13 Days
2 Countries

Spain, Portugal

9 Cities

Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Évora, Merida, Madrid

20 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold

Luxury Gold

If you want the finest from life, enjoy curated luxury travel, and are looking for incredible and unique experiences - a VIP vacation like no other, Luxury Gold tours are the perfect choice. Enjoy the finest end to end experience on the world's leading limited edition small group tours. With an average of 20 guests, every journey is filled with unrivalled Passport Moments, the golden threads that create your extraordinary vacation. The sounds of Mozart soaring after hours under frescoed palace ceilings. Flavors of spice from Delhi’s Street vendors. Sustainable ways to live, cook and savor at a pioneering Michelin starred restaurant. If passports were stamped with experiences instead of place, they would be imprinted with these exceptional moments. Curated exclusively for you. Go beyond the velvet rope. Front of the line priority with behind-the-scenes access. Enjoy rare insights into the world’s most majestic landmarks. Meet legendary locals and celebrated icons to mingle with them personally.

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Step into the rich worlds of Spain and Portugal on this 13-Day guided tour. Explore Granada’s grand Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, who will lead you through its exotic water gardens. After wandering the white-washed alleys of Seville on a guided tour, visit an 18th century mansion, where you’ll be treated to a private-but-passionate flamenco dance performance; later, enjoy a romantic carriage ride through the city's streets. In Lisbon, see the monument to the discoveries before marvelling at the architectural detail at the Queluz National Palace. Marvel over Madrid’s Prado Museum, where an art historian will lead you on a tour of Spanish masterpieces. 

The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

Your Spain and Portugal luxury tour begins with a private chauffeur to your luxury boutique hotel. Upon arrival, enjoy exquisite city views from the rooftop bar and infinity pool before dining on traditional Spanish delights.

Sagrada Familia and Barcelona city skyline in the evening, Barcelona, Spain
Ohla Eixample Barcelona View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner

Ohla Eixample Barcelona

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

Ohla Barcelona is a boutique, centrally located hotel on the site of what was once the palace of the first Count of Barcelona. From the rooftop there are incredible views over the city for you to enjoy while take a dip in the pool, or relaxing with a drink on the terrace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Exceptional Dining Welcome Dinner Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in this Mediterranean city, featuring fresh Barcelona seafood and traditional Spanish flavors.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 2

Catalonia’s Creative Capital

Wind your way along noble boulevards and visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família. Later, stroll through the colorful mosaics of Park Güell with a Local Expert.

Aerial view of Barcelona skyline with Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
Ohla Eixample Barcelona View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Ohla Eixample Barcelona

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

Ohla Barcelona is a boutique, centrally located hotel on the site of what was once the palace of the first Count of Barcelona. From the rooftop there are incredible views over the city for you to enjoy while take a dip in the pool, or relaxing with a drink on the terrace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Passport Moments Street with arch in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With a Local Expert, drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in some of the city's daring Modernist architecture. 

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Passport Moments Inside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia Visit

Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Curated Experiences Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Park Güell Visit

Uncover more of Barcelona’s whimsical sites on a stroll through Park Güell on Carmel Hill with a Local Expert. Walk along its leafy paths, down the...

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Curated Experiences

Day 3

Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast

Follow the golden Costa Dorada to seaside La Galera. Savor a creative Mediterranean menu made from fresh seasonal produce at the Michelin-starred L’Antic Molí before arriving in Valencia.

The Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Hospes Palau de La Mar View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Hospes Palau de La Mar

About the Hotel

Valencia, Spain

In the heart of Valencia this listed palace is a former stately home from the 19th century which embodies the city’s maritime spirit and values. Today art and style come together and fill this original enclave with energy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa with pool
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Room Service

Style

  • Palace
Passport Moments Palace of Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain
Valencia Orientation

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

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining A fine dining lunch in Tarragona, Spain
Michelin-starred Lunch at L'Antic Moli

Indulge at the Michelin-starred L'Antic Moli. Savor a lunch that embraces contemporary, gourmet cuisine and follows the rhythms of the seasons from locally sourced ingredients.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 4

Granada and the Alhambra Palace

Discover Granada’s 13th-century Alhambra Palace, with its intricate Islamic designs, exotic gardens and tranquil pools. Conclude with a decadent stay at a renovated 19th-century palace.

The Alhambra palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain
Hospes Palacio de los Patos View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hospes Palacio de los Patos

About the Hotel

Granada, Spain

The boutique hotel’s twin buildings, in a striking marriage between old and new, are well positioned for exploring the ancient Moorish-Spanish city of Granada.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Spa with pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
Passport Moments Generalife gardens seen from an interior room of The Alhambra palace Granada, Spain
Granada Alhambra Palace Visit

Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the picturesque Generalife Gardens.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 5

Córdoba and Seville

Step back in time at Córdoba’s Old Roman Bridge and great Mosque-Cathedral, strolling beneath delicate arches and pillars. Arriving in Seville, relax over dinner.

Mezquita, The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain
Gran Meliá Colón View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Gran Meliá Colón

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Located in the heart of the city, Seville's Gran Meliá Colón combines historical features with contemporary touches to create warmth and elegance. Enjoy panoramic city views from the heated rooftop pool. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Passport Moments Roman Bridge leading to the Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain
See the Roman Bridge in Córdoba

See the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge with your Local Expert and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Passport Moments Interior arches of the Mezquita, the Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through its forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining
Highlight Dinner at Casa Manolo Leon

Enjoy a highlight dinner In the heart of Seville. A stately home from the late 19th century, Casa Manolo León , was inaugurated in November 1999 by...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 6

Seville, the City of Carmen

Explore the intricate details of famous masterpieces at the Fine Arts Museum. Embrace the passionate Flamenco with a private dance lesson.

Old town street of Calle Mateos Gago, Seville, Spain
Gran Meliá Colón View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Gran Meliá Colón

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Located in the heart of the city, Seville's Gran Meliá Colón combines historical features with contemporary touches to create warmth and elegance. Enjoy panoramic city views from the heated rooftop pool. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Personalise your day The Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain
Seville Fine Arts Museum Visit

Visit the Fine Arts Museum exhibiting masterpieces of Sevillian Baroque and Spanish artists such as Murillo or Velásquez.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Interior of Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Seville Cathedral Visit

The “Soul of Spain,” lures you in with its artistic flair and tempting secrets as you join your Local Expert on a walk through the flower-decked sq...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Flamenco Dancer, Seville, Spain
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. On ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Passport Moments Plaza de Espana in Sevilla, Spain
Seville City Tour

Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Louisa Park with your Local Expert. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its p...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 7

The Flavors of Andalucía

After a Relaxed Start, a Spanish cooking experience awaits in an Andalucían market. Learn the secrets to Spain’s popular dishes and dine on your creations. Choose a romantic horse and carriage ride or allow us to reserve you a VIP seat at a chic rooftop bar.

Colourful ceramic decoration, Seville, Spain
Gran Meliá Colón View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Gran Meliá Colón

About the Hotel

Seville, Spain

Located in the heart of the city, Seville's Gran Meliá Colón combines historical features with contemporary touches to create warmth and elegance. Enjoy panoramic city views from the heated rooftop pool. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Personalise your day White Horse with Carriage, Sevilla, Spain
Seville Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Go on a romantic horse and carriage ride and relax as you pass some of the city's highlights.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Cocktails In Bar Seville, Spain
Seville Sunset Drink

Enjoy a local cocktail as the sun sets over Seville.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining Guests enjoying a market tour cooking class in Seville, Spain
Seville Cooking Class with Lunch

Discover the varied flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most po...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 8

Across the Alentejo to Lisbon

Greet Portugal in the charming hilltop town of Serpa. Over lunch you’re treated to a performance of Cante Alentejano, a traditional polyphonic singing style recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Iconic tram in the old town of Lisbon, Portugal
Pousada de Lisboa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Pousada de Lisboa

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

Located on Terreiro do Paço, a historic part of the city, the Pousada de Lisboa is a boutique hotel offering elegantly decorated guest rooms in a classic style.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Curated Experiences Enjoy the sounds of classical guitar being played in Seville, Spain
Serpa Lunch with Local Singing Performance

Enjoy a VIP experience of lunch accompanied by a singing performance of Cante Alentejano. This traditional polyphonic singing style has been recogn...

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Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Day 9

Lisbon and the Age of Discoveries

Enjoy another Relaxed Start before viewing Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower. Continue with a visit to the National Coach Museum before marvelling at the architectural detail of the Queluz Palace. Finish the day enjoying local specialties as you dine in style this evening.

Famous arch at the Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal
Pousada de Lisboa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Pousada de Lisboa

About the Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

Located on Terreiro do Paço, a historic part of the city, the Pousada de Lisboa is a boutique hotel offering elegantly decorated guest rooms in a classic style.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Passport Moments The Monument to the Discoveries on the north bank of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Belém Quarter Visit

With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Curated Experiences National Palace Queluz in Lisbon, Portugal
Visit to the National Palace of Queluz

Enjoy entry to the National Palace of Queluz, which served as the official royal residence during the 18th century. Marvel at the Baroque palace’s ...

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Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Curated Experiences Iconic tram in the old town of Lisbon, Portugal
National Coach Museum

Visit the National Coach Museum which houses one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world, featuring horse-drawn vehicles from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Day 10

Forever Évora

Bask in Évora’s flavors at Herdade da Calada winery where you’ll explore the estate and sip on a selection of tantalizing wines. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner of Alentejo specialties.

Street view with old residential buildings in Evora, Portugal
Convento do Espinheiro View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Convento do Espinheiro

About the Hotel

Évora, Portugal

The rich history of Convento do Espinheiro dates back to the 15th century, as the name suggests the building was once a convent. A full restoration was undertaken, returning this beautiful building and surrounding gardens to their former glory. The spacious and deluxe guests rooms feature either antique or 1950s-inspired furnishings for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Room Service

Style

  • Historic
Passport Moments Roman temple of Diana, Evora, Portugal
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Wine tasting in Evora, Portugal
Évora Wine Tasting

Explore a local winery and learn about their processes and enjoy a delicious wine tasting.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 11

The Roman Ruins of Mérida and Madrid

Make your way across green and golden farmlands to Mérida’s well-preserved Roman Theater. From Roman ruins to a vibrant, modern city, journey through the sunbaked landscapes of Extremadura to Madrid.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
Gran Meliá Fénix View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Gran Meliá Fénix

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Gran Meliá Fénix hotel is known for luxury service accompanied by enchanting Spanish charisma. Centrally located near the most famous museums and exclusive shopping district, there is something for everyone to explore. Refined, neoclassical rooms offer the perfect place to rest after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Concierge

Style

  • Contemporary
Passport Moments Roman theatre of Merida, Spain
Mérida Orientation

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

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 12

Madrid of the Bourbons

Personalise your day, join an art historian at Madrid’s Prado Museum or explore the maze-like Old Town paired with a sampling of traditional churros. Celebrate your travels over a final decadent dinner.

Sunny Calle de Alcala in Madrid, Spain
Gran Meliá Fénix View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Gran Meliá Fénix

About the Hotel

Madrid, Spain

The Gran Meliá Fénix hotel is known for luxury service accompanied by enchanting Spanish charisma. Centrally located near the most famous museums and exclusive shopping district, there is something for everyone to explore. Refined, neoclassical rooms offer the perfect place to rest after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Concierge

Style

  • Contemporary
Passport Moments Cibeles fountain at The Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament ...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Personalise your day The Prado Museum Madrid, Spain
Madrid Prado Museum with Art Historian

Join an art historian and visit the Prado Museum, often called a museum of painters for its extensive collection of works by artists such as Bosch,...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day A plate of Churros in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Old Town Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert on a walking tour to explore the maze of streets in Madrid's old town and try churros, the popular Spanish snack.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Day 13

Depart Madrid

After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions before your private transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport.

Depart Madrid, Spain
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Passport Moments
Barcelona City Tour

With a Local Expert, drive down the elegant Passeig de Gracia to take in some of the city's daring Modernist architecture. 

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Sagrada Familia Visit

Once inside Gaudí's amazing Sagrada Família, look up at the detailed wonders of his famous architectural masterpiece.

Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Barcelona Park Güell Visit

Uncover more of Barcelona’s whimsical sites on a stroll through Park Güell on Carmel Hill with a Local Expert. Walk along its leafy paths, down the...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Valencia Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Granada Alhambra Palace Visit

Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the picturesque Generalife Gardens.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
See the Roman Bridge in Córdoba

See the 2000-year-old Roman Bridge with your Local Expert and you'll have time to spend exploring the labyrinthine old Jewish Quarter.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Córdoba Mezquita Visit

Explore the amazing Mezquita, walking through its forest of horseshoe-shaped arches and pillars to the Christian cathedral within, led by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Seville Fine Arts Museum Visit

Visit the Fine Arts Museum exhibiting masterpieces of Sevillian Baroque and Spanish artists such as Murillo or Velásquez.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Seville Cathedral Visit

The “Soul of Spain,” lures you in with its artistic flair and tempting secrets as you join your Local Expert on a walk through the flower-decked sq...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Discover Flamenco at the Cristina Heeren Foundation Seville

The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. On ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Seville City Tour

Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Louisa Park with your Local Expert. Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter, admiring its p...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Seville Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Go on a romantic horse and carriage ride and relax as you pass some of the city's highlights.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Seville Sunset Drink

Enjoy a local cocktail as the sun sets over Seville.

Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Serpa Lunch with Local Singing Performance

Enjoy a VIP experience of lunch accompanied by a singing performance of Cante Alentejano. This traditional polyphonic singing style has been recogn...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Lisbon Belém Quarter Visit

With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower.

Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Visit to the National Palace of Queluz

Enjoy entry to the National Palace of Queluz, which served as the official royal residence during the 18th century. Marvel at the Baroque palace’s ...

See More
Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
National Coach Museum

Visit the National Coach Museum which houses one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world, featuring horse-drawn vehicles from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Évora City Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Mérida Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Madrid City Tour

With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament ...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Madrid Prado Museum with Art Historian

Join an art historian and visit the Prado Museum, often called a museum of painters for its extensive collection of works by artists such as Bosch,...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Madrid Old Town Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert on a walking tour to explore the maze of streets in Madrid's old town and try churros, the popular Spanish snack.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences. 
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
Included at all hotels. 
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Barcelona Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in this Mediterranean city, featuring fresh Barcelona seafood and traditional Spanish flavors.

Michelin-starred Lunch at L'Antic Moli

Indulge at the Michelin-starred L'Antic Moli. Savor a lunch that embraces contemporary, gourmet cuisine and follows the rhythms of the seasons from locally sourced ingredients.

Highlight Dinner at Casa Manolo Leon

Enjoy a highlight dinner In the heart of Seville. A stately home from the late 19th century, Casa Manolo León , was inaugurated in November 1999 by the brothers Agustín and Manolo León Leal and has become a popular establishment in the city.

Seville Cooking Class with Lunch

Discover the varied flavours 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.

Évora Wine Tasting

Explore a local winery and learn about their processes and enjoy a delicious wine tasting.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Ohla Eixample Barcelona
Hospes Palau de La Mar
Hospes Palacio de los Patos
Gran Meliá Colón
Pousada de Lisboa
Convento do Espinheiro
Gran Meliá Fénix

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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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We have had nothing but good experiences with a Grand European Travel. They are accesible, reliable, knowledgeable and everything works like clockwork.
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