Blyth Academy - Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Madrid: March 15th - 25th, 2024

Day 1: Overnight Travel

Fri. 15 Mar 2024

Board an overnight flight to Lisbon.

Day 2: Lisbon

Sat. 16 Mar 2024

The group will arrive at the Lisbon airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Start your Portuguese tour with a guided food tour, that starts from Ribeira Market with the chance to try the famous pastéls de nata before starting the tour.

In the afternoon, the group could visit the historic center of Lisbon, the Alfama district.

Overnight at a city centre hotel in Lisbon.

Activities and Services

Day 3: Lisbon

Sun. 17 Mar 2024

Start the day with a guided walking tour of Lisbon's historic districts, including Alfama and Baixa. Visit popular landmarks such as St. George's Castle, Lisbon Cathedral , and the Rossio Square.  Stop for a traditional Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant (at own expense).

In the afternoon, take a tram ride to the Belem district to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Return to Hotel (busy day) and free time before Dinner.

Dinner in a Portuguese restaurant.

Overnight at a city centre hotel in Lisbon.

Rossio Square

Day 4: Lisbon

Mon. 18 Mar 2024

Depart early for a day trip to the picturesque towns of Sintra and Cascais.

In Sintra, explore the fairytale-like Pena Palace (A colorful Romanticist palace built in the 19th century on the site of a former monastery.), Quinta da Regaleira (A Gothic-style palace built in the early 20th century with a mysterious and esoteric symbolism), and Moorish Castle (A medieval castle that dates back to the 8th century and was a strategic defense point in the Reconquista).

Continue to Cascais for a seafood lunch at a local restaurant (at own expense). Spend some time relaxing on the beach or strolling along the coast.

Return to Lisbon, dinner at LX Factory and time to explore the ex industrial complex turned trendy cultural hub. Back to the Hotel.

Overnight at a city centre hotel in Lisbon.

Day 5: Seville

Tue. 19 Mar 2024

The group will travel to Seville by bus. In the afternoon, visit the historic center of Seville, the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda. Free time to shop in open air markets.

We will enjoy a nice cruise on the Guadalquivir River and we will enjoy the views of the city from a different point of view. On board, we can see the hidden angles of the Torre del Oro, the famous Betis Street, the Bullring, the Triana ́s Bridge, the oldest in the city, designed by Gustav Eiffel as the most modern bridges built during the Expo'92 and, of course, its Pavilions, the Cartuja Island and its Monastery.

Overnight Seville.

Activities and Services

Day 6: Seville

Wed. 20 Mar 2024

Visit the 'Real Alcázar' of Seville and the Plaza de España. The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Christian Gothic cathedral in the world. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987 World Heritage Site and, on July 25, 2010, an Asset of Outstanding Universal Value. Of the old Aljama Mosque of Seville, the minaret Seville, the minaret (the Giralda), and the Patio de los Naranjos are preserved. The temple houses the mortal remains of Christopher Columbus.

In the evening, the group will participate in a fun, flamenco show.

Overnight Seville.

Day 7: Granada

Thu. 21 Mar 2024

After breakfast, we will start our route from Seville to Granada. Upon arrival, we will check in at the hotel and have free time for lunch. 

After lunch we will delight in a private tour in Granada and Alhambra, with English speaking tour guides. 

Granada, a wonderful city where many civilizations that once lived in the lands of Andalusia have left such a cultural legacy that it can be considered one of the marvels of the world. The Alhambra is the jewel of the crown of this beautiful city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. You will visit the Nasrid city, Alhambra, where everything even down to the smallest stone is a work of art. During the tour of the rooms, dining rooms, and magnificent gardens you will realize why the last Arabic king cried when leaving it after being overthrown by the Catholic Kings. You will also be taken into the Generalife Gardens by an official guide, one of the most impressive gardens in the world. 

Accommodation at Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra 4* 

Dinner in a local restaurant. 

Overnight Granada.

Activities and Services

Day 8: Madrid

Fri. 22 Mar 2024

Toledo - Madrid 

Guided tour of Toledo.  

Travel to Madrid. Guided tour.

Overnight Madrid. 

Activities and Services

Day 9: Madrid

Sat. 23 Mar 2024

Old Madrid

In this visit, we will be able to contemplate the varied contrasts that Madrid offers to its visitors; from the Madrid of the Bourbons, Austrias, Isabelline, and Contemporary to the Barrio de la Morería, with its traditional flavor, its inns, and its buildings of the old Madrid; the elegant squares of Oriente, España, Puerta del Sol, Cibeles, Neptuno, Atocha, Puerta de Alcalá, Colón; the wide avenues of Gran Vía, Calle Alcalá, the stately Retiro Park. 

After lunch, we will visit the Real Madrid Football Club Museum.

The Real Madrid FC Museum contains a wealth of treasures that will interest any fan. The museum has a lot of written history about the team, and a wall full of photos as well as hundreds of trophies. It is full of cups that the team has won. Detailed stories are written on the walls next to each section of the exhibit. The Real Madrid Museum gives you the chance to travel back in time with the team and learn about their early victories.  When you are inside the Real Madrid Museum, you will see cups won by the Real Madrid football team. You then enter a hallway filled with a dazzling display of silver cups. From this point, the trophies are kept behind the glass. The photo wall, with images of all the players who have ever played for Real Madrid. The rest of the museum consists of spacious rooms containing trophies, shirts, shoes, and photos of many of the team's memorable moments. There are some unusual trophies here too. One of them is in the shape of a building. You will see European Cups, Intercontinental Cups, Spanish League Trophies, Spanish Cups, UEFA Cups, and Super Cups. Also, you can visit the Real Madrid FC stadium. 

Dinner in a local restaurant. 

Overnight Madrid.

Activities and Services

Day 10: Madrid

Sun. 24 Mar 2024

Morning visit to the Prado Museum: visit one of the most famous museums in Europe, admiring the paintings of Fra Angelico, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Bosch, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Ribera, Velázquez, Goya and many other outstanding painters of classical European painting. Or we can visit the Reina Sofia Museum (Much smaller art gallery and  we can see Picasso’s Guarnica and Salvador Dali)

Afternoon for a guided walking tour and souvenir shopping.

Overnight Madrid.  


Activities and Services

Day 11: End of Itinerary

Mon. 25 Mar 2024

The group will transfer to Madrid airport for the return flight to Toronto.

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