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Spain & Portugal Highlights

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The one that serves up Iberian culture & tapas with beaches & street art

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 51 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Leiria, Porto, Salamanca, Cascais, Sintra, Aveiro, Avila

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About this trip

With just over two weeks under the Iberian sun, this trip will guide you through the rich and unique culture of both Spain & Portugal. Explore Cascais on a street art tour, see a Flamenco show, and enjoy a Special Stay night in a 15th century monastery in Córdoba. Plus, explore the UNESCO-listed sites of Porto & Sintra, tick off a Game of Thrones filming location in Seville, and dine on traditional Spanish & Portuguese dishes in the ultimate treat for the senses.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
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  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Madrid

  2. 1 1 night

    Cordoba

  3. 2 2 nights

    Seville

  4. 2 2 nights

    Lisbon

  5. via via

    Cascais

  6. via via

    Sintra

  7. 1 1 night

    Leiria

  8. via via

    Aveiro

  9. 2 2 nights

    Porto

  10. 1 1 night

    Salamanca

  11. via via

    Avila

  12. 1 1 night

    Madrid

+2 more

DAY 1 - Start Madrid

Madrid

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

 

Stay

Hotel NH Madrid Paseo de La Habana (or similar)

DAY 2 - 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

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

DAY 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 Inn Berna (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tastes of Lisbon

    EUR 43.00

DAY 6 - 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 Inn Berna (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 7 - 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.

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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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

Rafael Hoteles Madrid Norte (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 37.50

DAY 12 - 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

4 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Cordoba

  • Visit Sintra

    Included

    Sintra

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

    EUR 15.00

    Cascais

Spain & Portugal Highlights

4 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • 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

7 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • 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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  • el-monasterio

    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

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    11 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay

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