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Amazing Spain and Portugal

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,083 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Salamanca cathedral and town, Spain

Countries Visited

Spain, Portugal ...more Spain, Portugal

Locations Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, Evora, Lisbon, Salamanca ...more Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, Evora, Lisbon, Salamanca
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Madrid

    Your airport transfer departs Madrid airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin to get to know this stylish city. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of good food and wine. While in Madrid, explore the elegant boulevards, expansive parks and varied architecture styles.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid.
  2. Day 2 The old capitial of Toledo and on to Granada

    Venture south to meet a master artisan in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft, handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Continue to the fascinating city of Toledo, situated high above the River Tagus. This was Spain's capital during the golden era, where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished side-by-side through the Middle Ages. Walk within the city walls, through the narrow cobbled streets, led by your Local Expert. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting, ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.' Your journey continues to Granada.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Vincci Albayzín, Granada.
  3. Day 3 The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen

    'There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada', cries the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert and also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the cathedral, burial place of Columbus and walk through the old Jewish quarter or alternatively, enjoy a panoramic drive around the city and stop in a café for a refreshing beverage.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  4. Day 4 Free Time and Flamenco in Seville

    This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  5. Day 5 Evora and on to Lisbon

    Continue to the lively university town of Evora, one of the best preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman Times. Visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, a chapel decorated with human remains, before making your way to Lisbon.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Turim Saldanha Hotel, Lisbon.
  6. Day 6 Lisbon and the Age of the Discoveries

    During your stay, a guided orientation of the city with your Local Expert takes you along the 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 and enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient 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 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Turim Saldanha Hotel, Lisbon.
  7. Day 7 Holy Fátima and Salamanca

    Travel into the green hills north of Lisbon to visit Fátima, the most celebrated place of pilgrimage in Portugal. Visit the Basilica commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Cross the border, returning to Spain and continue to Salamanca, famous for its golden stone buildings and the handsome arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Across the River Tormes, see the Puente Romano with 15 of its 26 arches dating from the time of the ancient Romans.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  8. Day 8 Ávila and Madrid

    Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Walk within the ancient city, still entirely enclosed within 11th century walls, a unique occurrence in Europe. Return to Madrid to explore more of the capital with your Local Expert. At a local restaurant, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a lively Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Melia Madrid Serrano
  9. Day 9 Farwell Madrid

    After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Madrid: With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Seville: Choose between a visit to the cathedral and a walk through the old Jewish quarter with a Local Expert or alternatively, join a panoramic tour of the city and stop for a refreshing beverage.

Insight Experiences

  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master artisan for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring alongside a fascinating Local Expert keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Make Travel Matter

  • Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as the students perform an emotional show.The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances SDG 4: Quality Education. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. The Foundation also advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain’s cultural heritage.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as you travel along the River Tagus, through the regions of La Mancha and Andalucía, past the River Tormes and through the Castile region.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tome; to see an El Greco's masterpiece.
  • 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.
  • Evora: With your Travel Director explore the ancient city of Evora and visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.

Dates & Prices

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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Friday, December 20, 2019
Dave was great and kept us informed about excursions and other minor changes made before the tour.
Tour Director was great!
Theresa Simonetti
Monday, October 14, 2019
Response to inquiries was not timely - always more than 24 hours.
Did not expect to spend so much time on the motor coach the 5 and 6 hour days were exhausting. Maybe you could extend this trip to 10 days and cut down on the travel time. I felt more time should have been spent in the towns visited: Cordoba in Spain and Cascais in Lisbon. Also, would have preferred an additional 2 night Hotel stay - maybe in Sevilla or Granada.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions. This trip does cover a lot of ground and there are some long travel days. We will be sure to share your comments with our Operations Team for further review.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Tour Guide Mahy was exceptional. Pleasant, well organized, knowledgeable, skilled at getting us all corralled, and a lot of fun to be around. The tour included all the highlights of each city we visited and the pace was perfect for us.
We had a wonderful time—great tour guide and driver, terrific fellow travelers, exquisite hotels, wonderful food—overall great experience.
Celine Felix
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Would recommend and purchase again.
Everything was fantastic.
Sonia Ramirez
Sunday, May 12, 2019
I love GET Already.
Response from Grand European Travel:
and GET loves you! Thank you for being one of our favorite repeat guests!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
I had a happy momment on Italian Scene..with Trafalgar but Spain & Portugal - not so so
Trusted Customer
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Our booking specialist was excellent. She was helpful, she answered all of my questions and she provided us great information. She was also responsive as I needed to talk to her periodically due to some complexities in our booking.
I would like to have given 5 stars. Here is feedback about the trip which I sent to Insight Vacations. Dear Insight Global Guest Relations: My family and I recently returned from the above-referenced tour. I have some feedback for you that I wanted to share in more space than the evaluation forms would permit. We had a lovely time on the trip. The things we saw, the meals and the information we received about Spain and Portugal were all excellent. Most of the hotels were nice. The Hesperia Madrid was particularly lovely. In two of the hotels, the "Hotel Alameda Palace Salamanca" and the "Turim Saldanha Hotel Lisbon" there was black mold in the shower stalls. All that is needed would be a thorough cleaning with bleach but it appeared that this mold had been left to thrive. It was offputting. The hotels were fine - but I would not want to stay there again because of the bathrooms. The meals were nice as were the optional experiences. We particularly loved Cordoba and the Mezquita. Gemma, our guide there was excellent and made the mosque turned church come alive for us. I have been on a number of tours in Europe. Due to the people on this tour, I may never do another group tour again. The emphasis for many of the people - or at least the loudest/most vocal - was on how much they could drink. These were middle-aged adults carrying on like teenagers. It made dinner uncomfortable as the behavior was poor. Felipe, our Tour Director, is a very nice gentleman. He is calm, smart, and efficient. However, I think he is too nice. He was unable to rein in the rowdy behavior of a few making it difficult for others. Also, there were specific individuals who monopolized Felipe. As a very nice man, I think he found it difficult to detach from them. Therefore, it was hard to get his attention because a couple of the men were always talking to him. There was one woman on the tour - Maria Shea - who clearly thought the rules did not apply to her. We were supposed to rotate on the bus. She never rotated. She literally just seemed to pick where she wanted to sit on the bus and sat there. This was often up front. Felipe did not address this with her. Felipe left numbers in the seats each day so we would know where to sit. One morning, she got on the bus and re-arranged the numbers to benefit herself and her seating. This not only confused people, but created an bit of a furor when a couple with health issues got on to sit in their pre-arranged regular seat and found it occupied. Felipe had to fix it and took accountability for it but it was not his fault. When sitting up front, Ms. Shea removed her shoes and hoisted her foot up on the railing of the bus. This is unclean and unsightly. Although Felipe and Philippe, our bus driver, were sitting right in front of her, no one addressed it for it continued all day and again the next day when she managed to get in the front seat AGAIN. So you may be asking what the big deal is - it's the principle of the thing. When the rules state we rotate, then everyone who does not have a health issue should rotate. And those who are not in compliance should be addressed. If the rules are going to be suspended or ignored, then they should be for all. Ms. Shea was also one of the ones who over drank any time there was included wine and proceeded to behave poorly. Having been on prior tours I have seen behaviors like this before but they have always been addressed. Did I speak to Felipe at the time? I did not and I own that I should have. However, I felt he had to have seen the behavior and chose to ignore it. A couple of thoughts for you - make sure your rules are followed consistently or don't have them; limit people to 2 drinks and stick to that - if I want to be around drunks I can go to bars here; make sure people understand they need to keep their shoes on, and their feet off the seats, rails, etc. This was literally the first tour out of a dozen or so when I have chosen not to supply my email address as I did not care to hear from anyone on this trip due to the poor behavior. One other piece of feedback - we needed more time at our stops. I am disappointed that we did not have time for shopping in most of the places we visited. I understand our timeframe was short. Maybe the specific itinerary should be reviewed and something removed to provide more time to explore the cities. Thank you for your review of this email. None of the above impacted my specific enjoyment of what we did or saw. However, it did impact my feelings about group travel and about Insights, specifically. I appreciate you taking the time to read this.
Yi Ren Woo
Monday, April 15, 2019
Everything went smoothly.
Great TD, good hotels, good food.
Gil Diaz
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Attention to detail and smooth trip. Betty and Sandro were excellent!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to know that you had a wonderful time in Spain and Portugal and that you thought our service was excellent! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy travels!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Excellent service and experience.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 20, 2018
I traveled with my husband and daughters and was glad that the whole experience turned out to be the best and hoping to do it again in the near future. The tour director was very knowledgeable, very customer oriented. Planning was just right, we didn't feel that we were rushed. The places we went were all what we expected.
I didn't have to do the planning and this is what I love about the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We can't wait to help you plan your next trip.  Thank you for the business and for sharing your experience.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Trusted Customer
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The tour guide, hotels and itinerary were all excellent.
The price was fair and reasonable.
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