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Essential Iberian Capitals

9 days3 cities
SpainPortugal2 countries
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Private tour to Spain, Portugal

Embark on a radiant 9-day private tour of Spain and Portugal, uncovering Europe's sunniest treasures. Begin in Barcelona with Gaudi's architectural wonders, then explore Madrid's Prado Museum. Venture through Lisbon's iconic highlights, including Belem and Sintra. Enjoy luxurious city-center accommodations and seamless private airport transfers throughout your journey.

9 days3 cities
SpainPortugal2 countries
From
 $3,316 
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

Welcome to 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
Free Day

This day is free for you to continue exploring Barcelona and its amazing attractions on your own or join our carefully designed optional tours.

  • Optional tour #1: Gaudi Heritage Tour
    Enjoy a fantastic half-day tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi. 
  • Optional tour #2: Trip to the Montserrat Monastery
    After breakfast, you enjoy a full day trip to the Montserrat - the picturesque multi-peaked mountain in the middle of Spain’s first national park. 
  • Optional tour #3: Camp Nou Tour & Museum
    This tour takes you behind the scenes of the Camp Nou - the biggest football stadium in Europe. 

Overnight at your hotel in Barcelona.

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.

Madrid, Spain
2
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
Arrival to Madrid & Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your driver transfers you to the railway station where you take a train to Madrid.

Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage. You then meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Habsburg.

During the tour, you take a walk around Plaza de Oriente, enter the gorgeous Royal Palace called Palacio Real, see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Then you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, stop by St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at 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
Free Day in Madrid

This day is free for you to continue exploring the fantastic capital of Spain and its amazing attractions on your own or join our carefully designed optional tour.

  • Optional tour #1: Visiting the Prado Museum
    Today you have the chance go to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. 
  • Optional tour #2: Attending a Corrida
    La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas del Espíritu Santo is Madrid's main bullring and home to Spanish bullfighting called corrida.
  • Optional tour #3: Trip to Toledo
    Toledo is a small fortified town and one of the most important centers of European medieval history known as the “city of the three cultures” because of the historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures.

Overnight at your hotel in Madrid.

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.

Lisbon, Portugal
4
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
6
day
Arrival to Lisbon

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport. 

Upon arrival, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.  

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

7
day
Exploring the Highlights of Lisbon

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 before returning back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

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.

*Please, note: instead of Pena Palace,you can choose to visit the Queluz Palace & Gardens or the Ajuda Palace.

9
day
Departure from Lisbon

This is the final day of your amazing Iberian journey! 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;
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  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
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  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
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  • 1st class train tickets Barcelona - Madrid;
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  • Economy flight tickets Madrid - Lisbon;
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  • Professional English-speaking guides;
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  • Funicular ride in Lisbon;
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  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
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  • 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

  • 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;
  • 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;

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