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13 Days / 12 Nights Trip | Medieval Madrid, Landscapes of Granada, Explore Valencia, Seville Sightseeing, Lisbon

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

Vibrant cities, wine, new friends and warm sunshine - you’ll never want to leave.
Dive headfirst into the vibrant colour and energy of Spain and Portugal with a group of travellers who, like you, enjoy history and adventure, wine, dancing, learning and laughing, in equal measure.

Together, explore famous cities like Madrid, Lisbon, Seville and Barcelona, visiting palaces, castles and cathedrals, drinking wine and mingling with locals. All throughout, adventures and surprises abound, all in the company of people who will quickly become your friends and feel like family by the last day.


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  • Duration
    13 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,632
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Trafalgar
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Welcome to the heart of Spain: Madrid
Highlight #1
Welcome to the heart of Spain: Madrid
The Spanish capital has it all. Whether it’s your love for food,  the exciting buzz of a city, beautiful architecture or artistic masterpieces, find it all in Madrid.
The mystery of the tomb of Columbus: Seville
Highlight #2
The mystery of the tomb of Columbus: Seville
It’s no joke that Columbus’ remains travelled as much as he did, which brings us to his final mystery: is the tomb in Seville Cathedral that of the great navigator? Or is it his brother’s?
Lisbon : Old-world charm & yummy pastries
Highlight #3
Lisbon : Old-world charm & yummy pastries
Visit Pastel de Belem (Lisbon’s most popular pastry shop), watch trams go by and get a beautiful view of the Tagus River.
Granada: Castles, castles everywhere!
Highlight #4
Granada: Castles, castles everywhere!
An interesting blend of Spanish and Arab worlds, Granada brings the best of both cultures in the form of its gorgeous castles and fortresses.
Go treasure hunting in Salamanca!
Highlight #5
Go treasure hunting in Salamanca!
Salamanca captivates travellers of all ages with an enchanting trail. Crowds gaze up at the ornate facade of Salamanca University, hoping to find a tiny frog sitting on a skull!
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9 Reasons Why Spain Is For The Free-Spirited

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Itinerary

Arrive Madrid

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 travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's iconic sights.

Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

Witness the dramatic honey-coloured 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 15th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia's fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel 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.

Granada – Córdoba – Seville

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 Cathedral of Córdoba, 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.

Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece 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.

Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion

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 launch pad 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.

Seville – Algarve Region

We journey from Spain to the sun-kissed shores of southern Portugal's Algarve, a retreat for sun-worshippers with its spectacular natural landscapes. Enjoy the delicious flavours of piri piri chicken and grilled sardines against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Atlantic, relax on its golden beaches or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing

Travel north to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular 16th-century Hieronymite Monastery and Belém Tower before a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider visiting the hillside Bairro Alto in search of delicious Portuguese flavours or witness the melancholic tunes of the fado.

Lisbon Free Day

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.

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

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 view its 18th-century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour.

Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid

See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo, where we'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of Count Orgaz. Join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through its streets and see 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.

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we'll see the Royal Palace and and the Cervantes Monument with its stone representations of Don Quixote's true love. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own. 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.

Depart Madrid

For now it's time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Inclusions

 12 Nights accommodation

 18 meals -12 breakfast ,1 lunch, 5 dinners with local wine.

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 Additional 5% GST

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