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Spain & Portugal in Style

13 Days from $5,625 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Comfortable

Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi’s dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, take in the diversity of architectural styles—ranging from contemporary to Moorish—and taste some of the region’s most iconic dishes, including paella. We’ll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each spectacular destination.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi’s dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, take in the diversity of architectural styles—ranging from contemporary to Moorish—and taste some of the region’s most iconic dishes, including paella. We’ll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each spectacular destination.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met and transferred to your boutique, five-star hotel. At 4:00 pm join your Traveling Concierge for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of the famed opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. Visit its exclusive members’ club, Cercle del Liceu, which houses the largest private art collection in Catalonia. Enjoy a glass of cava with your traveling companions, before gathering for dinner by the seaside at Restaurant Maritim. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Ohla Barcelona.
  2. Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendor and gastronomic delights. Meet your Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares, and see some of the most flamboyant buildings of the Catalan art nouveau movement. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Casa Fuster, Barcelona.
  3. Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sea-lapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled cottages clustered around the castle and featured in the film ‘El Cid.' Continue past orange groves to Valencia, where ultra-modern buildings rub shoulders with medieval town gates. For dinner, a local chef entices you with incredible traditional paella, native to Valencia.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Westin Valencia.
  4. Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and flourishing Romany culture. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or taking a stroll to Plaza de Bib-Rambla for dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Alhambra Palace.
  5. Journey through the silent sierras to Cordoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Your Local Expert walks you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter before continuing to the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville. Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps visiting the nearby Church of El Salvador, which offers spectacular views of the city at night.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Gran Melia Colón.
  6. Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter, to emerge near the cathedral. Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either visit the main chapel and tomb of Columbus or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop with views of the city. Enjoy free time before a romantic clip clop through the charming streets by horse-and-carriage. An 18th-century mansion hosts you for a drink, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. Dinner tonight is accompanied by the music of a classical guitarist at an elegant restaurant.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Gran Melia Colón.
  7. Discover the flavors of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch, along with a glass or two of wine. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps bask in the sun in Parque de María Luisa or visit Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the oldest bullring in Spain.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel:Gran Melia Colon.
  8. Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. After an afternoon at leisure, cross the mighty Tagus by ferry to the fishing port of Cacilhas for a Highlight Dinner that draws on the flavours of the sea, accompanied with the best local wines.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa.
  9. With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening you’re invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants during Your Choice Evening.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Pousada de Lisboa.
  10. Head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalizing wines. Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best-preserved towns in Portugal, with architectural styles dating back to Roman times. Join your Local Expert for a walk around this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Convento do Espinheiro.
  11. Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theater where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. With the evening at leisure to explore as you wish, perhaps stroll to Plaza Mayor or Plaza Santa Ana and savor some typical Castilian cuisine.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Westin Palace Madrid.
  12. Admire the tree-lined avenues, Cibeles Fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace as you explore the heart of Madrid. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to the magnificent Prado Museum, where an art historian provides an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. This evening, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:THe Westin Palace Madrid.
  13. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $2,460 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Traveling Concierge and Driver $173 per person.

Private Door to Door: Private door-to-door transfer service is available for guests traveling in a party of three or fewer on vacations to Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and India. Private door-to-door transfers are not available on vacations to Australia and New Zealand. Private door-to-door transfers are limited from/to one address within a 50 miles radius of an international airport within the USA and include the gratuity for the driver with 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag per person permitted. No additional stops and/or drop-offs are permitted. All private door-to-door transfers are subject to availability and must be confirmed at time of booking. If private door-to-door transfers cannot be provided, a credit will be applied to the booking.

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

Included Dining

12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 7 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Barcelona:

  • Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Barcelona's Liceu Opera house and attend a reception at its private members' club, Circulo del Liceo.
  • Enjoy a walk with a Local Expert through the old lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in the some of the city’s daring Modernist architecture.
  • Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.

Peñíscola:

  • See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid.'

Valencia:

  • See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

Granada:

  • Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife gardens.
  • Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Cordoba:

  • Your Local Expert will show you the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through it's forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.

Seville:

  • With your Local Expert you will visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville’s Maria Louisa Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its pretty squares and flower-decked balconies, to emerge by the walls of the Alcazar.
  • Explore Seville Your Way with a choice to either step inside the cathedral, from the Moorish Patio de los Naranjos, with a Local Expert to see the main chapel and golden altarpiece, then head to the Tomb of Columbus. Alternatively you may choose to sit back and relax with a cocktail on a rooftop as you enjoy views of the city.
  • Perhaps the best way to appreciate this city is by a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets.
  • Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice is paired with the raw emotion, color and rhythmic expression of dance.

Lisbon:

  • With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.
  • Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its beautiful Manueline architecture.

Évora:

  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.

Mérida:

  • Famous for its Roman ruins, Mérida is full of history and ancient architecture. Marvel at the well-preserved Roman Theatre.

Madrid:

  • With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.
  • An art historian will provide an in-depth look at Spain's finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum.
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

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

  • Add air to your reservation

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

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