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$9200 per person twin share*
Single Room Supplement Add $2600

Initial Deposit On Booking $1000
Second Deposit Due: 27 September 2024 $2000
Final Balance Due: 21 November 2024

SPAIN & PORTUGAL

23 April - 18 May 2025

Be captivated by vibrant Spain and Portugal in this 23-day tour. We will be entranced by a myriad of fantastic experiences like Flamenco dance, theatre shows, monks chanting in an abbey, art and architecture like Picasso and the Sagrada Familia, lively squares, cobblestone lanes, soaking up the vibe or relaxing with some tapas and a glass of wine.

$23,650 per person twin share
Single Room Supplement Add $5640

Initial Deposit On Booking $3000
Second Deposit Due: 14 October 2024 $4000
Final Balance Due: 13 January 2025

Days

23 Days

Highlights

Flamenco, Spanish guitar, Gothic architecture, Picasso, UNESCO-listed sites, Spanish and Moorish history

Group Size

25 Travellers

Meals

All Breakfasts

10 Lunches

13 Dinners

Mobility

Active Tour

TOUR HOSTS

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SUSAN BOLAND

DIRECTOR/SOPRANO

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JOHN CAMERON

DIRECTOR/TENOR

MAP GUIDE:

1. BARCELONA (4 nights)

2. MADRID (5 nights)

3. GRANADA (3 nights)

4. SEVILLE (3 nights)

5. LISBON (3 nights)

6. DOURO VALLEY (2 nights)

7. PORTO (2 nights)

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SPECIAL FEATURES

• 23-day tour of Spain and Portugal, staying in 4 and 5-star hotels: Barcelona (4 nights), Madrid (5 nights), Granada (3 nights), Seville (3 nights), Lisbon (3 nights), Douro Valley (2 nights) and Porto (2 nights).

• Musical experiences include a captivating performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, show at the Teatro Real, private musical performance by the Escolanos in a monastery, Spanish guitar show, Flamenco show, How the Andalusian Horses Dance, an equestrian ballet accompanied by Spanish music and 18th century costumes and a private Fado performance, Portugal’s traditional music.

• Incredible special flavours including Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi, cathedrals, vibrant squares, tunnels, winding historic streets, charming historic centres, quaint shops and cafes, monasteries, Spanish Gothic architecture, Moorish influence, palaces, fortresses, picturesque landscapes, UNESCO-listed sites, Roman architecture - the list goes on!

• Art experiences include Picasso Museum, Museo del Prado, stucco work and tile mosaics and the rich cultural tapestry of Andalusia.

• Guided tours of Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Sintra, Porto.

• Food experiences: cooking class, markets, guided wine tasting in the Douro Region, food and wine experiences in local restaurants, winemaking, port and sherry tasting and sumptuous meals paired with exquisite local wines.

• Escorted by Susan Boland and John Cameron with full time local guide.

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TRIP ITINERARY

Experience the Exceptional:

WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2025  

Fly out today from Auckland via Dubai.  

THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2025 (D) ARRIVE BARCELONA 

Hotel Ohla, Barcelona (4 nights) 

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudí and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

 

Highlights Include: 

• On arrival in Barcelona, we will be transferred to our hotel, where we will enjoy a casual dinner before an early night after our long flight.  

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FRIDAY 25 APRIL 2025 (B, D) BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING

Highlights Include: 

• Get ready for an exhilarating day, exploring Barcelona’s iconic landmarks, showcasing the city’s rich history and vibrant culture.  

• The highlight is a visit to the breathtaking Sagrada Familia, the masterpiece designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, as we marvel at the unique architecture and intricate details that make this basilica a true work of art.  

• Free time to rest or enjoy a stroll down La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous tree-lined promenade, which offers a mix of street performers, shops, and outdoor cafes.  

• Welcome dinner with a special exclusive performance of the Catalan Rumba.

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SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2025 (B, L) BARCELONA

Highlights Include: 

• Visit the historic Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), where narrow cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and charming squares create a captivating atmosphere.  

• Visit the Barcelona Cathedral, a stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture, and wander through the labyrinthine alleys. 

• Wander one of the most famous markets in the city followed by a hands-on cooking class. Then, enjoy lunch with the group. 

• Relish a captivating performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a modernist concert hall, a UNESCO World Heritage site (subject to availability).  

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SUNDAY 27 APRIL 2025 (B, D) BARCELONA 

Highlights Include: 

• This morning, for a taste of Spanish art, we visit the Picasso Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the legendary painter Pablo Picasso. 

• Private dinner with time for a singalong together and the odd joke from Sue and John. 

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MONDAY 28 APRIL 2025 (B, D) TRAIN TO MADRID  

Hotel Preciados, Madrid (5 nights) 

Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks. 

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer to the train station and we take the high-speed train to Madrid. Our luggage will be taken by coach and will be at the hotel in the evening, so we do not have to worry about luggage on the train.  

TUESDAY 29 APRIL 2025 (B, L) MADRID AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF ART 

Highlights Include: 

• Embark on a panoramic bus tour of Madrid to unravel the city’s diverse tapestry of cultural and historical treasures. 

• Lunch at the restaurant of Círculo de Bellas Artes, a private, not-for-profit cultural institution created in 1880. 

• Tour of the golden triangle of art in Madrid, including the Museo del Prado, which has numerous masterpieces by Goya, El Greco Velazquez, Rembrandt, Titian and Van Dyck and Spanish paintings.  

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WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 2025 (B, D) FREE DAY IN MADRID 

Highlights Include: 

• Free day to enjoy our own tours which could include a captivating shopping experience, exploring the upscale boutiques along Gran Vía for high-end fashion or the trendy neighbourhood of Chueca for unique finds. 

• Show at The Teatro Real, an Asset of Cultural Interest of the Spanish Historical Heritage. We learn about the history of the theatre from its inauguration in 1850 to the present day (subject to availability).  

THURSDAY 1 MAY 2025 (B, L)

TOLEDO: THE CITY OF THREE CULTURES 

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer to Toledo, for a full day tour with a local guide, including a visit to the Cathedral, an excellent example of Spanish Gothic art, María La Blanca synagogue and the Cristo de la Luz Mosque, the oldest monument of the city with lunch included. 

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FRIDAY 2 MAY 2025 (B, L, D) EL ESCORIAL

Highlights Include: 

• Embark on a cultural journey to El Escorial, the grandiose royal residence and monastery near Madrid where we marvel at the architectural opulence, including the Basilica and the Pantheon of the Kings. 

• We experience a truly unique experience with a private musical performance by the Escolanos, combining the historical, sacred resonance of the site with the soul-stirring melodies.  

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SATURDAY 3 MAY 2025 (B, D) TRAIN TO GRANADA 

NH Granada Victoria, Granada (3 nights) 

Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. 

 

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer to the train station and train to Granada. Our luggage will be transferred by coach and be dropped at the hotel.  

• Free time to get to know Granada after check in at the hotel.  

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SUNDAY 4 MAY 2025 (B, D) GRANADA 

Highlights Include: 

• We start a guided tour through the heart of Granada, with its rich history and enchanting landscapes.  

• Stroll through the historic Albayzín quarter, a labyrinth of narrow alleys and whitewashed houses, offering panoramic views of the Alhambra.  

• Discover the vibrant Plaza Nueva, a bustling square with charming cafes and shops. 

• Our guide will unveil the tales of the city, from its Nasrid dynasty heritage to its medieval Moorish influence. 

• Dinner tonight with an amazing Spanish guitar show. 

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MONDAY 5 MAY 2025 (B, L) ALHAMBRA

Highlights Include: 

• A captivating guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada, beginning in the Nasrid Palaces with its exquisite Islamic architecture and ornate courtyards. 

• Explore the Generalife Gardens, a lush retreat with enchanting fountains.  

• Ascend the Alcazaba fortress for panoramic views as we hear about the tales of Moorish grandeur and Christian influence.  

• Admire the intricate details of stucco work and tile mosaics and the rich cultural tapestry of Andalusia. 

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TUESDAY 6 MAY 2025 (B, L)

CORDOBA AND TRANSFER TO SEVILLE

Hotel Casas de la Juderia, Seville (3 nights) 

Seville is world-renowned for its beautiful architecture, monuments, flamenco and tapas. This Andalusian city oozes a rich history through its quaint streets, historic churches, and palaces.  

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer from Granada to Córdoba, a city steeped in history and culture, including the awe-inspiring Mezquita-Catedral, a testament to the harmonious coexistence of Islamic and Christian influences.  

• Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the Jewish Quarter, where whitewashed buildings are adorned with vibrant patios.   

• Explore the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortress-palace with lush gardens and history.  

• Delve into the medieval Synagogue and meander along the picturesque Calleja de las Flores. 

• After lunch at a local restaurant, our adventure continues at the Roman Bridge and the magnificent archaeological site of Medina Azahara.  

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WEDNESDAY 7 MAY 2025 (B, D) SEVILLE 

Highlights Include: 

• Embark on a guided tour of Seville, immersing ourselves in the city’s rich tapestry of history and culture.  

• Begin at the awe-inspiring Alcázar, a palace complex showcasing Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles and wander through the historic Santa Cruz district, with its narrow streets and charming plazas.

• Explore the iconic Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. 

• Marvel at the Giralda Tower’s panoramic views with tales of Moorish and Christian influences, creating a vivid narrative of Seville’s captivating past.  

• This evening, we indulge in the passionate world of Flamenco, a mesmerizing Spanish art form with dinner at a local restaurant. 

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THURSDAY 8 MAY 2025 (B, L)

EXCURSION TO JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA 

Highlights Include: 

• Embark on a delightful excursion from Seville to Jerez de la Frontera, renowned for its exquisite sherry wines.  

• Begin with a scenic journey through Andalusian landscapes, arriving at a prestigious bodega where we learn about winemaking, explore ancient cellars and enjoy a wine tasting, savouring the complexity of Jerez wines.

• Experience the unique show, How the Andalusian Horses Dance, an equestrian ballet accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th century styled costumes, choreographed using movements based upon Classical Dressage, Doma Vaquera.  

• Wine tasting and lunch in Jerez. 

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FRIDAY 9 MAY 2025 (B, L) TRANSFER TO LISBON VIA EVORA 

Hotel Real Palácio, Lisbon (3 nights) 

Lisbon is known for its unique historical centre, stunning architecture, colourful ceramic tiles, fantastic food and fascinating history! 

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer from Seville to Lisbon, enjoying the scenic landscape. 

• Free time at Évora, a UNESCO listed city in Portugal’s Alentejo region, which boasts a rich history evident in its well-preserved Roman Temple, medieval walls, and Renaissance architecture. 

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SATURDAY 10 MAY 2025 (B, D) GUIDED TOUR IN LISBON 

Highlights Include: 

• Tour of the enchanting streets of Lisbon, wander the cobblestone alleys, learning about Portugal and Lisbon’s history.  

• Indulge in an intimate private Fado performance, where the haunting melodies and soulful vocals of Portugal’s traditional music unfold exclusively, with dinner included. 

SUNDAY 11 MAY 2025 (B) SINTRA 

Highlights Include: 

• Day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, a fairy-tale town nestled in the lush hills. 

• Marvel at the opulent Pena Palace, a vibrant mix of colours and architectural styles, set against a backdrop of greenery.  

• Explore the mystical Quinta da Regaleira with its mysterious tunnels and enchanting gardens and wander through the charming historic centre, where cobbled streets lead to quaint shops and cafes.

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MONDAY 12 MAY 2025 (B, D) TRANSFER TO DOURO REGION 

Hotel Quinta Casaldronho, Douro Valley (2 nights) 

The Douro Valley is the picturesque region surrounding the mighty Douro River, as it meanders across northern Portugal. The region is famed for its terraced vineyards, with the grapes grown here used to produce Port wine.  

Highlights Include: 

• Transfer from Lisbon to the enchanting Douro Valley wine region, journeying through picturesque landscapes, winding roads, and historic towns. 

• Enjoy a captivating stop in Coimbra with its rich cultural tapestry, exploring the historic university and charming old town, with free time for lunch. 

• Then, we continue our scenic drive to the Douro Valley, renowned for its terraced vineyards and wine estates. 

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TUESDAY 13 MAY 2025 (B, L, D) DISCOVER DOURO WINES 

Highlights Include: 

• Enjoy a visit to a renowned winery in the Douro Valley, where we will explore the vine-covered terraces, be immersed in the winemaking process, from grape cultivation to barrel aging.  

• Indulge in a sumptuous meal paired with exquisite local wines, carefully selected to complement each flavour. We will savour traditional Portuguese dishes while overlooking the picturesque valley, creating a perfect fusion of culinary delights and breathtaking scenery.

• Guided wine tasting, allowing you to appreciate the flavours of the region’s finest vintages. 

• Private dinner with some entertainment from Sue and John. 

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WEDNESDAY 14 MAY 2025 (B, L) BOAT TO PORTO 

Hotel Oca Flores, Porto (2 nights) 

Porto, also known as Oporto, is most famous for its azulejos (intricate painted tiles) Port wine, and a great historic centre, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

Highlights Include: 

• Take a scenic transfer from Douro Vinhateiro to Porto by boat, where the beauty of the wine region transforms into the vibrant charm of Portugal’s second-largest city with lunch served on board. 

• Upon arrival, we have some free time to wander through historic neighbourhoods, marvel at iconic landmarks like the Dom Luís I Bridge and savour the city’s renowned culinary offerings for dinner at leisure. 

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THURSDAY 15 MAY 2025 (B, D) PORTO 

Highlights Include: 

• Tour of Porto, Portugal’s gem along the Douro River and a UNESCO listed city.

• Wander through charming districts like Ribeira, adorned with vibrant houses and cobblestone streets.

• Explore the cultural richness of Porto with visits to Livraria Lello and the Palacio da Bolsa, delving into the city’s storied past.

• Enjoy a gala farewell dinner with the group, creating cherished memories over delectable cuisine as we reflect on shared experiences, fostering lasting connections and bonds.

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FRIDAY 16 MAY 2025 (B)  

We transfer to Lisbon and fly home via Dubai. 

SATURDAY 17 MAY 2025   

In flight.

SUNDAY 18 MAY 2025   

Today we arrive home, filled with music and shared experiences of these two countries rich in culture, art, vibrancy and history. 

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PLACES WE STAY

Please note hotels are not confirmed at time of printing. These may differ but will be of a comparable quality and style.  

Hotel Ohla, Barcelona (4 nights)

Featuring a rooftop pool, this 5-star boutique hotel is located in Barcelona’s historic centre, close to Palau de la Música Concert Hall, the Cathedral and the Ramblas.

Hotel Preciados, Madrid (5 nights)

A 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Madrid, 5 minutes’ walk from the Puerta del Sol, housed in a 19th century building.

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NH Granada Victoria, Granada (3 nights)

is a 4-star, elegant, cultural and historical hotel located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. It is housed in a 19th century, historic building. 

Hotel Casas de la Juderia, Seville (3 nights)

is set within 27 traditional Sevillan houses, connected by passages and courtyards. It offers a rooftop swimming pool, spa and is centrally located to explore Seville.  

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Hotel Real Palácio, Lisbon (3 nights) 

is a 5-star hotel, located in São Sebastião da Pedreira, Avenidas Novas, and is considered one of the most emblematic hotels in the Portuguese capital.

Hotel Quinta Casaldronho, Douro Valley (2 nights) 

is a super modern, luxurious, 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Douro Wine Region, surrounded by 15 hectares of grapes.

Hotel Oca Flores, Porto (2 nights)

is a 4-star hotel, located in a historic building of the 18th century with an elegant façade of blue and white tiles in the heart of Porto.

This Trip Includes:

• Economy flights with Emirates via Dubai -  Auckland - Barcelona / Lisbon - Auckland including all taxes. 

• 23 day tour of Spain and Portugal, staying in 4 and 5-star character-filled hotels: Barcelona (4 nights), Madrid (5 nights), Granada (3 nights), Seville (3 nights), Lisbon (3 nights), Douro Valley (2 nights) and Porto (2 nights).

• Numerous musical experiences including performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana, show at the Teatro Real, private musical performance by the Escolanos in a monastery, Spanish guitar show, Flamenco, How the Andalusian Horses Dance, an equestrian ballet and Fado performance.

• Numerous tours with architectural highlights: Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi, Barcelona Cathedral, Toledo, María La Blanca synagogue, Cristo de la Luz Mosque, El Escorial, historic Albayzín quarter, Granada, Alhambra, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Medina Azahara, Alcázar palace complex, Évora and many UNESCO-listed sites.

• Special tours in gardens, tunnels, historic streets, charming historic centres, markets and character-filled shops, picturesque landscapes, vibrant houses and cobblestone streets.

• Art experiences including Picasso Museum, Museo del Prado with its vast collection of masters, stucco work and tile mosaics and the rich cultural tapestry of Andalusia.

• Guided tours of Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Sintra and Porto with all tours and transfers included as listed, plus services of guide full time and local guides and fast train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid and Madrid to Granada including luggage service.

• Food experiences: cooking class, markets, wine tastings, food and wine experiences in local restaurants, sherry tasting, winemaking process, sumptuous meals paired with exquisite local wines.

• All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners plus cooking class, wine tasting. 

• Escorted by Operatunity owners Susan Boland and John Cameron with full time local guide.

Important Information

• All itinerary details are subject to change, but changes will be replaced with a comparable or better option. 

• Initial & Second deposits are fully refundable up until final balance due date, minus an administration fee of up to $500 plus any non-recoverable costs. 

• All monies are non-refundable at final balance due date. This becomes an insurance claim. 

• Bank transfer payments incur no surcharge. Credit card payments incur surcharge of 1.5%.

• Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel. 

• Bookings will only be accepted with initial deposit & booking form. 

• All travellers must obtain comprehensive travel insurance for international travel and insurance for domestic travel is recommended. 

• Please refer to our terms and conditions on booking form.

Mobility - Active Tour

All our trips are specifically designed for our core market, but this trip does contain travel challenges, either because of the region visited or the walking distances or uneven surfaces that arise at some sites. We do advise that you evaluate your level of fitness with your doctor before you consider booking this tour. This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and ancient ruins and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace. You also need to be able to climb up to three flights of stairs at a leisurely pace. If you are unsure, please ring the office to discuss your suitability for our tours. 

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