Small group tour to Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona

Small group tour to Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona

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Trip Overview

Have the time of your life with our small group tour of the top sights in Portugal and Spain! See the best of Lisbon, Sintra, Madrid, and Barcelona. Enjoy the top attractions of Lisbon, go on a day trip to the fairytale castles of Sintra, visit the Prado Museum in Madrid, and explore the magnificent creations of Gaudi in Barcelona. 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.93 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    standard rooms
    8 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport transfers
    1 train ride
    1 local flight
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    Prado Museum tour
  • MEALS
  • 8 buffet breakfasts
    1 welcome drink

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Lisbon

Today you arrive in the glorious capital of Portugal - Lisbon! Upon arrival, your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start exploring the abundant heritage left here almost intact from one of the world's greatest empires in history!

In the evening you are treated to a welcome drink during your meeting with a local guide.

Day 2

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 neighborhood 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 Hotel and have the rest of the day free.

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

  • Optional tour: Fado Show with Dinner, Lisbon
    Spend an evening enjoying a traditional live Fado performance, Portugal's greatest musical gem and its national symbol.

Day 3

Visit to the Belem Quarter & Trip to Sintra

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver. Together you proceed to 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.

Then you continue your journey on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical center of Sintra and have some free time to buy some traditional souvenirs or visit the National Palace of Sintra on your own (no tickets included).

Upon arrival, you have some free time for lunch (not included) and then visit the fairytale Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).

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

 

Day 4

Flight to Madrid

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight to the capital of Spain - Madrid.

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

Day 5

Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating walking 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 Hapsburgh.

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 Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Next, 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 touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 6

FIREBIRD SPECIAL: Visit to Prado Museum & Train to Barcelona

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Together with your guide, you go on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum.

During the tour, you pass the Parque del Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo, and Neptuno. Next you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building, see the 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-Bornemitza and the Reina Sofia.

The highlight of the tour is a 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 Spanish 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 are transferred to the railway station to board your train to Barcelona. Upon arrival you are taken to your centrally-located hotel and have free evening in the capital of Catalonia.

Day 7

Tour of Barcelona's 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.

Day 8

FIREBIRD SPECIAL: Gaudi Tour

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

Day 9

Departure

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!


Hotels

8 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at exceptional centrally located hotels in Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona; 
  • 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 Madrid - Barcelona; 
  • Economy flight tickets Lisbon - Madrid; 
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Welcome meeting with your guide in Lisbon;
  • Welcome drink during your welcome meeting in Lisbon;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights

  • Visit of the Belem Quarter
  • Day trip to Sintra
  • Visit of Prado Museum
  • Visit of Sagrada Familia Basilica and Park Guell

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

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2018
$2,581
deposit
$517
$2,781
deposit
$557
$3,881
deposit
$777
Apr 11 - Apr 19, 2018
$2,581
deposit
$517
$2,781
deposit
$557
$3,881
deposit
$777
May 3 - May 11, 2018
$2,581
deposit
$517
$2,781
deposit
$557
$3,881
deposit
$777
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
Apr 11 - Apr 19, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
May 3 - May 11, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
May 31 - Jun 08, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
Sep 20 - Sep 28, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881
Nov 1 - Nov 09, 2018
$2,581
$2,781
$3,881

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