Duration: 9 Days
This affordable tour of Spain and Portugal introduces you to fascinating Iberian cities and exciting cultural discoveries. Spend three nights in Madrid, two nights in both Seville and Lisbon, and one night in Coimbra and enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide—an expert in the city’s history and sights—in Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. The included city tours focus on the must-see sights, including Seville’s impressive Plaza d’Espaňa, built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, and Lisbon’s Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to defend the port of Lisbon.
Admire the impressive architecture of the wide alleys crossing Madrid’s city centre. Visit highlights on this affordable tour of Spain and Portugal include the Marian Sanctuary at Fátima, a popular pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three local children in 1917. Explore Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills, Moorish Cordoba, and Salamanca, where you can stroll the Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. From the larger cities to the idyllic countryside and landscapes, this value-minded tour through Spain and Portugal is sure to delight.
Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, complimentary headsets, private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. Enhance your free time to explore like a local with your CosmosGO mobile app!
April 12 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 26 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Seville including festive dinner
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions. (D)
Visit fortified Avila with its intact medieval city walls, then stop in Salamanca. Be sure to spend some time wandering around Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Travel through the valley of the Serra da Estrela on your way to Coimbra in Portugal. Today's Distance: 329 mi/ 530 km (B,D)
Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. Continue to Fatima to visit the Sanctuary, a catholic pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children- Francisco, Jacinth, and Lucia-on May 13, 1917. On to Obidos, a fortified city still flanked by towers and bastions overlooking the countryside dotted with windmills. Overnight in Lisbon. Today's Distance: 177 mi/ 285 km (B)
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century "Mistress of the Seas." You'll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on your guided city tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets or discover the Portuguese Riviera by joining our optional excursion. (B)
Drive through the Alentejo countryside, famous for its cork production. Continue south as far as the sunny Algarve region on your way to delightful Seville. Today's Distance: 287 mi/ 462 km (B,D)
Seville is the city of passionate flamenco and one of Spain's most vibrant cities. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour with all the main highlights, including the iconic Plaza de Espana, located in the centre of the Parque de Maria Luisa. The park was designed in a "Moorish paradisical style," with a half mile of tiled fountains, pavilions, walls, ponds, benches, and exhedras; lush plantings of palms, orange trees, Mediterranean pines, and stylised flower beds. Numerous buildings were constructed in the park to provide spaces for the Ibero-American exhibition World Fair of 1929. (B)
Travel to Cordoba, Spain's most Moorish city with its Mezquita, which is rightly known as one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. Continue through the very heart of La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills, to Madrid. This evening, why not join the optional traditional tapas dinner and highlights of Madrid? Today's Distance: 342 mi/ 550 km (B)
This morning enjoy free time in Madrid or join the fascinating optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus River was made famous in El Greco's painting-even now, it's like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. As the capital of Spain and situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards call Madrid the nearest thing to Heaven. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)