The Best of Spain & Portugal


  • Spain and Portugal

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Tour : 6820

Single Share available

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Spain and Portugal—these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you'll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Oporto.

One of the tour highlights is a visit to Toledo, a town that attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. In this old walled town, built on a hill, you’ll visit the 12th-century Church of St. Tome, which has one of El Greco's most famous paintings.

You will be delighted by the included visit of the Alhambra complex, built in the 13th century by Moorish kings featuring one of the oldest decorative gardens in the Western World. In Avila—a UNESCO World Heritage city founded in the 11th century—see the towers and walls and visit St. Theresa's Convent, a Carmelite convent opened in 1636 on the birthplace of St. Teresa.

In Portugal, visit Lisbon with a local guide, who will show you Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built circa 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and Oporto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style on a terrace overlooking the port wine cellars on the banks of the Douro River.

In Spain, enjoy guided sightseeing in Toledo, Granada, Seville and Madrid. These local guides - experts in the cities' histories and cultures - will highlight the must-see sights. All of this and more—including a visit with wine tasting to a local wine cellar in Montilla—await you on this fabulous and affordable Spain and Portugal tour designed for value-minded travellers.

*Please note that 2021 departures might be subject to itinerary and price changes, but by booking now, you will lock in your price. Should your booking be affected by an itinerary change, we’ll offer you the chance to change or cancel your booking with no penalty. Full itinerary details will be available in September 2020.

Highlights

TOLEDO Guided sightseeing

GRANADA Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*

MONTILLA Visit a wine Bodega

CORDOBA Guided visit of the Mezquita

SEVILLE Guided sightseeing

EVORA Visit 

LISBON Guided sightseeing

FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary

COIMBRA Visit

PORTO Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar

SALAMANCA

ÁVILA and SEGOVIA Visits

MADRID Guided sightseeing

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MADRID–TOLEDO–GRANADA

Day
2

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA.

Day
3

Granada was the Moors’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORDOBA–SEVILLE

Day
4

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SEVILLE.

Day
5

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcázar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de España and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SEVILLE–EVORA, PORTUGAL–LISBON

Day
6

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON.

Day
7

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–PORTO.

Day
8

Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PORTO

Day
9

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a PORT WINE CELLAR along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PORTO–SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Day
10

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID.

Day
11

Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID

Day
12

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID.

Day
13

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

07 April 2020 – Easter departure

28 April 2020 departure – Feria in Seville

14 December 2020 departure – Christmas dinner in Madrid

 

*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Madrid, Spain

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid - Toledo - Granada

Day
2

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Granada – Montilla – Cordoba

Day
3

Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cordoba - Seville

Day
4

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Seville

Day
5

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalusia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de España, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars trilogy; and so much more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Seville – Evora, Portugal – Lisbon

Day
6

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon

Day
7

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon – Fátima – Coimbra – Oporto

Day
8

Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Oporto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oporto

Day
9

Discover Oporto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port wine cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oporto - Salamanca, Spain

Day
10

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Salamanca – Avila – Segovia – Madrid

Day
11

Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
12

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven according to Spaniards. The day is dedicated to discovering Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
13

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures

Christmas in Madrid including Christmas lunch: 14th December 2019 

*Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Madrid

Day
1

Fly to Madrid where you'll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid - Toledo - Granada

Day
2

A short drive to Toledo, the ancient Castilian capital, which is spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Enjoy sightseeing with a local guide with an included visit to St Thomas' church in the old walled city, made famous in El Greco's painting. Even now it is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Cross the Guadalquivir River for the olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalucian hills and on to Granada at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Granada - Loja - Montilla - Cordoba

Day
3

This morning enjoy an optional visit with a local guide to the Alhambra, a summer complex built by Moorish kings (please note that entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed). Later, enjoy a wine tasting session in Montilla. Continue to your hotel in Cordoba this afternoon where you will stay overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cordoba - Seville

Day
4

Visit Ecija, an ancient rural town, home to several magnificent baroque churches and of a well-preserved Roman mosaic to be found in the 'ajuntamiento' (town hall). Then, drive through the stunningly scenic hills of the Andalusian countryside to vibrant, festive, Seville.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Seville

Day
5

See why Seville is often called Andalucia's 'Radiant City' with a guided city tour to soak in the Moorish Heritage and historical treasures of this beautiful city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Seville - Lisbon

Day
6

This morning, cross into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo, heading to the beautiful hilltop town of Evora. With its fortified walls, cobbled streets, arches and brilliant white houses, Evora is a delightful Moorish city. Continue to Lisbon for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon

Day
7

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th century 'mistress of the seas'. You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square and other highlights on the sightseeing excursion with a local guide. In the afternoon why not make an optional trip to Sintra and coastal Cascais?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon - Oporto

Day
8

This morning, journey via Fatima and its world famous pilgrimage sanctuary to Coimbra. Continue to Porto on the banks of the River Duoro famous for its port merchants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oporto

Day
9

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour with a local guide. An optional excursion is available in the afternoon. Dinner is served in a local restaurant this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oporto - Salamanca

Day
10

Return to Spain by way of Fuentes de Onoro and Ciudad Rodrigo. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca and it's charming Plaza Mayor. Stay overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

Day
11

Leave Salamanca for the fortified town of Avila and an orientation tour and visit to St Theresa's convent. Continue to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely located on a rocky hill. Cross the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
12

Not only because it is the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to heaven. Enjoy the main highlights with a local guide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid - UK

Day
13

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures

  • Easter departure: 16 April 2019 
  • Seville Feria: 7 May 2019 
  • Christmas in Madrid including Christmas lunch: 14th December 2019 

*Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Madrid

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Madrid - Toledo - Granada

Day
2

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a local guide and marvel at the 12th-century Church of St Tome, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalucian hills. Overnight stay in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Granada - Loja - Montilla - Córdoba

Day
3

Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a local guide, visit the Alhambra Complex, built by Moorish kings (entrance in to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed). More grand scenery as you travel to Loja. Captured and held by the Moors, it was formerly known as Medina Lawsa until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1486 during the Reconquista. Explore this “flower among thorns” before reaching Montilla to visit a local wine cellar and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Córdoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Córdoba - Seville

Day
4

With a local guide visit the magnificent Mezquita, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. Then, travel through the stunningly scenic area of Pueblos Blancos - the “White-Washed Villages of Andalucia.” This picturesque region is famous for the deep El Tajo gorge that cuts it in two, and is the birthplace of modern bullfighting. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Seville

Day
5

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant Moorish architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de España, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars series; and so much more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Seville - Lisbon

Day
6

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon

Day
7

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lisbon - Porto

Day
8

This morning, journey via Fatima and its world famous pilgrimage sanctuary to Coimbra. Continue to Porto on the banks of the River Douro famous for its port merchants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Porto

Day
9

Discover Porto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, overlooking the port wine cellars along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, maybe join an optional excursion to Guimarães, considered the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, sample local cuisine on the included dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Porto - Douro Valley - Salamanca

Day
10

Enjoy the profusion of woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

Day
11

Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit St Theresa's Convent before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between New and Old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
12

Not only is it the capital of Spain, but because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. The day is dedicated to discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Madrid

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures

  • Easter departure: 16 April 2019 
  • Seville Feria: 7 May 2019 
  • Christmas in Madrid including Christmas lunch: 14th December 2019 

*Entrance to the Nasrid palace is not guaranteed

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport and port taxes

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