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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: 14 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.B/201652
  • Starts: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Finishes: Barcelona, Spain
You will Visit
  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Madrid
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • Valencia
  • Barcelona

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Lisbon

Wander through the distinct city quarters and the historical area of Belém. The afternoon is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama.
In the afternoon 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.

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Day 3: Lisbon/Coimbra

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.

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Day 4: Coimbra

Explore Coimbra today. Opt for a guided tour of its famous university or enjoy the day exploring the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars.

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Day 5: Coimbra/Porto

Free morning in Coimbra. Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.

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Day 6: Porto

Free day to explore Porto. Opt take a cruise down the Douro Valley, or explore the city which gained UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1996. In the evening enjoy a visit to the port wine cellars and tasting.
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.

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Day 7: Porto/Madrid

Transfer to Madrid in the morning. Arrive in the late afternoon with free time to explore this lively city.

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Day 8: Madrid/Granada

Spend the morning exploring cosmopolitan Madrid before heading south to Granada.
Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival in Granada. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.

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Day 9: Granada

Enjoy 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 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.

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Day 10: Granada/Seville

Head towards Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalucia. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.

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Day 11: 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 12: Seville/Valencia

Transfer to picturesque Cordoba for a stroll through the historic quarter and visit to the iconic Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque). Continue to the coastal city of Valencia.
Visit Cordoba's famous 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. Continue onwards to Valencia and opt for a traditional paella dinner.

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Day 13: Valencia/Barcelona

Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling 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 youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day.

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Day 14: Barcelona

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona
    • Lisbon orientation walk
    • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
    • Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit
    • Porto orientation walk
    • Port wine cellars visit and tasting
    • Granada orientation walk
    • Albaicin quarter visit
    • Alhambra guided tour
    • Seville orientation walk
    • Flamenco show performance
    • Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba
    • Free time in Valencia
    • Free time in Barcelona
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Savour traditional Portuguese food in Lisbons oldest neighbourhood
  • Taste coastal Portos famous export in a port wine cellar
  • Soak in the lively atmosphere and scenery of Madrid
  • Discover Sevilles Moorish influence
  • Learn to make tapas in Barcelona