Iconic Portugal & Spain

Iconic Portugal & Spain


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal , Spain

Tour Itinerary

Discover Portugal’s architectural gems like the manors of Sintra and the Roman temples of Évora, Enjoy a mesmerizing Fado music performance in Lisbon, Take in a traditional flamenco show in Seville, Venture into Portugal’s countryside to learn about the production of cork and olive harvesting, Marvel at the splendid Moorish architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra in Granada

Historic cities, colourful culture, and architectural landmarks come together on this 15-day itinerary of Spain and Portugal. Your trusted CEO will lead you through medieval complexes, local farms, and the Moorish masterpiece that is the Alhambra, enlisting knowledgeable local guides and hosts along the way. Immersive and informative, this itinerary through Western Europe satisfies the intellectual curiosities of those that wish to do more than simply cross a destination off their list.

Day 1: Lisbon
Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Activity: Sit down to a traditional meal and lend your ears to the sound of a performance by Portuguese folk music artists.
Accommodation: My Tejo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner (Traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado performance.)

Day 2: Lisbon
Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Situated in the hills of Sintra, Pena Palace and its surrounding park are one of the greatest expressions of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal. With clear Manueline influence and Moorish architectural styles, the palace is built in a such a way as to be visible from any point in the park. Tour the Palace and park and learn about the Palace's origins and influences throughout Portuguese history.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: My Tejo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Lisbon/Évora
Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the most famous sight in Évora, the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones. Take care if squeamish - built in the 1500s by a Franciscan monk, the walls are covered with human skeletons as a reminder to fellow monks that life is fleeting.
Activity: Take a visit to the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula, assumed to have been constructed in 1 AD.
Accommodation: Vitoria Stone Evora (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Évora
Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time.
Activity: Learn about cork harvesting from a local archaeologist and conservationist at a traditional cork farm in Alentejo, the region where most of Portugal's cork is grown. Then sit down for a traditional lunch in a family-run restaurant on the farm's property.
Accommodation: Vitoria Stone Evora (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 5: Évora/Coimbra
Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: In Tomar, 14th-century Portugal's headquarters for the Knights Templar Order, take a guided walk with a historian to learn about the country during the time of the Crusades. Visit the impressive Templar Castle and Convent of Christ, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Oslo Hotel Coimbra (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Coimbra/Porto
This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Later, catch the train to Porto.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Activity: Portugal's most prestigious university, the University of Coimbra is a must see landmark. Explore the World Heritage Site as you enter through the Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra constructed in the 10th century. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths, explore it's botanical gardens and Chapel of S. Miguel and opt to visit the ornate Joanina Library.
Accommodation: Mercure Porto Centro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Porto
Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sights of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. Visit a local wine cellar, then end the day with a glass of port - an unmissable regional specialty.
Activity: Board a boat down Portugal's Douro River, or "river of gold". Float along this ancient route used for centuries as a port wine shipper's route. Marvel in the beauty of the terraced hills along the way.
Free Time: Enjoy all the gems of this coastal city. Visit the medieval Ribeira district with its narrowed cobbled stone streets. Marvel in the baroque architecture of São Francisco Church and discover the palatial 19th century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, built to impress potential European investors. But most importantly, make sure to try a glass of port wine.
Activity: Finish off the day with a tour of the cellars of the region's famed export - Port wine. Learn about the art of Port making and the processes that render its rich taste. Indulge in a tasting and raise a glass to a day well spent. Saúde!
Accommodation: Mercure Porto Centro (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Porto/Madrid
Hop on a quick flight from Porto to Madrid. Enjoy free time to explore the city.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: Hotel Madfor (or similar)

Day 9: Madrid
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo with a local historian. Explore the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Return to Madrid and opt to visit museums or just relax at a local café.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: With a local historian, we explore the World Heritage city of Toledo and the old quarter, which is considered an open-air museum. Known as the "city of three cultures," Toledo conserves its artistic and cultural heritage behind its walls, featuring historic churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Vía or Plaza Mayor.
Accommodation: Hotel Madfor (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Madrid/Córdoba
Travel by high-speed train to Córdoba and visit the Mezquita (mosque). Afterwards, stroll the historic medieval Jewish quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Be amazed by the diverse and stunning architecture of Córdoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century by the remarkable addition of a Christian cathedral inserted into the centre of the building. We highly recommend booking a guided tour to get a fuller understanding.
Activity: Wander among narrow winding lanes, traditional houses, and charming cafés in Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish quarter. Discover one of Spain's three remaining synagogues.
Accommodation: Macia Alfaros (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Córdoba/Granada
Travel to the Andalusian city of Granada and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Learn the art of flamenco from a professional teacher during a private class.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Activity: As the birthplace of flamenco, Spain is the perfect place to learn some new steps. Flamenco is one of the most recognizable elements of Spanish culture and incorporates three key elements: guitar, song and dance. Embrace the culture as we visit a studio in the heart of the ancient Albaicin quarter of Granada to enjoy a private lesson from a professional dancer - the perfect introduction for when you head out later that evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Granada
Enjoy a guided visit to an architectural masterpiece — the Alhambra. It's one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture, and the highlight of our trip for most visitors. After, enjoy free time to explore Granada.
Activity: Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture. Learn about Granada's reign as one of the region's most regal cities during the Muslim rule of Spain, which is captured in time within the Alhambra.
Free Time: Free time to explore with the option to take a bike tour or visit the cathedral.
Accommodation: Hotel Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Granada/Seville
This morning, journey to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Activity: Visit the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter. A charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares, you can wander, shop, or just soak in the neighbourhood's quaint atmosphere while enjoying a refreshing drink (sangria, perhaps) at one of the local restaurants.
Free Time: Start wandering around this charismatic city.
Accommodation: H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Seville
Get a taste of Seville's energetic pulse with a full free day in the city. Spend the day at leisure exploring its Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens or sit back and relax at a local café.
Free Time: After your CEO has taken you on a short orientation walk to get your bearings, you will have time to take in all this great city has to offer.
Accommodation: H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Seville
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport
Public bus, train, walking.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Experience, Évora Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto. Lisbon orientation walk. Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra. Chapel of Bones tour in Evora. Diana's Temple visit in Evora. Guided tour of Coimbra University. Porto orientation walk. Douro River boat cruise. Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter. Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra. Internal flight. Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations.

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Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts).

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