13 Day Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Apr)

Trafalgar Winter Tour starting in Madrid and finishing in Madrid

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 13 Day Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Apr). Kick off your Iberian adventure in Madrid before heading to the hanging houses in Cuenca and devouring delicious paella in Valencia. See the troglodyte cave dwellings...read more
Overview
Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Winter Tour (Premium)
Style: Winter
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 13 Days
From: Madrid to Madrid
Tour Code: WHIG
Visits: Spain, Portugal
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Arrive Madrid
The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and fascinating cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the passionate atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's glorious sights as the sun sets on the capital. (WR) Stay: Ayre Gran
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Madrid - Cuenca - Valencia
Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca during our first stop today before we journey to Valencia, renowned for its modern verve and spirit of innovation. An orientation drive will include views of the 15th century Towers of Serrano and Quart, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a large-scale urban recreation centre for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This evening perhaps indulge in the fragrant flavours and aromas of paella for which Valencia is famous. (BB) Stay: Silken Puerta
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Valencia - Guadix - Granada
Meandering through the sierra of Spain, we arrive in Guadix to view the troglodyte cave dwellings that blend effortlessly into the surrounding ochre landscape. Witness how generations of Guadix locals have carved cosy abodes into their rocky surrounds, then travel through the jagged Mora Pass to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Europe. This evening, sample the hearty flavours of Andalusia during a special Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (BB/RM) Stay: Occidental
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Granada - Córdoba - Seville (3 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, it's amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in quiet courtyards, follow its colossal ancient walls and admire the ornate stone carvings. We leave Granada behind for Córdoba where we'll join a Local Specialist to visit the mesmerising Cathedral of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs and a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Our final stop for the day is beguiling Seville, our home for the next three nights. (BB/DW) Stay: Meliá Sevilla
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Seville Sightseeing
Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower in the company of a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings. We'll walk through the imposing Plaza de España and visit the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Perhaps witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets this evening at a fiery flamenco performance. (BB)
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Seville - Jerez And Cádiz Excursion
We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we gain a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of Spanish sherry production. The leafy boulevards and quiet plazas of romantic Cádiz are our next stop. Tread in the footsteps of Columbus, who used this historic port city as his launchpad to the new world, and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city that are said to have been brought here by him upon his return. (BB)
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Seville - Algarve Region
We journey from Spain to the sun-kissed shores of southern Portugal's Algarve, a retreat for sun-worshippers with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating heritage. Enjoy the delicious flavours of piri piri chicken and grilled sardines against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Atlantic, relax on its golden beaches or perhaps join an Optional Experience. (BB/DW) Stay: Agua Riverside
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Algarve - Lisbon Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Travel north to the Serra da Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century. We arrive in the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon this afternoon where we'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular 16th century Hieronymite Monastery, and Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery. Consider an evening in the quaint hillside Bairro Alto enjoying traditional Portuguese flavours amidst the melancholic tunes of the fado. (BB/BMGD) Stay: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
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Lisbon
Meander through the cobblestone lanes of old town Lisbon and the grand shopping boulevards that stretch from the shores of the Tagus and Lisbon Baixa to Rossio. Today is yours to embrace the charm of the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata, venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Queluz. (BB)
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Lisbon - Fátima - Salamanca
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. We leave Portugal, travelling to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca with its golden-hued façades and ancient university heritage where we will view its 18th century Plaza Mayor during our orientation tour. (BB) Stay: Gran Corona Sol
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Salamanca - Toledo - Madrid (2 Nights)
See the walled city of Ávila, the town of stones and saints, so named for its vast collection of Romanesque and Gothic churches. We arrive in the clifftop city of Toledo where we'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of Count Orgaz. Join a Local Specialist for a guided walk through the quaint streets and see the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight into the historical steel industry while watching local craftsmen at work. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights. (BB) Stay: Rafael Atocha
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Madrid Sightseeing
This morning we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you will see the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Monument with its stone representations of Don Quixote's "true love". Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your terms. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia. This evening marks the end of our memorable journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB/FD)
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Depart Madrid
For now it's time to say a fond adiós to our travelling companions, your Travel Director and the beauty of Spain and Portugal at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
Trafalgar Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Be My Guest Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional homecooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo
  • Cultural Insight Sample the famous sherry tradition in the southern Spanish city of Jerez, that has been making wine since the 7 th century. The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craft smen forging the highest quality steel
  • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • City tour in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
  • Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve Region and Salamanca
  • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix
  • Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and Synagogue in Toledo
Trip Inclusions
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners with local wine
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 16 December 2018 departure will celebrate Christmas in Salamanca. The 21 December 2018 departure will celebrate Christmas in Seville and toast the New Year in Madrid. The 24 December 2018 departure will celebrate Christmas in Valencia and New Year's Eve in Lisbon. And the 30 December 2018 departure toast New Year's Eve in Valencia. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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Reviews (5)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Apr) with Trafalgar.
Australia
Dec 2018
1 Trip
“Well Organised Tour of Spain and Portugal”
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The Trafalgar Spain & Portugal tour was well organised and, as seems standard with Trafalgar Tours, offered some extra experiences that we would have missed had we self-organised a visit to the Iberian Peninsular. While, inevitably, we just scraped the surface of the cities we visited, the tour gave us a good taste of the sights of southern Spain and Portugal. We probably couldn't have covered the same territory in the same time frame, and the tour took the worry out of arranging transport, hotels, sight-seeing and the like. This is our second Trafalgar Tour and they both seemed well organised and shepherded by very experienced tour directors. The bus and driver were of excellent quality.
QLD, Australia
Dec 2018
1 Helpful Vote
4 Trips
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We really enjoyed travelling in Spain and Portugal with Trafalgar Tours in late Dec '18 / early Jan '19. Our tour director, Ellen and coach driver, Rui were excellent. They made the tour special and really worked hard to cater to everyone's requirements. We really enjoyed meeting such interesting and inspiring fellow travellers. One cannot go travelling and still come back the same person .... we would recommend this tour to you, our family and friends!

A sincere word of thanks to Madeline from Global Journeys who did so much work to help facilitate our preferred tour dates over Christmas and New Year ... we really appreciate your wonderful helpful nature.

Until our next trip ... Bon Voyage to all of you who are going on vacation soon!
ACT, Australia
Jan 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“Enjoyable time.”
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It was a fantastic tour with a very responsible director, knowledgeable guides, skilled driver and a fabulous itinerary. We would like to recommend it to everyone.
NSW, Australia
Jan 2017
1 Trip
“A great tour”
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We loved this tour. This was our first trip with Trafalgar but my 5th European coach trip and I was impressed with Trafalgar. The coach was a great quality, wifi on the coach (after the first couple of days) was fantastic. Hotel quality was (mostly) very good. Our TD Maria was so organized. Everything was seamless. Our driver was great (talented). I would definitely recommend this tour with Trafalgar based on our experience.
Australia
Oct 2012
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“Staff went above and beyond what would be expected”
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This was my first tour, and I found the tour director to be extremely helpful. Definitely 'above and beyond' what would be expected. All our needs were catered for and the excursions and stop-offs were a great way to experience new countries. Probably the only negative would be that all the optional excursions were really great and spoken highly of by the tour director, so it would have been great if some were included in the tour and did not incur an extra cost.
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