package

Great Iberian Route

Location

Spain, Portugal

Duration

12 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1172.89
Brief

Would you like to spend your next vacation visiting Spain and Protugal? Of course, you do! That's why we have brought you the trip of your dreams, taking you to the most important places in these lovely destinations. From city tours in the historic center of Madrid to the beautiful setting of the Monestary on top of Montserrat, this trip will offer you a complete experience full of fun and exploration. Also, discover Lisbon, home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will make you fall in love with this amazing country! What are you waiting for? Pack a bag and head to Spain!

 

Day 1

Madrid

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options. 

Overnight in Madrid.

Day 2

Madrid 

This morning, experience the city on a guided tour, which showcases its vibrant center, the beautiful Plaza Mayor (Main Square), its broad and magnificent avenues, and its many fountains. Your tour includes a visit to see inside the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, a fine-looking building. Here, you learn about the tradition of “Corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Also, the day includes a walking tour of the beautiful Retiro Park, enhanced by the lake and Crystal Palace. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, and at sunset, head to the Plaza de Oriente in the historic center of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace. In this area, there are many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines; enjoy a delicious meal before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Madrid (Breakfast).

Day 3

Madrid - Barcelona

On this day, depart early in the morning from Madrid. Heading towards Aragón, and make a stop in Zaragoza. Your guide will join the group to Basílica del Pilar. Directly afterwards, you will have free time to visit this impressive sanctuary and enjoy the city centre. Later, make your way to Cataluña to the Monastery of Poblet, surrounded by walls in a beautiful setting; this is one of the best preserved mediaeval monasteries in the world (entrance and guided tour included). You then go on to the Monastery of Montserrat where you go on a ride on the rack train for the fantastic views this gives. At the end of the day, arrive in Barcelona at your hotel.

Note: In the winter months, from November to March, due to the shorter days, the Monastery of Poblet will not be visited, so that you can reach Montserrat in the daylight

Overnight in Barcelona (Breakfast).

Day 4

Barcelona

Today you will get to know Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Mediterranean Sea. Your visit includes an informative city tour with a local expert and the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighbourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the area where the Olympic Games took place, and see the beautiful La Sagrada Familia Basilica; the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Subsequently, head to “Poble Espanyol” (meaning “Spanish Village”); this open-air architectural museum is situated in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. Be delighted by the best Spanish craftsmanship and discover the architectural styles, traditions and folklore of the different communities in Spain. Have some free time to explore the city on your own, and in the evening, we provide transfer to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya area, where you can select from a great variety of restaurants.

Overnight in Barcelona (Breakfast).

Day 5

Barcelona - Valencia

Travel south along the Mediterranean, with a special stop is made at Peñiscola, a small walled town on the shores of the sea. After a short introduction given by your guide, you can make your way through the town, discovering the fishing port, the castle and the beach. Time for a walk and lunch! Afterwards, travel to Valencia, the third largest Spanish city, where you will see the City of Arts and Sciences, the most important modern tourist site in the city of Valencia. Next, walk through the historic center of the city, and your guide will accompany you to the Cathedral. In the evening, you'll be transferred to the Plaza de Toros. In this area, you will have time to dine as you prefer before going to your hotel.

Overnight in Valencia (Breakfast).

Day 6

Valencia - Granada

Continue through the community of Valencia, and head to Alicante. Take a stroll in this active and very pleasant city by the sea. After lunch, go on your way to the Murcia region, where you will see Caravaca De La Cruz, a town considered by the Catholic Church as one of the 5 holy cities, its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. Ride up to the historic area on the tourist train. After this, carry on along an attractive scenic road to Andalusia, and at the end of the day, arrive in beautiful Granada.

Overnight in Granada  (Breakfast).

Day 7

Granada

Enjoy a full day in Granada and tour of the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens built in Arab times. Time for lunch, with the afternoon free for you to see the Cathedral with the sepulchre of the Catholic Kings. Later, enjoy an evening transfer to the city centre of Granada, where restaurants mix with local cultural flavour to create an unforgettable night. Tonight, you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sacromonte, or simply enjoy the city by yourself.

Note: in the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. Sometimes your visit may be in the afternoon, depending on the timetables in which we are allowed in. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features)

Overnight in Granada (Breakfast).

Day 8

Granada - Seville

Leave Granada and travel towards the Costa del Sol, arriving in Malaga in time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this, continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean to reach Puerto Banus, in Marbella, a pretty high level recreational port. Then, it'll be time for lunch and break during the day. In the afternoon, continue through the hills and their stories of bandoliers until you come to Ronda, a very beautiful town with a large gorge that divides it in two. Finally, continue to Seville, arriving at the end of the afternoon.

Overnight in Seville (Breakfast).

Day 9

Seville

After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popular neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards. At the end of the afternoon, go to the historic city center area (Calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. 

Overnight in Seville (Breakfast).

Day 10

Seville - Lisbon

On this day, leave Seville and in the province of Huelva, and travel to Palos De La Frontera. Visit the Carabelas Museum; this is where Columbus set sail in 1492 for America. See the Rabida Monastery, declared a World Heritage Site, a Franciscan monastery strongly linked to the history of the discovery. After this, travel to Mertola, for a stop in this ancient Muslim city and time for lunch. After this, head through white villages and arrive to Evora, a city declared a World Heritage Site with its wide streets, its Renaissance policies and its cathedral. Visit the impressive Chapel of Bones, built with 5000 skeletons before heading to Lisbon, your last destination of the trip.

Overnight in Lisbon (Breakfast).

Day 11

Lisbon

In the morning, go on a sightseeing tour with a local guide, and visit traditional neighbourhoods, which take in the Belem district, the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. Look around the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Belem neighborhood, try a “Belem cake”, an exquisite local delicacy. The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently. At the end of the afternoon, transfer to the Restauradores Square is organized, an area with numerous restaurants and cafes from where we suggest you to take the Elevador Da Gloria that takes you to the viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto.

Overnight in Lisbon (Breakfast).

Day 12

Lisbon

Travel to the north of Portugal and visit Fatima, an important sanctuary. Continue on your way through the green lands of the center, passing into Spain, and over grasslands to cross the North of Extremadura. Enjoy lunch en route in a regional food restaurant, and head back to  Madrid at the end of the day, where your trip comes to an end. We hope you enjoyed this experience!

(Breakfast, Lunch).

package code: ES476697
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