Tour description provided by G Adventures
Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine — the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.
Day 1 Lisbon Arrive at any time. If visiting the historic district of Belém is on your bucket list, we recommend arriving early on this day to explore its major sites like the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Most attractions in Belém are closed on Mondays. Additional Notes: If you'd like to independently explore Lisbon before your tour begins, consider booking pre-tour accommodation with us. Please speak to a G Adventures representative about booking accommodations in Lisbon before Day 1 of this itinerary. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting.
Day 2 Lisbon (1B, 1D) Opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this. Included Activities: Lisbon Orientation Walk Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal.
Day 3 Lisbon/Coimbra (1B) Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra. Included Activities: Batalha Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle.
Day 4 Coimbra (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby medieval town of Óbidos or the Templar city of Tomar.
Day 5 Coimbra/Porto (1B) Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train (1.50 hour(s), 120km).
Day 6 Porto (1B) Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolhão Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit São Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Palácio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city. In the evening, become an Port wine connoisseur with a visit to the cellars and a port wine tasting. Included Activities: Port Wine Cellar Visit.
Day 7 Porto/Madrid Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace. Additional Notes: Kindly note there is a 20kg luggage weight restriction on this internal flight. Please make sure to plan your packing with this in mind. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s)).
Day 8 Madrid (1B) Enjoy a full day to explore this bustling capital. Discover Plaza Mayor or opt to visit the famous Royal Palace. Indulge in delicious Spanish tapas or get your art fix at the Prado Museum.
Day 9 Madrid/Granada (1B) Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with it's narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit Transport: Local bus (4.20 hour(s), 420km).
Day 10 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Alhambra Guided Tour.
Day 11 Granada/Cordoba/Seville (1B) Travel to Seville via picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening, continue towards Seville and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance. Included Activities: Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Flamenco Show Transport: Transport.
Day 12 Seville (1B) Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville.
Day 13 Seville/Barcelona (1B, 1D) Hop on the train and get comfortable on the journey north to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students followed by a group dinner to round out the day. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner Transport: Local train (6.00 hour(s), 920km).
Day 14 Barcelona (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer. Please speak to a G Adventures representative about booking accommodations in Barcelona after your tour ends. Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.
|Per Person||01-06-2019||31-10-2019||$ 2279 per person|
Your G for Good Moment: Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
Lisbon orientation walk
Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit
Porto orientation walk
Port wine cellars...
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