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Tour the scenic back roads of Spain and Portugal

Small group tour

Take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia. From Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues, experience a mix of treasures that Spain and Portugal offer.

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DURATION
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11 nights
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About this holiday

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Your 12 day tour at a glance

East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels
  • Taste authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Seville
  • Visit the spectacular Córdoba Mezquita – a UNESCO-protected mosque

Inclusions

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  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Tour Leader and Driver
  • Maximum 18 Passengers

Accommodation

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On your tour you will spend 11 nights in charming boutique accommodation with en-suite bathrooms of 3-star/4-star standard ranging from country inns to town centre hotels.

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

Twin share from $5,226 per person - land only

  • Sat 15 Oct - Wed 26 Oct 2022

Twin share from $5,629 per person - land only

  • Sat 01 Oct - Wed 12 Oct 2022
  • Sat 05 Nov - Wed 16 Nov 2022

For more pricing and availability for 2022, please call our friendly travel team on 1300 414 198.

Why not extend your stay and see more of Europe? Our friendly Australian team can happily help arrange our flights, accommodation and travel insurance.

Itinerary

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Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1 - Madrid

Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud!

  • Accommodation: NH Madrid Alonso Martínez (or similar)
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Madrid - Toledo

After breakfast we’ll take in all the highlights of this captivating capital on an orientation tour. Then we’ll board the mini-coach and head for Toledo – a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get a grip on the area’s unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel for the night.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Carlos V (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Toledo - Valdepeñas - Córdoba

Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas – where we’ll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba – our home for the next two nights.

  • Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdobe (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Córdoba

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia – a locally guided tour of Córdoba’s Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture – this afternoon is all about you.

  • Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Córdoba - Úbeda - Granada

Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause and taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada.

  • Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Granada

An energetic university city with an ancient past – Granada is yours to explore at leisure today. No visit here would be complete without wandering the lavish interiors of ancient Alhambra. Purchase your tickets well in advance to secure the opportunity to explore the intricately carved archways and vibrant gardens of this breathtaking Moorish palace. 

  • Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Granada - Ronda

You can rest assured that today’s journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we’ll get our bearings on an orientation tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Maestranza (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos - Jerez - Seville

Today it’s back on the road – with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we’ll set our sights on Jerez – where we’ll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional Flamenco show will help us settle into Seville.

  • Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9 - Seville

We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. First, a locally guided walking tour and a visit to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar of Seville. Then, the day it yours to spend at your leisure. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars... 

  • Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Seville - Sierra De Aracena

Back to nature today. After breakfast we’ll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. While we’re here, we’ll pay a visit a local pig farm – where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Sierra De Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz

Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Tonight, we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12 - Estremoz - Évora - Lisbon

Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region. This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Questions

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Where do I meet my Tour Leader upon arrival? Your Tour Leader will usually meet you in the arrival hotel’s reception area at the tour’s listed start time. If you can’t see your Tour Leader, look out for any notices posted in the lobby or ask a member of the hotel staff.

Do you provide airport transfers? For Europe and UK tours, airport transfers are not included in your tour price – however, we can book transfers for you as an additional service.

How much luggage can I bring? As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring? A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

What level of mobility do I need?: You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

  • $200 per person deposit due within 7 days of booking, full payment required 60 days prior to departure.
  • Deposit is non refundable but will be issued as a credit to use within 1 year of cancellation. Further cancellation fees within 60 days of travel.

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel with this supplier; the only exception to this is if you are medically exempt from having the vaccine.

Fully vaccinated you will need to bring an electronic and/or printed copy of your vaccination status with you to show your Tour Leader on the day your tour departs. Proof of your vaccination status must include your name (matching your passport) and the date on which your final vaccine was administered (which must be at least 14 days prior to your date of departure). Y

Medically exempt If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons, you will need to email you a copy of an official government exemption, or a letter from your doctor, at least 14 days before your tour departs. You will also be required to take a PCR test three days before your tour, and email Travel at 60 the result. If we do not receive these within the given time – or your PCR test result is positive – you will be unable to travel with us.

Not vaccinated If you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and do not hold an exemption from having the vaccine for medical reasons, unfortunately you will not be able to travel with us.

COVID-19: IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with airline and government requirements around passenger safety and COVID-19, including the need to produce evidence meeting airline and border control requirements in relation to a negative COVID-19 test both for transit and final destination passengers. This information is subject to change without notice so we recommend you update yourself in relation to the relevant airline and government policies for your transit and final destination at each of (i) the time of booking, (ii) as you approach your travel date, and (iii)immediately before travel. Airlines, hotels and other travel service providers will need to comply with national and/or local guidance and requirements relating to COVID-19 and will have implemented certain measures as a result. Whilst on the tour, customers may also be required to wear a mask when necessary.