Madrid, Granada, Seville, Lisbon, Porto, Toledo, Ronda, Sintra, Evora
Dates are customizable for private departures.
From the prestige of the Alhambra to the historic charms of the Castelo de Sao Jorge, your custom-tailored 10-day senior tour of Europe leads you through Spain and Portugal for the best of the Iberian Peninsula. Feel the beating spirit of Seville during a flamenco performance, sample the subtle flavors of celebrated wines in the Douro Valley, climb the impressive stairwell of the Spanish Royal Palace, and wander along the remnants of Moorish ramparts.
Madrid – Introduction to Madrid
Your flight will arrive at Madrid Barajas International Airport, where your transfer will greet you at baggage claim and escort you to a luxurious accommodation near the vibrant center of the captivating city. After settling in to the comforts of your accommodation, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy the beauty of Madrid at your preferred pace. The Gran Via embodies the excellence of the city with its combination of architectural styles. The Telefonica Building remains an iconic aesthetic that stands over 265 feet tall and once boasted the title as Europe’s tallest building.
Madrid – Madrid’s History and Culture
Your tour of the city will lead you to the Prado Museum, which is a world-class gallery with sensational Spanish artwork that dates back to between the 12th to 19th centuries, including 140 works by Francisco de Goya. Your guide will provide you with insight into a number of the most prominent and famous works in the museum, including Fra Angelico’s Annunciation. You will continue to the Royal Palace, where you will find the facade of pure grandiosity. The regal, glamorous, and extravagant design dates back to the 18th century and is enunciated by the image of the Grand Staircase.
Granada – Visit Toledo and Tour Granada
Your private transfer will greet you in your hotel’s lobby and escort you from Madrid to the enchanting city of Toledo. Once in the city, you will follow your guide through the remarkable medieval streets to explore the Catedral de Toledo, which is a 13th-century masterpiece that was built over the former mosque and neighboring the Jewish quarter. You will continue to the captivating city of Granada at the heart of Andalusia. Your guide will then escort you to the icon of Muslim Spain and the Reconquista, where the Spanish monarchy returned to the Iberian Peninsula.
Seville – Explore the Wonders of Ronda
This morning, your guide will escort you from Granada to Ronda with time to discover the charms of a city that was once beloved by both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. You can view the stunning New Bridge, which dates back to the 18th century and spans the narrowest gap in the gorge, reaching nearly 230 feet long. The Moorish baths act as a hidden treasure in town with a history that dates them between the 13th and 15th centuries. The complex offers an example of one of the best-preserved Moorish baths in the country with a series of hydraulic heating systems for the hot water.
Seville – Seville’s Beauty and Flamenco Show
This morning, the resplendent facades of the Mudejar palaces will lead you to the fascinating sight of the Gothic cathedral with your guide. The immense work of religious splendor casts an inspiring image and was built between the 15th and 16th centuries. The majestic ambiance of the city will keep its hold on you into the evening as you partake in the captivating rhythm of a flamenco show. You will experience the spirit of the performance as you listen to the melancholy music meant to evoke passion.
Lisbon – Private City Tour of Lisbon
After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the lobby and lead into Portugal and the capital of the Algarve region. Your guide will provide you with a highlights tour of the city, which will embody the essence of Portugal in one of the most popular resort regions of Europe. You will continue to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, for a guided tour of the impressive city, where funiculars ascend the steep hills and trams travel along the distinctive neighborhoods. After settling in to your opulent accommodation in the center of the city, your guide will lead you on a fantastic tour through Lisbon, beginning with Castelo de Sao Jorge.
Lisbon – Leisurely Day in Sintra
This morning, your guide will lead you to the marvelous city of Sintra outside of Lisbon, where layers of history will reveal a place where Moors constructed a forceful fortress. You will begin your exploration of the storybook town at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, where conical chimneys rise above the whitewashed walls of the building. The structure is the oldest surviving palace in the country and dates back to the 14th century with several floors that can provide a unique insight into the tremendous history of Portugal’s royalty. The marvels of the palace grounds culminate in the Sala dos Brasoes, which is a hall that is laden with mesmerizing azulejo tiles.
Lisbon – The Regional Capital of Evora
Today, your guide will meet you at the hotel and whisk you into the heart of the Alentejo province to explore the regional capital of Evora. As one of Portugal’s most captivating and ancient cities, Evora reflects the perseverance of diverse cultures and distinctive religions with its architectural styles and robust city walls. At the center of the city remain the ruins of a Roman Temple, which represents one of Portugal’s most significant Roman landmarks. The Roman baths will provide you with another perspective of life from the past with foundations that date back to the 1st century AD.
Porto – Wine and City Excursion
This morning, you will leave behind the beauty of Lisbon for the charms of Porto. When touring the remarkable city, your guide will lead you through the neighborhoods, along the riverfront, and to the Palacio da Bolsa, which is a neoclassical monument that was built in 1842 to honor the ancient and contemporary money merchants. On the outskirts of the city, you will visit a selection of vineyards and wine cellars within the Douro Valley. During your time here, you will visit with a renowned winery whose family continues to work the land and whose cellars hold hundreds of barrels and casks.
Porto – Depart for Home
As the morning returns to Porto, you will be able to see the Clerigos Tower as it punctuates the skyline at 246 feet tall. The 18th-century granite construction resembles a rocket, hosting 240 steps and rewarding visitors with a spectacular view of the Douro Valley. The grandeur of Palacio da Bolsa reflects the former prestige of the 19th-century stock exchange and represents the wealth of the city. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you at your luxurious accommodation to escort you to the Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport for your flight home.
- Discover the grandeur of the art that is on display in the famous Prado Museum with a collection of over 2,300 paintings
- Traverse the preserved charms of the Moorish fortress of Granada, which is known as the Alhambra and home to impressive engineering feats
- Enjoy the rhythm and storytelling that can be found in a live flamenco show when visiting the captivating city of Seville
- Explore the legacy of exploration when touring the splendor of Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood and the Castelo de Sao Jorge
- Sample the sensational depth of flavors that can be found in the wines produced in the world’s oldest designated wine-growing region at the Douro Valley
- Enjoy the preserved medieval charms and cobblestone lanes of the dramatic city of Toledo
- Marvel at the interesting architecture of Roman and Moorish design, which highlight the diverse history of the region
- Revel in a fairytale ambiance when visiting storybook palaces and enjoying the picturesque scenery of stunning Sintra
During your luxurious 10-day senior vacation of Europe, you will discover the marvels of the Iberian Peninsula with an immersive highlights tour of Spain and Portugal. The wealth of history and stature of the former Portuguese and Spanish kingdoms will be reflected by the splendor of the past’s architectural, artistic, and archeological marvels. You will experience the authentic beauty and true spirit of Spanish and Portuguese heritage.
Your adventure through the Iberian Peninsula will begin with your arrival in Madrid, which is the capital of Spain. You can take your time with a guide to explore the city at your pace, winding through the expansive galleries of the Prado Museum and the extravagant rooms of the Spanish Royal Palace. Before you reach Granada, you will have time to traverse the cobblestone lanes of Toledo, and the medieval city boasts preserved architecture along the banks of the Tagus River. You will have a guided tour in Granada to enjoy the inspiring architecture and ambiance of the maze-like city, which will showcase its Moorish and Catholic designs.
On your way to the fascinating city of Seville, you will stop in the town of Ronda, which is known for its whitewashed buildings and panoramic view from the edge of El Tajo Gorge. Here, you will visit the second-oldest bullring in Spain before reaching Seville, where you have the remaining evening at leisure to indulge in the famous flavors of Andalusia. Two nights in Seville will provide you with another opportunity to wander the cobbled lanes of the historic center and the former Jewish. You will also be provided with the exclusive opportunity of witnessing the vibrant steps of a captivating flamenco show.
You will travel from Seville into Lisbon with a stop in Faro to uncover the sensational history of the Algarve region, which is known for its sensational beaches and luxurious resorts. You will have three nights in Lisbon with a full day’s guided tour that will provide you with insight into the marvels of the Age of Exploration. You will enjoy two distinct day trips that will uncover the cultural differences and historic layers of the different regions of the Iberian Peninsula, from the fairytale palaces and streets of Sintra to the majestic Roman architecture found in Evora. One night in Porto will allow you to bask in the delicious splendor of the Douro Valley with a wine tour that will have you visiting numerous cellars within the historic landscape.
$2,395 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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