Visit the Best of Portugal & Southern Spain 12 days from Barcelona
Visit the Best of Portugal & Southern Spain 12 days from Barcelona
PORTUGAL & SOUTHERN SPAIN – 12 DAYS FROM BARCELONA
Best of Portugal & Southern Spain, 12 days coach tour from Barcelona
Fascinating escorted tour of Andalusia and Portugal to discover the highlights of the western Iberian Peninsula. An amazing 12 days coach tour to discover the most beautiful places in Andalusia and Portugal, cities of great cultural value: Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, then Lisbon, a nest of history and culture, Seville, a fusion of architecture throughout the history or Granada a cross-roads of civilizations with Alhambra Palace as the flagship of Granada’s historical heritage.
Departure days of the tour
Visit the Best of Portugal & Southern Spain 12 days from Barcelona includes:
The tour to Portugal and Andalusia includes:
Transportation by modern air-conditioned bus / English-speaking accompanying guide during the tour / High-speed train tickets Barcelona – Madrid / Visits in Porto, Lisbon, Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo / Tickets to a winery with wine tasting in Porto, Mosque in Córdoba, Cathedral in Seville and Alhambra Palace and Generalife in Granada / Boat trip on the Duero River in Porto / Accommodation in 4* hotels / Daily buffet breakfast (except in Madrid) / Travel insurance.
|PRICE PER PERSON IN EUROS (SEASON 2023 - 2024)|
|IN DOUBLE ROOM||from 2045 €|
|IN SINGLE ROOM||from 2820 €|
Day 1. (Monday) BARCELONA – MADRID
Call on at Barcelona “Sants” Station and departure by high-speed train to Madrid. Pleasant and short journey with the comfort and speed of this fast train. Arrival in Madrid, capital city of Spain. Transfer on your own to the hotel. Free day at your disposal to discover Madrid, diplomatic capital, economic center and most populous city in Spain, headquarters of the Spanish government and city where the Spanish monarchy resides. We recommend taking a walk through the courtly Madrid de los Austrias Neighborhood with its Renaissance and Baroque buildings in Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, continue to the Royal Palace located in the elegant Plaza de Oriente, get to know the Cibeles Fountain, Fountain of Neptune, Puerta de Alcalá, Gran Via or Paseo de la Castellana. Hotel accommodation.
Day 2. (Tuesday) MADRID – SALAMANCA – PORTO
Departure from Madrid westbound heading to the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. Our first stop will be in Salamanca, the university city par excellence. Free time to explore at your own pace this World Heritage Site of great artistic wealth. A stroll around the pedestrian streets in its historic centre will take you to Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, you may visit Salamanca’s two cathedrals (the old cathedral dating from the 12th-13th centuries of Romanesque style, and the new one from the 16th century), the House of Shells, the Baroque style Clerecia church and the University with its beautiful Plateresque façade. Later we’ll continue to Porto, the capital of Northern Portugal. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 3. (Wednesday) PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. We have a whole day to enjoy this authentic city, declared a World Heritage Site. We begin with a panoramic visit of Porto to discover the Cathedral of Sé, the most important religious monument in Porto, a mixture of styles and influences, also the Palacio de la Bolsa, one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto, Santa Clara Church and ending in a local winery where we will taste the world-famous “Porto wine”. After the visit we will include a boat trip on the Douro river to enjoy the panoramic views that exist from the boat. Afternoon free at your disposal to continue exploring the corners of Porto, stroll along the Avenida dos Aliados, the Ribeira de Porto on the banks of the Duero and admire the Don Luis I Bridge, the most famous bridge in Porto, climb to the Clérigos Tower, the best viewpoint of Porto, from where you will have panoramic views of the historic city center. Hotel accommodation.
Day 4. (Thursday) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Porto heading south to reach Coimbra, a riverfront city rising scenically from the Rio Mondego and the country’s former capital during the Middle Ages. Arrival and free time at your disposal to explore its preserved medieval old town with its dark cobbled lanes, visit Coimbra’s monuments: the monumental 12th century Romanesque cathedral Sé Velha, the historic University of Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest and most prestigious university, the gothic Igreja de Santa Cruz, Coimbra’s most historically important church or enjoy a relaxed coffee and sweet pastry in the Café Santa Cruz. We continue our route southward to Fatima. We will discover this important sacred center of the Christian Faith, known worldwide for its sanctuary, a place of Christian pilgrimage since the beginning of the 20th century. Free time at your disposal to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima consisting of an impressive Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary and place where according to the Roman Catholic Church, three visionary children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta Marto received several apparitions and heavenly messages by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. You can visit the tombs of the three little shepherds, the precious statue of Our Lady of Fátima, the great oak tree, and also the monument dedicated to the three little shepherds (the seers) of Fátima. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation. At night, you’ll have the the possibility of attending the candlelight procession.
Day 5. (Friday) FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA – LISBON
After breakfast, we will depart to the Monastery of Batalha (Monastery of the Battle in English), an artwork of the Gothic and Manueline styles, built in commemoration of the Battle of Aljubarrota, when the Portuguese troupes managed to rule out Castilian ambitions to the Portuguese throne. Our route continues to Nazare, the most picturesque and colorful fishing village in Portugal located on the Silver Coast (Costa da Prata). If we have enough time, we will drive till O Sitio (the old town) to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and its beaches. We will continue our trip to Alcobaça where we will visit its 12th century Monastery, one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in Portugal with the tombs of the King Peter I of Portugal and his mistress, Ines de Castro. At the end of the day we will continue to Lisbon, the capital and the largest city in Portugal. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. In the evening, optionally you can enjoy a Fado music show (typical Portuguese folklore).
Day 6. (Saturday) LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll have a full day to explore each corner of Lisbon. We’ll start the day with an in-depth sightseeing tour of Lisbon. We’ll visit Lisbon’s traditional neighbourhoods, which take us into the Belem district, on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, the birthplace of many great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century to explore and trade with India and the Orient. We will walk around the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), a monument that celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery, we’ll see the Belem Tower, a medieval defensive fortification and a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style. We will finally see the beautiful gothic style Jeronimos Monastery, Vasco da Gama’s resting place, classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the nearby Tower of Belen. Enjoy some free time at leisure to explore Lisbon at your own pace, to discover the nostalgic corners of the Barrio de Alfama, the old city grouped next to its Castle with its old buildings in narrow and twisted “ruas” full of color and housing the genuine “taverns” where Fado music sounds like a lost past. Optionally you can do a beautiful coach trip to visit Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with Cabo da Roca and admire Cascais and Estoril. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 7. (Sunday) LISBON – CACERES – CORDOBA
Our last breakfast in Portugal. Departure towards Spain travelling along beautiful green plains that extend as far as the eye can see dotted with cork oaks and olive trees that withstand time. Back in Spain, we enjoy the beautiful landscape of Region of Extremadura, the typical wooded pasture known as the “dehesa” where the iberian pigs forage freely for acorns. Arrival in Cáceres, a magical medieval city, capital of the province, in the west of Spain. Free time to walk through the old town with its walls and watchtowers and its well-known medieval quarter, considered World Heritage. We recommend that you follow the narrow paths that will transport you to another century and captivate you with its ancient charm. You will discover the main square of Cáceres: the Plaza Mayor and the Bujaco Tower, known locally as the Clock Tower, the Arco de la Estrella, which is one of the five access gates of Cáceres, the beautiful Palacio de los Golfines… Later, we set off to Córdoba, former capital of the Muslim Caliphate of Al-Andalus, with its impressive cultural and monumental heritage. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 8. (Monday) CÓRDOBA – SEVILLE
Breakfast at the hotel. Accompanied by an expert local guide, we will visit the most notable places in Córdoba: the narrow and winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, the synagogue and the fantastic Great Mosque of Córdoba, one of the largest works of Islamic architecture in the world, which is still preserved from the time when the Muslims ruled Al-Ándalus, which will relax our mind and spirit. Free time at your disposal to stroll through the historic centre of Córdoba, with its medieval streets or visit the Royal Palace “Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos” and its beautiful gardens. In the afternoon, after a short drive, arrival in Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 9. (Tuesday) SEVILLE
After breakfast, we will take a monumental and panoramic tour of Seville. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world after Saint Peter’s in Rome and its famous Giralda, the old minaret of the Arab mosque, then you will walk through the popular neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz, natural setting of “Carmen” as well like where he developed the myth of “Don Juan” and also Triana, with a deep popular flavour and cradle of bullfighters and artists. After the visit, you will enjoy free time to discover different perspectives and flavours specific to this active, light-filled city. How about a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River to enjoy the panoramic views that exist from the boat? Next, you can walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the “great king of Andalusia” as the poet Luis de Góngora y Argote called him. Accommodation. At night, you can optionally enjoy a flamenco show.
Day 10. (Wednesday) SEVILLE – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast. Departure along the White Villages route towards Ronda. Free time to admire this city of Celtic origin and its wonderful views of the valley and mountain range. Continuation towards the Costa del Sol. Arrival and afternoon free. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 11. (Thursday) COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA
Breakfast. Departure to Granada and its incredible and astonishing monumental surroundings, the last bastion of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada until 1492. Visit of the world-famous complex of the Alhambra with its beautiful palaces, fountains, gardens, patios that with their views and sounds have inspired authors such as Washington Irving in his “Tales of the Alhambra”. Rest of the afternoon at leisure, during which we recommend taking a walk through the monumental area of Granada, strolling through the origins of this city that still preserves all the magic of its Arab past. There are some must-see places: the Royal Chapel of Granada, the place chosen by the Catholic Monarchs for their last rest, the Cathedral, with its impressive Spanish baroque style façade and also the Alcaiceria, the old silk market in the Nasrid era, a network of alleys full of Granada crafts shops. Accommodation at the hotel. At night, optionally, you can enjoy a Zambra Gitana show in the Sacromonte neighbourhood.
Day 12. (Friday) GRANADA – TOLEDO – MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure heading north where the impressive imperial city of Toledo rises, under the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tajo River. – World Heritage and cradle of civilizations – where the three cultures, Christians, Muslims and Jews, coexisted. Extracting the art, history and spirituality of the country, the entire city is a national monument. Interesting visit of the most important monuments, its narrow streets and the damascene technique (inlaying precious metals in steel). Continuation towards Madrid. End of services.
- Departure city: SPAIN, Barcelona
- Returning city: SPAIN, Madrid
- Cities where we will travel through: Alcobaca, Avila, Barcelona, Batalha, Caceres, Cascais, Coimbra, Cordoba, Costa del Sol, Estoril, Fatima, Granada, Lisbon, Madrid, Marbella, Nazare, Porto, Ronda, Salamanca, Seville, Sintra, Toledo
- Countries where the tour goes: PORTUGAL, SPAIN
- Nº days of the tour:
- Departure day of the tour: Monday
- Price: from 2045 €
- Tour code: 01371-12L000000-01-BCNMAD-EG
Please note that
Exceptionally, the itinerary and the order of the excursions could be altered and modified for organizational reasons. Depending on hotel availability or in case of last minute reservations, the provided hotels may be replaced by others of the same category (see list of planned hotels at Scheduled Hotels). During the journey from Barcelona to Madrid and during the stay in Madrid, there is no accompanying guide service. Local Lisbon tourist tax not included, to be paid directly at the hotel.