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Ultimate Spain & Portugal
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From Jan 17 From Jan 18

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!

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ESLM.B/201648
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Madrid, Spain
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Madrid
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • Valencia
  • Barcelona
  • Pyrenees
  • Bilbao
  • San Sebastián
  • Logroño

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Lisbon

Wander through the distinct city quarters and the historical area of Belém. The afternoon is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama.
In the afternoon opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this.

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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.

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Day 4: Coimbra

Explore Coimbra today. Opt for a guided tour of its famous university or enjoy the day exploring the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars.

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Day 5: Coimbra/Porto

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

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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.
Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolhão Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit São Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Palácio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

In the evening, become an Port wine connoisseur with a visit to the cellars and a port wine tasting.

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Day 7: Porto/Madrid

Transfer to Madrid in the morning. Arrive in the late afternoon with free time to explore this lively city.

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Day 8: Madrid/Granada

Spend the morning exploring cosmopolitan Madrid before heading south to Granada.
Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival in Granada. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.

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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.
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

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Day 10: Granada/Seville

Head towards Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalucia. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.

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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.
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.

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Day 12: Seville/Valencia

Transfer to picturesque Cordoba for a stroll through the historic quarter and visit to the iconic Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque). Continue to the coastal city of Valencia.
Visit Cordoba's famous 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. Continue onwards to Valencia and opt for a traditional paella dinner.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape.

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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'.

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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.

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Day 18: San Sebastian

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.
The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebastián didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer.

Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat!

Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebastián without trying the famous jamon iberico.

The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo — half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos.

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Day 19: Bilbao/Logroño

Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.
With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city.

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Day 20: Logroño/Madrid

Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

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Day 21: Madrid

Depart at any time.
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona Hands-On: 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)
    • Bilbao day trip
    • Wine tasting in the Rioja region
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (18 nts), casa rural (2 nts)
    • 17 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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