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Iberian Odyssey: Gems of Spain & Portugal

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19 days

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Begin a captivating 19-day journey through the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestries of Spain and Portugal. Your adventure starts in Barcelona, where the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudí stand alongside bustling marketplaces and vibrant street life. Dive into the unique Catalan culture, wander the winding paths of the Gothic... More

Begin a captivating 19-day journey through the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestries of Spain and Portugal. Your adventure starts in Barcelona, where the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudí stand alongside bustling marketplaces and vibrant street life. Dive into the unique Catalan culture, wander the winding paths of the Gothic Quarter, and relax on the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean.

Next, you will visit Madrid, Spain’s dynamic capital, which serves as a hub for art and culture. Tour the majestic Royal Palace and admire the masterpieces housed in the Prado Museum. A short journey from Madrid brings you to Toledo, a historic city celebrated as the “City of Three Cultures” for its harmonious blend of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences.

Your travels then lead you south to Andalusia, where the legacy of Moorish Spain vividly lives on in the cities of Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. In Granada, the breathtaking Alhambra Palaces stand as a pinnacle of Islamic art and architecture. Córdoba’s awe-inspiring Mezquita, a mosque-cathedral, showcases the intricate beauty of Islamic craftsmanship. In Seville, the heart of Andalusian culture, immerse yourself in its passionate flamenco, colorful festivals, and the splendor of the Cathedral of Seville.

Transitioning into Portugal, discover the sunlit shores and historic cities of Faro, Lisbon, and Porto. Faro offers an introduction to the picturesque Ria Formosa lagoon, while Lisbon’s hillsides offer sweeping views, historic tramways, and the soulful sounds of Fado. Your trip concludes in Porto, where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, and historic port wine cellars grace the riverbanks. This comprehensive tour through Spain and Portugal not only highlights major cities and attractions but also captures the deep-rooted history and vibrant cultural evolution that define the Iberian Peninsula.

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DAY 1 – DISCOVER BARCELONA'S SPLENDOR
DAY 1 – DISCOVER BARCELONA'S SPLENDOR

Begin your journey in Barcelona, a city where the past seamlessly intertwines with the present, offering a vibrant tapestry of history, culture, and innovation. Delve into the architectural marvels of Antoni Gaudí as you explore iconic landmarks such as the towering Sagrada Familia and the whimsical Park Güell.

Lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets in the Gothic Quarter, where medieval charm meets modern flair. Wander along the bustling promenade of Las Ramblas, where street performers entertain and local vendors tempt with their wares. Barcelona welcomes you with open arms, promising an unforgettable introduction to the wonders of Catalonia.

DAY 2 – EMBRACE THE HISTORY & TAPAS IN OLD BARCELONA
DAY 2 – EMBRACE THE HISTORY & TAPAS IN OLD BARCELONA

Embark on a journey through Barcelona's ancient heart, where centuries of history unfold amidst cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Traverse the Gothic Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow alleys and hidden squares, where Roman ruins coexist with Gothic churches and atmospheric cafes. Stand in awe of the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's magnum opus, a masterpiece of modernist architecture infused with spiritual symbolism.

Stroll along the waterfront promenade of Barceloneta, where fishermen ply their trade and sun-kissed beaches beckon. Indulge in the culinary delights of Catalonia with a tapas tour, sampling traditional dishes and local delicacies in charming taverns and bodegas. Barcelona's old world charm captivates the imagination, inviting you to explore its rich tapestry of culture and heritage.

DAY 3 - MASTERWORKS OF MODERNIST BARCELONA
DAY 3 - MASTERWORKS OF MODERNIST BARCELONA

Begin your journey through the visionary world of Antoni Gaudí, the famed architect whose avant-garde designs have left an indelible mark on Barcelona's landscape. Begin your day at Park Güell, a whimsical wonderland of colorful mosaics, sculpted gardens, and sweeping views of the city below. Marvel at the organic forms and intricate details of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, a basilica that defies convention with its towering spires and ethereal light.

Continue your exploration along Passeig de Gracia, where Gaudí's iconic creations share the spotlight with other modernist gems, including Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Barcelona's modernist splendor unfolds before you, a testament to the city's artistic spirit and creative legacy.

DAY 4 – DISCOVER THE HIDDEN GEMS OF COSTA BRAVA AND GIRONA
DAY 4 – DISCOVER THE HIDDEN GEMS OF COSTA BRAVA AND GIRONA

Venture beyond the bustling streets of Barcelona to explore the rugged beauty of the Costa Brava, a stretch of coastline renowned for its pristine beaches, picturesque coves, and charming fishing villages. Begin your journey in Cadaqués, a quaint seaside town that has long inspired artists and writers with its idyllic setting and bohemian atmosphere. Explore the winding streets of the old town, where whitewashed houses cling to the rocky cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Visit the Portlligat Museum-House, once the home of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and discover the quirky artifacts and whimsical decor that fueled his creative imagination. Continue your adventure in Girona, a medieval gem nestled along the banks of the River Onyar. Wander through the narrow alleyways of the Jewish Quarter, where ancient synagogues and well-preserved medieval buildings bear witness to the city's rich history. Admire the grandeur of the Girona Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that dominates the skyline with its soaring spire and intricate facade. From hidden coves to historic landmarks, the Costa Brava and Girona offer a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, inviting you to explore their many treasures.

DAY 5 – TRAIN TO MADRID. EXCITING FLAMENCO NIGHT
DAY 5 – TRAIN TO MADRID. EXCITING FLAMENCO NIGHT

Leave behind the vibrant streets of Barcelona and embark on a scenic train journey to the heart of Spain, where the bustling metropolis of Madrid awaits. Arrive in the capital city and immerse yourself in its electrifying energy, where historic landmarks and modern marvels stand side by side. As the sun sets, prepare to experience the passion and intensity of flamenco, Spain's iconic dance form that captivates audiences with its fiery rhythms and emotive expressions.

Step into a traditional tablao and witness the magic of flamenco come to life, as dancers stomp their feet, clap their hands, and swirl their skirts in a mesmerizing display of skill and artistry. Accompanied by the soulful melodies of Spanish guitar, flamenco transports you to another world, where every movement tells a story and every beat echoes with emotion. Madrid's flamenco scene is a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage and artistic vitality, offering a night of unforgettable entertainment and timeless enchantment.

DAY 6 – THE HISTORIC MADRID STEP BY STEP
DAY 6 – THE HISTORIC MADRID STEP BY STEP

Explore the storied streets of Madrid on a guided walking tour that takes you through the city's illustrious past and vibrant present. Begin your journey in the historic center, where grand boulevards and elegant squares bear witness to Madrid's rise as a global capital. Marvel at the majestic Plaza Mayor, a sprawling plaza lined with ornate facades and bustling cafes, where locals and visitors alike gather to soak in the atmosphere.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Royal Palace, a magnificent showcase of Spanish Baroque architecture that serves as the official residence of the Spanish monarchy. Wander through the leafy avenues of Retiro Park, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city that offers respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Madrid's historic splendor unfolds before you, a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage and architectural legacy.

DAY 7 – THE PRADO MUSEUM WITH AN EXPERT
DAY 7 – THE PRADO MUSEUM WITH AN EXPERT

Immerse yourself in the artistic riches of the Prado Museum, one of the world's premier art institutions that boasts an unparalleled collection of masterpieces spanning centuries of artistic achievement. Begin your journey in the Spanish painting galleries, where works by renowned artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco showcase the richness and diversity of Spain's artistic heritage. Marvel at the Italian Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Titian, Raphael, and Caravaggio, that offer a glimpse into the cultural exchange between Spain and Italy during the Renaissance period.

Explore the Flemish painting collection, with its exquisite works by artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, and Bruegel, that highlight the artistic brilliance of the Low Countries. The Prado Museum is a treasure trove of artistic splendor, offering visitors a rare opportunity to journey through the annals of art history and experience the beauty and power of the world's greatest masterpieces.

DAY 8 – FROM MADRID TO GRANADA, VISITING TOLEDO
DAY 8 – FROM MADRID TO GRANADA, VISITING TOLEDO

Journey from the bustling capital of Madrid to the enchanting city of Granada, with a stop in the historic town of Toledo along the way. Begin your day in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and architectural heritage. Explore the winding streets of the old town, where medieval churches, synagogues, and mosques bear witness to the city's unique blend of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim influences. Marvel at the imposing Alcázar fortress, a symbol of Toledo's strategic importance and military prowess, and discover the masterpieces of El Greco at the Museo del Greco.

Continue your journey to Granada, where the legacy of Al-Andalus awaits amidst the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Toledo's rich tapestry of history and culture offers a captivating glimpse into Spain's multicultural heritage, while Granada's Moorish splendor beckons with its timeless beauty and architectural grandeur.

DAY 9 – MAGICAL ALHAMBRA & ARAB BATH EXPERIENCE
DAY 9 – MAGICAL ALHAMBRA & ARAB BATH EXPERIENCE

Experience the breathtaking beauty and cultural significance of the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a testament to the legacy of Al-Andalus and the artistry of Moorish architecture. Begin your journey in the Nasrid Palaces, where intricate stucco work, carved wooden ceilings, and ornate tilework create a symphony of light and color.

Explore the Generalife Gardens, a verdant oasis of lush greenery, tranquil fountains, and fragrant flowers that offers respite from the heat of the Andalusian sun. Wander through the Alcazaba fortress, where ancient walls and towering towers evoke a sense of majesty and power. The Alhambra is a masterpiece of Islamic art and architecture, a timeless symbol of Granada's cultural heritage and a testament to the enduring legacy of Al-Andalus.

DAY 10 - FROM GRANADA TO SEVILLE, STOPPING IN CORDOBA
DAY 10 - FROM GRANADA TO SEVILLE, STOPPING IN CORDOBA

Travel from the enchanting city of Granada to the vibrant metropolis of Seville, with a stop in the historic city of Córdoba along the way. Begin your day in Córdoba, where the legacy of Al-Andalus is preserved in the city's rich architectural heritage and cultural traditions. Explore the Mezquita, a stunning mosque-cathedral that embodies the spirit of Islamic Spain with its horseshoe arches, intricate mosaics, and elegant columns.

Wander through the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, where whitewashed houses and flower-filled courtyards evoke a sense of timeless charm and tranquility. Continue your journey to Seville, where the vibrant rhythms of flamenco and the architectural splendor of the Alcázar await amidst the sun-drenched streets of Andalusia.

DAY 11 - UNVEIL SEVILLE'S MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE
DAY 11 - UNVEIL SEVILLE'S MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE

Discover the rich tapestry of Seville's multicultural heritage as you explore the city's iconic landmarks and hidden treasures. Begin your day at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a testament to Seville's Christian legacy. Marvel at the Giralda Tower, a soaring minaret that offers panoramic views of the city below, and explore the opulent interiors of the Royal Alcázar, a stunning palace complex that blends Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture with breathtaking effect.

Wander through the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz quarter, where whitewashed buildings and flower-filled patios evoke a sense of timeless beauty and tranquility. Seville's multicultural heritage is a testament to the city's rich history and vibrant cultural scene, inviting you to explore its many layers and discover its hidden gems.

DAY 12 - EMBRACE SEVILLE'S ARISTOCRATIC GRANDEUR
DAY 12 - EMBRACE SEVILLE'S ARISTOCRATIC GRANDEUR

Immerse yourself in the opulence and elegance of Seville's aristocratic palaces and gardens, where centuries of history and tradition come to life amidst lush greenery and ornate architecture. Begin your day at the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, a stunning palace complex that has served as the residence of Spanish monarchs for over a millennium. Explore the palace's exquisite interiors, adorned with intricate tilework, gilded ceilings, and sumptuous tapestries, and wander through its lush gardens, where fragrant orange trees and colorful flowers create a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Continue your exploration at the Palacio de las Dueñas, a majestic mansion that boasts a rich history and stunning architectural features, including a beautiful courtyard adorned with marble columns and a tranquil garden filled with exotic plants and sculptures.

Conclude your day at the Casa de Pilatos, a grand Renaissance palace that blends Moorish, Gothic, and Mudejar influences to dazzling effect, offering a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Seville's aristocracy. Seville's aristocratic palaces and gardens are a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage and timeless beauty, inviting you to step back in time and experience the grandeur of Andalusia's golden age.

DAY 13 - FROM SEVILLE TO LISBON, VISITING FARO
DAY 13 - FROM SEVILLE TO LISBON, VISITING FARO

Journey from the historic streets of Seville to the coastal charms of Lisbon, with a stop in the picturesque town of Faro along the way. Begin your day in Faro, where the golden sands of the Algarve meet the azure waters of the Atlantic, creating a stunning backdrop for exploration and relaxation.

Discover the historic old town, where cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings evoke a sense of timeless beauty and tranquility, and explore the medieval walls and ancient churches that stand as a testament to the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Continue your journey to Lisbon, where a tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty awaits amidst the hills and valleys of Portugal's capital city.

DAY 14 - THE ESSENCE OF LISBON. PRIVATE TOUR
DAY 14 - THE ESSENCE OF LISBON. PRIVATE TOUR

Embark on a journey through the soul of Lisbon as you explore its historic neighborhoods, iconic landmarks, and vibrant street life. Begin your day in Belém, where grand monuments and historic buildings bear witness to Portugal's age of exploration and discovery. Marvel at the ornate façade of the Jerónimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture that stands as a symbol of Portugal's maritime heritage, and discover the iconic Belém Tower, a medieval fortress that once guarded the entrance to Lisbon's harbor. Continue your exploration in the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria, where narrow alleys and winding streets reveal hidden treasures around every corner.

Wander through the bustling markets of Baixa and Chiado, where colorful stalls and lively vendors offer a tantalizing array of local delicacies and artisanal crafts. Lisbon's soul is a tapestry of history, culture, and creativity, inviting you to explore its many layers and discover its hidden gems.

DAY 15 – EXPLORE SINTRA & ESTORIL
DAY 15 – EXPLORE SINTRA & ESTORIL

Venture beyond the city limits of Lisbon to explore the enchanting towns of Sintra and Estoril, where fairytale palaces, lush gardens, and stunning beaches await. Begin your day in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has long captivated visitors with its romantic charm and architectural splendor. Explore the colorful palaces of Pena and Monserrate, each a masterpiece of 19th-century Romantic architecture that blends Gothic, Moorish, and Renaissance influences to dazzling effect. Wander through the winding streets of the historic center, where quaint shops and charming cafes offer respite from the crowds, and discover the hidden gems of Sintra's lush parks and gardens. Continue your journey along the scenic coastline to Estoril, where golden beaches and glamorous resorts beckon with their timeless allure.

Relax and unwind amidst the natural beauty of the Atlantic coast, where the soothing rhythm of the waves and the gentle sea breeze offer a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Sintra and Estoril are treasures waiting to be discovered, offering a glimpse into the rich history and natural beauty of Portugal's coastal region.

DAY 16 - FROM LISBON TO PORTO, VISITING COIMBRA
DAY 16 - FROM LISBON TO PORTO, VISITING COIMBRA

Travel from the vibrant streets of Lisbon to the historic city of Porto, with a stop in the charming town of Coimbra along the way. Begin your day in Coimbra, home to one of Europe's oldest universities and a vibrant cultural scene that has long attracted scholars, artists, and intellectuals from around the world. Explore the university's historic campus, where centuries-old buildings and picturesque courtyards offer a glimpse into the academic life of generations past.

Discover the medieval streets of the old town, where ancient churches and quaint cafes evoke a sense of timeless charm and tranquility, and explore the banks of the Mondego River, where scenic vistas and lush greenery create a picturesque backdrop for exploration and relaxation. Continue your journey to Porto, where the historic center and UNESCO World Heritage site await amidst the rolling hills and winding streets of Portugal's second-largest city.

DAY 17 - PORTO WALKING TOUR
DAY 17 - PORTO WALKING TOUR

Embark on a journey through the historic center of Porto, where centuries of history and culture come to life amidst the city's iconic landmarks and hidden treasures. Begin your day in the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into Porto's maritime past with its colorful buildings and bustling waterfront promenade. Explore the narrow streets and winding alleys of the old town, where medieval churches and ancient monuments bear witness to the city's rich architectural heritage and cultural legacy. Cross the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge to the Vila Nova de Gaia district, where historic wine cellars and picturesque vineyards offer a taste of Porto's famed port wine tradition.

Discover the vibrant street art scene of Porto's urban neighborhoods, where colorful murals and vibrant graffiti transform the city's walls into an open-air gallery of contemporary art and culture. Porto's charms are waiting to be uncovered, inviting you to explore its rich history, vibrant culture, and timeless beauty.

DAY 18 - ALLURING LANDSCAPES AND WINES OF DOURO VALLEY
DAY 18 - ALLURING LANDSCAPES AND WINES OF DOURO VALLEY

Journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley, where terraced vineyards, scenic river cruises, and charming wine estates await amidst the rolling hills and winding valleys of Portugal's wine country. Begin your day with a leisurely cruise along the Douro River, where panoramic vistas and picturesque villages offer a glimpse into the rural beauty of the region. Explore the terraced vineyards and historic wine estates of the Douro Valley, where centuries-old traditions and modern winemaking techniques come together to produce some of the world's finest wines. Indulge in a tasting tour of local wineries, where expert sommeliers and passionate vintners offer insight into the art of winemaking and the unique terroir of the Douro Valley.

Relax and unwind amidst the natural beauty of the countryside, where the tranquil rhythm of life and the gentle embrace of the land offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Douro Valley is a paradise waiting to be explored, offering a glimpse into the rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty of Portugal's wine country.

DAY 19 - FAREWELL TO THE IBERIAN ADVENTURE
DAY 19 - FAREWELL TO THE IBERIAN ADVENTURE

Bid farewell to the Iberian Peninsula as you depart from Porto, carrying with you cherished memories of an unforgettable journey filled with history, culture, and natural beauty. Reflect on the experiences and adventures that have shaped your travels, from the bustling streets of Barcelona to the tranquil vineyards of the Douro Valley, and savor the moments of discovery and wonder that have enriched your journey.

As you journey homeward, may the spirit of the Iberian Peninsula linger in your heart, a reminder of the beauty and diversity that await your return. Until we meet again, may your travels be filled with joy, inspiration, and the promise of new adventures on the horizon.

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