16 days from $10,480 per person*
  • Experience Madrid, Córdoba, Seville, Lisbon, and Porto on guided walking tours.
  • Discover the Alhambra palace, Europe’s love letter to Moorish culture.
  • Explore Sintra and bask in the sun and sea at a five-star resort in Algarve.
  • Visit world-renowned Gaudi masterpieces of Barcelona, including Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Experience enchanting cities, picture-perfect beaches, spellbinding castles, tantalizing tapas, and much more. Savor the best of Spain and Portugal on this soul-stirring grand journey.

In sun-drenched Spain and Portugal, life is lived to the fullest. Wild celebrations for local fiestas, adrenaline-inducing bullfights and heart-rending flamenco performances capture the souls of even the most seasoned travelers. And we haven't even talked about the food yet. Spanish and Portuguese cuisine is flavored by the richness of its bountiful coastline and fertile countryside, and the world's top food critics are paying attention. In fact, Spain now has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world. Here, you’ll explore some of its incredible cities on guided walking tours, marvel at its spectacular architecture (including the stunning Sagrada Família and Park Güell), wander ancient plazas, and plenty more.

Portugal still retains the time-honored traditions of village life, yet the former seafaring kingdom is full of surprises. Laidback Lisbon proudly combines its fascinating heritage with striking modernism and liberal thinking. Though known as Portugal's second city, romantic Porto holds its own against much larger global cities. The dream-like place is a must-visit for wine aficionados who can sip award-winning port in riverside wine caves. Albufeira, one of Europe's favorite destinations, glistens with lush golf courses, dazzling beach resorts, and freshly caught seafood. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Spain - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Private Tour - City Highlights with Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Sagrada Familia & Parc Guell (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Barcelona to Madrid
    Barcelona to Madrid
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Barcelona - Madrid [2.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 4 Madrid
    Madrid
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 5 Madrid to Cordoba
    Madrid to Cordoba
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Madrid - Cordoba [2 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Monumental Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Las Casas de la Juderia (B) (Classic Room)
  • Day 6 Cordoba to Granada
    Cordoba to Granada
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Medina Azahara (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Cordoba - Granada [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Optional Cultural Activities: Culinary, Flamenco, Painting & more
    Villa Oniria (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 7 Granada
    Granada
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Historic Walking Tour with Gothic Cathedral (3.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Alhambra Palace (2.5 hrs) - Local Guide
    Villa Oniria (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 8 Granada to Seville
    Granada to Seville
    • Private Transfer - Granada - Seville [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 9 Seville
    Seville
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Seville Cathedral & Royal Alcazar Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 10 Seville to Albufeira
    Seville to Albufeira
    • Private Transfer - Seville - Albufeira [2 hrs ] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant (Weekdays)
    • At Leisure
    • Portugal - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Albufeira
    Albufeira
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Albufeira to Lisbon
    Albufeira to Lisbon
    • Private Transfer - Train Station (departure) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Albufeira - Lisbon [3 hrs] - First Class - Highspeed Train
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday
    Breakfast
  • Day 13 Lisbon
    Lisbon
    • Private Tour - Estoril, Cascais & Sintra with Pena Palace (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver-Weekday
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Lisbon to Porto
    Lisbon to Porto
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Lisbon - Porto [3 hrs] - First Class - Highspeed Train
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver - Weekday
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Porto
    Porto
    • Private Tour - Amarante, Regua & Pinhao of the Douro Valley (with Lunch & Wine Tasting, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Porto
    Porto
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Barcelona

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer. 

For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will meet you at your hotel lobby to walk you through your welcome package documents, and assist with hotel check-in, if required.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Barcelona Center
Hotel Barcelona Center
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Day 2: Barcelona

Meet your private guide and transportation, and embark on a full-day tour of Barcelona. Learn about famed modernist architect Antoni Gaudí and his extraordinary achievements throughout the city along the way.  Head along the elegant avenue Paseo de Gracia, one of Barcelona's most important shopping and business areas, where you'll find several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture, including two of Gaudi’s houses which you'll visit: Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà (known as La Pedrera). Casa Batlló is a surprising building with enigmatic forms, a colorful façade, and refined architectural details. La Pedrera is a sculptured residential building, and a fine example of how the wealthy lived at the beginning of the 20th century. From there, head to Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia, where you'll get to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and monumental masterpiece of architecture - still under construction over 100 years after building commenced. One of Barcelona's must-see sites, it's the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the entire world, and its unique style is not to be missed. You'll then admire the 4th century Roman Walls and 13th century Cathedral of Barcelona's old Gothic Quarter, before continuing to the world famous tree-lined pedestrian avenue Las Ramblas, where you can watch Barcelona's bustling local culture come to life. Round out your day with a visit to Parc Guell, in upper Barcelona, enjoying beautiful views out over the city. Built at the start of the 1900's, and though never fully completed before his death, it still remains one of Gaudi's most colorful and imaginative works, and one of the most impressive public parks in the world.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Parc Guell
Parc Guell

Day 3: Barcelona - Madrid

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Barcelona to Madrid. The train ride takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via is located on the buzzing Gran Via, in Madrid's city center. The hotel’s rooms are decorated in pale colors and filled with natural light to create a relaxed atmosphere, each one with a special personal touch, with quotes on the walls by famous writers and poets. The heart of the hotel is its library, where the hotel’s theme continues and its guests can quench their thirst for literature in a cozy atmosphere where they can choose from a vast potpourri of literary works. Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via will satisfy more than just your mental cravings - the innovative creations at the on-site restaurant are a delight for all the senses. In the summer, guests can enjoy a fantastic view of Madrid from the roof top terrace Atico 11. 

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Terrace
Terrace

Day 4: Madrid

Departing on foot with a private guide, enjoy a half-day walking tour that will take you through Madrid's oldest quarters, tracing the legacy of the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties. Admire the many churches, convents, inns, palaces, theaters, narrow medieval streets and traditional shops, all steeped in history that no visitor should miss. Discover the capitol’s key sights like Puerta del Sol, renowned as the bustling heart of Madrid since the 17th century, and Calle Mayor or Plaza Mayor, a porticoed square that will take you back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues. Scamper through the Arco and Calle Cuchilleros where you'll find centuries-old taverns dug into caves under the square, and the Plaza de la Villa with excellent examples of Spanish architecture. Marvel at the impressive Royal Palace, the largest in Western Europe, and the elegant Plaza de Oriente, lined by gardens and grand statues of Spain’s early rulers.

Accommodation: Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor

Day 5: Madrid - Cordoba

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Madrid to Cordoba. The train ride takes approximately 2 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide, setting out to explore the impressive historic and cultural monuments of Cordoba. Historically of great importance to both the Christian and Islamic powers in Europe, Cordoba was formerly a capital of the Roman Empire, and later the Umayyad Caliphate. The UNESCO organization recognized the universal importance of Cordoba's historic legacy, and extended the title of World Heritage Site not only to the city's impressive Mosque-Cathedral, but also to all the streets and buildings around it. Enjoy a visit of the Mosque-Cathedral, with sections dating back as far as the 8th century, highly regarded as one of the most accomplished Moorish complexes ever built. Your guide will take you through the flower-lined streets of the Jewish Quarter, where you'll visit the exceptional 14th century medieval Synagogue. Round out your day with a stroll through the magnificent gardens and courtyards of the royal Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of the Christian Monarchs), part of the UNESCO-listed city center near the Grand Mosque. 

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Juderia (B) (Classic Room)

Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia is located in the heart of Cordoba's old Jewish quarter, within close proximity of the Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs, the Royal Stables, the 10th century Caliphate Baths, and the Synagogue, not to mention being just 650 feet away from Cordoba's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral. The history and architecture of the building have been strictly respected in its restoration into a charming hotel which meets the needs of the modern traveler, including a year-round swimming pool and free wifi internet. All guestrooms in Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia are filled with original and period furnishings and decorative art, including ancient Moorish leather craftsmanship. 

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cordoba
Cordoba

Day 6: Cordoba - Granada

Meet your private guide and driver, and set out on a half-day tour to discover the fascinating 10th century Medina Azahara, one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Spain. The history of Medina Azahara, the magnificent, enigmatic palace-city which was built for Abd-ar-Rahman III at the foot of the Sierra Morena mountains, is shrouded in myths and legends. Many believe Abd-ar-Rahman III, after proclaiming himself Caliph in 929 A.D., built the Medina in honor of his favorite wife, Azahara. However, modern archaeologists and researchers believe the true reason was actually one of strategy, trying to position the newly-created independent western Caliphate as one of the strongest, most powerful kingdoms in Medieval Europe. Explore the ancient site with your guide, and see what you think - was it love, or power?

Please note, a short shuttle bus ride is required between your private transfer and the actual archaeological site.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Granada. Approximate travel time is 3 hours.

The medieval town of Granada is host to a number of optional (not included) cultural experiences, ranging from cooking demonstrations, tapas tours, and flamenco shows, to classes where you can learn to speak Spanish, how to paint ceramics, or how to dance in flamenco style. Please speak with your Travel Consultant if any of these are of interest.

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (B) (Superior Room)

The boutique hotel Villa Oniria is housed in a 19th century manor house in downtown Granada, carefully restored according to the style and techniques of traditional Andalusian palaces. With 31 comfortable and modern rooms spanning two floors, Villa Oniria offers somewhere to escape to in every corner, such as the garden, bursting with aromatic plants and framed by two fountains which lead to a beautiful inner patio, or the on-site spa. After a day of exploration, unwind with a gastronomic experience at the hotel's chic La Fabula restaurant.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Flamenco Dance
Flamenco Dance

Day 7: Granada

Meet your private guide and depart from your hotel on foot for a half-day walking tour, discovering the historical, monumental and cultural richness of Granada. Explore the city's historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín district, the one-time Moorish quarter of Granada, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, with your guide explaining its social history and character in anecdotal style. As you walk through its twisting alleyways, you'll come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces and, beyond, the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You will pass by churches built on the sites of mosques, stroll underneath the walls of the scented gardens of cármenes, and stop in squares to take in the slow rhythms of daily life in this most traditional and yet singular neighborhood. Next to Albaicín, stroll to the hill of Sacromonte, another typical quarter famous for its cave dwellings, Romani community, and flamenco tradition. You'll also enjoy a visit to the stunning 16th century Gothic Cathedral, one of the summits of the Spanish Renaissance. The cathedral's Royal Chapel is built with a single nave, and holds the tomb of King Ferdinand, the Queen Isabella, Philip the First and Joanna the First, and Miguel, the Prince of Asturias.

 

Make your way independently to Alhambra Palace, where you'll meet up with your local guide for a private tour of this wonderfully picturesque  UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a rocky hill, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and within the eldest quarter of the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle, with its distinctive reddish stone in its ramparts which prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty enclosed within. The Alhambra ranks among the world’s finest examples of Islamic art with carved cedar, intermittent stucco work, and gorgeous mosaics. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of the 13th century. The complex of monuments is formed by the stunning Moorish palaces, including the Palace of King Charles V, and the Generalife, which is surrounded by orchards, tranquil pools, fountains and beautiful gardens, which you'll also visit.

At the end of your tour, you can either choose to walk back down the hill to explore the city, or return by taxi (paid locally). If you prefer us to arrange private transfers, please let us know.

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (B) (Superior Room)
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Albaicin Quarter
Albaicin Quarter
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alhambra Palace
Alhambra Palace

Day 8: Granada - Seville

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Seville. Approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Choose from many optional activities in Seville such as: a guided, half day city highlights tour or a guided walking tour. A trip down the Guadalquivir river which runs through the heart of the city is an enjoyable way to see some of the cityscape and learn about the history of the city. For options outside of Seville, consider a day trip to Jerez to see an equestrian show before going to the coastal city of Cadiz. At night time, consider going to a dinner and flamenco show - after all, this is where it all began!

Accommodation: Hospes Casas del Rey de Baeza (4*) (B) (Jr. Suite)

This traditional hotel in the historic centre of Seville is 100 metres from the nearest shops and Casa Pilatos, 300 metres from Barrio de Santa Cruz and two kilometres from the city’s cathedral. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is the perfect setting to find the restorative calm. Guestrooms combine contemporary style with traditional touches, and are noteworthy for their warm designs. Guests can dine on Andalucian and Mediterranean cuisine at the Azahar Restaurant, take a swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the rooftop wellness centre, with its spa treatments, fitness room, and sauna.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Seville
Seville
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

Day 9: Seville

Meet your expert private guide for a Monumental Walking Tour and visit Seville's two most outstanding monuments: Seville Cathedral a Roman Catholic Cathedral and Seville Royal Alcazar a Royal Palace developed by Moorish Muslim Kings. Stroll around Barrio de Santa Cruz, formerly the Jewish quarter and the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, with narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and visit the interiors of Seville´s cathedral and the Royal Alcazar Palaces. The Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and it was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Alcazar houses different palaces of various periods and its gardens, which evoke its Muslim past. The upper levels of the Alcazar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. Seville´s cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world with the largest wooden altar made of Christendom and the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The cathedral stands on the site of the 12th century Great Mosque, of which only the minaret remains. Locally known as “La Giralda”, was converted to the cathedral´s bell tower. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Spanish: “Catedral de Santa María de la Sede”), better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter's Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: Hospes Casas del Rey de Baeza (4*) (B) (Jr. Suite)
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alcazar Palace Gardens
Alcazar Palace Gardens

Day 10: Seville - Albufeira

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Albufeira. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will meet you at the hotel to walk you through your welcome documents, trip details, and answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

A welcome package with a bottle of wine, city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Epic Sana Algarve

The EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel is located between Vilamoura and Albufeira overlooking Falésia Beach. The golden sands of Praia da Falésia are just a few minutes’ walk away and stretch for miles so you can always find a quiet spot to relax, backed by the distinctive red cliffs. The hotel features elegant and contemporary guestroom complemented by white marble bathrooms. A range of dining options includes international cuisine at Abyad Restaurant and al fresco dining on the terrace of Al Quimia. Other amenities include recreational facilities with a multi-sports court, a fitness center, and an extensive spa.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Albufeira
Albufeira
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Epic Sana Hotel
Epic Sana Hotel

Day 11: Albufeira

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Epic Sana Algarve

Day 12: Albufeira - Lisbon

Enjoy a private transfer to the Albufeira train station.

Enjoy a train ride from Albufeira to Lisbon. The journey will take between 2.5 - 3 hours.

Private train station transfer with vehicle and driver.

With a private guide and driver, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon, the city of seven hills, has layers of history dating to occupation by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors. Visit the heart of the city, Rossio Square, then spend some time in Alfama, the Old Quarter. See the Lisbon Cathedral, with history dating back to the 12th century, and admire views of St. George’s Castle, a Moorish fortification, while catching a stunning panorama over the city from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte lookout. In Belem, the city's monumental district, walk alongside a pair of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the stunning 16th century Jeronimos Monastery, and the Belem Tower on the bank of the Tagus River. Enjoy a short stop at the Monument to the Discoveries, celebrating the influential 15th-16th century Portuguese Age of Discovery before a transfer back to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Lisboa Plaza

Lisboa Plaza is a charming boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. Located close to Avenida da Liberdade, the Plaza is classic in decoration, and embues a 'grand' traditional feel. The beauty of the décor created by Graça Viterbo, one of the most famous Portuguese interior designers, the constant updating of services provided and the attention paid to even the smallest detail make this charming hotel one of the most character in Lisbon. All rooms at Hotel Lisboa Plaza blend the décor of Portuguese houses with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Facilities include a small gym and has a nice lounge/bar area.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rossio Square
Rossio Square
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lisbon
Lisbon

Day 13: Lisbon

Accompanied by your private guide, depart on a scenic coastal drive, spotting several sandy beaches hidden within the cliffs, protected by the 17th century fortresses along the coast. Arrive to the beautiful resort town of Estoril, famous as the home of the Casino Estoril and Hotel Palácio, known rendezvous points for WWII spies and their handlers, while Portugal remained politically neutral. Take a stroll on the Tamariz Beach promenade, admiring the 17th century Forte da Cruz castle, set behind a backdrop of palm trees. Continue to Cascais, once a small fishing village, the town has managed to maintain its seafaring traditions combined with the aristocratic and royal presences of the late 19th and early 20th century, as it shifted into a luxurious resort town on the Portugal Riviera. Passing through its animated town center you’ll find a cosmopolitan life side by side with stunning Atlantic beaches. After, head to Sintra, where hundreds of years of history and culture await, surrounded by lush vegetation. After a short walk in the old city center, find yourself surrounded by the old houses that are now converted into small quaint handicraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Ascend the mountain by shuttle for a visit of the 19th century Pena Palace, Sintra's undisputed highlight, a most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors, and shapes, you'll feel like you've entered a fairytale. Conclude your day with a return to Lisbon.

Accommodation: Lisboa Plaza
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pena Palace, Sintra
Pena Palace, Sintra

Day 14: Lisbon - Porto

Private train station transfer with vehicle and driver.

Enjoy a train ride from Lisbon to Porto. The regular trains take around 3 hrs, while the highspeed trains takes a little less than 3 hrs.

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Meet your private guide and depart your hotel on foot for a half-day walking tour of Porto and its historic city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the exterior of the 18th century Porto Cathedral, one of Porto's oldest monuments, followed by a panoramic viewpoint over the Douro River where you can take in views out to the city Gaia. Head to Batalha Square where you can spot the 18th century Batalha Palace, then walk Santa Catarina Street, the city's main shopping street, buzzing with action. Head to Liberdade Square where the monument to King Peter IV is centralized within a number of beautiful neoclassical facades, and continue to see the Clérigos Church and Tower, a dominating the city at 250 feet tall. Venture down to Ribeira Square, with its riverview and three-storey high monumental fountain before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Pestana Porto

Pestana Porto Hotel (4.5*) is located in the heart of historic Porto, in Praca da Ribeira. This Porto hotel is built in a magnificent building that belongs to the UNESCO as part of the world heritage site. Its privileged location allows beautiful views of the Douro River.  Guestrooms are fully fitted and nicely decorated, all of them featuring views overlooking the river or the city. The Pestana Porto Hotel is located 20 minutes from International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro and 5 minutes from the train and Subway station of São Bento, offering guests all the charm of Ribeira, a picturesque set of buildings of original outline, well lit and standing out from the banks of Douro. The rooms at this Porto Hotel have been beautifully decorated in soft tones and wooden furniture, creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Porto
Porto
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Porto
Porto

Day 15: Porto

Your private driver will chauffeur you from your hotel to various stops along your full day tour of the Douro Valley including some marvelous local wine-tasting. In each area you will discover something wonderful; In Amarante, visit the Sao Gonçalo Monastery and historical city center. Enjoy the views as you are driven through a picturesque valley followed by a stop in Régua to take a walk along the riverside . From here, you'll get to visit the renowned train station in Pinhão. Along the way you stop at two local wineries; Quinta da Pacheca visit and Quinta do Seixo, each offering you the opportunity to try some different local wines. A locally-inspired lunch is included at one of the wineries, or weather permitting a picnic can be arranged.

Accommodation: Pestana Porto
Spain & Portugal Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amarante
Amarante

Day 16: Porto

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Barcelona Center (4*): Barcelona

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

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Hotel Barcelona Center

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via : Madrid

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via is located on the buzzing Gran Via, in Madrid's city center. The hotel’s rooms are decorated in pale colors and filled with natural light to create a relaxed atmosphere, each one with a special personal touch, with quotes on the walls by famous writers and poets. The heart of the hotel is its library, where the hotel’s theme continues and its guests can quench their thirst for literature in a cozy atmosphere where they can choose from a vast potpourri of literary works. Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via will satisfy more than just your mental cravings - the innovative creations at the on-site restaurant are a delight for all the senses. In the summer, guests can enjoy a fantastic view of Madrid from the roof top terrace Atico 11. 

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Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
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Terrace

Las Casas de la Juderia (B) (Classic Room): Cordoba

Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia is located in the heart of Cordoba's old Jewish quarter, within close proximity of the Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs, the Royal Stables, the 10th century Caliphate Baths, and the Synagogue, not to mention being just 650 feet away from Cordoba's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral. The history and architecture of the building have been strictly respected in its restoration into a charming hotel which meets the needs of the modern traveler, including a year-round swimming pool and free wifi internet. All guestrooms in Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia are filled with original and period furnishings and decorative art, including ancient Moorish leather craftsmanship. 

Villa Oniria (B) (Superior Room): Granada

The boutique hotel Villa Oniria is housed in a 19th century manor house in downtown Granada, carefully restored according to the style and techniques of traditional Andalusian palaces. With 31 comfortable and modern rooms spanning two floors, Villa Oniria offers somewhere to escape to in every corner, such as the garden, bursting with aromatic plants and framed by two fountains which lead to a beautiful inner patio, or the on-site spa. After a day of exploration, unwind with a gastronomic experience at the hotel's chic La Fabula restaurant.

Hospes Casas del Rey de Baeza (4*) (B) (Jr. Suite): Seville

This traditional hotel in the historic centre of Seville is 100 metres from the nearest shops and Casa Pilatos, 300 metres from Barrio de Santa Cruz and two kilometres from the city’s cathedral. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is the perfect setting to find the restorative calm. Guestrooms combine contemporary style with traditional touches, and are noteworthy for their warm designs. Guests can dine on Andalucian and Mediterranean cuisine at the Azahar Restaurant, take a swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the rooftop wellness centre, with its spa treatments, fitness room, and sauna.

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Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

Epic Sana Algarve: Albufeira

The EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel is located between Vilamoura and Albufeira overlooking Falésia Beach. The golden sands of Praia da Falésia are just a few minutes’ walk away and stretch for miles so you can always find a quiet spot to relax, backed by the distinctive red cliffs. The hotel features elegant and contemporary guestroom complemented by white marble bathrooms. A range of dining options includes international cuisine at Abyad Restaurant and al fresco dining on the terrace of Al Quimia. Other amenities include recreational facilities with a multi-sports court, a fitness center, and an extensive spa.

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Epic Sana Hotel

Lisboa Plaza: Lisbon

Lisboa Plaza is a charming boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. Located close to Avenida da Liberdade, the Plaza is classic in decoration, and embues a 'grand' traditional feel. The beauty of the décor created by Graça Viterbo, one of the most famous Portuguese interior designers, the constant updating of services provided and the attention paid to even the smallest detail make this charming hotel one of the most character in Lisbon. All rooms at Hotel Lisboa Plaza blend the décor of Portuguese houses with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Facilities include a small gym and has a nice lounge/bar area.

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Hotel Lisboa Plaza

Pestana Porto: Porto

Pestana Porto Hotel (4.5*) is located in the heart of historic Porto, in Praca da Ribeira. This Porto hotel is built in a magnificent building that belongs to the UNESCO as part of the world heritage site. Its privileged location allows beautiful views of the Douro River.  Guestrooms are fully fitted and nicely decorated, all of them featuring views overlooking the river or the city. The Pestana Porto Hotel is located 20 minutes from International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro and 5 minutes from the train and Subway station of São Bento, offering guests all the charm of Ribeira, a picturesque set of buildings of original outline, well lit and standing out from the banks of Douro. The rooms at this Porto Hotel have been beautifully decorated in soft tones and wooden furniture, creating a relaxing atmosphere.

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Pestana Porto Hotel
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Pestana Porto

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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  • John C — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    Jiri, our driver/guide in Slovenia, really made our trip. He is knowledgeable, flexible, and responsive. Even has a university degree in art history! He connected many of the dots between Slovenia and what has been going on in the rest of Europe over the past centuries!

  • Diana S — May 25, 2019 — Europe

    The itinerary was perfect, considering we only had 5 days to fit in this extension of our 22 day Transatlantic Cruise. Hope did a great job in coordinating for us the highlights of Sicily. All the guides and drivers are always helpful and knowledgeable from Kensington. In Agrigento, our guide was an archaeologist who teaches at universities. He had notebooks with diagrams and maps to show us exactly what we were looking at. He answered questions so thoroughly, we felt that we had a tour and a history lesson. It was amazing and the pace of all the tou

  • Kathleen K — May 15, 2019 — Europe

    We enjoyed working with Jamie Boar. She was knowledgeable, communicated well, friendly, and professional. We got all we wanted from the personal tours planned and were impressed with the high quality of the guide. We will certainly use Kensington Tours again.

  • Cynthia D — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    I found Kensington Tours on Google. At my first visit to the site, I was contacted immediately by Julie Couturier. She made my inquiry seem like we were having coffee, and she just happened to know everything I needed to make me choose her as my representative and travel expert. I was recommended to other tour companies, by friends, but it was Julie that made me realize Kensington was the best choice. We started our discovery in 2018 and because I was traveling with my grandchildren, I wanted to ensure the trip was perfect. We had to make changes as we went along, first because we were able to confirm a suite at the Marriott Grand Residence on Park St. with reward points. Julie was quick to make all the necessary changes in our tours. We felt privileged to have had the tour guides that Julie set for us, each one was so very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which kept our 13 and 11 years old interested. Julie suggested a play and what child can say the saw “Matilda” in London. We certainly would not have enjoyed our trip as much if we had tried to do this on our own. Julie suggested a visit to Warner Bros Harry Potter and it was worth every moment. I would have never gone there, so congrats again to Julie. She was also able to advise us as to where to purchase groceries for our room, having lived in London previously. I have had many friends travel around the world and I don’t know of one that speaks as highly of their tour company or their travel expert the way my family has. Thank you Kensington Tours and especially Julie.

  • Rena K — April 06, 2019 — Europe

    We were extremely impressed with every aspect of our trip. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Chantal, our Destination Expert, worked with us to make sure that my physical limitations were not a problem. Each guide and driver took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. We plan on booking with Kensington again in the future. The service and amazing itinerary could not have been better. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Clark S. — November 10, 2018 — Europe

    We booked a trip to Paris for our 20th Anniversary. The trip was wonderful! We were able to customize our trip with our tour expert, Julie, and our trip was great.

  • David W. — November 21, 2018 — Europe

    I absolutely loved our two guides, Robert (Cardiff Walking Tour) and Noel Clawson, our guide throughout our trip. They are two very special people. The tour in Wales was perfect!

  • Wanda P. — October 13, 2018 — Europe

    Our entire trip was very well designed to fit our schedule and preferences. The on-site guides and drivers were excellent. They were very professional and friendly. We asked for guides that were knowledgeable of Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and we were very satisfied with both guides. Thank you for making our trip one of the best we have experienced.

  • Patricia M. — October 17, 2018 — Europe

    The hotels, guides, transportation, food and city tours of Barcelona, San Sebastián, Bilbao and Madrid were amazing! I would highly recommend the Kensington Culinary Trip to Spain to others.

  • Thomas R. — October 02, 2018 — Europe

    We really enjoyed our tour guide in Rome that took us to Vatican City - very friendly and informative.

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