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Portugal & Spain From Madrid - 13 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Journey from Madrid to take in the best of Spain and Portugal on this 13-day escorted group tour. Discover the former capital of Toledo, beautiful Seville, the popular northern pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela and Granada, home to the mighty Alhambra. In Portugal, explore the capital of Lisbon independently, discover pretty Porto and make stops in Braga, Guimaraes, and much more.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Toledo - Explore the medieval cobbled streets of the former capital of Spain and explore independently
Granada - Discover the Alhambra palace and fortress dating back to the 13th Century, and visit the adjacent Generalife Gardens
Lisbon - Uncover the secrets of the Portuguese capital as you sightsee at leisure
Coimbra - Join a guided tour of the University Library at this world famous institution
La Mezquita - Take an included visit to this elaborate mosque, known for its numerous arches
Seville - Delve into this charming city with a free day to take in the highlights independently
Porto - Wander this delightful city independently, with time to sightsee, cruise the Douro River and sample local port wine
Santiago de Compostela - See the sights independently or opt for a half-day tour to Cape Finisterre

Included

12 breakfasts
Escorted by an English-speaking guide
Entrance to La Mezquita with audio guide included
Visit of Olive Oil Farm with olive oil tasting
Visit to Muelle de las Carabelas in Huelva
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
12 nights in a 3-4 star hotels
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach with a local driver
Fortaleza de la Mota entrance with audio guide included
Entrance to the Alhambra with audio guide included
Entrance to Coimbra University Library and El Escorial
Tourist taxes

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
Optional activities & additional attractions unless specified above

Itinerary

Day 1

Madrid

Madrid - Toledo - Cordoba. Departing from the heart of Spain, we head south to explore the former capital of the country, Toledo. Perched on a hill, Toledo offers a picturesque view of the Tajo River. Once known as the 'City of Three Cultures' for its harmonious blend of Muslim mosques, Jewish synagogues, and Christian cathedrals, Toledo invites visitors to immerse themselves in its ambiance by strolling through its charming cobbled streets.

As we journey through Castilla-La Mancha, we traverse the landscapes that inspired the adventures of the iconic literary hero, Don Quixote. Along the way, a stop at Despeñaperros Natural Park marks the entrance to the region of Andalucía.

Upon arriving in Córdoba, a bustling city awaits, adorned with vibrant squares and captivating architecture.

Please note: Pick up for this tour is at 8:15 on day 1 (tour departs at 8:30) - Madrid Pick Up Point, Hotel Porcel Ganivet, Madrid.
Overnight: Cordoba

Day 2

La Mezquita & Fortaleza de la Mota

Cordoba - Granada. In the morning, seize the opportunity to explore La Mezquita, an impressive mosque crafted by the Moors in Spain. This renowned landmark boasts numerous rows of beautifully adorned arches and a tranquil interior. What sets it apart is its sheer size, so vast that a cathedral has been constructed inside it.

Following our visit, we'll traverse rolling hills adorned with olive trees, their striking silvery-gray-green leaves signaling our entry into the province of Jaén, famed for its olive oil production.

Continuing our journey, we'll head south to the ruins of Fortaleza de la Mota, a fortress perched atop a hill. By early evening, we'll arrive in Granada, where we'll be based for the next two nights.
Overnight: Granada  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Alhambra

Commence our day in the enchanting city of Granada, where we are greeted by the breathtaking Alhambra, Europe's most sensual palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site, initially a fortress transformed into a palace, will captivate us with its beauty, transporting us to the tales of 1,001 Nights.

In the afternoon, venture into the intriguing Barrio de las Cuevas of Gaudix, also known as the neighborhood of house caves. Immerse ourselves in the history and evolution of this complex maze of homes by visiting the Gaudix Cave Dwellings Interpretation Centre, housed inside several original cave dwellings. Gain insights into the unique lifestyle of the inhabitants and delve into the rich heritage of this fascinating neighborhood.

Before returning to Granada, seize a moment to capture the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountains with a photo stop. Once back in Granada, make the most of our evening by exploring the city's tapas restaurants and savoring its culinary delights.

Please note that the itinerary may be reversed at times, with the visit to the Alhambra taking place in the afternoon.
Overnight: Granada  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Astonishing Andalucia

Granada - Ronda - Seville. Today's itinerary is dedicated to exploring various facets of Andalucía. We kick off by heading west towards El Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve nestled in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. This extraordinary location boasts breathtaking limestone formations, sculpted over millions of years.

Continuing our adventure, we delve into the landscapes of Malaga's 'Lake District' before reaching the town of Ronda. Perched on a steep cliff of the El Tajo Gorge, this enchanting commune captivates with its literary connections and a rich history steeped in outlaw tales. A leisurely stroll along the city walls, exploration of picturesque plazas, and a delightful lunch are in store.

Before our journey to Seville, we have the chance to visit an olive oil farm, delving into the production of Spain's renowned 'liquid gold.'

As we cast a final glance over the stunning Andalusian countryside, we embark on our journey to Seville, where the next two nights will be spent.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Seville free time

Today, the day is yours to shape as you prefer. One option is to explore the 80 chapels at the Seville Cathedral and marvel at La Giralda. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along the Guadalquivir riverbank, appreciating the historic Torre del Oro, a military tower dating back to the 13th century. Another option is to join a half-day tour to Jerez de la Frontera, a charming town renowned for its sherry and Spanish brandy production. Regardless of your choice, the evening invites you to enjoy a relaxing walk through the grand Plaza de España, surrounded by beautiful arches. However, be warned that the city offers hypnotic Flamenco performances, delicious tapas, and lively bars that can keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Journey to Lisbon

Seville - Tavira (Portugal) - Lisbon. Bid farewell to Seville and relish the final glimpses of the captivating Andalusian countryside as we venture west towards Costa de la Luz, an enchanting destination renowned for its abundant sunlight and stunning sandy beaches. Along the way, we pause in Huelva, a seaside city where Christopher Columbus meticulously planned his historic expedition to discover a western sea route to China and India. Immerse ourselves in history and visit the fascinating waterfront exhibition known as Muelle de las Carabelas, where life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships await our exploration.

Continuing our journey, we cross the Portuguese border and make a stop in Tavira, nestled in the charming region of Algarve. This picturesque town, situated on the delightful River Gilão, emanates a magnetic allure that beckons us to uncover its hidden treasures. Meander through the quaint cobblestone streets, traverse an ancient Roman bridge, and indulge in our first taste of authentic Portuguese cuisine.

As we bid adieu to the glorious landscapes of Algarve, we venture northward and arrive in the laid-back city of Lisbon.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Lisbon free time

Today is completely free for you to explore Lisbon how you wish. You could discover Alfama, the oldest part of the city, or take in the beautiful Moorish castle of Sao Jorge. You may also wish to ride one of Lisbon's iconic yellow trams, or head to the waterfront for a sunny stroll. Enjoy some authentic local dishes for dinner this evening before we get ready to resume our journey tomorrow!

Please note: In Lisbon, some members of your group may be ending their tour, and others may join. You may also meet a new guide for the next part of your trip, and change vehicle.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Obidos, Coimbra & Porto

Lisbon - Obidos - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto. Today kicks off with a visit to Óbidos, a charming walled town just a short distance away. Explore interesting sights such as the sturdy walls of the Moorish Castle, cobbled shopping lanes, and enjoy a unique experience of sipping Ginjinha d'Óbidos, a sweet liqueur served in a chocolate cup.

Continuing north, we'll reach Coimbra, a former capital of Portugal and home to one of the world's oldest universities, established in the 13th century. Take the opportunity to explore this magnificent institution before treating ourselves to local cuisine for lunch.

The journey then leads to Aveiro, a town resembling a little Venice with picturesque canals and art-nouveau architecture.

Our final destination is Porto, where we'll be staying for the next two nights. Despite a day filled with exploration, consider taking a leisurely walk to a sunset spot in this multi-tiered town.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Porto free time

Today presents a choice: either take it easy and explore the charming city of Porto at your own pace, with an optional Douro River cruise and wine tasting. Alternatively, join our optional mini-coach tour of the Douro Valley. Both options offer an enjoyable experience.

Opting for the half-day excursion means a journey to Pinhão by coach, where you can embark on a river cruise aboard a traditional rabelo boat. In this quaint town celebrated for its port production, relish the delightful local wine and soak in the breathtaking views. En route back to Porto, we'll pause at Mesão Frio viewpoint, providing stunning panoramas of the Douro River and its surroundings.

The remainder of the day is yours to delve further into the city's offerings, savoring its wines and cuisine at your leisure. For enthusiasts of live music, don't miss the opportunity to catch a performance of Fado, Portugal’s soul-stirring traditional music.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Braga & Guimaraes to Santiago de Compostela

Porto - Braga - Guimaraes - Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Departing from Porto, we head north to Braga to explore the esteemed Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a site of religious, cultural, and architectural significance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019, situated at the base of Mount Espinho, boasts an elaborate Baroque staircase adorned with granite fountains and statues. At the summit, a neoclassical church offers breathtaking views of the city. You can reach the top by purchasing a ticket for the special elevator or challenging yourself with the nearly-600 steps on foot.

Next on the itinerary is Guimarães, often hailed as the 'birthplace of Portugal.' The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, providing an opportunity to explore the city and enjoy a leisurely lunch. For a deeper insight into the life of the Braganza Dukes during the 15th and 16th centuries, consider a visit to the Palace of Braganza.

The adventure then crosses the border into Spain, with Santiago de Compostela as the destination. Known as a globally renowned pilgrimage site, you'll spend two nights in this historic city.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Santiago Compostela free time

Today, you have the option to explore Santiago de Compostela at your leisure or join us on an exciting optional adventure. Opting for our trip, we'll start by driving along the Costa da Morte, also known as 'the Coast of Death.' Despite its ominous name, it once gained notoriety for shipwrecks. Our first stop is the charming town of Noia, followed by a coffee break in Muros.

We'll then visit Playa de Carnota, Galicia's largest beach, for a photo opportunity. Next, we'll venture to the Ézaro waterfall, offering a short walk and a unique sight of the river cascading directly into the sea. After marveling at the waterfall, we'll head to Cape Finisterre, often called the 'End of the World,' believed by ancient civilizations to be the edge of the earth. Take time to admire the lighthouse and gaze out at the wild Atlantic Ocean. Our next stop is the picturesque town of Muxía, known for its historic harbor. It's a perfect opportunity to relish the region's famous fresh seafood and observe the departure of ships. Upon returning to Santiago de Compostela, you'll have the evening to indulge in Galician specialties or marvel at the renowned cathedral, standing above the remains of St. James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Lugo, Las Medulas & Salamanca

Santiago de Compostela - Lugo - Salamanca. Commence our day by visiting Lugo, renowned for its stunning cathedral and inviting atmosphere. Notably, Lugo boasts fully intact Roman city walls, a unique feature making it the only place globally where we can immerse ourselves in this ancient experience. Take a leisurely stroll along the defenses and step into the shoes of Roman Legionnaires.

Continuing our journey in the footsteps of the ancient Romans, we'll reach Las Médulas. This extraordinary landscape showcases peculiar red pinnacles and mountain holes, creating an otherworldly ambiance. Formed by the Romans during their quest for gold through earth excavation, these formations invite exploration. Enjoy our lunch in this remarkable setting before heading to Salamanca for an overnight stay.

Salamanca, a city adorned with the treasures of the Spanish Golden Age, awaits. Its architectural marvels and vibrant atmosphere make it an essential destination. Moreover, the city boasts a thriving culinary scene, inviting us to indulge in delightful local cuisine.
Overnight: Salamanca

Day 13

Avila, El Escorial & Madrid

Salamanca - Avila - Madrid. In the morning, we'll have the chance to appreciate the beautiful golden-hued landmarks of Salamanca's Old Town and university. Alternatively, for those who enjoyed the famous nightlife the previous night, a more leisurely morning is an option.

Before our departure, let's take one last look at the stunning architecture of the city as we continue our journey through the vast plains of Castile and León.

On our way, we'll make a stop for lunch and provide everyone with some free time to explore the city of Ávila. Following this, we'll visit El Escorial, the impressive residence of the Spanish Royals and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Having immersed ourselves in the cultural riches of Spain, we'll arrive in Madrid in the evening, where our tour ends.

Please note: Drop off for this tour is at 19:30 - Madrid Drop Off, Hotel Porcel Ganivet, Madrid.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 1 person. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The Single Room price applies for solo travellers who require their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
15 Jul - 27 Jul 20% off
USD $5,515
USD $4,412
USD $6,565
USD $5,252
29 Jul - 10 Aug 20% off
USD $5,515
USD $4,412
USD $6,565
USD $5,252
09 Sep - 21 Sep 20% off
USD $5,665
USD $4,532
USD $6,805
USD $5,444
23 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
USD $5,665
USD $4,532
USD $6,805
USD $5,444
21 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
USD $5,515
USD $4,412
USD $6,565
USD $5,252
04 Nov - 16 Nov 20% off
USD $5,645
USD $4,516
USD $6,875
USD $5,500

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Eurostars Conquistador, Cordoba

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set on the Guadalquivir River, the Hotel Eurostars Conquistador offers an enchanting retreat in the heart of Andalusia's historical gem. Located just steps away from the iconic Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and the enchanting Jewish Quarter, this hotel provides a prime location for exploring the city's rich cultural heritage. Rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, with modern amenities such as TV, minibar, and A/C. The hotel also features a restaurant serving Spanish cuisine and a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views. The Eurostars Conquistador ensures a memorable stay in this historic city.

Hotel Porcel Alixares, Granada

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Alixares is located just a stone's throw away from the breathtaking Alhambra palace and fortress complex. The hotel is nestled in a peaceful residential area, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering panoramic views of the city and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rooms are spacious and elegantly designed, with ensuite bathrooms, wooden flooring and modern amenities. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi connection, a swimming pool, fitness centre, and a sauna. Hotel Alixares also boasts an on-site restaurant that serves delicious traditional Andalusian cuisine, as well as a cafe, bar and a summer terrace with barbecue.

Hotel Macia Sevilla Kubb, Seville

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Found in the vibrant heart of Seville, the Hotel Macia Sevilla Kubb offers a captivating blend of modern comfort and Andalusian charm. Located near the historic city centre, it's within walking distance of iconic landmarks like the Giralda and the Alcazar. The hotel provides a variety of well-designed rooms, each offering a comfortable and stylish retreat with modern amenities such as a television, A/C, and en-suite. Guests can enjoy a peaceful night's rest after a day of exploration. Hotel amenities include a restaurant serving delectable Spanish cuisine and a rooftop pool with panoramic views. With its central location and contemporary comforts, Hotel Macia Sevilla Kubb is the ideal base for a memorable stay in Seville.

Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Grande Hotel do Porto, a historic gem, is centrally located in the heart of Porto, Portugal. Its prime position allows guests to immerse themselves in the city's rich culture, with landmarks like the Livraria Lello and the Ribeira district just a stroll away. The rooms have a bright and vibrant design which perfectly represent the feel of the surrounding city. They feature an en-suite bathroom, A/C, a television and city views. Grande Hotel do Porto boasts an on-site restaurant and a fully stocked bar. With its historic ambiance and convenient location, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring the enchanting city of Porto.

Hotel Gelmirez, Santiago de Compostela

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Gelmirez is a haven of comfort in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Located within walking distance of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Hotel Gelmirez offers a blend of modern amenities and traditional Galician hospitality. Rooms are designed for relaxation and feature all the comforts guests need for a restful night's sleep. After a day of exploration, guests can unwind in the cosy lounge or enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which serves delightful Galician cuisine as well as a buffet breakfast.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Madrid
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11
Countries
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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