Come join us on this incredible journey through Spain and Portugal, an amazing 22-day trip to truly discover all that Iberian culture has to offer! From the rooftop feasts in Seville, to sampling port in Porto to uncovering Moorish architecture, charming pastel palaces at Sintra, Lisbon’s fresh seafood delights and UNESCO World Heritage sites – it will be a magical exploration of Spain & Portugal. We’ll also visit iconic cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Lisbon & Porto plus two nights on the island of Ibiza for an unforgettable experience full of culture and color!
Day 1 Start Madrid
Greeting to Spain! Get ready to sample the exquisite cuisine Madrid has to offer tonight with your new friends. Tomorrow, be prepared for a journey full of exciting new discoveries – make sure you enjoy a good night’s sleep at your hotel before embarking on this quest.
Day 2 Madrid to Bilbao
Our Iberian roadtrip is officially underway! Today, we are heading north in order to make a few stops, Burgos and Bilbao being two of them. Our first stop is Burgos, an incredibly picturesque medieval town that includes a French Gothic cathedral with intricate spires. Later on, we’ll arrive at Bilbao – notable for its recent surge in fame as an international cultural destination but never forgetting its easy-going vibes. There you will be able to visit Museo Guggenheim and observe all that this city has to offer from its architecture to its surroundings. To end off our night, there will be an included dinner at one of Bilbao’s local restaurants where you can experience some of their regional delicacies!
Day 3 Bilbao to Pamplona
Farewell Bilbao! It was a wonderful evening spent among your charming alleys and vibrant culture. Onwards and upwards to a beachy rendezvous – what could be better than taking an early morning dip at the Bay of Biscay? Off we go to San Sebastian, which looks like it has been taken straight from a postcard with its cobbled lanes leading down to pristine beaches. Enjoy a refreshing swim or spend time searching for the perfect souvenir before sitting down at one of the bars for some pinxtos (the basque word for tapas)! Finally, Pamplona awaits us; here we can take a tour through the well-maintained old city, including its majestic Gothic cathedral, before indulging ourselves with regional cuisine such as fresh trout and red peppers.
Day 4 Pamplona to Barcelona
This morning we take on another adventure, this time making our way to Zaragoza and the iconic city of Barcelona. After exploring Zaragoza’s casco (old town) we can feast on Spanish churros and witness the cathedral’s grandeur. On Contiki, even the pit stops are incredible! For two nights, you will be transported to Barcelona; exploring its Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district – an experience that will soon make you feel like a true local. With an insight into these must-do spots, you’ll master pronouncing C with a “tthh” like a pro by the time we move on!
Day 5 Barcelona
When in Barcelona, the possibilities for exploration are endless. From admiring Gaudi’s lauded Parc Güell to taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, or even opting for an engaging bike tour around the city – there is something for everyone. And at lunchtime, visitors can join a cooking class at Espai Mescladis which offers not only delicious cuisine but also provides an opportunity to experience MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™. This initiative connects cultures and creates employment through hospitality training while giving people access to great food and drink.
Day 6 Barcelona to Ibiza
The once-in-a-lifetime experience of Ibiza awaits us! This renowned party locale is now our destination for the next two nights. Crystal waters, music and a tranquility like no other can be found here. Internationally recognized as the ultimate spot for partying, one can enjoy famous clubs, DJs and lights like never before. But for those who love to wind down instead of raging up, its shorelines, inlets and markets are simply breathtaking.
Day 7 Ibiza
Though life on the island never stops, wake up early and take in all that Ibiza has to offer under the full light of day. Get out for some snorkeling, or stroll around the picturesque old town, checking out the quaint souvenir shops as you go. Head to Es Vedra for a spiritual journey, or extend your night with a fun boat party with your Contiki mates. Finally, watch one more glorious sunset before retiring for the evening.
Day 8 Ibiza to Valencia
We have created lasting memories on this enchanting island of Ibiza and now we must explore the rest of Spain! So, off we go with a ferry ride back to the mainland of Denia, then continuing our journey on a coach towards Valencia. This port city is truly magical in its combination of beach and culture. We won’t be able to resist spending one night here as they are famous for creating Paella! Who’s ready for an optional cooking class tonight with our crew and learn how to make Paella? Let’s do this!
Day 9 Valencia to Granada
We’ve said our goodbyes to Valencia, and now we turn our attention towards Granada! What a place! With its mix of Arab and Spanish vibes, each so unique yet blended together in such a perfect harmony found only in the region of Andalusia. One really does never want to leave such an enchanting city! To top off this wonderful day, all of us will gather for dinner with the crew tonight.
Day 10 Granada
Start your day with some free time to explore Granada. Go on a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin and the Capilla Real, and be sure to sample some of the city’s delicious Arab pastries. After that, head to Spain’s most famous attraction, the Alhambra Palace. Experience its amazing beauty and fascinating history as you take in all the intricate details constructed by Moorish builders. Plus, no visit is complete without admiring stunning views of Granada from within the palace walls. End your evening with a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your Contiki family – Que beuno!
Day 11 Granada to Madrid
Awakening this morning should bring forth enthusiasm, as there are amazing sights to be seen along the journey to Madrid. Toledo, a hill town, houses centuries-old mosques and churches as well as a Gothic cathedral and the residence of El Greco – renown artist and architect from the Renaissance period. This location has witnessed sieges, revolutions and treason throughout its history. Today marks our return to Spain where only ten days ago our lives began changing for the better. Tonight is yours to spend however you please – Madrid’s nightlife awaits with some delectable tapas, sangria and dancing shoes ready for a great evening out!
Day 12 Madrid to Cordoba
From the bustling streets of Madrid, we will set our sights on the beautiful city of Córdoba. Captivating its visitors with storybook balconies and charming lanes, Córdoba is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site full of abundant history. We’ll begin with an enlightening walking tour and then stop by the Mezquita (Mosque of the Caliphs), which will be a fantastic way to get to know this iconic city better. Later on, we’ll come together for an included dinner at our overnight Special Stay – a 15th century monastery that boasts magnificent vaulted ceilings, a tranquil outdoor pool and internal courtyard – for an unforgettable finish to our day.
Day 13 Cordoba to Seville
Awakening to the Southern Spanish sun, we depart from Córdoba and drive towards Seville. This city of unbridled passion is home to 13th century architecture as well as one of the world’s largest cathedrals. Our guided tour take us through the streets that skirt the river, marveling at the Mudéjar palaces and aristocratic mansions. For a truly immersive experience, you can opt for an EatWith dining experience which offers a rooftop feast amongst locals showcasing authentic Sevillian cuisine.
Day 14 Seville
Are you eager to uncover the secrets of Seville? Join us today as we explore the stunning Barrio Santa Cruz, take a tour of the Alcazar (the backdrop for beloved scenes in Game of Thrones) and wander through beautiful medieval streets. An included dinner awaits you this evening – the perfect end to your day!
Day 15 Seville to Lisbon
Bidding farewell to our beloved Spain, our journey continues west on the Iberian Penninsula towards Portugal. Our expectations skyrocket as soon as the Algarve is in view – a paradise of petiscos and pastéis de nata! Moving further into Europe, Lisbon is an eclectic destination that captivates with its vintage trams rolling down cobbled streets and colorful tiled buildings. Making ourselves at home for the night, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities come tomorrow; from cafés hidden down side streets to bohemian bars tucked away by the river. Feeling adventurous? Take a chance and discover what Lisbon has to offer like one of its locals – you never know what unexpected treasures you may find!
Day 16 Lisbon
Today we’ll be exploring all of the wonders Portugal has to offer, beginning with a guided tour of the city. Our journey will take us through renowned places such as Rossio Square, Christo Rei (Christ the Redeemer), and the Belem District where you can observe its iconic tower. We’ll also be able to get a taste of Moorish culture by visiting a monastery that holds Vasco de Gama’s tomb. In the afternoon there is free time for those wanting to try our Tastes of Lisbon experience. For adventurers who still have energy afterwards, an optional food walking tour is available in the evening.
Day 17 Lisbon to Leiria
This morning, our journey begins by heading up the stunning coast to Leiria. We can’t leave Lisbon without a stop at Sintra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town with pastel-coloured palaces and charming castle ruins. The most renowned attraction here however is Pena Palace – an insta-famous sight! We then make our way to Cascais – known for its beautiful beaches and delicious seafood. You can go on a stroll along the marina or choose to take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience hosted by locals: this street art tour showcases the culture of an area that’s shaking off old stereotypes via creating some truly unique urban galleries.
When exploring Portugal, many tourists may overlook Leiria, but this small town holds a wealth of history and charm. From its medieval old town to the iconic castle perched on top of the hill, anyone is sure to be enchanted by their time spent here. For those with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of delicious Portuguese cakes to sample in Leiria! In the evening, join us for an included dinner where we can share tales about our adventures from throughout the day.
Day 18 Leiria to Porto
Leaving Leiria after a tasty breakfast, we’ll board the coach and ride towards the magnificent city of Porto via Aveiro. Porto is a strikingly beautiful town decorated with canals and terracotta washed houses, boasting an abundance of exciting history. This evening provides us with an opportunity to join an optional but highly recommended walking tour of Porto accompanied by some delicious port tasting.
Day 19 Porto
Porto is an idyllic city, brimming with life and culture. Step back in time as you ride the historic wooden tram, or explore the cobblestone alleys of Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you are free to roam the city at your leisure – taking in views of São Fransisco Church & the 19th century Palácio de Bolsa and strolling along its picturesque shoreline.
Day 20 Porto to Salamanca
Leaving Portugal behind us, we set out for Salamanca which lies just across the Spanish border. Although only two hours away from Madrid, it feels like entering a different world altogether. This is where the 13th century University stands proudly, complete with its curiously futuristic gargoyles and indoors fresco depicting a painted sky. The majestic Cathedral is dotted with intricately carved stone shells that add an extra level of beauty to the area. We will make use of our free time to find something delicious to eat (think cheeses, cured meats, wine and sweet almond cookies) so we can explore more of this stunning place this evening.
Day 21 Salamanca to Madrid
Having had a great time in Salamanca, we’ll make our way to the majestic city of Ávila. It’s renowned for boasting perfectly preserved 11th century medieval walls that protect its UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. We will marvel at them and find an ideal spot to have lunch before making our way back on the coach towards Madrid. Having reached there again, you can choose to enjoy a traditional Spanish dinner near the world-famous Plaza Mayor and commemorate our journey together!
Day 22 End Madrid
Tearful goodbyes and promises of the next Contiki trip will linger in our minds as we sadly go our separate ways. Never forget these cherished memories, always leaving time for your next grand adventure. Keep the spirit alive with pinky-swears and tissues to remind you that memorable moments are just around the corner.
19 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Contiki Special Stay
Flight to the famous island of Ibiza
*** International flights are not included.
Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides
COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
All guests travelling with Contiki through December 31, 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which may include a booster shot to keep the vaccination status current and valid, depending on the travel destination. Children not eligible for vaccination and/or booster at the time of travel must provide a verifiable and negative Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the tour (taking time zones into consideration) for all tours departing until December 31, 2022.
For guests travelling with Contiki from 1 January 2023, Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters are highly recommended, but no longer required. Please note that regardless of time of travel guests will need to comply with specific vaccine and/or booster requirements imposed by airlines and/or authorities in the destination visited, as well as requirements for accessing restaurants and venues, which may be more restrictive than above. It is guests’ responsibility to ensure that they comply at all times with these requirements. No refunds will be given if guests are unable to undertake some or all of their vacation due to their failure to comply with these requirements.
27 Meals: 21 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners
Insurance is not included.
Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
Enjoy a cooking class & lunch at Espai Mescladis, a not-for-profit using food and drink as a way to foster social cohesion (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 35.00
Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with dinner EUR 64.00
Take a cooking class and whip up paella in its home of Valencia EUR 35.00
Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real EUR 19.00
Guided walking Tour EUR 20.00
EatWith locals on the rooftops of Seville & enjoy an authentic feast EUR 36.00
Tastes of Lisbon EUR 43.00
Lisbon Like a Local Dinner EUR 38.00
Discover local culture & support the Cascais community on a resident-guided street art tour (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 15.00
Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid EUR 37.50
Other activities and services are not included.