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 idiosyncratic style. With several nights spent in each city, this luxury tour will uncover...
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.
Barcelona – Roman Barcelona Then the Legacy of Gaudi
Barcelona – Exquisite Treasures of Catalonia: From Coast to Vineyards
Madrid – Free Morning in Madrid and Charms of the Capital
Madrid – Palaces, Plazas, and Paseos of Madrid
Madrid – World-Renowned Art and the Medieval City of Toledo
Lisbon – Leisurely Day in the Two Capitals
Lisbon – Panoramic Discovery of Lisbon: Barrios to Beauty on the River
Lisbon – Palaces of Sintra and Elegance of Lisbon
Lisbon – Departure
- Wander the lanes of Barcelona to discover the legacy of the Roman Empire and the mosaics and magic of Gaudi and the Modernistas
- Uncover the treasures of Catalonia to find a land of quaint vineyards, elegant coastal towns and monasteries tucked beneath the hills
- Be immersed in the charm of Madrid where the al fresco terraces dominate the plazas and a decadent hum emanates from streets of tapas bars
- Explore one of the world’s most esteemed art galleries as the Prado is an unmissable stop on the Iberian Peninsula
- Connect with the neighborhoods of Lisbon on a panoramic private tour that will range from the royal monuments in Belem to the cobblestone bairros on the hills
- Discover the many palaces from the contrasting eras with old Moorish Sintra feeling completely different from Europe’s largest royal palace in Madrid
- Engage in the many possibilities as Iberia’s three major cities are surrounded with many options to take you out of the city and into destinations like Toledo and Estoril
Iberia’s three most eminent cities dazzle with history. Find a Roman legacy in Barcelona, enjoy Madrid’s royal excess and then take in the icons along the river in Lisbon’s Belem. All three cities will also immerse you in art and architecture, whether the buildings of Gaudi, the canvases in the Prado or the colors of the narrow townhouse-lined bairros. Heritage abounds, and not just in the cities but in their immediate surroundings such as Montserrat Monastery, Sitges, Toledo, Sintra and the palaces too old for dates. The food will be a sublime experience as you dine on tradition and hop between the al fresco terraces of today. In all three cities, you can celebrate so many Iberian paradigms for a journey that will provide a discovery of the peninsula’s past and present.
On this handcrafted tour, you will spend three nights each in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon. You will begin with the Catalonian capital where cathedrals and casas, houses, burst with the ingenuity of local design. You can then discover the unmissable monuments like Park Guell and the cobbled lanes around Las Ramblas. But you will also uncover the Catalonian sensibilities to find a city with a lively atmosphere. The next day, there will be multiple options for exploring wider Catalonia, from the seductive choir song at Montserrat Monastery to coastal Sitges and the home of Cava. Evenings are always atmospheric with so much to see and explore within walking distance of your hotel.
Take the high-speed train to Madrid the following day, and almost immediately you will find that this is not a typical capital city. The city is invariably laid-back and comfortable place to hop between taverns of tapas and spend languid hours on the al fresco terraces. Of course, it is also a city of discovery, from the largest royal palace in Europe to the sublime art of the Prado. Just a short distance from Madrid, you will find monuments to a different era. Medieval Toledo is also the city of artist El Greco and an easy day trip, and with three days in the Spanish capital, you will be able to take in the breadth of Iberian influence as if the city has handpicked the cuisine and cultures from all across the peninsula.
Fly to Lisbon as your first week ends to find a city built on seven distinctive hills alongside the river. Every neighborhood has its own vibe, from the cobbles and excitement of Barrio Alto to the elegance and space of Belem. Doused in color and a delight to discover, Lisbon is a city that always compels you to find more: the Moorish palaces in nearby Sintra, old-world beach towns skirting the Atlantic, a food market of Michelin-starred-chef kitchens. It will all feel completely different from Madrid, which in turn is very distinct from Barcelona, as this journey through three cities will celebrate these three parts of the Iberian paradigm. All activities are privately guided over the 10-day tour, and there is a nice balance between exploring on your own and the insider insight from a guide. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Portugal vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.
$5,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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