Thursday, January 19, 2012

BABYMOON 2: 13Days 10Nights Spain Portugal Itinerary

(Meals on Board)
6pm:Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for our flight to Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain.
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(Tapas Lunch)
On arrival, begin your visit to Royal Palace; King Carlos and his family’s official residence, which is used mainly for official ceremonies. Proceed to Puerto del Sol. Plaza Mayor was once the focal point of the old city where bullfights, royal coronations and even the Spanish inquisition took place. Plaza de Espana is the prominent monument of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world famous story of Don Quixote, holds court in this famous square. For lunch,Tapas will be served; enjoy the wide variety of appetizers or snacks in Spanish cuisine. In the afternoon, enjoy a luxury shopping experience at La Roca Village.
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(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
This morning, proceed to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a guided tour. Sightseeing will include the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, Toledo’s centrepiece filled with sparkling gold relief, huge oil paintings and portraits of all of ToIed0’s cardinals. Make a stop at Alcantara Bridge, then visit Damascene Workshop to see the ancient Moorish art of interlacing gold on iron or steel. Continue to Segovia for overnight Stay.
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(Breakfast/ Suckling Pig Lunch / Dinner)
Segovia is famous for its suckling pig, called cochinillo; a specialty that is slow roasted until the skin is crisp and the meat succulent. This morning, visit the Alcazar where Queen Isabella promised Christopher Columbus the financial backing he would require to discover the New World. The 2,000 years old Roman Aqueduct was originally built by Roman settlers, who historically used Segovia as a military base. Later, proceed to the university town of Salamanca. Today”s highlights is Plaza Mayor, created in the 18th century, it is among the most beautiful in Spain and form the real centre of town. Next is the Cathedral, comprising two cathedrals nestled against one another since 1513; a new Romanesque style cathedral and an old Gothic style. Continue to visit the University, the oldest in Spain and chock-full of interesting architecture and arcades. Casa de las Conchas is one of the most representative buildings constructed during the times of the Catholic monarchy.

(Breakfast / Dinner)
Cross the border to Fatima, the world renowned place of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. Visit the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which commemorates the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three peasant children in 1917. Chapel of Apparitions is where the apparitions are said to have taken place, is marked by a marble pillar on which the Statue of Our Lady is placed. The Berlin Wall is placed as a grateful memorial of God’s intervention for the fall of Communism as promised at Fatima. Depart for Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

(Breakfast / Portuguese Lunch)
Explore Lisbon with our local guide which includes tours to Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route to India. Torre de Belem, this UNESCO Heritage Site was built to defend the entrance to the River Tagus leading to Lisbon. Visit Monument to the Discoveries, a product of Fascist Portugal to commemorate the 500th death anniversary of the navigator, Prince Henry. Proceed to Alfama Quarters, Lisbon’s oldest district known for its fado bars and restaurants. Continue to Barrio Alto, a chic bohemian neighbourhood full of fado bars, trendy restaurants and steep, cobble-stoned streets as well as Baixa, Lisbon’s main shopping and commercial district. Portugal’s national dish is "Bacalhau" (salted cod fish), which it can be prepared in a variety of ways; all of them are delicious Portuguese cuisine where each region has their own bacalhau specialty. Enjoy your Portuguese lunch today.

(Breakfast / Dinner)
Set off for Seville, Andalusia’s capital, famous for its bull fighters, flamenco dancers and singers. Enjoy a passionate Spanish Flamenco dancing show during dinner.

(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, go on a walking tour with our local guide to Gothic Cathedral, the largest place of worship in Spain which lays claim to Christopher Columbus remains. Nearby is Giralda Tower, erected as a minaret in the 12th century. Continue to Barrio de Santa Cruz, formerly the ghetto of Spanish Jews, it is today Seville's most colourful district. Visit Plaza de Espana, murals of Spain’s 50 provinces are set into a curved wall in the most beautiful square in Spain. Thereafter, drive to Granada, the final stronghold of the Moorish empire.

(Breakfast /Seafood Paella Dinner)
Enjoy a guided tour of Alhambra Palace which stands out as the most famous example of Moorish Architecture. Continue to Generalife Gardens, the summer palace and country estate of Granada’s Nasrid sultans. Thereafter, drive to Spain’s third largest city, Valencia; the birthplace of Valencia oranges. Enjoy a sumptuous Seafood Paella dinner in the evening.

(Breakfast / Dinner)
Gastronomically, Valencia is home to paella, Spain’s most famous dish. Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive when your local guide takes you on an orientation tours to the bustling Town Hall Square, the busiest square dominated by the city hall and the main post office. Nearby is the bull ring, Town Hall, the massive Gateway Towers of Serranos and Quart. Visit La Lonja (the Silk Exchange), declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Cathedral & "Little Michael" Tower, one of the most important buildings in Valencia. Head to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city.

(Breakfast / Lunch)
Begin your visit to the city’s spectacular icon, La Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church, which is an unfinished masterpiece, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Next, admire his remarkable architectural masterpieces in Casa Batllé (house of bones) and Casa Mila (the quarry), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the building without any straight lines. Drive around Montjuic Hill to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to Plaza Catalunya and Barri Gotic, the old part of town and end your tours at La Rambla, Spain’s most famous street.

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