The unforgettable highlight of Iberia is the contrasts that are discovered between regions and destinations. Everywhere has its distinctive style and atmosphere, and each is made unique by historical icons and cultural traditions. This handcrafted tour celebrates seven idiosyncratic destinations in Spain and Portugal to connect everything that makes Iberia so alluring: food and wine, art and architecture, urban wonders, rural charms, compelling history and contemporary energy.
Madrid – Coffee on the Terrace and Tapas in the Streets
Madrid is the perfect introduction to the Iberian Peninsula. Sip coffee on an al fresco terrace while admiring the grandeur of an 18th-century plaza. Wander past dazzling palaces, and then continue to narrow alleyways full of charm and intrigue. Take a stroll through streets that smell of chocolate and churros. As you explore, you will marvel at the tranquility around you as Madrid is far more laid-back than the other capitals in Europe. Madrid is a city that is emblematic of the wider Iberian experience with so much to see and do, but such a wonderfully relaxed rhythm to guide you at every turn.
You will be picked up from Madrid’s international airport and transferred to your boutique hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon will be at your leisure, and there are many outstanding attractions within walking distance, including the royal palace and the Prado, Spain’s pre-eminent art museum. In the early evening, you can head out on a guided tapas crawl for a journey that will introduce many Iberian flavors. Each tapas bar has a specialty that could come from any corner of the country, so that you can sample authentic Basque pintxos, paella bowls from Valencia, Galician octopus, tasty pork stews from the Castilla plains and cheese from La Mancha – all on a single street. The outdoor terraces are also a great introduction to informal Iberian dining.
Day 2 - 3
Granada – The Evocative Legacy of the Moors
Day 4 - 5
Seville – Enveloped by the Vibrant Colors of the Past and Present
Day 6 - 7
Lagos – Charms of the Cliffs and Tranquility of the Coast
Day 8 - 9
Lisbon – A Capital City With Many Styles and Atmospheres
Day 10 - 11
Porto – The Iconic Blue of Porto and the Vineyards of Douro
Day 12 - 13
Santiago de Compostela – A Cathedral City Frozen in Time and the Style of the Galicians
Day 14 - 15
Barcelona – Beyond the Modernistas: Insider Discovery of the Catalonian Capital
Barcelona – Departure
- Soak up the seductive allure of the Iberian Peninsula with an evening of tapas and terraces in Madrid providing a great introduction to the region
- Discover the remarkable architecture and style of the Moors with a couple of nights in Granada revealing an artistic beauty that has stood the test of centuries
- Feel the rhythm and absorb the atmosphere in Seville as the colorful and fiery capital of Spain’s Andalusia region will sparkle
- Settle into the tranquility of Portugal’s Algarve coast as the whitewashed town of Lagos serves as a base for adventures on the cliffs and in the water
- Engage in the vibrant energy of Lisbon, likely Europe’s most talked about city destination at the moment with two days to explore
- Surround yourself with the UNESCO World Heritage beauty of Porto, the Baroque city of the north that is also a gateway to the Douro Valley
- Take in the harmony of the golden sandstone that makes Santiago de Compostela a wonderfully ambient destination, as well as being a famously spiritual city in the north of Spain
- Complete your luxury tour with two nights in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, one of the most unmissable of the destinations in Iberia
- Travel across Spain and Portugal to discover how every region has its own style and panache with Madrid, Andalusia, the Algarve, Estremadura, Douro, Galicia, and Catalonia
The Iberian Peninsula is a patchwork of lifestyles and history for a veritable jigsaw puzzle that has been crafted over 2,000 years. Each region is distinct, and every city has its own customs with the idiosyncrasies of each stretching to all aspects of culture. Catalonia shares little in common with Galicia or Andalusia, and these three regions are in the same country. So, just imagine the contrasts when you can also explore the areas of Portugal, from the Moorish-inspired south to colorful central Estremadura and the old-traditions of northern Douro. This luxury itinerary has been handcrafted to celebrate the contrasts to stitch together the patchwork through private excursions, insider tours, and expert guides. Your tour will cover the very best of the Iberian Peninsula, bringing you to all of the cultural and historical corners.
Recent improvements in infrastructure make this very ambitious itinerary possible. Fly into the Spanish capital of Madrid for a night of tapas on the streets, and then take a short flight to Andalusia. Granada is the epic Moorish city from the past and is packed with artistic beauty and heritage. Nearby Seville blends Moorish history with a fiery and colorful edge that has changed over the centuries for a destination that will whisk you away on a carpet from the past. On a private tour, you will travel west to the south of Portugal, winding along the cliffs towards two nights in the whitewashed charm of the Algarve. It is an idyllic introduction to a new country, and you will immediately notice the contrasts between Spain and Portugal.
A new high-speed train makes for effortless connections in Portugal. Zoom north to Lisbon for a capital city that will embrace you in culture and contemporary colors. And then keep going north for a couple of nights in Porto, far more traditional than the capital and even more picturesque with the ceramic tiles that cover most buildings. With a couple of days in each destination, you will have time to get your bearings and see the highlights. For example, in Porto, you can be immersed in the UNESCO World Heritage old city as well as take a tour to the vineyards of the Douro Valley. You will continue north and return to Spain, staying in the spiritual pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela for a chance to sample Galician culture before your final destination, the unmissable Barcelona. Learn more about how the luxury Portugal tour companies we work with can personalize the vacation of your dreams.
$3,515 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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