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Like history? And art? How about beaches and pubs? Then say hello to Western Europe on this tour of the highlights from London down to Madrid. See some of the world’s best museums, have lunch under the Eiffel Tower, eat as many tapas as you can handle, and party on Europe’s most coveted beaches with your new group of international companions. This unique route will take you places every traveller should see on the Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package, with the choice of blending a few or accepting the entire panorama!
The tourists who are famished for splendid visuals would definitely get attracted to the unique London museums for a starter, which offer an ideal way to discover the lesser-known artefacts, the history of the stranger sides of this city and to delve into some of the it’s quirkier corners. This city is full of wonderfully eccentric museums such as Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! And bizarre historic possessions. The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man featuring prehistoric to modern times from around the world and the highlights include the Rosetta stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the Mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. The Victoria and Albert museums celebrate art and design with century’s worth of amazing collectives from the globe and a real treasure trove of goodies, furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles. Besides a Dinosaur Exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts of a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world.
The Museum of London is packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of it’s past and The Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design The popular National Maritime Museum contains models, paintings and trophies from every continent, filling an appetite that quests about the traditions of maritime London and recall the romance of great ocean liners. The famed 10 Downing Street, the British PM’s residence, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Wimbledon, the tennis mecca, London Eye give a spectacular view of the city, which also has its share of several beautiful parks – Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Kensington Gardens displaying its integrity in every area.
At Madame Tussauds, the replicas of some of the world's most famous faces from Shakespeare to Britney Spears are staged, as they meet influential figures from showbiz, sports, politics and even Royalty. Sing along with Kylie, strike a penalty with Rooney or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen at this museum! Take a tour around the Tower of London, a world-famous edifice, and discover history in its various facets, gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.
There is a bit of continental Europe right in the middle of London, with tables from restaurants and eateries spilling out onto the piazza. London’s famous bridges are lit up in a dazzling display of colour, with special projections onto the capital’s famous buildings and the Olympic rings and Paralympic agitos appear on the Tower Bridge. The Covent Garden is a place where they would find London's best street performers, from singers belting out arias to mime artists performing crowd-pleasing stunts. A visit to the Buckingham Palace, one of the world's few remaining working royal Palaces, is absolutely imperative, to derive the essence of viewing some of the greatest possessions from the Royal Collection, plus a spectacular display of diamonds. To breathe a cooling impact, take the plunge in one of London’s fabulous outdoor pools and lidos, or hire a boat and simply rejuvenate on the lake, as there are Adventure Playgrounds in London, designed for fun, and the huge wooden pirate ship at Kensington Gardens, which should not be missed. The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Trinity College of Music are acclaimed for dance and music, where the tourists can attend a performance or an opera of their choice. They may take a memorable cruise down the Thames River, a vintage tour on London’s famous double-decker buses, hop-on hop-off buses, and a special tour of the famous Warner Bros studios.
As you head for Paris, you may enjoy a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, after which you are free to explore on your own, to discover the “je ne sais quoi” of the “City of Lights”. This bright city has something for everyone and you can use your day to discover the outstanding museums and churches float down the Seine on a river cruise or people watch at one of the charming cafés. As the fashionista capital of France, the city of Paris defines its elite strata lined up with Napoleanic grandeur, stylish designerware, architecture, shrines, museums, operas, novice art decos, paintings and collectives, and the proud Eifel Tower, the wonder spectacle! Sensational jingles around the ears with fabulous visuals on the Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package!
Tourists may go for a visit to Place de la Bastille, a district of great historical significance and due to its symbolic value; the square has often been a site of political demonstrations. Place de la Concorde is at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, built as the "Place Louis XV", and is a site of the infamous guillotine. Montmartre is a historic area on the Butte, home to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, portraying an amalgamation of studios, cafes and many great artists in that area. The Louvre is one of the world's largest and most famous museums, housing exquisite works of art, including the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue. Works by Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin are found in Musee Picasso and Musee Rodin respectively, while the community of Montparnasse is chronicled at the Musee du Montparnasse. Montparnasse is a famous Left Bank area known for artists’ studios, music halls, and cafe life and the large Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station and the lone Tour Montparnasse skyscraper are located here. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior, the Centre Georges Pompidou, also known as Beauborg houses the Musee National d’art Moderne. Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the 12th-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Ile de la Cite, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the 19th century Eiffel Tower, an enduring symbol of Paris alluring millions of visitors throughout the year in its charismatic domain, with all of them returning to their homes with a memento of this proud structure. Paris has something for everyone and you can use your day here to picnic under the Eiffel Tower, explore the outstanding museums and churches, and float down the Seine on a river cruise or people watch at one of the charming cafés. The monuments of the city are among the highest-esteemed glory and attractions on the Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package!
Start with a visit to another fabulous and significant city’s cathedral called the Notre Dame De Paris, located on a small island in the heart of the Parisian legacy and acclaimed as its religious centre draws enough crowds to be showered with blessings!. A walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg, located near the Sorbonne University and the most popular park in Paris, would serve as a healthy meal, any time of the day. At the centre of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin, which has two most famous fountains, one is the Fontaine de Medicis and the other is Fontaine de l'Observatoire. Disneyland Paris, flows in visitors from all Europe, and a must-include in your schedule. One of the symbols of the French Revolution is the two Statues of Liberty located on the Ile aux Cygnes on the Siene and in the Luxembourg Garden. . Le Lido, the Moulin Rouge cabaret-dance hall, for example, is a staged dinner theatre spectacle, as of today, and viewable for old time’s sake! Move on with an enriched essence of these locales!
Spend the morning in Paris before travelling south into Switzerland. Cruise through the town on an orientation walk to get your bearings. Interlaken is known as the adrenaline capital of Switzerland due to its many adventure sports such as paragliding, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, rafting and more. For those who want to take it easy, get out and enjoy the Swiss Alps with a hike or a sailing trip on one of the nearby lakes. As the hub for so many adventure activities, the capital attracts young and young-at-heart tourists, thus creating a bustling nightlife scene. Play hard during the day and harder at night if you wish. Or breathe in the fresh Alpen air and enjoy blissful sleep. Among the main attractions are the mountains of the Jungfrau region, including the Jungfrau, the Mönchand and the Eiger Whilst the peaks of these mountains are accessible only to mountaineers, a sequence of connecting mountain railways gives access to the Jungfraujoch, a coll between the Jungfrau and the Mönch, which is the highest point in Europe, reachable by train. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz is both close to the town, and the Aar river flows through the town. Boat trips operate on lakes, serving various nearby areas, bringing a certain kind of enigma in the breeze and enchanting the tourists. Lake Brienz, is the starting point for Switzerland's last remaining steam operated mountain railway, the Brienz-Rothorn railway.
The Jungfrau Park, an amusement park, is situated just to the south of Interlaken and was originally opened as a Mystery Park, a paranormal-based theme park owned by author Erich von Däniken, and is functional in its new guise. The former Monastery Building, the Hotel Royal-St. Georges, the Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau and the Kursaal are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The entire urbanized village of Interlaken is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.
Travel by train to Milan, Italy's financial and fashion hub. Upon arrival enjoy an included orientation walk of the city. Please note: if you are interested in seeing Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous artwork, the Last Supper, then it is essential that you make a booking in advance Much of Milan was destroyed during WWII, but it still has a few claims to fame, such as the Duomo, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and La Scala, one of the world's best opera houses. Get used to the Italian pace of life here. Have an espresso, watch a football match, hit the Italian shops and consider going to the opera Most tourists visit sights such as the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro all Scalla, including other main sights such as the Basilica of Sant Ambrogio, the Navigli and the Brera Academy. Milan, one of Europe's richest cities, is known for stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants and has a faster pace of life than most Italian cities. It also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage.
Move on to Rome, which is full of fabulous sites. Possibly the most recognized symbol of the city is the Colosseum, the scene of the bloody gladiator bouts for the entertainment of ancient Rome's aristocracy. Take a tour around the old venue and then head over to the Palatine hill and the Roman Forum to see where it all began. Even with the bustle of modern day, this city is whizzing past on vespas and you can still lose yourself in the fragmented columns and ancient ruins, conjuring images of the rich Romans sauntering by in togas. From the Colosseum, it is not too much of a hike to Piazza Navona. Known for the baroque buildings surrounding the square, and it’s beautiful central fountain, this is truly a great place to walk, mingle with the Romans, and sip a cappuccino at one of the sidewalk cafés. Next stop can be the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Sit among the young Italians cuddling on the steps or watch the rich and powerful shopping in the elegant boutiques nearby. Take a short walk over to the Fontana di Trevi to throw a coin over your shoulder backwards to ensure your return to this magical city. When you have had enough of secular Rome, head to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City. Located within Rome, the Vatican City is a separate country ruled by the Pope and the perfect place to see art and religion intertwined. Within the Vatican, you will find the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church and the headquarters of Roman Catholicism.
It is difficult to decide whether to look up, down, or to the side as there are treasures everywhere in the Church, Bernini’s canopy, the dome, the treasury, the statue of St. Peter, the Pieta, and the grotto which should all be seen, and it can be possible to attend services in the church.
The Vatican Museums are near the basilica and contain priceless works of art from ancient to modern times. There are many different galleries but do a little research before visiting and then decide on what you really want to see. There are countless pieces of art, including statues, Renaissance paintings, tapestries, early icons and Egyptian artifacts, just to name a few. Two of the most well-known exhibits in the Vatican Museums are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms. Although the Sistine Chapel is always very crowded, it is a must-see for any visitor to the Vatican. The magnificent frescoed ceiling of the chapel painted by Michelangelo depicts over three hundred figures from the Book of Genesis, the most well-known being “The Creation of Adam,” showing God touching the finger of Adam. “The Last Judgement” on the west wall depicts a scene from the Book of Revelations.
Stop at Pisa en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera. Check out the Leaning Tower before a stroll along the coast. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa, or Torre di Pisa is the campanile, or free standing bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square, the most famous image of the city and one of the many works of art and architecture in the city's Piazza del Duomo, also known as Piazza dei Miracoli or a Square of Miracles. This Square also houses the Duomo or the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the Campo Santo or the monumental cemetery. The medieval complex includes the above-mentioned four sacred buildings, the hospital and few palaces. The entire complex is kept by the Opera or fabrica ecclesiae, della Primaziale Pisana, an old non -profit foundation that operates since the building of the Cathedral to the maintenance of the sacred buildings. The area is framed by medieval walls. Other interesting sights include, the Knights' Square or Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the Palazzo della Carovana, with its impressive façade designed by Giorgio Vasari may be seen, and is sited on the square. The Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri: sited on Piazza dei Cavalieri, and also designed by Vasari, had originally a single nave. It houses paintings by Vasari, Jacopo Ligozzi, Alessandro Fei, and Jacopo Chimenti da Empoli, and also contains spoils from the many naval battles between the Cavalieri or the Knights of St. Stephan, and the Turks. The Church of St. Sixtus is a small church, and also close to the Piazza dei Cavalieri. It was used as a seat of the most important notarial deeds of the town, also hosting the Council of Elders. It is today one of the best preserved early Romanesque buildings in town. The Church of St. Francis, or the Church of San Francesco may have been designed by Giovanni di Simone, and later new chapels were added and the church was elevated. It has a single nave and a notable belfry, as well as an ancient cloister and houses works by Jacopo da Empoli, Taddeo Gaddi and Santi di Tito. The Church of San Frediano is an ancient church and has a basilica interior with three aisles, with a crucifix from the twelfth century and paintings were added during a restoration period. The Church of San Nicola is a heritage church built and enlarged by the Augustinians, The Church of Santa Maria della Spina is famed for its white marble décor alongside Arno, with Lupo di Francesco which is another excellent Gothic building. The Church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno is built along the lines similar to those of the cathedral. It is annexed to the Romanesque Chapel of St. Agatha, with an unusual pyramidal cusp or peak.
The Borgo Stretto is a medieval borgo or neighborhood that contains strolling arcades and the Lungarno, the avenues along the river Arno. It includes the Gothic-Romanesque church of San Michele in Borgo, and remarkably, there are at least two other leaning towers in the city, one at the southern end of central Via Santa Maria, the other halfway through the Piagge riverside promenade.The Medici Palace was once a possession of the Appiano family, who ruled Pisa and later the Medici acquired it. The Orto botanico di Pisa is a botanical garden of the University of Pisa. The Palazzo Reale or the “Royal Palace", once belonged to the Caetani patrician family. The Palazzo Gambacorti in this palace is a fourteenth-century Gothic building and the interior shows frescoes boasting Pisa's sea victories. The Palazzo Agostini is a palace, a Gothic building also known as Palazzo dell'Ussero, with its façade and remains of the ancient city walls dating backwards. The name of the building comes from the coffee rooms of Caffè dell'Ussero, a historic meeting place. The Mural Tuttomondo is the modern mural and the last public work of Keith Haring, painted on the rear wall of the convent of the Church of Sant'Antonio.
Pisa boasts of several museums, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, exhibiting original sculptures and the treasures of the cathedral. Museo delle Sinopie, shows the sinopias from the camposanto, the monumental cemetery. These are red ocher underdrawings for frescoes, made with reddish, greenish or brownish earth colour with water. The Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, exhibits sculptures and paintings from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, among them the masterworks of Giovanni and Andrea Pisano, the Master of San Martino, Simone Martini, Nino Pisano and Masaccio. The Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale displays the belongings of the families that lived in the palace, paintings, statues, and armours.
Continue to the French Riviera and enjoy an included visit to Monaco or Monaco-Ville, the old city on a rocky promontory extending into the Mediterranean, known as the Rock of Monaco, or simply "The Rock". Monte Carlo, the principal residential and resort area with the Monte Carlo Casino is located in the east and northeast.
La Condamine, is in the southwestern section including the port area, Port Hercules, and to the right with the smaller harbour is Fontvieille, with the "The Rock" the old town, fortress, and Palace, jutting out between the two harbours, to the left with the high-rise buildings La Rousse and Saint Roman.
Spend your morning in Nice, and then travel by rail to Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, getting introduced to this region as you walk along Las Ramblas and stop at the famous Boqueria market. Free time to visit Gaudí buildings, explore the Gothic Quarter, or chill out at the Barceloneta beach. This city is considered to be the capital when it comes to fashion, architecture, food and music, known worldwide for its dynamic atmosphere and exciting style, this city never disappoints. There is plenty of history too, visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars and cafes. Stroll the Rambla, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people-watching and window shopping, ending at the harbour front facing the Mediterranean Sea. Make sure to view Gaudi’s most famous best-known work and the immense cathedral La Sagrada Familia, an inspiring yet bizarre testament to the artist’s unique vision.
Barcelona was also home to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, an iconic building that came to symbolize modern architecture as the embodiment of van der Rohe's aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details." The National Museum of Art of Catalonia possesses a well-known collection of Romanesque art while the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on Catalan and Spanish art. The Fundació Joan Miró, Picasso Museum and Fundació Antoni Tàpies hold important collections of world-renowned artists. Of Barcelona's parks, Montjuïc is the largest, with followed by Parc de la Ciutadella, which occupies the site of the old military citadel and also houses the Parliament building, the Barcelona Zoo and several museums. Port Aventura, one of the largest amusement parks in Europe is stunning as also within the city lies Tibidabo Amusement Park, a smaller amusement park, with the Muntanya Russa amusement ride.
Opt to visit Park Guell, to stroll the tree-lined paths and admire more of Gaudí’s creative genius at play. Find time to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, built as a home for catalan music, full of light and of colour. For nightlife, the highest concentration of beautiful young locals dancing, both in the bars and on the street, can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets. Here you can always find good music, interesting drinks and lots of fun. Another good nightlife spot for meeting the fashionable locals of Barcelona is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá.
The introductory walk upon arrival at Granada, which during the Muslim rule of Spain, was one of the region’s most regal cities and the greatest Muslim legacy in Europe, the Alhambra is located in Granada. Opt to check out the central market, rent a bike to explore the city, and be sure to try the city's famous dish, `paella’. Relax in one of the many hammam baths around town or enjoy a tapas bar crawl with your family or companions or even alone, just delving in the beauty of the surroundings. Go in for an extravagance of historical treats as you visit the Alhambra, an architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art. At present, the buildings of Granada are typically bourgeois in appearance, with much of the architecture blended with Renaissance and Baroque buildings. ". The Alhambra complex was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is certainly the most emblematic monument and one of the most visited in Spain, consisting of a defensive zone, the Alcazaba, Muslim wing, offering spectacular views of the city from the top of its towers together with others of a residential and formal state character, the Nasrid Palaces or Palacio Nazaries, the center of the Alhambra, and famous for its detailed works and gardens.and, lastly, the palace, gardens and orchards of El Generalife, the summer palace of the Sultans with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. It occupies the slopes of the hill Cerro del Sol above the ravines of the Genil and the Darro and is visible from vantage points throughout the city and was conceived as a rural village, consisting of landscaping, gardens and architecture The cathedral of Granada is built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada, in the center of the city. The Alhambra has captured the imagination of visitors for years, and much has been recorded about the history and purpose of the area. No amount of reading or study can truly prepare you for your first visit, as it is simply breathtaking,being divided into three sections, Take a full guided visit of the Alhambra to help you make the most of this truly memorable experience. You may also roll around its magnificient landscape and take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views back to the Alhambra, a great place to go for a divine and mesmerizing sunset. A trip to Granada would not be the same without a night out in the town, as the city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene on the Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package!
The Royal Chapel was declared a Historic Artistic Monument joined Gothic construction and decoration with Renaissance ideals, The most important parts of the chapel are its main retable, grid and vault. In the Sacristy-Museum is the legacy of the Catholic Monarchs. Its art gallery is highlighted by works of the Flemish, Italian and Spanish schools. acquired a treasury of works of art, liturgical objects and relics The Albayzín or Albaicín is a neighborhood of Al-Andalus origin, much visited by tourists who flock to the city because of its historical associations, architecture, and landscape. The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the Valparaíso hill, one of several hills that make up Granada. It is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods, full of whitewashed caves cut into the rock and used as residences. The sound of strumming guitars may still be heard there in the performance of flamenco cantes and "quejíos", so that over time it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Granada.
The Charterhouse of Granada is a monastery of cloistered monks, located in what was a farm or Muslim almunia called Aynadamar or 'Fountain of the Tears' that had an abundance of water and fruit trees. The street entrance to the complex is an ornate arch of Plateresque style and the chancel's glass doors, adorned with mother-of-pearl, silver, precious woods and ivory. The Church tabernacle and Sancta Santorum is considered a masterpiece of baroque Spanish art in its blend of architecture, painting and sculpture.
Head to the vibrant city of Valencia. Spain's third-largest city, historical yet cosmopolitan, Valencia is the home of paella, the Holy Grail, the birthplace of the inimitable architecture of Santiago Calatrava and one of Europe’s newest and most impressive science museums. This is a fun and fascinating study in contrasts. Established in the fertile terrain on the shores of the Mediterranean, close to the mouth of the river Turia, the luminous city of Valencia, comes as a pleasant surprise to many. At night people fill the bustling open terraces and street cafés in the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, the cobbled streets of the Carmen district, or the romantic dance clubs with live music on the Malvarrosa beach. Everywhere, world class restaurants, discos, nightclubs and pubs provide the scene for enjoying a night out in Spain's "fiesta" capital. You will almost certainly want to try the town’s famous dish, paella, so arrange an optional evening out to a local paella restaurant where you can eat your fill. Don't forget to try a few of the great resident wines!
Visit this thriving university town, Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Opt to visit the Real Alcázar, a Moorish palace, or take in an evening flamenco show. A short orientation walk to get your bearings, you will have time to take in all this great city has to offer. Be sure to explore the wonderful interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times. The Alcázar, the Cathedral, and the Archivo General de Indias or General Archive of the Indies are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral of St. Mary is among the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals, in terms of both area and volume. The interior is the longest nave in Spain, and is lavishly decorated, with a large quantity of evident gold . The climb to the adjoining tower, known as La Giralda, is well worth the effort for the great views of the city and this was constructed by the Moors as a mosque, and later the Christians fitted the minaret with the bell tower The Torre Del Oro was built as a watch tower and defensive barrier on the river. The General Archive of the Indies, is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The building itself, is an unusually serene and Italianate example of Spanish Renaissance architecture The Metropol Parasol, in La Encarnación square, is the world's largest wooden structure. A monumental umbrella-like building designed by the German architect, this modern architecture edifice houses the central market and an underground archaeological complex and the terrace roof is a city viewpoint. The Plaza de España, in Maria Luisa Park or Parque de Maria Luisa, was built by the architect Aníbal González and is an outstanding example of Regionalist Revival Architecture, a bizarre and loftily conceived mixture of diverse historic styles, such as Art Deco and lavishly ornamented with typical glazed tiles. The most important art collection is the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville which was established in the former Convent of La Merced and holds many masterworks by Murillo, Pacheco, Zurbarán,Valdés Leal, and others masters of the Baroque Sevillian School, containing also Flemish paintings of the earlier centuries. The Archaeological Museum, which contains collections from the Tartessian and Roman periods, located in América Square at the María Luisa Park. The Other attractions include the Flamenco Art Museum, Museo the Casa Arqueológico, de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains and shaded lawns.
The Alcázar Gardens, within the grounds of the Alcázar palace, consists of several sectors developed in different historical styles. The Gardens of Murillo and the Gardens of Catalina de Ribera, both along and outside the South wall of the Alcázar, lie next to the Santa Cruz quarter.During Seville’s warm summer nights until mid-September you can enjoy a series of concerts in the beautiful setting of the Reales Alcazares. The true heart of Seville lies in the Santa Cruz quarter, a charming area with its winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios and small squares.
Cross into Portugal, and travel to the coastal town of Lagos on the Algarve Coast, halts for a few nights in this attractive, cobblestoned town with fabulous, accessible beaches. Opt to get active with a mountain biking or sea kayaking tour, or relax on the beach. Make sure to visit the daily fish and veggie market and trek to the Ponte da Piedade in front of the lighthouse for fantastic views of Lagos bay as the Monchique Hills rise up in the distance.
Take a train up the coast to Portugal's vibrant capital, and enjoy an orientation walk of central Lisbon . Afterwards, you will have time to explore at your leisure. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, and is well worth a visit as the area still retains much of its original layout. Along the narrow medieval streets lined with typical tile-covered façades, you can listen out for Portugal's traditional music, fado, being played and sung at night. Free time to visit Cristo Rei for sweeping views of the area, check out the monuments of the Belem neighbourhood, or relax in a café, watching life go by. Indulge in the town's great nightlife, and then move on into a bus towards Madrid, on the Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package!
Enjoy Spain's beautiful capital on an orientation walk. Free time to visit its many sites, from art museums to sprawling squares. Opt to spend the final night with the group out on the town. The nightlife is world renowned, as also Madrid, the grande dame of European cities, has it all history, architecture, museums, galleries, beautiful parks and a wild nightlife. The capital's most exciting street is the Gran Vía, but be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor, the true heart of Madrid. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza’s many cafes and watch the world go by. In the evening, we head out on a tapas and wine bar stroll, a real must do in in this city.. A trip to the Museo del Prado, one of the greatest art galleries in the world, is a definite highlight. The main emphasis of the museum is the centuries-old Spanish, Flemish and Italian art. There is plenty of Goya and you will find a wealth of paintings by Diego Velázquez. For a more modern take and one of the best art history lessons, check out the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, a private assembly of paintings from Titian to Picasso. It would awesome to visit the Puerta del Sol, a plaza in the heart of the capital and one of the busiest places in the city, that is, a hub for the local transit system, a favourite meeting spot for residents, a visible area for festivals or political demonstrations, and an opportune location for tour guides and street performers. Gran Vía, literally "Great Way" (better translated as "Broadway"), is one of the busiest avenues in Madrid. Running from Plaza de España to Plaza de Cibeles, it is the location of the cinema district and a number of shopping malls and is lined with large billboards and lights, to keep the tourists spellbound!
Madrid would also enchant you at the Plaza de Cibeles, a massive roundabout at the intersection of Calle de Alcala and Paseo del Prado, where the plaza houses one of Madrid's emblems, the Fountain of Cibeles, which portrays the Roman goddess of fertility sitting upon a chariot pulled by two lions. On the southeast corner dominating the Plaza is one of the world's most beautiful city halls, the Palacio de Cibeles (formerly the Palacio de las Comunicaciones), an impressive structure with a jaw-droppingly spectacular facade. The El Retiro is the main Park of Madrid, and the perfect place to take a rest during a sunny day, or to take part in the drum circles around the statue of Alphonso XII on summer evenings. There is a large boating lake where one can hire a rowing boat, great fun for the children and adults! Sunday afternoons in summer are a treat in the park, where young groups play bongos and dance. Take a short view of the Royal Botanical Garden which was used as a base for the plant species being collected across the globe.. Move on to the Parque beautiful parks which has a strong Romanticism influence. Declared as a Historic Garden, its lakes with swans and ducks, labyrinths, palaces, squares and fountains make it an eclectic place for tourists to get mesmerized on this Mediterranean Adventure Holiday Package!
The Mediterranean region boasts of renowned British designers, producing unique brands and setting worldwide trends, from bling brands to prestigious art galleries. It is a luxury shopper’s dream destination where top-branded universal department stores are lined up for the elitist as well as the modest and moderate stores serving the mid-end strata of society, with thrifty bargains. When it comes to vintage fashion, the obsessed may go fishing for apparels, arts, crafts, cosmetics, perfumes, shoes, bags, accessories, belts, paintings, curios, miniatures and souvenirs. From traditional board games to cutting-edge gadgets, the continent has toyshops that have everything a family could want, for themselves and their children! Preserved edibles such as cheese, marmalades, jams, honey, syrups and chocolates may be carried in addition!
From cheap restaurants to luxury dining, afternoon tea to Sunday roast, enjoy fresh, local produce and some tasty, traditional Mediterranean food at one of the fine restaurants in any city. Travellers may complete a heritage day out with a meal at one of top museum restaurants hosting fresh, healthy and delicious gourmet to the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the cities. There are numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars serving French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese cuisine. There are some high-profile outlets that offer a unique experience – al fresco dining – where tourists can dine on a chic roof terrace, and meander through a created landscape or a Spanish garden, walking past a stream or a pond with sculptures, flamingos and ducks. There are oceans of kitchens which offer seasonal dishes, home-made ice-cream, sandwiches and afternoon tea, along with several eateries and pavement dining courts where tourists can dream in a wonderland amidst olive and palm trees. They may be able to relish the classic wines, and wine-blended dishes along with some exotic sweets as in liqueur and liquor chocolates and truffles, cakes and patisserie!
Mediterranean clime is mainly temperate and milder in comparison to other areas of the same latitude around the globe due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, which is nicknamed "Europe's central heating", because it makes the climate warmer and wetter than it would otherwise be. The cities here have a high season in summer and another in winter. Crowding is the main difficulty in the warmest months of June, July and particularly August. In some countries, such as France and Italy, many shops and restaurants close in August while locals take their own holidays, For all the above reasons, by far the best months to travel in Europe are May, June and September, though there is enough to keep tourists occupied indoors and sometimes even outdoors in the stormiest or the coldest and heavy snow clad seasons!