11 Day Iberian Inspiration

Back-Roads Small Group Tour starting in Madrid and finishing in Lisbon

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads's 11 Day Iberian Inspiration. East meets west, and past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals. We take it all in on a rural road...read more
Overview
Operator: Back-Roads
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 18
Duration: 11 Days
From: Madrid to Lisbon
Tour Code: BRSPA
Visits: Spain, Portugal
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1
Madrid – Toledo
After meeting in Madrid, we’ll begin our journey to Toledo, where centuries of history come alive. After a city tour, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel’s restaurant, which specialises  in suckling pig and lamb. (D)
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Toledo – Valdepeñas – Córdoba
Our road continues south across the vast plains of La Mancha. We’ll pause in Valdepeñas to visit a local bodega for wine and tapas before continuing on to Córdoba – our home for the next two nights. (B/L)
3
Córdoba
After a city tour of Córdoba’s Old Town with an included entrance to the Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply marvel at the city’s eye-catching architecture. (B)
4
Córdoba – Úbeda – Granada
After pausing to taste Spanish olive oil in a peaceful olive grove, we’ll check out the town of Úbeda, which is full of spectacular Renaissance palaces. Then it’s onward to our hotel in Granada. (B)
5
Granada
Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors featuring colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we’ll pay a visit to the Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched on a hilltop outside Granada. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where you’ll be free to discover the city. (B)
6
Granada – Ronda
From Granada, our path turns east to Ronda, a historic town with breathtaking views. Tonight, we’ll join together for a group dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D)
7
Ronda – Grazalema – Arcos – Jerez – Seville
Today, we’ll drive to Jerez to visit a local winery with a private gallery before enjoying a tapas lunch and wine tasting. Later, we’ll move on to Seville, where we’ll enjoy a traditional flamenco show. (B/L)
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Seville
After breakfast, it’s time to explore Seville at your own leisure. You could search out Roman ruins, Moorish mosaics and classical squares, or you could hop from bar to bar while sampling Andalucían specialities. (B)  
9
Seville – Sierra de Aracena
It’s back to nature today as we make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, a mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble. (B)
10
Sierra de Aracena - Monsaraz- Estremoz
Our first stop of the day is Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to stroll its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz to end the day. (B/D)
11
Estremoz – Évora – Lisbon
Today we’ll continue to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region. After taking a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square, we’ll press on to Lisbon, where we’ll say farewell.
Back-Roads Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Ubeda, Estremoz and Ronda from charming old town hotels
  • Taste the delicious and famous Jamón Ibérico in Sierra de Aracena
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Alhambra
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Back-Roads
Back-Roads Reviews: (66)
Tours on Sale: 48
Accommodation: Various
Average Age: 40-60+ years
Types: Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 18
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
Reviews (4)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Iberian Inspiration with Back-Roads.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2018
5 Helpful Votes
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The trip was perfect in every way. Our tour guide Justin was friendly and approachable, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Nothing was too much trouble and he often went out of his way to make our holiday memorable. Experienced some authentic centuries-old buildings, like palaces and convents etc. and that's just the hotels! They were great, some were in fact amazing as were the hand-picked locations. We found the middle of September was the perfect time to travel, not too hot, very comfortable to walk around and the nights were still warm. All the travellers on the coach got on exceptionally well and we made some great friends who we will keep in touch with. We would definitely recommend Back-Roads tours to our friends and family.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2016
2 Helpful Votes
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“A great mix of wonderful historic towns and local culture”
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Well structured tour, great hotels, and good guide. We had perfect weather and a lovely group. Our only complaint was air cond in coach was too cold or too hot. Hopefully that will be rectified.
WA, Australia
May 2016
9 Helpful Votes
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“From Madrid going south”
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The Moorish architecture was stunning. The natural scenery was stunning, for example, Ronda. Great to travel with a small group. Small bus made it easier to go places big buses can't. Lots of free time and given lots of ideas about what you can do with your free time. And it was so easy to book through Global Journeys.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2015
6 Helpful Votes
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“Would recommend this trip without reservation”
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Hi Georgie, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our tour guide Leticia was excellent with a well organised tour at an appropriate leisurely pace. Hotels were fabulous. Our small group was fun and it was easy to either spend time with the group or on our own. We walked and walked so mobility required! The Spanish Inspiration trip was full of wonderful Spanish history. Once the tour was paid for there was not much in the way of additional expense - meals were much cheaper in the towns we visited than Barcelona where we spent a few days afterwards. We had a great time and would recommend this trip without reservation. Thanks for all your help with the booking with your prompt and helpful replies to any queries.
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