Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon 10-Day Luxury Tour

A 10 day trip to Portugal & Spain 
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Iberia’s iconic cities celebrate both the enchantment of history and the vibrant ambiance of today. Begin with Barcelona to enjoy the cobbles to the Modernistas to the magic of Catalonia. Move next to Madrid to take in the royal treasures mixed with decadent tapas and the elegance of the plazas. Finally, you will stop in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital of color and charm where every neighborhood has its own an idiosyncratic style. With several nights spent in each city, this luxury tour will uncover both the past and the present of the three iconic cities of Iberia, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon.

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Places Visited 

Barcelona, Santa Maria del Mar, Las Ramblas, Park Guell, Paseo de Gracia, Sitges, Madrid, Plaza de la Villa, Paseo de la Castellana, Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Lisbon, Barrio Alta, Rossio Square, Belem, Sintra

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Barcelona – Elegant Pleasures of the Catalonian Capital

Touch down in Barcelona, and the atmosphere of Catalonia will immediately engage your senses. The sound of footsteps will echo down a cobbled lane as fresh fragrances from tapas kitchens mingle with the salty breeze that comes off the Mediterranean.  Cathedral spires stand proudly and can be glimpsed as you wander in and out of the Roman lanes. You will be greeted at the airport, and the day will be at your leisure with the Catalonian ambiance enveloping from all sides. Your attractive hotel is situated in the heart of the old city, and there are countless attractions within walking distance, along with an almost infinite assortment of restaurants and bars.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Barcelona – Roman Barcelona Then the Legacy of Gaudi

Barcelona hails to the time of the Romans, a city along the Mediterranean that was fought over by empires and kingdoms. Barcelona also hails to the era of the Modernistas, the architects who inspired a new wave of art nouveau in the latter part of the 19th century. Today’s private tour will connect these eras, beginning with the roots of the city and then moving forward into its flamboyance. First, the Romanesque Cathedral and its cloister for a trace of future architectural styles etched into the doorways and columns. Take a stroll through a labyrinth of medieval streets, where wine bars are built into the 5th-century buildings and the architecture will bring your eyes on a merry dance. These streets lead out to Las Ramblas, the iconic thoroughfare of street artists and seduction.

Stop for lunch along the harbor as super yachts rock gently on the azure of the Mediterranean. Spend the afternoon in Eixample, the neighborhood of aristocrats who commissioned the Modernistas. Gaudi’s early work is celebrated here, three casas, houses, of undulating curves and peculiar chimneys. Close to here you find Park Guell, where serpents are painted in mosaics, and twisted brick pillars hold up walkways between the trees. On today’s private tour, there will be plenty of room for customization, perhaps taking a look at La Sagrada Familia or uncovering other Barcelona highlights like the Olympic Ring or the Two Harbors. On route to the monuments, you will find that the Catalonian capital is not just a city for sightseeing, but one that encloses you in the atmosphere.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 3: Barcelona – Exquisite Treasures of Catalonia: From Coast to Vineyards

Perhaps the greatest appeal of the Iberian Peninsula is the distinctiveness of each region. Catalonia has its own language, culture, and style, all very different to the rest of Spain. This third day in Barcelona is a chance for you to customize your discovery of the wider Catalonian region. Every morning a beautiful choir song rings out from Montserrat Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site dramatically positioned beneath stark mountains. Seemingly endless vineyards are where the bubbles of Spain are made, Catalonia the home to Cava, a sparkling wine akin to Champagne. Down at the coast, you will find beautiful little towns like Sitges. But then up on the plains, there are medieval charms like Girona, which tumbles down towards the Mediterranean. With a morning or afternoon, you can visit one of these destinations. With a full day, it is possible to combine two on a privately-guided tour to reveal a very unique part of the Iberian Peninsula.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 4: Barcelona to Madrid – Free Morning in Madrid and Charms of the Capital

By now, you will have settled into the rhythm of Iberia. Wake late for coffee and breakfast on the terrace accompanied by the distant echo of church bells. Take your time as the cool morning hours give you a chance to explore slowly. You will travel on the high-speed railway between Barcelona and Madrid, a journey between the city centers taking just over 2 ½ hours. In the Spanish capital, the rhythm continues at its languorous pace, slow enough for all the senses to pick up on the clues.

Enjoy a late lunch on a terrace, the big meal of the Spanish day which often extends until 3:30 or 4 pm. Then later in the evening, you can be engulfed by the atmosphere of the paseo, when the locals go on a stroll around their city after work. There is a salubrious atmosphere now, one that encourages you to explore without a map and make a stop at any of the plazas and terraces that enchant. This vibrancy continues to dominate the air into the night, with most squares and neighborhoods lively until 11 pm or midnight. On the first couple of days, it can be challenging to adjust your own clock, but by now, you will be accustomed to the cadence, and by doing so, you will get to experience the most authentic parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

What’s Included: accommodation, transfer, breakfast

Day 5: Madrid – Palaces, Plazas, and Paseos of Madrid

All across Madrid, you can sense the glamour as 17Th-century marble facades glisten beneath the morning sun as grandiose statues stare down on the plazas, avenues are lined with porticos, and the peculiar faces of sculpted ghouls overlook. Madrid is a city of magnificence, one that takes you from plazas to paseos, avenues, to palaces. A private guide will take you on a tour of the most important sights and move at Madrid’s decadently laid-back pace. Begin with the old cobbles around the Plaza Mayor, where hot chocolate fumes emanate from 19th-century taverns, and you can turn corners towards vintage stores. Move next to the Plaza de la Villa, enclosed by symbols of 17th-century Iberian architecture, such elegance on three sides.

Stop for lunch on a different plaza for a chance to discuss the history of the region over a typical meal from Spain’s central plains. On a slow afternoon, you can stroll the lanes of history, past the theaters from the old world to the statue of Don Quixote and his faithful peon Sancho Panza. Continue to the royal palace, the largest in Europe and an opulent masterpiece where every room hides another treasure. Canvases fill corridors and walls, jewels and chandeliers shimmer in different rooms, the styles of Spanish kings are uncovered, and you will find potions in the glass bottles of the 18th-century pharmacy. Today’s panoramic tour will conclude with a coffee at a café as the terrace opens out onto a view over Spain’s central plains.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Madrid – World-Renowned Art and the Medieval City of Toledo

This will be a free day in Madrid, and there are so many impressive sights to consider. The world’s greatest collection of Spanish art can be found in the Prado Museum, a gallery to rival the Louvre with its journey through the centuries of brushstrokes and paintings. To continue into the 20th century of art, you may want to visit the Renia Sohia, where Picasso’s Guernica is just one of the mighty slabs of bewildering oil swerves. While the art can take up a full morning, nearby Toledo is worthy of an entire afternoon.

The medieval city is just over 30 minutes away by train and will greet you with cathedral spires and the winding lanes of the 16th century. Follow the El Greco trail, and you can discover the entire city, along with the most legendary of the painter’s works, including swathes of stained glass that blur boundaries with the surreal. Back in Madrid, late in the evening, it will be hard to ignore the allure of the plazas, perfect for a tranquil nightcap or dinner. While today is at your leisure, the program can be customized so it can be privately guided to your interests.

What’s Included: accommodation, breakfast

Day 7: Madrid to Lisbon – Leisurely Day in the Two Capitals

Madrid is the capital city isolated on the plains, spacious and glamorous as it stands in the heart of Spain. Lisbon is the bustling capital on the coast, where the streets are narrow and eclectic colors are found at every turn. Built upon seven hills, the Portuguese capital is one that whisks you off into the bustling atmosphere of both past and present. You will feel the allure on steep cobbled streets, where the trams tinkle their bells as they ascend. Be immersed in culture on the plazas, where local kiosks ensure these opulent squares remain the focal point of local life. You will quickly discover that Lisbon is a city that can pull you in many directions, whether along the river towards the Atlantic Ocean or up the steepest hills to cathedrals from the past. It is a short flight from Madrid to Lisbon, and private transfers are arranged.

What’s Included: accommodation, flight, transfer, breakfast

Day 8: Lisbon – Panoramic Discovery of Lisbon: Barrios to Beauty on the River

Graffiti covers Bairro Alto’s lower facade like a mural with lines and colors that contrast with the hues of narrow townhouses found higher on the hill. As the tram rumbles past, this neighborhood will compel you to enter narrow doorways to find charming cafes or stores packed with antiques. There is a different atmosphere in Belem, the spacious neighborhood of the wealthy along the river. Here you will find monuments to Portugal’s old glory, spaced along the water so to further dramatize their scale. Ascend a hill, and there will be a lovely cathedral. Then another hill, where painted blue tiles provide the barrio’s facade.

Throughout the city, there are monasteries and monuments to the past but also markets with a vibrancy that has hardly changed for centuries. On today’s privately guided tour, you can connect these angles and cross the city of seven hills to discover how Lisbon is a jigsaw puzzle of barrios and beauty. The evening will be at your leisure, and another market is highly recommended. Time Out Market is the handpicked home of Lisbon’s best chefs and eateries, and an informal place to dine from kitchens are run by Michelin-starred chefs among others.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 9: Lisbon – Palaces of Sintra and Elegance of Lisbon

A free day will complete your tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Lisbon’s surroundings are full of surprises, and there are many great day trips possible from the capital. Ascend into the hills and the palaces of Sintra, all so old that nobody is quite sure when they were built. Or travel along the river to the Atlantic Ocean coastline, where a succession of cute fishing villages have an unexpected grandeur. With a full day, you can combine both as the UNESCO World Heritage palaces are a perfect complement to the Portuguese Riviera. This day can be customized with your private guide to offer more insight. Or you may wish to spend it in the parks of Lisbon, serene spaces as this 10-day luxury tour comes to an end. Your guide in Lisbon can recommend restaurants for a final dinner in the city.

What’s Included: accommodation, breakfast

Day 10: Lisbon – Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, the rest of the day is free until your departure. Your private transfer will take you along to the airport on a leisurely ride to conclude your tour.

What’s Included: airport transfer, breakfast 

Price

Starting Price 

$5,495
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
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.