Ultimate Spain & Portugal    *alt*

21 days, from £2719
G Adventures
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Description

As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 21 days. Make ?em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture, and idyllic countryside. Here, you?ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebasti?n, and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe?s greatest two-for-one deal!

What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona
Hands-On: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logro?o. Lisbon orientation walk. Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner. Batalha gothic monastery entrance and visit. Porto orientation walk. Port wine cellars visit and tasting. Granada orientation walk. Albaicin quarter visit. Alhambra guided tour. Seville orientation walk. Flamenco show performance. Mezquita Mosque and Jewish quarter visit in Cordoba. Free time in Valencia. Free time in Barcelona. "Casa rural" stay with traditional meals (Pyrenees). Bilbao day trip. Wine tasting in the Rioja region. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, listen to fado music and learn to Flamenco dance, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included: 17 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport: Public bus, train, walking.

Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Max Pax: 16

Travel Style:Classic

Physical Grading:2 - Light

Itinerary


 Day 1 Lisbon

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


 Day 2 Lisbon (1B, 1D)

In the afternoon opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this.

Included Activities:
Bel?m District Visit
Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal


 Day 3 Lisbon/Coimbra (1B)

Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra.

Included Activities:
Batalha Monastery Visit

Transport:
Local bus
Local bus


 Day 4 Coimbra (1B)

Explore Coimbra today. Opt for a guided tour of its famous university or enjoy the day exploring the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars.


 Day 5 Coimbra/Porto (1B)

Free morning in Coimbra. Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local train


 Day 6 Porto (1B)

Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolh?o Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit S?o Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Pal?cio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

In the evening, become an Port wine connoisseur with a visit to the cellars and a port wine tasting.

Included Activities:
Port Wine Cellar Visit


 Day 7 Porto/Madrid

Transfer to Madrid in the morning. Arrive in the late afternoon with free time to explore this lively city.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Transport:
Local bus
Local train


 Day 8 Madrid/Granada (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival in Granada. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Albaic?n (El Albayz?n) Visit

Transport:
Local train


 Day 9 Granada (1B)

After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the historic town.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

Included Activities:
Alhambra Guided Tour


 Day 10 Granada/Seville (1B)

Head towards Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalucia. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Flamenco Show

Transport:
None


 Day 11 Seville (1B)

Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alc?zar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter? a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.

Seville is home to the world?s largest gothic cathedral ? climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueol?gico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de Mar?a Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alc?zar of Seville.


 Day 12 Seville/Valencia (1B)

Visit Cordoba's famous Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral. After, stroll through Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish Quarter. Continue onwards to Valencia and opt for a traditional paella dinner.

Included Activities:
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
Mezquita de C?rdoba (Mosque) Visit

Transport:
Local bus
Local train


 Day 13 Valencia/Barcelona (1B)

Enjoy the morning in Valencia before travelling to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant youth followed by a group dinner to round out the day.

Additional Notes:
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park G?ell, Casa Batll?, and Casa Mil?.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner

Transport:
Local bus


 Day 14 Barcelona

Get out and explore all that Barcelona has to offer, or choose to journey further afield to the surrounding beaches and countryside to get a true taste of Catalan life.

Additional Notes:
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos


 Day 15 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape.

Transport:
Local bus
Private Vehicle


 Day 16 Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.


 Day 17 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)

Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 18 San Sebastian (1B)

The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebasti?n didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer.

Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat!

Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebasti?n without trying the famous jamon iberico.

The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo ? half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus
Local bus


 Day 19 Bilbao/Logro?o (1B)

With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city.

Included Activities:
Rioja Region Wine Tasting

Transport:
Local bus


 Day 20 Logro?o/Madrid

Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

Transport:
Local bus


 Day 21 Madrid (1B)

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.


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