Highlights of Spain and Portugal

13 Days Starting and ending in Madrid, Spain

Visiting: Madrid, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Évora, Lisbon, Salamanca

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

WHIGZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant heart of the Iberian Peninsula with our "Highlights of Spain and Portugal" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that defines these two remarkable countries. From the architectural marvels of Córdoba, Seville, and Lisbon to the enchanting landscapes of Valencia and Salamanca, every step of this tour is designed to captivate your senses. Marvel at the grandeur of the Alhambra Palace, wander through the historic streets of Toledo, and soak in the spiritual ambiance of Fátima. With the comfort of luxury air-conditioned coaches, cherry-picked hotels, and the expertise of local specialists, this tour promises a seamless and enriching travel experience. Discover the soul of Spain and Portugal, immersing yourself in their traditions, gastronomy, and the warmth of their people. Join us for a journey that weaves together the essence of these two countries, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore Córdoba, Seville, Évora, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Valencia, Cádiz and Salamanca

  • Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Cathedral of Évora, the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca and the Church of Santo Tomé and the Synagogue in Toledo

  • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, the Shrine at Fátima and the Cave Houses of Guadix

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Rafaelhoteles Atocha Madrid/Ayre Gran Colón Madrid

Meals Included: Dinner

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation of the city.

Day 2 : Journey To Cuenca And Valencia

Location: Valencia

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Silken Puerta

Meals Included: Breakfast

Witness the dramatic honey-colored clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 14th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. Enjoy organic horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia, during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

Day 3 : Off To Unique Guadix And On To Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Occidental Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel through the Sierra Nevadas bound for Guadix, where we’ll witness how generations of locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds. We'll view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Then, journey through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 : Onwards To Córdoba And Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Lebreros Seville

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Mosque of the Caliphs, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Day 5 : Uncover The Secrets Of Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Lebreros Seville

Meals Included: Breakfast

Seville takes centre stage today as we explore this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, home of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

Day 6 : Admire The Sights Of Jerez And Cádiz

Location: Jerez de la Frontera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Lebreros Seville

Meals Included: Breakfast

We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we Dive Into Culture and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launchpad to the 'New World', and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Day 7 : Venture To Évora

Location: Évora

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: M'ar de Ar Muralhas Évora

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the zesty scents of Seville behind, we head to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo, where the Brito Paes family await our arrival for a special lunch on their traditional stud ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. This Be My Guest experience takes place in the home of their ancestors before we continue to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour. With a Local Specialist we will visit Evora's cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 8 : On To Lively Lisbon

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. A particular highlight of this afternoon is an opportunity to Dive Into Culture at the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art.

Day 9 : Lisbon Your Way

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Day 10 : Pilgrimage To Fátima And On To Salamanca

Location: Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gran Hotel Corona Sol Salamanca

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will visit its 18th-century Plaza Mayor.

Day 11 : Continue To Toledo And Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Madrid Center Retiro

Meals Included: Breakfast

See the walled city of Ávila, the city of Saint Teresa of Ávila. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo and join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through its streets. We'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz' and the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, Dive Into Culture and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Day 12 : Explore Fiery Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation Name: Hotel Madrid Center Retiro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we’ll see the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 : Adiós Madrid

Location: Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

For now it's time to say a fond farewell to our traveling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International airfare to/from the start/end of your trip

  • Visas

    Visas and other travel documentation

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

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

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes. 5 years and above.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    40 to 45 people on an average.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trafalgar guests benefit from complimentary arrival and departure transfers, by shuttle coach, on the first and last day of their guided holiday. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to purchase a private transfer.

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

    Low.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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