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Take an incredible 18 day journey through Barcelona, Spain and 12 other destinations in Europe with the In-depth Cultural tour Premium Spain & Portugal. With this package, you will have a unique opportunity to explore some of the best sites in both countries while also being provided with accommodation at top hotels, delicious meals, expert guides and so much more. The trip starts off in Barcelona before concluding in Porto – don’t miss out on your chance to experience these amazing places!


Tour highlights

Take the plunge into Iberia and embark on an unforgettable 18-day Premium excursion through Spain and Portugal. Gain insight from passionate local guides and explore the iconic sights of Seville, Valencia, Granada, Cordoba, Coimbra and Lisbon. Marvel at ancient fortresses like the Alhambra in Granada, take a walk around historic university grounds in Coimbra or learn more about Porto’s backstreets – there is something for every traveller here! Plus savour tantalising traditional dishes like paella in Valencia or enjoy a glass of port from where it originated in Douro Valley. So what are you waiting for? Experience first hand the colours, tastes and sounds that make up these two incredible countries.

For this memorable journey, it is best to come prepared for your explorations. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, suitable clothing and bags that can manage cobblestone streets. The hot temperatures may exceed 40°C during summertime, so protection from the sun should be taken seriously; layers are a must and stay hydrated! Consider your health before travelling according to the season. During visits to any religious sites you will need appropriate attire – tops that cover your arms and bottoms that go past the knees; bringing a light scarf could also aid in covering up when its scorching hot outside. Your leader will communicate when these dress codes are required.

Start point
Arrival transfer from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain

End point
Depart from your hotel in Porto, Porto, Portugal



Tour itinerary

Day 1 Madrid
Welcome to the captivating country of Spain! Your journey begins in the beautiful city of Madrid, a place overflowing with splendid boulevards, delightful parks and delicious cuisine. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be collected and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your leader and small tour group for an introductory meeting this evening. Those who arrive early may wish to visit the Museo del Prado before checking out modern Spanish works such as Picasso’s or Dali’s art pieces on show at the Museo Reina Sofia. Finally, take a glimpse into eight centuries worth of European painting by visiting the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. In the evening gather with your leader and fellow travellers over dinner at a lovely restaurant featuring Madrid’s renowned tapas dishes.
Accommodation: Hotel Soho Boutique Congreso or similar

Day 2 Madrid
Head to the culturally-rich city of Toledo this morning. Perched atop a high craggy rock beside the Tagus River, the city boasts an impressive array of architectural monuments from almost all time periods, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. Today gives you an opportunity to learn about one particular aspect ofToledo’s culture: marzipan! Considered by some as having been invented in Toledo itself, this almond meal based confection has been produced here for centuries and is widely regarded as some of the best in the world. Find out how it’s made and explore its significance within Toledo before tasting some for yourself! With a free afternoon ahead, meander over to Madrid and visit tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace or spend some time relaxing in Parque del Retiro.
Accommodation: Hotel Soho Boutique Congreso or similar

Day 3 Seville
In and around Seville
Why not take the train from Madrid to Seville, one of Spain’s most historic cities. From your Feature Stay accommodation, an 18th-century mansion turned boutique hotel, you can appreciate its history with decorative antiques and hand painted details. Enjoy personal touches like the family’s great-grandmother’s shawl in reception or the unbeatable location on Alameda de Hercules, with countless cafes and music venues. To immerse yourself in traditional culture, join a flamenco show this evening – Spanish dance accompanied by passionate singing and guitar playing that is sure to move you.
Accommodation: Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana or similar

Day 4 Seville
Begin your day in Seville by arranging a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Embark on a fascinating journey of the city – meander through its tight alleyways, observe orange trees sprouting from hidden squares and marvel at the architectural beauty of flower-decorated patios. Your expert companion will share stories about Seville’s past and present as you make your way to the Alcazar Palace, still used by Spanish royals up to today. The afternoon is yours to spend however you’d like – an optional visit to Giralda Tower and nearby Cathedral – famous for containing Christopher Columbus’ tomb – might be an ideal place to explore further.
Accommodation: Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana or similar

Day 5 Cordoba
In and around Cordoba
This day, a private transfer will take you to Cordoba, where the presence of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultural influences can be found within its architecture, culture and cuisine. Here lies the Mezquita – an extraordinary structure that has acted as both a mosque and a cathedral over time. Within this marvelous edifice stands a cathedral which is a testament to the combined Islamic and Christian history of Spain. On an organized journey with your leader , you’ll be able to explore this excellent example of Islamic design in detail while also traversing through some quaint neighbourhoods in Cordoba to discover its secrets.
Accommodation: Soho Boutique Cordoba or similar

Day 6 Granada
On your journey from Cordoba to Granada, take an opportunity to visit an oil mill. Here, you’ll be able to explore the process of olive oil production with the passionate and knowledgeable owner of the family-run business. You’ll also have a chance to sample some of the product – as well as olives, olive marmalade, olive pate and wine! When you arrive in Granada, make check-in at your hotel before going out this evening for drinks and dinner around the city with your companions.
Accommodation: Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada or similar

Day 7 Granada
Today is the day to explore Granada! Come with your leader on an orientation journey to get familiarized with the city, delving into its history and admiring Islamic architecture and Arab influences. After that, take some time for independent exploration – why not head to a local tea room and try some Moorish delicacies? In the afternoon, join a knowledgeable guide in a tour of Alhambra. Founded in the 11th century, Alhambra boasts Muslim art at its finest. With fortified walls, turrets and luxurious fountains surrounded by Sierra Nevada mountains, touring around these impressive grounds will be unforgettable. Feast first, explore later – that’s the plan for this day. Join your group for a delightful dinner at a nearby restaurant, before venturing back to the Alhambra in the evening where you’ll have an expert guide show you around and explain its history. The absence of crowds will give you unrestricted access to the impressive red fortress towers, ornately decorated palaces and architectural styles within the Nasrid Palaces. Once done, spend the night at Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada or similar.
Accommodation: Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada or similar

Day 8 Valencia
Start your journey in Granada and make your way to Valencia. Along the way, you will traverse through the diverse countryside of this area, stopping at Elche – the capital of Bajo Vinalopó. Stroll around the oldest palm grove in Europe, which was established by Phoenicians and developed by Arabs in eighth and ninth centuries; Your tour guide will provide a comprehensive explanation about its past. Then it’s off to Spain’s third largest city – Valencia as it is home to an incredible mix of both Roman, Muslim and Christian architecture over two thousand years ago. You are free to explore the city at length including all of its monuments and impeccable gardens upon arrival.
Accommodation: Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada or similar
Begin your excursion in Granada before making your way towards Valencia while taking in the sights of unique scenery across this region.
Accommodation: Hotel Dimar or similar

Day 9 Valencia
Discover Albufera Lake, a unique ecological site situated south of Valencia. Explore its beach, dunes, lagoons, wetlands and Mediterranean forest before journeying over to the small island of El Palmar. Here you’ll get to observe the traditional ‘barraca’ houses of the area. A boat trip will also take you out to the middle of the lake so that you can learn about agriculture in this region – especially around rice farming – before enjoying a delicious lunch of paella at this picturesque spot. Afterwards, use your free time to explore Valencia’s attractions like the City of Arts and Science designed by Calatrava or sample some local delights from horchata to artisan chocolates in nearby cafes.
Accommodation: Hotel Dimar or similar

Day 10 Barcelona
In and around Barcelona
Say goodbye to Valencia and journey towards Barcelona, a city that seamlessly intertwines quirky particulars with outstanding art, Gothic structures, savory feasts, and countless fun-filled nights. On arrival in the Catalan capital, tour the city with your leader and then spend the day navigating around Gaudi’s surreal La Sagrada Familia Basilica or exploring one of Barcelona’s historic corners. To conclude this remarkable trip on an epicurean high note, join your group for dinner at a local restaurant. Indulge in gastronomic delights like olives, pickled garlic, lomo Iberico de Belotta, Catalan cheeses, olive oil and traditional desserts – all of which will leave you with unforgettable memories of Catalonia.
Accommodation: Catalonia Eixample 1864 Hotel or similar

Day 11 Lisbon
Take a trip to Portugal’s vibrant capital city, Lisbon, with an unescorted flight. Upon arriving at the airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your conveniently located hotel. At 6pm that evening, meet your tour leader and fellow travellers for a brief lecture about what lays ahead on the journey. Why not take advantage of any extra time prior to the meeting and explore one of Lisbon’s many outdoor cafes? After the briefing, wander over to one of the city’s remarkable restaurants for dinner together as a group; it is here where your leader will introduce you all to traditional Portuguese cuisine alongside exciting regional flavours!
Accommodation: Figueira by The Beautique Hotels

Day 12 Lisbon
Lisbon is a European city renowned for its stunningly renovated buildings, grand boulevards and exquisite castles and churches. The best way to experience the city is with a knowledgeable local guide on a walking tour. Begin your adventure by hopping aboard an iconic yellow Gloria cable car – it’s a sight not to be missed! Then explore the vibrant district of Bairro Alto, the bustling Chiado area and Alfama’s winding cobblestone streets filled with eateries tucked away in the traditional homes. Last, but certainly not least, sample a pastel de nata at one of the local establishments – Portugal’s most famed pastry that makes for delightful sweet treat!Embark on a journey of discovery and explore one of Lisbon’s most captivating monuments, Lisbon Cathedral. Built in 1150 by the city’s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings, it has become an enduring symbol of the region. Afterward, you won’t want to miss out trying ginjinha – Portugal’s iconic cherry liqueur – before saying goodbye to your local guide. You will then be led up to the magical Sao Jorge Castle with its centuries-old walls and 18 towers still standing tall today. Immerse yourself in all that remains from this medieval citadel and listen to stories about its history. Venture to the bustling city of Lisbon and take in the charming sight of its countless white buildings and red tiled roofs. Enjoy an afternoon of exploration as you wander through lively narrow streets, make your way to iconic structures like Belem Tower or the Monastery of Jeronimos for a truly remarkable experience.
Accommodation: Figueira by The Beautique Hotels

Day 13 Cascais / Cabo da Roca / Sintra / Coimbra
Venture outside the bustling city of Lisbon for a day-long excursion to Coimbra. Begin with a drive to Sintra, nestled among lush greenery and picturesque hills. Listen as your leader explains how cooler temperatures have made this place popular among royalty, poets, writers and tourists alike – including Lord Byron! Explore the alluring Pena Palace before continuing on to Cabo da Roca (roughly 1 hour away), where its rocky cape marks mainland Portugal’s westernmost point. Then pay a visit to Cascais, formerly a small fishing village but eventually developed into an exclusive royal residence in the 19th century. Take some time browsing through delightful eateries and sampling local delicacies until it is time to depart for Coimbra after sundown.
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra or similar

Day 14 Coimbra
Perched on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra is an ancient city with a remarkable royal history. Enjoy a tour of its picturesque streets and buildings, then explore one of the oldest universities in the world. The evening will be filled with Portugal’s cultural heritage at an included traditional Fado music show. This unique version of blues music is both captivating and memorable – your leader can also suggest some excellent places to eat after this unforgettable experience has come to an end.
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra or similar

Day 15 Douro Valley
Embark on an adventure this morning and explore the remarkable Douro Valley. Not only renowned for its breathtaking beauty, it is home to some of the most exquisite wines in the world. On your arrival, you will be invited on a tour of one of the area’s premier wineries – where you will learn more about the origins of Port wine and how it has shaped Portuguese history over time. During your exploration, taste a variety of locally produced blends to determine which appeals most to your pallet. And after an informative day out, take a moment to savor a light picnic lunch consisting of rustic local specialties paired with even more delectable wines! Take a scenic trip along the Douro River to the charming riverside village of Pinhao, eventually reaching your Feature Stay accommodation situated in the stunning Douro Valley. Surrounded by terraced vineyards and rolling hills, you’ll be rewarded with unbeatable views of the river. Upon arrival, why not take advantage of the outdoor pools or dine on the terrace and marvel at this picturesque landscape?
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Douro Vineyards (feature stay) or similar

Day 16 Porto
Navigate to the romantic city of Porto nestled along the Douro River! Begin your exploration with your leader, taking a stroll around the maze-like alleys and picturesque churches. Marvel at the grand bridges as you wander through its cobbled streets filled with merchants’ homes and charming cafes. Finally, top off the evening by journeying to Vila Nova de Gaia for some magnificent sunset drinks.
Accommodation: Hotel Moon & Sun or similar

Day 17 Matosinhos / Porto
In and around Matosinhos
Why not jump aboard the train for a day trip to Matosinhos, a beautiful seaside city? After some time by the beach, savouring delicious seafood or strolling along the promenade, return to Porto and spend your free afternoon in one of its charming riverfront cafes with coffee and pastries. To get to know more about Porto’s rich culture, you can even explore around the World Heritage listed Ribeira district. Before returning home, make sure to have dinner at a high-rated local restaurant.
Accommodation: Hotel Moon & Sun or similar

Day 18 Porto
Today, you have the freedom to leave at any moment. Though, should you wish to prolong your stay in Porto, we will happily arrange extra accommodation for you (as long as it is available).



What’s included

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we’re arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn’t always possible which means we won’t be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.


The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.


Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.


Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we’re arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn’t always possible which means we won’t be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.


If you’ve purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.


Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don’t provide kettles or fridges.
Comfortable hotel (14 nights),Feature stay (3 nights)

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Premium leaders are Intrepid’s most experienced, with in-depth knowledge and extensive local networks to make it a trip of a lifetime.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. When not already included in your trip, your leader will be able to recommend a local guide service who can share more detailed or specialised information at specific sites should you be interested in delving deeper.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
All Intrepid travellers 18 years and older and Intrepid leaders will be required to be fully vaccinated. Travellers must provide proof of vaccination to the leader at the group meeting on day 1 of the trip.
All children 5 and above must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Any high-risk customer who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case by case basis. Customers must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
This tour offers Vegetarian food option on request. Simply let Intrepid Premium know the food option that you prefer.

Additional Services
Barcelona – Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
Barcelona – Complimentary Arrival Transfer
Barcelona – Market Visit & Produce Tasting
Barcelona – Walking Tour with Local Guide
Lake Albufera – Boat Tour & Barraca Visit
Valencia – Paella Lunch
Elche – Palmeral Visit
Granada – Exclusive Guided Alhambra Night Visit
Andalucia – Olive Oil Mill Visit & Tasting
Seville – Alcazar Visit
Seville – Walking Tour with Local Guide
Seville – Evening Flamenco Show
Cordoba – Walking Tour of the Mezquita & Cordoba City with Local Guide
Toledo – Marzipan Tasting
Toledo – Day Trip
Lisbon – Walking Tour with Local Guide
Lisbon – Castle of Sao Jorge
Sintra – Pena Palace & Gardens
Sintra, Cascais & Cabo da Roca – Day Trip
Coimbra – Fado Show
Douro Valley – Douro River Boat Ride
Douro Valley – Wine Tasting & Lunch
Douro Valley – Day Trip
Porto – Sunset Drinks in Vila Nova de Gaia
Matosinhos – Half Day Trip by Local Train

Private vehicle,High-speed train,Local train,Plane

What’s not included

Please note that the intra-flights for this tour are mandatory but are not included in your tour price. Please contact our Travel Experts for more information.

As we have travellers from all over the world, flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price and you need to arrange these separately by yourself once your tour is guaranteed. As we specialise in organising the best tours around the world for you, we are unable to advise on flight prices or book flights on your behalf. We recommend that you do not book your flights until your place on the tour has been confirmed.

Insurance is not included. Please make sure you are adequately covered. TourRadar has partnered up with XCover so that you can travel with peace of mind. You can add TourRadar Travel Protection on the booking page for your tour.

Optional experiences are available on this tour for an additional cost and will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents. Please contact our team of Travel Experts for more information.

Additional Services
Departure transfer
Entrance fees
Pre and post-tour accommodation
Other meals, snacks and drinks


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