The Douro River in Porto | Portugal
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Madrid, Porto & Lisbon - 9 days map

Discover three of the most popular city destinations of the Iberian Peninsula with guided sightseeing in Madrid, Porto and Lisbon on this 9-day coach tour of Spain and Portugal. Cruise the picturesque Douro River, tuck into authentic Tapas and sample local Port wine on a visit to a Port wine cellar. Explore Salamanca and Fatima, attend a Fado show in Lisbon and stop in Caceres, where many cultures converge.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Madrid - See the modern and historic highlights of the city on a guided tour and enjoy free time to further explore independently
Porto - Cruise the Douro River, visit a Port Wine cellar for included tasting and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city
Fatima (in 2024) - Spend a free evening in the city, which is home to the Cova da Iria, an important site in the Christian faith
Coimbra (in 2025) stroll around the historic streets of Portugal's former capital on a city tour and visit its enchanting medieval quarter
Salamanca - Stroll around this historic university city at your own pace, home to the world's third oldest university
Lisbon - Join a guided tour of the Portuguese capital and spend your free time exploring the historic Alfama Quarter
Caceres (in 2024) - Stop in this UNESCO-listed city on your way back to Madrid, with time to admire the Roman, Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture
Merida (in 2025) - Stop in this historic city founded by the Romans in 25 BC, renowned for its impressive archaeological sites

Included

8 breakfasts & 2 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
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
8 nights 4-star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 9
Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Porto and Lisbon (city tour of Coimbra also included in 2025 and Moliceiro boat trip along the canals in Aveiro)
2024 - Fado show in Lisbon (including dinner) 2025 - Fado show in Porto (including dinner)

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 Madrid

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

Day 2

Exploring Madrid

Today we take an all-encompassing coach tour of Madrid. Highlights of the excursion include 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

Porto sightseeing

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 tonight, which replaces the Fado meal in 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, where we enjoy a canal boat trip on a colourful moliceiro boa,t before travelling on to Coimbra for a city tour. Please see trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Fatima (2024), Coimbra (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

Lisbon sightseeing

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'. In the evening, there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Lisbon.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Porto, not Lisbon.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Caceres & return to Madrid

Lisbon - Caceres (Spain) - Madrid. Departing Lisbon, we cross back into Spain and make a stop in Caceres. The Old Town here is UNESCO-listed, 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 before we complete our journey back to Madrid. Your last 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: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Madrid

Tuck into a final 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
11 Aug - 19 Aug 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
08 Sep - 16 Sep 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
15 Sep - 23 Sep 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
22 Sep - 30 Sep 20% off G
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
29 Sep - 07 Oct 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
06 Oct - 14 Oct 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
13 Oct - 21 Oct 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
20 Oct - 28 Oct 20% off G
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
27 Oct - 04 Nov 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Apr - 14 Apr 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
13 Apr - 21 Apr 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
04 May - 12 May 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
11 May - 19 May 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
01 Jun - 09 Jun 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
08 Jun - 16 Jun 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
06 Jul - 14 Jul 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
24 Aug - 01 Sep 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
07 Sep - 15 Sep 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
14 Sep - 22 Sep 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
21 Sep - 29 Sep 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
05 Oct - 13 Oct 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
12 Oct - 20 Oct 20% off
R61,355
R49,084
R83,575
R66,860
02 Nov - 10 Nov 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
14 Dec - 22 Dec 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
2026
Twin Share
Single Room
15 Feb - 23 Feb 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
15 Mar - 23 Mar 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
05 Apr - 13 Apr 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
12 Apr - 20 Apr 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
03 May - 11 May 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076
10 May - 18 May 20% off
R67,885
R54,308
R90,095
R72,076

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.

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: 8, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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