From the fountains of the Alhambra to the tomb of Vasco da Gama, the shimmering salons of the Spanish Royal Palace to the gilded beaches of the Portuguese coastline, your customizable tour immerses you in culture, history, and beauty for an unforgettable highlights tour of Spain and Portugal. Vintage trolleys ascend the cobbled hills of Lisbon. Medieval walls defend the whitewashed homes of Avila. Moorish archways and former synagogues hide within the narrow lanes of preserved antique neighborhoods,...
Madrid – Highlighting a Capital Welcome
Madrid embodies the former pageantry and magnificence of the Spanish Empire. The streets brim with energy, moving along grand boulevards lined with shading trees. Art museums provide insight into the aesthetic of Spanish culture spanning nearly a millennium, representing the Golden Age of the country by guiding visitors’ eyes to the splendor of the 18th-century Royal Palace. Your flight lands at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. Your hotel overlooks the verdant grasses and blossoming flowers of El Retiro Park. The windows looking into the lobby are reminiscent of a cathedral. Your guide greets you in the lobby for an introductory exploration of the city, beginning with the nearby walkways of El Retiro.
The park belonged to the Spanish monarchy and encompasses 350 acres. Regal statues line the edges of the Paseo de la Argentina. The herbaceous and sweet aroma of roses and grass swirl through the air. You continue to Montana Park where your guide points out the Temple of Debod reflecting in the gentle waters of the surrounding pond. Egypt gifted the temple to Spain in the 1960s and was originally erected in the 4th century BC along the Nile Valley. The park crowns the summit of a hill, offering a marvelous panorama of Madrid day and night. In the evening, a soft gold light bathes the ancient stone, reminiscent of the colorful lights in the distance washing over the royal palace.
Madrid – A View from Above
Granada – In and Out of the Caves
Seville – Inside the Fortress Walls
Seville – The Importance of Footsteps
Algarve – Majesty Over the Border
Lisbon – In the Tradition of Portugal
Lisbon – Leisure in Lisbon
Salamanca – Road Back to Spain
Madrid – In the Glory of Past Walls
Madrid – In Royal Company
Madrid – Remembering the Highlights
- Traverse the lavish interior and preserved Moorish artistry of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alhambra in Granada
- Witness the splendor of Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery, home to the tomb of Vasco da Gama
- Wander along the narrow lanes of the former Jewish quarter of Seville before entering the breathtaking Cathedral complex
- Visit the homes of Guadix in Andalusia for insight into the history and culture of the architecture etched into the stone terrain-like caves
- View the quick, mesmerizing movements of flamenco during a celebrated cultural performance with dinner
- Embrace the sounds of Fado, Portugal’s national music, during a sensational concert accompanying a traditional meal
- Witness the most western point of the European continent located on the shores of Portugal
- Stroll beneath the soaring archways of a Roman aqueduct circumventing the heart of medieval Segovia
- Embrace the contrasts of modern art and historic architecture featured in the hanging houses of Cuenca
- Discover Old World charm along the preserved walls and streets of Avila before exploring the stunning cultural heritage of Toledo
The past comes to life during your 12-day highlights tour of Spain and Portugal, with the adventure beginning upon your arrival at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Your private transfer escorts you into the heart of the bustling capital city, allowing you time to settle into the comforts of your accommodation. Set out on an introductory tour to view the grace and grandeur along the Chueca district and inside El Retiro Park. The next morning, your private transfer leads you out of Madrid and into the medieval streets of Cuenca to view the hanging houses overlooking the gorge. Continue onward to Valencia for insight into the unique combination of highlighting historic splendor connecting with contemporary architecture. Travel to the town of Guadix, visiting the cave houses, which promise to be unlike any accommodation you have seen before.
Continue to the Andalusian city of Granada to stroll along the labyrinthine streets. Take to the plateau to relish a guided tour of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra Fortress. Admire the colossal walls and tranquil courtyards before venturing to Cordoba. Whitewashed homes shimmer beneath the image of the Cathedral and former mosque. In the evening, you reach the enchanting city of Seville and settle into the luxuries of your centrally located hotel. Next, your guide leads you through an impressive array of history on a tour of the former Jewish quarter and the marvelous cathedral. In the evening, you can partake in a flamenco dinner performance for insight into the history and evolution of the dance.
Your private transfer then escorts you on a scenic drive into Portugal to explore Lagos, Praia da Rocha, and Cabo de São Vicente in the Algarve region. Travel to Lisbon to explore the remarkable grounds of the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. The day ends with a captivating dinner of traditional cuisine accompanied by a Fado performance. The following day is at your leisure to indulge in the wonders of Lisbon. Take to the historic quarter of Alfama or enjoy the unique museums decorating the city. You could also spend the day visiting the fairytale towns of Sintra and Cascais before returning to Lisbon for the evening.
Your private transfer greets you and escorts you to the town of Fatima before continuing into the Spain and the gorgeous city of Salamanca. Tour Plaza Mayor and the cobbled streets before retiring for the night. You then wave goodbye to Salamanca to wander along the historic walls of Avila and the treasured lanes of Toledo. You make your way to Madrid in the evening to settle into the familiar bustle of the capital city. Your private guide leads you on an exceptional tour of the Royal Palace and the popular plazas before making an excursion to the town of Segovia. On the final day, your private transfer collects you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to Madrid airport for your flight home.
$2,635 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.
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