On this 10-day excursion through Spain and Portugal, explore much of the best of these Western European countries. Stroll along the charming streets of Sintra, ride in a hot air balloon over Barcelona, and attend a live flamenco show accompanied by regional tapas. From the serene beaches of Barcelona to the bustling streets of Madrid, this adventure will open your eyes to the rich history and culture of this fascinating region.
Lisbon – Traditional Fado Show
You will arrive at the airport in the wonderful city of Lisbon, which is the capital of Portugal, and be met at baggage claim by your private driver. From there, you will be transferred to your luxury accommodation. After you have had time to settle in, you will spend your first hours in this gorgeous city at your leisure, strolling through Alfama’s picturesque streets and stopping at the lovely cafes that line them. You will return to your hotel and meet your private guide in the lobby for a transfer to a world-renowned Fado show that will be accompanied by a gourmet Portuguese dinner and wine pairing.
Lisbon – Explore Sintra and Cascais
Today, you will embark on an excursion to the charming towns of Sintra and Cascais, where you will explore the history and culture of this incredible country. You will first be transferred to the splendid mountain town of Sintra. Here, you will spend the morning meandering through the charming streets of the city’s medieval Old Centre. From Sintra, you will be transferred to Cascais. Cascais is known for its spectacular beaches, palaces, and abundant lighthouses. You will spend the afternoon luxuriating on the pristine beach and strolling along the sunny promenade.
Lisbon – Lisbon’s Most Extraordinary Sites
Today, you will visit the city’s most illustrious sites and sample the finest Portuguese delicacies on your tour. Your tour will begin with a walk through your own neighborhood of Alfama, which is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to stop into the famous Pasteis de Belem bakery, which is renowned throughout Lisbon for its delicious and traditional Portuguese egg tarts. You will then arrive with your delicious tarts to the acclaimed Torre de Belem to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. This tower is recognized as the Gateway to Lisbon and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance in historical Portuguese maritime discoveries.
Barcelona – Visit La Sagrada Familia
This morning, you will fly to Barcelona, where you will be met by your personal driver at baggage claim and transferred to your beachfront hotel. You will arrive at your hotel and have ample time to become acclimated before getting your first taste of Barcelona. You will be guided on a curated tour of La Sagrada Familia cathedral. This cathedral is still incomplete, but it is one of the most famous works by Antoni Gaudi. After your tour, you will be led to the seaside neighborhood of La Barceloneta, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon luxuriating along the Mediterranean Coast.
Barcelona – Discover the Best of Barcelona
After breakfast, you will meet your guide in your hotel lobby for a private tour of many of Barcelona’s most renowned sites. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Mercado de La Boqueria, where you will be provided with the opportunity to sample the diverse flavors of Spain, from Spanish Jamon to rich paella. Your tour will continue along the famed La Rambla, which is a pedestrian walkway that is lined with trees and charming cafes. You will also venture to the Gothic Quarter, where you will stop to admire handmade jewelry and leather products from local vendors. Finally, you will arrive in the infamous Park Guell. You will spend the afternoon at your leisure, relaxing at the park or delighting in any other of Barcelona’s abundant treasures.
Barcelona – Hot Air Balloon Ride over Montserrat
This morning, you will be transferred via private coach to the stunning mountain range of Montserrat. Here, you will board a hot air balloon for an extraordinary ride through the Catalan landscape. After your life-changing ride, you will be transferred to Barcelona’s bustling center, where you can indulge in a private tour of the world-renowned Picasso Museum. Home to one of the most extensive Picasso collections in the world, the Picasso Museum will fascinate you with its marvelous works of art. After your tour, you will enjoy the rest of the evening on your own to spend however you see fit.
Madrid – One of the City’s Best Museums
This morning, you will transfer to Spain’s high-speed train, which will be heading for Madrid. After a short ride through the Spanish countryside, you will arrive in Spain’s brilliant capital and be transferred to your luxurious hotel. After you have had time to settle in, you will meet your knowledgeable tour guide in the lobby for your introduction to Madrid. Home to Spain’s most illustrious museums, your first day in Madrid will begin with a spectacular tour of the famed Prado Museum. After your tour, you will be led to the upscale neighborhood of Salamanca. Here, you will stroll through the quiet, peaceful streets, delighting in the sounds of local life. As evening begins to fall, you will delight in a Spanish meal at one of the neighborhood’s top restaurants.
Madrid – Madrid’s Parque del Retiro
This morning, you will delight in a private tour of Madrid’s main attractions. You will begin in the lively Puerta del Sol, which is Madrid’s central plaza that is lined with delightful shops, tapas bars, and restaurants. From there, you will continue to the stunning Plaza Mayor, which is a nearby plaza with traditional Spanish architecture that was once the capital of Old Madrid. As your tour continues, you will visit the trendy Malasana neighborhood, which is home to the ancient Temple of Debod. Finally, you will arrive at El Retiro, where you will stroll through the wide pathways of the park, stopping to admire breathtaking monuments and to listen to the sweet sounds of live music.
Madrid – Enjoy a Live Flamenco Show
After breakfast, you will meet your private guide in the hotel lobby for a curated tour of Madrid’s Royal Palace. The largest in all of Europe, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. You will have the opportunity to traverse the sparkling halls of this magnificent estate as you listen to fascinating commentary from your expert guide. You will have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore the city at your leisure before attending a traditional Flamenco show that will be accompanied by a Spanish dinner and wine pairing.
Madrid – Departure
This morning, you will wake up for your final day in Spain, where you can spend your final hours in the country on your own, strolling through the charming streets of the city center or relaxing in one of the many plazas. You will then return to your hotel to collect your things and meet your private driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport.
- Immerse yourself in Portuguese culture when you delight in a traditional Fado performance that is accompanied by a gourmet dinner and wine pairing
- Marvel at the splendid towns of Sintra and Cascais on a full-day excursion from Lisbon
- Uncover the secrets of the famed La Sagrada Familia cathedral on a private tour through Barcelona
- View Montserrat from above as you float through the sky in a hot air balloon
- Immerse yourself in the unique designs and works of art as you traverse the world-famous Park Guell in Barcelona
- Stroll through Spain’s top museums as you delight in a specially curated, private tour in Madrid
- Explore Madrid’s serene Parque del Retiro, which provides the perfect respite from the rest of the bustling city
- Delight in age-old, Spanish traditions, such as a wonderful Flamenco show that is accompanied by Spanish tapas
From the stunning promenade along the beaches of Cascais to the bustling center of the Spanish capital of Madrid, Spain and Portugal offer the perfect combination of leisure and excitement. You will luxuriate in the beauty of Madrid’s serene Parque del Retiro and delight in a traditional Fado show in Lisbon, which is the heart of Portugal. On this luxurious, 10-day tour through Spain and Portugal, you will be provided with a taste of the intriguing history and culture of both of these Mediterranean countries.
Your tour will begin in Lisbon, which is the capital of Portugal. Here, you will explore the city’s most noteworthy sites on a privately guided tour. In the evening, you will attend a live Fado show that will be accompanied by a traditional Portuguese dinner and wine pairing. From Lisbon, you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the charming towns of Sintra and Cascais. After leaving for Spain, you will arrive in the magical city of Barcelona, where you will discover the best of this seaside city when you visit the world-famous La Sagrada Familia cathedral and Park Guell. You will then venture outside the of the city to Montserrat, where you will board a glorious hot air balloon and float high above the clouds.
Finally, you will arrive in Madrid, which is the capital of Spain. You will never be lacking for things to do in this city because it has something for everyone. You will discover Spain’s best museums, such as the Prado and the Reina Sofía, and you will visit the world-renowned Royal Palace on a privately curated tour. You will also delight in relaxing in the shade of the brilliant Parque del Retiro as charming rowboats float by on the park’s beautiful lake. Finally, you will be enchanted by a private Flamenco show that will be accompanied by delicious Spanish tapas. On this 10-day tour of Spain and Portugal, you will truly experience the best of what these wonderful destinations have to offer.
Zicasso works closely with the top travel operators, who specialize in the regions of Spain and Portugal, to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.
$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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