Iconic Portugal & Spain

National Geographic Journeys, Lisbon to Seville

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Historic cities, colourful culture, and architectural landmarks come together on this 15-day itinerary of Spain and Portugal. Your trusted CEO will lead you through medieval complexes, local farms, and the Moorish masterpiece that is the Alhambra, enlisting knowledgeable local guides and hosts along the way. Immersive and informative, this itinerary through Western Europe satisfies the intellectual curiosities of those that wish to do more than simply cross a destination off their list.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cork Farm Experience, Évora Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada Your Foodie Moment: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal, Lisbon Culture & History: Port Wine Cellar Visit, Porto
  • Lisbon orientation walk
  • Fado performance with traditional Portuguese dinner
  • Guided tour of Palace of Pena in Sintra
  • Chapel of Bones tour in Evora
  • Diana's Temple visit in Evora
  • Guided tour of Coimbra University
  • Porto orientation walk
  • Douro River boat cruise and port wine cellar and tasting
  • Explore Cordoba including the Mezquita (mosque) and the medieval Jewish quarter
  • Granada orientation walk including a guided visit of the Alhambra
  • Internal flight
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations

Highlights

  • Discover portugal’s architectural gems like the manors of sintra and the roman temples of évora
  • Enjoy a mesmerizing fado music performance in lisbon
  • Take in a traditional flamenco show in seville
  • Venture into portugal’s countryside to learn about the production of cork and olive harvesting
  • Marvel at the splendid moorish architecture of the unesco world heritage-listed alhambra in granada

Itinerary

Day 1 Lisbon (1D) To ensure you are able to join the group for dinner, please arrive in Lisbon by 4pm. Additional Notes: For trips departing April 2020 onwards: If you wish to 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal
Day 2 Lisbon (1B) Escape reality during a visit the fairytale town of Sintra and lose yourself exploring the colourful manors, medieval palaces, and lush gardens of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to discover Lisbon. Included Activities: Pena Palace and Park Guided Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 28km) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 29km)
Day 3 Lisbon/Évora (1B) Travel to Évora in the heart of the Alentejo region, enjoying a tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones and visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula. Included Activities: Chapel of Bones Visit Diana Roman Temple Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Évora (1B, 1L) Visit a cork farm and learn about the cork production, as well as other activities particular to the Alentejo region like honey production and olive harvesting. Enjoy a traditional cork stripper's meal before returning back to Évora for free time. Included Activities: Cork Farm Experience
Day 5 Évora/Coimbra (1B) Continue to Tomar, where we visit the Templar Castle. Founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Knights Templar, the vast complex of the Convent of Christ is an incredible feat of medieval architecture. Continue on to Coimbra for the evening. Included Activities: Knights Templar Historic Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 225km) Private Vehicle (0.90 hour(s), 75km)
Day 6 Coimbra/Porto (1B) This morning, enjoy a tour around the University of Coimbra, Portugal's most prestigious university and a World Heritage Site. Enter through the 10th-century Porta Férra, the old entrance to the citadel of Coimbra. Walk through the campus along mosaic cobblestone paths and visit the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of São Miguel and the botanical gardens. Later, catch the train to Porto. Included Activities: University of Coimbra Visit Transport: Local train (1.50 hour(s), 120km)
Day 7 Porto (1B) Board a boat down Portugal's "river of gold", floating along the route that port shippers took to age their fortified wines. Take in the sights of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. Visit a local wine cellar, then end the day with a glass of port - an unmissable regional specialty. Included Activities: Douro Valley Cruise Port Wine Cellar Visit
Day 8 Porto/Madrid Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))
Day 9 Madrid (1B) Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music. Additional Notes: 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 Prado Museum. Included Activities: Historic City of Toledo visit Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Madrid/Córdoba (1B) Córdoba’s gastronomy features cuisine steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions. Head out tonight to sample some local food. Try the thick, hearty stew called "caldereta de cordero" or cool off with "ajo blanco," a hearty white gazpacho soup. Included Activities: Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia) Visit Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Córdoba/Granada (1B) Opt to visit the Granada Cathedral of the Incarnation or the Royal Chapel before your Flamenco class. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Flamenco Dancing Experience Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. This is a great place to go to catch the sunset. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Alhambra Guided Tour
Day 13 Granada/Seville (1B) This morning, journey to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities in Spain. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to visit the cathedral Giralda or Casa Pilatos, or enjoy a traditional flamenco show. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Santa Cruz Quarter Visit Transport: Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 14 Seville (1B) Have a chance to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés. Additional Notes: 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 15 Seville (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend staying a few extra nights to better explore Seville at your leisure. Included Activities: Departure Day
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