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Welcome to Madrid
At Madrid Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a beautiful evening of dinner and wine.
Madrid of the Bourbons
(Relaxed Start) Guided sightseeing takes you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana past Madrid’s most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Vía to the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument before crossing the Puerta del Sol. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum to admire the paintings of Velázquez, Goya and many others.
Toledo and Golden Salamanca
The morning is devoted to Toledo. With your Local Expert, walk through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets. See El Greco's painting in the Church of Santo Tomé. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft handed down by the Moors centuries ago. Later, pass the ancient walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca, with its handsome arcaded Plaza Mayor, honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.
Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro
(Relaxed Start) Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the capital of Port wine. See the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores that house the famous wines. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your tawnys and vintages during a tasting. Admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges (or ‘Eiffel Towers on end’ according to one Frenchman).
Holy Fátima, Obidos and Lisbon
Head south for a visit to miraculous Fátima. See the basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Then continue to the hilltop town of Obidos, where you'll walk inside the city walls to explore the flower-bedecked houses and narrow, medieval streets. Your next destination is the Portuguese capital.
Lisbon and the Age of Discovery
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Stop by an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river, but now left high and dry on the riverbank. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture. The afternoon is free, perhaps join us for an optional experience to the Portuguese Riviera, visited by surfers, royalty, and even James Bond?’
Seville, the City of Carmen
Leave Lisbon via a modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With your Local Expert, tour the immense cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. At night, settle back for a Signature Evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery flamenco show.
Free Time in Seville
(Relaxed Start) The following day is completely yours to relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city. Our suggestion is an optional experience to the ancient city of Cordoba, where you will visit the magnificent Mezquita, see the old Jewish Quarter, and enjoy some free time to shop.
Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol
Head south to Gibraltar, attached to Spain yet an overseas territory under British... along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday.
At Leisure on the Costa del Sol
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.
Granada and the Alhambra
(Relaxed Start) Drive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. With a Local Expert, see the Lion Court, as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.
On to Valencia.
Journey to Valencia the 'City of Arts and Sciences'. Circumnavigate the old town, past the City Gates of Serranos, to reach your hotel. In your free time perhaps take a stroll to the Cathedral and El Miguelete? Valencia is home to one of the world's greatest dishes, paella. Learn the authentic recipe in a fun cookery demonstration with a local chef and savour the flavours of this classic dish, washed down with a glass of sangria.
Peñíscola and Barcelona
Follow the coast to Peñíscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film 'El Cid'. Continue along the Costa Dorada, to your hotel in Barcelona.
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to drive along the Passeig de Gràcia. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família Basilica. In the afternoon, maybe experience the great Monastery of Montserrat and see the Black Madonna? At night, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in true Catalan style.
Your journey ends after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport early evening, followed by the Madrid tour hotel.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Drive to the fortified city of Segovia where a local expert leads you through the medieval streets from the ancient aqueduct to the magnificent Alcazar, one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's Cinderella castle. Inside this 14th century palace, experience the paintings, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era. Then take a panoramic drive outside the walls to admire stunning views over the Eresma valley, the Roman aqueduct and picturesque buildings of this medieval jewel.
Adult Price: EUR 45.00
Tonight, we drive to a Traditional "mesón" to be tempted by dishes for which the capital is famous. Our dinner includes regional wines, beer or soft drinks, and during your meal a local "Tuna de Madrid" will be playing your favourite Spanish songs while dressed in 18th-century costumes. Afterwards, we drive the grand avenues and boulevards to see the spectacular fountains that remind us of the glory of Madrid.
Adult Price: EUR 61.00
An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squares of old Madrid. Enjoy free time for dinner in one of the many restaurants and return home along the grand Avenida Castellana with its spectacular fountains.
Adult Price: EUR 19.00
Known as ''the soul of the Portuguese identity'', Fado is the emotive folk music for which Lisbon is famous. Take in an unmissable performance of this UNESCO-recognised art form in one of the country's most prestigious Fado houses. To complete the experience, savour a typical Portuguese dinner, with wine included.
Adult Price: EUR 66.00
Drive to the Bairro Alto, the old quarter of Lisbon, to admire the beautiful views over the city. Then take a funicular ride to the downtown Baixa area where cobblestones sparkle in the light of the shops, bars and cafes. Returning to your hotel, you'll pass monuments and buildings, lit up in all their glory.
Adult Price: EUR 19.00
Across the mighty Tagus River await Lisbon's famous seafood restaurants and wonderful views of the city. Board your ferry to cross the wide blue waters for a delightful evening of Portuguese seafood and fish specialities. After dinner, encounter more sweeping views over the Portuguese capital, as you return to your hotel via the impressive suspension bridge.
Adult Price: EUR 53.00
Like the Kings of Portugal before you, travel along the Portuguese Riviera to the glamorous resort of Cascais and the Queluz Palace – veritable jewels in the crown of Portugal. Then, we'll return to Lisbon via the wealthy playground of Estoril with its famous Casino and learn of the inspiring people who frequented Portugal's Golden Triangle.
Adult Price: EUR 46.00
Join your local expert for a walking tour of the perfectly preserved Moorish city of Cordoba. The highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th-century mosque with a Cathedral built inside. Walk with your guide through the forest of horseshoe shaped arches to the Baroque choir stalls of the Cathedral and the richly ornamented Mihrab prayer niche.
Adult Price: EUR 45.00
Seville is Spain's most majestic city and an evening out is a must! Tonight we'll enjoy a lovely array of traditional Andalusian specialities, served in a local restaurant with wine, beer & soft drinks included. After a wonderful meal we'll then finish with a magnificent horse & carriage ride through the old town of Seville which is especially magical in the evening.
Adult Price: EUR 66.00
A short drive brings you to Malaga, the thriving capital of the Costa del Sol. We'll enjoy sweeping vistas over this little known Mediterranean jewel from the Gibralfaro Castle perched above. Then, in a guided tour of the old town, we'll visit the house in which Pablo Picasso spent his early years. The town is also famous for its sweet, full-bodied wines and our tour concludes with a taste of the recent vintage.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
Join us for a delicious Mediterranean-style dinner in a delightful restaurant on the Costa del Sol. Why not sample Andalucía's famous sherry wine and one of the restaurant's signature dishes "fritura malagueña" or sea bass baked in sea salt? This optional experience is all inclusive of transportation, wine and drinks.
Adult Price: EUR 53.00
Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudí designed mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and a stunning mosaic dragon. The huge central terrace is enveloped by a ceramic-encrusted serpentine bench (reputedly the world's longest seat) and offers panoramic views of Barcelona and the bay. We then head to the coast and Port Olympic, built for the athletes of the 1992 Olympics, where we'll have free time to try one the numerous waterfront restaurants.
Adult Price: EUR 38.00
Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudi designed mushroom-like houses, 'bird nest' pillars and a mosaic dragon on a flight of stairs. The huge central terrace is enveloped by a ceramic-encrusted serpentine bench (reputedly the world's longest seat) and offers panoramic views of Barcelona and the bay. A night drive through the city rounds off the evening, taking in some of the illuminated buildings and monuments on your way back to the hotel.
Adult Price: EUR 37.00
Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
Madrid (Central) - Spain
The newly built 5-star Barceló Torre de Madrid offers sophisticated comfort and impeccable service, all within walking distance from Madrid's major sights.
Salamanca (Traditional) - Spain
The centrally located Hotel Alameda Palace is close to a range of restaurants and shops and only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor. The spacious rooms all have marble bathrooms and antique-style furniture.
Porto (Central) - Portugal
The NH Collection Porto Batalha was once an 18th century palace hosting lavish balls. It is now a state-of-the-art property offering impeccable service and maximum comfort.
Lisbon (Central) - Portugal
Dom Pedro Palace is located across the street from one of the largest Lisbon shopping Centres: the Amoreiras Shopping Centre with 250 top quality shops, cinemas and restaurants. On the top of the hotel there is the most exclusive Lisbon Penthouse Suite with a 360º degree view overlooking the city. This deluxe hotel offers elegant guest accommodations with great city views and a fantastic spa.
Seville (Contemporary) - Spain
A dominant hotel which is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville.
Torremolinos (Scenic) - Spain
Located in Malaga, in the resort of Torremolinos, in the heart of the Costa del Sol, and strategically located right on the beach, Meliá Costa del Sol is the best option for unwinding, having fun and working in Malaga, thanks to its excellent location, its complete and comfortable facilities and its superb service.
Granada (Traditional) - Spain
The 4-star Vincci Albayzín is located in the centre of Granada and is typically Andalusian in style. It boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light.
Valencia (Central) - Spain
The Barcelo Valencia hotel is situated right in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building which was designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city of Valencia.
Barcelona (Central) - Spain
The modern Hilton Barcelona is located on the city's main avenue. It promises an outstanding experience in Barcelona with all comforts and a spectacular view over the city!
Our guests rate us
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.
21 April, 2018
Trip: A great overall experience of both Spain and Portugal.
Service: Insight did everything excellent. Out tour director, Bradley, was fantastic. All the accommodations were great, the coach and driver, Pedro, were great. My wife and I did all the extra excursions.
16 April, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was very fast paced, we did not have enough time to take in the local atmosphere. At times the group felt very rushed, minimal time was allotted for eating lunch and shopping. the itinerary did provide a chance to see a lot of places. At times we stopped at locations that were less than 1 hour from the final destination for the day, which prevented us time to explore the city, which was supposed to be the main attraction, this did not make sense. At other times we stopped at rest areas shortly after we had left the hotel which did not make sense as well, which wasted valuable time for exploring the next touring stop. The add-ons were very good with the exception of the dinners, the dinners were not very good in a couple of the locations. I would recommend that you include the excursions the itinerary and be done with it, it feels as if Insight is trying to not be truthful, it would be better to know in advance for budgeting purposes as well as make the package more attractive.
Service: I will not recommend insight due to hotel accomodations (all but two) not having air conditioning. In the Salamanca hotel the shower stall was very small, so small that we had to leave the doors open to take a shower. I didn't report this to Enzo because we were in a hurry to get ready for the Tapas dinner at the Plaza Mayor. According to Vacations to Go they also said that Insight would not change our flight from Madrid to Barcelona (our last stop on the tour) so we had to endure an 8 hour bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid in order to catch our flight which was impacted due to the Air France strike.
14 April, 2018
Trip: Covered a LOT of territory, literally & figuratively. It would have been nice to have 2 nights in a couple of my locations but understand it would extend the length of the tour. It would have allowed some free time to explore. The one hotel, Vennecci I think, did not match the std as a repeat Insight traveler expect. Enzo’s knowledge, humor, personality were as huge factor in the trip being successful. The local guides were also very very good. All the special dinners except the dine around we’re excellent. We chose the non hotel dine around, we should have selected the hotel one.
Service: The Tour Firector Enzo Buonono was terrific and pre trip I contacted CS about avl of hair dryers at the hotels, a rapid response. Very pleased. Enzo particularity was able to managed some chronic complainers in the tour, who blamed the company and others for their lack of due diligience with their travel agent. Two couples who a moderate walking issues didn’t like the pace, well, they obviously saw the itinerary...included and optional excursions.
14 April, 2018
Trip: We saw a lot in the amount of days we were there. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Service: Great itinerary, tour director and driver. Our tour director Enzo had the best attitude every single day, including the early morning starts. He was very knowledgeable and made every day interesting. Enzo went above and beyond to make our trip the best it could be. I loved every minute of the tour. Thank you Enzo and Norberto!
12 April, 2018
Trip: Well planned and organised. Good overview of the places visited. But the dinners provided were below average as the food were sometimes not fresh or undercooked
Service: Service was generally good.
11 April, 2018
Trip: trip was great and saw so much....
Service: Good job and enjoyed the trip, thanks.
08 April, 2018
Trip: See previous notes about other spots to visit for optional trips
Service: Trip to bull fighting ring to learn its history or cork manufacturing plant. Took best of Spain and Portugal trip.
07 April, 2018
Trip: All the BEST cities in Spain & Portugal were visited
Service: What they did well? Everything. And the tour director: Brad ****; outstanding!
07 April, 2018
Trip: The tour team made the difference between a good and a perfect tour
Service: Certainly both Spain and Portugal are beautiful but we were extra fortunate to have Brad **** and Pedro as our tour team . Both went out of their way to make the journey pleasant, informative, organized and clearly the best tour we have ever taken.
07 April, 2018
Trip: We felt like we had really seen Portugal and Spain at end of the trip. We saw all of the highlights and fully exceeded our expectations.
Service: From the luxury bus to the wonderful hotels and great tour guide, the whole experience was first rate.
02 April, 2018
Trip: Felt rushed through some of the tours of older areas. Some guests were not mobile.
Service: Would like to have stayed in more older hotels with Spanish architecture and history. I can stay in a sleek modern hotel anywhere.
01 April, 2018
Trip: Busy. Saw a lot. Optional tours which can add up fair amount.
Service: Guide very good. Bus driver very good. Hotels great locations. Tours were good.