
Barcelona - Home Bound Destination( DAY 11)
After breakfast we depart for the airport to board flight for the home bound destination. The Tour will end with beautiful memories. (B)

Group Tours

passport & visa information

  • 4 recent photographs ( 35mm*45 mm white background matt finishing; 80% face focus)
  • Original passport with minimum validity of six months. ( please provide all old passports if any) (Validity of Passport should be 10 year from the date of issue)
  • Last three years income tax Saral form (photocopies) Company & Personal.
  • Recent 6 months personal bank statements of all the passengers travelling. (photocopies) Company & Personal.
  • 3 Letterheads individual / company.
  • Pan card copy
  • Insurance copy
  • Student id proof
  • Business Proof (Partnership Deed / MOU of Proprietor / MOU of shop & establishment)
  • If salaried person, we need leave letter on company's letter head and 3 months salary slip  



FAQ's and other information

Spanish Culture 
4. How can I avoid looking like a tourist in Spain? Ditch the white tennis shoes and shorts for a start, and try to avoid baseball caps. A fanny pack will betray you instantly; a mochila—an all-purpose cloth or leather bag with a long shoulder strap, bought locally—will serve you better. 
5. What are siesta times? Spain's famous siesta brings on a sense of calm and tranquility in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Between 2 and 5 p.m., Spain shuts down to allow the locals to rest after a long and hectic morning and to prepare for the busy afternoon. Meanwhile, the common tourist invariably chooses this time to stroll the streets for their souvenir shopping or sightseeing, only to find the shops closed and the streets empty… 
FAQS: 
Activities
 
6.What is Flamenco? Flamenco is one of the most prominent parts of Spanish culture. It is not just a dance but also include guitar playing, singing, hand clapping and a variety of other forms. Flamenco is considered as an essential element throughout Spain especially in the southern part of Andalucía. 
7. What are the famous Spanish Carnivals? Corrida de Toros Originally, the sport involved men riding horses and fighting raging bulls, but it eventually changed to men or matadors, fighting bulls without the aid of horses. Today, bullfighting is seen more as a ritualistic event, than a sport. La Tomitina Fest La Tomatina is a festival in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.   
8. Want to attend a soccer (Football) match? Futbol season usually runs from late August through May and tickets are available for most matches from weeks before each match. Just don’t expect to find a Barça-Real Madrid ticket easily. Reselling is illegal (although quite common). But, there are tours to the stadiums of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou.   
9. Ride the Only International Zip Line The scenic one-minute ride will not only get you across the Guardiana River (Spain) to Portugal, but will also take you forward in time, considering the time difference between the two countries.       
FAQS: 
Food
   
10. Where is the best food in Spain?
Cuisine varies a lot from region to region. In general, Southern Spain is the origin of many of the iconic dishes such as tapas and gazpacho. Hot chocolate and churros is a very popular dessert throughout the country. Churros are deep-fried pastry covered in cinnamon and sugar. Dipped in liquid chocolate.  A tapas is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold or hot. In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Gazpacho or Andalusian Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw blended vegetables. A classic of Spanish cuisine, it originating in the southern region of Andalusia  The most creative food in Spain is coming out of two areas: Barcelona and the surrounding region of Catalonia, as well as San Sebastian and Bilbao in the Basque Country. But, if you stay away from the places that seem full of tourists at lunchtime, it is hard to have a bad meal in Spain, really.   11. Dine in the World’s Oldest Restaurant 300-year-old Sobrino de Botin in Madrid is the oldest restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Spanish capital, just off Plaza Mayor, this beloved culinary institution founded in 1725 still uses the original 18th century wood-fired oven to prepare some of the best roasted lamb in town.     
FAQS: 
Before you go to Spain
 
12. I don't speak Spanish. Is this going to be a problem?
 Learning a few basic words of Spanish is always handy. Most Spaniards don’t speak English at all, with the exception of the most touristic areas. Does it mean that you won’t find anybody to talk to? Absolutely not! Spaniards are open and easygoing, the younger generations study English at school and there are lots of foreigners here that will surely be glad to help you out. And… you can also try drawing or sign language to get yourself understood, or drop us a message and we’ll be glad to help you out.    

Dos

1. Dress stylishly, but modestly. 
2. Shake hand whenever you meet someone 
3. Be ready for late lunch and dinner. Spaniards usually have their lunch between 13:00 hours to 15:30 hours and dinner usually is after 21:00 hours! They are very relaxed eaters diners. 
4. Tipping in restaurants is customary in Spain. If you are satisfied with the food and service, make sure to leave some tips 
5. Siesta (afternoon sleep) is something extremely popular in Spain and people prefer to take a short break of 2 hours post-lunch, in order to get some sleep! Most of the shops would remain closed during the late afternoons and trust me, you’ll absolutely enjoy the siesta period! 
6. Keep changes handy – you never know when you’ll need it!

Don’ts

1. Don’t carry too many clothes – because Spain is a shopper’s paradise! 
2. Don’t get into discussions related to regionalism 
3. Don’t complain about smoking – the Spaniards love to smoke! 
4.  Don’t expect everyone to speak English – in fact, it’ll be good if you learn to speak a few Spanish words. Most Spaniards have their own English accent which is a tad bit difficult to be understood if you aren’t paying enough attention. 
5. Do not carry your wallet in the back of your jeans pocket, nor ladies sling bags  

Sockets & plugs

Spain uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

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