Tours of Cristina Heeren Foundation Flamenco School, Seville, Spain
15 Days
3 Countries

Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar

17 Cities

Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Obidos, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Torremolinos, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona

21 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you as they offer Business Class tours for curious travelers. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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See the masterpieces of Spain and Portugal on this 15-day guided tour. In Madrid, an art historian will walk you through the Prado Museum, where Spain's most impressive paintings hang. Navigate Segovia’s medieval streets alongside a Local Expert. Journeying to Granada, visit the region’s oldest olive grove, before dining in the home of a local family, sampling local produce and wine. At the Alhambra, explore the palace's lace-like stone walls and wander its manicured gardens. In Seville, stomp to the sounds of an acoustic guitar during a private flamenco dance lesson. In Porto, sip port during a wine tasting, and in Lisbon, see an architectural masterpiece — the Gothic-style Jerónimos Monastery.

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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

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

Arrive Madrid Madrid, Spain
Barceló Torre de Madrid View Hotel Details
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Barceló Torre de Madrid

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

Centrally located beside Plaza de España, the Barceló Torre de Madrid is set within one of the capital's most iconic buildings, designed by internationally renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayón. With key sights within walking distance, spacious rooms with modern style and free WiFi throughout, you will easily be able to make the most of your two night stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Welcome Dinner in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 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

Madrid of the Bourbons

Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Spanish capital’s most historic neighborhoods. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Enjoy a special visit to the renowned Prado Museum with an art historian who will guide you through the collective works of Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and more.

Madrid, Spain
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Barceló Torre de Madrid

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

Centrally located beside Plaza de España, the Barceló Torre de Madrid is set within one of the capital's most iconic buildings, designed by internationally renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayón. With key sights within walking distance, spacious rooms with modern style and free WiFi throughout, you will easily be able to make the most of your two night stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Guided tour of Madrid Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

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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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Optional Experiences Visit Toledo, Spain
Toledo Excursion

A specialist guide takes you to the unique city of Toledo, Spain's capital during the golden era, and where El Greco lived and worked. Walk through...

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Optional Experiences Madrid by Night, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

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Optional Experiences Madrid by Night with Dinner, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

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Day 3

Segovia and Golden Salamanca

Travel to the fortified city of Segovia. Walk through the medieval streets with a Local Expert and see the magnificent Alcazar fortress, before continuing onto the historic aqueduct. Journey west, overlooking the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca. During your guided sightseeing tour, admire the golden stone buildings the city is famous for, including the arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-colored cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.

Gothic Cathedral with cityscape of Segovia, Spain
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Hotel Alameda Palace

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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 The Roman aqueduct of Segovia in Spain
Segovia City Tour

Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.

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Top Rated Highlights Plaza Mayor, the main public square in Salamanca, Spain
Salamanca City Tour

See the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-colored cathedral and the 16th century university buildings as you explore the city with your Local Expert.

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Day 4

Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro

Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Situated on the River Douro, the city is celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. Visit the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and walk along corridors of casks. Get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Continue your exploration of the city, admiring the multi-colored houses, churches adorned with glazed tiles and iconic bridges.

Woman walking past azulejos wall Porto, Portugal
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NH Collection Porto Batalha

About the Hotel

Porto, Portugal

Set in a 300-year-old palace that once hosted 18th century balls for local dignitaries, the NH Collection Porto Batalha has been converted into a comfortable, modern hotel that features some of the palaces original stonework. Rooms are tastefully decorated with retro-inspired, contemporary furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Porto cityscape with the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal
Porto Orientation

See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.

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Authentic Dining Four glasses of port produced in Porto, Portugal
Porto Wine Tasting

Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores.

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Authentic Dining

Day 5

Holy Fátima, Ancient Óbidos and Lisbon

Continue to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned place of pilgrimage. See the basilica or perhaps visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Journey to the fortified town of Óbidos and walk within its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets where houses are covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Sao Pedro Church in Medieval Town Obidos, Portugal
Dom Pedro Lisboa View Hotel Details
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Dom Pedro Lisboa

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Dom Pedro Lisboa is a luxury 5 star hotel in the center of Lisbon, which enjoys stunning views over the River Tagus and the Castle of São Jorge. Moments away is the fashionable Avenida da Liberdade boulevard and Lisbon's best shopping mall, Amoreiras Shopping Center, boasting panoramic city views from its viewpoint. After a day of sightseeing choose to relax at the hotel's SPA Aquae, equipped with an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 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.

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Top Rated Highlights Charming walled town, Obidos, Portugal
See the Walled Town of Obidos

Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.

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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 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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Day 6

Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious 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, from where sailing ships once set forth to discover faraway lands. Enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém from a traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years. View the modern 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, featuring one of the most prominent horse-drawn carriage collections in the world. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera, frequented by surfers, royalty and, on occasion, James Bond.

Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Dom Pedro Lisboa View Hotel Details
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Dom Pedro Lisboa

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

The Dom Pedro Lisboa is a luxury 5 star hotel in the center of Lisbon, which enjoys stunning views over the River Tagus and the Castle of São Jorge. Moments away is the fashionable Avenida da Liberdade boulevard and Lisbon's best shopping mall, Amoreiras Shopping Center, boasting panoramic city views from its viewpoint. After a day of sightseeing choose to relax at the hotel's SPA Aquae, equipped with an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
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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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.

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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 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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Day 7

Seville, the City of Carmen

Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. Visit the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a walk through the old Jewish quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.
This evening, why not join an optional experience with dinner and a horse and carriage ride?

Old town street of Calle Mateos Gago, Seville, Spain
NH Collection Sevilla View Hotel Details
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NH Collection Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

NH Collection Sevilla hotel is located in Seville's financial and business district and a short walk away from transport links to historical areas. Contemporary, pleasant and premium amenities can be found in the hotel rooms. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Hotel
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Day 8

Free Time and Flamenco in Seville

Enjoy a relaxed start and a morning to unwind, shop or continue exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Our suggestion is to join an Optional Experience to the ancient city of Córdoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop or explore as you wish. Later this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson.

Horse carriages outside Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
NH Collection Sevilla View Hotel Details
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NH Collection Sevilla

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

NH Collection Sevilla hotel is located in Seville's financial and business district and a short walk away from transport links to historical areas. Contemporary, pleasant and premium amenities can be found in the hotel rooms. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Hotel
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 9

Head for Gibraltar, Mijas and the Costa del Sol

Head south to Gibraltar, part of mainland Spain yet an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With your Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar and St. Michael’s Cave. See the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Relax as you travel the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through high end resorts where the rich and famous holiday. Your journey continues through the green hills to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens, taking in the views of the coast.

Picturesque white street of Mijas, Spain
Meliá Costa del Sol View Hotel Details
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Meliá Costa del Sol

About the Hotel

Torremolinos, Spain

Meliá Costa del Sol is set on a stunning seafront location, where guests can enjoy the beach all year round. The modern rooms are bright and spacious and the rooftop terrace offers views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Gibraltar and the Mediterranean sea from The Rock of Gibraltar
Gibraltar City Tour

With your Local Expert, explore the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlan...

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Top Rated Highlights Sunny view of the rooftops of Mijas, Spain
Visit the Village of Mijas

Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views.

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Day 10

At Leisure on the Costa del Sol

Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savor the specialties in the local restaurants or consider exploring Málaga, the birth city of Picasso.

The roof top pool of the Melia Cosa del Sol Hotel Torremolinos, Spain
Meliá Costa del Sol View Hotel Details
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Meliá Costa del Sol

About the Hotel

Torremolinos, Spain

Meliá Costa del Sol is set on a stunning seafront location, where guests can enjoy the beach all year round. The modern rooms are bright and spacious and the rooftop terrace offers views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Walking tour with a drink in Malaga, Spain
Highlights of Malaga

A short drive brings us to Malaga, the thriving capital of the Costa del Sol. We'll see the old town with our Local Expert and see the house in whi...

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Optional Experiences Mediterranean Dinner, Costa del Sol, Spain
Mediterranean Dinner

Join us for a delicious Mediterranean style dinner in a delightful family restaurant on the Costa del Sol. We'll sample fresh Mediterranean fare, i...

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Day 11

Dining with Locals and the Alhambra

Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet whitewashed village, with a population of less than 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town center to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory to taste a selection of different oils, paired with locally made farmer bread. In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavors typical of the region. 
Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.

The Alhambra fortress and Sierra Nevada mountains at sunset, Granada, Spain
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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
Top Rated Highlights Flower lined houses in the white village of Alfarnatejo, Spain
Visit the Town of Alfarnatejo

Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town center. 

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Authentic Dining Olive oil being poured into a bowl, Torremolinos, Spain
Torremolinos Olive Oil Tasting

Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.

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Authentic Dining
Dine At Home in Alfarnatejo

Hear stories of local life as you join a local family for a freshly prepared traditional lunch with wine.

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Authentic Dining

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.

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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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Day 12

On to Valencia

Journey to Valencia. Pass through the Old City to see its ancient gates, and the City of Arts and Sciences. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Alternatively sit back with a drink and watch the Valencians go about their day. Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Meet the chef of a local family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn how to make this local specialty during a Cooking Demonstration. Later, indulge in the delicious flavors of this classic dish at your Highlight Dinner.

Authentic chicken paella, Valencia, Spain
Barceló Valencia View Hotel Details
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Barceló Valencia

About the Hotel

Valencia, Spain

The Barceló Valencia hotel is situated right in the center of the City of Arts and Sciences opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building which was designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city of Valencia.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

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Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Paella Cooking Demonstration, Valencia, Spain
Paella Cooking Demonstration and Dinner in Valencia

Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savor the flavors of this classic dish for dinner, was...

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Day 13

Along the Coast to Peñíscola and on to Barcelona

Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the Cava Bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. During a delicious light lunch, enjoy a tasting as you learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish bubbly. Continue along the coast to reach Barcelona.

View over the town of Peniscola in the region of Valencia, Spain
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Meliá Barcelona Sarrià

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

Meliá Barcelona Sarrià is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s key attractions.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Peniscola Castle reflected in water in Peniscola, Castellon, Spain
See the Peniscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

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Authentic Dining Highlight Lunch at Cava Vineyards, Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Spain
Highlight Lunch at Cava Vineyards in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia

Join a wine expert when you visit Cava Dorada. Enjoy a tasting at the great Cava vineyards during your delicious Highlight Lunch.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

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Day 14

Barcelona Sightseeing

A Local Expert joins you for a drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to visit Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. See the central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars, spectacular vaulting and the beautiful rainbows flooding in through the intricate stained-glass windows. 
At a local restaurant, join your fellow travelers to toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine.

Skyline with Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
Meliá Barcelona Sarrià View Hotel Details
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Meliá Barcelona Sarrià

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

Meliá Barcelona Sarrià is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s key attractions.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Street with arch in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey thro...

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Top Rated Highlights Inside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

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Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Barcelona Celebration Dinner

At a typical Catalan restaurant, savor a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

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Day 15

Depart Barcelona

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

View of Barcelona Gothic Cathedral down a narrow street, Barcelona, Spain
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Insight Experiences
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

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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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Segovia City Tour

Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.

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Salamanca City Tour

See the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-colored cathedral and the 16th century university buildings as you explore the city with your Local Expert.

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Porto Orientation

See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.

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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.

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See the Walled Town of Obidos

Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.

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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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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.

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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.

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Seville Panoramic City Tour

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

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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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Gibraltar City Tour

With your Local Expert, explore the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlan...

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Visit the Village of Mijas

Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views.

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Visit the Town of Alfarnatejo

Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town center. 

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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.

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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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Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

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See the Peniscola Castle

See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.

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Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey thro...

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Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

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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

5 Dinner with Wines, 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines

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 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.

Porto Wine Tasting

Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores.

Taste Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon

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

Torremolinos Olive Oil Tasting

Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.

Dine At Home in Alfarnatejo

Hear stories of local life as you join a local family for a freshly prepared traditional lunch with wine.

Paella Cooking Demonstration and Dinner in Valencia

Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savor the flavors of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.

Highlight Lunch at Cava Vineyards in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia

Join a wine expert when you visit Cava Dorada. Enjoy a tasting at the great Cava vineyards during your delicious Highlight Lunch.

Barcelona Celebration Dinner

At a typical Catalan restaurant, savor a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Barceló Torre de Madrid
Hotel Alameda Palace
NH Collection Porto Batalha
Dom Pedro Lisboa
Meliá Costa del Sol
Vincci Albayzín
Barceló Valencia
Meliá Barcelona Sarrià

Optional Experiences

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

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Toledo Excursion

A specialist guide takes you to the unique city of Toledo, Spain's capital during the golden era, and where El Greco lived and worked. Walk through...

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Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

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Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Highlights of Malaga

A short drive brings us to Malaga, the thriving capital of the Costa del Sol. We'll see the old town with our Local Expert and see the house in whi...

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Mediterranean Dinner

Join us for a delicious Mediterranean style dinner in a delightful family restaurant on the Costa del Sol. We'll sample fresh Mediterranean fare, i...

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Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

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Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

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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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, May 10, 2024
Service
GET did excellent job of booking.
Vacation
Tour director Megan Chandler and the driver Rui Travaers were outstanding. They were the highlight of the tour. Spain was a disappointment- without the Moors historical sites Spain had little attractions. Portugal had more energy and attractions.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Service
They did everything well. No complaints.
Vacation
Everything was just as I was told it would be. Probably go on another trip with this company.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, February 25, 2024
Service
The agent was knowledgeable and able to answer my questions.
Vacation
The trip hit all of the major sights in Spain and Portugal. The pace was brisk but those over 60 had no trouble keeping up.
Debra Garza
Review date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Service
I told them I didn’t want to think or arrange anything. Wanted to stay an extra day at each end of the tour. They made Everything happen. There was a transfer man who met us at the airport & went straight to the hotel. He was delight on the ride! Same with after the end of trip. Met at hotel & right to the airport. Before the trip GET kept us up to date. Then the Insight Tour introduced themselves. A very smooth transitions. We Will be traveling with them again.
Vacation
Our driver Joao made the riding trip so smooth & safe. For a 2 week trip, there was never a nose or hand smudge on the windows. The bus was pristine every day we got on. Brad our tour guide made a great trip exceptional. The history, back stories, political intrigue was all given in the way famous USA newsman Walter Cronkite used to do. Very professional. But even better was his humor & personal stories. What a hoot. He always surprised us with local treats & mementos from the areas we were at. Such nice seeet touches!!
Mohammad Tabrizi
Review date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Service
Overall good. Once we selected our trip, finalized and paid for the entire amount then we were told we have to pay additional $ for airlines fuel charges. When you engage in a contract, agree to a price and pay in full, it does not make sense to come back and ask for more money (for either Airlines or GET). Moe Tabrizi
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is correct. Airline fuel charges are subject to change until your airfare is paid in full. Prior to the day you called to make your final payment, there had been a small increase in those charges, but not after. We apologize for your frustration with this policy and the unavoidable traffic on your arrival into Madrid.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Vacation
1-A couple started coughing on the tour bus. Had they wear a face mask, it could have saved almost half the people on the tour from getting sick (including myself). The tour director should provide that kind of reminder. 2- The day we arrived in Madrid and picked up from the airport to go to the hotel, the downtown/center of the city was closed by the police due to public celebration/demonstration. Our bus driver did his best to negotiate with the police to get us to the hotel with no luck while he was informing the tour director by phone. Police was not allowing large bus to get through but taxis and small van could drive through. After nearly 5 hours of driving around circle/town, we were transferred to small van to get to the hotel. That decision by the tour director should have been made hours earlier. We wasted 4-5 hours and finally got to the hotel exhausted.
Marsha Meyer
Review date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Service
When we called up, it was for an earlier time which was full. She said she would look into getting us on the trip but we might have to go on the next one, but she would get back to us. True to her word she called a few days later. That one was full and we took the next one in October. The weather turned out to be great and we had a wonderful time. Our only complaint is the return flight back was at 6:10 am. The shuttles started at 6:30 so we had to pay for a taxi. It's unclear why we had such an early flight. When we received our flight info we didn't see any shuttle times. That came at the end. Also, the airline changed the plane from the layover to our final destination which resulted in many people being displaced of their seats. We paid for Premium Economy but had to sit in Economy. The airline says those impacted are entitled to a refund and some compensation BUT only through the people who set up the trip(GET). That has yet to happen. I might have a different opinion later.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your trouble with your flights. This has been a challenging season for air travel with everyone flying to Europe. We will check on that refund for you and follow up by email. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Vacation
It was amazing to see things I've only heard about. We always take the optional dinner excursions in a country where we don't know the language and since I do have one food problem it's so much easier when the tour guide explains what I can't have. We like to see everything we can but have no way on our own to get to them. Some of the excursions were a waste of our money while others took too long thus impacting lunch vs shopping or just being able to calmly enjoying the scenery before it was time to leave, thus the four stars instead of five. The local tour guides were so knowledgeable and really helped us to understand the area
William Stewart
Review date: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Service
Lack of communication, little and slow response to questions and general inaccessibility for personal contact. Virtually no help help getting information / accommodations for medical needs until the very last minute. Overall, very disappointing.
Vacation
Unlike GET, Insight Vacations was efficient, effective and supportive of our needs. Excellent communication and well organized.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, July 8, 2023
Service
I worked with several different travel specialists, and it was disappointing across the board. The reps were dismissive, talked over me and basically acted like they were doing me a favor to even answer the phone. Answers to my questions were short/cryptic and abrupt. The experience of planning and booking the trip was so stressful that I almost didn't do it. The shocking part is that I am a repeat customer that has spent thousands and thousands of dollars with GET. I will be researching other tour providers for future family vacations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We always aim to deliver great service, and we are terribly sorry to hear when we don’t meet expectations. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Vacation
I think the trip was well planned as well as travel cities and sites. We missed one key landmark, which was really troublesome, but I need to research what we were told before I comment further about that. Our driver was excellent. Excursions were great but over priced. Tour director was knowledgeable but not someone I would travel with again.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, May 28, 2023
Service
Guides were great; hotels were great. I always felt the tour folks were in control. Also, they all were very friendly and helpful.
Vacation
Vacation was super. I saw amazing things.
Theresa Turner
Review date: Sunday, May 28, 2023
Service
Customer service was OK but we found a lot of problems with Tess, who was not very communicative and ended up that she gave us wrong information. If I had known that the hotel rooms were small with two twin beds side-by-side, I would not have chosen to have a roommate for this trip. My roommate has car sickness but was told she would be allowed to sit up front. She was not and ended up taking medication that made her sleepy throughout the trip. I wish she had the right info up front. Also, it was difficult to get ahold of Tess to get information. Overall, not happy. Also on trip, learned if we had gone with AAA we would have received vouchers for excursions. I bought my airfare through GET and it cost over $3000. Going out to Spain, I had a lovely flight on British Airlines to Heathrow and onto Madrid. Everything was perfect. However, the flights for my return trip were changed and we were put on JetBlue Mint from JFK to Seattle. The American Airlines flight from Barcelona to JFK went fine. But the JetBlue Mint was horrible. First off I was not allowed by TSA to go through TSA pre-check in JFK because my boarding pass that I received in Barcelona did not have TSA preapproval stamped on the JFK to Seattle ticket. There was no desk from JetBlue to assist me with the problem And the American Airlines agents in the terminal could not help me.. I would’ve had to take a shuttle from the American Airlines terminal to the JetBlue terminal in order to get TSA preapproval stamped on my ticket so I could go through the TSA preapproval line. (Jet Blue Mint is supposed offer priority security which I was denied.) Once I got through security at JFK which took one hour, I went to gate 13 where I got on the bus that then took me to the JetBlue terminal. The airplane that we flew from JFK to Seattle was a 737 in first class. Our seats were row five and we were right up against the toilet for the back section of the airplane. In addition to the smell and the constant sound of the flushing toilet, the accommodations seat wise on that plane were about a quarter smaller than what was on the 777 we flew from Barcelona to JFK. Once we were in the air, I had severe body pains, and the crew was very accommodating and helpful, but I was also extremely claustrophobic in the seat, which was uncomfortable because it was so small. In the upright position, the seat was not even long enough to support my legs when I sat upright. I am so upset with the accommodations of this plane for a five hour flight. I was promised an American Airlines flight from Heathrow to Seattle when I purchased the ticket and the flight was changed by the airline according to the GET representative who said they could not help me when I contacted them the day before the flight. The accommodations are not equal and was quite unpleasant. I am very disappointed in this especially with the cost of airfare fare.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback and we apologize that your return flights were changed by the airline due to operational issues which have been plaguing many airlines this summer. Luckily, American was able to accommodate you in Business/First class on Jet Blue which is what your original ticket was for. We have noted your comments about the pacing of the tour and hotel room size and quality and will share them the Operator's Quality Control team. Thank you for bringing these concerns to our attention.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Vacation
I found this trip to be extremely rigorous and inflexible. The pace was very difficult to keep up with, and was exhausting. The bus was brand new, and we were told when we got on the bus that if we use the toilet on board that would stay with us for the rest of the trip, which was very discouraging for using. We saw many things, and saw them at a very quick rate without any time to even visit the store and buy postcards. At the end of the trip, I found myself exhausted. I did not like most of the hotel rooms, and I did not like most of the food. At the restaurant, we went to for seafood on the Targus River, I looked at what I was served, compared to what the people in the restaurant were served and felt that the food I received was not as good quality. The group meals were not always very good. I did enjoy the village experience,, and I also enjoyed the paella. I wish I knew the timeline of the excursions when I signed up and I probably would not have signed up for as many. if you did the excursions, you really did not have enough time to recover from all the activities that you were doing. I had an issue with the tour Director about the bathroom. It was embarrassing that I had to ask permission to use the bathroom and was told that if I went, it would delay everyone else on the trip by 15 minutes. Also, the tour Director reportedly told people on the bus that everyone would have to wait 15 minutes because I had to go to the bathroom. I felt this was unprofessional, and I also feel that the tour Director never discussed this issue with me afterwards to resolve it. I’d like to add that I had to go to the bathroom after an hour bus trip and going through immigration at Gibraltar and there were no toilets available for me to use during that time as I have been discouraged from using the toilet on board the bus earlier in the trip. I also did not like the accommodations. The hotel rooms were very small and two twin beds in each room were pushed up against each other not giving two people enough room. Even the bathrooms had sliding doors made of glass making privacy difficult. If I had known this in advance I would not have had a roommate. While the breakfasts had plenty to offer, I did not find enough time in the morning to be able to eat. In one situation, the restaurant was not opened in a reasonable amount of time when we had to leave at 7:45 AM. I’ve never taken a bus tour before. It is true that we got to see a lot, but at the same time we didn’t get to see a lot of the cities that we stayed in. I would’ve liked to of been able to spend more time in Valencia for example. Most of the excursions were long bus drives away from the cities that we were staying in. When we did go into the big cities, we were staying in hotels that were accommodating many other tour buses. This created a burden on the flow of services by the hotels and restaurants. For example, in one hotel’s restaurant, with about six or seven different tour groups, and it took 20 minutes to get food In a Buffet! Elevators would take 10 to 15 minutes. Last hotel we stayed at was a Malia in Barcelona. It had a jetted tub. When I use the jetted tub, all this black hook came out of the nozzles and floated to the top of the bath water. It was disgusting. This was not a four-star experience. Will not be back and cannot recommend.
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