Portugal, Spain, Rhine and Rhne - Lisbon to Paris    *alt*

32 days
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Description

Includes 14 nights in Portugal and Spain.

In Jerez, indulge in a gourmet lunch and a sherry tasting
Enjoy a tapas dinner and a flamenco performance in Granada
APT EXCLUSIVE! Hunt for truffles on a truffle farm in Grignan
APT EXCLUSIVE! Visit a charming family-owned winery in the Beaujolais region for a guided tour and a tasting
After a walking tour in Speyer, visit a local family for morning tea
APT EXCLUSIVE! Explore the rooms and gardens of Burg Namedy castle at your leisure, before a lavish royal banquet
Enjoy an exciting dinner and a spectacular show at the famous Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge

Itinerary


 Day 1. Arrive Lisbon

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at tonight's Welcome Reception.
Stay: Three Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz


 Day 2. Lisbon

On a guided tour of Lisbon, visit the Old Town, the Jeronimos Monastery and much more. This evening, enjoy Portugal's Fado music during dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 3. Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais

Today, visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a guided tour of Sintra. Continue to the village of Cascais and take a walking tour.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 4. Lisbon, Faro, Seville

Depart for the land of Don Quixote today, and stop in the coastal city of Faro for a chicken piri-piri lunch. Cross the Spanish border and continue to Seville.
Stay: Two Nights: Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch


 Day 5. Jerez, Seville, Freedom of Choice

Take an excursion today to the city of Jerez and visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Later, savour a gourmet lunch and sherry tasting at one of the city's famous sherry bodegas. Return to Seville, and choose to enjoy a river cruise or take a horse and carriage ride.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch


 Day 6. Seville, Granada

Enjoy a guided tour of Seville, and see the Alc'zar, the massive Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower. Later, travel to Granada, where tonight, you'll enjoy dinner and a flamenco performance in one of the Sacromonte Gypsy caves.
Stay: Two Nights: Granada, AC Palacio De Santa Paula
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 7. Granada

Explore the World Heritage-listed Alhambra on a guided tour today. Part fortress, part palace, Alhambra is a pinnacle of Moorish art that encapsulates Andalusian history.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 8. Baeza, Cordoba

On your way to Cordoba, stop in the World Heritage-listed Baeza, and take a guided tour.
Stay: Two Nights: Cordoba, AC Hotel Cordoba Palacio
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 9. Cordoba

On a guided tour of Cordoba, visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the historical Jewish Quarter. Later, enjoy the afternoon free to explore this charming town.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 10. Toledo, Madrid

This morning, head to the historic city of Toledo, Spain's medieval capital. Take a guided tour through its narrow streets, then make your way to Madrid.
Stay: Two Nights: Madrid, InterContinental Madrid
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 11. Madrid

After breakfast this morning, you'll head to the renowned Prado museum for a guided tour. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to relax or further explore. This evening, enjoy a special tapas dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 12. Madrid, Barcelona

After a city tour, travel by train to Barcelona today.
Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Barcelona, Le Meridien
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 13. Barcelona, Freedom of Choice

Today embark on a city tour, taking in the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Later, enjoy a photography tour or join a Gothic walking tour for a different perspective. This evening, enjoy a special Flamenco dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 14. Barcelona

Today is yours at leisure to relax or further explore this colourful city.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 15. Barcelona, Arles

After breakfast, travel to southern France. Stop at the medieval town of Perpignan, then continue to Arles to board your luxurious river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: APT's luxurious Aria River Ship - the MS AmaDagio
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 16. Arles, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a choice of two sightseeing activities in Arles today. Perhaps tour a castle in Les Baux de Provence then visit an olive mill and farm for a tour and tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. Afterwards, both groups visit the World Heritage-listed Roman relics of Arles.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 17. Avignon, Freedom of Choice

Begin your full day in Avignon with a sightseeing tour. Later, enjoy free time to explore this medieval city at your own pace, then this afternoon choose from two included sightseeing activities. Perhaps take a tour of the Palace of the Popes. Alternatively, visit the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard, before time at leisure in the village of Uzes.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 18. Viviers, Grignan, Tournon

Disembark in Viviers and travel to Grignan. There, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these delicacies.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 19. Tournon, Freedom of Choice, Vienne

This morning, perhaps visit Eden Parc garden or take a bicycle tour. Alternatively, you may like to travel to Boucieu-le-Roi and visit its local market of handmade crafts and enjoy local entertainment. Later, cruise to Vienne and this evening, enjoy a tour.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 20. Belleville, Beaujolais Region

Disembark in Belleville and travel through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d'Or. After visiting the medieval hilltop village of Oingt, head to a family-owned and run winery. Here, a member of the family will take you on a tour and host a wine tasting.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 21. Lyon, Freedom of Choice

Explore Lyon today on your selected activity. Perhaps take a city tour and visit the Parc de la Tete d'Or. Alternatively, embark on a bicycle tour along the banks of the Rha'ne River. Another option is a guided culinary walk.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 22. Lyon, Disembark, Basel, Embark Ship

Disembark in Lyon and journey via Switzerland's beautiful Lake Geneva to Basel. Upon arrival, board your river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: APT's luxurious Aria River Ship - the MS AmaCello
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 23. Breisach, Freedom of Choice

On arrival in Breisach today, you might choose to take an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest region in Germany or perhaps set out on a trip to the medieval city of Colmar in France. After dinner, perhaps take a stroll in Breisach.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 24. Speyer

Disembark your ship this morning in Speyer, and explore this quaint medieval town on a guided walking tour. Then visit a local family for a special morning tea of coffee and cake. Afterwards, travel to Europe's largest private technology museum, the Technik Museum Speyer, which features more than 3,000 exhibits. Later, continue cruising along the Rhine River.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 25. Rudesheim, Freedom of Choice, Koblenz

In Rudesheim, board the Winzerexpress mini-train and travel to your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit a musical instrument museum, enjoy a winery tour and wine tasting, or take a ride in a gondola. After dinner tonight, you may like to disembark in Koblenz for a stroll.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 26. Cochem, Freedom of Choice, Andernach, A Royal Invitation

Arrive in Cochem today, possibly the prettiest town in the Moselle Valley. You may wish to explore the town on walking tour, then visit the Reichsburg Castle. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bicycle ride. Afterwards, set off cruising along the Moselle River, then head onto the Rhine River. Disembark in Andernach and explore Burg Namedy castle on an exclusive visit, before savouring a lavish banquet dinner.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 27. Cologne, Freedom of Choice

Arrive in Cologne today and enjoy a choice of included sightseeing options. Perhaps select from a range of themed walking tours, including a historic architecture tour or a chocolate tour. Alternatively, take a picturesque bicycle tour from Bonn to Cologne.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 28. Amsterdam, Freedom of Choice

In Amsterdam today, perhaps take a canal cruise and visit a flower market; explore the Van Gogh Museum; enjoy a bicycle tour; or visit the windmills of Zanse Schans. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board, then perhaps step out to experience the city's famous nightlife at your leisure.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner


 Day 29. Amsterdam, Disembark Ship, Paris

Disembark your river ship in Amsterdam this morning, and travel by coach through Belgium and across France to Paris.
Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 30. Paris

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital this morning, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await. This evening, enjoy a memorable meal and a spectacular show at the Moulin Rouge, the iconic Parisian cabaret made famous by the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast * Dinner


 Day 31. Paris, Freedom of Choice

Today, explore a different side of Paris. Perhaps take a culinary walking tour, visit the historic neighbourhood of Montmartre and see Sacre-CA"ur Basilica, or join a game of Petanque. Later, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to discover Paris at your own pace.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast


 Day 32. Depart Paris

After breakfast, your holiday concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Daily Meals Included: * Breakfast