Essence of Portugal & Spain – Small Group
Embark on a 16-day journey through Spain and Portugal, where you’ll delve into the rich culture, history, and breathtaking scenery of the Iberian Peninsula. Start in Madrid with a private transfer and a Welcome Tapas Dinner. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like Salamanca University and Porto’s charming town. Roam the streets of Lisbon and Seville, witness a Gypsy Flamenco show in Granada, and explore the stunning Alhambra Palace. Choose from unique optional experiences like an Aveiro cruise, a Jerez sherry wine tasting, and an Arabian Granada exploration. Your adventure concludes in Barcelona, known for the iconic Sagrada Familia and the innovative Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. This captivating tour combines history, culture, and the warmth of Iberian hospitality.
*Additional charge applies for optional tours mentioned in this description.
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. At 7:00 PM, meet your Tour Director in the hotel’s Reception Desk area for a welcome meeting and a chance to meet your fellow travelers. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, embark on a city tour and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Madrid, one of the most exciting cities in the world. Explore its highlights and experience the city’s passionate spirit. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring the city’s wonders.
In-Depth Exploration: Toledo (Optional)
Consider taking an excursion to Toledo, a city that served as the capital of the Spanish Kingdom for centuries and remains a melting pot of various cultures.
In the early evening, join your fellow travelers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll spend the night at your hotel.
Begin your Iberian journey with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, you’ll set out for Salamanca, crossing into Portuguese territory. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage city renowned for its rich architectural and artistic heritage on a guided city tour. Check in at your hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Bid farewell to Spain and set out to explore the scenic landscapes of Portugal. Our first destination is Pinhao, a charming town nestled on the banks of the Douro River, renowned for its century-old cellars. Immerse yourself in the world of Portuguese wine as you sample their vintages amidst breathtaking vineyards. Following the tasting, savor a local cuisine-based lunch. We then journey onwards to Porto, an ancient European city situated along the estuary of the Douro River, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Check in to your hotel for the night.
Begin your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel, followed by an enchanting exploration of Porto. Take in the refreshing breeze of the Douro River as you discover the city’s treasures, including the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building, and Santa Clara church. Later, embark on a relaxing Douro River Cruise.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
In-Depth Exploration: Guimarães – Portugal’s Historical Gem (Optional)
Guimarães, an ancient city in Portugal and the birthplace of the Portuguese nation, boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site-designated historic center. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in Portuguese history and visit remarkable landmarks such as the 10th-century Castle (Castelo de Guimarães) and the 15th-century Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which once served as the royal residence. Pay tribute to Portugal’s first king, D. Alfonso Henriques, and meander through the historic streets, uncovering their hidden stories. Don’t forget to explore the charming local art and craft shops.
Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, we embark on a journey to Aveiro, often referred to as “The Venice of Portugal.” Experience a scenic canal cruise on a charming Moliceiro boat. Afterward, take some free time to wander through the historic Beira Mar neighborhood and visit the bustling Aveiro Fish Market.
Our next stop is Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s most ancient universities and the birthplace of Fado music. Enjoy some leisure time exploring this historic city before checking in to your hotel for the night.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Though today’s itinerary takes you through several charming historical towns, the distances between them are pleasantly short. Your first stop is the remarkable Tomar Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline architecture, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Next, journey to the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré, where you can enjoy some leisure time. Then, continue your exploration to Óbidos, a stunning example of a medieval Portuguese walled town. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and explore at your own pace.
Finally, make your way to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where you’ll check in at your hotel for the night.
Begin your day in Lisbon with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Lisbon, a city spread across seven enchanting hills and renowned for its ornate craftsmanship, stands as one of Europe’s most captivating capitals. Immerse yourself in the morning city tour as you delve into the history of Olissipo. Traverse its principal squares and boulevards, passing by Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue.
The afternoon is yours to explore the evocative corners of Alfama Quarter, an ancient enclave nestled beside its historic castle. Wander through winding, colorful “Ruas” lined with characterful buildings and authentic “tabernas.” As the day transforms into evening, unite with your fellow travelers for a Portuguese dining experience at one of the city’s oldest Fado venues. Your night’s rest awaits at your hotel.
Begin your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Bid farewell to Lisbon and Portugal as we make our way back to Spain. Our first destination is Mérida, the ancient capital of the Lusitania Roman Province. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC, Mérida still boasts remnants of its glorious past, including the remarkable Roman Theater (entrance included). After some free time to explore, we continue our journey to Seville, the iconic Andalusian capital known as the “Spanish City of Light.”
In-Depth Exploration: Exploring Seville at Night – The Setas de Sevilla Experience (Optional)
If you choose, you can embark on an evening stroll to witness Seville’s nighttime charm. Meander through the Setas de Sevilla, and as you do, you’ll experience the same enchantment that beckons swifts back to our skies. The Setas’ Viewing Platform, with its 360º panoramic views, will be your path to soaring above the city. It’s your starting point for contemplating the heart of Seville’s history and charting your own course.
Retire for the night at your hotel.
Begin your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today’s agenda includes an enchanting city tour of Seville, where you’ll explore the historic Jewish Quarter, a maze of narrow streets dating back to the time of Moorish rule. The afternoon is yours to relish the luminous beauty of the city.
In-Depth Exploration: Jerez de la Frontera (Optional)
For those seeking a deeper experience, consider a visit to the renowned Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wine, flamenco, and equestrian traditions. Jerez has gained international acclaim for its sherry wine, equestrian excellence, bullfighting, flamenco, and motor racing. Immerse yourself in the culture with a Jerez sherry wine tasting and a visit to the famous equestrian school.
Return to your hotel for the night’s stay.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, we embark on a journey to Córdoba, a city steeped in historical richness. Explore the awe-inspiring Mosque-Cathedral, a remarkable fusion of two religions, and wander through its enchanting Arabian-style alleys. Afterward, we continue our adventure to Granada, a city that exudes magic, as we pass through endless olive oil groves. In the early evening, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the most authentic Gypsy Flamenco show in Spain, complete with dinner. This promises to be an unforgettable evening. Spend the night at your hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. The highlight of the day is a visit to the Alhambra Palace, a magnificent Spanish World Heritage Site. Its intricately adorned domes and archways showcase the exceptional craftsmanship of the Moors. Perched on a hill overlooking the River Darro, it offers stunning city views. The rest of the day is free for your leisure.
In-Depth Exploration: Albaicin – A Moorish Journey (Optional)
For a deeper experience, consider exploring Albaicín, an authentic Arabian neighborhood in Granada. This journey takes you through the city’s remarkable transformation from Islam to Christianity. Stroll through Albaicín to uncover Granada’s history, witness the city from its breathtaking vantage points, visit former mosques turned into churches, explore old palaces, artisan workshops, step inside an ancient Moorish house, and savor delicious Arab pastry with tea at a traditional Granada teashop. We’ll conclude this fascinating tour with a visit to the Royal Chapel, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture, commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs.
You’ll return to your hotel for the night.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, we’ll head to Ubeda, a UNESCO site known as the heart of Spanish Olive Oil production. Stroll through this historically rich town, and savor their unique golden Extra Virgin Olive oil during a local tasting, including a light lunch. Afterward, continue your journey to Valencia and check in at your hotel.
Start your day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will have the opportunity to discover the historic heart of Valencia as well as the stunning exterior of the cutting-edge Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. In the early afternoon, embark on your journey to Catalonia and arrive in Barcelona, the vibrant Mediterranean jewel and the renowned home of the iconic architect Gaudí, a symbol of Catalan modernism. Check in to your hotel for a comfortable stay.
Start your day in Barcelona with a buffet breakfast at your hotel. Embark on a city exploration, beginning with a visit to the Barcelona Pavilion, a masterpiece of minimalism constructed for the 1929 International Exposition. Next, explore the Sagrada Familia (entrance fee NOT included), an unfinished cathedral conceived by the renowned Catalan architect, Antoní Gaudí. The afternoon offers free time for you to leisurely discover the city at your own pace. In the early evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy your night’s stay at the hotel.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel, followed by a private transfer to the airport. This concludes our services.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
Barceló Torre De Madrid, 5-Stars (or Similar)
Catalonia Plaza Mayor, 4-Stars Boutique (or Similar)
Catalonia Porto, 4-Stars Boutique (or Similar)
Coimbra Aeminium, Affiliated By Meliá 4-Stars (or Similar)
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, 5-Stars (or Similar)
Nh Collection, 4-Stars Plus (or Similar)
Occidental Granada, 4-Stars (or Similar)
Ac Valencia, 4-Star (or Similar)
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, 4 -Stars Plus (or Similar)
15 Nights accommodation in 4 star Hotels
- English speaking Tour Director throughout the journey
- Guided visits in Madrid, Salamanca, Porto (including Douro River Cruise), Lisbon, Merida (with Roman Theatre entrance included), Seville, Cordoba (Mosque entrance included), Granada (Alhambra entrance included), Ubeda (with Olive oil tasting and light lunch), Valencia & Barcelona
- Daily breakfast
- Welcome Tapas dinner
- Fado show and dinner in Lisbon
- Farewell dinner
- Wine tasting at Pinhao´s centenary cellars with lunch
- Flamenco experience with dinner
- Private transfers to/from airport as per itinerary
- Transportation by luxury coach
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences
- Optional In-Depth Exploration
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Porterage at airport
- Optional In-Depth Exploration
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included