The Best Of Spain & Portugal
from $3229
Duration: 13 Days
Spain and Portugal—two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures. Your affordable tour of Spain and Portugal reveals the fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Porto. Tour highlights include a guided visit to Toledo, a treasure chest of art and historical architecture. In this old walled town on a hill, you’ll visit the 12th-century Church of St. Tome, featuring one of El Greco’s most famous paintings.

Be delighted with an included visit to the Alhambra complex, built in the 13th century by Moorish kings and featuring one of the oldest decorative gardens in the Western World. In Avila—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and fascinating walled city founded in the 11th century, you’ll visit St. Theresa’s Convent, founded in 1636 at the birthplace of St. Teresa.

In Portugal, visit Lisbon with a local guide who will show you Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built circa 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama; and Porto’s cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style on a panoramic terrace overlooking the port wine cellars on the banks of the Douro River.

In Spain, enjoy guided sightseeing in Toledo, Granada, Seville and Madrid. These local guides - experts in the cities’ histories and cultures - will highlight the must-see sights. All of this and more—including an olive oil farm visit with tastings—await you on this fabulous and affordable Spain and Portugal tour designed for value-minded travellers.

Please note: Itinerary is based on 2021, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in September 2021.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
Day 2 MADRID-TOLEDO-GRANADA.
Day 2, Wed. MADRID-TOLEDO-GRANADA. Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century Church of St. Tome, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. (B,D) Today's Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Day 3 GRANADA-CORDOBA.
Granada was the Moors' most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the Alhambra Complex*, built by Moorish kings. On the way to Cordoba, enjoy more idyllic scenery as you reach an olive farm, where you will stop for a local olive oil tasting. (B) *Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed Today's Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
Day 4 CORDOBA-SEVILLE.
With a Local Guide visit the magnificent Mezquita, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville. (B,D) Today's Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km
Day 5 SEVILLE.
Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colourful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcazar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo, from Star Wars, and the Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de Espana and the Royal Alcazar of Seville. (B)
Day 6 SEVILLE-EVORA, PORTUGAL- LISBON.
Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flowerdecked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon. (B) Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Day 7 LISBON.
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 the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama's tiledecorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera. (B)
Day 8 LISBON-FATIMA-COIMBRA- PORTO.
Stop in Fatima to visit its world-famous Sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Porto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner? (B) Today's Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km
Day 9 PORTO.
Discover Porto's highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port wine cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimaraes, called the "cradle" of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 10 PORTO-SALAMANCA, SPAIN.
Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor. (B) Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Day 11 SALAMANCA-AVILA-SEGOVIA- MADRID.
Journey to fortified Avila with its many towers and visit St. Theresa's Convent before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid. (B) Today's Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
Day 12 MADRID.
The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven, according to Spaniards. Discover Madrid's main highlights on the included guided city tour. (B)
Day 13 MADRID.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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