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Ultimate Spain & Portugal
Lisbon to Madrid
Duration: 21 days
Tour code: ESLM

Highlights

Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, listen to fado music and learn to Flamenco dance, live like a local in a "casa rural" in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 21 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture, and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián, and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

17 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Public bus, train, plane, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (18 nts), casa rural (2 nts).

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto Your Discover Moment: Barcelona Your Foodie Moment: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logroño. Lisbon orientation walk. Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner. Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit. Porto orientation walk. Port wine cellars visit and tasting. Granada orientation walk. Albaicin quarter visit. Alhambra guided tour. Seville orientation walk. Flamenco show performance. Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba. Free time in Valencia. Free time in Barcelona. "Casa rural" stay with traditional meals (Pyrenees). San Sebastian day trip. Wine tasting in the Rioja region. Internal flight (Porto to Madrid). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Lisbon
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Optional activities:

  • Alfama District Visit
  • Belém Tower
  • Praça da Figueira Market
  • Rossio Square
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Sao Jorge Castle
Day 2
Lisbon
Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of Lisbon. The rest of the day is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama.

Included activities: Lisbon Orientation Walk, Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal

Optional activities:

  • Day Tour of Sintra
  • Alfama District Visit
  • Belém Tower
  • Praça da Figueira Market
  • Rossio Square
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Sao Jorge Castle

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
Lisbon - Coimbra
Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Batalha Monastery Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Coimbra
Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby medieval town of Óbidos or the Templar city of Tomar.

Optional activities:

  • University of Coimbra Visit
  • Conimbriga Ruins
  • Convent of Christ and Templar Castle
  • Joanina Library
  • Óbidos Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Coimbra - Porto
Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.

Transport: Local train

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities: University of Coimbra Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Porto
Free day to explore Porto. Opt take a cruise down the Douro Valley, or explore the city which gained UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1996. In the evening enjoy a visit to the port wine cellars and tasting.

Included activities: Port Wine Cellar Visit

Optional activities:

  • Douro Valley Cruise
  • Ribeira Square
  • Porto Cathedral
  • Palacio da Bolsa
  • Sao Bento Railway Station
  • Lello Bookstore
  • Clerigos Chuch and Tower

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Porto - Madrid
Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace. Kindly note there is a 20kg luggage weight restriction on this internal flight. Please make sure to plan your packing with this in mind.

Transport: Plane

Included activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Optional activities:

  • Plaza Mayor Visit
  • Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
  • Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
Day 8
Madrid - Granada
Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with it's narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Orientation Walk, Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Granada
Enjoy a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.

Included activities: Alhambra Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Tapas Bar Crawl
  • Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit
  • Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Granada - Seville
Travel to picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening head towards Seville by train and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.

Transport: Local bus, Local train

Included activities: Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit, Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit, Flamenco Show

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
Seville
Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville.

Optional activities:

  • Santa Cruz Quarter Visit
  • Alcázar Palace Visit
  • La Giralda Visit
  • Casa de Pilatos
  • The Golden Tower (Torre del Oro)
  • Santa Paula Convent
  • Ronda Day trip

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Seville - Valencia
Hop on an early train to Valencia (including a quick stop via Madrid) arriving in time to explore this lively coastal city. Make sure to enjoy a traditional paella dinner!

Transport: Local train, Local train

Included activities: Valencia Orientation Walk

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Valencia - Barcelona
Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day. Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.

Transport: Local train

Included activities: Orientation Walk, Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner

Optional activities:

  • La Barceloneta Visit
  • La Sagrada Família Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 14
Barcelona
Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Included activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Optional activities:

  • Gothic Quarter Visit
  • La Barceloneta Visit
  • Las Ramblas Visit
  • La Sagrada Família Visit
  • Parc Güell Visit
  • Montjuïc Visit
  • Gaudi House Museum
  • Casa Batlló
Day 15
Barcelona - Pyrenees
Take the morning to explore beautiful Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for 2 nights in a 'casa rural'. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.

Transport: Local bus, Private Vehicle

Optional activities:

  • Parc Güell Visit
  • Las Ramblas Visit
  • La Sagrada Família Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 16
Pyrenees
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.

Optional activities: Hiking

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 17
Pyrenees - Bilbao
Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Optional activities:

  • Guggenheim Museum Visit
  • Basilica of Begoña Visit
  • Casco Viejo Visit
  • Parque de Etxebarría Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 18
Bilbao
Take a day trip to San Sebastian. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the fascinating culture of the area. Return to Bilbao for the night.

Transport: Local bus, Local bus

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Pintxos (Tapas) Tour
  • Monte Igueldo Visit
  • Beach Visit with Surfing
  • Cathedral of Buen Pastor
  • San Sebastian Bicycle Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 19
Bilbao - Logroño
Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Rioja Region Wine Tasting

Meals: breakfast

Day 20
Logroño - Madrid
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

Transport: Local bus

Optional activities:

  • Reina Sofia National Art Museum
  • Gran Vía Visit
  • Plaza Mayor Visit
  • Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
  • Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Taurino Museum
Day 21
Madrid
Depart at any time.

Optional activities:

  • Reina Sofia National Art Museum
  • Gran Vía Visit
  • Plaza Mayor Visit
  • Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
  • Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Meals: breakfast

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