Fado—the traditional music popular in Lisbon—is characterized by its melancholy and mournful nature. But while you may enjoy being like the locals and listening to the music, your trip to Lisbon will not be melancholy. That’s because Monograms has made traveling to Lisbon, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, easy and hassle-free. To ensure your happiness throughout your vacation, we’ve even arranged for you to have a friend in each city—a Monograms Local Host®—who will be there to help your vacation run smoothly and answer your questions. In addition to the Local Hosts, on this 10-day vacation package, we’ve also arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, sightseeing with local experts, transportation between cities, and intra-vacation transfers. </BR></BR>Your vacation begins in Barcelona, where your Local Host will present you with a destination guide to acquaint you with the city and will be on hand to answer your questions. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. You’ll hear the insider secrets as you visit the must-see attractions, such as Casa Batlló, architect Gaudi’s masterpiece of modernism. In each city, we’ll take you to the sights you can’t miss, such as the famous Prado Museum in Madrid, with a collection of masterpieces of European art; the Alfama in Lisbon, the ancient Moorish quarter characterized by narrow streets and cobblestone alleys; and Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back over 500 years and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, Monograms gives you VIP access, which is why you’ll get to skip the lines at Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona and spend your time inside this amazing, still-unfinished cathedral rather than outside waiting in line!</BR></BR>You’ll have a full day in Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon to explore on your own (with help from your Local Hosts of course). In Barcelona, you may want to take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum, sample tapas on a walking tour, enjoy one of Barcelona’s beaches, or take an excursion to Montserrat, with its 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery and paintings by El Greco, Dali, and Picasso. In Madrid, how about taking an excursion to Toledo, one of the oldest towns in Europe; relaxing at the Arab baths; enjoying a Flamenco show; or strolling through El Retiro Park, one of Madrid’s largest parks? Be sure to listen to fado music in Lisbon and perhaps climb to the Castle of São Jorge, the highest point in the city; taste a pastel de Belém, a sweet pastry; or visit one of the many museums. Your Local Host in each city will have plenty of suggestions and can help arrange activities to ensure your vacation is all you want it to be.</BR></BR>And did we mention we’ve included transportation and transfers in your vacation package? We’ll pick you up at your Barcelona hotel and take you to the train station, where you’ll travel first-class via high-speed train to Madrid. In Madrid, we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel. When it’s time to travel to Lisbon, we’ll take you to the Madrid airport, where we’ve arranged for you to catch a flight to Lisbon, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, and the breakfasts we’ve included, and it’s a vacation of a lifetime!
Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
Buffet breakfast daily
Travel by high-speed AVE train (First class) from Barcelona to Madrid with transfers to/from train stations; by air on selected flights from Madrid to Lisbon with transfers