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Dec 16-Jan 1st

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hi there-


we are a family of 4 (2+ 2 kids 10Y &3 Y) like to do the December markets in germany then spain and Portugal in December ( spain ( Madrid, Seville, Cordoba Granada-- BCN is an added bonus but we have done that a couple times would be okay skiping it!).. Dec 16-jan1st at the Max . From seattle . -email: lakgov@microsoft.com appreciate the itn and payment link:) thanks!


LMK what Itn youd suggest given we want to hit the warmest spot possb in europe( well as warm as we can find in Dec:)) and atleast 1-2 christmas market .. we'd love to use the local trains as much as we can .  ( Dietary restriction: vegetarians!)


 


LMK if you need anything else. you can email me at lakgov@microsoft.com


 


thanks much.,


Lakshmi

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Day 10 - Lisbon:

This is your last day in Europe and the trip. Since I am not sure of your flight timing, I am planning the entire day for you and you can then decide on things to do.


Start your day today at the Rossio Square the main square in Lisbon and equivalent of Madrid's Puerta del Sol. This is a must visit to experience the essence of the city.


Then stroll through the pedestrianized Rua Augusta to Comercio Square, where you can hop on tram 15 to visit Belem, a monument-packed neighborhood and a must-see.


Go inside the cloisters of Jeronimos Monastery . Beautiful monastery and worth a visit. Free entry to the church, €10 for the rest of the monastery.


Timings – Winter – 10am to 5.30pm


Then take a break at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem to have one of its legendary custard tarts / pastel de Belem. This is a highlight of the Portuguese cuisine and its recipe is a closely guarded secret. A definite must have.


Then take the underpass from the monastery's gardens to cross the road to the Discoveries Monument.


Walk along the waterfront from there to Belem Tower. A ticket package for both the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery is offered for €12. Do note that the access to the top of the tower, and intermediate floors, is via a very narrow, steep spiral staircase and not children friendly. Entry fee for the tower only is €5


Timings – Winter – 10am to 5.30pm


 Return down the same road and choose among the several museums nearby – the Coaches Musuem and the Berardo Museum are the two favorites and recommended, while the Maritime Musuem  is a good choice if you become curious about Portugal's maritime past.


 You can either walk up Chiado and have some coffee or a refreshing drink at Brasileira Cafe or Cafe Benard or take the metro to Parque das Naçõs and visit the Oceanarium. Post that you can walk along the waterfront to admire the impressive modern architecture of the surroundings (including the seemingly-endless Vasco da Gama Bridge.


If you still have time then you can visit Alfama for the pending things to see and do. 

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Day 9 - Day Trip to Sintra:

Start the trip with a visit to the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace.


Take the bus 434 from the bus stop behind Sintra’s train station to reach the Moorish Castle. Snaking along the mountain ridge, this ruined catsle offers breathtaking views of the area. This castle was built in the 10th century by the Moors to defend the town of Sintra. It was further enlarged after the Christian reconquest in the 12th century. The complex was restored in romantic style by Dom Fernando II.


Timing - Winter 10AM - 6PM 


Next walk to the Pena Palace. Built in the 1840s, it is one of Europe's most fantastic palaces. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them. Other highlights include the spacious ballroom, the marvelous "Arab Room", and an impressive 16th-century chapel altarpiece (part of an original convent founded to celebrate the first sight of Vasco da Gama's returning fleet).


Timing - Winter 10AM - 6PM


Surrounding the palace is the mystical Pena Park, filled with a variety of trees and exotic plants from the former colonies of the Portuguese empire, ponds, fountains, and black swans. There is also a charming lodge hidden among the trees that can be visited. At the highest point is a statue of King Ferdinand looking towards his palace, and a viewpoint called "Cruz Alta" overlooking Pena Palace and surroundings.


Then take the bus again to the main square in Sintra to see the National Palace. Dating from the 14th century the building is a combination of the Moorish, Gothic and Manueline styles. Inside it is the most extensive collection of Mudejar Azulejos(colored glazed tiles) in the world, and several exceptional rooms. The Sala dos Brasões ("Coat-of-Arms Room") stands out for its domed ceiling decorated with stags holding the coats of arms of 74 Portuguese noble families and for its walls lined with 18th-century tiled panels. The former banquet hall, Sala dos Cisnes("Room of the Swans"), also has a magnificent ceiling, divided into octagonal panels decorated with swans painted in the 17th century. Other highlights include the "Magpie Room" (named for the birds that decorate the ceiling), the Royal Chapter of King John I, the huge kitchen with a capacity for 1000 diners, and the interior courtyards where poet Camões read his verses to the king.


Timing - 9:30AM - 7PM


Another remarkable and must visit building is the fantasy "Palace of the Millions," part of the Regaleira Estate. Built at the close of the 19th century in Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance styles, it sprouts turrets and towers. It is surrounded by a garden filled with mythological and esoteric symbols -- statues of gods, mysterious wells, ponds, and grottoes. The highlight is an almost supernatural tunnel staircase that symbolizes death leading into a "Garden of Eden," symbolizing "rebirth" or the entrance to Heaven. You are free to look around unguided, although the option of a guided tour is worth taking to get the full flavor of the place.


Timing - Winter 10AM - 5:30PM.


 ☎ +351 21 910 66 50 (regaleira@mail.telepac.pt)


Further down the road is the exotic Monserrate Palace and its romantic subtropical gardens. This palace was bought by Francis Cook and rented by William Beckford, and is now under renovation with plans to turn it into a museum. It combines the Gothic and Moorish styles with some Italian inspiration (the dome was modeled on the Duomo in Florence), and the gardens are a fabulous dreamscape of waterfalls and flora ranging from roses and conifers to tropical tree ferns, and at least 24 species of palms.


Timing - 9:30AM - 7PM (park closes 8PM)


There is interesting Toy Museum here. The man behind it, João Arbués Moreira, believes one can better understand the history of humankind through toys and has spent a lifetime researching their manufacture and history (he began his collection at the age of 14). He now has an extraordinary collection of more than 20,000 items including 3000-year old Egyptian toys, Hornby trains from the 1930s, Nazi toy soldiers made in Germany during World War II, birthday and Christmas gifts given to royal children, and some of the first ever toy cars.


As you walk around Sintra you will encounter a number of natural fountains that have been given striking decorations. Two of the most eye-catching are the Moorish Fountain, so called for its Neo-Moorish decoration and geometrical tile patterns, and the Sabuga Fountain, where the water spouts from two breasts.


There is a popular attraction outside Sintra, Cabo da Roca, a cliff rising about 140m (460ft) above the Atlantic famous for being Europe's westernmost point (to reach it take bus 403 from behind the train station). Overlooking this dramatic sight is a lighthouse and a landmark cross bearing an inscription by Portuguese poet Luis de Camões stating that here, "land ends and the sea begins." A tourism office on the site provides visitors with a certificate stating that they have visited the most westerly point of Europe.


End your sight-seeing back in the center of Sintra with a horse-and-carriage ride around town.


Sintra is famous for two local foodstuffs, queijadas and travesseiros. Queijadas are small sweet cakes, that are made using fresh cheese instead of butter. Travesseiros are rectangular pastries made from fluff pastry and almond paste, and worth a try as well. The most popular place to sample them is at "Casa da Piriquita," an inviting café with a warm atmosphere just around the corner from the National Palace.


For a vegetarian meal in Sintra, you can any one of the options below –


Centro Tinkuy


Address: Estr. do Rodízio 2, Almoçageme, 2705-335 Colares, Portugal


Phone:+351 967 941 468


Hours: 12:00 – 4:00 pm


 


BENGAL TANDOORI - Restaurante Indiano


Address: Tv. Pendoa 11, 2710 Sintra, Portugal


Phone:+351 21 923 4390


Hours: 11:00 am – 11:45 pm


 


Other options are – Café Bernado and Café Saudade. 

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Day 8 - Day Trip - Wine / Olive Oil Tours:
Day 7 - Lisbon:

Leave Seville for Lisbon and depending on your choice of transportation, the earliest you will reach Lisbon is in the afternoon. Reach Lisbon and check in into your hotel.


For travel within Lisbon, you can buy a  Viva Viagem card for €0.50 and then top it up with whatever type of ticket you’re interested in. You can buy a €6 ticket that let’s you use the Metro, Bus and Tram for a period of 24 hours.


Cover as much as you can of the plan below and you finish the balance on your last day in Lisbon.


Spend the afternoon exploring Alfama – Lisbon’s oldest and most interesting district. Take a ride on the vintage (and wood paneled on the inside) tram number 28.  The Alfama portion of the tram ride stops at important sites such as the Castle of St. George, The Cathedral, and Church of St. Antonio as well as viewpoints such as Miraduoro das Portas do Sol and Miraduoro de Santa Luiza. Take a ride to St. George Castle from either Rua do CONCEIÇÃO or from Graca and get off either at Portas Sol or Santa Luiza stop and then walk up to the castle.


Please note - Prepaid tickets or the Lisboa Card is the cheapest and most convenient way to travel on Tram 28, especially if you plan to get on and off to see various other sites. Do remember to validate and scan the card on the machine behind the driver each time you get on the tram.


Aimlessly walk around and enjoy the narrow streets and the local late medieval architecture of the buildings. And whenever you need a break stop by in one of many cafes in the neighborhood.


Walk to the Castelo de Sao George (St. George Castle). This  is one of oldest and most towering structures of Lisbon. It is situated at the very top of Lisbon's highest hill and most famous for its stunning views of Lisbon and surrounding areas (from its ramparts of the inner courtyard).  It had been built or reinforced by the Moors around the 11th century over structures/artifacts built by the Phoenicians and the Romans. The castle served as the Royal Palace after it was wrested from the Moors in 1142. The Castle Museum Center serves as a permanent exhibit and displays objects and findings unearthed at the site from various cultural periods. An archaeological area displays structural objects from the 7th century B.C., the Islamic period and the earthquake ravaged Condes de Santiago Palace, originally constructed by the Moors. The Tower of Ulysses houses a Camera Obscura Periscope offers a sweeping 360 degree view of Lisbon in real time.


Walk up the hill from Alfama or take bus 737, ☎ +351 218 800 620, Timings -Nov-Feb daily 09:00-18:00.


If you have some time then do visit the monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon, both very close to the Castle. The Sao Vicente monastery has the world's largest collection of baroque tiles; the Pantheon is the masoluem of famous Portugese icons including famed Fadista Amalia Rodrigues.


There is a coffee shop/restaurant on the premise if you need to have a drink or a break.


Then walk to the  Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das portas do sol, both in close proximity to each other. The terrace by the Church of Santa Luzia offers a stunning view of the Tagus River and house and church rooftops along with important landmarks such as the Church of Santo Estavao (St. Stephen) and the dome of the National Pantheon. Two historic tile panels grace the east wall of the church facing the terrace. One of the panels depicts the siege and re-conquest of St. George Castle from the Moors in 1147; the other depicts Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) before it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755. After Miraduoro de Santa Luzia, stroll to Miradouro das portas do sol which also offers an equally stunning view of the panorama. A statue of Lisbon's patron saint St. Vincent is at the center of the plaza and the nearby Cafe Portas do sol is an excellent spot to relax over a drink or cup of coffee while enjoying the sight. From Portas do Sol viewpoint you could also walk over to the nearby Decorative Arts Museum to get a glimpse of 18th-19th century tapestries, porcelain and furniture of the Portuguese nobility.


Follow landmarks such Beco de Cruzes, Largo De Santo Estevao (St. Stephen's Church), Casa dos Bicos, Rua dos Bacalhoeiros and Escadinhas dos Remédios to reach Lisbon Cathedral.


Se de Lisboa or the Lisbon Cathedral was built in 1150 after Christian crusaders led by King Afonso Henriques had captured the city from the Moors and is one of the oldest structures in Lisbon. It was built on the site of an Arab mosque and an English crusader named Gilbert of Hastings was placed as the first bishop due to his assistance in fighting the Moors during the crusades. Because of major earthquakes in 1344 and 1755, the successive reconstruction of the cathedral led to an eclectic mix of Roman, Gothic and Neoclassical styles. Romanesque columns coexist with Gothic tombs and Rococo styles in the main chapel. In the Baroque sacristy, built during the 1600s, you can visit the cathedral's treasures of numerous sacred objects and the St. Vicent (São Vicente) relics, Lisbon's patron saint. A neoclassical chapel contains King Afonso’s tomb. One can also locate the spot where St. Anthony was baptized as Fernando Martins de Bulhoes in the Se in 1195. A recently excavated courtyard reveals the site’s Roman and Visigoth remains, as well as a portion of the former mosque wall.


Check out each ornate circular window over the twin arches in the Gothic cloister has a different pattern.


The Cathedral is free to visit, but there is a combined ticket to see the cloisters and church treasures, including the St. Vicent relics.


Then walk up to the Santo Antonio de Lisboa. This church is built on the site where Saint Anthony (later canonized as St. Anthony of Padua) was born. A statute of the Saint stands in front of the Church. Inside, a tile panel commemorates the visit of Pope Jon Paul in 1982 when he came to inaugurate the statue of Saint Anthony and prayed at the spot where the saint was born. A small underground chapel marks the exact location where Saint Anthony was born in 1195. A small museum displays images and manuscripts about his life. Also visit the small Roman Theatre for a display of the actual ruins of a theatre from first century in its original site. 


If music is of interest then do visit the Fado museum. The Museum traces the evolution of Fado – designated by UNESCO as world’s intangible cultural heritage in 2011 - with various combinations of audiovisual presentations, multilingual information panels, and musical archives. There is also a café and restaurant that often host live performances. Digital albums of various Fado artists are available for purchase at the museum shop.


Adjacent to the terrace at Portas Dol sol is a flight of steps on Rua Norberto de Araújo that will lead you down to Alfama's winding streets. Look for sign of Rua de San Miguel and for the restaurant Santo Antonio de Alfama for dinner. This restaurant is set back from the street and hence not very easy to locate. Look for grape vines serving as a canopy over a of the front section of this restaurant. It offers non-veg food but has veg options and do try fried potato skins with mayo. As you go down the hill you will see Rua da Judiaria which used to be the center of the old Jewish quarter. Nearby on Campo das Cebolas is the famous archway Arco de Jesus.


Please note – do make a reservation in advance.


Then end the trip with a visit to one of the  Fado houses. Fado, Portugal's most unique music genre of mournful songs, was added to UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritages in 2011. Clube do Fado is one of the most professional and internationally known fado clubs in Lisbon. You could combine your visit with both dinner and fado performance or you could decide to opt for a drink and show and forego the dinner, especially if you show up after having dinner at Bico do Sopato or elsewhere.


You need to make a reservation in advance as most shows tend to sell out and you cannot expect to just show up.


Many Lisboetas recommend places such as Guitarras of Lisboa, Mesa de Frades and A Baiuca for more authentic experience.


If you don’t want to have dinner at Alfama then take a cab / bus and visit the Restaurante Vegetariano Bio - opens for lunch and dinner, closes on Mondays; small place with 5 different main courses, you can ask for the 'Mini prato misto' which lets you mix two of these, plus rice and salad.


Address - R. Francisco Sanches 39
1170-141 São Jorge de Arroios, Lisboa


I am also including a detailed list of other vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon that you can choose from - http://www.centrovegetariano.org/Restaurantes-Lisboa.html


Please note about restaurants in Lisbon –
* Almost all restaurants will bring you a plate of olives and bread without you asking for it and add it to the bill in the end. If you don’t want it, you can ask them to take it back or just leave it untouched.
* Sunday is a bad restaurant day. Everything is closed so make sure to plan accordingly. 

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Day 6 - Seville:

For your second day in Seville, I am listing down all the things you can do and you can decide based your interest and time.


Start your day with a visit to the Maria Luisa Park.  While in the park, you can pay a visit to the Museum of Arts and Traditions, home to an intriguing collection of exhibits that sheds light on the region's culture. Get there on foot, or check it out at a leisurely pace by going on a horse-drawn carriage ride or rent cycles and just cycle around.


Towards the south of the park is the Seville Aquarium that offers a tour through 35 displays of flora and fauna that Magellan encountered during his journey back in 1519 when he was pursuing an alternative route to reach the Spice Islands. The main attraction is one of the biggest tanks of sharks in Europe. Open 365 days. Info: +34 954 44 15 41, Address: Muelle de las Delicias, Área Sur. Puerto de Sevilla, 41012, Sevilla.


Then walk to the Plaza Espana, created for the Ibero-American exposition in 1929. Take special note of the scenes depicted along the square's perimeter, which represent provinces from across the country (hence the name). You can walk around the plaza on foot, or even rent a boat and row along the canal.


You can then walk around Universidad de Sevilla, once a Tobacco Factory of Seville. The tobacco factory was then the largest industrial building in Spain and included a chapel and a jail. However its most famous as the setting for George Bizet’s opera – Carmen. There are free guided tours from  Monday through Thursday starting at 11am.


For lunch you can grab a quick bite at Mercado Lonja del Barranco on Calle Arjona, built as a 19th-century market, now a popular, self-service food hall with riverside seating. In case you don’t like anything here, you can check out the local restaurants around for vegetarian options. Then spend some time around the banks of the Guadalquivir.


If of interest, you can attend a Bull Fight at the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza. If you don’t want to see a fight then you can visit the arena and the attached museum of bull-fighting.


Then spend the afternoon strolling through the old, narrow streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Once the Jewish ghetto, it was restored in the early 20th century. Wander the ancient calles (streets) as Ximénez de Encisco and Santa Teresa.


If of interest you can then visit Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Sevilla. It is believed that flamenco originated in Seville and this museum showcases the history of flamenco via artifacts, exhibitions, classes and particularly via the shows.


Open Tu 3PM-8PM, W-Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 9AM-2PM, closed Mon. The flamenco shows, which cost extra, take place daily in the evenings at 7pm.


 For dinner, you can choose from multiple options below –


Alameda Rock -  ground floor of La Caja Habitada hostel.


Bar Ecologico Gaia - Luis de Vargas 4, Seville (at Marques de Paradas), Sevilla, 41001, 0034-954211934


Arte y Sabor - Alameda de Hercules 85, Sevilla, 41002, 954372897


El Paladar - Calle Lumbras 14, Seville, Sevilla, Spain


Fargo - Perez Galdos, 20 (at Alfalfa Square), Sevilla, 41004, 955276552


Habanita - Calle Golfo 3, Seville (at Plaza Alfalfa), Sevilla, Spain, 0034-606716456

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Dec Vacay By Anonymous
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Anonymous wrote:  

hey there- I hit send too fast the options I was thinking about were

1. Portugal, spain and 1 xmas market

2. amsterdam , Switz and Italy

3. Chez, austria, Italy

 

which of these would still have something fun in DEcember? we will be travelling out of seattle, which is terrobly cold in dec so we are okay with the cold, but would love to see how this part of the world looks and feels during the holidays ( we have seen most fo these places in summer!!)

 

thanks for your help.

Lakshmi

Snigdha Jain wrote:  

Dear Lakshmi, thanks for reaching out to me for planning this trip for you... I love Europe and always look forward to planning trips there J

I agree that visiting these countries in winter has its own unique appeal as its all festive and bright. But please do keep in mind that the days are extremely short and sun sets by like 3 or 4 pm. Additionally you will have to block broad places of stay in advance as everything (including restaurants) get booked much in advance.

So before I can help you the actual trip planning, I will need the following information -

1. Do you have a broad budget in mind for the trip or a per day budget? Is this a budget holiday or a luxury one? Do note, that when I say budget it does not mean a hardship holiday. it just means making small tweaks in terms of places to stay (Airbnb,B&Bs etc vs hotels), exploring more on foot than cabs, etc.

2. What are your interests - e.g adventure sports, hiking, nature, museums, sightseeing etc?

3. In terms of options to stay, do you want to stay in hotels or B&Bs?

4. In terms of cities to see, some Eastern European cities have gorgeous Christmas markets. Is that an option you are willing to consider?

I look forward to your thoughts on the same.

Thanks and regards

Snigdha

Anonymous wrote:  

Hey Snigdha-

Thansk for the respose , I am looking at a 10 day trip, I dont wnat to break the bank on it so yes lets term it budget trip  but considering its going to be cold we might still do cabs:) i d love to mix some trains in there if possible!

considering its winter: some wintrer sports yes(sking) , nature, site seeing and museums/history.

I d prefer hotels , but can look at B&B

yes I d love to add a xmas market in their

though I want to do spain n portugal as my 1st pref

hope this helps! thanks much!

 

Lakshmi

Snigdha Jain wrote:  

Thanks Lakshmi. I'll work on this and revert with a sample itinerary by this weekend. 

Best regards

Snigdha

Snigdha Jain wrote:  

Hey Lakshmi,

Based on your feedback above, please find below a broad itinerary / travel plan for Spain - Portugal in 10 days. Do let me know if this seems ok and then I'll revert with a day by day plan, places to stay, food options etc. 

Start with Madrid (Christmas market and day trip to Toledo)

Granada

Cordoba (optional)

Seville

Lisbon (day trips to Evora and Sintra)

Porto (optional)

Spain PortugalI had made a map of the route but for some reason I am not able to insert that image here. Will figure that out separately with the admin. 

Please note - 

1. I am keeping the itinerary as southwards as possible as it's warmer there and not at all crowded, as it would be in the summer. 

2. Leaving Barcelona as you have already been there

3. I am keeping it an easy trip with fewer cities to avoid picking up luggage and moving every day. 

4. Instead of trains, do you want to consider driving around? It will make it much easier with the kids. 

Anonymous wrote:  

this would work.. kids lve the trains but if you think driving wld be better we are good with that .

Snigdha Jain wrote:  

Hi Lakshmi, thanks for your message and I'll start posting a day by day plan in the itinerary section. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, clarifications or additional information required. Thanks, Snigdha


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PlanMy.Travel Admin wrote:  

Hi Lakshmi,
 
We noticed your trip is for 15 days, whereas at the time of purchase you mentioned a "1-5 days" trip duration. You probably didn't pay much attention to it, but the price we charge is determined by the trip duration.
 
In this case, you would need to pay a total of $30. I have sent you a Paypal request for the additional payment of $20. 
 
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Sorry about the confusion.
 
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Anonymous wrote:  

hey there I am looking at a 10 day trip , my window of travel is between dec 16th-jan 1st , yes so go ahead send me a new link and i ll pay another 10$ for the added 5 days

 

thanks!

Anonymous wrote:  

I saw the link you sent me and paid the $20 , I ll have you refund the 10 $ to me:)

PlanMy.Travel Admin wrote:  

Yup - done. Refunded 10$. 

Happy travel planning.


Queries By Snigdha Jain
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Snigdha Jain wrote:  

Hey Lakshmi, 

I was planning the activities for kids in Madrid and just had some queries / observations - 

1. Are they interested in football? There is the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (http://www.santiagobernabeu.com/), that offers several tours of the stadiums and its installations. Will this be of interest to them?

2. I am dropping theme parks, wax musuems, musuem of americs etc from the itinerary as I am sure they must have seen them in the US. I hope thats ok. 

3. Have you booked your flights yet?

Thanks and regards

Snigdha

 


Madrid to Cordoba:

Take the high speed AVE train from Madrid to Cordoba. Travel time is only 1 hour  45 minutes.


Please book train tickets in advance from http://www.raileurope.co.in/train-tickets/train-tickets/ for some good deals. 


I am also enclosing a link that provides all information on train bookings and travel within Spain - http://www.seat61.com/Spain-trains.htm#How_to_use_www.renfe.com 

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Cordoba to Granada:

Trains - Trains on this sector are at every 2 - 3 hours and are taking anywhere between 2.30 - 4.30 hours. With this you end up wasting the whole day. You can check the schedule at - https://loco2.com/ 


Buses - Buses too have the same problem on this sector as trains. You can check their schedule at - http://www.movelia.es/en/index.html 


Car - The best and most convenient alternative is to book a car and drive. Driving time is about 2.15 - 2.30 hours. 


The drive is also very beautiful. 

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Granada to Seville:

Trains - Trains - Trains on this sector are at every 2 - 3 hours and are taking anywhere between 2.30 - 4.30 hours. With this you end up wasting the whole day. You can check the schedule at - https://loco2.com/ 


Buses - There are only 2 buses on this route - one at 7am and the other at 2pm. You can check their schedule at - http://www.movelia.es/en/index.html 


Car - The best and most convenient alternative is to drive. Driving time is about 2.30 - 3 hours. 

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Seville to Lisbon:

For travel on this sector, there are a couple of options that you can eveluate - 


Direct Travel from Seville to Lisbon



  1. Air - There are 2 direct flights by TAP Portugal from Seville to Lisbon - one at 6.50am and another at 10.35am. The flight time is 1.30 hours. 

  2. Train - There are no trains on this sector. You need to either travel to Madrid (train) or Faro (bus) and then take another train from there. 

  3. Bus - Alsa (www.alsa.es) has buses on this route and make multiple trips a day. It is a 6-7 hour journey during the day or overnight if you’d prefer to sleep en route. 

  4. Car - It is a 4 hour easy drive but most car rental companies will not allow you to pick up in one country and drop off in another without adding high additional fees.


Travel - Seville - Faro - Lisbon



  1. Train - You can consider any of the following options - 

    • Book a one way ticket from Seville to Faro online at www.movelia.es, or at www.rede-expressos.pt.

    • Travel from Seville by bus, a 3 hour 40 minute trip.  Buses run from Faro to Seville at 08:20 & 15:35 daily and from Seville Plaza de Armas back to Faro twice daily at 07:30 & 16:15.  The fare is around €16-€18 each way. The bus service is run jointly by Damas & Eva-Bus, www.damas-sa.es & www.eva-bus.com,

    • Then take a comfortable modern InterCity train from Faro in the Algarve to Lisbon Oriente Station, journey time 3 hours 20 minutes, book online at the Portuguese Railways website www.cp.pt.  There are cheap fares if you pre-book, all tickets booked at cp.pt include the necessary seat reservation. 



  2. Air - Travel from Seville to Faro by bus and take a TAP Portugal flight to Lisbon. There are 3 flights - 6.05am, 11.20am and 16.55pm and the flight duration is 45 minutes. 

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Lisbon to Sintra:

The best manner to travel to Sintra from Lisbon is by train. 


The train to Sintra departs Lisbon from the Rossio train station, located in central downtown Lisbon. The train station is connected to the green metro line and is served by the Rossio metro station.


A single ticket from Lisbon to Sintra costs €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child) and a return is double the price at €4.30. The fare is charged to the reusable “Viva Viagem” public transport ticket, which is used for the buses, metro and trams; the initial purchase price for the card is €0.50. The Sintra train fare is not included by the 24hour unlimited public transport ticket (€6.00, purchased from a metro station) and the train fare must be charged to a second Viva Viagem card if this unlimited ticket is already in use.


Sintra train station is 1.5km to the east of the historic town centre, while the Pena Palace and Moors castle are situated further away and at the top of a steep hill. Luckily there is a tourist bus (service 434) which connects the train station, the historic town and the Pena Palace. Tickets are €5 (to be bought from the driver), and you can hop on and off whenever you want.

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Madrid:

1. Artistic Bed & Breakfast, 


Calle Lope de Vega, 11 +34 654368611, http://www.artisticbandb.com/ 


A B&B with unique style, amazing location (walking distance from everywhere) and quadraple rooms available. 


 


2. Hotel Madrid Preciados


C/Preciados nº37 +34 91 454 44 01http://us.preciadoshotel.com/ 


Good location and free wifi. 


 


3. Only You Hotel & Lounge


Calle Barquillo 21, 28004, Madrid. http://www.onlyyouhotels.com/en/ 


Brand new boutique hotel in a good location. 

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Cordoba:

1. LA HOSPEDERIA DEL CHURRASCO


Calle Romero 38, Córdoba(00 34 957 294808)


http://elchurrasco.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=101


2. HOTEL CONQUISTADOR


Magistral Gonzalez Frances 15(00 34 957 481102)

 


 

3. Hotel Don Paula

 

Plaza Pineda, 2, 14003 Córdoba, España

 


 

 
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Granada:

1. Hotel Santa Isabel la Real,


Albaycín, Granada (Spain) · 


info@hotelsantaisabellareal.comhttp://www.hotelsantaisabellareal.com/en/index.html 


Phone. 0034 958 294658 


2. CASA DEL CAPITEL NAZARI


Cuesta Aceituneros 6 (Phone - 00 34 958 215 260)

 


 

3. Solar MontesClaros - Albayzín, Granada

Montes Claros 13

Telephone: (+34) 660 36 70 87 / 958 223 691

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Seville:

1. Hotel Becquer **** 


Reyes Católicos, 4 41001 Sevilla Sevilla Spain 

Tel: +34 954228900 Fax: +34 954214400 becquer@hotelbecquer.com


Website - http://www.hotelbecquer.com/en 


2. Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana


La Alameda de Hércules, 22, 41002 Sevilla


Phone:+34 954 91 57 22, Website - www.hotelsacristia.com/index.php?lang=en 


3. Hotel Adriano Sevilla 


Calle Adriano, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain


Phone:+34 954 29 38 00, Website - en.adrianohotel.com/

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Lisbon:

1. Casa do Barão


Rua da Emenda 84, 1200-170 Lisboa 


General phone: +351 967 944 143


Reservations: info@casadobarao.com, Website - http://www.casadobarao.com/casa-do-barao.html 


2. WHATEVER Art Bed & Breakfast, Boutique Hotel


Address: Av. Defensores de Chaves 58, 1000-121 Lisboa, Portugal


Phone:+351 914 808 481, Website - http://whateverabb.com/sample-page/ 


3. Orange3House – Bed & Breakfast 



Travessa da Laranjeira 6 , 1200-239 Lisbon, Portugal



E-mail: info@orange3house.com


Phone: +351 919 191 981 | +351 919 191 747


Fax: +34 917 692 644


Web: www.orange3house.com 

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