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The Best of Spain & Portugal (6820)

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

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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 travelers.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Loja, Montilla wine tasting, Evora, Fátima sanctuary, Coimbra, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Avila St. Theresa’s convent, Segovia.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Toledo, Granada-Alhambra complex, Cordoba Mezquita, Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Douro Valley

Notes:

March 30 Departure – Easter
April 20 Departure – Feria in Seville
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

UNESCO World Heritage

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Oporto
  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Cathedral in Seville
  • Historic centre of Evora
  • Historic city of Toledo
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
  • Old town of Avila with its Extra muros Churches
  • Belem tower in Lisbon
  • Cultural landscape of Sintra
  • Guimaraes
Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Porto

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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 travelers.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

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. Tomé, 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.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

SEVILLE. Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcázar 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 España and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.
Breakfast Breakfast

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, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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 tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–PORTO. Stop in Fátima 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?
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID. Journey to fortified Ávila 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.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

MADRID. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JULIAN HIDALGO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"After so many years in this fascinating land, I never get tired of showing people the wonders of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Every tour is an adventure...a unique cultural experience I share with my guests. Like a storyteller, I can´t wait to meet my audience and start the show. Introducing travelers to the people, colors, and flavors of the region is exciting-something you just can't get from a guidebook!"

Tour Director - JULIAN HIDALGO

 Accommodations

CORDOBA
GRANADA
LISBON
MADRID
PORTO
SALAMANCA
SEVILLE

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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