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18 Days | Discover the stories of Spain and Portugal on an in-depth adventure

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Get swept up in the colours, tastes and sounds of two of Europe’s most beloved countries on an 18-day Premium journey through Spain and Portugal. See flamenco in Seville, taste paella in Valencia, feel the history of the Alhambra in Granada and uncover the hidden corners of Cordoba. Discover the birthplace of port and the treasures of the Douro Valley, take a step back in time at the ancient university of Coimbra, learn the secrets of Porto’s backstreets and get to the heart of glorious Lisbon. Travel with passionate local leaders eager to share the magic of their homelands.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Spain & Portugal including Portugal and Spain
Start
Madrid, Spain
Finish
Porto, Portugal
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Spain, Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMPSC
This trip generates 35.23 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
Premium accommodation Our best 4-star accommodation and the highest level of service
Premium experiences All must-see locations plus authentic experiences exclusive to Premium
Premium knowledge Trips led by our most experienced and highest-rated local leaders

Why you'll love this trip
  • See the enchanting Alhambra Palace in Granada by night with an expert guide, a Premium Exclusive Experience. Avoid the crowds as you receive special insight into the complex’s fascinating history.
  • Taste the best of local cuisine during Exclusive Experiences – sample olive oil at a family-run farm in Andalucia, try delicious marzipan in Toledo and take a wine-tasting tour in the Douro Valley.
  • Spend two nights in a converted 18th-century mansion for your Feature Stay in Seville, and enjoy the best of the Douro Valley at a fabulous hotel nestled within the famous wine-growing region.
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais on a full-day exploration of Lisbon’s surrounds, including Sintra’s bewitching Pena Palace, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
  • In Porto, create a personalised memento of your trip and learn about the history of the vibrantly coloured and designed tiles that adorn the facades of buildings all over Portugal with a tile-painting workshop.
  • Cruise the tranquil Albufera Lake by boat during an Exclusive Experience and learn how fishermen and rice growers ply their trade here. Visit the island of El Palmar and discover its typical 'barraca' houses.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Many of the wonderful cities and sites of this trip are explored on foot. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes, plus suitable luggage for navigating cobblestone streets.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme (over 40°C), so it's important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider your suitability to the season you are travelling in.
  • During your discoveries you will visit a numerous religious sites. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms, and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot. Your leader will advise when such clothing is necessary.

Itinerary

Map of Premium Spain & Portugal including Portugal and Spain

Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, High-speed train, Local train, Plane

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (14 nights), Feature stay (3 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Madrid - (Tapas) Welcome Dinner
  • Toledo - Marzipan Tasting
  • Toledo - Day Trip
  • Seville - Evening Flamenco Show
  • Seville - Alcazar Visit
  • Seville - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Cordoba - Walking Tour of the Mezquita & Cordoba City with Local Guide
  • Andalucia - Olive Oil Mill Visit & Tasting
  • Granada – Alhambra Alcazaba and Generalife Gardens Tour
  • Lake Albufera - Boat Tour & Barraca Visit
  • Valencia - Paella Lunch
  • Barcelona - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Dinner in Restaurant - Barcelona
  • Lisbon - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • Lisbon - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Lisbon - Castelo de Sao Jorge
  • Sintra - Pena Palace
  • Coimbra - Fado Show
  • Douro Valley - Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Douro Valley - Day Trip
  • Porto - Sunset Drinks in Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Douro Valley - Douro River Boat Ride
  • Porto - Tile painting workshop
Add on activities
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR14
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Madrid - Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher) - EUR30
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR13
  • Seville - Indias Archive - Free
  • Seville - Cathedral & Giralda Tower - EUR12
  • Valencia - Sagunto Castle - Free
  • Lisbon - Belem Tower - EUR8
  • Lisbon - Jeronimos Monastery - EUR15
  • Coimbra - University of Coimbra and Joanina Library - EUR14
  • Matosinhos - Half Day Trip by Local Train - EUR3

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 

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Reviews

3.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Evan · Traveled May 2023
The Intrepid Travel Premium Tour of Spain and Portugal was brilliant. It was well-organised, well-led and well-run. It was an illuminating and fascinating experience.
Review submitted 20 Jun 2023

Robert · Traveled April 2023
Premium trip to Portugal was that with the exception of some hotels. Spain needed a more experienced Intrepid guide.
Review submitted 17 May 2023

Linda · Traveled September 2022
I would not bother to go "Premium" again with Intrepid. The hotels were mainly tourist hotels, not in the historic or scenic part of town. Not worth the extra money.
Review submitted 13 Oct 2022
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