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Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine — the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ESSP.B/201652
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Barcelona, Spain
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Madrid
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • Barcelona

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Lisbon

Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of Lisbon. The rest of the day is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama.
Opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this.

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Day 3: Lisbon/Coimbra

Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra.

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Day 4: Coimbra

Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby medieval town of Óbidos or the Templar city of Tomar.

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Day 5: Coimbra/Porto

Free morning in Coimbra. Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.

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Day 6: Porto

Free day to explore Porto. Opt take a cruise down the Douro Valley, or explore the city which gained UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1996. In the evening enjoy a visit to the port wine cellars and tasting.
Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolhão Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit São Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Palácio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

In the evening, become an Port wine connoisseur with a visit to the cellars and a port wine tasting.

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Day 7: Porto/Madrid

Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace.

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Day 8: Madrid

Enjoy a full day to explore this bustling capital. Discover Plaza Mayor or opt to visit the famous Royal Palace. Indulge in delicious Spanish tapas or get your art fix at the Prado Museum.

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Day 9: Madrid/Granada

Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with it's narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.

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Day 10: Granada

Enjoy a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

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Day 11: Granada/Cordoba/Seville

Travel to picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening head towards Seville by train and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.



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Day 12: Seville

Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.

Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.

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Day 13: Seville/Barcelona

Hop on the train and get comfortable on the journey north to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students followed by a group dinner to round out the day.

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Day 14: Barcelona

Depart at any time. We recommend booking post-accommodation to experience all this city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona
    • Lisbon orientation walk
    • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
    • Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit
    • Porto orientation walk
    • Port wine cellars visit and tasting
    • Granada orientation walk
    • Albaicin quarter visit
    • Alhambra guided tour
    • Seville orientation walk
    • Flamenco show performance
    • Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba
    • Barcelona orientation walk
    • Internal flight (Porto to Madrid)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Savour traditional Portuguese food in Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood
  • Taste coastal Porto’s famous export in a port wine cellar
  • Soak in the lively atmosphere and scenery of Madrid
  • Discover Seville’s Moorish influence
  • Learn to make tapas in Barcelona