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Perfect Portugal & Southern Spain - 14 days map

This two week tour of Spain and Portugal sets off from Madrid, visiting Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, the Costa del Sol and more. Cruise the Douro River and taste local Port wine in a Porto wine cellar. Visit the mosque-cathedral of La Mezquita in Cordoba and the second-largest cathedral in the Catholic world in Seville. Admire the mountains of Andalusia and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, sample organic local olive oil and explore the Alhambra palace in Granada. Watch a traditional Flamenco show, visit hilltop Toledo and end your journey back in the Spanish capital.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Madrid - See the modern and historic highlights of the city on a guided tour and enjoy free time to further explore independently
Lisbon - See the fortified Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoverers on a city tour, and enjoy free time in the historic Alfama Quarter
Seville - Visit the second largest cathedral in the Catholic world and take in the highlights of the Andalusian capital on a city tour
Malaga (in 2025) - Take a guided our of this coastal Costa del Sol gem and visit its historic landmarks
Porto - Cruise the Spanish Fjords and the Douro River through the city, then visit the Port wine cellars to sample a local tipple
Cordoba - Explore this historic Roman city and enjoy an included visit to La Mezquita, a sprawling mosque-cathedral
Costa del Sol (in 2024) - Spend a night on the Costa del Sol, a popular European holiday destination
Granada - Discover the Alhambra palace and fortress dating back to the 13th Century, and visit the adjacent Generalife Gardens

Included

13 breakfasts , 1 lunch & 3 dinners
Escorted by an English-speaking Spanish or Portuguese tour leader with the services of local guides for city sightseeing
Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi and audio headsets
Douro River Cruise & wine tasting in Porto
Entrance to Cordoba Mosque, Seville Cathedral & Alhambra
Flamenco experience in Granada (including dinner)
13 nights 4-star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 14
Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Granada & Toledo (in 2024) Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Cordoba, Seville, Granada & Malaga in 2025. Aveiro canals moliceiro boat trip and sherry wine tasting with light lunch in Jerez also included in 2025
2024 Fado show in Lisbon (including dinner), 2025 Fado show in Porto (including dinner)
Olive oil tasting
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights and visas
City tax of approximately €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (approx €8 in total per person). To be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on check out!
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Spain!

Bienvenido! Welcome to Madrid! You will be collected at the airport and transferred to our hotel, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Madrid

Day 2

Madrid sightseeing

Today we explore the Spanish capital on a coach tour. We take in highlights of the city including the historic Barrio de la Morería region, Habsburgs District, Puerta del Sol central square, Plaza Mayor and the Neptuno Fountains. These are dedicated to Neptune, a Roman water god. In the more modern part of the city we see the Salamanca district, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste. We also see the Santiago Bernabeu, the football stadium of Real Madrid, the most successful European club.

After the tour, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. There's an included Welcome Dinner this evening at an authentic Tapas restaurant.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Salamanca & Porto

Madrid - Salamanca - Porto (Portugal). Departing Madrid after breakfast, we make a stop in the university city of Salamanca, with free time to enjoy a stroll around. After our visit, we cross the border into Portugal and complete our drive to Porto. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto is located along the Douro River estuary and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Exploring Porto

Today is spent exploring Porto with a number of included activities. We enjoy a guided city tour, taking in highlights such as the Cathedral, Stock Exchange and Santa Clara Church. We also take a cruise on the Douro River, which runs through the heart of Porto. And we visit one of the riverfront Port Wine Cellars, with included tasting of this local drink.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Porto rather than Lisbon.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Coimbra & Fatima

Porto - Coimbra - Fatima. Departing Porto after breakfast, our first stop today is in Coimbra. This riverfront city is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, which was established in 1290. It was also the birthplace of Fado music. There's free time to explore.

We complete our drive to Fatima, another important site in Christianity. It is here, at the Cova da Iria that the Virgin Mary appeared before three local shepherd children - Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, who are buried at the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, the country's most important pilgrimage site. Tonight, we may be able to attend the candlelit procession at around 22:00. 2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our visit to Fatima will be replaced with a visit to Aveiro and we will overnight in Coimbra. Please see trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Fatima (in 2024), Coimbra (in 2025)  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Batalha, Nazare & Lisbon

Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Alcobaca - Lisbon. This morning we visit the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery, a 14th Century Gothic masterpiece, built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. We then enjoy some free time in the quaint fishing village of Nazare before arriving in Alcobaca, where we can see the even older 12th Century monastery located here. This is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. After admiring the monastery, we complete our journey to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The evening is at leisure.

2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our departure will be from Coimbra instead of Fatima.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 7

The best of Lisbon

Our day starts with a city sightseeing tour, taking in many of Lisbon's highlights. We see the city's main plazas, the fortified Belem Tower, Jeronimo's Monastery, the Monument to the Discoverers and the Marquis of Pombal Square roundabout.

The afternoon is free, and we recommend you head into the Alfama Quarter, the oldest part of Lisbon. Crowned by the Sao Jorge Castle, this part of the city features narrow alleyways and colourful 'tabernas'. Tonight, there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Lisbon.

2025 itinerary change:In 2025 the included Fado dinner will be in Porto not Lisbon.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Caceres & Cordoba

Lisbon - Caceres (Spain) - Cordoba. Departing Lisbon, we cross the border back into Spain and the southern region of Andalusia. We make a stop in Caceres, home to a fascinating UNESCO-listed Old Town. Caceres is known for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. There's time for a walk through the Plaza Mayor Square and the Old Town. We then climb back on board our coach and complete the journey to Cordoba, where the evening is at leisure.

2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our visit to Caceres will be replaced with a visit to Merida. Please see the trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Cordoba  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cordoba tour & Seville

Cordoba - Seville. This morning we tour Cordoba, an important Roman city that was also an Islamic centre during the Middle Ages. The most important landmark here is the sprawling La Mezquita mosque-cathedral, which dates back to 988 AD. Entrance to the mosque is included on our tour and we also take a stroll through the Jewish Quarter before departing the city and travelling south-west to Seville, capital of Andalusia.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Seville

Today we explore Seville on a guided tour. Entrance to the city's cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world, is included. We also visit the Santa Cruz Quarter, where the famous opera 'Carmen' is largely set. Wander through Maria Luisa Park and the picturesque Plaza Espana. After our tour, the afternoon is free for you to further explore Seville at your own pace.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Ronda & the Costa del Sol

Seville - Ronda - Costa del Sol. Leaving Seville after breakfast, we pass through quaint Andalusian villages and make a stop in the picturesque mountain-top town of Ronda, where there is free time to explore and admire the view of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Continuing our journey, we stop at a local Almazara, olive oil mill. Here we can walk through the olive groves and taste some of the delicious organic olive oil produced here. We then reach the stunning Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol, where we will usually stay in Malaga or Torremolinos. The evening is at leisure.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 we make a stop in Jerez before and overnight in Ronda. Please refer to the trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Costa del Sol (2024), Ronda (2025)  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Granada & the Alhambra

Costa del Sol - Granada. Today we travel to Granada and enjoy an included visit to the Alhambra complex. This famous 13th century palace and fortress is one of the best-preserved examples of early Islamic architecture anywhere in the world, as well as being home to important Spanish Renaissance architecture. We'll tour Alhambra and the adjacent Generalife Palace and Gardens. The gardens have historically inspired many authors, including Washington Irving. This American author wrote his Tales of the Alhambra in 1832 whilst visiting the area.

Back in the city, there is some free time before we enjoy an included group dinner and Flamenco show.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 we depart from Ronda and stop for a city tour of Malaga on the Costa del Sol, before reaching Granada. Please refer to the trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Granada  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Toledo & back to Madrid

Granada - Toledo - Madrid. We return to the Spanish capital of Madrid today, stopping in the imperial hilltop city of Toledo en route. This picturesque location is surrounded by the Tagus River and is protected by UNESCO. It's also something of a confluence of culture, with Christians, Jews and Muslims having lived side by side for centuries. We enjoy a short tour of the historic Old Town before completing our journey back to the Spanish capital, where the evening is at leisure.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 we will tour the Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens before travelling back to Madrid. A stop will not be made in Toledo. Please refer to the trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Farewell Espana

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before our tour comes to an end. There is an included transfer to the airport.
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
30 Jun - 13 Jul 19% off G
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
07 Jul - 20 Jul 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
11 Aug - 24 Aug 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
08 Sep - 21 Sep 19% off
CAD $8,085
CAD $6,549
CAD $10,515
CAD $8,517
15 Sep - 28 Sep 19% off G
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
22 Sep - 05 Oct 19% off G
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
29 Sep - 12 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
06 Oct - 19 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
13 Oct - 26 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
20 Oct - 02 Nov 19% off G
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
27 Oct - 09 Nov 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Apr - 19 Apr 19% off
CAD $8,085
CAD $6,549
CAD $10,515
CAD $8,517
13 Apr - 26 Apr 19% off
CAD $8,085
CAD $6,549
CAD $10,515
CAD $8,517
04 May - 17 May 19% off
CAD $8,085
CAD $6,549
CAD $10,515
CAD $8,517
11 May - 24 May 19% off
CAD $8,085
CAD $6,549
CAD $10,515
CAD $8,517
01 Jun - 14 Jun 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
08 Jun - 21 Jun 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
06 Jul - 19 Jul 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
24 Aug - 06 Sep 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
14 Sep - 27 Sep 19% off G
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
21 Sep - 04 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
05 Oct - 18 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
12 Oct - 25 Oct 19% off
CAD $7,595
CAD $6,152
CAD $10,025
CAD $8,120
02 Nov - 15 Nov 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
14 Dec - 27 Dec 19% off
CAD $7,075
CAD $5,731
CAD $9,405
CAD $7,618
2026
Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985
CAD $9,015
CAD $11,985

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 Riu Plaza Espana, Madrid

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Housed in the striking red and white Edificio Espana building in the centre of Madrid, the 4-star Riu Plaza Espana boasts an outdoor swimming pool on the 21st floor, free Wi-Fi throughout, a fitness centre and a sky bar offering sweeping vistas of the city. All rooms come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, mini-fridge and air-conditioning. Buffet breakfast is served in the onsite restaurant and travellers can tuck into authentic Tapas at the El Eden Gastrobar a la carte restaurant. This hotel is located on the Gran Via, often referred to as the 'Spanish Broadway', with a host of shopping and dining opportunities at hand. It is also an easy walk to the Royal Palace.

BessaHotel Boavista, Porto

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in Porto's popular Boavista district, the BessaHotel Boavista is just a few minute's walk from the Casa da Musica concert hall and other attractions. Bright and spacious guest rooms offer private bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and TV. There is an onsite gym and dining options include the BRestaurant & Bar, where Head Chef Vitor de Matos serves impeccable Iberian cuisine. Breakfast is served buffet style and there is also an outdoor terrace serving an array of cocktails and regional Douro Valley wines. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered.

Hotel Santa Maria, Fatima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A 2-minute walk from the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, Hotel Santa Maria has been contemporarily designed, with tall glasswork allowing plenty of light into the hotel. Displaying works by artists including Pedro Calapez, Silvia Patrício and Inês Carrelhas, the hotel also features a tranquil garden, restaurant serving local cuisine, and a bar. Views of the Sanctuary can be admired from the upper floor terrace. Rooms are air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi and carpeted floors.

Smart Design Hotel Lutecia, Lisbon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This recently renovated hotel features 9 themed floors, with rooms and corridors decorated in varying contemporary patterns and pastel hues. Smart Design Hotel Lutecia is located just 200m from the nearest metro station, giving guests quick and easy access to different parts of the city. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as design chairs, smart TV's and espresso coffee machines. In the morning enjoy an expansive buffet breakfast.

Hesperia Cordoba, Cordoba

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located on the peaceful banks of the Guadalquivir River, Hesperia Cordoba offers views of Cordoba's two main attractions, La Mezquita and the Alcazar and is just a 7-minute walk from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a rooftop pool, garden and complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Rooms at the hotel all come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and satellite TV. Decor is classic white, as is commonplace in southern Spain. As well as an onsite restaurant, there is a rooftop bar serving drinks until 23:30.

Melia Lebreros, Seville

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A stylish hotel located in Seville's commercial district, Melia Lebreros was extensively refurbished recently and modern, elegant decor is visible throughout. Rooms offer air-conditioning, wood panelled flooring, minibar, flat screen TV and ensuite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Facilities include an outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. Local and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the Mosaico Restaurant and local dishes are served in a traditional atmosphere at La Taberna la Dehesa. There is also an onsite bar.

Sol Don Pablo, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Sol Don Pablo is located in the resort town of Torremolinos, just 200 metres from Bajondillo Beach and a host of seafront bars, restaurants and shops. As well as its proximity to the ocean, the hotel boasts two outdoor pools and a hot tub, making it the perfect place to enjoy the fine weather of the Costa del Sol. Air-conditioned guest rooms come equipped with balconies and ensuite bathrooms and there is an onsite buffet restaurant and pool bar. A variety of evening entertainment is also offered for guests to enjoy, as is complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hotel Catalonia Granada, Granada

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Granada, the Catalonia hotel offers sleek and modern guest rooms with smart TV, private bathrooms, minibar and desk. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop sun terrace. Buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant, and there is an onsite Gastrobar open from 11am to 11pm, serving a variety of snacks and Mediterranean dishes.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Both Alex our guide and Lorenzo our bus driver were good and always prepared to answer any questions or help .

Some feedback though

1. Sightseeing in Madrid - a lot of it is on the bus . Plus no introductions between group members until after the tour and us the guests ourselves introduced ourselves to each other .

2. Hotel in Madrid whilst lovely to far from Centre of town . Plus original trip notes indicated it would be centrally so disappointing..

3. The town guide in Toledo wasn’t very informative and the walk was extremely slow, making it uninteresting for all . So not sure if required . Furthermore if this is going to continue it should be done when we first arrive , not after our 2.5 hrs of free time .,

4. Dinner in Lisbon with Faldo show was not very good . Many of the group also commented on it , plus dessert not served before we left as they were behind schedule.

5. Would have preferred to stay in Nazaré instead of Fátima , but understand driving restrictions may be the concern with this . Others in group also said the same thing .

6. Hotel in Seville was outstanding.

Otherwise enjoyable trip with lots of own time to explore

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Overall we enjoyed the tour very much.

The cities on the Itinerary were generally very interesting. Local guides for local tours were very good except for Madrid which was poorly done. However, several highlights on the tour required additional onsite charges. .

Most afternoons were free time and we were given the choice of returning to the hotel or being dropped off in city and making our own way back. It would have been helpful if we were provided a suggested list of points of interest for the free time.

Transport was via bus, it was comfortable, included WiFi, and was driven by a very capable and knowledgeable driver.

The tour guide was cheerful, talkative, knowledgeable, and ensured that the tour operated on time and without any problems.

However, this was an English language tour and the tour company should have provided a guide with better English skills.

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The tour was fabulous .. Maritsia was so funny & made the trip for us & Antonio was an incredible driver .. how he managed in those busy small streets was a constant source of amazement.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Madrid
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader with local guides for sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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Overall we enjoyed the tour very much.

The cities on the Itinerary were generally very interesting. Local guides for local tours were very good except for Madrid which was poorly done. However, several highlights on the tour required additional onsite charges. .

Most afternoons were free time and we were given the choice of returning to the hotel or being dropped off in city and making our own way back. It would have been helpful if we were provided a suggested list of points of interest for the free time.

Transport was via bus, it was comfortable, included WiFi, and was driven by a very capable and knowledgeable driver.

The tour guide was cheerful, talkative, knowledgeable, and ensured that the tour operated on time and without any problems.

However, this was an English language tour and the tour company should have provided a guide with better English skills.

Robert Savage
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