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The Best of Spain & Portugal

Price per person
from £1,417

Price based on
London Luton
26th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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.

At a glance

Toledo Guided sightseeing

Granada Visit 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

Oporto Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar

Salamanca Visit

Ávila Visit

Segovia Visit

Madrid Guided sightseeing

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

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.

Customer Reviews

Less hotels, meals offered at hotel...

25th October 2018
Mr Garth Grainger

Less hotels, meals offered at hotel

Tour all great. Would think about a tour and stay...

10th October 2018
Mrs Theresa Williamson

Tour all great. Would think about a tour and stay next time.

The big disappointment with the tour was not being able...

30th May 2018
Mr Alan Bennett

The big disappointment with the tour was not being able to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada as promised in the brochure. Tour groups now have to enter a “Lottery” to be allowed to visit the Palace and we lost. We were not told about this lottery until we had toured the Palace Gardens and returned to our hotel instead of visiting the Palace. Many people on our tour from Australia and other countries were on a “Once in a lifetime” visit to Granada and were very upset. Also, the location of the hotel in Salamanca did not allow Coach to park near the entrance, there was no porterage available so guests had to carry their own suitcases from the coach to hotel and then carry the up several steps to reach the reception desk.

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

21st June 2017
Trusted Customer

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

So much value for money, really saw amazing places in...

24th May 2017
Miss Annelize Gericke

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

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Madrid, Spain

Day
1

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

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 – 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.

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 - UK

Day
13

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

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

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Madrid - Praga

The Hotel Praga, situated in Madrid was the first hotel of the Santos Hotels chain. It has a total of 420 rooms and is equipped with the best facilities to make your stay unforgettable.

  • Location

    Antonio Lopez, 65, Madrid, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Granada - Alixares

Hotel Alixares, located beside the Alhambra offers panoramic views of Granada and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has a seasonal outdoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi, The Alixares has 2 restaurants and a terrace area with spectacular views. There is also a bar and café, and a summer terrace with barbecue.

  • Location

    Paseo de la Sabica, 40, Granada City Centre, 18009 Granada, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Cordoba - Selu

The Sercotel Selu Hotel is a wonderful 3-star hotel in the center of Cordoba. Its facilities were built near the Jewish Quarter and the Cordoba Mosque, in an area considered a World Heritage Site.

  • Location

    Calle Eduardo Dato, 7, 14003 Córdoba, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Seville - Don Paco

Hotel Don Paco 200 rooms, is set in central Seville, 10 minutes' walk from the cathedral and Giralda Tower. It features a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with excellent city views. Convenient Hotel located 1/2 km from train station & 12 km from San Pablo Airport.

  • Location

    P. Jeronimo Cordoba 4-5, Seville, Spain

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Lisbon - Roma

Located on one of Lisbon's main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, high-quality services that are unique in a unit of this category.

  • Location

    Avenida De Roma, 33 Lisbon, Portugal

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Oporto - Portus Cale

Quality Inn Portus Cale, the perfect holiday for sightseeing or business trips in PortoThe Quality Inn Portus Cale is a welcoming and comfortable hotel waiting to welcome you to Porto. Our hotel is conveniently located with direct avenue connection to the highway and offers easy access to the Porto International Airport.

  • Location

    Av. da Boavista,1060, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, 4100-113 Porto, Portugal

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Salamanca - Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

This fantastic rationalist-style hotel is situated in the center of Salamanca, next to Plaza Mayor.

  • Location

    Espoz y Mina, 23-25, 37002 Salamanca, Spain 

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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