Iberian Inspiration 2024

Iberian Inspiration 2024

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Iberian Inspiration 2024

12 Days Starting in Madrid and ending in Lisbon

Visiting: Spain, Portugal

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BIBML4

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$3919
$3628 (USD) Operator discount: -$100 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$191

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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

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

  • Enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Seville

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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Madrid (Spain)
Accommodation: Hotel 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

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

Check out our Q&As

  • Will we avoid large groups of people?

    We’re very eager to explore with you in the future, however avoiding large crowds at popular attractions and locations will be challenging. Our Blue-Roads tours deliver unique travel experiences that naturally visit lesser-known destinations – providing our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and charming, hand-picked accommodation. This means we are able to provide an unforgettable travel experience for our guests whilst avoiding larger crowds whenever possible.

  • Will I have to wear a mask whilst on my tour?

    Some personal protective equipment (such as a mask or gloves) may be required for particular destinations and attractions. However, we will provide details before your tour departure so you are prepared according to your destination of travel. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, failure to comply with Blue-Roads policies and government regulations could result in your removal from your tour.

  • How many people will be on my tour?

    At Blue-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group tours with a maximum capacity of 18 people (average group size of 14 people). This small group element is one of the key reasons people choose to travel with us. Traveling in smaller groups means our Blue-Roads Tour Leaders can provide a more personalized traveling experience to every one of our guests.

  • What if I start to feel unwell on my tour?

    Let your Tour Leader know as soon as possible. Feeling unwell on a tour can happen and our Tour Leaders are already trained on appropriate actions to take if this occurs. Before we return to the road, all Blue-Roads Tour Leaders will receive additional training specific to coronavirus safety – ensuring they're prepared as possible to focus on your wellbeing.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Janice O  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

11-Jun-2019

Spain is spectacular. So many OMG and jaw dropping moments

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

21-Jul-2019

Sandra W  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

27-Jul-2019

Anita R  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

03-Jun-2019

Iberia - wow! I loved the tour, appreciated the small group size, the accommodation (wow!), meals & beverages pack (although I don't drink alcohol I did not feel I was missing out), English speaking guide (Maria is a gem), super superb smooth driver, local guides in each town/village and of course using the back roads to see a side of Iberian the bigger coaches don't see.

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

20-Jul-2019

Great trip,tour guide small size of group

Brian S  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

04-Jun-2019

Pamela E  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

10-Jun-2019

The guide was superlative. Nothing was too much trouble. He recommended restaurants and often accompanied us

Martin R  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

21-Jul-2019

Anonymous  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

29-Jul-2019

Francis S  

Iberian Inspiration 2024

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.

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    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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