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Highlights of Spain and Portugal

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $2,246 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
Flamenco dresses hanging in Spain

Countries Visited

Spain, Portugal ...more Spain, Portugal

Locations Visited

Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, Guadix, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Évora, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca, Toledo ...more Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, Guadix, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Évora, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca, Toledo
  1. 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 travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's iconic sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Ayre Gran Colón
  2. Day 2 Journey to Cuenca and Valencia

    Witness the dramatic honey-coloured 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 centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening, consider indulging in Valencia’s fragrant flavours and aromas of paella.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Silken Puerta
  3. Day 3 Off to Unique Guadix and on to Granada

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

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Occidental
  4. 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 leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Mosque of the Caliphs, the former mosque of the caliphs and 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Meliá Lebreros
  5. Day 5 Uncover the Secrets of Seville

    Seville takes centre 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 a 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 colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Lebreros
  6. Day 6 Admire the Sights of Jerez and Cádiz Dive Into Culture

    We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we Dive Into Culture and into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Lebreros
  7. Day 7 Venture to Évora Connect with Locals

    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 Connect With Locals lunch on their traditional stud ranch, which has been rearing Lusitano horses since the 18th century. Enjoy a Be My Guest experience in the home of their ancestor before continuing to Évora for a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist of its cathedral, Roman temple and Chapel of Bones. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
    hotel M'ar de Ar Muralhas
  8. Day 8 On to Lively Lisbon Dive Into Culture

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Olissippo Marquês de Sá
  9. Day 9 Lisbon Your Way

    Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Olissippo Marquês de Sá
  10. 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 leave Portugal, travelling 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Gran Corona Sol
  11. Day 11 Continue to Toledo and Madrid Dive Into Culture

    See the walled city of Ávila, the city of Saint Teresa of Ávila. We 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Rafael Atocha
  12. 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 Retiro Park, 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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Rafael Atocha
  13. Day 13 Adiós Madrid

    For now it's time to say a fond farewell to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights Spain Portugal Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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

Dining Summary

  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

Be My Guest

  • Panoias-Ourique: 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 Portugal's beautiful Alentejo.

Dive Into Culture

  • 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.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.
  • Jerez de la Frontera: Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, which has been making wine since ancient times.

Iconic Experience

  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Specialist and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.
  • Avila: View the impressive city walls that define Ávila's Old Town.
  • 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.
  • Salamanca: See the Salamanca's golden Plaza Mayor, voted one of the most beautiful central plazas in Spain.
  • Lisbon: 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 the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.
  • Cádiz: See the cathedral, Teatro Romano, the monumental Puerta de Tierra and enjoy a walk along Paseo Maritimo.
  • Seville: Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and emerge by the great walls of the Alcazar.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.
  • Córdoba: 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.
  • Guadix: See the cave homes that embellish the hills around Guadix.
  • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the historic bullring of Valencia during an orientation drive with your Travel Director.
  • Madrid: Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Córdoba, Seville, Évora, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid with a Local Specialist
  • : 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, the Shrine at Fátima, 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 and the Cave Houses of Guadix

Whats Included

  • : 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

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.


Available on Day 2

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, going back to its Roman foundation 2,000 years ago. The iconic dish "Paella" originated here and tonight we'll learn about its traditions and enjoy this singular Spanish fare during a typical meal in one of the city’s most emblematic restaurants.
Adult Price: € 53


Available on Day 3

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendor. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and wander through the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.
Adult Price: € 37

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 organized tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by members of Granada's most famous gypsy clan, with their camp located inside the caves – a fiery, emotive performance unique to these people. And we've also included a drink, too.
Adult Price: € 35


Available on Day 5

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organized tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
Adult Price: € 40

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 drinks included. We've organized tickets to the best show in town. You won't soon forget this incredibly memorable ninety-minute experience.
Adult Price: € 69

The Moorish Alcazar 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 recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. We'll also journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América - a must for any visitor to Seville.
Adult Price: € 43

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 the charming old quarter of Seville.
Adult Price: € 53


Available on Day 8

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 the Alentejo. Inhabited since prehistory, Monsaraz has beautiful white-washed houses and a 14th century Castle, which overlooks Spain. We'll also see the largest artificial lake in Europe before tasting typical local refreshments.
Adult Price: € 34


Available on Day 8

Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to view the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.
Adult Price: € 55

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 cross the impressive suspension bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.
Adult Price: € 55

Available on Day 9

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 for an unforgettable performance and savor a typical Portuguese meal, with drinks included.
Adult Price: € 67

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 picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we'll visit one of the impressive Royal Palaces of Portugal.
Adult Price: € 46


Available on Day 11

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, along with musical entertainment and finish up with a spin around some of the wonderful squares and fountains of magical Madrid.
Adult Price: € 61

Available on Day 12

Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale 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 the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as see the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.
Adult Price: € 45

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 20, 2019
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.
We learned a lot in a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 12, 2019
Barbara did an excellent job of helping me with all aspects of planning this trip. She also quickly returned phone calls.
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
Friday, October 5, 2018
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.
I thought trip was wonderful. I was provided with excellent tours, food and sights.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 28, 2017
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.
Excellent overview of Spain and Portugal
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
GET has many good tours. This was my second tour. Very easy set up. Josh was our GET rep and was fantastic.
Organize the route better: too much time on the bus traveling from one destination to the next. Needed more time in Madrid. Also, one day, the challenging walking was much too onerous for many on the tour. Guide (David Nadal) was great as was the bus driver (Paolo).
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The hotel rooms were dated and too much bus driving by sites. I thought this was all inclusive and was surprised that we were nicked and dimed, for the optional tours. The Tour Guide was wonderful, as was our bus driver.
I do not think I would go on Trafalgar with another bus tour.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 9, 2016
I am satisfied and happy with the entire tour - tour director, driver, places covered, hotels used and commentary of local guides are informative and enlightening of the local people and culture.
I would recommend this tour to friends. I have been to both countries before but each time I discover something new and wonderful.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Jean was a terrific Tour Director! Pedro was a careful and great bus driver.
WE were kept busy and got to see a lot more than we expected. Hotels were the best. Could have used wash clothes when showering. Also tubs were slippery as they had no grip strips on the floor of the tubs. I would definately recommend Grand European Travel.
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