Uncover the Iberian Peninsula
Spain and Portugal might be the classic ‘fly and flop’ summer holiday destinations, but there is so much more to the Iberian Peninsula than relaxing on the beach.
With Cosmos, the UK’s leading escorted touring specialist, culture vultures can delve deeper into Spain and Portugal. Head away from the coast and uncover the road less travelled with the expert guidance of a knowledgeable Tour Director.
If you are planning your holiday further ahead, Cosmos’ sister brand, Globus offers an off-peak programme, ‘Escapes by Globus’, which allows you to visit popular destinations outside of peak travel season at lower prices and with more time for exploring, away from the crowds.
Journey to southern Spain with Cosmos:
Discover Andalucía in southern Spain, home of fiery flamenco on the ‘Highlights of Andalucía’ tour. Fly first to Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso, before continuing to Granada and then inland to the southern city of Montilla. Here, you can indulge in a wine tasting session in a traditional Andalusian wine bodega and visit the Cathedral of Córdoba, one of the most important examples of Moorish architecture outside of the Arab world. Drive along the scenic ruta de Los pueblos blancos (route of the whitewashed villages) to Ronda, a town boasting one of the most dramatic cityscapes in the world. In the mountaintop city of Ronda, you can walk across the iconic bridge over the deep El Tajo gorge and admire the expansive canyon surrounding the history seeped town.
An 8-day ‘Highlights of Andalucía’ tour is priced from £1,190 per person with selected departures available between June and September 2018. Find out more:
Experience the very best of Spain and Portugal:
The aptly named ‘Best of Spain and Portugal’ escorted tour by Cosmos, really is just that. Highlights include wandering the ancient grounds of the Alhambra in Granada, navigating Lisbon with the help of a local guide and exploring the Spanish capital of Madrid. You can take in the sights along the River Douro and watch the boats transporting the vines along the river, the same practice that has been taking place for hundreds of years, stroll the passages of Córdoba’s grand Mesquita and people watch in one of Spain’s most beautiful squares in Salamanca.
A 13-day ‘Best of Spain and Portugal’ tour is priced from £1,406 per person with selected departures available between July October 2018. Find out more:
Discover new Escapes by Globus:
For travel between November 2018 and March 2019, try one of the new ‘Escapes by Globus’ from Cosmos’ sister company. Offering a new way to experience all the highlights of Portugal but in the quieter off-season, discover ancient monasteries and fishing villages on the ‘Portuguese Escape’ itinerary, visit the baroque Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbra and drive past Buçaco Forest en route to Porto. You can try heritage port in the dynastic wine cellars of Porto, chow down on pastel de natas, linger over tapas in a wine garden and lose yourself in the narrow, sloping lanes of Lisbon’s fado quarter. Last but not least, explore the UNESCO-listed medieval centre in Evora and with a local guide to show you the key sights and visit the beautiful Ossuary Chapel.
The 9-day ‘Portuguese Escape’ tour costs from £983 per person with selected departures available in February and March 2019. Find out more:
Did you know Silversurfers members receive a 5% discount when they book direct with Cosmos? For more information, visit www.cosmos.co.uk or call 0800 223 0676. Quote ‘silversurfers’ in the promo code box in the online checkout or when booking through one of our Travel Specialists.
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