Valongo Castle in the Alentejo region, Portugal

Off the Beaten Paths of Basque Country & Alentejo Itinerary

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Places Visited

Bilbao, Rioja, San Sebastian, Lisbon...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Stepping away from the beaten path offers a sense of tranquility and rich discovery during your custom tailored Spain and Portugal tour. Indulge in the exquisitely fresh flavors of the sea in a private cooking course. Stroll along historical homes crafted out of marble. Sip enchanting wines while basking in the view of rolling vines and bordering mountains. Witness captivating contemporary architecture and fascinating ancient ruins. From San Sebastian in Spain to Evora in Portugal, you will experience...

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Trip Highlights

  • Embrace the relaxed pace of secluded medieval villages awash with white-marble homes and cobblestone streets in the Alentejo region of Portugal
  • Delight in the flavors of the Basque region of Spain during a private cooking class taught by a celebrated local chef in San Sebastian
  • Relish the magnificent architecture and stunning contemporary artwork of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
  • Wander along the ramparts of historical castles to view antique aqueducts and striking panoramas along the Portuguese countryside
  • Spend a relaxing day in the Rioja Alta wine region to sample the distinct flavors of renowned wines during a private tour
  • Enjoy the mixture of gold-sand beaches, contemporary luxury, and the charming streets of Old Town in San Sebastian
  • Traverse the lanes of Evora to view the layered history of Portugal through the ruins of Roman, Moorish, and Christian kingdoms
  • Discover a hidden ceramics shop producing traditional Portuguese instruments crafted by hand

Detailed Description

Enjoy an adventure of the undiscovered with an in-depth, off-the-beaten-path 8-day tour of Spain and Portugal. The journey begins with your arrival in San Sebastian in Spain. Your private transfer greets you at the airport and escorts you to a stunning hotel located in the heart of the city. The remainder of the day is yours to bask in the gold sands of the treasured beaches or venture to the summit of Monte Igueldo for a panoramic view of a city boasting an incredible amount of Michelin Stars per capita. The following day, your guide leads you on an encompassing tour of Old Town, the beaches, and the historical buildings of the city found by the sea.

Enjoy the rich aromas and fascinating culture before partaking in a private cooking class teaching you the staples of true Basque cuisine. Venture into the heart of the Rioja wine region, visiting the medieval town of Haro and its surrounding vineyards. Sample a selection of locally crafted wines along the handpicked wineries of the region before returning to San Sebastian. Next, you travel to Bilbao by private transfer. Take the time to settle into the luxuries of your hotel before meeting your guide for a tour of the Guggenheim Museum and streets of Old Town. Your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight to Evora, Portugal.

Relax in the comforts of your hotel at the heart of the historical city before exploring the Roman ruins, Moorish remains, and unique Christian architecture of the city on a fascinating tour. Then, you wander amongst castles, fortresses and marble homes in Elvas, Estremoz, and Borba. Spend a day at your leisure to discover Portugal as you desire. Spend the day in Lisbon or visit the edge of the European continent near Cascais. You could also enjoy a vineyard tour around the Alentejo region or spend time in the small, enchanting villages of Monsaraz, and Vila Viçosa. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Lisbon to arrive at Portela Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$1,755 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

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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