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From Jan 17 From Jan 18

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, youll 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 Gauds Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; weve only just begun.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ESSP.A/201651
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Barcelona, Spain
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Lagos
  • Seville
  • Granada
  • Madrid
  • Valencia
  • Barcelona

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive at any time.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Lisbon

Orientation walk of Lisbon. Wander through the distinct city quarters and the historical area of Belém.
Enjoy a morning CEO-led orientation walk of central Lisbon. After, explore the city with some free time. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, and is well worth a visit.

Visit the area of Belém where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world.

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Day 3: Lisbon/Lagos

Travel to Évora and visit the Chapel of Bones en route to the Algarve Coast.
There will be some free time to explore this lively student city made up of medieval alleyways and quaint architecture. Opt to make a stop at Évora's magnificent cathedral.

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Day 4: Lagos

Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves.

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Day 5: Lagos/Seville

Travel to Seville and enjoy an orientation walk. Later, watch a dramatic flamenco performance.
Spend time in Seville exploring Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens, getting a feel for Seville's energetic pulse. Opt to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés.

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Day 6: Seville

Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
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.

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Day 7: Seville/Granada

Travel to Granada via Cordoba. Visit the mosque and the medieval Jewish Quarter. Watch the sunset along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Visit Cordoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral.

After, stroll through Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish Quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.

While here, sample some of Cordoba's cuisine, steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions.

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Day 8: Granada

Enjoy an orientation walk of Granada and a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

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Day 9: Granada/Madrid

Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.

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Day 10: Madrid

Spend the day in this cosmopolitan city. Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Vía or Plaza Mayor.
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.

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Day 11: Madrid/Valencia

Journey to Valencia and take an orientation walk of the Old Quarter.
After a long travel day, arrive to the shores of the Mediterranean and the vibrant city of Valencia. The city is the home of paella, the Holy Grail, the birthplace of the inimitable architecture of Santiago Calatrava, and one of Europe's newest and most impressive science museums.

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Day 12: Valencia

Opt to visit the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences or relax at one of the city beaches. Experience world-class restaurants, discos, nightclubs and pubs, which earn Valencia the title of Spain's "fiesta" capital.
Try Valencia's famous dish, paella. Opt for an evening out to a local paella restaurant and sample a few of the great Valencian wines!

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Day 13: Valencia/Barcelona

Travel to Barcelona and take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Opt to enjoy an evening of tapas and wine to round out the day.
Take the bus to Barcelona. Join a CEO-led orientation walk before free time to explore this unique city.

Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafés. Stroll Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping.


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Day 14: Barcelona

Spend the day exploring the city's museums and cathedrals, or opt for some of the best shopping in Europe. Choose to visit Gaudí's Parc Güell, the Sagrada Familia, and other Gaudí masterpieces. Montjuïc and Barceloneta are worth a visit, too.
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. With time, opt to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, a home for catalan music.

For nightlife, the highest concentration of young locals dancing can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets. Find good music, good drinks, and lots of fun. Another nightlife spot to meet the fashionable locals is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá.

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Day 15: Barcelona

Depart at any time.
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walks in Lisbon, Evora, Seville, Granada, Madrid, Valencia's Old Quarter and Barcelona
    • Church of Bones visit
    • Algarve Coast hike
    • Flamenco performance
    • Cordoba Mezquita (mosque) and Jewish Quarter visits
    • Alhambra guided visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities
  • Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals
  • Devour tapas at a local haunt
  • Relax on the Algarve coast.