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Get to know Spain’s capital in depth by extending your stay here. Madrid will come alive as you discover its most important avenues and gathering places, such as Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own, giving you a chance experience treasures like the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums.
Tour the capital city by foot
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, set off on a walking tour of Spain's capital, seeing many of this historic city's most impressive sights, including Retiro & Plaza Mayor. The afternoon and evening are yours to discover Madrid's many splendors.
Explore Madrid on your own, and add a "Flamenco Evening" to your agenda
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on your own explorations of this sophisticated city. Or enjoy the "Flamenco Evening" optional tour at a local "tablao."
After breakfast, depart for the airport and your flight home.
You'll experience an exciting new side of Portugal while visiting Madeira, the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” Prince Henry the Navigator claimed this mid-Atlantic island for Portugal in the early 15th century, and since the 19th century, it has been a favorite of travelers seeking a pastoral retreat. During your three-day stay in the island capital, Funchal, enjoy a half-day city tour—including a ride in a wicker toboggan, once a common mode of local transportation. Immerse yourself in local life as you visit the covered market at the edge of the Old Town and pay a visit to a traditional Madeira wine cellar, where you’ll sample the trademark sweet wine named for the island. This visit gives you the unique opportunity to explore the cellars, get an inside look at the production process, and learn about the winery’s culture and history (Madeira Wine was used to toast the Signing of the Declaration of Independence). Of course, you’ll also enjoy a small sampling of Madeira wines. You’ll also have the option of an Espetada evening complete with dinner and a folklore show. It’s the perfect complement to your European river cruise on the mainland!
DAY 14: Fly to Madeira and embark on an orientation walk
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Madeira, Portugal. Then, join your Vantage Regional expert for a briefing and optional short orientation walk in the neighborhood of the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this wonderful city.
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DAY 15: Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town
Set out this morning for a half-day city tour including the Marketplace and Old Town. You'll enjoy magnificent city views of Funchal as you take a traditional toboggan or “sledge basket” ride from the town of Monte. Your afternoon is free. Before returning to your hotel, you'll stop at one of Madeira's oldest wine cellars to sample a local vintage. This evening is at your leisure, or join an optional tour and witness folklore music and dancing at a local restaurant.
DAY 16: A day at leisure, or take a trip to Madeira Island
Spend the day at leisure or choose an optional full-day tour through the interior of this magnificent island, including the botanical garden and the Laurel Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAY 17: Fly home
After breakfast, depart for the Lisbon airport for your flight home.