Moorish palace Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Off the Beaten Path in Spain & Portugal: Marvelous December Tour

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Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Places Visited

Madrid, Salamanca, Granada, Aveiro...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

With this 8-day tour of Spain and Portugal, experience a magical December vacation without the crowds of tourists. From the intricate beauty of Granada’s marvelous Alhambra to the unique canals that run through Aveiro, the Iberian Peninsula is full of off-the-beaten-path treasures that are waiting to be discovered. Indulge in a tapas crawl through Madrid, uncover the secrets of Granada’s Alhambra, glide through Portugal’s version of Venice, and visit the wonderful town of Aveiro.

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Trip Highlights

  • Eat your way through Madrid on a tapas crawl to the city’s top bars, restaurants, and back-door eateries
  • Spend the day exploring the nearby city of Salamanca and visit the oldest university in Spain
  • Uncover the ancient secrets of Granada’s Alhambra on a private tour
  • Wander through Granada’s lovely Christmas Market and let the bright lights fill you with holiday cheer
  • Discover Portugal’s version of Venice as you float through the charming canals on traditional boats
  • Traverse the city of Aveiro and experience it’s top destinations, including the seaside neighborhood of Costa Nova
  • Marvel at the old-world charm of Sintra on a half-day excursion from Lisbon
  • Visit Lisbon’s most fascinating markets and immerse yourself in authentic Portuguese culture

Detailed Description

During this 8-day tour of Spain and Portugal, you will bathe in the Arab-style baths of Granada and visit the city’s spectacular Christmas Market. Prepare to be intrigued as you experience the Iberian Peninsula like never before. Your tour will begin in Madrid. Here, you will embark on a tapas crawl through the city’s top tapas bars, restaurants, and back-door eateries.

On a full-day excursion from Madrid, you can explore the ancient city of Salamanca, which is home to the country’s oldest university. Your tour will then continue to the charming city of Granada, where you can experience the best of Andalusia. A private tour of the intricate beauty of the Alhambra will impress you before you explore the delightful Christmas Market in the heart of the city. Attending a flamenco show will be an excellent way to immerse yourself in the region’s culture.

Continuing to Portugal, you will arrive in the city of Aveiro, which is renowned as Portugal’s version of Venice. Here, you can traverse the colorful canals by moliceiro, which are traditional boats that are local to the area. Finally, you will arrive in Lisbon. Here, you will delight in the mild weather of December as you explore the city’s bustling markets and enjoy a half-day excursion to the charming town of Sintra. On this 8-day tour of Spain and Portugal, you will be enchanted by all that these splendid countries have to offer.

Starting Price

$2,491 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.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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