Spain and Portugal

SPAIN and PORTUGAL

Fully Escorted Golf Tour

7 – 24 September 2019

18 days | 7 rounds of golf

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Spain is a country with music in its soul, a love of fine food, and an innate talent for celebrating the good things in life – golf being one of their newfound pleasures! Spanish passion is woven into the fabric of daily life, whether you are savouring Pata Negra (ham tapas) or feeling your heart beat faster as a vivacious flamenco dancer swirls her skirt to hypnotic musical tempo.


You’ll play golf around charming Mediterranean coves and along the wildly beautiful cliffs of the Atlantic coast. Highlight courses include PGA Catalunya Stadium (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin (Marbella), Monte Rei (Algarve, Portugal), Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal) and Oitavos Dunes (Portugal).

Everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, gather in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny, resilient outposts of Old Spain. Then there is Portugal, with medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches. Combine this with some of the best golf in Europe and you’ll find Spain and Portugal quickly take over top spot on your travel bucket list.

Non-golfing partners are well looked after with immersive tours visiting cultural attractions.  Our Spain-Portugal tour always sells out quickly, so be sure to book early!

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DAY 1 |  Saturday 7 September 2019 | BARCELONA, Spain

Arrive at Barcelona International Airport (BCN) where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel, Le Meridien. This beautiful hotel is perfectly located to explore everything Barcelona has to offer – boundless culture, captivating architecture and a love of food and the good life.

Here, the night holds limitless possibilities. After settling in, embrace your first evening in this enchanting city with a welcome drink meeting new friends and savouring Spanish hospitality. Take your pick from a selection of local Basque-style tapas bars, seafood taverns and (for those with a sweet tooth) sinful chocolate shops.

Hotel: Le Meridien Barcelona

DAY 2 | Sunday 8 September| BARCELONA, Spain

You’ll be taken on a fascinating panoramic sightseeing journey of Arc de Triomf, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Columbus Monument, Reials Drassanes, World Trade Centre, Miramar Lookout and Poble Espanyol.

Tonight, enjoy a culinary adventure at a local cocina for a cooking class to create flavoursome paella and seasonal delicacies. It’s a fun competition where the host chefs declare the champions as we wine & dine on our creations.

Hotel: Le Meridien Barcelona (B, D)

DAY 3 | Monday 9 September | BARCELONA, Spain

Anticipation is high as we set off to prestigious PGA Catalunya Stadium, a Ryder Cup bid property, named Spain’s No.1 by top100golfcourses.com. The Stadium team has spent decades preparing the course for greatness, and players should be ready for dramatic tee shots, a few blind second shots and several changes in elevation.

Non-golfers: Skip the line to visit Sagrada Familia on an audio tour where you’ll learn about Gaudi’s modernist masterpiece.

Tonight, we’re off to dinner and a flamenco show where you’ll feel your heart beat faster as a vivacious dancer swirls and stomps to the hypnotic flamenco tempo.

Hotel: Le Meridien Barcelona (B, D incl. show); Golf

DAY 4 | Tuesday 10 September |  BARCELONA to GRANADA

We farewell Barcelona taking a scenic flight to Granada in the Sierra Nevada, capital of the Moorish kingdom until 1492. Moorish influence has been preserved to make Granada one of Spain’s must-see destinations. We check into historic Palacio De Santa Paula Hotel, housed in the Santa Paula Convent.

Venture out for an evening at leisure. There are many restaurants overlooking the illuminated Alhambra Palace, the stunning centrepiece of town.

Hotel: AC Palacio De Santa Paula Hotel, Granada (B)

DAY 5 | Wednesday 11 September | GRANADA to MARBELLA

Join your host at Alhambra Palace, an intricate labyrinth of stone-cut lace & arabesque gardens built as a citadel in the 13th century where kings and sultans called ‘home’. Afterwards, we discover the quaint cobbled laneways of Granada before we head to Marbella on the glittery Costa del Sol, well-known for its beaches and lush golf greens. We check into the luxurious beachfront Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, a 15-minute stroll to quaint Mediterranean restaurants in Marbella’s picturesque Old Town.

Hotel: Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella (B)

DAY 6 | Thursday 12 September | MARBELLA, Spain

Today you’ll play Spain’s #2 course, La Reserva Sotogrande, Robert Trent Jones’ first European course. Since opening in 1964, its fairways appear wide from the tee with semi-rough seeming Augusta-like. Stray from the fairway and the pine, oak and palm trees ensure making par is a challenge.

Non-golfers: Step outside the hotel to discover Marbella during a day of leisure.

Enjoy an evening of leisure strolling along the beachside promenade soaking up the views and ambience of Marbella’s magnificent coastal sunset.

Hotel: Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella (B); Golf

DAY 7 | Friday 13 September | RONDA, Spain

Discover the spectacular cliffside town of Ronda, visiting the traditional Bull Ring and Casa Don Bosco. After lunch in a local restaurant, we journey to Descalzos Viejos Winery, founded during the restoration of the Convent of S.Trinity XVI, where you’ll see the barrel room, processing area and enjoy a sample of their best wine. The contrast of walls, tanks & barrels in the chapel permeates the atmosphere with a special Spanish magic

Hotel: Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella (B, L)

DAY 8 | Saturday 14 September | MARBELLA, Spain

After breakfast we head to Finca Cortesin, ranked in Spain’s Top 10 golf courses and home of the Volvo World Matchplay Championships. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a breathtaking green paradise. Designed by Cabell Robinson in 2007 with the promise that “no hole offers less than championship quality”, the course measures 7000m from the tips and offers risk & reward on several of the shorter holes.

Non-golfers: Take a tour to Ronda, a spectacular mountaintop town set dramatically above a deep gorge. Its incredible stone bridge dates back to the 15th century.

Tonight, explore more of vibrant Marbella at leisure before we head to Seville tomorrow.

Hotel: Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella (B); Golf

DAY 9 | Sunday 15 September | MARBELLA to ALMANCIL

We check out of our beachfront paradise and make our way to Portugal’s Algarve Coast, stopping in Seville to see the glorious Plaza de España and enjoy lunch. According to myth, this flamboyant Andalucian metropolis was founded 3000 years ago by Greek god, Hercules. That history is palpable here. We check into the seaside Ria Park Hotel, Almancil, where the sweet aroma of orange groves, wine cellars and ocean waters stimulate the senses. Tonight dinner is included at our hotel.

Hotel: Ria Park Hotel, Algarve (B, D)

DAY 10 | Monday 16 September | ALMANCIL, Portugal

Glorious golfing continues at Quinta do Lago’s South Course. Designed in 1974 by William Mitchell, he introduced American-standard greens, tees & bunkers to the Algarve. Soon the course gained a prestigious reputation and became a flagship course of the European Tour. Tonight, dinner is included at our hotel.

Non-golfers: Today relax at your own pace – take a dip in the ocean or relax by the pool.

Hotel: Ria Park Hotel, Algarve (B,D); Golf

DAY 11 | Tuesday 17 September | ALMANCIL, Portugal

Today, we cruise on a catamaran along the beautiful Algarve coastline taking in scenic views of cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands.
This evening, enjoy a group dinner at an oceanside restaurant soaking up the breathtaking scenery of Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve.

Hotel: Ria Park Hotel, Algarve (B, D)

DAY 12 | Wednesday 18 September | ALMANCIL, Portugal

This morning, we play Portugal’s # 1 golf course, Monte Rei. A Jack Nicklaus signature course, it offers an unforgettable golfing experience with pristine fairways weaving through the Algarvean back-country. We make the most of our setting by lingering on for lunch. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

Non-golfers: Make your way to Albufeira which boasts glorious beaches, a buzzing atmosphere and scenic old town. It’s easy to get around on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus.

Hotel: Ria Park Hotel, Algarve (B, L, D); Golf

DAY 13 | Thursday 19 September | ALMANCIL to LISBON

We transfer to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon,checking into the 5-star Pestana Palace, one of the Grande Dames of Lisbon hotels with views over the Tagus River. You have the afternoon to explore the city. The Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals and there are plenty to find close-by.

This evening, you might like to try the local fare of freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde to accompany chargrilled local fish.

Hotel: Altis Avenida, Lisbon (B)

DAY 14 | Friday 20 September | LISBON, Portugal

Today we explore Lisbon’s landmarks with a local guide, starting in the historical Belem quarter. We visit Jeronimos Monastery and a neighbouring patisserie to sample sweet Pastéis de Belém, the world-famous Portuguese Tarts.

We spend time exploring Bairro Alto, then lunch before continuing on to Praça do Comércio. With its grand 18th century arcades, lemon meringue facades and mosaic cobbles, the riverfront square out-pomps all squares. Everyone arriving by boat used to disembark here, and it still feels like the gateway to Lisbon, busy with activity and rattling trams.

This evening is the time to find a lively spot to savour your last night in Lisbon.

Hotel: Altis Avenida, Lisbon (B)

DAY 15 | Saturday 21 September | LISBON to SINTRA, Portugal

We check out and travel along the banks of Tagus River to the Sintra region for a full-day tour with wine tastings. Sintra looks like a fairytale book, with rippling mountains, glittering palaces. and dewy forests thick with ferns and lichen. Tonight, unwind and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Penha Longa Ritz-Carlton Resort (B, D)

DAY 16 | Sunday 22 September | SINTRA, Portugal

Today we tee off at Penha Longa Atlantic course, ranked in the Top 30 courses of Continental Europe. With bold drives, courageous approaches and artful greens, it’s both an adrenalin rush and soothing journey through Portugal’s inspiring landscape.

Non-golfers: You’ll visit the delightful fishing town of Cascais for a self-guided tour.

Tonight, we swap the golf clubs for wooden spoons to take part in a Portuguese cooking master class. Delicious chorizo bread, pastries and traditional desserts are on the menu. It’s a highlight from previous tours with loads of fun guaranteed.

Hotel: Penha Longa Ritz-Carlton Resort (B); Golf

DAY 17 | Monday 23 September | SINTRA, Portugal

Our closing round is at Oitavos Dunes, Portugal’s #2 golf club, located on Lisbon’s stunning ‘Golf Coast’. Ranked 58th in the world, its wide, open links overlook the ocean and are well worth the drive through the woods to get there.

Non-golfers: Tour Portugal’s most romantic medieval village, Obidos. It is so pretty it was once gifted from King Dinis to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282.

Tonight, we toast our champions and friendships — new and old — over our gala presentation dinner at the resort.

Hotel: Penha Longa Ritz-Carlton Resort (B, D); Golf

DAY 18 | Tuesday 24 September | HOME

After a hearty breakfast and fond farewells, we transfer to Lisbon International Airport for our return flights or onward travel arrangements.

Inclusions

17 nights 5 Star luxury accommodation:

  • 3 nights – Le Meridien, Barcelona
  • 1 night – AC Palacio De Santa Paula Hote, Granada
  • 4 nights – Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella
  • 4 nights – Ria Park Hotel, Algarve
  • 2 nights – Altis Avenida, Lisbon
  • 3 nights – Penha Longa Ritz-Carlton Resort

7 rounds of magnificent golf, incl. motorised carts:

  1. Real Club de Golf El Prat, Barcelona
  2. La Reserva de Sotogrande, Cadiz
  3. Finca Cortesin Golf Club, Malaga
  4. Quinta do Lago, Algarve
  5. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve
  6. Oitavos Dunes, Cascais
  7. Penha Longa Altlantic course, Sintra

Meals:

  • 2 lunches
  • 7 dinners

Experiences: 

  • Spanish cooking master class with dinner & selected beverages
  • Traditional flamenco show & selected beverages
  • Algarve Ria Formosa Natural Park restaurant
  • Portuguese cooking class (bread/desserts)
  • Guided Alhambra Palace tour
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking local guides in Barcelona, Ronda, Granada, Seville, Lisbon and Obidos
  • 3 – 4-hour cruise along the Algarve Coast
  • Presentation 3-course dinner and beverages

Other Inclusions:

  • Internal flight from Barcelona to Granada (incl. 2nd piece of luggage)
  • Luxury air-conditioned touring coach
  • Private airport transfer on arrival (Barcelona to hotel)
  • Group airport transfer to Lisbon airport on departure
  • Daily golf prizes, plus nearest to pin and team prizes
  • Commemorative polo shirt
  • Fully escorted by Go Golfing’s experienced host
2019 “La Buena Vida” Spain and Portugal Golf Tour Prices

Early Bird Reward: Book by 26 February 2019 to save EUR 200pp

Full Retail Package Price

Golfer Twin Share

  • EUR 8297 pp

Non-Golfer Twin Share

  • EUR 7285 pp

Golfer Single

  • EUR 10,288 pp
Deposits and Final Payments
  • Initial deposit of AUD 2000 per person must accompany booking.
  • Second deposit is AUD 3000 per person on or before 30 March 2019.
  • Tour package to be converted from EUR to AUD on 11 June 2019, with final payment due 19 June 2019.
  • Contact us for an obligation-free quote on flights and we’ll reward you with 25% discount off your travel insurance.
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Had a great time. Amazing! Worth every cent. I couldn’t have organised a trip like that for myself. Fabulous accommodation. Finca Cortesin and Monte Rei golf courses were definite highlights and had the WOW factor. A golfers dream.

Judy, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2018

We anticipated this trip for two years and it was fully up to expectation. From day one until the finish of the 18 day tour our hosts, Peter and Sylvie, went the extra yards to make our trip smooth and enjoyable. Accommodation and meals were of a high standard. The itinerary provided a balance of golf on first class courses with group sightseeing and private relaxation time.

David, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2018

The highlights were the accommodations and the golf courses. The organization was very good. The hosts were great providing a nice blend of knowledge, punctuality and humor. The people in general were down to earth, approachable, friendly, respectful and fun.

Lou, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2018

All the accommodation was first class. Monte Rei was the most outstanding golf course I have ever played. Alhambra Palace is a must visit and Go Golfing organised this very well. I’ve told all my golfing friends to add this tour to their bucket list.

Geoff, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

Great trip and well organised. The golf courses were great — we’d love to play them again. The mix of golf and touring worked well, and the tour locations were so interesting, covering places we otherwise wouldn’t have seen.

Martin, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

The WOW moment for us was the trip to Morocco and Lisbon, especially the standard of the golf courses. The tour was exceptionally hosted and organised. My wife was a non-golfing partner and she was happy exploring and meeting new friends.

Peter, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

Finca Cortesin and Monte Rei were exceptional. Loved Alhambra Palace. Graeme was an excellent host and our group was a nice mix of good-hearted fun folk. It was a privilege to spend time with them! I would definitely do the tour again.

Ken, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

Good courses, good hotels, transport and service. Our guide, Graeme, couldn’t do enough for us. I would recommend a trip with Go Golfing.

Annette, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have been letting everyone know how great it was.

Majella, Spain Portugal tour, Sept 2017

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