Iberian Explorer - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from $1823 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The experience was superb"
Alton , Jun 2014

Begin your Iberian adventure by marvelling at Gaudi's stunning Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, see the Bull Ring on a tour of sunny Valencia and cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada. Lounge on the beach in Costa Del Sol and then cross the border to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon to take in breathtaking views of the city as you cross the Tagus. Finish your unforgettable trip in Europe's highest capital city, Madrid.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Barcelona! After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore Spain's most cosmopolitan city.


    AC Som

  • 2.


    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and spectacular views of the city from Montjuïc. Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an optional experience to Montserrat.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.


    Drive through orange groves to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid'. Continue through the ‘huertas' to sunny Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the Town Hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, the Cathedral and the modern ‘City of Arts and Science' designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Abba Acteon

  • 4.


    Travel southwest across the ‘sierras' to view the cave houses at Guadix. Take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings and then cross the jagged Mora Pass to Granada.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Macia Condor

  • 5.


    This morning there is time, subject to ticket availability, to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace and gardens. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol or join an optional experience to one of the famous hilltop villages.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Tryp Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda

  • 6.


    Enjoy a scenic costal drive past Marbella to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, where you have the chance to see the famous Barbary monkeys and possibly visit the cave of St. Michael. Then continue through spectacular Andalusian countryside to Seville. After dinner at your hotel tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show!


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Gran Lar

  • 7.


    Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist on your included morning sightseeing tour. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty Cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower. Explore the city at your own pace or join an optional experience to visit the impressive Gothic Cathedral and the vast Plaza de España. Tonight, you might like to sample some traditional tapas.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.


    Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel via Setúbal to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated near where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with folk dancing and song.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Altis Park

  • 9.


    See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure to maybe take an optional experience to the coastal town of Cascais.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.


    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view the Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

  • 11.


    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. This afternoon your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. This evening why not visit one of Madrid's many fine restaurants where you have the chance to try some of the local dishes.


    Buffet Breakfast


    NH Ribera De Mazanares

  • 12.


    An entire day to explore the city! You might like to visit the Prado Museum, watch the street artists on Plaza Mayor or join an optional experience to the medieval city of Toledo, the ancient capital of Castile. Tonight, dine with your companions as you celebrate a memorable holiday.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 13.


    Say ‘adios' to your companions after a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Barcelona

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and views from Montjuïc
  • Costa Del Sol

    Visit this renowned resort area
  • Fatima

    Visit the celebrated Shrine
  • Gibraltar

    Visit the famous rock of Gibraltar
  • Granada

    Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Guadix

    View the cave homes in “Barrio Troglodyte”
  • Lisbon

    View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Madrid

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Peñiscola

    See the ancient castle overlooking the beach
  • Salamanca

    Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Seville

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Valencia

    Orientation tour includes the Cathedral, Town Hall and Serrano and Cuarte Towers


  • 12 buffet breakfasts

  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Catalonian Feast And The Dancing Fountains

    Adult Price: €57.00 Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.
  • Montserrat

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us for a trip out of Barcelona as we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. You’ll ascend this staggering rock formation for a chance to admire its spectacular panoramic views. Arrive at the Basilica Real where newlyweds come to pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.


  • Gypsy Flamenco Fun in Old Granada

    Adult Price: €33.00 Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.
  • Visit to the Alhambra Gardens

    Adult Price: €35.00 Visit the Alcazaba Fortress and Charles V Palace in the Alhambra historical site. Afterwards, stroll through the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage gardens of the Generalife.


  • Explore Andalusia's Local Life

    Adult Price: €60.00 Discover one of the small, white, hilltop villages typical of Andalusia. The villages are perched high up and offer breathtaking views of the coastline. Later on, we’ll take you to one of our favourite local restaurants for dinner and drinks.


  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

    Adult Price: €39.00 Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
  • Gothic Cathedral And Plaza De España

    Adult Price: €35.00 Enjoy a visit to an impressive local gothic cathedral, with its Moorish 'Giralda' tower and where lies the tomb of Christopher Columbus. After this, we’ll take you to the famous exhibition site of Plaza de España, which is a must for any visitor to Seville.
  • Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

    Adult Price: €52.00 Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste a myriad of flavours and different wines, before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville which has a certain charm, particularly in the evening.


  • A Guided Tour Of The Rock Of Gibraltar

    Adult Price: €30.00 Experience a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, by private mini bus. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra, visit St. Michael`s cave and see the famous Barbary apes.


  • Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation

    Adult Price: €51.00 Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.
  • Dinner With Fado Singing

    Adult Price: €64.00 An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

    Adult Price: €51.00 Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.
  • Sintra and Cascais And The Estoril Coast

    Adult Price: €45.00 We’ll leave Lisbon for the slopes of the Sierra de Sintra, an area studded with palaces. After visiting an impressive palace, you’ll see the fashionable resort of Estoril before returning to Lisbon via the quaint fishing village of Cascais.


  • Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

    Adult Price: €60.00 This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
  • Discover Toledo: the Ancient Capital of Spain

    Adult Price: €42.00 Visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craftwork.
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