Iberian Explorer 15-Day Tour from Madrid, Barcelona out

  • Tour code: 978-791
  • Available: Mon
  • Depart from: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
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14 nights First Class accommodations. Buffet breakfast daily. Round trip airport transfers. Special Features: Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Madrid, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona.

Special Remarks:

  • Madrid, Spain-In/Barcelona, Spain-Out
  • 2 nights in Madrid, 1 night in Salamanca, 1 night in Compostela, 2 nights in Porto, 2 nights in Lisbon, 2 nights in Seville, 1 night in Granada, 1 night in Valencia, 2 nights in Barcelona

Pricing Details

Single: $2385
Double (/Person): $1660
Third Person Adult: $1630
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): $1243
Fourth Person Adult: N/A
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): N/A

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Madrid Arrival
  • Day 2 Madrid City Tour
  • Day 3 Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca(266 km)
  • Day 4 Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela(427 km)
  • Day 5 Santiago de Compostela - Vigo - Braga - Guimaraes - Porto(262 km)
  • Day 6 Porto City Tour
  • Day 7 Porto - Coimbra - Fatima - Obidos - Lisbon(395 km)
  • Day 8 Lisbon City Tour
  • Day 9 Lisbon - Merida - Seville(477 km)
  • Day 10 Seville City Tour
  • Day 11 Seville - Cordoba - Granada(346 km)
  • Day 12 Granada - Valencia(486 km)
  • Day 13 Valencia - Barcelona(367 km)
  • Day 14 Barcelona
  • Day 15 Barcelona
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Day 1 Madrid Arrival

Guests will arrive at the Madrid airport and be subsequently transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to spend at our own leisure. Take a walk to get to know the city! In the evening, we will enjoy an "Illuminated Madrid" drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending in the historical Plaza Mayor. This area has some of the city’s best restaurants and taverns, so be sure to stop for a bite to eat. We will return to the hotel on our own.
Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar

Day 2 Madrid City Tour

In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour, allowing us to see some of the city’s most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana, and the Plaza de Oriente. We will spend the afternoon exploring some of Madrid’s famous art museums.

Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city. A modern city with a historic architecture where you can visit the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Fountain of Cibeles and more.

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    The centerpiece of the plaza that bears the same name, the Fountain of Cibeles features a statue of an ancient Phrygian goddess sitting atop a lion-drawn chariot, who has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Madrid.
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    The Gran Via, oftentimes referred to as "The Spanish Broadway," is a central avenue in Madrid with some of the finest shops in the city, not to mention one of the most active nightlife scenes of any European city.
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    This monument is designed in the neo-Classical style, and stands near Madrid's city center, reminiscent of the old medieval gates to the city, although this gate stands alone.
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    The Puerta del Sol is the central point of Spain's radial network of streets, with a plaque marking it as "Kilometer Zero", and one of the busiest parts of the city.
Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar

Day 3 Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca(266 km)

After a buffet breakfast, we will depart Madrid for the old Castile region, visiting the medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct and the impressive Alcazar castle. Our next stop will be Avila, where we will admire the perfectly preserved defensive walls, before continuing to the old university city of Salamanca, where we will take a city tour in the afternoon. In the evening, we will walk through the city’s Plaza Mayor, always lively with activity. We will spend the night in Salamanca.

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    Like the other Alcazars located throughout Spain, the one in Segovia was a renovated Arab fortress, converted to a magnificent castle after the Christian reconquest of Spain. It rests at the far-northern edge of town, atop a steep cliff.

Avila is a small town in Castile and Leon, Spain. Not much has changed since the Middle Ages, as far as the architecture is concerned, as the town's original medieval defense walls still proudly stand.

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    The medieval walls that surround the Castilian town of Avila, which boasts one of the highest numbers of Romanesque and Gothic churches in the whole of Spain, still stand, impressively guarding the city.

Salamanca is a major city in Spain that mixes antiquated, medieval architecture with the atmosphere of a college town, with the University of Salamanca leading the way in the teaching of the Spanish language.

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    Most Spanish cities have a Plaza Mayor, but few are comparable to that of Salamanca. Surrounded by baroque buildings, the centerpiece of this public square is the city hall, with arms of restaurants, cafes, and other shops lining the side.
Standard Hotel: Salamanca Plaza or similar

Day 4 Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela(427 km)

Today, we will depart for the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old city and its beautiful cathedral in the Praza do Obradoiro. In the evening, we will have the option of enjoying a delicious, traditional dinner in our hotel. We will spend the night here.

Santiago de Compostela has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century.

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    This grand cathedral northwestern Spain is supposedly the burial site of the apostle St. James, built in the Romanesque style of architecture. The exterior is covered with intricate designs of apostles and Biblical scenes.
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    This open, public square in Santiago de Compostela is a great spot to stop for a rest or merely people watch. Once there, your eyes willbe drawn to the exquisite cathedral.
Standard Hotel: TRYP Santiago or similar

Day 5 Santiago de Compostela - Vigo - Braga - Guimaraes - Porto(262 km)

After breakfast, we will make our way south along the coast, a region known as "Rias Baixas," until we reach the port city of Vigo. Then, we will continue into northern Portugal for brief stops in the historical cities of Guimaraes and Braga. Finally, we will reach the charming city of Porto, famous for its namesake Port wines, where we will stay for the evening.
Standard Hotel: Tiara Park Atlantic Porto or similar

Day 6 Porto City Tour

This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of Porto, which includes a visit to a local winery. The afternoon will be free for us to enjoy at our own leisure.
Standard Hotel: Tiara Park Atlantic Porto or similar

Day 7 Porto - Coimbra - Fatima - Obidos - Lisbon(395 km)

After breakfast, we will make our way to the old university city of Coimbra and the Sanctuary of Fatima. Then, we will stop in the walled, medieval city of Obidos, taking some time to stroll around before continuing to Lisbon. In the evening, we have the option of enjoying a performance of Fado, a traditional Portuguese genre of music, while eating dinner.

Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.

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    The Sanctuary of Fatima is a large, open public facility dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The site features many buildings, including a minor basilica and two small chapels.
Standard Hotel: Altis Park /Alif Avenida or similar

Day 8 Lisbon City Tour

In the morning, we will tour the city of Lisbon, admiring its splendid avenues and monuments, like the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery. We will have the afternoon free, and it is strongly recommended that we visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra or the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais.
Standard Hotel: Altis Park /Alif Avenida or similar

Day 9 Lisbon - Merida - Seville(477 km)

Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After we cross the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE as "Emerita Augusta," to admire the impressive amphitheater. Afterward, we will continue to Sevilla for the evening.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar

Day 10 Seville City Tour

Today, we will tour the city of Sevilla, the "Pearl of Andalusia," seeing the Torre del Oro, tranquil Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally, the massive Cathedral with its Giralda tower. The afternoon is free to continue exploring the city or shop. In the evening, there is an option to see a performance of live Flamenco music while enjoying local wine.

Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

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    La Giralda was once a minaret for the Muslim population in medieval Sevilla, but was converted to a church bell tower after Christian forces had regained power in Iberia. Its design has influenced many other towers around the world.
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    On the riverbanks of Sevilla, Maria Luisa Park is a large public area that features lovely foliage, fountains, and walkways in the middle of this beautiful city. Within the park are many statues of famous Spanish figures.
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    The barrio of Santa Cruz in Sevilla was once the city's Jewish Quarter, and is now the most popular tourist are in the city. The narrow, winding streets and alleyways of this neighborhood remind visitors of a labyrinth.
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    The third-largest church in the world (and the largest cathedral), the Seville is a massive Gothic building. Each of its facades has multiple entrances that are all exquisitely and ornately adorned. It was built over an old mosque.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar

Day 11 Seville - Cordoba - Granada(346 km)

After breakfast, we will depart Sevilla for Cordoba, visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most marvelous religious buildings in the world. Then, we will continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. It is suggested that we spend our evening visiting the quaint Albaicin Quarter, where we will see the city illuminated beautifully.

Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

Standard Hotel: Macia Gran Via / Alixares or similar

Day 12 Granada - Valencia(486 km)

Before we leave Granada, we will go on a guided tour of the amazing Moorish palacae and fortress complex, the Alhambra, seeing the verdant gardens of the Generalife. At midday, we will depart Granada, traveling along the east coast of Spain until we reach Valencia.

Granada is a mid-sized provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. Spring and autumn are also both excellent times to visit.

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    The Alhambra is a massive complex consisting of multiple palaces and fortresses. It originated as a Spanish-Muslim fortress in the 9th century, but subsequent rulers, both Muslim and Christian, continually added additions and renovations.
Standard Hotel: NH Las Artes or similar

Day 13 Valencia - Barcelona(367 km)

After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city and the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia’s museum complex. In the early afternoon, we will drive north to Barcelona. In the evening, we have the option to dine at the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum which features architectural replicas from all of Spain?s regions.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Always Visit
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Suite Hotel/NH Les Corts or similar

Day 14 Barcelona

This morning, we will enjoy an escorted tour of this beautiful city, passing through the Gothic Quarter, admiring the Sagrada Familia, wandering through the public parks on Montjuic Hill, site of the Anella Olimpica, where we will get the best view of the city and its port area. We will then have lunchtime and the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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    Barcelona's Anella Olimpica, the series of athletic facilities in the park atop Montjuic hill, was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The complex was designed in a contemporary minimalist style, and the individual facilities are connected by a plaza.
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    Barcelona's Gothic Quarter was once the city's center in medieval times, and many of the buildings date to this period, some even earlier to when the city was merely a Roman settlement.
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    Rising above the Barcelona's harbor is Montjuic Hill. Parks and gardens rest on this hill, converging with each other via winding paths carved into the hillside, along with a Greek amphitheater, various museums and the Olympic Park.
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    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
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    Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous architect, construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and continues to this day, a perfect synthesis of the 19th-century Gothic and 20th-century Modernist styles, a blend of religion and fantasy.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Suite Hotel/NH Les Corts or similar

Day 15 Barcelona

After breakfast, guests will be dropped off at Barcelona airport for return flights.

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