Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Mar)

13 Day Winter Tour from Madrid to Madrid with Trafalgar

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 13 Day Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Mar). See the hanging houses in Cuenca, partake in delicious paella in Valencia and admire the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix, before heading to Portugal's Algarve and...read more

     
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Winter Tour Starts In
Starts In
Madrid
Winter Tour Ends In
Ends In
Madrid
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Winter
Trip Style
Winter
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Spain, Portugal
Trip Operated By:
Trafalgar
Trafalgar
772 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
5 Reviews
Trip Code:
WHIG

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Madrid
The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid paves the way for an unforgettable journey through centuries of history and cultural highlights across the Iberian Peninsula. Embrace la buena vida and soak up the vibrant city atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's iconic sights. (WR) Stay: Ayre Gran Colón
2 Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia
Witness the dramatic honey-coloured clifftop hanging houses of Cuenca, before your journey continues 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, consider indulging in Valencia's fragrant flavours and aromas of paella. (B) Stay: Silken Puerta
3 Valencia – Guadix – Granada
Our journey takes us through the sierra of Spain, before arriving 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 Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/RD) Stay: Allegro
4 Granada – Córdoba – Seville
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs, joining your Local Specialist for a visit to the incredible Alhambra, with its amazing palaces, gardens and fountains. Inspired by poetry, the architecture is said to be a reflection of paradise as described in Islamic verse. Immerse yourself in 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 alluring Seville, our home for the next three nights. (B/D) Stay Three Nights: Meliá Lebreros
5 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time
Seville takes centre stage today as we spend the day exploring this charismatic city. We'll see the symbolic Giralda Bell Tower with a Local Specialist, then visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition. The park was built in a Moorish style and features 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. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to witness the twirling of colourful skirts and rhythmic clapping of castanets at a fiery flamenco performance. (B)
6 Seville – Jerez and Cádiz Excursion
We indulge in the aromatic flavours of Jerez today as we'Dive Into Culture' and 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 launch pad to the'New World', and see the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city, said to have been brought here by him upon his return. (B)
7 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. 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 consider joining an Optional Experience. (B/D) Stay: Agua Riverside
8 Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing
Travel north to the Serra da Arrábida mountains and the golden landscapes of the Alentejo where you'll'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch which has been rearing Lusitano horses 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. See Belém Tower, built as a tribute to Vasco da Gama's journey of discovery, before a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider visiting the hillside Bairro Alto in search of delicious Portuguese flavours or witness the melancholic tunes of the fado. (B/BMG) Stay Two Nights: Olissippo Marquês de Sá
9 Lisbon Free Day
Today is yours to connect with the Portuguese capital. Relax at a sidewalk café with a creamy pasteis de nata and venture to the Castle of São Jorge and admire the sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that clad Lisbon's seven hills. You may choose to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (B)
10 Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca
Follow the road taken by pilgrims over the last 100 years to the Shrine at Fátima, a 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. (B) Stay: Gran Corona Sol
11 Salamanca – Toledo – Madrid
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 its streets and see the former Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Later,'Dive Into Culture' and witness local craftsmen at work creating inlaid steel the traditional way. We arrive in Madrid this evening, our home for the next two nights. (B) Stay Two Nights: Rafael Atocha
12 Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid, where we'll see the Royal Palace 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 own. Admire the world's finest collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed 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. (B/FD)
13 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. (B)

Trafalgar Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid
  • ORIENTATION of Valencia, Cádiz, the Algarve Region and Salamanca
  • VISIT the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Cathedral Mosque in Córdoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fátima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and the Synagogue in Toledo
  • VIEW the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia and the Cave Houses of Guadix
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
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 12 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

Reviews (5)

13 Day Highlights of Spain & Portugal (Oct-Mar) reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Well Organised Tour of Spain and Portugal”
- Australia Dec 2018

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,...read more

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“Highlights of Spain & Portugal ”
- QLD, Australia Dec 2018 1 Helpful Vote

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!...read more

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“Enjoyable time.”
- ACT, Australia Jan 2017 1 Helpful Vote

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.

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“A great tour”
- NSW, Australia Jan 2017

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.

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“Staff went above and beyond what would be expected”
- Australia Oct 2012 2 Helpful Votes

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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