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Amazing Spain and Portugal

9 Day Spain & Portugal Tour to Madrid & Lisbon

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9 Days
2 Countries

Spain, Portugal

9 Cities

Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, Évora, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca, Avila

11 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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From walking the cobblestone streets of a former Roman colony to tasting a decadent 'Pastel de Nata' tart made from a 200-year-old secret recipe, this 9-day guided tour allows you to embrace the best of old-world Spain and Portugal. Listen as metal sizzles in a master artisan’s hands as he teaches you the craft of Damascene. In Granada, wander the fragrant and arabesque gardens of the Alhambra Palace. Learn the art of flamenco dancing, stomping your feet to the sounds of an acoustic guitar, in a private lesson with professionals in Seville. Then, cross the Portuguese border to scale a 16th-century fortress in Lisbon and visit Fátima, Portugal's most holy site. Finally, raise a glass and say ¡salud! to these ancient wonders during a celebration feast in Madrid.

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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

While in Madrid, explore the elegant boulevards, expansive parks and varied architectural styles. Join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of good food and wine.

Arrive Madrid Madrid, Spain
Barceló Emperatriz View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Barceló Emperatriz

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

Located in Madrid's central neighborhood of Salamanca, the Barceló Emperatriz is a contemporary hotel with luxurious rooms and modern facilities. With free WiFi available throughout the hotel, you'll be able to share all your adventures with friends and family.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Madrid Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of del...

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Day 2

The old capital of Toledo and on to Granada

Visit 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. From here you will venture south to meet a local artisan in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft, handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Then enjoy a walk within the city walls of Toledo, 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.

 

City Tour Granada Toledo, Spain
Vincci Albayzín View Hotel Details
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Vincci Albayzín

About the Hotel

Granada, Spain

The 4-star Vincci Albayzín is located in the center of Granada and is typically Andalusian in style. It boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Damascene workshop in Toledo, Spain
Meet an Artisan for a Damascene Workshop in Toledo

At a Damascene workshop, meet a master artisan for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Witness firsthand their precision as they inlay gold...

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Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Street in old town Toledo, Spain
Toledo City Tour

Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

The Alhambra Palace and Seville, City of Carmen

'Give him alms, woman, because there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada', proclaims the inscription on the walls of the Alhambra. Bathed in the morning light, the Alhambra Palace awaits—a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Explore with your Local Expert before visiting the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the summer residence of the Spanish royals. Take a moment to relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the fine views over the town and its three verdant hills before continuing on to Seville. 
Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus. 
Explore the city with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, enjoy a drive with panoramic views.

View through arches of Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Meliá Sevilla View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Meliá Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Perfectly positioned beside the city's historic entre, the Meliá Sevilla is just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Parque de Maria L'uisa and Plaza España. Spacious rooms with modern décor and furnishings will ensure your two night stay is very comfortable.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Decorated room inside Nasrid Palace of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to shar...

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Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Street in old town Granada, Spain
Granada City Tour

Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Interior of Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Seville Cathedral Visit

Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Seville Jewish Quarter, Seville, Spain
Seville Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Seville Panoramic City Tour, Seville, Spain
Seville Panoramic City Tour

Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences White Horse with Carriage, Sevilla, Spain
Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialties, serve...

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Optional Experiences Evening and dinner in Seville, Spain
Andalusian Evening & The Atmosphere Of Old Seville

Enjoy a delicious array of alluring Andalusian specialties in a local restaurant with wine included. Perhaps round off the evening with a stroll th...

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Optional Experiences

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, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 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.

Old town street of Calle Mateos Gago, Seville, Spain
Meliá Sevilla View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Meliá Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Perfectly positioned beside the city's historic entre, the Meliá Sevilla is just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Parque de Maria L'uisa and Plaza España. Spacious rooms with modern décor and furnishings will ensure your two night stay is very comfortable.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Flamenco Dancers in Seville, Spain
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Mee...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Mezquita, The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain
Cordoba & the Mezquita

Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. The highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent Mezquita...

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Day 5

Évora and onto Lisbon

Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman Times. 
Visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, a chapel decorated with 5000 bones, before making your way to Lisbon.

Street view with old residential buildings in Evora, Portugal
Turim Saldanha Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Turim Saldanha Hotel

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Turim Saldanha Hotel is located in the heart of the historic part of Lisbon, next to the Terreiro do Paco Square. The spacious guest rooms are designed in modern, neutral tones ensuring a comfortable stay in this vibrant city.  

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Cobblestone street and Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal
Explore the Ancient City of Évora

With your Travel Director explore the ancient city of Évora and visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Iconic tram in the old town of Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon by Night

Drive to Restauradores then a gentle walk through Rossio across the Baixa to discover the beautiful views of Santa Justa, the arch of Augusta, St G...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Seafood dinner by the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal
Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Across the mighty Tagus River await Lisbon's famous traditional restaurants and wonderful views of the city. Board your ferry to cross the wide blu...

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Optional Experiences

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 historic 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 National Coach Museum. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful Portuguese Riviera?

Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Turim Saldanha Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Turim Saldanha Hotel

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Turim Saldanha Hotel is located in the heart of the historic part of Lisbon, next to the Terreiro do Paco Square. The spacious guest rooms are designed in modern, neutral tones ensuring a comfortable stay in this vibrant city.  

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Guest trying pastais belem Tasting, Lisbon, Portugal
Taste Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon

Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Famous arch at the Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the mo...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Royal Portuguese Riviera Visit in Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal
Excursion to the Royal Portuguese Riviera

Like the Kings of Portugal before you, travel along the Portuguese Riviera. With your Local Expert, see the glamorous resort of Cascais and the wea...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and music in Lisbon, Portugal
Fado Evening

Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity'', Fado is the emotive national song. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised ar...

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Optional Experiences

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 chapel 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.

Salamanca, Spain
Hotel Alameda Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Alameda Palace

About the Hotel

Salamanca, Spain

The centrally located Hotel Alameda Palace is close to a range of restaurants and shops and only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor. The spacious rooms all have marble bathrooms and antique-style furniture.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sanctuary of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal
Visit the Sanctuary in Fatima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions and see the basilica.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Plaza Mayor, the main public square in Salamanca, Spain
See the Golden Stone Buildings of Salamanca

See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Ávila and Madrid

Cross the rock-strewn hills of the Castile, to arrive at Ávila. Admire the impressive city still entirely enclosed within its 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.

Ancient city walls and cathedral and trees and grass lawn in the old city of Avila, Spain
Barceló Emperatriz View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Barceló Emperatriz

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

Located in Madrid's central neighborhood of Salamanca, the Barceló Emperatriz is a contemporary hotel with luxurious rooms and modern facilities. With free WiFi available throughout the hotel, you'll be able to share all your adventures with friends and family.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Medieval walls surrounding the town of Avila, Spain
See the Ancient Walls of Avila

Explore within the ancient walls of this unique town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with iconic marble sculptures with fountains Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Celebration Dinner

With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Madrid Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain
Madrid Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Spain's most sumptuous and impressive royal residence, jam packed with the riches and glory of Spanish history. Join ...

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Day 9

Depart Madrid

Today bid farewell to your journey along Spain and Portugal as you transfer to the airport. 

Depart Madrid, Spain
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Insight Experiences
Meet an Artisan for a Damascene Workshop in Toledo

At a Damascene workshop, meet a master artisan for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Witness firsthand their precision as they inlay gold...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Toledo City Tour

Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to shar...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Granada City Tour

Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Cathedral Visit

Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seville Panoramic City Tour

Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Mee...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Ancient City of Évora

With your Travel Director explore the ancient city of Évora and visit the fascinating Capela dos Ossos, meaning the Chapel of Bones, a chapel decorated with human remains.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the mo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Sanctuary in Fatima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions and see the basilica.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Golden Stone Buildings of Salamanca

See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Ancient Walls of Avila

Explore within the ancient walls of this unique town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
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

3 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Madrid Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.

Taste Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon

Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.

Madrid Celebration Dinner

With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Barceló Emperatriz
Vincci Albayzín
Meliá Sevilla
Turim Saldanha Hotel
Hotel Alameda Palace

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Dinner in Seville With a Horse and Carriage Ride

Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialties, serve...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Andalusian Evening & The Atmosphere Of Old Seville

Enjoy a delicious array of alluring Andalusian specialties in a local restaurant with wine included. Perhaps round off the evening with a stroll th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cordoba & the Mezquita

Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. The highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent Mezquita...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lisbon by Night

Drive to Restauradores then a gentle walk through Rossio across the Baixa to discover the beautiful views of Santa Justa, the arch of Augusta, St G...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Across the mighty Tagus River await Lisbon's famous traditional restaurants and wonderful views of the city. Board your ferry to cross the wide blu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Excursion to the Royal Portuguese Riviera

Like the Kings of Portugal before you, travel along the Portuguese Riviera. With your Local Expert, see the glamorous resort of Cascais and the wea...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Fado Evening

Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity'', Fado is the emotive national song. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised ar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Madrid Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Spain's most sumptuous and impressive royal residence, jam packed with the riches and glory of Spanish history. Join ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

Official Languages in Spain and Portugal: Castilian Spanish is the official language of Spain, and Portuguese is the official language of Portugal.

Currency in Spain and Portugal: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Spain and Portugal.

Capital Cities: Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal)

Time Zones in Spain and Portugal: Central European Time Zone and Central European Summer Time (Spain) and Western European Time Zone and Western European Summer Time (Portugal)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain and Portugal for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Spain or Portugal
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The coastal areas experience cooler temperatures compared to the inland regions. Summers are typically hot, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, while winters are mild, averaging around 10°C to 15°C. The southern region, particularly the Algarve, tends to be hotter and drier, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40°C during heatwaves.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Beverly Hartgrove
Review date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
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Good info, feedback and safe travels
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Wonderful travel, organized, hotels and experiences
Susan Praveen Thomas
Review date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
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It was an awesome experience and relaxing vacation. We enjoyed it throughly. Very professionally done too.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for booking with us. We hope to be able to help you plan another trip very soon.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
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It was an awesome experience and relaxing vacation. We enjoyed it throughly. Very professionally handled.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Service
It was a well organized trip, the crew - driver and tour director - were excellent, the hotels were all above average, the activities - included and optional - were excellent, road stops were all of good quality. The destinations were all good places to visit.
Vacation
It was a good vacation with a great itinerary, with a professional, caring, personable staff.
John Corso
Review date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Service
A little rocky. After I thought I was paid in full, they found out that they did not bill me for airfare.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the misunderstanding that airfare is not included in the land portion of your travel package. We do hope that overall you enjoyed Spain and Portugal and came home with some lovely memories.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Vacation
More information should be included in the itinerary regarding how taxing some of the outings were i.e. Toledo. High elevation and steep walking upgrades were very taxing for many of the elderly travelers. Also, I found the waiters in Spain (not associated with the tour) were very rude. Almost like they resented Americans.
Patricia Enright Harris
Review date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Service
Husband handled
Vacation
All details were handled and the hotels were fabulous
Michael Harris
Review date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Service
The hotels were excellent. Host and driver were first rate. The weather cooperated and the sites were amazing. A GREAT time. I only wish we had been able to take the northern half of the trip !!
Vacation
We saw the highlights and they made us want to go back to see more in the future.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Service
Dave was great and kept us informed about excursions and other minor changes made before the tour.
Vacation
Tour Director was great!
Theresa Simonetti
Review date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
Response to inquiries was not timely - always more than 24 hours.
Vacation
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
Review date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
We had a wonderful time—great tour guide and driver, terrific fellow travelers, exquisite hotels, wonderful food—overall great experience.
Celine Felix
Review date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Would recommend and purchase again.
Vacation
Everything was fantastic.
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