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Tour Itinerary

Add a dash of emoción to your journey across the Iberian Peninsula, following an enticing trail of tapas, architectural triumphs and centuries-old art on this 13-day adventure through Spain and Portugal. You'll ramble through Barcelona, people-watch in Madrid, and stroll along the golden beaches of Costa del Sol. Other famous highlights along the way include the ancient cave dwellings at Guadix, Lisbon's iconic Belém Tower and the world's greatest Gothic Cathedral in sizzling Seville.

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Gibraltar , Portugal , Spain

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)
    Bienvenido a España! The golden shores of Barcelona kickstart your exhilarating visit to Spain and Portugal. Check in to your hotel, then take some time to recharge siesta-style before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse of what lies ahead. There's boundless energy to Barcelona and you'll want to soak it all up on your first evening in the capital of Catalonia.Accommodation: Campanile Sud Cornella
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Barcelona sightseeing and free time
    Gear up for an exciting morning of sightseeing in Barcelona, joining your Local Specialist who knows all the best spots in town. Capture the sights and sounds of La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya and the ornate La Sagrada Família as you tour the city, ascending to Montjuïc for sublime views. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own. Head to the Gothic Quarter or seek out the fanciful façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, whose plentiful works of art and architecture lend a fairy-tale feel to Barcelona's skyline. You may consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat with its hidden monastery, home to the revered La Moreneta. Grab your front-row seat, on an Optional Experience, to watch the famous Dancing Fountains followed by a delightful Catalonian feast with drinks.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Barcelona – Peñíscola – Valencia (1 Night)
    Today we'll skirt along the Costa Daurada, a gleaming strip of the Mediterranean coastline, travelling past expansive orange groves to Peñíscola. You'll see its imposing 13th-century Templar Castle, famed as the dramatic backdrop for the Hollywood classic El Cid. Then continue to Valencia, catching a glimpse of the iconic highlights of this bustling modern metropolis on your orientation tour with your Travel Director. View the Town Hall, the Towers of Serrano and Quart and the impressive Cathedral. Next, leave the present behind and admire the futuristic ‘City of Arts and Sciences', a cultural complex built into the Turia riverbed.Accommodation: NH Las Ciencias
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Valencia – Guadix – Granada (1 Night)
    Today we journey to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where you'll find a hidden underground world of cave houses. The trogloditas of Guadix live in these ancient man-made dwellings, skilfully carved centuries ago. The only clue to their existence is the white chimneys that rise up from the hills and front doors etched into the rockface. You'll have the chance to capture this curiosity on camera then continue your scenic travels across the Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain.Accommodation: Macia Condor
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Granada – Costa del Sol (1 Night)
    Embrace the laid-back spirit of your Spanish hosts and enjoy a slow start to the day on your Mediterranean tour. Spend your free morning exploring Granada and its Moorish influences on your own. There's even time for a quick tea break at a traditional tetería or you may choose to join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter, one of the oldest centres of Islamic culture in the city. Later, we head to the golden beaches of the Costa del Sol. Set your watch to siesta time or don your sandals and sunglasses for a leisurely stroll to soak up the fresh sea air. Consider joining an Optional Experience this evening to the hilltop village of Mijas offering stunning views of the coast followed by a delicious Mediterranean meal.Accommodation: Sol Guadalmar
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)
    Explore a slice of Britain when you cross the border into Gibraltar, the much-contested gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe join an Optional Experience to get up close to the Barbary apes and visit the cave of St. Michael at the Rock of Gibraltar, the Roman and Greeks' former pillar of the “known world”. Next, we return to Spain, travelling north through the Andalusian countryside to sizzling Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight, you might consider an Optional Experience to see the whirling skirts and fiery passion of a flamenco show. This foot-tapping extravaganza is not to be missed.Accommodation: MA Congresos
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Seville sightseeing and free time
    A Local Specialist is on hand today to reveal Seville's special allure and, standing amidst the pavilions and fountains of Maria Luisa Park, you'll hear all about the elaborate Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 which put this sleepy Spanish city on the global map. See the world's largest Gothic Cathedral and its Giralda Bell Tower, then consider joining an Optional Experience to the Alcázar, built by a Christian king who loved Mudéjar architecture. This lavish palace complex has witnessed key moments in Spanish history and welcomed great Spanish kings and queens over the centuries. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the city's Old Quarter your way and celebrate the sunset in Seville in style, sampling the traditional tapas on an optional evening in Old Seville.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)
    The highlights of your Spain and Portugal value tour just keep on rolling and for now it's adiós Sevilla and a warm olá to Portugal, as we journey through the golden and green plains of the Alentejo to Lisbon. Pastel and azulejo-clad façades line the Portuguese capital's narrow streets which ramble across and over its seven hills from St. George Castle to the Tagus River. You'll be drawn to the city's vibrant nightlife in the Bairro Alto and beyond, so head out with new friends for a night on the town or join your Travel Director for a poignant Optional Experience including a traditional meal accompanied by the melancholic sounds of fado.Accommodation: Ramada by Wyndham
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Lisbon sightseeing and free time
    Visit the banks of the Tagus River this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Hieronymite Monastery and Belém Tower, built in the 16th century to defend the city. Later, you'll want to hop on one of the city's signature trams to explore the city's hilly bairros or find a corner café to sample some of the local pastries – pasteis de nata anyone? You could choose to leave the city limits behind this afternoon and visit the beach playgrounds of Estoril and Cascais, as well as Sintra, on an Optional Experience of the iconic Golden Triangle – the choice is yours.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca (1 Night)
    Rub shoulders with visiting travellers who have made the journey to the Catholic pilgrimage centre of Fátima. It was here in 1917 that the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children. Today this humble village has been transformed into a place celebrating a religious miracle. There's time to explore the Basilica and Sanctuary before venturing east and crossing the Spanish border bound for Salamanca where your Travel Director will provide an orientation. Spend the evening your way amidst the historic monuments and honey-hued façades for which this ancient university town is famous.Accommodation: Vincci Ciudad
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Salamanca – Madrid sightseeing (2 Nights)
    We leave Salamanca behind, with Madrid firmly in our sights. Our scenic drive takes us through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains before arriving in the Spanish capital. With a Local Specialist at your side, you'll embark on a sightseeing tour to view the Cibeles Fountain, Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire views of the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the Royal Family. The evening is yours to discover why the Madrileños adore their nightlife, so resist the urge to set an early curfew and perhaps join an optional dinner and discovery in downtown Madrid.Accommodation: Chamartín The One
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Madrid free day
    There's every excuse to rise with the Madrileños and enjoy a leisurely start to your morning. You'll have a full free day to explore the city your way and discover the legacy of 'Madrid's Best Mayor', which installed Madrid as one of the most gracious capitals across Europe. King Charles III's desire to 'beautify' Madrid can be seen around every turn. Alternatively, you could take an opportunity to join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the country's famous sword-making centre. This evening, you'll celebrate with your fellow travellers as your enchanting journey through the Iberian Peninsula comes to a close.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Depart Madrid
    Keep that Spanish gusto in your step as you prepare to close the curtain on your epic Mediterranean journey through Spain and Portugal. It's time to say a final hasta la vista to your fellow travellers and your Travel Director. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of Gaudi's La Sagrada Família, La Rambla and views from Montjuïc
  • Costa Del Sol Visit this renowned resort area
  • Fátima Visit the celebrated Shrine
  • Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Guadix View the cave homes in 'Barrio Troglodyte'
  • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Madrid See the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Peñíscola See the ancient castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Salamanca Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Plaza de España and Giralda Tower
  • Valencia See the town hall, Cathedral, Towers of Serrano and Quart and the City of Arts and Sciences

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Health and Safety Protocols for Costsaver Tours

Costsaver has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

Costsaver asks that you please take personal responsibility for your wellbeing. This begins with packing any personal protective equipment and sanitizers you require. Please adopt physical distancing and hygiene practises throughout your pre-trip travel arrangements and follow all health instruction whether physical signage, or requests from the professional staff once you are vacationing.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Costsaver will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Costsaver have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Costsaver is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Costsaver does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Costsaver only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Costsaver is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 23 reviews - currently showing 8 reviews with comments only

The trip was fantastic. We enjoyed the beauty of Spain and Portugal and learned so much about the historical significance this area was due to our expert guide, Pascal. He watched out for us as we were his own parents.

Not sure with cost saver. Too much time sitting in the bus and not enough sightseeing many sights only during drives

Did not like it that the hotels were way out of town, making it very difficult to immerse yourself in the city and find places to eat. Would have much preferred places near the center of the city. Several of the dinners furnished by the hotel were not very good. And they did not reflect the culture of Spain. (Chicken and french fries with yogurt for dessert for the final dinner (Really????) The paella we had at one hotel was very good. I thought with all the extras we had to pay for as well and paying for transfers if we wanted to go out at night, that we would have been better served by the regular tour. Had no idea what "Cost Saver" meant, and would have liked to have had some guidance about that.

Great tour . Our tour director Maite was excellent , attentive, , knowledgable and very pleasent as well as our bus driver Sergio. I will highly recommend this tour. I will give the tour a A 5 starts rating

The trip provided an opportunity to see many sights in Spain and Portugal. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is looking into seeing these two countries.

Our tour director was wonderful. Some of the breakfasts were not so good. 1 hotel had no hot water for morning shower.

The tour guide was the best tour guide we have ever had on a land tour!

In two of the hotels, the room AC didn't work and the in-room refrigerators didn't work. In the last hotel, the location was quite a ways from the metro. The others were conveniently close.

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