21-Day Driver-Guided Tour of Spain & Portugal

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How To Spend 3 Weeks In Spain & Portugal

Join us on a mesmerizing 21-day driver-guided journey through Spain and Portugal’s vibrant cities, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the rich history, captivating culture, and unique traditions of these two remarkable countries as you discover their iconic landmarks and hidden treasures.

From the magnificent Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the stunning Alhambra in Granada, our itinerary will take you to some of the most renowned destinations in Spain and Portugal. But we also want to show you the lesser-known gems, such as the medieval town of Toledo, to give you a genuine and authentic experience.

With the guidance of our expert and knowledgeable guides, you’ll delve into the rich heritage and cultural richness of Spain and Portugal. They will share their passion and expertise with you, making your journey both educational and enjoyable. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced traveler, we promise this tour will exceed your expectations.

So come along with us on the Best of Spain and Portugal Tour and experience the magic of these two enchanting countries. We can’t wait to share with you everything that Spain and Portugal have to offer.

Day 1 & 2: Madrid

These two days of private guided tours in Madrid offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history, art scene, and culinary culture. From world-class museums to beautiful public parks and historic neighborhoods, Madrid has something to offer for every type of traveler.

Madrid is Spain’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and world-class art museums. A private guided tour of Madrid is the perfect way to explore the city’s many attractions and experience its unique culture.

Visit the Prado Museum

Prado Museum Spain
Prado Museum, Spain

The Prado Museum is one of the most important art museums in the world, housing an impressive collection of European art from the 12th to the 19th centuries.

There are many reasons why you should visit the Prado Museum. Firstly, the museum’s collection is truly impressive, featuring masterpieces by some of the greatest artists in history, including Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, and Rubens. The collection includes over 8,000 paintings and more than 700 sculptures, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in the world.

In addition to its impressive collection, the Prado Museum is a significant historical and cultural landmark, providing a glimpse into Spain’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. The museum is housed in a beautiful 18th-century building, which is a work of art in itself.

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain

The Royal Palace of Madrid is a magnificent Baroque-style palace built in the 18th century.

Your guide can take you on a tour of the palace’s many rooms and halls, sharing stories about the Spanish monarchy and the palace’s history.

Stroll through the Retiro Park

Retiro Park is a beautiful public park in the heart of Madrid, known for its lush gardens, fountains, and sculptures.

Strolling through Retiro Park truly makes for a splendid escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy Metropolitan Madrid city center while you explore its many beautiful landmarks and attractions, including the famous Crystal Palace, which is a stunning glass and steel structure that houses temporary art exhibitions. Other notable attractions in the park include the serene lake, the elegant Rose Garden, and the grand statue of King Alfonso XII.

Visit the Reina Sofia Museum

The Reina Sofia Museum, located in Madrid, Spain, is one of the world’s most renowned museums of modern and contemporary art. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in art, culture, and history.

The museum’s collection is awe-inspiring, featuring works by some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and many others. The collection includes over 20,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive modern art collections in the world.

Explore the Barrio de las Letras

The Barrio de las Letras is a historic neighborhood in Madrid known for its literary heritage.

Your guide can take you on a walking tour of the area, pointing out the many landmarks and sharing stories about the famous writers who lived and worked in the neighborhood.

Taste Traditional Spanish Tapas

close up of 4 Tapas dishes in Barcelona
Spanish Tapas, Madrid

No visit to Madrid would be complete without tasting the city’s famous tapas. Discover some of the best tapas bars in the city, and explore the city’s traditional dishes and local specialties.

Evening Madrid Theatre Performance

Attending a theater show in Madrid is a great way to experience the city’s rich cultural heritage and see some of the best performers in Spain.

The shows can range from classic plays and musicals to experimental productions and contemporary performances. Many of the shows feature live music, dance, and other artistic elements, adding to the overall experience.

Overnight in Madrid.

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Day 3 & 4: Toledo

View of Alcazar de Toledo
Toledo, Spain

Toledo is a charming and historic city just a short one-hour drive from Madrid. Known as the “City of Three Cultures,” Toledo has a rich history shaped by the influence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

A private guided tour of Toledo is a great way to explore the city’s many attractions and learn about its fascinating history and culture.

Visit the Toledo Cathedral

The Toledo Cathedral is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks known for its stunning Gothic architecture and beautiful artworks.

Join your guide as they share their insights into the history and significance of the cathedral and its many treasures.

Explore the Jewish Quarter

Toledo’s Jewish Quarter is a picturesque neighborhood filled with narrow streets, charming courtyards, and historic buildings.

Embark on a walking tour of the area, with your private guide pointing out the many landmarks and sharing stories of the neighborhood’s rich history.

Visit the Alcázar of Toledo

The Alcázar of Toledo is a massive fortress that was originally built in the 3rd century. Over the years, the fortress has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a military academy and a museum.

Your second day in Toledo has been designed for you to continue exploring the city’s rich history, culture, and cuisine as you enjoy a personalized and immersive experience, allowing you to learn about the city’s history and culture from a knowledgeable and passionate guide.

Visit the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca

The Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and a must-visit destination in Toledo. Your guide can take you on a synagogue tour, providing invaluable insights into its history and significance.

Explore the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes is a beautiful Gothic-style monastery built in the 15th century.

On your guided tour of the monastery, you will hear stories of its history and significance throughout the years.

Enjoy a Traditional Spanish Dinner

Toledo is known for its delicious cuisine, and a private guided tour is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the city’s traditional dishes.

Your guide can recommend some of the best local restaurants, where you can enjoy a leisurely dinner while taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

Overnight in Toledo.

Day 5: Salamanca

Cathedral at Salamanca reflected viewed behind bridge of enrique esteven on river Tormes, Spain
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca is a beautiful university city located in western Spain, approximately two and a half hours from Toledo with your private driver.
Known for its stunning architecture and rich history. A private guided tour of Salamanca is a great way to explore the city’s many attractions and learn about its fascinating culture.

Visit the Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is the heart of Salamanca’s social and cultural life and a must-visit destination in the city.

This magnificent square is located in the heart of the city and is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, attracting visitors from all over the world.

There are many reasons why you should visit Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. Firstly, it’s a great place to soak up the city’s atmosphere and experience its unique charm. The square is surrounded by stunning Baroque buildings with ornate facades and balconies, giving it a grand and elegant feel. The architecture is truly breathtaking, and visitors can spend hours admiring the details and taking in the beauty of the square.

Explore the Salamanca Cathedral

The Salamanca Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks in the city, known for its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Featuring an impressive facade with intricate carvings and sculptures. The cathedral’s interior is equally stunning, with towering vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, and ornate altarpieces. Visitors can spend hours admiring the intricate details and craftsmanship of this magnificent building.

In addition to its architectural beauty, Salamanca Cathedral is also home to many important historical and cultural treasures. The cathedral’s chapels are filled with stunning works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. One of the most amazing treasures is the Cathedral Museum, which houses a collection of important religious artifacts and artwork, including pieces by Goya and Rubens.

Visit the University of Salamanca

The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the 13th century.

In addition to its architectural beauty, the University of Salamanca is also home to many important historical and cultural treasures. The university’s library is one of the oldest and most extensive in Europe, housing many rare and important manuscripts and books. The university’s classrooms and lecture halls are also filled with historic artwork and other artefacts, providing a unique glimpse into the city’s rich cultural history.

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Day 6 & 7: Porto

Porto is a beautiful coastal city located in northern Portugal, known for its charming historic center and world-famous port wine. A private guided tour of Porto is a great way to explore the city’s many attractions and experience its unique culture.

Guided Tour of Porto Cathedral

Cathedral of Porto, Sé do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Sé do Porto, Porto, Portugal

Begin your tour at the Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. With skip-the-line access, you can visit the cathedral without waiting in line.

The cathedral is a prime example of the Portuguese Romanesque architectural style known for its intricate stonework and beautiful stained glass windows.

Explore Ribeira and the Douro River

After visiting the cathedral, your guide will take you to Ribeira, one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Porto. Here, you can explore the narrow streets and colorful buildings that line the Douro River.

You’ll also have the opportunity to sample some of the city’s famous port wine, produced in the Douro Valley and one of Portugal’s most famous exports.

Visit the Clérigos Tower

Aerial cityscape view on the old town with Portuguese flag in Porto, Portugal, Clerigos Tower
Porto, Clerigos Tower

Next, you’ll visit the Clérigos Tower, a baroque tower that is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The tower offers breathtaking views over the city and is a great place to snap some photos.

Wander Through Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

After visiting the Clérigos Tower, your guide will take you to Livraria Lello, one of the oldest and most beautiful bookstores in the world. The bookstore is known for its ornate interior, stained glass skylights, and beautiful wooden staircase, and is said to have inspired J.K. Rowling when she wrote the Harry Potter series.

Tour the São Francisco Church

Your tour will end with a visit to the São Francisco Church, one of the city’s most beautiful and historic churches. The church is known for its ornate Gothic interior, intricate wood carvings, and stained glass windows.

Return to your accommodation at the end of the tour, where you’ll have time to reflect on the highlights of your full-day exploration of Porto.

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Day 8: Douro Valley

Porto Douro Valley Excursion Wine
Douro Valley, Portugal

The Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions, known for its stunning natural landscapes, historic vineyards, and world-famous port wine.

Douro Valley Wine Region

Today’s itinerary features a journey through the Pinhão Wine Region, known for its exceptional Port wines. Upon arrival, visitors will have the chance to tour a local winery, taste a range of Port wines, and sample accompanying local delicacies like cheeses, chocolates, and dried fruits. They’ll also be able to explore the vineyards and charming villages of the Pinhão region and admire its rich cultural heritage.

Next, guests will embark on a scenic boat cruise down the Douro River, taking in the valley’s breathtaking views of terraced vineyards, rugged hillsides, and picturesque villages. During the trip, they’ll stop at a traditional riverside tavern to enjoy a delicious lunch and sample more of the region’s renowned wines.

The final part of the itinerary features a meeting with a local winemaker, who will give visitors a tour of the winery and guide them through the wine-making process from grape harvesting to aging. The winemaker will also lead a tasting session, teaching visitors how to evaluate and appreciate the wines of the Douro Valley and pairing them with different foods.

After a full day of wine-related activities, guests will spend the night in the Douro Valley.

Day 9: Coimbra

University of Coimbra in Portugal
University of Coimbra in Portugal

Coimbra is a historic city located in central Portugal, known for its beautiful architecture, rich cultural heritage, and prestigious university.

Visit the University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the 13th century.

Your private guide can take you on a university tour, sharing stories of its history and the many famous scholars who have studied there.

Explore the Coimbra Cathedral

The Coimbra Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks in the city, known for its beautiful Romanesque architecture and impressive collection of religious art. Your guide can take you on a cathedral tour, sharing stories of its history and significance.

Stroll through the Old Town

The Old Town of Coimbra is a charming and picturesque neighborhood filled with narrow streets, beautiful buildings, and great city views.

Hear the tales from the city’s history brought to life for you as you enjoy a walking tour of the area, with your guide pointing out the many landmarks and sharing stories of the neighborhood with you.

Overnight in Coimbra.

Day 10 & 11: Lisbon

View of Tagus River and people and statue of King Jose I at the Praca do Comercio square in Baixa district in Lisbon, Portugal, from above on a sunny_
Praca do Comercio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

In the morning, your private chauffeur will collect you and your luggage from your hotel as you make the 2-hour drive from Coimbra to Lisbon, which takes approximately 2 hours.

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and a vibrant destination filled with historical sites, lively neighborhoods, and delicious cuisine. A private guided tour of Lisbon is a great way to explore the city’s many attractions and experience its unique culture.

Begin your exploration of Lisbon with a half-day private tour accompanied by your personal driver. Visit the city’s most iconic destinations, including Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio Square, and the historic Alfama Quarter. Take a tour of the Lisbon Cathedral and St. Anthony Church, and stroll to the top of St. George’s Castle, passing by the remains of the Roman Theatre along the way.

Next, head to the Belem area and see landmarks such as Trade Square, 24 de Julho Avenue, and the Tagus River. Marvel at the 25th April Bridge, the Christ King Monument, and the picturesque neighborhood of Belem. Make a stop at the Jeronimos Monastery, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, before concluding your tour with visits to the Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries.

Lisbon Boat Tour

Admire the breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Atlantic Ocean as you explore the city’s wonders on a sailboat journey along the Tagus River.

Take in the iconic landmarks and historic sights of Lisbon, such as the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery, as you glide through the city’s heart. The Belem Tower, a 16th-century fortification, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of the city’s rich maritime history. The Jeronimos Monastery, with its beautiful Manueline architecture, is a testament to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. You can also marvel at other popular sights along the river, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the statue of Christ the King. Enjoy the refreshing breeze and stunning views as you make memories to last a lifetime.

Evening Entertainment & Fado Exhibition

Spend an evening immersing yourself in Portuguese culture with a Fado show and dinner.

Fado is a traditional music genre that originated in the 1840s in the neighborhoods of Lisbon, mainly in the Alfama and Mouraria areas. It is characterized by its melancholic melodies and moving lyrics. The origins of Fado remain unclear, with some believing it has African or Arab roots, while others see it as a result of Lisbon’s rich and diverse cultural background.

The performance will be followed by a delightful dinner featuring Portuguese cuisine, all set in the cozy atmosphere of a classic Fado venue. This is a unique opportunity to delve into the history and culture of Lisbon and feel the emotional impact of Fado music.

Spend the night in Lisbon.

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Day 12: Sintra

Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a beautiful town located just outside Lisbon, known for its stunning palaces, castles, and gardens. A private guided tour of Sintra is a great way to explore the town’s many attractions and experience its unique culture.

Guided tours of the stunning town of Sintra, located at the foot of the Sintra Mountains, with your own personal driver at your disposal.

Sintra is a unique and breathtaking place that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site so significant that it has been given its own separate category as a “cultural landscape,” acknowledging both its natural beauty and its historic buildings.

Private Tour of Pena Palace

Begin your exploration at the magnificent Pena Palace, a 19th-century architectural marvel that stands out as one of the most recognizable landmarks in Sintra. This palace boasts a blend of Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance styles and is enveloped by picturesque gardens.

Quinta da Regaleira

Visit the remarkable Quinta da Regaleira, a must-see destination for those fascinated by history, architecture, and the mystical. This 16th-century property was restored in the early 20th century by wealthy Brazilian entrepreneur Antonio Carvalho Monteiro, who was heavily influenced by his love for the supernatural and Portuguese mysticism.

Admire the stunning architecture of the Quinta da Regaleira, featuring a blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Manueline styles. The property boasts several unique features, including a network of underground tunnels, caves, and wells, as well as a chapel, an observatory, and a palace.

Sintra Palace

After visiting the Quinta da Regaleira, proceed to the grand Sintra National Palace, which served as the former abode of Portugal’s royalty. Erected during the mid-15th century by King John I, the palace has undergone multiple renovations and expansions over time.

Renowned for its magnificent Portuguese Gothic architecture, the Sintra National Palace houses an array of art pieces and historical relics, such as tapestries, paintings, and furniture. Furthermore, its gardens offer a tranquil atmosphere with breathtaking views of the surrounding vista.

Moors Castle

In the afternoon, discover the historic Castle of the Moors, an ancient fortress perched on a hilltop that dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries during the rule of the Moors in the Iberian Peninsula.

Explore its well-preserved walls, towers, and gates, which offer a glimpse into medieval military architecture. Admire the picturesque scenery around the castle, including its beautiful gardens and lush forests. Take in the panoramic views of Sintra and the Atlantic Ocean from the castle.

Finally, wrap up your tour of Sintra with a visit to the Convent of the Capuchos, a 16th-century monastery that showcases simple yet elegant architecture and serene gardens. The convent provides a peaceful and tranquil environment to conclude your visit to Sintra.

Return to Lisbon in the evening.

Day 13: Evora

Evora Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Portugal
Evora Cathedral, Portugal

Evora is a historic city located in southern Portugal, known for its beautiful Roman temple, Gothic cathedral, and historic university. A private guided tour of Evora is a great way to explore the city’s many attractions and experience its unique culture.

Visit the Roman Temple of Evora

The Roman Temple of Evora is one of the most important landmarks in the city, known for its impressive columns and historic significance.

The temple is a stunning example of Roman architecture and engineering, dating back to the 1st century AD. The temple’s Corinthian columns and intricate carvings are incredibly well-preserved, making it one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Portugal.

Explore the Chapel of Bones

The Chapel of Bones is a unique and somewhat macabre attraction located in the heart of Evora.

The chapel was built in the 16th century by Franciscan monks as a way of reminding people of the fleeting nature of human life and the importance of living a virtuous existence and is decorated with the bones of over 5,000 people, making it a fascinating and somewhat eerie place to visit.

Taste the Local Wine

Evora is known for its delicious wines, and a private guided tour is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the region’s best vintages. Your guide can take you to one of the many local wineries, where you can learn about the wine-making process and sample some of the best wines that Evora has to offer.

Day 14 & 15: Seville

Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain
Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain

Travel to Seville, the capital of Andalusia, today on a 3-hour journey from Evora

Embark on a walking tour of Seville’s landmarks with a private guide, starting in the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter. Explore the city’s rich history as you visit the Alcázar Palace and the Seville Cathedral.

Alcázar Palace and the Seville Cathedral Guided Tours

The Alcázar is known for its stunning architecture, blending Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Stroll through its picturesque rooms and tranquil gardens, filled with beautiful features like intricate tilework, peaceful paths, fountains, and sculptures.

The Seville Cathedral is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Discover its awe-inspiring interiors, from the towering columns and arches to the intricate stained glass windows and carvings. Admire the main altar, made of wood and adorned with elaborate sculptures, as well as its many chapels and side altars.

Take in panoramic views of the city from the top of the iconic La Giralda bell tower, which was once a minaret of the mosque that previously stood on the site.

Seville Cooking Class

Indulge in a gastronomic adventure in Seville, which includes a tour of a local market, a private cooking lesson, and a sumptuous lunch with a view of the Seville Cathedral.

Your culinary journey begins with a trip to the market, where you’ll see an array of fresh seafood, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Your chef will accompany you throughout the market and assist you in selecting the ingredients for your meal.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make authentic Spanish dishes. Your chef will demonstrate the preparation process for each dish and offer valuable tips and techniques to enhance your cooking skills. You’ll have the chance to cook the dishes on your own and enjoy a glass of sherry during the class.

Once your culinary creations are ready, you’ll savor a delicious lunch on a terrace overlooking the Seville Cathedral. You’ll have the opportunity to share a glass of wine with your chef and discuss the dishes you’ve prepared.

This cooking experience in Seville is an excellent way to learn about Spanish cuisine, savor a delicious meal, and appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Overnight in Seville.

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Day 16 & 17: Granada

Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Your private chauffeur will collect you in the morning and drop off your bags for the 2-hour drive from Seville to Granada, an enchanting city located in Andalucia known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture.

To kick off your first night in the city, we have arranged a special culinary experience in the Albaicín quarter. This charming and historic neighborhood boasts breathtaking views of Granada and the Alhambra Palace, making it the perfect backdrop for a meal featuring local delicacies.

Indulge in the best flavors and ingredients that the city has to offer while taking in the magical views.

The Alhambra Palace in Granada

Begin your personal tour of the Alhambra by exploring the iconic Court of Lions. This magnificent courtyard, surrounded by columns and arcades, is renowned for its 12 marble lions that stand at its center, earning it its name. Soak in the serene beauty of this elegant space and get a glimpse into the refinement of the Alhambra.

Next, visit the Nasrid Palaces, the very essence of the Alhambra. These palaces served as the residence of the last Muslim rulers of Granada and are a stunning showcase of Islamic art and architecture. Be mesmerized by the geometric patterns, calligraphy, and intricate details that adorn the palaces, providing a unique and fascinating insight into the lives of the Nasrid rulers.

The Hall of the Abencerrajes is one of the most ornate rooms in Alhambra and is a must-visit. Named after the story of the Abencerrajes, a noble Muslim family betrayed and killed in the hall, it boasts intricate carvings, colorful tiles, and beautiful arches, showcasing the art and craftsmanship of the Nasrid period.

Climb up to the Comares Tower, the tallest and most impressive tower in Alhambra, to enjoy panoramic views of Granada and the surrounding mountains. This tower, which was also the throne room of the Nasrid rulers, is adorned with beautiful stucco and tile work and is a popular spot for taking pictures and admiring the scenery.

Conclude your tour with a visit to the Palace of Charles V, a Renaissance building nestled within the walls of the Alhambra. This palace, a stark contrast to the Islamic architecture of the Nasrid palaces, is a stunning example of Renaissance style and design. It houses a museum, library, and collection of sculptures, offering a unique and fascinating perspective on the history and culture of the Alhambra.

Granada Ceramics Class

Embark on an unforgettable and educational experience in Granada this afternoon with a ceramic tile painting class. This unique activity provides an opportunity to delve into the city’s rich ceramic tradition.

It Takes place in an artist’s studio located on the slopes of the Alhambra, where you can unleash your creativity and learn about the techniques and designs of this art form. Your instructor, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and a seasoned local artist will offer guidance and support throughout the session.

Upon completion of the class, you’ll get to glaze your tiles, which will then be fired in a kiln before being delivered to your hotel or to a designated address. The class is accessible to individuals of all artistic abilities and is an excellent activity for both adults and children to enjoy.

Spend the night in Granada.

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Day 18: Cordoba

Old town of Córdoba
Cordoba, Spain

Journey to Cordoba via the direct train from Granada, which takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Upon arrival, explore the city, which was once the capital of the Roman Empire and the Umayyad Caliphate. Cordoba’s historical significance has been recognized by UNESCO, designating the Mosque-Cathedral and its surrounding areas as a World Heritage Site.

Begin your tour at the Mezquita, a former mosque renowned for its Moorish architecture, lush courtyard, and impressive arches. Afterwards, visit the Judería, the charming old Jewish quarter filled with narrow streets and colorful homes. Be sure to stop by the 14th-century Synagogue.

Next, cross the Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River and head to the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos, a 14th-century castle that once served the Christian kings of Spain. Take a stroll in its beautiful gardens before ending your tour at the Plaza del Potro, a lively square surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops.

In the afternoon, embark on a horse riding tour at La Hacienda la Albaida, where you can experience the rich history of Andalusia on horseback. The hacienda is renowned among horse enthusiasts and was once the breeding ground for stallions ordered by King Philip II.

Spend the night in Cordoba.

Day 19: Valencia

Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral, Spain

Valencia is a beautiful and vibrant city on the eastern coast of Spain, known for its stunning beaches, rich history, and delicious cuisine.

The distance is too far to drive comfortably, so we will take your bags to the fast train for the 4-hour train to Valencia. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take a moment to recharge.

Discover Valencia's Treasures on a Guided Evening Walk

Later in the evening, you’ll be joined by a private guide for a walking tour of Valencia. Explore the city’s famous streets, squares, and monuments, including the City Hall square, Central Market, Lonja, Plaza Redonda, Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, Plaza del Patriarca, Cathedral, and Plaza de la Virgen. Your guide will provide insightful information about the history and significance of each location.

Admire the Beauty of the Valencia Cathedral

A highlight of the tour is visiting the Valencia Cathedral, where you’ll see stunning Renaissance frescoes and the authentic Holy Chalice. Your guide will share the history and importance of these treasures.

Take a Sweet Break to Taste Local Delicacies

The tour includes a stop for a sweet break, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste horchata, a traditional vegetable-based drink made from the local fruit “chufa,” and fartons, sweet breadsticks. Your guide will give you tips on how to best taste these treats and explain their cultural significance.

Enjoy an Overnight Stay in Valencia.

Day 20 & 21: Barcelona

Barcelona skyline with Sagrada familia cathedral in the foreground.
Barcelona, Spain

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel in Barcelona and take you to explore the city’s Gothic Quarter.

This historic neighborhood is home to many stunning landmarks, including the Barcelona Cathedral and the ancient Roman wall. Your guide will explain the history of the area as you stroll through its narrow streets and picturesque squares.

Next, you’ll visit the famous La Boqueria Market, where you can sample some of the best local produce and delicacies. Your guide will take you on a food tour of the market, introducing you to traditional Catalan dishes and flavors.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to the stunning Park Guell, one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks. This beautiful park was designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi and features colorful mosaics, whimsical sculptures, and stunning views of the city.

Your second day in Barcelona will begin with a visit to the world-famous Sagrada Familia. This stunning basilica is Gaudi’s masterpiece and is still under construction, more than a century after the architect first began work on it. Your guide will explain the fascinating history and symbolism behind the basilica’s intricate design.

Next, you’ll head to the Passeig de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s most upscale shopping and dining destinations. This elegant boulevard is home to many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Gothic-style Barcelona Cathedral, which is one of the city’s most important religious landmarks. Your guide will explain the history and significance of the cathedral, as well as its stunning architectural features.

Finally, you’ll end your 21-day tour with a relaxing stroll through the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, one of Barcelona’s most popular parks. This tranquil oasis features beautiful gardens, sculptures, and a stunning lake, making it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

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Our 21-day driver-guided tour of Spain and Portugal offers an immersive and unforgettable experience, providing a unique glimpse into the history, culture, and cuisine of these two countries.

From the vibrant cities of Madrid, Lisbon, and Barcelona to the charming towns of Toledo, Sintra, and Cordoba and the stunning natural landscapes of the Douro Valley and the Algarve, there’s something for everyone on this itinerary. And with the personalized attention of a private guide and the convenience of a driver, you can truly make the most of your time in these beautiful countries.

So, if you’re looking to explore Spain and Portugal, contact our tour planners for a complimentary custom Iberia itinerary that will help you make the most of your trip. We can tailor the itinerary to your interests and preferences, ensuring a truly unique and unforgettable experience in these wonderful countries.

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