From rugged castles and grand palaces to whitewashed homes and soaring church spires, the architecture of Spain and Portugal symbolize the distinctive cultures and remarkable histories during your customizable tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Olive groves overtake the rolling hills as the Mediterranean Sea shimmers along the Andalusian shores and the Atlantic Ocean brushes against the golden beaches of a former fishing village. Moorish arches add large design to intimate details while mosaic motifs...
Madrid – Arrive at the Marvels of Madrid for an Introductory Tour
Madrid moves with the rush of a capital city, and you will feel the elegance and grandeur in the air. Trees shade the walkways along the main boulevard of Gran Via as Beaux-Arts architecture frames the boutique windows, each displaying elegant clothing or glistening jewelry. Your flight will land at Madrid Barajas International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. The city bustles around you with the shimmering filigree of Baroque architecture and the passionate spirit that emanates from the Madrilenos, the locals of the city. The aroma of traditional Spanish cuisine drifts out a popular tapas bar framed by a medieval streetscape and elegant church spires.
The city embraces its past, lives for the present, and works for a bright future, as embodied in the preservation of the Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. The church provides a stunning introduction to the art and architecture that best represent the beauty of Spain. The edifice decorates one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with Baroque features and a stunning dome that reaches the height of nearly 185 feet tall with a diameter of more than 108 feet. When standing beneath the elaborate frescoes that adorn the dome you are swept up into the vibrant colors lifelike images of cherubs and angels. The light pours through the stained glass and adds layers of iridescent stories told by the artistry of the church. The Chapel of San Bernardino has a central fresco painted by Spanish master artist Francisco Goya.
Madrid – Relish a Full Day Tour of the Royal Palace and Prado Museum
Madrid – Discover the Baroque in El Escorial and the Ancient Segovia
Granada – Visit Medieval Toledo before Traveling to Captivating Granada
Granada – Revel in the Prestige of the Alhambra and Enjoy a Tapas Tour
Torremolinos – Travel the Streets of Cordoba before Coastal Torremolinos
Seville – Explore the El Tajo Gorge and Serene Ronda en route to Seville
Seville – Traverse the Splendors of Seville Including Dinner and Flamenco
Lisbon – Visit a Working Horse Farm in Portugal’s Alentejo Region
Lisbon – Enjoy a Guided Lisbon Tour to View Jeronimos Monastery
Lisbon – Wander through the Palaces of Sintra and See Coastal Cascais
Lisbon – Depart for Home
- Revel in the rich fairytale architecture of Sintra with a visit to Portugal’s National Palace
- Wander amongst the rich filigree, lavish pillars, and remarkable marble grounds of the Alhambra Palace in Granada
- Discover the luxurious decoration, opulent character, and magnificent size of Spain’s Royal Palace, which contains more than 2,800 rooms
- Delight in the stunning medieval town of Toledo to view the preserved mixture of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish architecture, along with the treasured works of El Greco
- Stroll beneath the endless rows of striped archways and marble pillars in the historical Mezquita in Cordoba
- Witness the grace of show horses during an elaborate demonstration on a private horse farm in Portugal’s Alentejo Region in the south
- See the detailed tomb of Vasco de Gama, considered the father of Western Europe’s sea routes to India
- Bask in the beauty and passion of flamenco in Spain and Fado in Portugal during special dinner performances
- Visit the second oldest bull ring in Spain as you enjoy fabulous views of the Tajo Gorge that edge the town of Ronda
- Embrace the grandeur and elegance of Seville’s Alcazar, a royal fortress that maintains a sense of wonder and prestige as it overlooks the historical city streets
Spain and Portugal conjure images of whitewashed villages and fairytale castles, lavish coastline and beautiful capital cities. Your 12-day itinerary to Spain and Portugal will introduce you to the captivating architecture that embodies art and history in the cultural charm of the preserved décor. Your exciting adventure will begin with your arrival in Spain as your private transfer will greet you at Madrid Barajas International Airport and escort you to your gorgeous hotel in the heart of the city. Enjoy an introductory walking tour of the bustling capital city to find stunning art in the designs of the San Francisco Basilica. The next day, your guide will lead you on an enchanting tour of Madrid’s iconic Royal Palace and Prado Museum, and you can wander through the rooms of Spain’s old nobility and discover the work of Western Europe’s masters.
Travel to the Baroque monastery complex of El Escorial the following day and your guide will lead you on an encompassing tour of the vast grounds before continuing to Segovia to wander along the ancient Roman aqueduct. The next day, your private transfer will escort you to the city of Toledo where the medieval architecture encapsulates the harmonious era during which Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities thrived in Spain. You will continue to Granada and settle into your magnificent hotel in view of the Alhambra. Explore the Alhambra Palace the next morning on an engaging tour of the Moorish architecture. In the evening, your guide will lead you on a private tapas tour through Granada’s labyrinthine streets.
Move next to Cordoba to view the Grand Mosque and narrow lanes of the former Jewish Quarter. Arrive in Torremolinos in the afternoon to enjoy the luxuries of your accommodation that blend Old World charm and contemporary amenities with views of the Mediterranean Sea. Venture next to Seville with your private transfer and stop en route in the town of Ronda to explore the old streets that look over the Tajo Gorge and Spain’s second oldest bullring. The next day, your guide will lead you on a private tour of Seville’s remarkable history symbolized in the Alcazar and opulent Cathedral. Embrace the spirit of dance in the evening with a dinner and flamenco performance.
The next morning, your private transfer will escort you over the Portuguese border to reach Lisbon, the capital city. Explore the region of Alentejo en route, stopping to visit a working horse farm that will highlight the elegance and discipline of dressage. Discover Lisbon the next day with a private tour of the cobblestone streets, mosaic squares, and fascinating maritime themed motifs. In the Jeronimos Monastery complex, you will find the tomb of Vasco de Gama before enjoying a Fado dinner show in the evening. Find the fairytale castles along the rolling hills and mountains of Sintra the next day, and then experience the grandeur of nobility and Portuguese aristocracy before traveling to the former fishing village of Cascais to embrace the relaxed pace and stunning coastal views. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.
$2,635 per person (excluding international flights)
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