Iberian Explorer

13 days

from $115 pppd

Trip available from May 2017 to Oct 2017.
"The experience was superb"
Alton , Jun 2014

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.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
SPAN

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Trip 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 13.

    DEPART MADRID

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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

Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts

  • 4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Barcelona

  • Mystical Montserrat

    Adult Price: €40.00 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.
  • Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

    Adult Price: €59.00 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.

Granada

  • Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

    Adult Price: €35.00 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.

Costa del Sol

  • Mijas Andalucian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

    Adult Price: €62.00 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.

Gibraltar

  • A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

    Adult Price: €31.00 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.

Seville

  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

    Adult Price: €40.00 Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian 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.
  • Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

    Adult Price: €69.00 After a three-course dinner of Andalusian 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.
  • Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

    Adult Price: €53.00 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.

Lisbon

  • Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation

    Adult Price: €53.00 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.
  • Portuguese Fado, Folklore and Dinner

    Adult Price: €65.00 An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

    Adult Price: €46.00 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.
  • Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

    Adult Price: €53.00 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.

Madrid

  • Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

    Adult Price: €61.00 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.
  • Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

    Adult Price: €44.00 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.
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