Travel Spain and Portugal and discover their many highlights
Follow an enticing trail of delicious tapas, avant-garde art, architectural triumphs and centuries-old culture on this incredible tour through Spain and Portugal. Travel the scenic route from Madrid to Barcelona, visiting cosmopolitan metropolises, sleepy seaside villages, quaint towns set amid rolling green hills and atmospheric medieval citadels along the way. Admire the masterpieces of Picasso, Dali and Gaudi, experience the passion of flamenco, taste some of the best port in the world and be graced by the style and sophistication of Madrilenos, Lisboetas and Barcelonians – this history- and culture-packed adventure flaunts the very best of Spain and Portugal.
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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 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, 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 basilica, La Sagrada Familia
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. It will make it easier when walking around metro or train stations with your bag. Sometimes lifts aren’t available and you would need to walk up and down some stairs carrying your luggage.
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 also note that not all hotels in Europe would have Air Conditioning system, but only fans. It may be uncomfortable for some in summer heat. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-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 and rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1) Names as per passport are required at the time of booking due to the internal flight on this trip.
2) A single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions.
Departure commencing on the 29th of August will use alternative accommodation in Porto due to very high demand in the city at that time. Instead of staying in a hotel, we will use conveniently located apartments. Apartments are not hotels, which means there's no reception and daily room service. Please also note that individual rooms are allocated on a same gender twin share basis, however the apartments itself are allocated on a mixed gender basis, which means you will be sharing a two, or three room apartment with the other members of the group. Apartments all feature ensuite bathrooms, kitchenette and offer free of charge Wi-Fi throughout.
Our Explore Spain and Portugal trips score an average of 4.61 out of 5 based on 114 reviews in the last year.
Spain and Portugal are places that are a must see. Go in the latter half of the summer season as the crowds and heat will not be so bad. Be prepared for lots of walking so fitness is priority. Travel off the beaten tracks on your free time and experience the wonders of this world.
Review submitted 20 Nov 2017
This trip was a great snapshot of Spain and Portugal! I love that it provided a full day of free time the next day after arrival at each place visited. I would travel light as mentioned in the trip notes because you are moving every two days. Both Spain and Portugal were wonderful countries to visit - full of history and amazing food and culture. I do recommend extra days in Madrid/Barcelona because they are both great cities to explore.
Review submitted 09 Nov 2017