The Best of Spain & Portugal

13 Day Guided Tour from Madrid to Madrid with Cosmos

Read 14 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 13 Day The Best of Spain & Portugal. Spain and Portugal-these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you'll see their fascinating highlights....read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Madrid
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Madrid
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
50
Max Group Size
50
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Spain, Portugal
Trip Operated By:
Cosmos
Cosmos
1,735 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.0 out of 5
14 Reviews
Trip Code:
6820

Itinerary

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1 Arrive In Madrid, Spain
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
2 Madrid - Toledo - Granada
Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B/D)
3 Granada - Montilla - Cordoba
Granada was the Arabs' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B)
4 Cordoba - Seville
With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville. (B/D)
5 Seville
Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalusia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de Espana, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars trilogy; and so much more. (B)
6 Seville - Evora, Portugal - Lisbon
Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. (B)
7 Lisbon
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century "Mistress of the Seas." You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra. (B)
8 Lisbon - Fatima - Coimbra - Oporto
Stop in Fátima to visit its worldfamous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Oporto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? (B)
9 Oporto
Discover Oporto's highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port wine cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the "cradle" of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
10 Oporto - Salamanca, Spain
Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. (B)
11 Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid
Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA'S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B)
12 Madrid
The capital of Spain, situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven according to Spaniards. The day is dedicated to discover Madrid's main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)
13 Madrid
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
1 Arrive In Madrid, Spain
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
2 Madrid - Toledo - Granada
Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B/D) Today's Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
3 Granada - Montilla - Cordoba
Granada was the Moors' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B) Today's Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
4 Cordoba - Seville
With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville. (B/D) Today's Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km
5 Seville
Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the "Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo", from Star Wars, and the "Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne", from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville. (B)
6 Seville - Evora, Portugal - Lisbon
Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. (B) Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
7 Lisbon
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century "Mistress of the Seas." You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera. (B)
8 Lisbon - Fatima - Coimbra - Porto
Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? (B) Today's Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km
9 Porto
Discover Porto's highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a PORT WINE CELLAR along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the "cradle" of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
10 Porto - Salamanca, Spain
Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. (B) Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
11 Salamanca - Avila - Segovia - Madrid
Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA'S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B) Today's Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
12 Madrid
The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid's main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)
13 Madrid
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Cosmos Inclusions

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Trip Inclusions
  • TOLEDO: Guided sightseeing
  • GRANADA: Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex
  • MONTILLA: Visit a wine Bodega
  • CORDOBA: Guided visit of the Mezquita
  • SEVILLE: Guided sightseeing
  • EVORA: Visit
  • LISBON: Guided sightseeing
  • FÁTIMA: Visit the Sanctuary
  • COIMBRA: Visit
  • OPORTO: Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar
  • SALAMANCA: Visit
  • SEGOVIA: Visits
  • MADRID: Guided sightseeing
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
  • HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 4 dinners (D), including dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto
  • COSMOSGO: Get the mobile app for trip information
  • HEADSETS: throughout the tour
Included Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • Madrid Praga (ST), Granada Alixares (ST), Cordoba Selu (ST), Seville Don Paco (ST), Lisbon Roma (ST), Oporto Portus Cale (F), Salamanca Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca (F), Madrid Ibis (ST) or Praga (ST)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included
Trip Inclusions
  • TOLEDO: Guided sightseeing
  • GRANADA: Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex
  • MONTILLA: Visit a wine Bodega
  • CORDOBA: Guided visit of the Mezquita
  • SEVILLE: Guided sightseeing
  • EVORA: Visit
  • LISBON: Guided sightseeing
  • FÁTIMA: Visit the Sanctuary
  • COIMBRA: Visit
  • OPORTO: Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar
  • SALAMANCA: Visit
  • SEGOVIA: Visits
  • MADRID: Guided sightseeing
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 4 dinners (D), including dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto
  • HEADSETS: throughout the tour
Included Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • Madrid Praga (ST), Granada Alixares (ST), Cordoba Selu (ST), Seville Don Paco (ST), Lisbon Roma (ST), Porto Portus Cale (F), Salamanca Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas (ST)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included

Reviews (14)

13 Day The Best of Spain & Portugal reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Grand cathedrals”
- TAS, Australia Sep 2019

I was disappointed by the Alhambra, the main reason for booking this trip, as the blue and white mosaic tiles that are shown on television were nowhere in evidence, although the gardens were lovely. On the other hand there was a lot of interesting tile-work in the cities on houses and other buildings, and the cathedrals and other churches were extremely impressive. There was also a lot of very boring driving hours on the coach with endless fields of olive trees.

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“Memorable trip to Spain and Portugal ”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2019

This Cosmos tour far exceeded my expectations. Being a cheaper tour I wasn't expecting too much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was very professionally organised and the tour director, Jorge, went out of his way to ensure everyone's needs were met. The driver, Teles, was also amazing and we all were in awe of his driving skills and he returned us safely without incident.
Being a solo traveller I chose to pay the single supplement. With the exception of one...read more

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“Wonderful tour of Spain and Portugal”
- WA, Australia Jul 2019

This was the 3rd Cosmos that we have done and as usual it was very well planned and executed. Everything was taken care of, the hotels were good and we saw as much as we could in the time period. The tour Director and Driver were great. Loved seeing Madrid, Porto and Salamanca and all of the stops in between. The walking tours of the old cities were amazing - so much history. Thank you to Jemma at Global Journeys - always there to help along the way. We will be organising our next one in the...read more

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“The best of Spain and Portugal with Cosmos”
- QLD, Australia Oct 2018 5 Helpful Votes

First of all I highly recommend Georgie and Global Journeys for their attention to detail and pricing, we are a repeat customer and wouldn't even try using someone else for our bookings. The tour itself was very well organised and we were very satisfied with the destinations and sightseeing. The accommodation was good and mostly well positioned in the areas that we wanted explore. In a couple of cases where the hotel was not centrally located there was public transport right outside the door....read more

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“Disappointed”
- VIC, Australia May 2018 24 Helpful Votes View Photo

The Cosmos “best of Spain & Portugal” is a fast paced budget tour. It was a good way to cover off the highlights of both countries however, there are fairly significant compromises made to do so. Most hotels were located quite a distance from the city or town centres which were very inconvenient for seeing the places we were staying at and meant extra costs in taxi/transport fares.
The tour group were almost all retirees aged 65 plus. This meant that walking tours...read more

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