From the movement of flamenco to the melodic harmonies of Fado, the historical towns with whitewashed walls to ranches that nurture emblematic bulls, you will discover the spirit of Spain and Portugal on your custom itinerary that will embrace tradition at every turn. Watch the elegant dance of horses as they perform with a regal air, and then explore the impressive fortresses that shimmer with the golden sandstone walls. Lattice filigree indicates Moorish architectural inspiration and...
Seville – Arrive in Seville for a Welcoming Introductory Dinner
Seville is a city of tradition and splendor, a doorway into Spanish history through the flamboyance and charisma of legend, preserved architecture, and captivating dance. Locals perpetuate the myth that Hercules founded the city more than three millennia ago, and Roman ruins confirm the early settlement as the Moorish filigree continues to inspire artists, architects, and visitors from around the world. Your private transfer will greet you at Seville Airport upon your arrival, and then you will make your way to your luxurious hotel that blends Old World grandeur with contemporary luxury.
Horses pull carriages along the historical city center, and their hooves clip against the cobblestones. Orange trees fill the air with the aroma of bright citrus as trams maneuver between the beaux-arts buildings of the more contemporary neighborhood. In the evening, you can make your way to a traditional tapas bar for an introduction into the small plates that are loved by locals and searched for by visitors. You will settle in a restaurant in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, framed by two plazas and two churches. The aroma of garbanzo beans and sautéed spinach will drift from the doors and speak to the former harmony between Moorish, Jewish, and Christian communities across Spain.
Seville – Explore Seville’s Rich Cultural Past on a Private Guided Tour
Seville – Visit a Bull Ranch to Learn the History of Bulls in Spain
Tavira – View a Horse Show in Jerez de la Frontera en route to Portugal
Tavira – Discover the History of the Region before a Sunset Cruise
Evora – Travel to Evora for a Stunning Tour of the Layers of Portugal’s Past
Evora – Traverse the Marble Towns and Forts of the Alentejo Countryside
Lisbon – Venture to Lisbon for a Half-Day Tour of Art, History, and Culture
Lisbon – Depart for Home
- Visit a traditional bull farm in Spain to learn about the history of cattle raising and its connection to the aristocratic culture of the country
- Watch the noble movement and graceful air of Spanish horses as they perform dressage during a visit to Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
- Listen to the passionate, soulful display of traditional Fado music in Lisbon during traditional dinner performance
- Enjoy the pleasures of the cliffs, ocean, and beaches along the Portuguese shoreline with a private sunset cruise
- Wander down the streets bordered by marble homes and an incredible fortress full of storybook architecture while visiting Elvas and Estremoz
- Marvel at the passionate dance moves of flamenco while enjoying a traditional dinner in Seville
- Discover the opulent tomb of Vasco de Gama on a tour of Lisbon that will lead you to the Jeronimos Monastery
- Indulge in the cobbled streets and grand architecture of Seville’s Gothic cathedral, as well as the Moorish features of the magnificent Alcazar
- Taste the sensational tapas in Spain and petiscos in Portugal
Lisbon hums with a sensual song as Seville pulses with vibrant movement. Villages glow with white marble as bulls graze on the open fields of they countryside. Your 9-day itinerary through Spain and Portugal will encompass the treasures of the southwestern Iberian Peninsula and will highlight the deep roots of tradition and continued passion for traditions and customs. Your adventure will begin with your arrival in Seville, and your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your gorgeous hotel at the heart of the historical city. The remainder of the day will be yours to take in the layers of the city’s history or to simply relax with a stroll around the boutique shops in the contemporary district. In the evening, you will enjoy an introductory dinner at a restaurant that serves the celebrated regional tapas.
Wake the next morning, and your guide will lead you on a fabulous tour of Seville that will encompass the narrow lanes of the Jewish Quarter, the opulent interior of the Cathedral, and the fascinating décor of the Alcazar. Enjoy a flamenco performance over dinner to learn about the dance’s connection to the city and to Spanish culture. Venture outside of Seville the next day to visit a ranch that raises bulls and cattle. The ranchers eagerly share the rich tradition of raising bulls in the region before providing you with a delicious lunch of hand-picked tapas. The next day, you will travel to Jerez de la Frontera and enjoy the quaint ambiance of the small town before watching a dressage demonstration at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Continue to Tavira in the Portuguese region of Algarve for the evening.
The next day, you will have a half-day tour of the villages around Algarve and experience the mixture of arid landscape, wetlands, and coastline. In Olhao, you will board your private catamaran for a sunset cruise and stick close to the dramatic cliffs of the Atlantic shoreline. Travel to Evora the following day to delight in an in-depth tour of the city’s incredible layers of history. See the Roman ruins and the Moorish architecture, along with a church cloister that has been decorated with the bones of former monks. Venture next into the countryside of the Alentejo region to visit the marble towns of Estremoz and Vila Viçosa.
Make your way to the nearby town of Elvas to view the stunning fortress located near the Spanish border. The next day, your private transfer will escort you to Lisbon to tour the remarkable architecture that runs along the banks of the Tagus River. In the evening, you will watch a soulful Fado performance and listen to the national music of Portugal. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel the next morning and escort you to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.
$2,569 per person (excluding international flights)
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