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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

    10 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

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  • Group Size

    Maximum 51 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Porto, Salamanca, Sintra, Cascais, 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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DAY 1 - Madrid to Cordoba


Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew today and we'll start our adventure by heading to Córdoba.


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.

DAY 2 - Córdoba to Seville


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

DAY 3 - 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.

DAY 4 - Seville to Lisbon


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.


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.

DAY 5 - 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.

DAY 6 - Lisbon to Porto via Cascais and Sintra


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



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 MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™ 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.


Cruising into the terracotta washed city of Porto, we'll enjoy an included dinner together tonight with plenty of time to explore tomorrow.

DAY 7 - 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.

DAY 8 - Porto to Salamanca


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


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.

DAY 9 - Salamanca to Madrid via Ávila


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


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.


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.

DAY 10 - Depart 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

2 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

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



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

    EUR 36.00


  • Tastes of Lisbon

    EUR 43.00


Spain & Portugal Highlights (Winter)

2 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

8 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
  • Cascais Street Tour EUR 15.00
  • Walking tour of Lisbon with local port tasting
  • Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid EUR 37.50
  • Madrid Bike Tour EUR 23.00

Where You'll Stay

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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

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    1 night in Contiki Special Stay, 9 nights in Hotel

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