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13 Days
3 Countries

Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal

12 Cities

Barcelona, Peñíscola, Valencia, Guadix, Granada, Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Seville, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca, Madrid

16 Meals

4 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

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Add a dash of emoción to your journey across the Iberian Peninsula, following an enticing trail of tapas, architectural triumphs and centuries-old art on this 13 day adventure through Spain and Portugal. You'll ramble through Barcelona, people-watch in Madrid, and stroll along the golden beaches of Costa del Sol. Other famous highlights along the way include the ancient cave dwellings at Guadix, Lisbon's iconic Belém Tower and the world's greatest Gothic Cathedral in sizzling Seville.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Barcelona

Bienvenido a España! The golden shores of Barcelona kickstart your exhilarating visit to Spain and Portugal. Check in to your hotel, then take some time to recharge siesta-style before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a glimpse of what lies ahead. There's boundless energy to Barcelona and you'll want to soak it all up on your first evening in the capital of Catalonia.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Campanile Barcelona South Cornella
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Barcelona sightseeing and free time

Gear up for an exciting morning of sightseeing in Barcelona, joining your Local Specialist who knows all the best spots in town. Capture the sights and sounds of La Rambla, Passeig de Gracia and facade of the ornate La Sagrada Família as you tour the city. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own. Head to the Gothic Quarter or seek out the fanciful façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, whose plentiful works of art and architecture lend a fairy-tale feel to Barcelona's skyline. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat with its hidden monastery, home to the revered La Moreneta, and later opt into a scenic drive of Montjuic, host to the 1992 summer Olympics, before indulging in a delightful Catalonian feast with drinks.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Campanile Barcelona South Cornella
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Joined by our Local Specialist, we’ll take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped insi...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Specialist to experience an incredible pa...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Barcelona by night with dinner, Spain
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Barcelona – Peñíscola – Valencia

Today we'll skirt along the Costa Dorada, a gleaming strip of the Mediterranean coastline, traveling past expansive orange groves to Peñíscola. You'll see its imposing 13th-century Templar Castle, famed as the dramatic backdrop for the Hollywood classic El Cid. Then continue to Valencia, catching a glimpse of the iconic highlights of this bustling modern metropolis on your orientation tour with your Travel Director. View the Art Nouveau, Train Station Estación del Norte, the Towers of Serrano and Quart. Next, leave the present behind and admire the futuristic ‘City of Arts and Sciences', a cultural complex built into the Turia riverbed.

City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain
Accommodation NH Valencia Las Ciencias
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour with Horchata Tasting

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 4

Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Today we journey to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where you'll find a hidden underground world of cave houses. The trogloditas of Guadix live in these ancient man-made dwellings, skilfully carved centuries ago. The only clue to their existence is the white chimneys that rise up from the hills and front doors etched into the rockface. You'll have the chance to capture this curiosity on camera then continue your scenic travels to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain.

The historic cave homes of Guadix, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Maciá Condor Granada
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Granada – Costa del Sol

Embrace the laid-back spirit of your Spanish hosts and enjoy a slow start to the day on your Mediterranean tour. Spend your free morning exploring Granada and its Moorish influences on your own. There's even time for a quick tea break at a traditional tetería or you may choose to join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter, one of the oldest centers of Islamic culture in the city. Later, we head to the golden beaches of the Costa del Sol. Set your watch to siesta time or don your sandals and sunglasses for a leisurely stroll to soak up the fresh sea air. Consider joining an Optional Experience this evening to the hilltop village of Mijas offering stunning views of the coast followed by a delicious Mediterranean meal.

Street of Granada, Spain
Accommodation Moon Dreams Calabahia Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Mijas for dinner in the Costa Del Sol, Spain
Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. With our Local Specialist, we'll traverse its narrow str...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour with a drink in Malaga, Spain
Experience Málaga

We'll spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist in this charming, elegant Mediterranean capital, the birth-place of Pablo Picasso. We'll experi...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit the streets of El Albaicin and the Royal Chapel in Granada
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 Moor...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville

Explore a slice of Britain when you cross the border into Gibraltar, the much-contested gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe join an Optional Experience to get up close to the Barbary apes and visit the cave of St. Michael at the Rock of Gibraltar, the Roman and Greeks' former pillar of the “known world”. Next, we return to Spain, traveling north through the Andalusian countryside to sizzling Seville.

Monkey family in Gibraltar, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Vértice Seville
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences A guided tour of The Rock of Gibraltar, Spain
A Guided Tour of the Rock of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private minibus. With cameras at the ready, you'll be sure to enjoy ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Seville sightseeing and free time

A Local Specialist is on hand today to reveal Seville's special allure and, standing amidst the pavilions and fountains of Maria Luisa Park, you'll hear all about the elaborate Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 which put this sleepy Spanish city on the global map. See the world's largest Gothic Cathedral and its Giralda Bell Tower, then consider joining an Optional Experience to the Alcázar, built by a Christian king who loved Mudéjar architecture. This lavish palace complex has witnessed key moments in Spanish history and welcomed great Spanish kings and queens over the centuries. Tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see the whirling skirts and fiery passion of a flamenco show. This foot-tapping extravaganza is not to be missed.

Giralda tower and Seville Cathedral, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Vértice Seville
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Flamenco show Seville, Spain
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Traveling through Andalusia is all about immersing yourself in the authentic culture of locals. Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalu...

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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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Traveling through the historic city of Seville you'll be left in awe of gothic architecture, splendid palaces and, of course, dazzling Flamenco sho...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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, a royal palace set in its own beautiful gardens. The garden...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Seville – Lisbon

The highlights of your Spain and Portugal value tour just keep on rolling and for now it's adiós Sevilla and a warm olá to Portugal, as we journey through the golden and green plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon. Pastel and azulejo-clad façades line the Portuguese capital's narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. You'll be drawn to the city's vibrant nightlife in the Bairro Alto and beyond, so head out with new friends for a night on the town or join your Travel Director for a poignant Optional Experience including a traditional meal accompanied by the authentic sounds of fado.

Tram in Lisbon, Portgual
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner and music in Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

Take your tour of Portugal to the next level as you immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of Lisbon with a night on the town. Savor a typic...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Downtown Lisbon Promenade

Immerse yourself in downtown Lisbon as we explore the charming and historic neighborhood of Baixa. Admire the intricate facades of historic buildin...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Lisbon sightseeing and free time

Visit the banks of the Tagus River this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour that will take you past the iconic Hieronymite Monastery and Belém Tower, built in the 16th century to defend the city. Later, you'll want to hop on one of the signature trams to explore the city's hilly bairros or find a corner café to sample some of the local pastries – pasteis de nata anyone? You could choose to leave the city limits behind this afternoon and visit the beach playgrounds of Estoril and Cascais, as well as Sintra, on an Optional Experience of the iconic Golden Triangle – the choice is yours.

Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Royal Portuguese Riviera Visit in Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

Venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist to experience some of the region's most wonderful sights. After passing through the fashionable Es...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Seafood dinner by the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal
Seafood Feast by the Tagus River

Enjoy a memorable evening out in Lisbon as we take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River to enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialties a...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

Rub shoulders with visiting travelers who have made the journey to the Catholic pilgrimage center of Fátima. It was here in 1917 that the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children. Today this humble village has been transformed into a place celebrating a religious miracle. There's time to explore the Basilica and Sanctuary before venturing east and crossing the Spanish border bound for Salamanca where your Travel Director will take you to one of Spain’s most beautiful plazas - Plaza Mayor with its golden baroque facades. Spend the evening your way amidst the historic monuments and honey-hued façades for which this ancient university town is famous.

Sanctuary in Fatima, Portugal
Accommodation Hotel Bardo Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Salamanca – Madrid sightseeing

We leave Salamanca behind, with Madrid firmly in our sights. Our scenic drive takes us through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains before arriving in the Spanish capital. With a Local Specialist at your side, you'll embark on a sightseeing tour to view the Cibeles Fountain, Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire views of the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the Royal Family. The evening is yours to discover why the Madrileños adore their nightlife, so resist the urge to set an early curfew and perhaps join an optional dinner and discovery in downtown Madrid.

Cibeles Square in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Praga Madrid
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Walking tour & dinner in Madrid
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Take your tour of Spain's capital city to the next level as we scratch beneath the surface of Madrid. Enjoy a tour of some lesser-known sights in D...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Madrid free day

There's every excuse to rise with the Madrileños and enjoy a leisurely start to your morning. You'll have a full free day to explore the city your way and discover the legacy of 'Madrid's Best Mayor', who helps the city become one of the most gracious capitals across Europe. King Charles III's desire to 'beautify' Madrid can be seen around every turn. Alternatively, you could take an opportunity to join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the country's famous sword-making center. 

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Hotel Praga Madrid
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Toledo, Spain
Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city of Toledo with a Local Specialist, uncovering the culture and enchanting medieval architecture of the...

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Optional Experiences

Day 13

Depart Madrid

Keep that Spanish gusto in your step as you prepare to close the curtain on your epic Mediterranean journey through Spain and Portugal. It's time to say a final hasta la vista to your fellow travelers and your Travel Director. 

Woman with Sangria in Madrid, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Mystical Montserrat

Joined by our Local Specialist, we’ll take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped insi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Barcelona Evening with Montjuïc & Olympic Drive

We'll enjoy the beauty of Barcelona as the day ends, including a drive up to Montjuïc hill with our Local Specialist to experience an incredible pa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Valencia’s Golden Age, a Leisurely Walking Tour with Horchata Tasting

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
Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. With our Local Specialist, we'll traverse its narrow str...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience Málaga

We'll spend the afternoon with our Local Specialist in this charming, elegant Mediterranean capital, the birth-place of Pablo Picasso. We'll experi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Moor...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Guided Tour of the Rock of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private minibus. With cameras at the ready, you'll be sure to enjoy ...

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

Traveling through Andalusia is all about immersing yourself in the authentic culture of locals. Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalu...

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
Discover The Origin Of Tapas & Evening In Old Seville

Traveling through the historic city of Seville you'll be left in awe of gothic architecture, splendid palaces and, of course, dazzling Flamenco sho...

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, a royal palace set in its own beautiful gardens. The garden...

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

Take your tour of Portugal to the next level as you immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of Lisbon with a night on the town. Savor a typic...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Downtown Lisbon Promenade

Immerse yourself in downtown Lisbon as we explore the charming and historic neighborhood of Baixa. Admire the intricate facades of historic buildin...

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

Venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist to experience some of the region's most wonderful sights. After passing through the fashionable Es...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Seafood Feast by the Tagus River

Enjoy a memorable evening out in Lisbon as we take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River to enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialties a...

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

Take your tour of Spain's capital city to the next level as we scratch beneath the surface of Madrid. Enjoy a tour of some lesser-known sights in D...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city of Toledo with a Local Specialist, uncovering the culture and enchanting medieval architecture of the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Spain & Portugal

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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Marilyn Nivert
Review date: Thursday, June 6, 2024
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Claribel Solis Carrasquillo
Review date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
Service
Most breakfast were covered, so you did not have to worry about that part. Our guide Rita was a mazing.
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It was a great experience and value. We went to places that were amazing and what they called Hidden Gems. The tour guide and driver were very professional. I wish we would had stayed in some of the cities longer (i.e Valencia and Rock of Gibraltar).
Deborah Juarez
Review date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Service
Travel specialist was good. He knows Spain very well. Resolved issues that came up.
Vacation
Vacation was great but it was too many changes in hotels as we traveled around Spain and Portugal.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, March 22, 2024
Service
They are very good to work with
Vacation
The hotel in Barcelona was too far from the city and was below standard.
Bernadette Thompson
Review date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Service
Agents answered all of my questions and were personable. I felt comfortable contacting them when I wanted additional information.
Vacation
My first trip was with Trafalgar and was a 5. This trip with Costsaver was a lower standard. I thought there should have been more free excursions, felt compelled to purchase excursions or be stranded in a hotel in an area without restaurants or anything to do when on our own. Felt that some excursion write ups were misleading.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Service
The experience was not what we expected , having been previous customers. The included dinners were terrible, with just water as beverage. The stops for lunch in cheap, truck stop fast foods and a bit unorganized as far as managing and communicating information from the tour director.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. The Iberian Explorer is a CostSaver trip which is a budget friendly, independent product. A very different experience than your previous trip for a different type of traveler. We apologize that this was not made clear to you at the time of booking.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Vacation
The experiences of dinner at hotels were very poor. Good nothing local, and very basic, who serves Turkey or chicken while dinning in Spain? No alcohol or soft drinks included? Not very friendly servers either. Being dropped off in center city locations for lunch and be expected to make it back to hotel on our own was also not what we expected. We had a wonderful time during our Italy trip and this one fell way short.
Fidel Merluza
Review date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Service
They made our vacation very memorable.. very educational. Tour guide very pleasant and knowlegeable.. driver very friendly and reliable.
Vacation
we enjoyed our trip very much
John Reising
Review date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Service
Excellent Tour Director and Driver
Vacation
Tour Director and Driver.
Carol Ann Padiernos
Review date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Service
The travel agent was helpful and the booking was easy to make.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you had fun on your Iberian Explorer tour. It's such an interesting part of the world to explore. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your comments. Take care!
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
The tour was fun and informative. Our driver, Mario was a skillful driver and our travel Director, Alberto was very informative, organized and fun. The whole trip was easy to follow and fun.
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