Optional Excursions

Our tours are carefully planned to offer you a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment, and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional sightseeing activities. The optional excursions we offer are listed alphabetically below along with approximate prices and times. Detailed descriptions and current pricing of the specific excursions for your tour will be included with your Trip Documents Packet.

• Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager in Europe.

• Prices in this brochure are in U.S. Dollars. VISA®, MASTERCARD®, or DISCOVER (no other credit cards are accepted) are recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER card, be sure to also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD® because DISCOVER is not widely accepted in Europe.

• Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros.

• Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted.

• Operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes to or cancel these excursions at his/her sole discretion.


12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
from Lisbon, US $40

Travel along the west coast of Lisbon, where you will see the mouth of the River Tagus and the Atlantic beaches. Via the aristocratic resort town of Estoril with its world-famous Casino, visit the old fishing village of Cascais and view Cape Roca, continental Europe’s westernmost tip.


7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
in Lisbon, US $70

Fado, a music genre originating in Portugal, is on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. During this evening excursion, the soulful melodies of a Fado singer accompanied by a Portuguese guitar fill the Lisbon restaurant. As you listen to the music, savor a full menu dinner including beverages and flan for dessert.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
from Seville, US $80

During a dinner of Andalusian Tapas, an assortment of small Spanish dishes, you will be mesmerized by the performances of skilled Flamenco dancers and their musical accompaniment. The artistically precise combination of singing, dancing, hand clapping, and guitar strumming is captivating.

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
from Algeciras, US $55

At the ‘Rock’, a Gibraltar resident introduces you to natural formations inside St. Michael’s Cave, the curious Barbary Apes, and the Natural Reserve (maximum elevation 1,000 ft.). During your tour by mini-bus, you will also learn many interesting facts about this British Overseas Territory.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
from Madrid, US $70

Take a walk through the charming squares of Old Madrid. On the way to your restaurant, mingle with the locals on the elegant Plaza Mayor. Dinner includes an appetizer, a choice of local specialties for your main course, wine or soft drink, dessert and coffee

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
from Madrid, US $45

Take a guided tour inside the stunning Royal Palace of Madrid to see the lavish halls, apartments, banquet rooms, and a throne room.

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
from Costa del Sol, US $40 

Stops at Malaga’s port and at the castle ruins atop the 400-foot-high Gibralfaro hill, provide striking views of the waterfront and bay. Then, see the Roman Theatre ruins and the Cathedral during a walk downtown. Round it all off with a tasting of the famed Malaga wine.

4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
from Costa del Sol, US $60

Step back in time in the charming, whitewashed village of Mijas. After exploring, watch the sun set over the Mediterranean coast. In the cozy setting of a family-run countryside restaurant, sit down to an Andalusian dinner with wine included.


8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
from Algeciras, US $140

This optional excursion must be reserved prior to and paid with your final tour payment. The price includes round trip ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar, local guide, and lunch with folklore entertainment. You will also have time to explore and bargain at the bazaars and souks. Return for a late, included dinner at the hotel.


9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
from Madrid, US $60

Within the fortified walls of Toledo lie treasured museums, churches, synagogues, and mosques representing the combinations of cultures that have thrived here. Following a morning walking tour with a local guide, which includes two interior visits, you will have time to explore the narrow streets of this enchanting medieval village built on a hill. Upon departure, make a popular photo stop overlooking Toledo.