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Age of Columbus Discoveries

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 49 Reviews
Private tour to Spain, Portugal

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Traverse the land of the discoverers as you tour the main places linked with the world's greatest explorers from Seville to Algarve to Lisbon and Madeira. See the Archive of the Indies in Seville and the Jeronimos ...

Age of Columbus Discoveries

10 days4 cities
SpainPortugal2 countries
Private tour to Spain, Portugal
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Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 49 Reviews

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Traverse the land of the discoverers as you tour the main places linked with the world's greatest explorers from Seville to Algarve to Lisbon and Madeira. See the Archive of the Indies in Seville and the Jeronimos ...

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Seville, Spain

Seville

first destination

Marvelous Seville is a historic treasure, homeland of tapas, and simply a joyous town. The biggest town in southern Spain is full of surprises.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Seville
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the fiery Spanish city - Seville! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Seville City Tour & Archive of the Indies
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and have a panoramic city tour of Seville.

Experience authentic Andalusian spirit and Seville's treasures from the age of discoveries. Your sightseeing program features top sights including the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, housing all the documents referring to the colonies in the Indies in one place.

You then enter the Seville Cathedral (tickets included) and see the Golden Tower, a historic watchtower that was built in the early 13th century. Continue to Columbus Avenue and see the harbor.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Day Trip to Huelva & Transfer to Algarve
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

In the morning following breakfast, you check out and prepare for an exciting day trip to Huelva, located along the Gulf of Cadiz coast. During your guided tour, you visit the 15th-century Franciscan La Rabida Monastery, which has witnessed the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Here Columbus stayed between 1491-92 waiting for financial backing from the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand, and Isabella.

You then continue to the Monastery Santa Clara where the explorer and his crew took the “Columbus Vow” in 1493. The final place you tour today is the Wharf of the Caravels museum called Muelle de las Carabelas, home to the 3 replica caravels of Christopher Columbus: Santa Maria, La Niña, and La Pinta.

After the tour, you have a transfer to the Southern province of Portugal, Algarve. You are transferred to your hotel in Vilamoura, check in and have evening at leisure to explore the surrounding area.

Breakfast is included.

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Vincci la Rabida Hotel, Seville
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The Vincci la Rabida is housed in a wonderful mansion built in the 18th century. The hotel’s stylish guest rooms offer ceramic-tiled floors, a satellite TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and large bathrooms with hairdryers.

car
Seville
Vilamoura
2 hrs 10 min

Make your way from Seville, Spain to Vilamoura in Portugal with our experienced driver and enjoy the scenic route while onboard a comfortable modern vehicle.

Vilamoura, Portugal

Vilamoura

second destination

Located in the picturesque Algarve region, Vilamoura is the sunny paradise of southern Portugal. This resort town is famous for its postcard-like scenery, lovely beaches, golf courses, and beautiful marina.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Discovering Algarve's Western Coast
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you on a day trip to the breathtaking western coast of Algarve.

Today's touring program takes us to coastal towns of Lagos and Sagres, which remain one of the most authentic parts of the Algarve region and are the starting point from which the discovering of the sea route to India began. It is your perfect chance to wander back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries!

In Lagos you see the old streets, the first slave market in Europe, visit the golden church of Saint Anthony, as well as marvel at the spectacular rock formations of Ponta da Piedade.

Then continue to Sagres where you stop at Cape St. Vincent - the most southwestern point of Europe. This place was known as the End of the World and today apart from stunning natural panoramas it boasts the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. Then you visit the 15th-century Sagres Fortress, which was the site of the Naval School of Prince Henry the Navigator, and a meeting place for astronomers, cartographers, and sailors of the time.

After the tour, you are transferred to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

train
Vilamoura
Lisbon
3 hrs 30 min

Travel from the south of Portugal to its gorgeous capital city of Lisbon on a comfortable train. Enjoy the views of local nature and countryside from a panoramic window along the way as well as take advantage of the train's top-notch amenities.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon

third destination

The westernmost capital of Europe on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, is home to the world's greatest explorers.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Arrival to Lisbon & Fado Show
Show
Show

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Your driver transfers you to the train station in Faro for your train to Lisbon (2nd class tickets included).

Upon arrival to Portugal's glorious capital Lisbon, you are transferred to your downtown hotel for check-in.

As a highlight of the day, in the evening you enjoy dinner in a city restaurant accompanied by a magnificent Fado show.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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Day 6
Lisbon Old Town Tour & Jeronimos Monastery
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and go on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour you visit both the old and new towns with its most famous attractions, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters, and the Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral - the city’s oldest church.

Then you proceed to Commerce Square where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. You then walk at the Belem Quarter, where you see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.

You then continue to the Jeronimos Monastery - a highly ornate monastery that is situated in the Belem district of western Lisbon. Founded in 1501, it is one of the most cherished historical buildings of Portugal. This grand religious building was historically associated with the early sailors as explorers, as it was from here that Vasco da Gama spent his last night before his voyage to the Far East.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Turim Terreiro do Paco Hotel, Lisbon
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Located right on the banks of the River Tagus, the Turim Terreiro do Paco Hotel offers cozy guestrooms, equipped with everything you need for a great stay, and offers excellent service. It boasts an indoor gourmet restaurant and a nice bar with a great selection of cocktails.

plane
Lisbon
Funchal

A plane is the easiest way to reach the beautiful island of Madeira while traveling from Lisbon to Funchal. Sit back and arrive at your destination in less than a couple of hours in the most comfortable way possible. 

Funchal, Portugal Gallery

Funchal

fourth destination

Funchal is a gem of Madeira Island, located in the Atlantic Ocean. This unique town is noted for its breathtaking nature, vast cultural heritage, and numerous places of interest.

4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Flight to Madeira
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

After breakfast, you check-out from your hotel and meet your driver who transfers you to the airport for your flight to Madeira - a sub-tropical Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean! The duration of your flight is about 2 hours.

Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the city center of the magnificent Funchal - the vibrant capital of Madeira, on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Exploring Madeira
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast meet your guide for an 8-hour tour of Madeira's main sights and places related with the discoverer Christopher Columbus on this island.

During the tour, you visit Funchal's Columbus Square and the Joao Esmeraldo House municipal sugar museum, which Columbus visited several times. Then go to Porto da Cruz located in the northeast of Madeira to explore the Northern Milling Company where you learn about the island’s sugar production. Your tour then continues to Pico do Facho Viewpoint that offers great views of Madeira. Afterwards, you go to the city of Machico, which was the landing point of discoverers of Madeira.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Santa Maria de Colombo Boat Tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

After breakfast, prepare for an exciting day as you today you go on an unforgettable boat tour on a magnificent replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship "Santa Maria".

You walk to the pier (easily reached by foot) to board the ship. During your 3-hour boat ride, you can enjoy the unique natural surroundings and feel exactly how Christopher Columbus felt on his trip heading to the unknown. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Spain and Portugal! After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Seville, Vilamoura, Lisbon and Funchal;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • 1 dinner with a Fado show;
  • Boat tour on a replica of Columbus's Santa Maria ship; 
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Transfer from Seville to Algarve;
  • 2nd class train tickets from Faro to Lisbon;
  • Economy class flight tickets Lisbon - Madeira;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • A fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Discovering the 500 year-old mystery of Christopher Columbus' tomb during a visit to the Seville Cathedral;
  • Following the footsteps of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in Huelva;
  • Immerse into Portugal's musical culture during a live Fado performance;
  • A chance to see the Belem Tower, the commemoration of the great maritime discoveries, that laid the foundations of the modern world;
  • Exploring the home of Prince Henry the Navigator, the center of Golden Age of Portuguese Discoveries and the site of unforgettable maritime events - Sagres;

What To Know

  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion
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