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- from $5,746 PP
- 12 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2hrs from London / 9hrs from NYC
Discover the rich history, culture, and magnificent scenery of Portugal and Spain on this unforgettable adventure. It explores everything from Moorish palaces and whitewashed hilltop villages to stunning beaches framed by cliffs in hues of red, orange, and yellow lapped by crystal-clear aquamarine water. Begin in Lisbon with a guided tour that will bring you to Pena Palace, a Romanticist castle set across a jagged, rocky outcrop on one of the highest hills in the Sintra Mountains. Embark on a private boating experience along the Algarve, enjoy a tapas tour and wine tasting, tour Madrid on two wheels, and so much more.
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- 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation for 12 nights
- Personal trip planning advice
- 24/7 staff support
- Private transfers
- Expert English-speaking guides
- Private tour of Lisbon
- Private Excursion to Sintra and Cascais
- Private Algarve boating experience
- Tapas tour and wine tasting in Seville
- Private tour of Seville
- Private tour of Cadiz whitewashed villages
- Bike tour of Madrid highlights
- Private tour of Madrid with a visit to Prado Museum
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Lisbon: Arrival into Portugal
Start your adventure in Portugal by flying into Lisbon’s airport where you’ll be met by our private driver for transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax and refresh after a long flight or head out for a preview of the capital city. While you’ll enjoy an in-depth tour tomorrow, you might hop on the historic Tram 28 that travels through the shopping districts of Chiado and Baixa as well as stopping near the castles and churches on the hills of the Graca and Alfama neighborhoods. Many ride it up steep Alfama hill and then walk down to explore.
Day 2 Lisbon: Discover Lisbon on a Private Tour
Start your private tour in Alfama, which managed to escape damage during the 1755 earthquake. Stroll narrow alleyways where locals hang out their laundry and Fado music pours from multiple establishments. Next, visit the magnificent Castelo Sao Jorge with its oldest sections dating to the 6th-century and enjoy a breathtaking view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Discover the heart of Lisbon, rebuilt after the earthquake, and take in more amazing views with a ride up Elevador de Santa Justa. Walk through the waterfront district of Belem, sample a world-famous pastry, admire the 500-year-old Jeronimos Monastery, concluding at Christ the Redeemer Statue.
Day 3 Lisbon: Private Full-Day Excursion to Sintra and Cascais
Your full-day tour starts with Pena Park and its romantic palace. The palace is renowned for its fairytale-like architecture with a colorful façade and location at the top of the highest hill above Sintra, providing an awe-inspiring view of the surroundings and the Atlantic. While exploring the palace and secret caves in the lush park, your guide will reveal the history behind it all. Next, visit Sintra’s historic center followed by a scenic mountain drive to Roca Cape, the great cliffs at the “end of the world.” Your final stop is in stylish Cascais and includes a peaceful stroll along the bay.
Day 4 Algarve: Transfer from Lisbon to Algarve
Venturing to your next destination on the Algarve Coast, you’ll take a private transfer to your hotel, a 2.5- to 3-hour drive from Lisbon. Upon arrival, you might want to take a stroll to the soft, sandy beach and enjoy relaxing among the beautiful scenery, including the endless brilliant blue of the Atlantic. While beaches here tend to be crowded in the summer, the sea is fabulous for swimming. Albufeira is not only known for its beaches but its charming old town. Those who want to delve into nightlife will find plenty of options with lively party scenes throughout the region.
Day 5 Algarve: Private Boating Experience
A highlight for many on this trip is the 4-hour private boating experience that will bring you along the Algarve coast, enjoying the gorgeous scenery from a different perspective. You’ll be able to see remarkable rock formations and famous caves along the rugged shoreline, with stops made along the way for snorkeling, swimming, or relaxing. Be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins that are often seen in the area. Simply relaxing under the Mediterranean sun makes for an unforgettable half-day out on the water, but you’ll want to bring a camera to take advantage of the many photo-ops.
Day 6 Algarve: Day of Leisure
Enjoy a day to yourself, a perfect break in between in the many adventures you’ve been taking. It’s a great time to take advantage of your hotel facilities or indulge in your particular interests. Golf enthusiasts can practice their favorite sport while surrounded by the picturesque scenery. Depending on your particular property, you may be able to enjoy luxurious treatments without having to leave, swim or lounge around a pool, or take part in all sorts of water sports. There are also walks along the cliff-tops, water parks, historic sites, and plenty of mouthwatering fares, including lots of fresh fish and seafood.
Day 7 Seville: Transfer to Seville. Tapas Tour & Wine Tasting
Heading east to Spain today, you’ll be met by our private driver for transfer to your hotel in Seville, a couple hours’ drive away. Take time to relax and refresh before joining a tapas tour and wine tasting experience with a local foodie guide. You’ll sample many different tapas bars, both modern and traditional, with your delicious bites all complemented with regional Andalusian wines. Discover how chefs are adding more contemporary twists to traditional recipes and enjoy an extra-special treat: a tasting in an exclusive, private tasting room that sits atop the remarkable mushroom-shaped Metropol Parasol monument.
Day 8 Seville: Private Tour of Seville, Including the Cathedral & Alcazar
During medieval times, Seville’s old Jewish Quarter was walled and separated from the rest of the city. Revealing its interesting past along the cobbled streets, a private tour starts at the spectacular Seville Cathedral. The world’s largest gothic-style cathedral, it was built on the site of a former mosque, aimed to display the great wealth of the city upon its completion in the early 16th-century. You’ll visit the Royal Alcazar which boasts a millennium of history going back Moorish times as Europe’s oldest, still in use royal residence. Impressive highlights include wooden carved doors and ceilings, hand-painted tiles, and lush gardens.
Day 9 Seville: Day Trip to the Whitewashed Villages of Cadiz
The province of Cadiz is known for its hilltop whitewashed villages where one can see castles, archaeological sites, lovely churches, and picturesque mountain landscapes. Each offers something of its own, with influences from many different settlers, including Romans, Muslims, Jews, Visigoths, and Christians. Start at Arcos de la Frontera, known for its viewing points, surrounded by the Guadalete River on three sides, beneath three soaring vertical cliffs. Discover Medina Sidonia with a maze of narrow streets and palatial homes, stopping at a family-run eatery for lunch followed by a short tour. Conclude in one of Spain’s most beautiful villages: Vejer de la Frontera.
Day 10 Madrid: High-Speed Train to Madrid
Begin your journey to the capital city with a private transfer to the train station in Seville. You’ll have one-way tickets for a ride on the AVE high-speed train and upon your arrival, will be met with another one of our drivers for transfer to your Madrid accommodation. If you want to unwind and do some people-watching, you might head to one of the open-air cafes around Plaza Mayor, a popular public square in the middle of the city. It’s the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine and take in the scene, from street performers to tourists from across the globe.
Day 11 Madrid: Bike Tour of Madrid’s Highlights
See more of Madrid in less time on this memorable three-hour tour by bicycle. Follow our local guide to visit some of the city’s most interesting historical and cultural spots, covering a little over six miles with plenty of stops on the way. It’s the perfect way to have fun, learn, and burn off all those calories you’re bound to consume while sampling the fabulous food scene. Highlights include beautiful gardens, iconic monuments, magnificent buildings, lush parks, and important squares. Along the way, your guide will reveal some of Madrid’s most interesting legends and its most emblematic stories.
Day 12 Madrid: Private Tour of Madrid, Including Prado Museum Visit
Our guide will take you on a private tour of the city that includes a visit to the Prado Museum. The main national art museum in the country, officially called Museo Nacional del Prado, showcases a remarkable bounty of classic masterpieces, thanks to the Spanish royal family who collected many works throughout the centuries. One of the world’s best collections of European art, from the 12th- to the early-19th-century, can be seen, including pieces by Spanish artists like Ribera and Goya, along with a vast collection of Flemish and Italian works. Highlights include The Three Graces by Rubens and Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez.
Day 13 Madrid: Departure
Your 13-day discovery of Portugal and Spain comes to an end today. If you aren’t ready to go yet, our travel experts will be happy to help you extend your time here or create a bespoke itinerary addition that will bring you elsewhere. This morning, you’ll take a private transfer to the airport in Madrid to catch your flight or begin your other travels. Either way, we wish you a safe journey with lots of memories to take along with you.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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