Best of Spain & Portugal | 2025

Best of Spain & Portugal | 2025

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Best of Spain & Portugal | 2025

23 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, Pamplona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Ibiza, Valencia, Granada, Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, The Algarve, Cascais, Sintra, Lisbon, Quinta do Sanguinhal Vineyard, Porto, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Avila

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BBEIAMA20

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
From: $6055 $4723 Operator discount: -$1178 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$154 -22%

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Want to truly get to know Spain & Portugal? On this 23-day trip we'll immerse ourselves in everything Iberian, from feasts on Seville's rooftops to tasting port in Porto, to uncovering Moorish architecture in Córdoba & Granada, exploring charming pastel palaces at Sintra, feasting on fresh seafood in Lisbon and stumbling across UNESCO World Heritage sites around seemingly every corner. Hitting up all the iconic cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Lisbon & Porto - plus 2 nights on the island of Ibiza - a maze of culture, food & colourful experiences awaits.

Highlights

  • 22 Breakfast (B)

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • Pamplona: Your Trip Manager will escort you into the heart of the city and give a brief orientation talk. After that, you're free to explore this quirky and colourful city in your own way.

  • Bilbao: Home to world famous art museums and architecture that’s grander than grand. Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Bilbao, taking in the mountains and the skyscrapers.

  • San Sebastián: Where better to admire the sunset than on the beautiful beaches of San Sebastián? This resort town is known for its fantastic food too – so make sure you’re hungry!

  • Barcelona: Combat boots at the ready, folks! Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas are so cool, you won’t know what to photograph first!

  • Valencia: Stand in awe of this medieval wonder. It’s said to be the home of the Holy Grail

  • Granada: Probably the most Instagrammable palace that’s ever existed. Tour this Moorish marvel with an expert.

  • Toledo: This medieval city is a cultural melting pot, with a mix of Spanish, Arabic and Jewish influences. Get some pics of the Alcázar Fortress and the gothic Cathedral.

  • Córdoba: This ornate World Heritage site was built by the Moors after they conquered Iberia. And it’s still one of the world’s biggest mosques.

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Day 1: Start Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew tonight over your first group dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your hotel sleep.

Day 2: Madrid To Pamplona Via Burgos

Location: Madrid, Burgos, Pamplona

Accommodation: AZZ Pamplona Norte (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Burgos and Pamplona.
We couldn't race to our night's stop-off point without letting you marvel at the pretty medieval town of Burgos first. For real, just wait till you see the gorgeous town square.
Our next stop is the colourful Pamplona. We’ll start with a brief orientation tour of this well-preserved town, and then you'll have some free time to explore in your own way.

Day 3: Pamplona Via Bilbao And San Sebastián

Location: Pamplona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona

Accommodation: AZZ Pamplona Norte (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine, Spanish explorers! Two new cities await us today, but not until we’ve had breakfast.
Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim, you're free to use your morning to play art critique and absorb Bilbao's pretty surrounds and architecture. 
Next stop, San Sebastián! This is a pretty postcard town where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a walk, do some shopping or just sit and chill in a bar, enjoying endless plates of pintxos (the Basque version of tapas).
Our day ends where it started in Pamplona, where you’ll sleep soundly with a head full of modern art-themed dreams.

Day 4: Pamplona To Barcelona

Location: Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Park Putxet Barcelona (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona.
A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and good vibes aplenty. Even the pit stops are amazing on Contiki. 
With 2-nights in Barcelona, you'll be pronouncing Barcelona's C with a "tthh" like a true local by the time we make tracks. We’re off for an included dinner at Mescladis, a non-profit restaurant that works to foster social cohesion in Barca and beyond.

Day 5: Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Park Putxet Barcelona (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is up to you to explore your way. You could take a wander through the colourful buildings & gardens of Gaudi's iconic Parc Güell, beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, or those wanting to explore the city can sign up for an optional bike tour.

Day 6: Barcelona To Ibiza

Location: Barcelona, Ibiza

Accommodation: Ryans Lolas (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, we’ll head south along the coast to Denia where we'll then travel to the world’s party capital of Ibiza. 
Worshipped worldwide as the party destination to end all party destinations, here you'll find super clubs, super DJs & super strobes like you've never seen them before, and that's just the island's 3am drawcards. For those that like to take the chilled approach, Ibiza's beaches, coves, and local markets need to be seen to be believed.

Day 7: Ibiza

Location: Ibiza

Accommodation: Ryans Lolas (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Although this seems to be an island that never sleeps, you're going to need to drag that head out of bed so you can see the incredible beauty of the place when drenched in daylight. Go snorkelling, explore Ibiza's cute old town and its little souvenir shops or take a trip to spiritual Es Vedra.

Day 8: Ibiza To Valencia

Location: Ibiza, Valencia

Accommodation: Hotel Mas Camarena Valencia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's been a magical time on this island, but we have the rest of Spain to explore. With Ibiza ticked off our bucket list, we'll hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Touching down in Denia we'll jump on our coach, headed for Valencia.
It's hard to not be enchanted by the port city of Valencia, where beach meets culture in the happiest way possible. With one night here in the land that invented paella it would be crazy not to sign up for an optional paella-making class tonight with the crew. Who's in?

Day 9: Valencia To Granada

Location: Valencia, Granada

Accommodation: Macia Condor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's been short but sweet, Valencia, and we won't forget you. This morning we'll take an orientation walk before seeking the very different vibes of Granada. How are all these places in just one country?
Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of Arab and Spanish feels only to be found in Andalusia. This is one place you may never want to leave!

Day 10: Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Macia Condor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We start the morning with free time to explore. You can fill yours by opting for a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin & the Capilla Real, and while you're at it, fill up on some of Granada's incredible food, like its famous Arab pastries. This afternoon we head to Spain's number 1 visited attraction, the Alhambra Palace. We'll discover the breathtaking beauty and history of this Moorish Palace, with its intricate patterns and detailed architecture that will leave you spellbound, and wondering why you haven't been here sooner. To top it off, Alhambra offers the best views of the city. Feel the Spanish rhythm and style by opting for a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your Contiki family. Que beuno!

Day 11: Granada To Madrid

Location: Granada, Toledo, Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the scenic adventures we have planned today on route to Madrid.
Synagogues, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect El Greco’s house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason. Just another pit-stop in our life in glorious Spain.
Here we are, back where the party started 10 life-changing days ago. You're free to spend the evening your way tonight and Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes for a night out on the town.

Day 12: Madrid To Cordoba

Location: Madrid, Córdoba

Accommodation: Hotel el Monasterio de San Francisco (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving some of our group to finish their adventures here in Madrid, the rest of us (along with some new friends) will drive onwards to Córdoba.
With storybook balconies & charming little lanes, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is sure to take your breath away. We'll start out by finding our feet here in Cordoba, only to be swept off them again with a trip to the Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba.) History buffs, this is basically your perfect day.
This evening we'll stay in for an included dinner together at our Special Stay for the night, a 15th Century monastery with vaulted ceilings, outdoor pool and internal courtyard.

Day 13: Cordoba To Seville

Location: Córdoba, Seville

Accommodation: YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ready to explore more of Andalucía? This morning we'll leave historical Córdoba with our sights set on sun-soaked Seville.
13th century architecture and one of the world's biggest cathedrals wait for us in the passionate arms of Southern Spain's capital, Seville. We'll be seduced with a guided stroll of the city, admiring the city's river, Mudéjar palaces & aristocratic mansions. Just be sure to save some energy for our optional EatWith dining experience tonight, an authentic feast.

Day 14: Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day free to explore Seville? Don't mind if we do. Take a wander through picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, visit the Alcazar (a Game of Thrones location for those in the know) and explore winding medieval lanes to your heart's delight.

Day 15: Seville To The Algarve

Location: Seville, The Algarve

Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to Spain, and say goodbye we must, because our agenda today sees us moving westwards on the Iberian penninsula to Portugal. Crossing the border, spirits are high as we cruise along the Algarve, where petiscos and pastéis de nata await.
Remarkable coastlines. Show-stopping seafood. Pastel-coloured streets. And a sunny Atlantic breeze. Welcome to Portugal. Our first destination in this wonderful country is the breathtaking beaches of The Algarve. You’ll drop your bags off at our hotel and join us as we search for the best dinner spots. And so begins the second part of our adventure…

Day 16: The Algarve

Location: The Algarve

Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Folks, it's beach time. But not just any beach, we’ll visit the stunning sun-kissed beaches of Algarve. So wake up, get some of that included breakfast, and put on your swimsuits. You’ve got the ENTIRE day to spend as you please. Soak in the sunlight. Dive into the water. Grab a book and chill. Taste some fresh seafood. Wow. For dinner, we’ll walk around the colourful streets and get some dinner on the way. Pure bliss.

Day 17: The Algarve To Lisbon Via Sintra And Cascais

Location: The Algarve, Cascais, Sintra, Lisbon

Accommodation: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Good morning, it’s time to say goodbye to Algarve. Don’t worry. We’ve still got more coastal spots to explore. So, fill up on some breakfast and hop onto your coach!

Our first stop this morning is in the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood. Stroll along the marina or opt in for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience hosted by local residents: a street art tour showcasing the culture of a neighbourhood shaking off old perceptions by creating an urban art gallery unlike anywhere in the world.

Stop two? The incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sintra. Here in this fairytale town, expect to feel fully enchanted with a stop-off at Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra’s mesmerising manor house.

Welcome to yet another example of incredible Europe’s historical cities. Here in Lisbon, vintage looking trams roll down cobbled streets and tiny intricate tiles make everything beautifully picturesque. You’ve got plenty of time for exploring tomorrow. So why not take to the streets and check out some of the sidestreet cafes or restaurants for dinner?

Day 18: Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

A free day gives you plenty of time to explore all the hotspots including Portugal's Christo Rei (Christ the King), Rossio Square, the Belém District, home to the famous tower of the same name, and feel some Moorish vibes at a monastery where Vasco de Gama's tomb is held.

Day 19: Lisbon To Porto Via Quinta Do Sanguinhal Vineyard

Location: Lisbon, Quinta do Sanguinhal Vineyard, Porto

Accommodation: Ibis Porto Gaia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Lisbon, you’ve been incredible. But the show must go on. Today, we’ll make our way further up north, along the stunning coastline.

We can’t leave Portugal without tasting some authentic local wine, can we? That’s why we’re visiting the 19th century vineyards to see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savour some of it.

Alive with galleries and coffee shops and amazing food culture, the city of Porto is basically a dream for art lovers and foodies alike. So, it's a good thing you've got a free evening here to spend however you like. And if you're on the hunt for things to do, you can join us for a tour of some of the local foodie hotspots! Then, it's time to tuck in for tomorrow.

Day 20: Porto

Location: Porto

Accommodation: Ibis Porto Gaia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Wakey wakey. You get to decide the agenda for today. You can choose to try local food (if you're still craving some from last night). Discover heritage in the old wooden tram in Riberia. Or walk along the picturesque coastline, and view the main sites like lavish São Francisco Church and 19th century Palácio da Bolsa.

Day 21: Porto To Salamanca Via Ciudad Rodrigo

Location: Porto, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel Bardo Recoletos Coco (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

See ya Portugal, you've shown us all your best places and we're feeling very thankful!

We'll have an hour to check out a fortified city on the Spain/Portugal border - that dates back all the way to the Roman Empire (true story!)



We'll settle for the night in Salamanca. We're just 2 hours from Madrid but somehow Salamanca feels like a whole other world, with a 13th century University, mysteriously futuristic gargoyles, a painted indoor sky fresco, and a Cathedral dotted with carved stone shells. After orienting ourselves to the city we'll have some free time to find some food (think cheeses, cured meats, wine & sweet almond cookies) and explore more this evening.

Day 22: Salamanca To Madrid

Location: Salamanca, Avila, Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Satisfied with our time in Salamanca, we'll make our way back to Madrid with a stop in Ávila.


Ávila is best known for its perfectly preserved 11th century medieval walls, protecting the medieval UNESCO World Heritage-listed city inside. We'll stop to admire them before jumping back in the coach, bound for Madrid.



Back where it all began, again! Here in Madrid you'll be able to make the most of our final night together with an optional dinner of traditional food at an iconic Spanish restaurant near the Plaza Mayor.

Day 23: End Madrid

Location: Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tears and tissues and pinky swears for a reunion trip will mark the blur of sadness that is our morning departure. These are the memories that will stay with you a life time; make sure your next Contiki adventure is just around the corner.

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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