Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, youll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness Gauds Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; weve only just begun.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a morning CEO-led orientation walk of central Lisbon. After, explore the city with some free time. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, and is well worth a visit.
Visit the area of Belém where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world.
Belém District Visit
There will be some free time to explore this lively student city made up of medieval alleyways and quaint architecture. Opt to make a stop at Évora's magnificent cathedral.
Chapel of Bones Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00-5.00 hours)
Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves.
Coastal Hike in Algarve
Spend time in Seville exploring Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens, getting a feel for Seville's energetic pulse. Opt to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés.
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.
Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.
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.
Visit Cordoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral.
After, stroll through Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish Quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.
While here, sample some of Cordoba's cuisine, steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions.
Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (2.00-3.00 hours)
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset.
In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.
Alhambra Guided Tour
Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.
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 Prado Museum.
After a long travel day, arrive to the shores of the Mediterranean and the vibrant city of Valencia. The city is the home of paella, the Holy Grail, the birthplace of the inimitable architecture of Santiago Calatrava, and one of Europe's newest and most impressive science museums.
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Try Valencia's famous dish, paella. Opt for an evening out to a local paella restaurant and sample a few of the great Valencian wines!
Take the bus to Barcelona. Join a CEO-led orientation walk before free time to explore this unique city.
Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafés. Stroll Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping.
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.
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. With time, opt to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, a home for catalan music.
For nightlife, the highest concentration of young locals dancing can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets. Find good music, good drinks, and lots of fun. Another nightlife spot to meet the fashionable locals is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá.
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.
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Trip Name: Best of Spain & Portugal
Duration: 15 Days
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Trip Code: 127116
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