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Best of Spain and Portugal

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $4,395 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Monument to the Discoveries with dark blue sky and clouds, Lisbon, Portugal

Countries Visited

Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar ...more Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar

Locations Visited

Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Obidos, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Municipality of Torremolinos, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona ...more Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Porto, Fátima, Obidos, Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Mijas, Municipality of Torremolinos, Alfarnatejo, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Madrid

    Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over an evening of delicious food and wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Emperatriz, Madrid., NH Collection Madrid Suecia.
  2. Day 2 Madrid of the Bourbons

    Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Spanish capital’s most historic neighbourhoods. 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.

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    hotel Barceló Emperatriz, Madrid., NH Collection Madrid Suecia.
  3. 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-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings.

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    hotel Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  4. 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-coloured houses, churches adorned with glazed tiles and iconic bridges.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha., Infante Sagres, Porto.
  5. Day 5 Holy Fátima, Ancient Obidos and Lisbon

    Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the Basilica or 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 Obidos and walk inside its walls, exploring the narrow, medieval streets where houses are covered with flowers. Your travels continue to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

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    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon., Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon.
  6. Day 6 Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries Relaxed Start

    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 UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. With the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Portuguese Riviera? It is often visited by surfers, royalty and on occasion James Bond.

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    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon., Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon.
  7. Day 7 Seville, the City of Carmen

    Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Seville’s Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, now the cathedral’s bell tower. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and a short walk through the narrow lanes of Santa Cruz Quarter, before enjoying a refreshing beverage. This evening, why not join an optional experience with dinner and a horse and carriage ride?

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    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  8. Day 8 Free Time and Flamenco in Seville Relaxed Start

    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. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet? Later, share in the dancers’ devotion as you witness emotions come to life in a flamenco performance.

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    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  9. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  10. Day 10 At Leisure on the Costa del Sol Relaxed Start

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

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    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  11. Day 11 Dining with Locals and the Alhambra Relaxed Start

    Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet whitewashed village, with a population of less than 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre 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 flavours 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Vincci Albayzín, Granada.
  12. 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 flavours of this classic dish with a glass of sangria at your Highlight Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Barceló Valencia.
  13. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià, Barcelona.
  14. Day 14 Barcelona Sightseeing Relaxed Start

    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 travellers to toast to newfound friends and a wonderful journey, enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià, Barcelona.
  15. Day 15 Depart Barcelona

    After breakfast departure transfers arrive at Barcelona airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Spain and Portugal Guided Tour Map
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Additional Included Highlights

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

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage.
  • Seville: 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.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "There is nothing quite like sampling the many varieties of tapas. Every region has its own delicacies so you can be assured that you will taste different ones everywhere you go."
  • : "No visit to Portugal is complete without an extensive investigation into its gastronomy. Our guests are delighted by the high-quality food, diverse flavours and generous service for which the Portuguese are known."
  • : "Guests are surprised to find that Spanish is not the only language spoken in the country – there’s also Basque, Galician and Catalan, not to mention the little dialects in each province."

Authentic Dining

  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Porto: Sample a selection of famous Port wines at a tasting at the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Municipality of Torremolinos: 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.
  • Alfarnatejo: Hear stories of local life as you join a local family for a freshly prepared traditional lunch with wine.
  • Valencia: Learn the authentic recipe of paella when you join a local chef for a Cooking Demonstration. Savour the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
  • Sant Sadurni dAnoia: Join a wine expert when you visit Cava Dorada. Enjoy a tasting at the great Cava vineyards during your delicious Highlight Lunch.
  • Barcelona: At a typical Catalan restaurant, savour a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 2 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Insight Experiences

  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • 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 share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Segovia: Walk the medieval streets of this fortified city with your Local Expert and see the 14th century Alcazar Palace.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Salamanca: See the handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, the honey-coloured cathedral and the 16th century university buildings as you explore the city with your Local Expert.
  • Porto: See the iconic bridges and buildings decorated in tiles.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Obidos: Lead by your Travel Director, walk through the picturesque narrow streets up to the main square of this ancient walled town.
  • Lisbon: 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 modern Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage.
  • Seville: 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.
  • Gibraltar: With your Local Expert, explore the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. Visit St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes.
  • Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
  • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
  • Barcelona: Your Local Expert shows you the Gothic Quarter. See the cathedral and the Roman. You will also enjoy a drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerising Sagrada Família.
  • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.

Make Travel Matter

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

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Jimmy Dodge
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Service
Grand European Travel employees are very easy to talk to and informed about all their available trips from all divisions of The Travel Corp. We have taken trips with all three Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Costsaver without any problems or mishaps. GET arranges all flights for us and takes care of any complications including COVID and has answers for all my wife's concerns to make all trips enjoyable. Their online services work well and are very easy and the phone services get immediate answers and fast call backs when needed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love hearing how everything comes together to make for a wonderful vacation. Thank you for your repeat business and for taking the time to share your comments.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Vacation
The tour director (Sabrina) and driver (Paulo) were both knowledgeable and helpful about all locations visited and regions of the countries visited. The regional guides provided for the cities and different locations for both walking and riding tours were excellent and good at explaining the areas we visited.
Martha Maskall
Friday, October 15, 2021
Service
Yes, excellent.
Vacation
Everything was really great!
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Service
Everyone was very friendly and helpful when planning the trip. However, we were not informed that we would be traveling as Insight and not GETours. We figured it out when the Tour Director sent us a note just a few days before our departure. It left us a little confused as to whether we were booked on the correct tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for any confusion. We do try to make it clear in our brochure and on our website that our trips are operated by our sister companies, but it looks like you had a wonderful time and we are so pleased to see that. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Vacation
This was one of the best tours I have experienced. The tour started out terrific and just got better and better as it went on. Our Tour Director, Betty Griffith and coach driver Alfredo Gouveia, are the perfect team. Thanks for such a lovely vacation!
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 27, 2021
Service
Everyone at GET did a great job. They were courteous and easy to work with through the issues associated with the pandemic. My only reason for not giving a 5 star rating was the lack of communication regarding Insight. When we booked the tour, Trafalgar was listed as the tour operator and then suddenly, with no explanation, Insight took over. While this may seem minor, I would have expected communication from GET to explain Insight's participation. It wasn't until we spoke with the tour guide in Spain that we were informed of all of the relationships within the corporation.
Vacation
This was the first organized tour we have taken, aside from cruises, and it exceeded our expectations. The tour director, coach driver and local guides were all first class. All of the included and optional tours were well organized and planned. I especially liked the lunch with locals. Very well done. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.
Marc Woersching
Saturday, September 25, 2021
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The tour director was very knowledgeable about Spain and Portugal and the cities that we visited and the local guides were very good. There were the lunchtime visits with local businesses such as winemaking and olive oil production The tour director was well organized and attentive to details with the tour going smoothly. In particular, she arranged for the Covid 19 tests required in Portugal and to return to the U.S. The coaches were comfortable to ride on and the driver was experienced and good at navigating tight turns. The hotels we stayed in were very nice and in the best parts of town.
Vacation
It went smoothly and we saw the best aspects of Spain and Portugal.
Trusted Customer
Monday, January 20, 2020
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I would definitely travel with Insight Vacations again. Well organized tour with a great guide and excellent droiver.
Vacation
Outstanding new motor coach with wifi and usb outlets. Nice group of 32 travelers.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Ishwarlal Bhuta
Saturday, November 16, 2019
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when I got to Madrid the tour was taken over by Insight Vacation, I was surprised to see option tour was offered 9 of them with average cost of 50 dollars. I agree it was optional but if I did not take it I was left to explore the city and sight by myself. this is because coach or bus was used for option choice. we were not dropped from hotel to city center to explore further. The day option tour were available we were left to tour in the afternoon for two to three hrs. so my thinking priority was given too who took option tours.
Vacation
overall was good. some of the travelling could be done in evening time from 6 to 8 pm so next day driving could be shorter. hotel accommodation was excellent. coach services were very good . good driver and tour director excellent.
Lucille Effinger
Monday, November 4, 2019
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Always willing answered my questions and were pleasant about it.
Vacation
Especially enjoyed MOnsterrat. Always interesting to learn the history of the various areas and meeting people from around the world.
Dennis Schwerzler
Saturday, November 2, 2019
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Excellent tours and a outstanding tour guide.
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Outstanding tour guide Angela
Ezequiel
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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Our booking experience with GET was easy and our Travel Specialist kept us informed with updated information for our trip.
Vacation
We were happy with most of the places we visited, however we were disappointed that we were not able to spend more time in Valencia and Granada. We feel less time should have been spent visiting The Alhambra.
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