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13 Day Spain & Portugal Tour of Madrid, Granada

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13 Days
2 Countries

Spain, Portugal

14 Cities

Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, Guadix, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Évora, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca, Toledo

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

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

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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A round-trip featuring all the highlights of Spain and Portugal. Spend time in the pilgrimage center of Fátima, join a family on their stud farm in the Alentejo and explore the icons left behind by Catholic kings and Moorish sultans.

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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation of the city. 

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Madrid, Spain
Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Journey to Cuenca and Valencia

Witness the dramatic honey-colored clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 14th-century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. Enjoy organic horchata, the celebrated drink of Valencia, during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 

City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain
Accommodation Silken Puerta
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Enjoy a Horchata in Valencia, Spain
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Paella in Valencia, Spain
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Off to Unique Guadix and on to Granada

We travel through the Sierra Nevada bound for Guadix, where we’ll witness how generations of locals have carved cozy abodes into their rocky surrounds. We'll view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Then, journey to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavors of Andalusia during a special Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Catalonia Granada
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The historic cave homes of Guadix, Spain
See Guadix

See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Gypsy night out in old Granada, Spain
Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for y...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Córdoba and Seville

Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We then leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerizing Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights.

Mezquita, The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain
Accommodation Meliá Lebreros Seville
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Mosque in Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Specialist. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Córdoba's religious changes over the centuries.

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Uncover the Secrets of Seville

Seville takes center stage today as we explore this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, home of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in Moorish style and features half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colorful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
Accommodation Meliá Lebreros Seville
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Plaza De Espana in Seville, Spain
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow st...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the 14th-century Moorish Alcazar in Seville, Spain
The Moorish Alcázar and Plaza América

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening and dinner in Seville, Spain
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show Seville, Spain
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Admire the Sights of Jerez and Cádiz

We indulge in the aromatic flavors of Jerez today as we Dive Into Culture and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launchpad to the 'New World', and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return.

Ancient Cádiz Cathedral, Cadiz, Spain
Accommodation Meliá Lebreros Seville
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Sample sherry in Jerez
Visit the Spanish city of Jerez and enjoy the famous sherry tradition

Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, which has been making wine since ancient times.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The New Cathedral, Cadiz, Spain
Cádiz Orientation

See the cathedral, Teatro Romano, the monumental Puerta de Tierra and enjoy a walk along Paseo Maritimo.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Venture to Évora

Leaving the zesty scents of Seville behind, we head to the golden landscapes of the Alentejo, where the Brito Paes family await our arrival for a special lunch on their traditional stud ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. This Be My Guest experience takes place in the home of their ancestors before we continue to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour. With a Local Specialist we will visit Evora's cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Medieval street in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Accommodation M'ar de Ar Muralhas Évora
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest Stud farm visit and traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo
Lunch with Tiago and Vera in beautiful Alentejo

Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in ...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Cobblestone street and Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

On to Lively Lisbon

We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon, where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. A particular highlight of this afternoon is an opportunity to Dive Into Culture at the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art.

Tram in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Monsaraz & the deep Alentejo drive, Portugal
Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful villages of t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialties at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cro...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Lisbon Your Way

Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pastel de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge to admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Pastry in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Royal Portuguese Riviera Visit in Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and music in Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Fado is the expressive national song of Portugal, often called the soul of their identity. Tonight, we'll visit one of the famed local fado houses ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Pilgrimage to Fátima and on to Salamanca

Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. We then leave Portugal, traveling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage, where we will visit its 18th-century Plaza Mayor.

Sanctuary in Fatima, Portugal
Accommodation Gran Hotel Corona Sol Salamanca
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Arcade of the Sanctuary in Fatima, Morocco
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in 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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Plaza Mayor, the main public square in Salamanca, Spain
See Salamanca's Plaza Mayor

See the Salamanca's golden Plaza Mayor, voted one of the most beautiful central plazas in Spain. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Continue to Toledo and Madrid

See the walled city of Ávila, the city of Saint Teresa of Ávila. We then arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo and join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through its streets. We'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz' and the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later, Dive Into Culture and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights.

Alcazar Fortress in Toledo, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Madrid Center Retiro
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit a factory, see craftsmen forging steel in Toledo
Discover the forging of quality steel in Toledo

The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Walking tour in the hill-top city of Toledo
Toledo City Tour

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Medieval walls surrounding the town of Ávila, Spain
See Ávila's City Walls

View the impressive city walls that define Ávila's Old Town. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour & dinner in Madrid
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Explore Fiery Madrid

This morning, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we’ll see the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Plaza de Oriente, originally created as a retreat for the royal family. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Cibeles Square in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Madrid Center Retiro
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Puerta De Alcala in Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit The Segovia World Heritage Site in Madrid, Spain
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Adiós Madrid

For now it's time to say a fond farewell to our traveling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday.

Food, Octopus in Madrid, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Valencia Orientation

See the ultra-modern Center of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Enjoy Organic Horchata, the Celebrated Drink of Valencia

Taste authentic Valencian street food from a local Horchata vendor. This rich and flavourful nut-based drink loved by many is produced here using o...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Guadix

See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Alhambra Palace in Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Specialist. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Córdoba's religious changes over the centuries.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Seville City Tour

Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow st...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit the Spanish city of Jerez and enjoy the famous sherry tradition

Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, which has been making wine since ancient times.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cádiz Orientation

See the cathedral, Teatro Romano, the monumental Puerta de Tierra and enjoy a walk along Paseo Maritimo.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with Tiago and Vera in beautiful Alentejo

Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked Be My Guest lunch with Tiago and Vera in ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist and see the famous Roman Temple. Witness the fascinating cathedral and its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lisbon City Tour

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

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in 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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Salamanca's Plaza Mayor

See the Salamanca's golden Plaza Mayor, voted one of the most beautiful central plazas in Spain. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the forging of quality steel in Toledo

The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Toledo City Tour

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Ávila's City Walls

View the impressive city walls that define Ávila's Old Town. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Madrid City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Córdoba, Seville, Évora, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
Discover Valencia, Cádiz and Salamanca
Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Cathedral of Évora, the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca and the Church of Santo Tomé and the Synagogue in Toledo
View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart and the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, the Shrine at Fátima and the Cave Houses of Guadix

Optional Experiences

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

Optional Experience
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour

Valencia has a well-preserved medieval center which our Local Specialist will bring alive as they take us back to the city's heyday, from Roman and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Valencia Dinner and Discovery

We'll delve into the country's third-largest city to enjoy its Mediterranean verve. Vibrant and modern, Valencia still retains much of its past, go...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for y...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Moorish Alcázar and Plaza América

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were used as ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines and dine like a local in...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the magic, rhythm and passion of flamenco, while being served a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with dri...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Monsaraz And The Deep Alentejo Drive

Follow your Local Specialist through the vineyards and groves of cork oaks to charming Monsaraz, one of the most famous and beautiful villages of t...

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

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialties at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cro...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Fado is the expressive national song of Portugal, often called the soul of their identity. Tonight, we'll visit one of the famed local fado houses ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairytale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

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

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

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

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

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

Packing Tips for Your Tour

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

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

Clothing:

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

Sun Protection:

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

Medications and First Aid:

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

Toiletries:

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

Electronics:

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

Miscellaneous:

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

Optional:

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

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

Electricity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

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

Air Conditioning

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

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

Traveling by coach

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

Airport transfers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Specialists

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

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

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

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

Hotel services

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

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Cesario Gentallan
Review date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Service
Travel Director Pascal was very detailed and make sure reached out to all members of the tour for proper coordination. Places visited were great and have either religious or historical significance. Really enjoyed my trip and gained new wonderful friends.
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Trip was well organized from our Travel Director (Pascal) , nice hotel accommodation, driver was very efficient and the food was awesome such as our Seafood dinner at Alamada, Paella in Seville and delicious Cochinillo in Segovia and much more. I would highly recommend this tour to my friends.
Claudia Felix Estevez
Review date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Service
The booking experience could be better. They weren't too motivated to help me find the right vacation.
Vacation
Amazing Time. So many cities in so little time. The food was delicious and our tour director Pedro Pinto was the best. We got a lot of information and we had an amazing time.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Service
Sometimes hard to get a representative but when you did, they were very knowledgeable
Vacation
Trafalgar made the trip wonderful with a great Travel director, fantastic driver, excellent local experts and all the different experiences
Dante Ramos
Review date: Friday, August 4, 2023
Service
Very Good Help with all my Travel Information and kept me Updated with all I needed for my trsvels
Vacation
Very Good everything 1st Class Hotels were 3-4 Dt Stsr location's
Raj Dhakhwa
Review date: Saturday, July 15, 2023
Service
When I first booked the tour I spoke with an agent. Every time I called later to discuss about the trip I could not reach her. It took a lot of time to discuss about the trip with different agents!! When I requested for the agent who booked my tour, she was not available!! With other travel agencies you have a designated (one) agent to discuss any questions. This makes it easier and saves time!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we apologize that we missed the mark here. 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 had made comments in my previous communications with Trafalgar.
Nancy Mcmillan
Review date: Sunday, June 11, 2023
Service
Booking questions were answered in a timely manner and subsequent questions also were responded efficiently.
Vacation
Our trip director, Kassy Jones, and our driver, Rui, were absolutely phenomenal! Because I am not a drinker, the winery was of no interest to me, but other than that, the itinerary was great. I only wish we didn't have to switch hotels so often, but understand why as to fit everything in our timeline.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Service
All aspects of the trip were well thought out and well executed. The guide and the bus driver exceeded my expectations.I would definitely recommend GET.
Vacation
We learned a lot in a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, July 12, 2019
Service
Barbara did an excellent job of helping me with all aspects of planning this trip. She also quickly returned phone calls.
Vacation
Although we covered a lot of territory and saw a lot of each area, but , we spent more time on coach than I expected. I felt that optional trip in Algarve region. should have been included because hotel was in outlying area not near anything, so nothing to do if you did not do the optional afternoon.
Sandra Adamek
Review date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Service
They did everything well. I like the total service they offered. They made my trip reservation, plane reservations, trip insurance, prepaid gratuities, and pre night hotel reservations along with airport transfers.
Vacation
I thought trip was wonderful. I was provided with excellent tours, food and sights.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, July 28, 2017
Service
Hotel accommodations, photo opportunities, additional activities, and "ears" added to the overall experience. The tour director and local guides were all excellent and provided travelers with a plethora of information. Everything was well planned and executed. Definitely a five star trip.
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Excellent overview of Spain and Portugal
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