Best of Spain & Portugal

  • 13 Days

  • Western Europe

  • Steady pace

A splendid tour that uncovers the historical and cultural highlights of Spain and Portugal: sample local wine in Montilla, roam the world-famous Alhambra complex and sit down to a traditional Portuguese dinner in Oporto.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport and port taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 24th October 2017

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

A splendid tour that uncovers the historical and cultural highlights of Spain and Portugal: sample local wine in Montilla, roam the world-famous Alhambra and sit down to a traditional Portuguese dinner in Oporto.

At a glance

  • Alhambra Wander the complex grounds, designed in a range of architectural styles.
  • Montilla Enjoy an afternoon wine tasting session.
  • Mosque of Cordoba Stroll the passages of Cordoba’s grand Mosque.
  • Lisbon See Henry the Navigator, Black Horse Square and the Citadel on a guided city tour.
  • Oporto Sample an authentic Portuguese dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Wile away the hours in one of Spain’s prettiest squares. 
  • Madrid Explore the highlights of Spain’s cosmopolitan capital

Day 1

UK - Madrid

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Madrid - Toledo - Granada

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Granada - Loja - Montilla - Cordoba

This morning enjoy a visit with a local guide to the Alhambra, a summer complex built by Moorish kings. Later, enjoy a wine tasting session in Montilla. Continue to your hotel in Cordoba this afternoon where you will stay overnight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cordoba - Seville

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Seville

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Seville - Lisbon

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lisbon

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lisbon - Oporto

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Oporto

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Oporto - Salamanca

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Madrid

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Madrid - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Madrid: Praga 
  • Granada: Corona de Granada 
  • Cordoba: Selu 
  • Seville: Don Paco 
  • Lisbon: Roma 
  • Oporto: Quality Portus Cale 
  • Salamanca: Catalonia Plaza
  • Madrid: H10 Tiberica or Praga

Notes

Special Departures

Easter departure: 27th March 2018 

Seville Feria: 17th April 2018  

Christmas in Madrid including Christmas lunch: 14th December 2018 

 

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

21/06/2017

Great tour in every way, good your leader and excellent hotels.

24/05/2017

So much value for money, really saw amazing places in such a short time. Great tour director - very informative without being overloaded with info.

21/09/2016

The tour was very well organised and the places we visited were very interesting . Would definitely love to go again

08/08/2016

The boat cruise and Fado singing was not worth the money. The rest of the tour was good.

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