Explore Spain & Portugal

15 Days | From the hills of Granada to the beaches of Lisbon

4.6 out of 5 based on 43 reviews submitted.
EUR €3,222
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Follow an enticing trail of delicious tapas, avant-garde art, architectural triumphs and dramatic history on this 15-day tour through Spain and Portugal. Travel the scenic route from Madrid, relaxing on the beach in Algarve, sipping wine in Porto, enjoying the rolling green hills of Granada and being charmed by Andalusian Seville. Admire the masterpieces of Picasso, Dali and Gaudi, experience the passion of flamenco, taste some of the best port in the world and embrace the culture of these two spirited countries with a local leader to show you the way.

Trip overview

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Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Portugal, Spain
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 45.87 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Albaicin in Granada before crossing the river to visit the imposing Moorish fortress of the Alhambra.
  • Unwind in a laidback fishing town in the Algarve, soaking up the sun on the beach and enjoying an included boat trip around the rocky cliffs of the coast.
  • Join pilgrims along the last leg of the famous Camino de Santiago journey as they reach the historic cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Sit back, relax and watch the water flow by in one of Porto’s river restaurants while you sample a couple of varieties of the city’s signature wine – port!
  • Start and end your adventure in Madrid, home to art galleries, colourful architecture and some of the best restaurants in Spain.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Open Arms. Donations help them safeguard the physical integrity and rights of migrant people in imminent danger who have fled their homes across the Mediterranean Sea.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip covers a lot of ground and the majority of travel is done by trains and public buses. It's a good time to sit back, relax and let the scenery roll past your window. Please read the Itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in this region (over 40C/104F). It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Many hotels in Europe have fans, not air conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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9 breakfasts


Train, Public bus, Metro, Taxi


Hotel (14 nights)

  • Granada - Guided Visit to Alhambra Palace & Gardens
  • Seville - Evening Flamenco Performance
  • Lagos - Algarve Cliff Boat Trip
  • Porto - Port Wine Tasting
  • Santiago de Compostela - Camino de Santiago Hike
Add on activities
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Museo Reina Sofia - EUR10
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR11
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR82
  • Granada - Jose Guerrero Centre - Free
  • Granada - Mirador de San Nicolas - Free
  • Granada - Science Park - EUR7
  • Granada - Science Park Planetarium - EUR2
  • Granada - Catedral de Granada - EUR5
  • Granada - Capilla Real - EUR5
  • Seville - Torre del Oro - EUR3
  • Seville - Santa Paula Convent - EUR3
  • Seville - Indias Archive - Free
  • Seville - Museum of Fine Arts - EUR2
  • Seville - Archaeological Museum - EUR3
  • Seville - Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre - EUR3
  • Seville - Guided Tour including Alcazar - EUR13
  • Seville - Museum of Art & Popular Customs - EUR2
  • Seville - Cathedral & Giralda Tower - EUR10
  • Seville - Casa de Pilatos - EUR8
  • Lisbon - Fado Show with Dinner - EUR50
  • Lisbon - Naval Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Lisbon - Folk Art Museum - EUR3
  • Lisbon - Oceanarium - EUR17
  • Lisbon - Puppet Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Gulbenkian Museum - EUR10
  • Lisbon - Citadel - EUR9
  • Lisbon - Belem Tower and Monastery - EUR13
  • Porto - Lello Library - EUR3
  • Porto - Clerigos Tower - EUR5
  • Porto - Serralves Foundation - EUR5
  • Porto - Bolhao Market - Free
  • Santiago de Compostela - Visit to a Local Cheesemaker - EUR20
  • Santiago de Compostela - Bike Hire - EUR10
  • Santiago de Compostela - Pilgrimage Museum - EUR2
  • Santiago de Compostela - Cathedral - Free

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Important notes

1. 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. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please provide your full name and passport details at the time of booking so that we can secure Alhambra entrance tickets for you. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 60 days of departure. In some cases, without these details, we may not be able to obtain entrance tickets for you.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 43 reviews submitted.
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VIDHI · Traveled July 2023
The whole premise of joining a Group Tour was compromised. There were 2 people on the tour, one of them being myself ! How ridiculous is that . Paying a ridiculous amount of money for solo travel is not what I signed up for. Accommodation and transport were also poor. Was made to sleep in an ATTIC without air conditioning in the peak of 40 degrees heat! For the inclusion to the Palace , we were provided transport only one way up and pay to get back down or walk down the steep hill ! How is this 'An inclusion ' ???!!! When it only Cost 1 euro . Do not understand what I paid 258 euro per day for ? !!! Absolutely pathetic. The trainees were made to do the orientation walks and were Absolutely clueless on even basic logistics and poor knowledge of the cities. Will never travel with Intrepid ever again. Worst experience of my life ! I've been on 9 other group Tours with Contiki and Top deck and this by far has to be the most poorly handled tour company. They tour leader struggled with the basic travel information of which public buses to take , as if doing this route for the first time. The least you can expect from a tour company is the know how of basic transport in the city. Might as well have done a solo trip for 1/4th the cost. Did not get a group to travel with . Accommodation and transport very poor. Seriously do not understand what I paid for ??!!!! Ridiculous!
Review submitted 17 Aug 2023

JULIE · Traveled July 2023
The itinerary for this trip gave us the opportunity to travel through bustling, cosmopolitan cities like Madrid, Lisbon & Barcelona, as well as experience the beachside beauty of Lagos, Algarve and the picturesque city of Porto. The chance to walk part of the Camino trail in Santiago de Compostela was a unique and unforgettable experience to share with the group.
Review submitted 06 Aug 2023

Paul · Traveled May 2023
This trip has great attractions and activities, it has a good balance of busy cities, then quiet places.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2023

Glecy · Traveled May 2023
The Spain to Portugal trip is an amazing trip with a great combination of visits to historical areas, cultural experience, strolling the city, relaxing by the beach, great food and hotel. Highly recommended!
Review submitted 10 Jun 2023

Allan · Traveled May 2023
An excellent introduction to Spain and Portugal with a great combination of organized and free time. The use of public transport was enjoyable and at times entertaining. Pack light for the many stairs. Our tour leader Adrian is a credit to his profession.
Review submitted 04 Jul 2023
Explore Spain & Portugal
EUR €3,222