The Best of Spain & Portugal with Barcelona (682E)

16 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona

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Your 16-day affordable tour through Spain and Portugal, with three nights in beautiful Barcelona will be a vacation to remember. You’ll become immersed in the rich histories and distinct cultures of both Spain and Portugal as you travel through Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca – as well as Lisbon and Oporto for the best in sights, sounds, and flavors Portugal has to offer.

You’ll visit Toledo to see the old walled town on a hill, and you’ll see the 12th-century Church of St. Tome – home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings. You’ll see ancient Moorish architecture such as Granada’s 13th-century Alhambra Complex. Visit St. Theresa's Convent, a Carmelite convent founded in 1636 on the site of St. Teresa’s birthplace.

In Portugal, visit the world-famous shrine in Fátima, dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three children here in 1917. See Seville's Cathedral, the world’s third largest church; Lisbon's Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (circa 1514); and Oporto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. You’ll experience some aspects of local life too, such as a visit to a local wine cellar in Montilla for wine tasting. At the end of the tour, you’ll complete the experience on a Monograms vacation to Barcelona via on the high-speed train. The guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a visit of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Your budget-minded tour of Spain and Portugal will stay a favorite travel memory for years to come.

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 Tour Highlights

TOLEDO
Guided sightseeing
GRANADA
Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*
MONTILLA
Visit a wine Bodega
CORDOBA
Guided visit of the Mezquita
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing
EVORA
Visit
LISBON
Guided sightseeing
FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary
COIMBRA
Visit
OPORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar
SALAMANCA
Visit
ÁVILA and SEGOVIA
Visits
MADRID
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

April 16 Departure – Easter
May 7 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 14 Departure – Christmas dinner in Madrid
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; highspeed train

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Oporto

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax or start exploring Madrid taking advantage of the Cosmos GO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 MADRID–TOLEDO–GRANADA

Drive south to Toledo. Spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River, the ancient Castilian capital attracts more visitors from around the world than any other Spanish town. Visit the walled Old Town with a Local Guide and marvel at the 12th-century CHURCH OF ST. TOME, known for its large painting by El Greco of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Later, cross the Guadalquivir River and head for the olive and orange groves that dot the rolling Andalusian hills. Overnight in history-steeped Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

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Day 3 GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA

Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city, and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. With a Local Guide, visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you reach Montilla to visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of its wine. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

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Day 4 CORDOBA–SEVILLE

With a Local Guide visit the magnificent MEZQUITA, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper. On to vibrant, festive Seville.

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Day 5 SEVILLE

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. Capital of Andalusia and the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London; the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; the Real Alcázar palace with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens; Plaza de España, used in the filming of Episodes I and II in the Star Wars trilogy; and so much more.

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Day 6 SEVILLE–EVORA, PORTUGAL–LISBON

Enjoy the scenery of the Sierra de Aracena before crossing into Portugal and the fertile plains of the Alentejo. Admire the forest of cork trees and make a stop to visit Evora, a delightfully attractive Moorish city with arches, alleys, flower-decked balconies, brilliant white houses, and the Temple of Diana. Continue to Lisbon.

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Day 7 LISBON

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” You’ll see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, the impressive Black Horse Square, and other highlights on the guided sightseeing tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion along the Estoril Coast to Cascais and Sintra.

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Day 8 LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–OPORTO

Stop in Fátima to visit its world-famous SANCTUARY, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue to Coimbra, known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, and to Oporto on the northern bank of the Douro River. For the perfect way to round out your day, why not join an optional Douro River cruise and dinner?

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Day 9 OPORTO

Discover Oporto’s highlights on the guided city tour. See its historical cathedral, and visit a Port wine cellar along the banks of the Douro River. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Guimarães, called the “cradle” of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 10 OPORTO–SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Enjoy the plentiful woodlands and mountains on your return to Spain via the scenic Douro Valley. Reach the ancient and beautiful university town of Salamanca in the early evening and maybe take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.

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Day 11 SALAMANCA–ÁVILA–SEGOVIA–MADRID

Journey to fortified Ávila with its many towers and visit ST. THERESA’S CONVENT before continuing to Segovia, a medieval town picturesquely set on a rocky hill. Spend some time in Segovia before crossing the boundary between new and old Castile to arrive in Madrid.

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Day 12 MADRID

The capital of Spain, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven according to Spaniards. The day is dedicated to discover Madrid’s main highlights on the included guided city tour.

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Day 13 MADRID–BARCELONA

Travel by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay.

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Day 14 BARCELONA

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to Gaudí’s CASA BATLLÓ and the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.

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Day 15 BARCELONA

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

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Day 16 BARCELONA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANGEL DÍAZ DE MIGUEL

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I'm Angel and I´m here, waiting to meet you and introduce you to incredible Iberia! Just remember to clear your senses before you come, because my plan is to fill them back up with enticing flavors, smells, sounds, and sights from the beautiful countries of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco!

Tour Director - ANGEL DÍAZ DE MIGUEL

 Accommodations

Madrid
Granada
Cordoba
Seville
Lisbon
Oporto
Salamanca
Barcelona

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Seville
Lisbon
Oporto
Madrid
Barcelona

Seville

Classic Flamenco Show

Classic Flamenco Show

Experience the passion and spirit of Seville on this incredible outing to a classic flamenco show!

Price Range: $

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Price Range: $

Lisbon

Fado Music and Dinner

Fado Music and Dinner

Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner with drinks at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).

Price Range: $$

The Portuguese Riviera with Cascais and Sintra

The Portuguese Riviera with Cascais and Sintra

Enjoy a captivating half-day discovery of the luxurious Portuguese Riviera¿home of Europe¿s rich, famous, and royal¿with stops in the royal retreats of Cascais and Sintra!

Price Range: $$

Oporto

Douro River Cruise and Dinner

Douro River Cruise and Dinner

Get a unique view of Porto on this evening excursion featuring a sightseeing cruise along the Douro River, followed by an authentic Portuguese dinner with drinks at a local restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Guimarães, Cradle of Portugal

Guimarães, Cradle of Portugal

Discover the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guimarães, Cradle of Portuguese Nationality and home to ¿Bacon from Heaven¿, on this enriching half-day guided excursion!

Price Range: $

Madrid

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains and dine Spanish style!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Explore and taste your way in some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Explore some of Barcelona's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Spanish Chef for a Day

Spanish Chef for a Day

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Markets Tour with Tastings

Barcelona Markets Tour with Tastings

Learn all about Catalan cuisine and Spanish gastronomy on this exciting foodie market tour with a professional chef! Taste and sample your way through two of Barcelona's most famous markets, and visit traditional grocers selected by the chef.

Price Range: $

Magical Montserrat with Monastery, Funicular & Nature Hike

Magical Montserrat with Monastery, Funicular & Nature Hike

Experience the magic of Montserrat on this engaging day trip featuring the thousand-year-old Benedictine monastery, a scenic funicular ride, and a guided nature trek through Montserrat Natural Park!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Sailboat Brunch Cruise

Barcelona Sailboat Brunch Cruise

This memorable excursion has it all-a relaxing sailboat cruise past Barcelona¿s most famous sights, a delicious brunch at sea, and even time for a refreshing plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona by Land, Air & Sea

Barcelona by Land, Air & Sea

Barcelona's magic comes to life by land, air, and sea as you travel by electric bike, cable car, and boat to discover the city's most iconic sights!

Price Range: $$

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