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9 days - March 19 -27, 1998

Originally planned to begin in Madrid and end in Lisbon, our itinerary was reversed in order to allow us to have access to better flight arrangements. Here is the revised itinerary:

Day 1 - Thursday, March 19
Overnight flight to Portugal

Day 2 - Friday, March 20
Arrival in Lisbon. Hotel check-in; free time for exploring.

Day 3 - Saturday, March 21
Lisbon: Guided sightseeing of Lisbon: Moorish Alfama district, Castelo de Sao Jorge, Royal Coach Museum; Visit to Mosterio dos Jeronimos; Optional Fado evening.

Day 4 - Sunday, March 22
Transfer via motorcoach from Lisbon, via Elvas (where we'll visit the 5-mile long aqueduct) and arrive in Seville, capital of Andalusia.

Day 5 - Monday, March 23
Seville - Guided sightseeing of Seville (Barrio de Santa Cruz; The Moorish Alcazar); Visit to Seville's cathedral (3rd largest in the world); EF walking tour; Optional Flamenco Evening.

Day 6 - Tuesday, March 24
Transfer via motorcoach from Seville, via Cordoba (where we'll visit the 8th century Mozquita, the largest mosque west of Mecca) and travel through Puerto Lapice (where we'll have a lunch stop), arriving for dinner in Madrid, Europe's highest capital. We'll even have time for an EF walking tour today from Puerta del Sol to Plaza Mayor.

Day 7 - Wednesday, March 25
Madrid - Guided sightseeing; Visit to the Prado Museum; Guided excursion to Toledo.

Day 8 - Thursday, March 26
Madrid - Optional excursion to El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, and Segovia. (or, free day to explore Madrid).

Day 9 - Friday, March 27
Return home.


LISBON : March 20-21

Hotel Embaixador, Ave. Duque de Loule 73, 1000 Lisbon
Phone 35-11-353-0171

100 rooms, Panoramic Restaurant; buffet breakfast; located close to Eduardo VII square and Marquez de Pombal square (very centrally located in Lisbon)

SEVILLE : March 22-23

Hotel Monte Carlo, Gravina 51, 41001, Sevilla.
Phone: 34-5-421-7503

Centrally located in the Santa Cruz barrio. Ten minutes from the cathedral. Small hotel with small central patio.

MADRID : march 24-27

Hotel Cortezo, Dr. Cortezo 3, Madrid 28012
Phone 34-1-369-0101

3-star, classic style; 90 rooms. Centrally located near the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayro. Metro stops: Tirso del Molino and Sol.



In addition to the information available on the internet, you can contact the TOURIST OFFICE OF SPAIN, 665 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022 for free information on Madrid and Seville.



Our flight information has been made available and as your tour group leader, I am personally pleased with the arrangements. We will be flying to Europe directly from Philadelphia on Swiss Airlines. Swiss Air uses Zurich, Switzerland as its hub city, so we fly to Zurich on both our incoming and outgoing trips. Here are the details.

Thursday, March 19

  • 4:45 p.m. Depart Philadelphia on Swiss Air Flight # 127

  • 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 20 - Arrive Zurich

  • 12:05 p.m. Depart Zurich on Swiss Air Flight # 692

  • 1:45 p.m. Arrive Lisbon

Friday, March 27

  • 7:15 a.m. Depart Madrid on Swiss Air Flight # 659

  • 9:20 a.m. Arrive Zurich

  • 10:20 a.m. Depart Zurich on Swiss Air Flight # 126

  • 2:45 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia


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