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Best of Spain & Portugal

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The one that's 22 days of in-depth exploration in sun-drenched Spain & Portugal

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  • Duration

    22 days

  • Places

    21 places

  • Meals

    21 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach and Flight

  • Group Size

    Maximum 51 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplona, Barcelona, Ibiza, Valencia, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Leiria, Porto, Salamanca, Burgos, San Sebastian, Zaragoza, Toledo, Cascais, Sintra, Aveiro, Avila

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About this trip

Want to truly get to know Spain & Portugal? On this 22-day trip we'll immerse ourselves in everything Iberian, from feasts on Seville's rooftops to tasting port in Porto, to uncovering Moorish architecture in Córdoba & Granada, exploring charming pastel palaces at Sintra, feasting on fresh seafood in Lisbon and stumbling across UNESCO World Heritage sites around seemingly every corner. Hitting up all the iconic cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Lisbon & Porto - plus 2 nights on the island of Ibiza - a maze of culture, food & colourful experiences awaits.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
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  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Madrid

  2. via via

    Burgos

  3. 1 1 night

    Bilbao

  4. via via

    San Sebastian

  5. 1 1 night

    Pamplona

  6. via via

    Zaragoza

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. 2 2 nights

    Ibiza

  9. 1 1 night

    Valencia

  10. 2 2 nights

    Granada

  11. via via

    Toledo

  12. 1 1 night

    Madrid

  13. 1 1 night

    Cordoba

  14. 2 2 nights

    Seville

  15. 2 2 nights

    Lisbon

  16. via via

    Cascais

  17. via via

    Sintra

  18. 1 1 night

    Leiria

  19. via via

    Aveiro

  20. 2 2 nights

    Porto

  21. 1 1 night

    Salamanca

  22. via via

    Avila

  23. 1 1 night

    Madrid

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DAY 1 - Start Madrid

Madrid

Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew tonight over your first Spanish dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your hotel sleep. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Madrid Centro Lavapies (or similar)

DAY 2 - Madrid to Bilbao via Burgos

Madrid

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Burgos and Bilbao.

Burgos

We couldn't race to our night's stop without letting you in on the pretty medieval town of Burgos. We'll marvel at the French Gothic cathedral with its intricate spires before rolling on to Bilbao.

Bilbao

Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim, you're free to use your afternoon to play art critique and absorb Bilbao's pretty surrounds and architecture. Tonight we'll join up for an included dinner, feasting on regional delicacies at one of Bilbao's local restaurants.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Derio (or similar)

DAY 3 - Bilbao to Pamplona via San Sebastian

Bilbao

Adiós Bilbao! Thanks for a delicious evening in your super cozy, culture buzzing nest. Next stop, ocean hangs.

San Sebastian

What a way to start your day - dipping in the Bay of Biscay. San Sebastian is a postcard town where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a dip, do some shopping, or sit in a bar eating endless plates of pinxtos (the basque word for tapas).

Pamplona

Our next stop is the colourful Pamplona. Opt to venture through the well-preserved old town and its incredible gothic cathedral on our walking tour, maybe ending the historical fix with a spot of fresh trout and red peppers - a regional specialty.

Stay

El Toro Hotel and Spa (Special Stay)

DAY 4 - Pamplona to Barcelona via Zaragoza

Pamplona

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona.

Zaragoza

A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and good vibes aplenty. Even the pit stops are amazing on Contiki. 

Barcelona

With 2-nights in Barcelona, you'll be pronouncing Barcelona's C with a "tthh" like a true local by the time we make tracks. We'll kick things off with a walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district - two of the city's must-do's for an instant look at this pretty spot, and a sure way to feel like a local in no time.

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 5 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Today is up to you to explore your way. You could take a wander through the colourful buildings & gardens of Gaudi's iconic Parc Güell, beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, or those wanting to explore the city can sign up for an optional bike tour. At lunchtime you'll have the option to join a cooking class at Espai Mescladis, one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™ experiences here in Barcelona. Not just a cute cafe, this is the flagship project of a social enterprise using food and drink as a way to foster social inclusion and hospitality training.

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 35.00

DAY 6 - Barcelona to Ibiza

Barcelona

Today is a complete change of scene as we take flight to the legendary island of Ibiza, where the crystal clear waters, music and chilled out vibes are calling us for the next two nights. 

Ibiza

Worshipped worldwide as the party destination to end all party destinations, here you'll find super clubs, super DJs & super strobes like you've never seen them before, and that's just the island's 3am drawcards. For those that like to take the chilled approach, Ibiza's beaches, coves, and local markets need to be seen to be believed.

Stay

Innside Ibiza (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Flight to the famous island of Ibiza

DAY 7 - Ibiza

Ibiza

Although this seems to be an island that never sleeps, you're going to need to drag that head out of bed so you can see the incredible beauty of the place when drenched in daylight. Go snorkelling, explore Ibiza's cute old town and its little souvenir shops, take a trip to spiritual Es Vedra, or continue the night before with an optional boat party before watching the sun set on another perfect day with your Contiki crew.

Stay

Innside Ibiza (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Let loose at a base-thumping Ibiza Boat Party

DAY 8 - Ibiza to Valencia

Ibiza

It's been a magical time on this island, but we have the rest of Spain to explore. With Ibiza ticked off our bucket list, we'll hop on a ferry back to the mainland. Touching down in Denia we'll jump on our coach, headed for Valencia.



Valencia

It's hard to not be enchanted by the port city of Valencia, where beach meets culture in the happiest way possible. With one night here in the land that invented paella it would be crazy not to sign up for an optional paella-making class tonight with the crew. Who's in?

Stay

Hotel Mas Camarena (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the medieval cathedral & bell tower in Valencia

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia

    EUR 35.00

DAY 9 - Valencia to Granada

Valencia

It's been short but sweet, Valencia, and we won't forget you, but this morning we're seeking the very different vibes of Granada. How are all these places in just one country?

Granada

Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of Arab and Spanish feels only to be found in Andalusia. This is one place you may never want to leave! We'll join up tonight for an included dinner with the crew.

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

DAY 10 - Granada

Granada

We start the morning with free time to explore. You can fill yours by opting for a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin & the Capilla Real, and while you're at it, fill up on some of Granada's incredible food, like its famous Arab pastries. This afternoon we head to Spain's number 1 visited attraction, the Alhambra Palace. We'll discover the breathtaking beauty and history of this Moorish Palace, with its intricate patterns and detailed architecture that will leave you spellbound, and wondering why you haven't been here sooner. To top it off, Alhambra offers the best views of the city. Feel the Spanish rhythm and style by opting for a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your Contiki family. Que beuno!

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real

    EUR 19.00

  • Traditional Flamenco and Tapas

    EUR 48.00

DAY 11 - Granada to Madrid via Toledo

Granada

Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the scenic adventures we have planned today on route to Madrid.

Toledo

Mosques, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect El Greco’s house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason. Just another pit-stop in our life in glorious Spain.

Madrid

Here we are, back where the party started 10 life-changing days ago. You're free to spend the evening your way tonight and Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes for a night out on the town.

Stay

Hotel City House Florida Norte (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the charming medieval city of Toledo and see the Alcazar Fortress and Gothic Cathedral

DAY 12 - Madrid to Cordoba

Madrid

Leaving some of our group to finish their adventures here in Madrid, the rest of us will drive onwards to Córdoba.

Cordoba

Flowers adorn storybook balconies & charming little lanes will take your breath away in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, overflowing with history. We'll start with a walking tour to fall head over heels with Córdoba, and a trip to the Mezquita (Mosque of the Caliphs) will be the perfect way to spend our day. This evening we'll stay in for an included dinner together at our Special Stay for the night, a 15th Century monastery with vaulted ceilings, outdoor pool and internal courtyard.

Stay

Monasterio de San Francisco (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the UNESCO World heritage listed Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba

DAY 13 - Córdoba to Seville

Cordoba

Ready to explore more of Andalucía? This morning we'll leave historical Córdoba with our sights set on sun-soaked Seville.

Seville

13th century architecture and one of the world's biggest cathedrals wait for us in the passionate arms of Southern Spain's capital, Seville. We'll be seduced with a guided stroll of the city, admiring the city's river, Mudéjar palaces & aristocratic mansions, before settling down to an included dining experience together tonight.

Stay

YIT Via Seville (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided walking Tour

    EUR 20.00

DAY 14 - Seville

Seville

Another day free to explore Seville? Don't mind if we do. Take a wander through picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, visit the Alcazar (a Game of Thrones location for those in the know) and explore winding medieval lanes to your heart's delight. Just be sure to save some energy for our optional EatWith dining experience tonight, an authentic feast on Seville's rooftops.

Stay

YIT Via Seville (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • EatWith locals on the rooftops of Seville & enjoy an authentic feast

    EUR 36.00

DAY 15 - Seville to Lisbon

Seville

We couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to Spain, and say goodbye we must, because our agenda today sees us moving westwards on the Iberian penninsula to Portugal. Crossing the border, spirits are high as we cruise along the Algarve, where petiscos and pastéis de nata await.

Lisbon

Welcome to yet another example of incredible Europe – how can countries sit so geographically close yet be so distinctly different? Here in Lisbon, vintage looking trams roll down cobbled streets and tiny intricate tiles make everything beautifully picturesque. With plenty of time for exploring tomorrow, you're free to take to the streets and check out some of the sidestreet cafes or restaurants for dinner, and real foodies won't want to miss the optional Tastes of Lisbon experience to discover the best authentic food spots around the city.

Stay

VIP Executive Zurique (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tastes of Lisbon

    EUR 43.00

DAY 16 - Lisbon

Lisbon

Starting to feel fully immersed in all things Portugal, this morning we'll get guided around the city and check out all the hotspots including Portugal's Christo Rei (Christ the Redeemer), Rossio Square, the Belem District, home to the famous tower of the same name, and feel some Moorish vibes at a monastery where Vasco de Gama's tomb is held. With free time this afternoon, those looking for local vibes will fall head over heels for bohemian bars, riverside clubs and plenty of cute boutiques. Tonight, you'll be able to join an optional dinner experience at Al Faro restaurant.

Stay

VIP Executive Zurique (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Castelo deSao Jorge, the Praca do Comercio and Rossio & Praça da Figueira

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Lisbon Like a Local Dinner

    EUR 38.00

DAY 17 - Lisbon to Leiria via Cascais and Sintra

Lisbon

After breakfast this morning we'll head up the coast to Leiria, but not before stopping en route at Cascais and Sintra.

Cascais

Our first stop this morning is in the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood. Stroll along the marina or opt in for a Contiki Cares experience hosted by local residents: a street art tour showcasing the culture of a neighbourhood shaking off old perceptions by creating an urban art gallery unlike anywhere in the world.

Sintra

We couldn't leave Lisbon without a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sintra. This fairytale town features turreted pastel-coloured palaces and charming castle ruins, with the star of the show being the insta-famous Pena Palace.

Leiria

You may not have heard of Leiria before, but we promise it'll soon charm you. A medieval old town, an iconic castle, outdoor restaurants and sweet Portuguese cakes greet us in this modest town between Lisbon and Porto. We'll come together tonight for an included dinner and a chance to swap stories about everything we've seen today.

Stay

Palace Hotel Monte Real (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood

  • Vistit the UNESCO heritage sites of Sintra and Insta-famous Pena Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover local culture & support the Cascais community on a resident-guided street art tour (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 15.00

DAY 18 - Leiria to Porto via Aveiro

Leiria

Saying 'Tchau' to Leiria after breakfast, we'll take the coach towards Porto, via Aveiro.

Aveiro

This mini-Venice is a gorgeous town built on canals. We'll have an optional traditional boat tour to cruise the winding canals, admiring the colourful houses and learning about the area's history.

Porto

Cruising into the terracotta washed city of Porto, we'll enjoy a free evening tonight with plenty of time to explore tomorrow.

Stay

Ibis Porto Gaia

DAY 19 - Porto

Porto

Alive with galleries & coffee shops, the city of Porto is basically a dream. We’ll find heritage in the old wooden tram that rattles along the streets & in the UNESCO stamped alleys of Ribeira. You'll have the chance to explore Porto in your free time today, seeing all the main sites like the lavish São Fransisco Church and 19th century Palácio de Bolsa and wandering the picturesque coastline, before an optional but must to experience this evening: a walking tour of Porto complete with port tasting.

Stay

Ibis Porto Gaia

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Port Tasting

DAY 20 - Porto to Salamanca

Porto

See ya Portugal, you've shown us all your best places and we're feeling very thankful!

Salamanca

Rolling back over the border to Spain, we'll settle for the night in Salamanca. We're just 2 hours from Madrid but somehow Salamanca feels like a whole other world, with a 13th century University, mysteriously futuristic gargoyles, a painted indoor sky fresco, and a Cathedral dotted with carved stone shells. After orienting ourselves to the city we'll have some free time to find some food (think cheeses, cured meats, wine & sweet almond cookies) and explore more this evening.

Stay

Hotel Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

DAY 21 - Salamanca to Madrid via Ávila

Salamanca

Satisfied with our time in Salamanca, we'll make our way back to Madrid with a stop in Ávila.

Avila

Ávila is best known for its perfectly preserved 11th century medieval walls, protecting the medieval UNESCO World Heritage-listed city inside. We'll stop to admire them and find ourselves some lunch before jumping back in the coach, bound for Madrid.

Madrid

Back where it all began, again! Here in Madrid you'll be able to make the most of our final night together with an optional dinner of traditional food at an iconic Spanish restaurant near the Plaza Mayor.

Stay

Hotel City House Florida Norte (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid

    EUR 37.50

DAY 22 - Depart Madrid

Madrid

Tears and tissues and pinky swears for a reunion trip will mark the blur of sadness that is our morning departure. These are the memories that will stay with you a life time; make sure your next Contiki adventure is just around the corner. 

Top Experiences

9 included & 13 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 35.00

    Barcelona

  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra

    Included

    Granada

  • Visit the UNESCO World heritage listed Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba

    Included

    Cordoba

  • Discover local culture & support the Cascais community on a resident-guided street art tour (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 15.00

    Cascais

  • Eat with the locals on the rooftops of Seville and be serenaded with Spanish guitar

    EUR 36.00

    Seville

Best of Spain & Portugal

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Flight to the famous island of Ibiza
  • See the medieval cathedral & bell tower in Valencia
  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra
  • Visit the charming medieval city of Toledo and see the Alcazar Fortress and Gothic Cathedral
  • Visit the UNESCO World heritage listed Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba
  • See the Castelo de Sao Jorge, the Praca do Comercio and Rossio & Praça da Figueira
  • Visit the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood
  • Visit Sintra

13 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 35.00
  • Let loose at a base-thumping Ibiza Boat Party
  • Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia EUR 35.00
  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real EUR 19.00
  • Traditional Flamenco and Tapas EUR 48.00
  • Guided walking Tour EUR 20.00
  • Eat with the locals on the rooftops of Seville and be serenaded with Spanish guitar EUR 36.00
  • Tastes of Lisbon EUR 43.00
  • Lisbon Like a Local Dinner EUR 38.00
  • Discover local culture & support the Cascais community on a resident-guided street art tour (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 15.00
  • Port Tasting
  • Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid EUR 37.50

Where You'll Stay

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  • Pamplona - El Toro Hotel and Spa

    El Toro Hotel and Spa

    Pamplona, Spain

    Set in rural surroundings, this low-key hotel has four centuries of history and great artistic and cultural value. The facilities, restaurant, casual bar and its stunning location make this an idyllic place for those looking to enjoy Pamplona and its surroundings.

    1 night

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    Monasterio de San Francisco

    Cordoba, Spain

    This hotel is set in a 15th-century monastery and maintains original features with an outdoor pool in the gardens

    1 night

  • Leiria - Palace Hotel Monte Real

    Palace Hotel Monte Real

    Leiria, Portugal

    On a forested 24-hectare estate, this posh hotel and spa resort boats of a chic contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar, as well as an outdoor pool and a poolside bar (seasonal).

    1 night

  • 21 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    18 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Contiki Special Stay

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