Explore Spain & Portugal

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

4.7 out of 5 based on 48 reviews submitted.
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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

Map of Explore Spain & Portugal including Portugal and Spain
Start
Madrid, Spain
Finish
Madrid, Spain
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Spain, Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSI
This trip generates 34 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.

Itinerary

Map of Explore Spain & Portugal including Portugal and Spain

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Metro, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights)

Activities
  • 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 - EUR13
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Museo Reina Sofia - EUR10
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR14
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Granada - Mirador de San Nicolas - Free
  • Granada - Science Park - EUR7
  • Granada - Science Park Planetarium - EUR2
  • Granada - Catedral de Granada - EUR6
  • Granada - Capilla Real - EUR6
  • 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 - EUR12
  • Seville - Casa de Pilatos - EUR10
  • Lisbon - Fado Show with Dinner - EUR50
  • Lisbon - Naval Museum - EUR7
  • Lisbon - National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Lisbon - Folk Art Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Oceanarium - EUR25
  • Lisbon - Puppet Museum - EUR5
  • Lisbon - Gulbenkian Museum - EUR10
  • Lisbon - Sao Jorge Castle - EUR15
  • Lisbon - Belem Tower and Monastery - EUR20
  • Porto - Livraria Lello - EUR8
  • Porto - Clerigos Tower - EUR8
  • Porto - Serralves Foundation - EUR20
  • 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 - EUR12

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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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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 48 reviews submitted.
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James · Traveled May 2024
This trip was excellent, we were given a comprehensive orientation walk after arriving at each of our destinations and then time to explore the highlights at our leisure.
Review submitted 14 May 2024

Valerie · Traveled May 2024
An excellent trip organised with very satisfactory accommodation and itinerary. The concept of this format is perfect for those who want a supported itinerary but not a completely controlled one. Our tour leader was excellent. Very personable but also extremely organised, knowledgeable and passionate about where he was taking us
Review submitted 15 May 2024

Michelle · Traveled April 2024
You'll get to experience the best highlights in a short timeframe. We explored the cities/town by foot so be prepared and wear your best walking shoes. I absolutely loved the places we visited, food and wine we consumed and the people we met along the way. Already planning my next trip back!
Review submitted 16 May 2024

Laura · Traveled April 2024
Our tour leader was so prepared, so organized and added touches to each place or hidden places that enhanced our experience. She watched over the group consistently. Most accommodations were adequate. Madrid hotel was so far away. We spent a lot of money on extra tours. But my main complaint was I wasn’t prepared to waste so much time waiting for public transportation. I packed with a carry-on and stairs after stairs. I value my vacation and these trips were not inexpensive and I would say we lost at least a day on metros and transfers and sitting in bus stations. However the tour guide was so exceptional that I may consider Intrepid again.
Review submitted 10 May 2024

Jan · Traveled April 2024
I think that Intrepid tours needs to reconsider the way it runs its tours for the money it's notworth it.
Review submitted 01 May 2024
Explore Spain & Portugal
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