Iberian Inspiration

11 Day Small Group Tour from Madrid to Lisbon with Back-Roads

Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 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 and Jewish synagogues. Join us as...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Madrid
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Lisbon
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Spain, Portugal
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
89 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
6 Reviews
Trip Code:
BEHIBML

Itinerary

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1 Madrid - Toledo
After meeting in vibrant Madrid, we'll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get to grips with the area's unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel's restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner. (D) Stay: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar)
2 Toledo - Valedepenas - Cordoba
Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas - where we'll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we'll move on to beautiful Córdoba - our home for the next two nights. (B/L) Stay: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)
3 Cordoba
Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia - a walking tour of Córdoba's Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you'll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city's magnificent architecture - this afternoon is all about you. (B)
4 Cordoba - Ubeda - Granada
Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause to taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada. (B) Stay: Villa Oniria (or similar)
5 Granada
Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors. Colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we'll visit the incomparable Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched high on a hilltop outside the city. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where we'll set you free to explore as you please. (B)
6 Granada - Ronda
You can rest assured that today's journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we'll get our bearings on a walking tour. Tonight, we'll come together for dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (or similar)
7 Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos -  Jerez - Seville
Today it's back on the road - with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we'll set our sights on Jerez - where we'll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville. (B/L) Stay: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)
8 Seville
We've a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always kick back and sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city's abundant bars... (B)
9 Seville - Sierra de Aracena
Back to nature today. After breakfast we'll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt 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! While we're here, we'll pay a visit a local pig farm - where we'll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses. (B) Stay: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)
10 Sierra de Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz
Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We'll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Then: the grand finale! Tonight we'll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner. (B/D) Stay: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)
11 Estremoz - Evora - Lisbon
Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, where we'll take a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square. And then? This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon. Stay: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels
  • Taste authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Seville
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Included Meals
  • 15 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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.

Reviews (6)

11 Day Iberian Inspiration reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Fabulous Iberian Inspiration!”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2019 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

11 days of driving through Spain and Portugal, visiting World Heritage sites on an almost daily basis. Wonderful organisation, careful driving and a truly professional guide made this a trip to remember.

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“Would definitely recommend Back-Roads' Iberian Inspiration”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2019 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

Thank you Yvonne. We really appreciated your careful consideration of allowing sufficient time for connecting flights whilst still getting us the best flight deal. The Back-Roads trip was exactly what we had hoped for. Small number of great people, terrific tour and lovely guides who enhanced our travel experience with their knowledge and enthusiastic commentary, beautiful hotels and plenty of free time to explore. Would definitively recommend.

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“Iberian Inspiration”
- VIC, Australia Sep 2018 6 Helpful Votes View Photo

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...read more

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“A great mix of wonderful historic towns and local culture”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2016 3 Helpful Votes

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.

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“From Madrid going south”
- WA, Australia May 2016 10 Helpful Votes

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.

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