Wonderful art and delicate craftsmanship have brought an unparalleled artistic legacy in Spain and Portugal. Your customizable tour will immerse you in the mastery of tradition and evolution of culture that has inspired visitors from across the globe. From the Discoveries Monument in Lisbon to the Alhambra in Granada, the grandeur of the Royal Palace in Madrid to the enchanting castles of Sintra, you will find beauty along cobblestone streets, under the vaulted ceilings of former mosques, and...
Lisbon – Arrive in the Hills of Lisbon, the Charming Capital of Portugal
Lisbon is a fascinating city of movement the brings a feast for all the senses. Medieval buildings line cobblestone streets as the Tagus River brushes beneath the antique walkways and cafes along the banks. The scent of simmering salt cod drifts through the streets amongst the gentle hum of the trolleys that climb the fabled hills. Your flight will land at Lisbon Portela Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon arrival to escort you into the heart of the city to your hotel that is situated 19th-century palace.
The charm of a bygone era emanates from the tranquil garden filled with the scent of blossoming carnations and the textured paths adorned with detailed mosaics. For your first view of the city, you can make your way to Miradouro das Portas do Sol. The balcony overlooks the river with a spectacular view over the historical Arab district of the city. Red-tiled rooftops will glint in the sunlight above whitewashed walls, and a statue of Saint Vincent stands at the center of the balcony.
The patron saint of the city holds a boat that connects the protector of Lisbon to the Portuguese tradition of exploration. Your introduction to Lisbon will culminate as you take your dinner alongside a Fado performance, considered the music of Portugal. The aroma of sautéed onion and potatoes will fill the dining room as a woman stands at the front of the gallery to sing a rhythmic tune about fate and the sea. The folk sound immerses you in the connection of the city, the country, and the neighboring waters.
Lisbon – Traverse Historical Lisbon and the Traditional Craftsmanship
Lisbon – Enjoy a Morning Museum Tour and Visit Enchanting Sintra
Evora – Relish a Scenic Drive for a Fascinating Guided Tour of Evora
Seville – Transfer into Spain to Visit an Olive Oil Estate and Roman Ruins
Seville – Discover History, Charm, and Flamenco on a Tour of Seville
Granada – Visit the Lovely Town of Ronda en route to Moorish Granada
Granada – Wander the Alhambra and Enjoy Tapas on a Half-Day Tour
Madrid – Revel in Architectural Beauty at CÃ³rdoba en route to Madrid
Madrid – Explore the Prado Museum and Royal Palace on a Full Day Tour
Madrid – Depart for Home
- Learn the art of flamenco during a private dance lesson in Seville to discover the passion, speed, and focus inherent in every step
- Sample the distinctive flavors of quality Spanish olive oil on an estate with a history that spans more than three centuries
- Witness the splendor of Portugal’s collection of fairytale castles in the town of Sintra
- Try your hand at crafting a traditional azulejo, a Portuguese ceramic tile painted over with an image of daily life
- Traverse the breathtaking beauty of the Alhambra Fortress to view intricate details before visiting hidden tapas bars for a local experience
- Sample the delicacies of Spanish cuisine made by your own hand under the guidance of a celebrated chef in Madrid
- Witness the remarkable striped columns and archways of the 8th-century Grand Mosque in Cordoba for insight into the mastery of Islamic architecture
- Listen to a grand performance of Portugal’s national music, known as Fado, while relishing the tremendous flavors of a multi-course dinner
- View the tomb of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama inside the staggering Jerónimos Monastery complex
Spain and Portugal maintain a deep connection to their authentic roots as they showcase their lavish history on medieval streets and opulent palaces. Your 11-day tour will immerse you in the charm and wonder of the Iberian Peninsula with discovery tours and hands-on activities for a different perspective on continuing traditions. Your tour of Spain and Portugal will begin with your arrival at Lisbon Portela Airport, and your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel that is situated inside a former palace. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the cobbled hills and bohemian riverbanks of the city before partaking in a multi-course dinner and a traditional Fado performance.
The next day, your guide will lead you on a private tour of Lisbon’s celebrated neighborhood of Belém, home to the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. In the afternoon, move to the Museum of Decorative Arts for a demonstration in woodcarving before venturing next to the town of Sintra to discover the different palaces spread across the foothills and rugged summits. The following morning, you will depart Lisbon for Évora, and en route to the town occupied by Celts and Romans, you will stop at a azulejos factory to learn the history of the artwork and try your hand at crafting your own tile. After reaching Évora, your guide will bring you on an introductory tour of the city streets that span more than two millennia. Cross into Spain the next day to visit a family owned olive estate producing olive oil since the 17th century.
Continue to Mérida, Spain to view the remnants of the Roman occupation before arriving in Seville for the evening. Explore Seville on a full day private tour the next day that will bring you through the medieval streets and the Gothic cathedral. In the evening, you can partake in a flamenco class to learn the art and beauty of the historical dance form. Travel next to Ronda to view the New Bridge and the preserved Moorish architecture before reaching the labyrinthine streets of Granada. Move next to a private tour of the famous Alhambra fortress to see the intricate artistic details that remain in the original architectural design. In the evening, you can wander the walkways with your guide to visit the hidden tapas bars like a local.
Your private transfer will escort you to Córdoba the following day and lead you through the stunning Mezquita and Baroque church. Step aboard your first-class train car at the train station for your high-speed ride to Madrid, and then settle into your gorgeous, centrally located hotel for the evening. Wake the next morning to follow your guide on a private tour through the capital of Spain to visit the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum for insight into the evolution of art and Western European aesthetic. In the evening, you can learn the secrets to a traditional Spanish meal during a private cooking class taught by a local chef. Conclude as your private transfer will escort you to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport for your flight home.
$2,415 per person (excluding international flights)
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