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Iberian Explorer

Operated by: CostSaver

13 Days from $1,750 per person
MIjas, Costa del Sol, Spain

Countries Visited

Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal

Locations Visited

Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Salamanca… more Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Salamanca, Madrid
  1. Day 1 Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)

    Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain's most cosmopolitan city.

    hotel Exe Barcelona Gate
  2. Day 2 Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Barcelona – Peñíscola – Valencia

    Drive through orange groves to Peñíscola and see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue through the 'huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the Town Hall, the Bullring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the cathedral and the modern 'City of Arts and Science' designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mas Camarena
  4. Day 4 Valencia – Guadix – Granada

    Travel southwest across the 'sierras' to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Macia Condor
  5. Day 5 Granada – Costa del Sol

    This morning there is time to explore the city or participate in an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter of Granada. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol for free time or consider an excursion to Mijas, one of the famous hilltop villages.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Sol Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda
  6. Day 6 Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)

    Enjoy a scenic coastal drive past Marbella to La Línea. Cross the border to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary apes and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through the spectacular Andalusian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see a fiery flamenco show.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel MA Congresos
  7. Day 7 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

    Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Explore the city at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to visit the elegant Moorish Alcazar. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

    Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, why not consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with music?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Olaias Park
  9. Day 9 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

    See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure in Lisbon or maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Vincci Ciudad de Salamanca
  11. Day 11 Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing (2 Nights)

    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. This afternoon, your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including the Royal Palace and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. This evening why not visit one of Madrid's many fine restaurants where you have the chance to try some of the local dishes?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Tryp Airport Suites
  12. Day 12 Madrid Free Day

    An entire day to explore the city. You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight, dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13 Depart Madrid

    Say 'adios' to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc
  • Peñiscola See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
  • Valencia Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences
  • Guadix View the cave homes in "Barrio Troglodyte"
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Costa Del Sol Visit this renowned resort area
  • Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
  • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Fátima Visit the celebrated Shrine
  • Salamanca Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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.

Barcelona

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.
Adult Price: €59

Mystical Montserrat

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.
Adult Price: €40

Granada

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín 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 stop off at the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.
Adult Price: €37

Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. Experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, see the oval bullring, or hunt for hidden gems in the shops. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.
Adult Price: €62

Seville

A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. You'll visit St. Michael's cave and see the famous Barbary apes.
Adult Price: €36

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

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, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.
Adult Price: €53

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

We'll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we'll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América—a must for any visitor to Seville.
Adult Price: €41

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

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organized tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.
Adult Price: €69

Lisbon

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savor a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
Adult Price: €66

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 Tagus River.
Adult Price: €53

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: €53

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

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 the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra.
Adult Price: €46

Madrid

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the traditional flavor of the old city. We'll see where the locals come together and have a chat over their aperitifs, before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Adult Price: €61

Toledo

Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the Tagus River and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewelry and craftwork.
Adult Price: €44

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Service
yes and yes
Vacation
Very tiring but so worth it. Jam packed every day with new adventures.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Service
Checked in with me twice to make sure all was well
Vacation
Great guide (Tania) & driver (Julio). Wonderful group to travel with from 9 different countries.
Stanley French
Travel date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Service
I called Tess, my past travel agent, told her what I wanted, and she set me up on my excellent tour.
Vacation
I really enjoyed the Iberian tour, and especially the people on the tour and very good travel director Artti
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Service
GET provided efficient service every step of the way during out recent European trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing and thank you for your loyalty! We're happy to hear you had a great vacation.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Vacation
This is our second trip through GET. We thought we would check out the CostSaver option to see how well it compared to our previous trip to Italy. The accommodations were excellent with the exception of the Barcelona hotel and the optional experiences were pretty much "must do". We will strongly consider the CostSaver option for future trips.
Peter Dauksewicz
Travel date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Service
The staff was great. They were friendly and helpful. I needed more rest time and shopping time.
Vacation
The pace of the trip was very difficult. More time was needed to rest and relax.
Mary Pena
Travel date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Service
The Iberian experience was in a word, grand. The tour incorporated many of the cultural aspects of the countries we visited insofar as we felt like we were interacting with the people and consuming their distinct cuisine. We did sign up for all the recommended excursions; and in hindsight it gave us the best outlook and understanding of the places we visited. Had we not done that, our experience would have been less than expected.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your travel experience! We're glad to hear you had a grand time on your Spain and Portugal vacation. When you're ready for your next trip give us a call and ask about a Trafalgar or Insight vacation for your chosen destination, both have more included activities and excursions, giving you that extra immersion into the places you visit. Either might be a great fit for you, so just let us know. Thanks again!
Friday, June 29, 2018
Vacation
The basic rate of the trip did not include the excursions which, in my opinion, were crucial to a successful vacation experience.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Service
Wonderful and very efficient guide.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your Spain & Portugal vacation! Thanks for sharing.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation
Guide was great. Visited wonderful places.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Service
the personal service is first class
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very happy to know you consider our service personal and first-class! Daniel is wonderful to work with and we'll make sure to pass along your compliment to him. Hope you had a lovely time in Spain and Portugal, what beautiful countries to visit! 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Vacation
Daniel was very helpful and accessible.
Varughese Rajan
Travel date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Service
Good Service, Reliable, Responsible, Dependable
Vacation
Cheapest rate we got.. Payment was easy.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Service
The tour director and driver were wonderful. However I was told that the discount trip was less because the hotels were a short distance to the city and not in the city. The hotels were way outside in the industrial part. A cab ride into town cost almost as much as the optional excursions, so that's a way to get people to sign up for excursions, otherwise they would be a hotel, sometimes questionable, with nothing to do. One gal said that the hotel in Valencia looked like a ****** hotel and the last hotel we stayed in ,WAY OUTSIDE SPAIN, was in a ghetto . so that is the last memory I have of Grand European cost saver.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We do strive to provide quality accommodations on all of our trips, including Cost Saver and appreciate hearing when those standards are not met.  We will be sharing your feedback with Trafalgar's Quality Control Team for immediate review.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Vacation
The only reason it is a 3 star is because I met some wonderful people on the trip
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