Visit Classic Spain on a tour via Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastian
Tour Spain and Portugal's pin-up attractions on this classic adventure. Soak up art and history in Madrid, be staggered by the grandeur of Alhambra Palace in Granada and take in the dramatic spectacle of a flamenco performance in Seville. Travel to Portugal to chill out in the Algarve, get footloose with Lisbon locals in the Bairro Alto and imbibe delectable port wine in Porto. Back in Spain, visit Santiago de Compostela and Salamanca en route to Barcelona - the epitome of all things stylish, cultural and fashionable - before continuing on to Pamplona, Longrono and the glorious beaches of San Sebastian.
Gaze in awe at the artistic feats of the Spanish masters in Madrid, and experience a different sort of mastery with a fiery flamenco performance in Seville
Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Albayzin in Granada, before crossing the river to visit the imposing Moorish fortress of the Alhambra
Unwind in a laidback fishing village in the Algarve, Portugal's scenic south coast. Soak up the sun on a beach and enjoy a cocktail-coloured sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
Lisbon and Porto are two of the most visited cities in Portugal, and for good reason. Explore a medieval fortress in the middle of cosmopolitan Lisbon and sweeten your day with a port tasting in, well, Porto
People from all over the world come to Spain to walk the famous Camino de Santiago. Join pilgrims along the last leg of the journey, as they reach the historic cathedral in Santiago de Compostela
Rub shoulders with the chic in the exciting city of Barcelona. Pulsing with culture, art and an outstanding drinking and dining scene, the city is also home to fascinating architecture; the star of which is Antoni Gaudi's cathedral, La Sagrada Familia
The fortified medieval city of Pamplona is a great place to discover on foot. Weave through the city's winding alleyways to the immense Gothic Cathedral and walk down the street of the famous bull run.
Logrono is bursting with delicious local produce and wine, just waiting to be enjoyed on an included tapas crawl. Delicioso!
Take a long siesta on the golden beaches of San Sebastian, one of Spain's most scenic coastal destinations. As the sun goes down, join the crowds as they come out to play among the city's exciting nightlife
As this is a combination of two trips, your group leader and the composition of your group may change in Barcelona.
Cobblestones are common in Portuguese cities and so in that case you may prefer to bring a backpack instead of rigid wheelie suitcase. It's also important not to exceed the luggage weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
Please note that only selection of our hotels will have Air-Conditioning in all rooms.
Rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.
Please note that shops, attractions, sights and businesses may be closed for up to 5 hours in the middle of the day for siesta time. This gives the locals time to escape the heat and spend time with their families, eat a large lunch or simply sleep through the most uncomfortable time of day. This means of course that people work later into the evening and dinner time can seem quite late: 9.30pm is not uncommon for family dinner time.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 15 November 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1) A single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions. Please ask your travel consultant for more details.
2) Names as per passport are required at the time of booking due to the internal flight on this trip.
Our Classic Spain and Portugal trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
Small group travel with like minded people. Travel light as there are lots of stairs to lift suitcases up and down. Wear solid supportive, non slip walking shoes as the cobble stones are everywhere
Review submitted 18 Jun 2018
If travelling to Spain and Portugal this trip gives a great coverage of both countries with plenty of double night stopovers as you go along to see the many and numerous sights. Look out for Fatima as a tour leader as she is the best. It's a fun trip.
Review submitted 12 Aug 2017