Route: Madrid Toledo Granada Cordoba Seville Evora Lisbon Fatima Coimbra Porto Salamanca Avila Segovia Madrid
Duration: 12 nights
Group Size: up to 50 people
Age Range:There is no age limit for this trip although the average age is between 40 and 70 and popular with couples or solo travellers.
Transport: You’ll travel by private luxury coach with air conditioning and free wifi.
Accommodation: 12 nights in specially selected hotels.
Activities: There’s plenty of included activities along the way, and lots more of optional activities to choose from should you opt for even more!
Meals: 12 breakfasts and 4 dinners.
Flexibility: Enquire to add extra nights of accommodation at the start and end of your trip.
Reviews: All independent reviews
Discover the very best of Spain and Portugal on this 13-day group tour, as you take in the expansive history, culture and of cuisine as you loop from Madrid down through Andalucia, up the Portuguese West Coast and back via Salamanca.
Popular with more experienced travellers of 35 and above, this group tour is perfect for anyone wanting to travel with like-minded people, whilst maintaining luxurious elements and a true ‘holiday’ feel.
You’ll be guided by a true local in one of our tour directors; someone who has visited all of these places and likely to have lived in a few of them too. They’ll be with you every step of the way to guide you to your accommodation, transport and be on hand to provide you with the best tips to make the most out of each place you visit.
We take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip!
A budget friendly tour of two culturally rich countries ticks all the boxes of how to best spend 12 nights away in Southern Europe.
From Madrid, you’ll head to Toledo, a treasure chest of art and historical architecture, which normally would keep you talking about it for days – if it wasn’t so soon followed up in Granada, with an included visit to the incredible Alhambra. You’ll soon learn that the Moors and their kings had a massive impact and influence, not only on Granada and the Alhambra. As you explore further Moorish architecture, you’ll find yourself hard pressed to choose your favourite destination in Andalucia, which also boasts the likes of historic Cordoba and stunning Seville too, as you work your way towards Portugal.
Once you’ve crossed the border, a local guide will show you the best of Lisbon, including the Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama; as well as Porto’s cathedral, which has a panoramic view over the port wine cellars on the banks of the Douro River. In addition to the tours in Lisbon and Porto, you’ll be able to enjoy guided sightseeing tours in Toledo, Granada, Seville, Madrid and Cordoba too – as well as loads of optional extra activities!
Your group will have it’s very own private, air-conditioned, luxury coach – fitted with Wi-Fi – to take you to each destination in style.
Euroventure are experts in European travel and can organise your travel from anywhere in Europe to the start city of your premium group tour and back again from the last city. Whether you want to get there and back as quickly and directly as possible or you prefer to have a rail holiday either-side of your tour, with Euroventure we can create a custom route for you.
This is an example route from London (but the possibilities across Europe are endless):
Outbound Route: London Direct Eurostar to Paris (2 nights in a hotel) Direct train to Barcelona (1 night in a hotel) Direct train to Madrid (2 nights in a hotel)
12 night tour of Spain and Portugal
Return Route: Madrid Direct train to Barcelona Direct train to Montpellier Train and then Eurostar to London
Make your way to The Hotel Praga in Madrid, drop your bags off and spend the day relaxing, exploring or sampling the local tapas before your tour gets underway that evening, when you meet your Tour Leader and fellow travellers.
The next morning, is a picturesque drive South, with the first stop being the incredible Toledo, to marvel at it’s ancient art and architecture and of course the Castle of San Servando. Once you’ve explored the walled Old Town, it’s back on the coach to another once-walled medieval city.
Luxury Coach to Granada, via Toledo
Once the Moors’ most treasured city – you’ll visit their crowning masterpiece of Andalucia, with an included tour of the Alhambra. With incredible views over the city, framed by the Sierra Navada range – make sure you take the time to properly appreciate the minute detailing in every single corner of these buildings – which despite being early on in your itinerary, are sure to be a highlight of the whole trip!
Once you’re back down the hill, explore the unique neighbourhoods of the city or simply get lost in the mazy streets – you’re almost guaranteed to stumble on a great tapas bar.
Luxury Coach to Cordoba
Another scenic drive towards Cordoba and a quick stop off at an olive farm to learn about their importance to the region – and of course sample some olive oil too. When you arrive in Cordoba, you’ll immediately be taken back by the different layers of history on display here – which are most apparent in the mesmirising Mezquita, which you’ll explore with a local guide.
Luxury Coach to Seville
The capital of Andalucia, and sure to be a highlight of the whole tour. The vibrant city of Seville is sure to keep you busy during your time here with no end of things to see and do. Kick off your stay with an included tour of the city, ticking off all of the highlights including La Giralda and Plaza de España. For more spectacular Moorish architecture, make sure you don’t miss visiting the Real Alcazar.
Once you’ve drank enough orange wine it’s time to head to Portugal!
Luxury Coach to Evora
A quick pit stop in the attractive Evora en route to Lisbon before eaching the capital, otherwise known as “Mistress of the Seas”. You’ll take a guided sightseeing tour and visit the famous landmarks of the Belem Tower, Moorish Citadel and Black Horse Square. At your own pace later on, explore the tiled-streets of the Alfama streets before enjoying the sun-set from one of the many rooftop bars.
Luxury Coach to Fátima
Once you’ve left Lisbon, you’ll visit Fatima to see its world-famous sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, before heading onto towards the Northern bank of the Douro River and checking into Porto.
Here, you’ll have the option to take a river cruise, or retire early with a glass of the local good stuff! The following morning, join a guided tour of the centre, see the historical cathedral and visit a Port wine cellar too.
Luxury Coach to Salamanca
Return to Spain and nature as you make your way through mountains and the scenic Douro Valley. You’ll arrive in the early evening – the perfect time for strolling around the Plaza Mayor and sitting down for a nice meal.
Luxury Coach to Ávila
After a visit to fortified Avila and another stop in Segovia – your trip will end back where you start in Madrid. You’ll take an included guided tour and spend your last evening with the group, as you reflect on the memories you’ve made together over the past 13 days.