We had a really wonderful trip with 5 days in Barcelona where we had an excellent guide for visits to Gaudi sites as well as the Sagrada Familia church and on a separate day a very educational tour of the Picasso museum. Our travel company arranged the guide for us.
After Barcelona we boarded a cruise ship to Lisbon with stops in several cities in Spain and Gibraltar. At the dock in Lisbon we were met by a driver, arranged by this travel agency, who drove us to our hotel also arranged by the agency. Our guide in Lisbon was excellent. She guided us on a long walk in the Alfama neighborhood to the castle at the top. She also took us to a restaurant for a respite and introduced us to a typical Portuguese snack. Our travel agency arranged a driver and guide to take us to Evora where despite rain we had an interesting tour of the old university and the church followed by a lunch. On the way to Evora we had the opportunity to see cork trees which was very interesting and encouraged my wife to buy a cork purse and other cork gifts. The next day our trip took us to Cascais and Sintra with our guide. A beautiful area with wonderful history and a beautiful palace. We went to a restaurant that night and experienced a Fado performance.
Next we were driven to Porto by our driver, a very friendly, talented person who was an excellent driver. In Porto our guide was very good at introducing us to Porto including the train station and the old palace, all of which we enjoyed very much. The following day we had a fun time going to a recommended winery, Churchill's on the other side of the Duoro river by taking the subway and cable car. After spending time at Churchill's sampling and buying port, we walked back to have lunch and then to our hotel where the next morning we were met by our driver who drove us back to Lisbon for an overnight stay and then our flight home the next day.
The Picasso museum, the Miro museum, the Sagrada Familia, walking in Alfama, Lisbon, and the San Francisco church. It all really was a very memorable trip with so many new experiences and meeting new people. We loved it and our travel agency did an outstanding job of meeting our desires.
Our only unpleasant experience was the driver who met us on our last day for our transportation to the airport. We showed up in the lobby at 8:12 AM for a scheduled drive at 8 AM. I was working with the hotel staff to bring our luggage to the lobby and the driver was behaving rather nastily to my wife. He was suggesting he had another appointment at 8:30 AM and we were causing him to be late. We were wrong to show up 12 minutes late but I don't think the driver handled well by being nasty to my wife. We didn't give him a tip.
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