Day 1 Lisbon If visiting the historic district of Belém is on your bucket list, we recommend arriving early on this day to explore its major sites like the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Most attractions in Belém are closed on Mondays.
If you'd like to independently explore Lisbon before your tour begins, consider booking pre-tour accommodation with us. Please speak to a G Adventures representative about booking accommodations in Lisbon before Day 1 of this itinerary.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Lisbon (1B, 1D) Opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this.
Lisbon Orientation Walk
Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal
Day 3 Lisbon/Coimbra (1B) Leave Lisbon behind and head north to the small hill town of Batalha, best known for its ornate gothic monastery built to commemorate Portugal's victory in the infamous battle of Aljubarrota. Visit the historic Batalha Monastery with free time to wander the grounds. Continue to the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra.
Batalha Monastery Visit
Day 4 Coimbra (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Coimbra. Opt to visit the famous Coimbra University, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 (and also the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts). Explore the winding streets and the riverfront filled with restaurants and bars, or opt for a day trip to the nearby coastal town of Aveiro or the pilgrimage sites of Fátima.
Day 5 Coimbra/Porto (1B) Continue to the historic and vibrant coastal town of Porto in the afternoon, and take an orientation walk upon arrival.
Local train (1.50 hour(s), 120km)
Day 6 Porto (1B) Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolhão Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit São Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Palácio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city.
In the evening, become an Port wine connoisseur with a visit to the cellars and a port wine tasting.
Port Wine Cellar Visit
Day 7 Porto/Madrid Catch an early morning flight to Madrid. Arrive mid morning with the rest of the day to explore Madrid at your own pace.
Kindly note there is a 20kg luggage weight restriction on this internal flight. Please make sure to plan your packing with this in mind.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Flight (1.25 hour(s))
Day 8 Madrid (1B) Enjoy a full day to explore this bustling capital. Discover Plaza Mayor or opt to visit the famous Royal Palace. Indulge in delicious Spanish tapas or get your art fix at the Prado Museum.
Day 9 Madrid/Granada (1B) Journey south to Granada. Upon arrival enjoy an orientation walk. Wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin; with its narrow lanes and fantastic views, it's a great place to watch the sunset.
Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit
Local bus (4.20 hour(s), 420km)
Day 10 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through this historic city. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. Granada is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.
Opt to pre-book the "Granada City Center and Tapas Gourmet Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your trip.
Alhambra Guided Tour
Day 11 Granada/Cordoba/Seville (1B) Travel to Seville via picturesque Cordoba. Go for a stroll through the historic Jewish quarter and visit the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque). In the early evening, continue towards Seville and end your day with a dramatic flamenco performance.
Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit
Day 12 Seville (1B) Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.
Seville is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville.
Day 13 Seville/Barcelona (1B, 1D) Hop on the train and get comfortable on the journey north to Barcelona. Take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. In the evening participate in a G Adventures supported tapas cooking class served and prepared by migrant students followed by a group dinner to round out the day.
Mescladis Tapas Cooking Class and Dinner
Train (6.00 hour(s), 920km)
Day 14 Barcelona (1B) Depart at any time.
We highly recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer. Please speak to a G Adventures representative about booking accommodations in Barcelona after your tour ends.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.