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Botanica

Gardens of Portugal & Spain with Douro River Cruise & Córdoba Patio Festival

Madrid Return

Trip Code: BTPSC20
20 Days
39 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Cordoba Patio Festival

Visit the Cordoba Patio Festival, Alhambra Palace and Alcazar in Spain.

Grand Gardens of Europe

Explore the grand gardens of Europe including Fronteira Palace, Quinta da Avelada and Pena National Palace.

Douro River Cruise

Sail the Douro River, known as the most beautiful in Europe.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 7 Nights aboard the MS AmaVida & 12 Nights in quality hotels
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 39 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 22-28 guests
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Disrptions to the cruise itinerary may occur due to high and low water
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Can be combined with: Chelsea Flower Show, Cotswolds and Welsh Gardens in Spring BTCW9
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
UK & Europe Map BTPSC20 2019-21
Madrid Return

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Córdoba Patio Festival

Visit the annual gardening celebration that involves local residents decorating their patios and balconies with plants and flowers.

On arrival in the Spanish capital of Madrid, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 6.30 this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Westin Palace Madrid or similar

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Travel outside the city today to visit two historically significant gardens. El Escorial was commissioned by Phillip II of Spain in 1557 and features an impressive formal garden planted with flowers to resemble Turkish carpets. La Granja de San Ildefonso was to be the Spanish Versailles. The gardens extend over 1,500 acres and are one of the best examples of 18th century European garden design.

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Travel through the Spanish countryside to the historic city of Toledo, known to be Spain's medieval capital before arriving in Córdoba where we will visit some of the patios that make up Córdoba’s annual Patio Festival. See private homes open up their proudly designed patio's in a bid to take out the coveted winning patio of the year.

Stay: Three Nights, Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio Córdoba or similar

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Córdoba Patio Festival

Visit the annual gardening celebration that involves local residents decorating their patios and balconies with plants and flowers.


Spend a full day exploring more of what Córdoba Patio Festival has to offer.

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Enjoy a guided tour of Córdoba with a visit to the great mosque and the historic Jewish quarter.

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Today travel to the town of Granada. Located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is renowned for its Moorish architecture and influences. Tour the Albaicin region, where the king resided in the 11th century, and enjoy fantastic views over the Alhambra.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Alhambra Palace Granada or similar

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Visit the most impressive site in Granada, the Alhambra Palace. The pinnacle of Moorish art perched high above the city was not only a palace but also a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. Continue to the Generalife Palace and its gardens, built as the summer paradise for the Sultans of Granada. Its beautiful terraces, grottoes, flowerbeds and fabulous fountains create an air of glamour.

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Travel across to Seville today, the Andalusian capital.

Stay: Two Nights, Grand Melia Colon Sevilla or similar

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Today you will visit the Royal Palace Alcazar, one of the most magnificent royal residences in Spain. Dating back to 913 AD if features a diversity of architectural styles. Admire the beautiful examples of Mudéjar art where Arab artists put their precious skills to work for the Christians after the Reconquista of the mid-13th century.

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Enter Portugal and head to the chic Algarve coast in the country's southernmost region. Here, enjoy the evening at your fabulous resort.

Stay: Conrad Algarve or similar

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Arrive into Lisbon today, the capital of Portugal. This city is every bit as picturesque as it is historic. Enjoy the opportunity to meet new guests over dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz or similar

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Visit the palace and gardens of the Fronteira Palace, known for its formal box parterre and great tank with ceramic blue and white tile wall. Travel to the beautiful town of Sintra. Visit Parque de Pena, built by King Consort Fernando II in a Gothic style. In the park are follies such as a Gothic monk's grotto and duck house. We will then visit the house and garden at Quinta de Regaleira -- a garden which exudes extravagance.

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This morning depart Lisbon and arrive in the city of Porto. Enjoy some free time to explore the old town. Visit Quinta do Alao Garden that dates from 1684 and provides a lush oasis getaway from the city. This afternoon transfer to your luxurious river ship. This evening settle into your suite and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the luxurious river ship, MS AmaVida

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This morning choose to explore Porto's Old Town and delight in its 16th century building and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia. Alternatively visit the garden of Parque de Serralves, said to be the most important private garden created in Portugal during the first half of the 20th century. This afternoon visit the estate, Quinta da Aveleda. Famous for producing wine this estate is also known for its parks and gardens where rare species of trees can be found as well as an interesting display of artistic follies.

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Enjoy a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal often referred to as the 'birthplace of the Portuguese nationality'. This afternoon enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios.

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Spend this morning at Biscainhos Palace Museum that is a delight for any lover of baroque architecture. Experience what life must have been like for Portugese nobility at the time with a tour inside the palace and its tiered gardens that come with plenty of flowerbeds and fountains. Arrive this afternoon to the sun-drenched town of Régua.

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Today you have the option to visit Lamego, a picturesque town that is rich in history. On a tour, visit the castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in Portugal. Alternatively visit the palace and gardens of Anadia that dates back to the 17th century. The Palace is one of the most important examples of the 17th century manorial architecture in Portugal. The Palace has an adjacent farmhouse with gardens and a forest park planted in the 18th century.

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Enjoy a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Discover the fascinating story behind Mateus Rose wine, which the palace has long been associated. Explore the gardens with their lovely topiary work and impressive cedar tunnel before returning to your ship.

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Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified 16th century village that offers lovely 360° views. Wander down narrow medieval streets and visit the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain.

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After disembarking the ship we will make our way to Madrid, travelling through the Spanish countryside. Tour Salamanca, a World Heritage-listed site. See the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Transfer to Madrid for a drop off at the airport and hotel at around 5.30pm.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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