The many cultures found on the Iberian Peninsula bring a dreamy mosaic of both contemporary and historical life. Your custom tailored tour will provide the perfect discovery of art and architecture, cuisine, and lifestyle in both Spain and Portugal. Discover Seville’s medieval streets with their ubiquitous scent of orange zest and then linger in the shadow cast by Lisbon’s marble monument dedicated to celebrated explorers. Indulge in a vineyard that continues the 2,000-year-old traditions of winemaking....
Barcelona – Arrive in the Bustling and Enchanting City of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a work of art in and of itself. The spires of the Sagrada Familia Basilica soar above the meandering streets like a surreal painting. The Iberian sunlight will wash over the golden sand beaches for an incredible view of the Mediterranean coastline. Vibrant music spills out of the cafes and restaurants at all hours of the day, and colorful mosaic tiles decorate the main boulevard of Las Ramblas. Your flight will land at Barcelona-El Prat Airport, and your private transfer will meet you upon your arrival and escort you to the luxuries of your centrally located accommodation.
The remainder of the day is yours to get acquainted with the bustling city at your preferred pace. Begin with the Gothic Quarter that retains its Old World charm with cobbled streets and stone archways. The pedestrian lanes narrow and lead to walled alleyways. Fountains trickle and offer a quiet plaza to rest from the endless movement of the city as musicians strum classical Spanish guitars to sooth café goers. The façade of Santa Maria del Mar Church invokes 14th-century architectural style with a receding archway over the main portal and marvelous stained glass windows that shimmer with radiant colors.
The rose window that adorns the center of the façade adds a symmetrical elegance to the gold and white bricks. For a personal introduction to art in Barcelona, you can enter the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter, located inside an intricate late-Gothic palace. Decadent halls shimmer with natural light that spills through the windows. You can trace the history of Picasso’s career as the exhibits are displayed chronologically to offer the various phases of the famous Spanish artist’s life and artistic development.
Barcelona – Enjoy a Full Day Tour of Vibrant Architecture, Art, and Culture
Madrid – Enjoy Spain's Capital at Leisure
Madrid – Discover the Splendors of the Capital City
Seville – Stroll through the Streets of Medieval Toledo
Seville – Relish the Marvelous and Enticing History and Culture
Lisbon – Venture to Setubal, Portugal for a Wine Tour
Lisbon – Delight in the Open Air Museum of Lisbon
Lisbon – Depart for Home
- Enjoy a tasting of some of the finest wines of Portugal during a private wine tour through the Setubal Peninsula
- Discover the remarkable artistic charms of Barcelona while traversing the splendid architecture of the Sagrada Familia Basilica and Gothic Quarter
- Visit the most expensive chapel in the world located inside Lisbon’s Sao Roque Church to find walls decorated with precious stones
- Explore Toledo to view the preserved medieval ambiance that brought artistic harmony during the days in which the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities collaborated
- Experience the complete grandeur of the Prado Museum in Madrid, which embodies Spain’s historical wealth in culture and treasures
- Witness the Andalusian spirit in Seville while strolling through the preserved Jewish Quarter and visiting an antique replica of Pontius Pilot’s home
- Relish your luxurious accommodations in the heart of each city across Spain and Portugal for an immersive cultural experience in comfort
- View the unique artwork of a steel craftsperson in a private studio, using the ancient technique with contemporary knowledge to craft elaborate designs
Be inspired by the cultures of Spain and Portugal during your 9-day discovery that will encompass Roman history, Moorish occupation, ineffable Cathedrals, and lavish art. Your enlightening exploration will begin with your landing at Barcelona–El Prat Airport. Your private transfer will meet you upon your arrival and escort you to your luxurious hotel located in the bustling center of the Mediterranean city. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the relaxed ambiance along the golden beaches or wander down the mosaic-decorated walkways of Las Ramblas, or stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter.
Wake the next morning and your guide will meet you at your hotel ready to lead you on an engaging tour of the capital of Catalonia. View the Columbus Monument and the lavish Paseo de Gracia before relishing the finer details of the famous Sagrada Familia Basilica. In the afternoon, you can ascend Montjuïc for a panoramic view of the city. The next day, you will take a high-speed train first-class to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Delight in the bustling atmosphere of the endlessly moving city by traversing the shopping avenue of Gran Vía or viewing the Grand Palace. Continue the next as you follow your guide through the preserved monuments and contemporary lifestyle of the capital to visit Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España. Stroll next down Paseo de Castellana before visiting the embodiment of Spain’s artistic aesthetic in the galleries of the Prado Museum.
Leave Madrid the next day for the captivating architecture of Toledo. Witness the amalgamation of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish culture and design in the preserved medieval city located on the banks of the Tagus River. Visit a local blacksmith who uses the traditional craft to produce impressive artwork before continuing to Seville in Andalusia. The next day, your guide will escort you through the marvels of the city, from the Cathedral to the fascinating expanse of Maria Luis Park. Stroll through the galleries of the 16th-century reproduction of Pontius Pilate’s home and follow the narrow medieval lanes to reach Santa Cruz Quarter. In the evening, you will savor the flamenco demonstration that accompanies your dinner.
Your private transfer will meet you after breakfast the next day and escort you over the border into Portugal. Travel along the Setubal Peninsula to enjoy the coastal ambiance, and then visit a local vineyard to sample the traditional wines of the region before arriving in Lisbon for the evening. Enjoy the splendors of Lisbon the next day with a guided tour that will follow in the footsteps of contemporary Lisboetas and historical explorers. Traverse the Baixa, Alfama, and Bica districts, along with the marvelous Avenida da Liberdade. You will also visit the tomb of Vasco de Gama and the Church of Sao Roque. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport for your flight home.
$2,569 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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