As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 21 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure€ross the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture, and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San SebastiÁn, and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!
Day 1 Lisbon
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Lisbon (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of Lisbon. The rest of the day is free for exploration. In the evening enjoy a Fado night and traditional Portuguese dinner in one of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama.
Day 3 Lisbon/Coimbra (1B)
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.
Day 4 Coimbra (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby medieval town of Óbidos or the Templar city of Tomar.
Day 5 Coimbra/Porto (1B)
Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.
Day 6 Porto (1B)
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.
Day 7 Porto/Madrid
Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace.
Day 8 Madrid/Granada (1B)
Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with it’s narrow lanes and fantastic views, it’s a great place to watch the sunset.
Day 9 Granada (1B)
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.
Day 10 Granada/Cordoba/Seville (1B)
Travel to picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening head towards Seville by train and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.
Day 11 Seville (1B)
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.
Day 12 Seville/Valencia (1B)
Hop on an early train to Valencia (including a quick stop via Madrid) arriving in time to explore this lively coastal city. Make sure to enjoy a traditional paella dinner!
Day 13 Valencia/Barcelona (1B)
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.
Day 14 Barcelona
Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life.
Day 15 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)
Take the morning to explore beautiful Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for 2 nights in a ’casa rural’. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.
Day 16 Pyrenees (1B, 1D)
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the ’casa rural’.
Day 17 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)
Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.
Day 18 Bilbao/San Sebastian/Bilbao (1B)
Take a day trip to San Sebastian. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the fascinating culture of the area. Return to Bilbao for the night.
Day 19 Bilbao/LogroÑo (1B)
Travel to LogroÑo and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.
Day 20 LogroÑo/Madrid
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.
Day 21 Madrid (1B)
Depart at any time.
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