Southern Spain & Portugal

17 Days / Nights

Southern Spain & Portugal

Southern Spain & Portugal

17 Days / 16 Nights

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Discover the flavors of southern Spain & Portugal in this magical 15-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Explore Madrid, Seville, and Granada, as well as Córdoba on a night guided visit. Visit an olive oil farm, enjoy great food and attend a Flamenco Show. You'll finish your trip in Portugal visiting the city of Porto, learning about the wine-making process while you take a river cruise in Douro Valley, and discovering Lisbon and the famous palace of Sintra.

Suggested itinerary

Day one: Barcelona Gastronomic Experience

The adventure kicks off at an old bodega turned tapas bar, where things have hardly changed since the 1930s. With a glass of the city’s favorite aperitif—sweet vermouth—in hand, you’ll enjoy tasting locally cured meats, cheeses, olives, and other Spanish delicacies.

  • Private Guided City Visit
  • Sunset Cruise Experience
  • La Sagrada Familia Guided Visit
  • Barcelona Boqueria Market Guided Visit

Day two: Biking Guided Visit – Gaudi City Tour

Your private guide will take you on a whirlwind panoramic tour of this wonderful city by bike. This is a great way to get some exercise while learning your way around Barcelona’s historic streets. In the afternoon you will visit La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell accompanied by your local guide. 

  • Barcelona Architecture City Tour
  • Barcelona Cooking Class
  • Guided Gothic Quarter Tour: Ascend Mt. Tibidabo
  • Barcelona Wine Experience

Day three: Explore Barcelona

Today you can explore Barcelona on your own, visiting one of the many museums or opt for one of the several day trips – you can choose between mountains, beaches and pretty little towns, all just a short ride away.

  • Day Trip to Montserrat & Wine Tour
  • Monumental Catalonia Tour - Tarragona
  • A Day With Salvador Dali: Figueras
  • Costa Brava Hike and Beach Day

Day four: Train to Madrid - City Tour with a Local

Take the fast train to Madrid. Upon arrival, your private guide will share with you the traditions and history of the city while you walk through the historic center and enjoy the views. You will explore its most outstanding cultural attractions while you learn the history of Madrid.

  • Private Visit to El Prado Museum
  • Madrid Cooking class with La Abuela
  • Have Lunch at the Oldest Restaurant in the World
  • Full Day Trip: Follow Don Quixote footsteps

Day five: Day Trip to Toledo

Today you will travel to Toledo for a private day trip. Dramatically situated atop a gorge overlooking the Río Tajo, in the Middle Ages it was known as the “city of three cultures.” This is where—legend has it—Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities peacefully coexisted.

  • See the stunning monument to Roman grandeur in Segovia
  • Hike and visit the monumental El Escorial monastery
  • Visit one of the best preserved medieval bastions in Ávila
  • Visit a city of rare beauty, Salamanca
  • Wine tasting in the region of La Mancha

Day six: Train to Granada - Bike City Tour

After arriving to Granada, you will have a city tour of Granada by bike (or walking tour if you prefer). You visit Plaza Nueva, the Albaicín (the historic center), Realejo, the Cathedral area, as well as lots of little hidden away places along the way!

  • Granada Cooking Class
  • La Alhambra Night Visit
  • Granada Food Tour
  • Granada Winery Visit

Day seven: Guided Visit of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

This morning you will head out to see the Alhambra, a mystical fortress and palace that many called the eighth wonder of the world. With countless rooms and the charming Generalife gardens filled with lush, colorful flowers and serene fountains, this fortress perched on a mountaintop makes for an unforgettable visit.

  • Hiking Day to Las Alpujarras
  • Day Trip to Málaga
  • Granada Flamenco Show
  • Day Trip to El Caminito del Rey

Day eight: Granada – White Villages – Sevilla

On your way to Seville, you will stop along the way in some of the White Villages of Spain: Grazalema and Zahara de Sierra. Walk around the towns, have a coffee, and even visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in Andalusia. You will then have free time in Seville.

  • Seville Food Tour
  • Stop in El Camimito del Rey on your way to Seville
  • Cycling Day Trip on the Green Road of Cadiz
  • Seville Flamenco Show

Day nine: Guided Visit to Seville & Flamenco Show

In the morning, you will meet a local guide who will show you the tourist attractions of Seville on a walking tour (or you can opt for a bike tour). At night, you will enjoy a flamenco show!

  • Seville Gastronomic Guided Tour
  • Seville Cooking Class
  • Seville Flamenco Dance Class
  • Cruise in the Triana River

Day ten: Córdoba Day Trip

Take the train to Córdoba. This is yet another romantic city in the Andalusia region, filled with historic Mudéjar architecture. You will discover this magical city accompanied by your local guide

  • Experience Dancing Horses & Sherry Tasting
  • Learn about Olive Oil Production from an Expert
  • Other Day Trips: Tangier (Morocco), Cadiz, Ronda and Sierra Norte Natural Park
  • Cycling Day Trip on the Green Road of Cadiz

Day eleven: Transfer to Lisbon - Gastronomic Experience in Lisbon

After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Lisbon. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a gourmet food tour in Lisbon’s authentic winding alleys and taste the incredible flavors of Portuguese gastronomy.

  • Lisbon Cooking Class
  • Lisbon Kids Friendly Activities
  • Lisbon Fado Dinner
  • Lisbon Guided Visit

Day twelve: Discover Lisbon with a Local

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city built on seven hills. It is a charming and friendly city, with a cosmopolitan population, World Heritage monuments and impressive museums. A place where every corner breathes history, culture and art.

  • Lisbon Sidecar City Tour
  • Visit Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela – Adventure Activities
  • Lisbon GoCar City Tour
  • Visit a Cork Farm and learn about the making process

Day thirteen: Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Cascais is the premier beach destination for holidaymakers from Lisbon, and it was once the coastal playground of Portuguese royalty. Then it is off to Sintra —some can’t-miss locales in this area include the dramatic coastal cliffs of the Cabo de Roca.

  • Day trip to Nazaré and Fátima
  • Day Trip to Tomar
  • Lisbon Biking City Tour
  • Lisbon Market Visit

Day fourteen: Transfer to Porto via Óbidos

Transfer to Porto, on your way you’ll make a morning stop in the charming walled city of Obidos. The historic center here offers a labyrinth of narrow cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses, livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint.

  • Gastronomic Experience in Porto
  • Vintage Car Porto Tour & Porto Wine Tasting
  • Cooking Class in Porto
  • Porto River Cruise

Day fifteen: Visit Porto with a Local

This guided tour will take you through the most important places in the second most populated city in Portugal. Settled by Romans, this is an iconic city known for its delicious Port wine, medieval houses along the beautiful Douro River, and churches built from blue and white tiles.

  • Porto Market Guided Visit
  • Electric Bike Porto Tour
  • Visit a Cork Factory
  • Kids Friendly Activities

Day sixteen: Douro Valley Day Trip

Discover Douro Valley on a day trip. You will visit the vineyards of the region while your guide explains the process of winemaking as you taste the wine.  You will end today’s visit with a panoramic boat cruise that will cross the Douro Valley.

  • Day Trip to Braga & Guimarães
  • Gerês National Park - Adventure Activities
  • Have lunch at a Quinta in Douro Valley
  • Biking Guided Route in Douro Valley

Day seventeen: Depart

Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Spain and Portugal. If you have the time, you can spend a few days relaxing in the Algarve after your journey through the Iberian Peninsula.

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