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Iconic Portugal & Spain

Historic cities, colourful culture, and architectural landmarks come together on this 15-day itinerary of Spain and Portugal. Your trusted CEO will lead you through medieval complexes, local farms, and the Moorish masterpiece that is the Alhambra, enlisting knowledgeable local guides and hosts along the way. Immersive and informative, this itinerary through Western Europe satisfies the intellectual curiosities of those that wish to do more than simply cross a destination off their list.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EPSNG/236731
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Seville, Spain
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Évora
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Madrid
  • Córdoba
  • Granada
  • Seville

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in Alfama, one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.

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Day 2: Lisbon

Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon.

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Day 3: Lisbon/Évora

Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Day 4: Évora

Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time.

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Day 5: Évora/Coimbra

Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.

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Day 6: Coimbra/Porto

This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Late, catch the train to Porto.

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Day 7: Porto

Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sites of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. The remainder of the day is free to explore.

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Day 8: Porto/Madrid

Hop on a quick flight from Porto to Madrid. Enjoy free time to explore the city.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

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Day 9: Madrid

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo with a local historian. Explore the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Return to Madrid and opt to visit museums or just relax at a local café.
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.

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Day 10: Madrid/Córdoba

Travel by high-speed train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita (mosque). Afterwards, stroll the historic medieval Jewish quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.
Córdoba's gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup.

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Day 11: Córdoba/Granada

Travel to the Andalusian city of Granada and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Learn the art of flamenco from a professional teacher during a private class.
Opt to visit the Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation or the Royal Chapel before your Flamenco class.

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Day 12: Granada

Enjoy a guided visit to an architectural masterpiece — the Alhambra. It's one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture, and the highlight of our trip for most visitors. After, enjoy free time to explore Granada.


After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset.

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 13: Granada/Seville

This morning, journey to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show.

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Day 14: Seville

Get a taste of Seville's energetic pulse with a full free day in the city. Spend the day at leisure exploring its Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens or sit back and relax at a local café.
Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés.

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Day 15: Seville

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Experience, Évora Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
    • Lisbon orientation walk
    • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
    • Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra
    • Chapel of Bones tour in Evora
    • Diana's Temple visit in Evora
    • Guided tour of Coimbra University
    • Porto orientation walk
    • Douro River boat cruise and port wine cellar and tasting
    • Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter
    • Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra
    • Internal flight
    • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover Portugal’s architectural gems like the manors of Sintra and the Roman temples of Évora
  • Enjoy a mesmerizing Fado music performance in Lisbon
  • Take in a traditional flamenco show in Seville
  • Venture into Portugal’s countryside to learn about the production of cork and olive harvesting
  • Marvel at the splendid Moorish architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra in Granada