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Best of Iberian Capitals

9 days3 cities
SpainPortugal2 countries
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Small group tour to Spain, Portugal

Experience the sunniest destinations in Europe with a 9-day small group tour of Spain and Portugal. Begin your journey in Barcelona, where you can marvel at Gaudi's architectural gems. Then, explore Madrid's Prado Museum and the vibrant Asturias district. Next, traverse the iconic highlights of Lisbon, including Belem and Sintra. Enjoy luxurious stays at top city-center properties, and benefit from private airport transfers.

9 days3 cities
SpainPortugal2 countries
From
 $3,268 
Barcelona, Spain
3
days
Spain

Pablo Picasso and Gaudi, a mixture of what is Spanish and Catalan, of modernity and history: all harmonize and describe Barcelona, the city that has always strived to be modern.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival to Barcelona

Today you arrive in the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona!

Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can either explore the fantastic center of Barcelona on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

2
day
Tour of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.

Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.

You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District "Call", the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.

You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church - the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages.

The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open air terraces.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

3
day
Gaudi Tour & Train to Madrid

Following breakfast you you check out, meet your private guide and private driver and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi.

You start with a visit to the colorful Park Guell, where you spend some time strolling through its mosaic paths and enjoying the great city views.

The day is crowned with a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia Basilica - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.

After the tour you are transferred to the train station for your quick train connection to Madrid. Upon arrival, you are met by your driver and taken to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Condes de Barcelona, Barcelona

The Hotel Condes de Barcelona boasts great service, wonderful amenities, fantastic views over breathtaking Barcelona, and a central location. It offers soundproof air-conditioned guestrooms with a TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities.

train
Barcelona
Madrid
3 hrs 10 min

All high-speed Spanish trains are modern, comfortable, and spacious. They always run on time and will take you from/to stations right in the city centers, where one of our trusted drivers will be waiting for you.

Madrid, Spain
3
days
Spain

The capital city and largest Spanish municipality located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Madrid Old Town Tour

Today prepare to enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.

After breakfast, you meet your private guide and set off on a journey around the city. You walk towards Plaza de Oriente, admire and then enter the gorgeous Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Next, you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, pass through the always bustling St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at the iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking
Puerta del Sol.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

5
day
Exploring Treasures of Toledo

Today you explore Central Spain's historical capital - the medieval town of Toledo.

After a delicious breakfast, you check out from the hotel and walk to the station to set off on a beautiful train ride towards this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival, your local guide meets you at the train station and takes you on a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of ancient Toledo.

During the tour, you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

After the tour, you return back to Madrid by train and walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

6
day
Madrid of the Bourbons, Prado Museum & Flight to Lisbon

It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Spanish capital and head down towards the south of the country. But wait, we cannot leave Central Spain before visiting the so-called Madrid of the Bourbons - the 19th-century historical area of the Spanish capital.

During the tour your guide walks you through a chain of fabulous squares - Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno, you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building You will then see the main terminus of the capital - Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.

The highlight of the tour is the visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

After the tour, you return to the Hotel and then you meet your driver and head for the airport for your flight to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel.

Please note:  The Hotel is not reachable by car and you need to walk 3-5 min  

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Preciados Madrid

This charming hotel sits within a 5-minute walk of Madrid's Puerta del Sol in the city center.

plane
Madrid
Lisbon
1 hr 20 min

The most time-saving way to travel between the capitals of Spain and Portugal is taking a plane. One of our experienced drivers will take you to the airport and meet you upon arrival.

Lisbon, Portugal
3
days
Portugal

The westernmost capital of Europe on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, is home to the world's greatest explorers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Exploring the Highlights of Lisbon & Fado Show

After breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic walking sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour you see the most famous attractions, including Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640.

You take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighbourhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters.

Then you proceed to Baixa including Rossio Square, where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today.

Continue to Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district to admire Se Cathedral - the city’s oldest church and Commerce Square.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have some time for rest. In the evening you gather together with your fellow travellers to enjoy Fado Show with dinner. The musical form of Fado was adopted as a part of Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of the nation. Show venue is located within walking distance from hotel.

8
day
Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter

Following breakfast you meet your driver-guide and start your journey on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - UNESCO-listed Cultural Landscape of Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival, you visit the Pena Palace (from the outside) with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace). Here you have some free time to admire the beauty of the Palace and take some amazing photos. 

Then you have some free time for lunch (not included) before your driver-guide takes you back to Lisbon. Upon arrival, you visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

9
day
Departure from Lisbon

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Iberia! After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel da Baixa Lisbon

The charming 4-star Hotel da Baixa Lisbon awaits you in the bustling capital of Portugal!

What's included

  • Accommodation at exceptional centrally located hotels in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Small group touring: up to 14 travelers (group size may vary in different cities);
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Barcelona - Madrid;
  • Economy flight tickets Madrid - Lisbon;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Barcelona Cathedral, Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue, Pena Palace;
  • Funicular ride in Lisbon;
  • Fado show with dinner in Lisbon;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • Professional local guides;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture;
  • A comprehensive tour of Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona;
  • Spanish pace of life that you get to feel whilst discovering the iconic Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, greatly admired by locals;
  • A taste of the unique sensitivity of the Romantic Architecture blending Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements in Sintra;
  • Fado show with dinner in Lisbon.

What To Know

  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion