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Great Iberian Cities

10 Days from $1,976 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

From the sun-kissed Catalan city of Barcelona to the seafaring capital of Lisbon, dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal's spellbinding capital.

Enjoy the sweet tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, Gaudi's fantasy world and tales of a New World discovered, along the way.

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Overview

From the sun-kissed Catalan city of Barcelona to the seafaring capital of Lisbon, dance your way through the fiery streets of Spain to the hilly landscapes of Portugal's spellbinding capital.

Enjoy the sweet tastes of sangria in sun-dappled courtyards, Gaudi's fantasy world and tales of a New World discovered, along the way.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Ramble up Las Ramblas and to an unforgettable discovery of the Iberian Peninsula. Transfers on arrival at Barcelona Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12noon and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. The fiery coastal city of Barcelona kicks off your mesmerising encounter with Spain, and Portugal's capital, Lisbon. Set your watch to the leisurely Mediterranean way of life, spending the day relaxing or delving into the charm of a city that once inspired Gaudi's imagination. Later, meet your fellow compañeros and Travel Director for an orientation drive through some of the city's iconic sights, followed by a Welcome Reception.

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    hotel:AC Som
  3. We spend the morning exploring a city whose great passions include football, fashion and fairy-tale façades by famed architect Antonio Gaudi, whose Sagrada Familia we have an opportunity to see during our guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Specialist. We'll see Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya at the heart of Barcelona, paying tribute to the great discoverer, Christopher Columbus at his monument overlooking the harbor. The rest of the day is yours to delight in Spanish culture and cuisine. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna – affectionately known in Catalonia as 'La Moreneta' or enjoy exploring the city at your own pace.

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  4. We leave the rugged Costa Brava behind and drive through the valleys and pastures of Aragon towards Spain's historical capital. We arrive this evening in Madrid, renowned for its vibrant nightlife which we will have an opportunity to enjoy on our own terms. This evening embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets.
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    hotel:Meliá Castilla/Meliá Galgos
  5. This morning we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where we will see Plaza Espana, trendy Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before visiting the world-famous Prado Museum. Admire the masterpieces of Velasquez and other Spanish greats at this extraordinary museum that is said to house the largest collection of European art in the world. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city on your terms. Visit the Royal Palace or stroll through Buen Retiro Park at the heart of the city – the choice is yours.
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  6. We drive southwards to the clifftop city of Toledo, where we'll join our Local Specialist for a walking tour through the narrow streets of this fascinating city. Visit the Church of Santo Tome, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz, and visit the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe, during your guided walk through the narrow streets. We arrive in Seville this evening and indulge in the effervescent spirit of Andalusia on our own terms. Discover this evening the passion, rhythm and magic of Flamenco in the capital city of this art.

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    hotel:Vertice
  7. The charisma of Seville is unmistakable. Meander through its charming streets during a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Later, we'll visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where Christopher Columbus is entombed before taking a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter. The fine art of olive oil production is explored this evening during a memorable Be My Guest dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how oil is produced from the 6,000 trees.
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  8. We travel west to Portugal, meandering through the province of Huelva, renowned for its Jabugo ham. We cross into Portugal's picturesque rural landscapes of the Alentejo – the country's cork capital. We arrive in colorful Lisbon where we'll meet our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour celebrating the grand triumphs of the Portuguese in centuries past. See the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge that spans the Tagus, and Belém Tower. Meander through the quaint hillside Bairro of Alfama and visit the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery.

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    hotel:VIP Grand
  9. Enjoy sauntering through Lisbon's grand shopping boulevards and the cobblestone lanes of Bairro Alto or consider joining an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and our Travel Director, toasting to an epic Iberian vacation.

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  10. Our journey through Spain and Portugal has come to an end. All's that left is to say a fond adeus at the end of an unforgettable vacation. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Lisbon airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: from $375 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Airport Transfers: Transfers on arrival at Barcelona Airport will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Lisbon airport at 7 am and 9:30 am.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $88 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

12 meals: 8 Buffet Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, all with tea and coffee.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a traditional Andalusian dinner and the charming company of the Morillo family whose olive oil you'll learn how to produce and get to sample after a welcome drink of sangria in their sun-dappled courtyard

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Seville and Lisbon

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Lisbon
  • Visit Plaça Catalunya, Prado Museum, Church of Santo Tome, Toledo Synagogue, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España, Hieronymite Monastery
  • View Giralda Bell Tower
  • See Sagrada Familia, Plaza Espana, trendy Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol, Cibeles Fountain, Seville Gothic Cathedral, Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain and Portugal must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain and Portugal.

  • The currency in Spain and Portugal is the Euro (€).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain and Portugal. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream. For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese.  In the evening, try a selection of tapas – small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. 

    With Portugal’s long coastline, seafood is featured prominently on their menus. Popular dishes include sopa de mariscos (a shellfish soup) and bacalhau (dried codfish), and Portuguese grilled chicken prepared with chili, garlic and olive oil. For dessert, don’t miss out on the famous pastéis de nata custard pastry or arroz dolce (rice pudding) and a glass of port wine. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in Spain and Portugal’s varying climates. It’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf to wear at religious sites and in the evening when temperatures cool off. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain and Portugal is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Barcelona

Mystical Montserrat

Adult Price: €40.00

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Barcelona

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Adult Price: €59.00

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

Seville

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Adult Price: €40.00

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Madrid

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

Adult Price: €61.00

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Seville

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

Adult Price: €69.00

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.

Seville

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

Adult Price: €40.00

We'll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we'll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América - a must for any visitor to Seville.

Lisbon

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Adult Price: €66.00

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

Lisbon

The Golden Triangle: Queluz, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

Adult Price: €46.00

We'll visit the impressive Rococo Palace of Queluz, before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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