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Iberian Explorer

13 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

This all-embracing exploration of Spain visits Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Costa Del Sol and more.

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13 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

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      • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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      About this trip

      Ramble up Las Ramblas and through the zesty Iberian peninsula, from Barcelona to Lisbon, Salamanca to Madrid. Enjoy delicious paella in Valencia, see the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix and the medieval quarter of Lisbon with its Belém Tower.


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      12 Nights

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      16 Meals
      • 12 buffet breakfasts

      • 4 three course dinners

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        • Barcelona
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc

        • Costa Del Sol
          Visit this renowned resort area

        • Fátima
          Visit the celebrated Shrine

        • Gibraltar
          Visit the famous rock of Gibraltar

        • Granada
          Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city

        • Guadix
          View the cave homes in "Barrio Troglodyte"

        • Lisbon
          View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist

        • Madrid
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain

        • Peñiscola
          See the ancient castle overlooking the beach

        • Salamanca
          Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor

        • Seville
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower

        • Valencia
          Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 buffet breakfasts

        • 4 three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Iberian Explorer

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Barcelona. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain's most cosmopolitan city.

      Hotel
      Novotel Sant Joan Despi

      2. Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

      Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to Montserrat.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

      Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

      Adult Price: €59.00

      Mystical Montserrat

      Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      3. Barcelona – Peñíscola – Valencia

      Drive through orange groves to Peñíscola and see the ancient castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue through the 'huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the Town Hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Quart, the cathedral and the modern 'City of Arts and Science' designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Abba Acteon

      4. Valencia – Guadix – Granada

      Travel southwest across the 'sierras' to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Macia Condor

      Optional Experiences

      Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

      Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.

      Adult Price: €35.00

      5. Granada – Costa del Sol

      This morning there is time to explore the city or participate in an Optional Experience suggested by your Travel Director. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol for free time or consider an excursion to Mijas, one of the famous hilltop villages.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Tryp Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda

      Optional Experiences

      Mijas Andalucian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

      Visit this charming hilltop village, perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, oval bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.

      Adult Price: €62.00

      6. Costa del Sol – Gibraltar – Seville (2 Nights)

      Enjoy a scenic coastal drive past Marbella to La Linea. Cross the border to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary apes and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through spectacular Andalucian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight you might like to experience a fiery flamenco show.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      MA Congresos

      Optional Experiences

      A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

      Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.

      Adult Price: €31.00

      Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town with a Drink

      Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      7. Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

      Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Explore the city at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to visit the elegant Moorish Alcazar and famous exhibition site of Plaza America. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Discover The Origin Of "Tapas" & Evening In Old Seville

      Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

      On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

      Adult Price: €38.00

      Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

      After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialities, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

      Adult Price: €69.00

      8. Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

      Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with music.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Altis Park

      Optional Experiences

      Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

      An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

      Adult Price: €65.00

      Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

      Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      9. Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

      See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure in Lisbon or maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Queluz, Cascais and Estoril.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

      Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

      We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

      Adult Price: €46.00

      10. Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

      A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

      11. Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. This afternoon your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. This evening why not visit one of Madrid's many fine restaurants where you have the chance to try some of the local dishes?

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Tryp Leganes

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

      This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

      Adult Price: €61.00

      12. Madrid Free Day

      An entire day to explore the city. You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an Optional Experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

      Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craftwork.

      Adult Price: €44.00

      13. Depart Madrid

      Say 'adios' to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Barcelona
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc

        • Costa Del Sol
          Visit this renowned resort area

        • Fátima
          Visit the celebrated Shrine

        • Gibraltar
          Visit the famous rock of Gibraltar

        • Granada
          Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city

        • Guadix
          View the cave homes in "Barrio Troglodyte"

        • Lisbon
          View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist

        • Madrid
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain

        • Peñiscola
          See the ancient castle overlooking the beach

        • Salamanca
          Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor

        • Seville
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower

        • Valencia
          Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall, Towers of Serrano and Quart and City of Arts and Sciences


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 buffet breakfasts

        • 4 three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 221 Reviews

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        Service rating : Great Tour guide who had everything organised.Product : The itinerary was good. It allowed us to see some wonderful cities in a short time frame. - Only concern is maybe too many cities in too short a time frame

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        Service rating : Trafalgar were very good at keeping me informed of any changes and ensured I had all relevant informationProduct : Our travel director Trent was brilliant, well informed and friendly. I woukd gladly travel with him again.I look forward to traveling with Costsaver again.

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        Service rating : Our tour guide, Trent Plaine, went out of his way to ensure everyone had the best possible experience of each country.Product : It was the only tour offered by various companies that went to the places I wanted to see.

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        Service rating : Good value for money, the itinerary delivered what we expected. Excellent Tour Director and DriverProduct : Covered what we expected, had great fun doing this trip

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        Service rating : The places visited were on our bucket list. Was impressed with our tour guide (Trent) and driver (Antonio). Was clear with the programme of the day. Was just not always impressed with the other guides and optional tours.Product : Value for money. Enjoy our trip. Just wish we

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