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Community Chorus of Detroit in Portugal and Spain (9/30/19 - 10/10/19)

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Tour Details:

Departure City: Detroit
Duration: 11 Days
Overnights: Lisbon 3, Seville 2, Granada 2, Madrid 2

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Sep 30, 2019 Overnight Flight
Departure from the United States.
Oct 1, 2019 Lisbon
Bem vindo a Portugal! Meet your Encore Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in Lisbon. Begin to unlock the secrets of this fascinating city, once the capital of the world's greatest maritime empire, with your Tour Manager this afternoon, followed by a welcome dinner together! (D)
Oct 2, 2019 Lisbon
After breakfast, which is included each morning of the tour, visit the hillside town of Sintra and its beautiful Pena Palace. The Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. Continue to Obidos where you will walk the gorgeous historic center, famed for its labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses. Today you will perform your debut concert of the tour as part of an exchange performance with a local choir at Loreto Church! Enjoy dinner together tonight. (B,D)
Oct 3, 2019 Lisbon
After breakfast,a sightseeing tour with a local expert shows you the Monument of the Discoveries, Alfáma district, Rossio Square and St. George's Castle before you enjoy a visit inside Jerónimos Monastery. You will also visit the Museum Calouste Gulbenkian and São Jorge Castle! This afternoon, learn the art of Portuguese cooking during a professional cooking class and then taste your results! Afterwards, rehearse for your next concert performance, which will take place this evening as part of an exchange with the Music Conservatory of Sintra! Dinner will be on your own this evening. (B,L)
Oct 4, 2019 Seville
After breakfast, depart across the plains of the Alentejo region towards the city of Evora. Stop to stretch your legs, visit the old quarter of this medieval city and have some leisure time for lunch on your own. This afternoon, perform a lunchtime concert at Evora Cathedral at 12:00 pm. Then continue to Seville where upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel and have dinner together. (B,D)
Oct 5, 2019 Seville
Discover Andalucía's loveliest city on a morning sightseeing tour, including Christopher Columbus' tomb in the Cathedral. Enjoy views from the grand Giralda Tower and learn about Seville's important past. This afternoon after lunch there will be some leisure time for shopping or exploring the city on your own. This evening, perform your next concert for the people of Seville. Venue options include El Divino Salvador Church, Santa Maria la Blanca Church or the Anunciacion Church. Enjoy dinner together this evening. (B,D)
Oct 6, 2019 Granada
This morning, visit Córdoba, where you will enjoy entrance to the city's famous Moorish Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. It became a Catholic church in 1236 and a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century. Then depart for the enchanted Moorish city of Granada. As the English Poet Laurie Lee described, Granada is the most beautiful and haunting of all Spanish cities; an African paradise set under the Sierras like a rose preserved in snow. Check in to your hotel and have time to relax. Tonight, rehearse for your next concert performance, which will take place this evening at Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias at 6:45 pm. (B)
Oct 7, 2019 Granada
After breakfast, your morning guided sightseeing tour will include the Alhambra Palace, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture; also included are the beautiful Generalife Gardens! Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping this afternoon. Then tonight, come together as you see why Granada is heralded as the birthplace of flamenco, during an authentic flamenco performance in the Sacromonte Caves this evening. (B,D)
Oct 8, 2019 Madrid
This morning, enjoy some free time to explore and shop in Granada before checking out of the hotel and boarding the bus. Then pass through the legendary plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote, to the vibrant Spanish capital of Madrid. En route, stop in Valdepeñas. Here you may choose to enjoy an afternoon wine tasting (optional addition of $25 per person) or a walking tour with your Tour Manager (no additional cost). Have time for lunch on your own, then continue on to Madrid where you will check in to your hotel. Tonight, dine like the madrileños do during an authentic tapas evening. Classic tapas dishes include items such as tortilla española, patatas bravas, bacalao, cheeses, olives or jamón. Finish off the meal at one of Madrid's most famous chocolaterías with a sweet Spanish treat—churros y chocolate! (B,D)
Oct 9, 2019 Madrid
Madrid’s rich heritage comes alive on your guided sightseeing tour of classic Spanish boulevards, grand plazas, and the diverse architecture of modern-day Madrid. Highlights include the Plaza de España with its statue of Don Quixote, the majestic Alcalá Gate, and the famous bullring Las Ventas. Then visit the magnificent Prado, one of the world’s premier art museums which features artwork of Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning. After the tour, you will have some free time to relax, shop, or explore on your own! Tonight, perform your final concert of the tour for the people of Spain! Possible venues include the La Almudena Basilica, San Francisco el Grande church, or the San Antonio de los Alemanes Church. After the concert, enjoy a special private farewell gala dinner together at a local restaurant to celebrate your successful performance tour! (B,D)
Oct 10, 2019 Departure
Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,899

$4,899/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,899
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,899
1 Valid through 6/15/19

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $855
Ultimate Protection Plan: $330
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $275

Full Payment Deadline: 6/15/19


What to See

Shopping
LISBON

Azevedo Rua, Praça Dom Pedro IV 72-73
This shop is famous for its incredible selection of hats, which they've been selling since 1886. Here you'll find everything from straw hats, to berets, Panama hats and bowlers.

Livraria Bertrand, Rua Garrett 73-75
Established in 1732, this is the oldest bookstore in all of Portugal. They have a very wide selection and are open seven days a week.

Filodedas, Rua da Madalena 189
This shop literally sells money. They have a fascinating collection of antiquated currencies, with some pieces dating backing to the first century AD. Expensive? You'll be surprised because the prices are quite reasonable. The shop is perfect for the collectors, historians, or anyone the slightest bit intrigued.

SEVILLE

El Centro

El Centro is the main shopping district of Seville. Centered around La Calle Sierpes, this is the most bustling area of the city. For an afternoon of shopping, visit the many small specialty shops, which sell things varying from fine Spanish leather to Flamenco dresses. For a larger, more American style shopping experience, visit the department store called El Corte Inglés, located in the Plaza del Duque.

MADRID

There are many places to shop in Madrid, but here are a few of the highlights.  For upscale shops like Chanel, Armani, and Loewe be sure to check out Serrano Street.  For standard retail stores, head on over to Gran Via, where you can shop at H&M, Zara, and Mango, at prices that are a bit cheaper than the States.  For funky, original clothing, take a short walk from Gran Via to Fuencarral and Hortaleza street.

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Museums
LISBON

Museo Nacional dos Coches, Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
This museum has a collection of 74 royal, papal and princely carriages dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Open daily, closed Monday.

Museo Nacional de Arte Antiga, Rua das Janelas Verdes
This museum houses an extensive collection of fifteenth to nineteenth century European paintings as well as sculptures, gold jewelry, and foreign and Portuguese ceramics. It also has a large collection of religious works. Open Daily, closed Monday.

Museo da Marinha, Praça do Império
This museum is devoted to the discoveries made in Portugal's maritime past. It contains statues of historical people, ancient cannons, models of the great sailing ships, and ceremonial galleys. Open daily, closed Monday.

SEVILLE

El Museo de Bellas Artes, Plaza del Museo, 9

For art lovers, Seville's Museum of Fine Arts, located in the Plaza del Museo near the Plaza de Armas bus station, is a dream come true. This recently renovated museum has a collection of international art from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries that is surpassed in Spain only by the Prado in Madrid. The most famous artists displayed here are Murillo, Zurbarán, and Valdés Leal. Open daily, closed Monday.

El Museo Arqueológico, Plaza de América

Located in the Plaza de las Americas, this museum contains a highly interesting collection of archaeological findings, one of its highlights being the Treasure of the Carambolo of the Tartessus period, dating back to the seventh or eighth century BC. Open daily. Closed Monday.

Museo del Baile Flamenco, 3 Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos

Housed in an 18th century building, the newly opened Museum of Flamenco Dancing serves as a museum, music and dance school, and performance venue.  During the day visitors can see gallery exhibitions and enjoy a snack on the patio, while in the evening the Museo converts into a café with dance and music performances. Open daily.

La Casa de Pilatos, Plaza de Pilatos

This ornate mansion, which boasts an interesting mixture of Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles, was built by the Marques de Tarifa on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1519. It is believed that he built the house to be an imitation of the house of Pontius Pilate. Open daily

MADRID

Prado Museum, Metro: Banco de España or Atocha

This museum contains a wonderful collection of European art with particular emphasis on the Spanish Schools: Goya, Velasquez, El Greco, and Murillo. Open daily, closed Monday.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Metro: Banco de España

A former private collection of art is displayed here ranging from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries housed in a renovated eighteenth century palace. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Monday.

Reina Sofia Museum, Metro: Atocha

The central building of this museum, originally an 18th century hospital, is now filled with twentieth century artworks, including masterpieces by Dalí, Miró, and Picasso's famous Guernica. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

Archaeological Museum, Metro: Serrano

A brilliant collection of finds from prehistory to Renaissance times such as La Dama de Elche and a reproduction of the Altamira caves and cave paintings. Open daily, closed Monday.

Lazaro Galdiano Museum, Metro: Rubén Dario

Here you’ll find an interesting collection of artifacts from all over the world, including a 20,000 volume library, clocks, bronzes, and artists such as Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco all housed in a lovely 37-room mansion. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

Cerralbo Museum, Metro: Plaza de España or Ventura Rodríguez

The Museo Cerralbo was originally the home of the Marquis of Ceralbo and his collection of historic and artistic objects and art are displayed here in an Italian style mansion. Open daily, closed Monday.

Sorolla Museum, Metro: Iglesia or Rubén Dario

A collection of Joaquín Sorolla's paintings are on display here, in the house where he lived and had his studio. Open daily, closed Monday.

Royal Palace, Metro: Ópera

This is the former residence of Spanish royalty. Wander past the beautiful displays of Spanish and Flemish tapestries. Visit a few of the numerous rooms, check out the armory with weapons from the fifteenth century, and then take a stroll around the Gardens. Open Monday through Friday. Closed during official functions.

Descalzas Reales Convent, Metro: Callao or Sol

This sixteenth century convent houses an impressive collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and chalices that were once the dowry of many aristocratic women who had come to take the veil. Rated "Museum of the Year" in 1985 by the European Council, a small number of nuns still reside there. Open daily, closed Monday.

 

 

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Outdoors
LISBON

Alfama
This is Lisbon's medieval quarter, and the only neighborhood to have survived the big earthquake. You should explore this part of the city either early in the morning when the fish market is open, or late in the afternoon when everybody is out and about. It has many narrow alleys, tiled houses, fountains, flowers, and beautiful examples of architecture to look at.

Rossio
This is a beautiful square with baroque fountains and a bronze statue of King Pedro IV. It is surrounded by buildings on three sides that house souvenir shops and cafes on the ground floors. One side is completely bordered by the Dona Maria II National Theater.

Edward VII Park, Parque Eduardo VII
This elegant park was named after King Edward VII of England commemorating his visit to Lisbon in 1902. There is a wonderful view from the upper end of the park overlooking the lower town and the Tagus.

Castelo de Sao Jorge, Largo do Chao da Feira
This castle is one of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks. Originally built by the Moors in the eighth century, this is now a favorite place for the Lisboetas to relax and have lunch. Explore the gardens and castle and stroll along the moats and ponds. You also have a wonderful view of the Alfama from the castle walls.

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Praça do Império
Built on the site where Vasco da Gama prayed before he set off into the Atlantic, you should not miss visiting the monastery. It is a beautiful structure constructed out of white limestone, richly decorated with sumptuous embellishments. Open daily, closed Monday.

Torre De Belém, Praça do Império
The Tower of Belém is an elegant fortress that was originally built in the middle of the Tagus, but after the earthquake of 1755, the river changed its course and the tower now sits on one of its banks. Open daily, closed Monday.

Monument to the Discoveries, Praça da Boa Esperanca, Belém
This monument was built beside the River Tagus on the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. It has a marble mosaic at the foot of the monument and in the center is a map of the world. Open daily, closed Mon.

Praca do Comercio, Praça do Comércio
Known to all the citizens as the Terreiro do Paco (Palace Square), this is one of the finest squares in Lisbon, and it was built in memory of the palace destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Lined with uniform classical buildings with a statue of King Jose I in the middle, it is Lisbon’s governmental center.

Avenida da Liberdade
At one mile long and 295 feet wide, this is the most majestic of Lisbon's avenues. The pavements are decorated in black and white motifs and bordered by nineteenth century buildings including theaters and cinemas.

SEVILLE

El Real Alcázar, Plaza del Triunfo

This fortified palace was built in the year 913 by the Moorish Caliph Adb Al Raman III. After the Christian conquest of the Moors, the palace became the residence of Spanish monarchs. Today, it remains the oldest palace still used by European royalty. Tour its grand halls to see a perfect example of the Moorish-Christian Mudejar architecture. Open daily, closed Monday.

Old Tobacco Factory, c/ San Fernando

Seville's old tobacco factory became world-famous for its role in the opera, Carmen. The building was converted into a university in 1929, and today, the University of Seville continues to attract students from all over the world. Open Monday through Friday. Free admission.

Giralda Tower, Avenida de la Constitución

After the Christian conquest of Seville in the thirteenth century, the cathedral was built in 1401 on the former site of the great Almohad mosque. Seville's cathedral is considered to be the third or fourth largest cathedral in the world. All that remains of the former mosque is the famous minaret tower. You can climb the tower's 35 gently sloping ramps to the top for magnificent views of the city. Open daily.

El Barrio de Santa Cruz

Nestled behind the cathedral, the Santa Cruz Quarter is the city's old Jewish quarter and one of the most romantic parts of Seville. Wander around this medieval neighborhood and explore its narrow winding streets, admiring the whitewashed houses and brightly colored geraniums.

El Parque de María Luisa

The María Luisa Park was originally the palace grounds for the San Telmo Palace, which once belonged to María Luisa, the sister of Queen Isabella II. This beautiful park, which is full of winding walkways and ornamental pools, is the perfect place to take a mid-afternoon stroll. Go there to just relax and get out of the sun, or take a horse and carriage ride through one of the park’s long forested alleys.

La Plaza de España

From the María Luisa Park, stroll over and revisit the Plaza de España. Relax by the fountains or rent a rowboat and take a fun mini-excursion on the Plaza's canal.

El Barrio de Triana

Across the Guadalquivir River is the neighborhood of Triana. Well away from the tourist crowds, Triana was once the heart of the city's gypsy community and home of the great flamenco dynasties of Seville. Today it is a traditional Spanish working neighborhood with narrow winding streets and flowered courtyards. It is also the home of the many artisan workshops that craft and sell the traditional pottery and tilework of the region.

MADRID

Ermita de San Antonio de Florida, Metro: Príncipe Pío

This chapel contains wonderful frescoes by Goya and also houses the remains of the famous Spanish artist. Open daily, closed Monday.

Templo de Debod, Metro: Plaza de España

Visit the only Egyptian temple in Spain. It was given by the Republic of Egypt in 1968 and moved to Madrid in order to save it from impending floods caused by the creation of the Great Dam of Aswan. Open daily, closed Monday.

Retíro Park, Metro: Retíro

A former royal park where the Madrileños stroll with their families past the magnificent fountains and beautiful buildings such as the all-glass Crystal Palace. Rowboats can be rented on the pond and the statue of El Angel Caido is said to be the only statue in the world dedicated to the fallen angel.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Metro: Atocha

These shaded gardens were ordered by King Ferdinand VI in 1755 and, in the reign of Charles III, were installed in the present location, the Paseo del Prado in Madrid . This is a good place to cool off on a hot afternoon. Open daily, 10 a.m. until sunset. 

Plaza Mayor, Metro: Sol

A seventeenth century square set in the heart of old Madrid. Enjoy the entertainment of the artists and musicians and admire the bronze statue of King Philips III in the center created by Italian sculptors Giovanni de Bologna and his apprentice Pietro Tacca in 1616.

Plaza de España, Metro: Plaza de España

This plaza is home to a monument to Cervantes with a beautiful statue of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. It is one of the largest squares in Madrid and attracts tourists and locals alike.

Stadium Santiago Bernabeu, Metro: Line 10 (station Santiago Bernabeu)

Located on the Paseo de la Castellana, this Futball stadium plays host to the Club Real Madrid CF and is an exciting place to watch a match or just to tour the facilities. Madrid's sports fans take a great deal of pride in the Bernabeu, which was inagurated on the 14th of December 1947 and has been rehabilitated on 4 occasions: in 1954, 1982, 1993 and 2003. Stadium tours occur daily between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Restaurants
LISBON

Lautasco, Beco do Azinhal 7A
Located in the Alfama medieval district, Lautasco provides traditional Portuguese cuisine like fresh grilled or fried fish. The restaurant is decorated with wood paneling and wagon-wheel chandeliers for a rustic feel, plus there is a courtyard if you want to eat outside.

Martinho Da Arcada, Arcadas do Terreiro do Paço
Once the favorite of famous Lisbon poet Fernando Pessoa, this restaurant still attracts an intellectual crowd. The establishment is over 200 years old and has beautiful views of the city from terraces beneath the arches in the Praça do Comércio.

Mercado do Peixe, Estrada de Pedro Teixeira
Once a former fish market, the seafood theme is continued in this restaurant as diners are allowed to choose the exact fish they want from the aquariums, and then watch as it is prepared in front of them on a large grill. This place has the freshest fish in all of Lisbon, literally.

SEVILLE

La Campana, Sierpes 1

After a hard morning of shopping, be sure to stop by this café, for it is an institution amongst the locals.  If you're in the mood for some traditional treats try some yema (sweets made from egg yolks) and lenguas de almendra (almond biscuits).

Cafetería Universal, Blanca de los Rios 1

Near the Plaza del Salvador, this place will provide you with a hearty portion of tapas for an affordable price.  Because of its proximity to the shopping area, this is also a great place to sit down at the bar or near the windows.

El Rinconcillo, Gerona 40

Supposedly the oldest tapas bar in Seville (dating back to the 17th century).  With flagstone floors and ancient wine bottles lining the walls, it certainly feels like the oldest.  Located in the Plaza Encarnación, the bar is popular with both visitors and locals.

Enrique Becerra, Gamazo 2

For a moderately priced meal, check out this restaurant, an old favourite with Sevillanos. While you dine on your Andalusian dishes, marvel at this converted 17th-century house with art deco-style stained windows, wooden beams and Roman marble columns.

MADRID

El Corte Ingles

A shopping center like a Macy's that has a good restaurant with a little bit of everything.

Casa Labra, Calle Tetuán, 12

One side tapas bar, one side a sit-down restaurant, Casa Labra is a great place to chat and dine.

Pans and Company

Perfect when you are on the run and want a cheap lunch.  Avoid the trap of McDonald's and go for the Spanish fast food!  A drink, sandwhich and potatoes, all for around five Euros.

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What's Included

  • All sightseeing and entrances as listed in the itinerary
  • Basic gratuities for tour manager and bus driver
  • Concert arrangements including venue rental, concert permits, advertisement and onsite assistance
  • Direct billing to participants
  • Group and repertoire appropriate venue to include pre-concert rehearsal time, where possible
  • Guaranteed audiences
  • Hotel accommodation in 4-star properties, in twin/double occupancy
  • Liability coverage in excess of $50,000,000
  • Local guides provided for city sightseeing in all major cities
  • Private deluxe air conditioned motor coach
  • Round trip airfare booked on a commercial airline
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout your travel program


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