Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine ? the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you?ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness Gaud?s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we?ve only just begun.
What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner, Barcelona. 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. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Savour traditional Portuguese food in Lisbon?s oldest neighbourhood, Taste coastal Porto?s famous export in a port wine cellar, Soak in the lively atmosphere and scenery of Madrid, Discover Seville?s Moorish influence, Learn to make tapas in Barcelona
Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
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.
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: 15
Physical Grading:2 - Light
➕ Day 1 Lisbon
Arrive at any time.
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.
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.
Batalha Monastery Visit
➕ 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.
➕ 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.
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.
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.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
➕ 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.
Albaic?n (El Albayz?n) Visit
➕ 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.
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.
➕ 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.
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.
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
Mezquita de C?rdoba (Mosque) Visit
➕ 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.
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?.
Espai Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner
➕ Day 14 Barcelona (1B)