Portugal and Spain

DAYS 1-3

Castles and Kings

·        The kings of Portugal once resided at the Castelo de São Jorge

·        The Museum-School of Decorative Arts is inside the 17th-century Azurara palace

·        View one of the best collections of royal coaches in the world at the Coach Museum in Belém

DAYS 4-5

Where the Wealthy Summered

·        Palácio Nacional de Sintra is the only surviving palace from the Middle Ages in Portugal

·        Take a horse-drawn carriage to visit the Pena Palace

·        The town of Queluz is dominated entirely by its impressive palace

DAYS 6-8

Art, Palaces, and Peace

·        See portraits of Spain's royals at the legendary Prado

·        The 18th-century Palacio Real has 2,800 ROOMS

·        Picasso's Guernica is the showpiece at the Queen Sofia Art Center

·        Parque del Buen Retiro was once the private playground of royalty


DAYS 9-11

Royal Sites and Inspiring Landscapes

·        The Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial has a wealth of paintings—and plenty of dead kings

·        Visit the Roman aqueduct, one of the greatest surviving examples of Roman engineering

·        Climb the rampart of the imposing Alcázar castle

DAYS 12-13

El Greco's Inspiration

·        Lose yourself in the maze-like streets

·        See El Greco's work in many churches here

·        Toledo's cathedral is one of the most richly endowed in Spain