Welcome aboard Thomas Cook’s exciting tour to Portugal and Spain. Guided tour of Lisbon, capital of Portugal.
Bon voyage! Start your fun-filled tour of Europe. Arrive in Lisbon and proceed to your conveniently hotel on your own. Check-in post 1400 hrs. (please reconfirm with your travel agent for exact timings and details of your tour, hotels and meeting place with your tour manager). On arrival meet your local English speaking guide who will take you on a city tour of this legendary city. See the medieval quarters of Alfama with its narrow streets, the Baixa with its famous squares. Next, proceed to the Belém quarter. Photograph yourself with the Belém Tower in the background. Also see St.Jerome Monastery, a world heritage site and many such interesting sights on your guided tour. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous Indian dinner at a local restaurant .
Overnight at Hotel Altis Park or similar in Lisbon.
Onto Seville. Guided tour of this ancient city of Seville.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, check-out and sit back in your coach as we drive to Seville, situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Seville has a rich Moorish Heritage and used to be a prosperous port in the past. On arrival, you will meet your English speaking local guide for a tour of Seville, the largest historical centres in Europe. Here you will see famous cathedral of Seville – amongst the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals in the world. See Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, 18th century bullring which is one of Spain‟s oldest and famous for its Baroque façade. See Torre Del Oro – symbol of Seville, a crenellated Moorish tower that was built in the thirteenth century to protect the port. Also see the Seville Town hall, La Giralda tower, Royal Alcazar Palace, Plaza de Espana and many such interesting sights on the city tour. Today see the famous Flamenco Show. Tonight, enjoy delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Vertice Aljarafe / Monte Triana or similar in Seville.
Onto Granada. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, check-out and sit back in your coach as we drive to Granada. On arrival proceed to visit the world famous Alhambra. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. Later you have some free time in the old town before we head for a delicious Indian dinner at a restaurant. We later proceed to the hotel and check in.
Overnight at Hotel Nevada Palace or similar in Granada
Onto Valencia. Visit the beautiful Oceanographic museum.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, check-out and sit back in your coach as we drive to Valencia. On arrival in Valencia, proceed to visit the Oceanographic museum. It‟s a vast aquarium housing dolphinarium & 500 species in versions of the world’s main marine ecosystems. We later meet our English speaking local guide who will take us on the city tour through this beautiful Mediterranean city. Explore the main monuments of the city center at Plaza Reina: the stunning Cathedral, the gothic Miguelete tower, the central market and more. This evening enjoy a hot Indian dinner at a restaurant. Later drive to your hotel and check in.
Overnight at hotel Silken Valencia or similar in Valencia
Onto Valencia. Visit the world famous stadium “Camp Nou” – home of FC Barcelona.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, check-out and sit back in your coach as we drive to Barcelona. On arrival in Barcelona proceed to visit the World famous “Camp Nou”, the home of Football Club Barcelona. Here you will visit the museum which showcases the glory of this Catalan football club which is home to none other than the likes of the greats like Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta and many more. Also have an opportunity to buy a souvenir of FC Barcelona from the merchandise shop inside the stadium. Later you have some free time at Las Ramblas before you proceed to an Indian restaurant for dinner. We later drive to the hotel and check in.
Overnight at hotel Frontair Congress or similar in Barcelona.
Guided city tour of Barcelona.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, you will meet your English-speaking local guide to explore this cosmopolitan Mediterranean city. See the Gothic Quarter with narrow streets, Olympic Village, Sant Jordi Palace, Sagrada Familia-a unique creation that is Barcelona‟s universal symbol and many more beautiful sights. The afternoon is free to explore this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel Frontair Congress or similar in Barcelona.
Onto Madrid via Zaragoza.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to Zaragoza, one of the greatest monumental towns of Spain. The city walls, churches, basilicas, palaces, stately houses and squares of the historic centre reflect the different civilizations that settled in the city leaving the cultural legacy behind, waiting to be admired to this day. Here you will have some free time before we proceed to Madrid – capital of Spain. On arrival, check in to the hotel and the evening is free for you to explore this city on your own. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight at hotel AC or similar in Madrid
Guided city tour of Madrid.
This morning after a continental buffet breakfast, meet your English speaking local guide for a tour of this lively city. See the old town, the city centre dating from the 16th century when the Habsburg dynasty made Madrid the capital of Spain. You also see the Sabatini Gardens, Campo del Moro, church of San Francisco El Grande, the fountains of Paseo del Prado, Royal Palace and many more historical and modern sites. Later, you have some free time to explore the city on your own. Later in the evening, enjoy a hot Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel AC or similar in Madrid
Fly back home.
After a continental buffet/boxed breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home (on your own). Arrive home with pleasant memories of your European tour, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime. Do spare a few minutes to fill in the feedback form and hand it to your Tour Manager. Your valued suggestions will be most appreciated.
Guaranteed to waken your senses. Visit spice plantations where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell & savour fruit & spices that you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house (one of Africa’s greatest explorers) the journey continues north toward the Kidichi Persian Baths. From here we continue to the rural areas where local farmers live & produce some of the world’s most exotic fruit and spices. Cloves, star fruit, ‘bulls heart’, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangosteen and lip-stick trees, to name but a few, are what you can expect to see – according to the seasons. Perhaps you will fancy buying a basket of freshly picked spices to take home with you!
Jozani Forest lies about 35 km southeast of Zanzibar township in Zanzibar’s South Region. It is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island (which along with Pemba make up the islands of Zanzibar). The forest which covers an area of 10 sq km consists of woodland, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Ungula fauna such as the rare red colobus monkey, small Zanzibar leopard and two antelope species: the Zanzibar duicker and sunni.
In 1879, Bawe Island was given by Seyid Barghash bin Seyid, 3rd Omani Sultan of Zanzibar, to the Eastern Telegraph Company to be used as the operations station for the underwater telegraphic cable linking Cape Town with Zanzibar, Seychelles and Aden. The agreement was extended ten years later, in 1889, by the next Sultan, Seyid Khalifa bin Seyid. To accommodate the Cable & Wireless staff, Bungalows were built on the island, which were used also to host weekend parties when other town-based staff would visit and enjoy the beach with their families. Bawe is renowned for its breathtaking marine life, making it a popular site for both snorkelling and scuba diving.
This half day tour takes you to kizimkazi along south-west coast of Zanzibar, upon arrival at the fishing village Kizimkazi you will have a brief talk about the behaviors and different types of dolphins before proceeding to the dolphins locations with 80% chances to see them. There is a fair chance you will get to play and swim with them, returning to the sea shore in the afternoon. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
North coast tour. This trip leads you through one spice farm, Mangapwani Slave Caves and Chambers, and on to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nungwi. The most wonderful place to relax and unwind after the dust and humidity of Stone Town. Pack your swimwear and enjoy a cool drink in paradise.
This tour starts an hour before sunset. You are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the drop off point at the sea front, where you then board the dhow. The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km from the shore by means of an engine. Once out at sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew hoist the sail, then you can sit and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow glides through the water. You can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon, whilst savouring a glass of chilled wine.
Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and fighting chairs. We offer you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari fisherman and see what ‘fishing for a living’ is all about. Whilst the crew are busy preparing fishing nets the timelessness of this tradition will carry you far from the pace of the modern world. On returning to Zanzibar Island we will take you to see the colourful, bustling fish market where the fresh catches of the day are auctioned.
A sea excursion in a traditional wooden dhow, made by hand on Zanzibar Island. The dhow is the same as those which were used to carry slaves from the mainland to Zanzibar. This trip will take you to Prison Island, home to the giant tortoise, then on to a sandbank where you can have soft drinks and snacks. A perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. On a full day excursion you then have time for fishing.