The Best of Spain & Portugal (6820)

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

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Spain and Portugal—these are two countries with rich histories and distinct cultures, and on this affordable Best of Spain & Portugal tour, you'll see their fascinating highlights. In Spain, you’ll overnight in Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Salamanca. In Portugal, you’ll stay in Lisbon and Porto.

One of the tour highlights is a guided visit to Toledo, a treasure chest of art and historical architecture. In this old walled town, built on a hill, visit the 12th-century Church of St. Tome, which has one of El Greco's most famous paintings.

You will be delighted by the included visit of the Alhambra complex, built in the 13th century by Moorish kings featuring one of the oldest decorative gardens in the Western World. In Avila—a UNESCO World Heritage walled city founded in the 11th century—visit St. Theresa's Convent, opened in 1636 on the birthplace of St. Teresa.

In Portugal, visit Lisbon with a local guide, who will show you Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built circa 1514 to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama, and Porto's cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style on a panoramic terrace overlooking the port wine cellars on the banks of the Douro River.

In Spain, enjoy guided sightseeing in Toledo, Granada, Seville and Madrid. These local guides - experts in the cities' histories and cultures - will highlight the must-see sights. All of this and more—including a visit with wine tasting to a local wine cellar in Montilla—await you on this fabulous and affordable Spain and Portugal tour designed for value-minded travelers.
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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
PORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit a port wine cellar
SALAMANCA
ÁVILA and SEGOVIA
Visits
MADRID
Guided sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

April 07 Departure – Easter
April 28 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 14 Departure – Christmas dinner in Madrid
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Belem Tower in Lisbon
  • Cathedral in Seville
  • Cultural landscape of Sintra
  • Guimaraes
  • Historic centre of Evora
  • Historic Centre of Oporto
  • Historic City of Toledo
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Avila with its Extra muros Churches
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 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 is a treasure-chest of masterpieces. 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.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km

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Day 3 GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA

Granada was the Moors’ 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.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 SEVILLE

Get to know Seville on the included city tour. The capital of Andalusia, colorful Seville has much to offer: the cathedral, the beautiful La Giralda minaret tower, a symbol of Seville; and the Real Alcázar palace, with its extravagant moorish architecture and opulent gardens. Fun fact: the “Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo”, from Star Wars, and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne”, from Game of Thrones, were filmed in Plaza de España and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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 to the scenic Portuguese Riviera.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 LISBON–FÁTIMA–COIMBRA–PORTO

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 Porto 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?
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 PORTO

Discover Porto’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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 PORTO–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, the best time to take a stroll in the Plaza Mayor.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 MADRID

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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
Porto
Salamanca

 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
Porto
Madrid

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: $$

Porto

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: $$

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