Ultimate Spain & Portugal
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As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 22 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, youll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Barcelona, and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastin, and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europes greatest two-for-one deal!

  • Duration: 22 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 141552
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Madrid, Spain
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid



Day 1: Lisbon

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Lisbon (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Belém District Visit


Day 3: Lisbon/Lagos (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Chapel of Bones Visit

Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00-5.00 hours)


Day 4: Lagos (1B)

Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves.

Included Activities:
Coastal Hike in Algarve


Day 5: Lagos/Seville (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Flamenco Show

Local bus (6.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Seville (1B)

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.


Day 7: Seville/Granada (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit

Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 8: Granada (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Alhambra Guided Tour


Day 9: Granada/Madrid (1B)

Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (6.00 hour(s))


Day 10: Madrid (1B)

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.


Day 11: Madrid/Valencia (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (7.00 hour(s))


Day 12: Valencia (1B)

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!


Day 13: Valencia/Barcelona (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (4.00 hour(s))


Day 14: Barcelona (1B)

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.


Day 15: Barcelona

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 16: Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

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.

Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))


Day 17: Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

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'.


Day 18: Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)

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.

Private Vehicle (4.75 hour(s))


Day 19: San Sebastián (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))


Day 20: Bilbao/Logroño (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Rioja Region Wine Tasting

Local bus (1.50 hour(s))


Day 21: Logroño/Madrid

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

Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)


Day 22: Madrid (1B)

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

    • Lisbon orientation walk
    • Evora orientation walk
    • Church of Bones visit
    • Algarve hike
    • Seville orientation walk
    • Flamenco performance
    • Cordoba Mezquita (mosque) and Jewish Quarter visits
    • Granada orientation walk
    • Alhambra guided visit
    • Madrid orientation walk
    • Valencia's Old Quarter orientation walk
    • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas
    • "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
    • Hotels (19 nts), casa rural (2 nts)
    • 19 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • 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
  • Relax on the Algarve coast
  • Live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees
  • Experience the Basque way of life.