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Iconic Portugal & Spain

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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

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cork Farm Experience, Évora
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Knights Templar Historic Tour, Tomar
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Historic City of Toledo visit, Toledo
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Flamenco Dancing Experience, Granada. 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, from the colorful manors of Sintra to the Roman temples of Évora, Enjoy a mesmerizing Fado music performance in Lisbon, and 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.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, Avg 12.

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, train, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (14 nts).

Checklist

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

Optional Activities

Lisbon
- Alfama District Visit (Free)
- Belém Tower (6EUR per person)
- Praça da Figueira Market (Free)
- Santa Justa Lift (6EUR per person)
- Sao Jorge Castle (8.50EUR per person)
- Rossio Square (Free)

Évora
- Évora Cathedral
- Clock Museum

Porto
- Ribeira Square (Free)
- Palacio da Bolsa (8EUR per person)
- Sao Bento Railway Station (Free)
- Lello Bookstore (Free)

Madrid
- Plaza Mayor Visit (Free)
- Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit (14EUR per person)
- Real Jardín Botánico Visit (2EUR per person)
- Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit (11EUR per person)
- El Retiro Park (Free)

Córdoba
- Mezquita de Córdoba (Mosque) Visit

Granada
- Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) Visit (4EUR per person)
- Royal Chapel of Granada (4EUR per person)
- Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit (Free)
- Realejo of Granada (Old Jewish Quarter)
- Church of San Juan de Díos (4EUR per person)
- Flamenco Show (20-60EUR per person)

Seville
- Alcázar Palace Visit (13EUR per person)
- La Giralda Visit (9EUR per person)
- Casa de Pilatos (6-8EUR per person)
- Flamenco Show (18-30EUR per person)

Minimum Age

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

International Flights

Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

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Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Lisbon (1D)

    Arrive in time for a traditional Portuguese dinner and Fado music performance in Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods.

    Additional Notes:
    To ensure you are able to join the group for dinner, please arrive in Lisbon by 4pm.

    Included Activities:
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal

  2. 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)

  3. 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))

  4. 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

  5. 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)

  6. 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. Late, catch the train to Porto.

    Included Activities:
    University of Coimbra Visit

    Transport:
    Local train (1.50 hour(s), 120km)

  7. 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 sites of the rolling green, terraced hills of the Porto region. The remainder of the day is free to explore.

    Included Activities:
    Douro Valley Cruise
    Port Wine Cellar Visit

  8. 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))

  9. 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))

  10. 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))

  11. 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))

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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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