Iberian Inspiration 2025

Iberian Inspiration 2025

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Iberian Inspiration 2025

12 Days Starting in Madrid and ending in Lisbon

Visiting: Spain, Portugal

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BIBML5

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

Highlights

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz, and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels

  • Explore the ancient walled Alhambra fortress in Granada

  • Discover the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos

  • Taste sherry and tapas at a local winery in Jerez

  • Take in the sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam from the hilltop village of Monsaraz

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels

  • Enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Seville

  • Visit the spectacular Córdoba Mezquita – a UNESCO-protected mosque

  • Sample authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena

Itinerary

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Day 1: Madrid (Spain)

Accommodation: Hotel Quatro Puerta Del Sol (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our adventure with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud!

Day 2: Madrid – Toledo

Accommodation: Hotel Carlos V (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we'll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get a grip on the area's unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel for the night.

Day 3: Toledo – Valdepeñas – Córdoba

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas – where we’ll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba – our home for the next two nights.

Day 4: Córdoba

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia – a locally guided tour of Córdoba’s Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture – this afternoon is all about you.

Day 5: Córdoba – Úbeda – Granada

Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause and taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada.

Day 6: Granada

Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

An energetic university city with an ancient past – Granada is truly magnificent. No visit would be complete without stepping foot in the ancient walled Alhambra fortress. One of the world’s best examples of Islamic architecture, we’ll enjoy a guided tour around a few sections of this intricately decorated complex. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore Granada at your leisure.

Day 7: Granada – Ronda

Accommodation: Hotel Maestranza (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You can rest assured that today’s journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we’ll get our bearings on an orientation tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 8: Ronda – Grazalema, Arcos And Jerez – Seville

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today it’s back on the road – with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we’ll set our sights on Jerez – where we’ll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville.

Day 9: Seville

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. First, a locally guided walking tour and a visit to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar of Seville. Then, the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars...

Day 10: Seville – Sierra De Aracena

Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Back to nature today. After breakfast we’ll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. While we’re here, we’ll pay a visit a local pig farm – where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses.

Day 11: Sierra De Aracena – Monsaraz (Portugal) – Estremoz

Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Tonight, we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Estremoz – Évora – Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region. This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.

What's Included

  • Meals
    11 breakfasts, 2 lunchs, 3 dinners

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

Mode of Transport

Travel in comfort with premium mini-coach transportation throughout the tour, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey between destinations.

Accommodation

Stay in charming old town hotels including Hotel Puerta Del Sol in Madrid, Hotel Carlos V in Toledo, Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba, Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa in Granada, Hotel Maestranza in Ronda, Las Casas de la Judería in Seville, Hotel Convento Aracena in Sierra de Aracena, and Pousada Castelo de Estremoz in Estremoz.

Check out our Q&As

  • What can I expect during the visit to Córdoba?

    In Córdoba, you will have a locally guided tour of the Old Town, visit the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), and have free time to explore the city at your own pace.

  • What activities are planned in Seville?

    In Seville, you will enjoy a traditional flamenco show, a locally guided walking tour, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar of Seville.

  • Will there be a guide during the tour?

    Yes, an experienced Tour Leader and Driver will accompany the tour.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, various meals are included throughout the tour, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on specific days.

  • What is the final destination of the tour?

    The tour concludes in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Will there be any wine tasting during the tour?

    Yes, there will be a wine tasting session at a local bodega in Valdepeñas and a sherry tasting session at a local winery in Jerez.

  • Is there any special activity planned in Sierra de Aracena?

    Yes, you will visit a local pig farm in Sierra de Aracena and taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses.

  • What type of transportation is provided during the tour?

    The tour provides premium mini-coach transportation.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect?

    The tour includes stays in charming old town hotels, such as Hotel Puerta Del Sol in Madrid, Hotel Carlos V in Toledo, and Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba in Córdoba, among others.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

02-Nov-2023

Interesting locations and very informative.

Phil Ge  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

28-Sep-2023

A simple purchase on-line

Pamela De  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

29-Jun-2023

14 days - well thought out itinerary - organised half day walks & exploring for yourself time. Itinerary included several two day stops to allow more time to explore.

Lucio Di  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

12-Oct-2023

Great itinerary, good experiences

Rosemary Ga  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

19-Oct-2023

As a first time experience of Spain this was a stunning introduction to the country and some of its splendours. A new wonder almost every day

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

29-Jul-2019

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

27-May-2023

Very well communicated and planned, we knew what to expect before we went

Francis S  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

28-Dec-2019

The tour was a great coverage of southern Spain & some of Portugal. We covered many of the important historical sites with local guides who were very knowledgeable. Also we had enough free time to explore ourselves which was good. A CAUTIONERY NOTE: On one day we visited an Iberian Black Pig Farm which was NOT on the itinerary. You may not be aware that any visit to a farm overseas, particularly to a pig farm, must be declared to Australian Quarantine Authorities on return to Australia (because of pig swine disease which does not exist in Australia). SEVERE PENALTIES CAN APPLY IF NOT DECLARED. Obviously long delays are experienced on return to Australia. IT IS IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE THAT AUSTRALIAN CLIENTS ARE ADVISED OF THIS & ALLOWED TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ON WHETHER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTIVITY. I think this may also apply to New Zealand clients. My opinion would be to eliminate this excursion from your itinerary.

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

05-Jun-2019

Good value, well planned and always friendly

Lancelot Jo  

Iberian Inspiration 2025

02-Nov-2023

I already have. Now you ask the same questions again

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  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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