Best of Spain & Portugal - End Barcelona, Small Group, Summer

Best of Spain & Portugal - End Barcelona, Small Group, Summer

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Best of Spain & Portugal - End Barcelona, Small Group, Summer

15 Days Starting in Madrid, Spain and ending in Barcelona, Spain

Visiting: Madrid, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Óbidos, Lisbon, Seville, Córdoba, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Málaga, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Peñíscola, Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Barcelona

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE932ZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

From: $7550 $6581 Operator discount: -$755 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$214 -13%

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

See the masterpieces of Spain and Portugal on this 15-day guided tour. In Madrid, an art historian will walk you through the Prado Museum, where Spain's most impressive paintings hang. Navigate Segovia’s medieval streets alongside a Local Expert. Journeying to Granada, visit the region’s oldest olive grove, before dining in the home of a local family, sampling local produce and wine. At the Alhambra, explore the palace's lace-like stone walls and wander its manicured gardens. In Seville, stomp to the sounds of an acoustic guitar during a private flamenco dance lesson. In Porto, sip port during a wine tasting, and in Lisbon, see an architectural masterpiece — the Gothic-style Jerónimos Monastery.

Highlights

  • Porto: Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores. Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

  • Segovia: Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.

  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barceló Emperatriz Madrid. NH Collection Madrid Suecia. Barceló Torre de Madrid.

Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over an evening of delicious food and wine.

Day 2 : Madrid Of The Bourbons

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barceló Emperatriz Madrid. NH Collection Madrid Suecia. Barceló Torre de Madrid.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Spanish capital’s most historic neighbourhoods. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Enjoy a special visit to the renowned Prado Museum with an art historian who will guide you through the collective works of Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and more.

Day 3 : Segovia And Golden Salamanca

Location: Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Alameda Palace Salamanca.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Travel to the fortified city of Segovia. Walk through the medieval streets with a Local Expert and see the magnificent Alcazar fortress, before continuing onto the historic aqueduct. Journey west, overlooking the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca. During your guided sightseeing tour, admire the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.

Day 4 : Porto, Grande Dame On The Douro

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Location: Porto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Collection Porto Batalha. Infante Sagres Porto.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Situated on the River Douro, the city is celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Continue your exploration of the city, admiring the multi-coloured houses, churches adorned with glazed tiles and iconic bridges.

Day 5 : Holy Fátima, Ancient Óbidos And Lisbon

Location: Fátima, Óbidos, Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dom Pedro Lisboa Lisbon. Corinthia Lisbon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Óbidos and walk within its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets where houses are covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Day 6 : Lisbon And The Age Of The Great Discoveries Relaxed Start

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dom Pedro Lisboa Lisbon. Corinthia Lisbon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belém Quarter, from where sailing ships once set forth to discover faraway lands. Enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the historic Belém Tower. This fortress was originally set in the middle of the river, but is now left high and dry on the riverbank. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Church with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, royalty and, on occasion, James Bond.

Day 7 : Seville, The City Of Carmen

Location: Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Collection Sevilla Seville.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.This evening, why not join an optional experience with dinner and a horse and carriage ride?

Day 8 : Free Time And Flamenco In Seville Relaxed Start

Location: Seville, Córdoba

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ayre Sevilla Seville.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start and a morning to unwind, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. Later this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson.

Day 9 : Head For Gibraltar, Mijas And The Costa Del Sol

Location: Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol Torremolinos.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael’s Cave. See the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through high end resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens, taking in the views of the coast.

Day 10 : At Leisure On The Costa Del Sol Relaxed Start

Location: Costa del Sol, Málaga

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol Torremolinos.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Málaga, the birth city of Picasso.

Day 11 : Dining With Locals And The Alhambra Relaxed Start

Location: Alfarnatejo, Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vincci Albayzín Granada.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, with Wine

Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet whitewashed village, with a population of less than 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory to taste a selection of different oils, paired with locally made farmer bread. In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.

Day 12 : On To Valencia

Location: Valencia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barceló Valencia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey to Valencia. Pass through the Old City to see its ancient gates, and the City of Arts and Sciences.In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Alternatively sit back with a drink and watch the Valencians go about their day.Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn how to make this local specialty during a Cooking Demonstration. Later, indulge in the delicious flavours of this classic dish at your Highlight Dinner.

Day 13 : Along The Coast To Peñíscola And On To Barcelona

Location: Peñíscola, Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Barcelona Sarrià Barcelona.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, with Wine

Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the Cava Bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. During a delicious light lunch, enjoy a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona.

Day 14 : Barcelona Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Barcelona Sarrià Barcelona.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. At a local restaurant, join your fellow travellers to toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine.

Day 15 : Depart Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Optional Activities

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

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

    Yes

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

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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