Grand Tour of Spain & Portugal

18 days from £1639pp.


Seville

Visit: Seville, Spain

Lisbon

Visit: Lisbon, Portugal

Salamanca

Visit: Salamanca, Spain

Fatima

Visit: Fatima, Portugal

Cordoba

Visit: Cordoba, Spain

San Sebastian

Visit: San Sebastian, Spain

About the Tour

Home to a rich cultural heritage, spectacular countryside and coastlines, tasty tapas and a tipple or two, it’s easy to see why Spain and Portugal are amongst the top destinations to visit in Europe. Travel by luxury coach on this grand tour and cover great historical cities, plus the treasures of the Iberian Peninsula including Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Porto and Granada. What’s more, you’ll also have the opportunity of visiting one of Andalucía's must-see places, The Alhambra Palace, on this Grand Explorer holiday. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 16 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 13 evening meal
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries in a two-berth en suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost)
  • Travel from a regional joining point
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

    Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to Santander. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. The crossing takes 24 hours during which you can enjoy the facilities on board.

    Evening arrival in Santander, then travel to our overnight hotel in northern Spain.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Salamanca

    Salamanca

    We depart our hotel this morning and head to Salamanca arriving early afternoon. There will be free time for you to explore this beautiful city at your leisure. Salamanca is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After free time we continue our journey to our hotel in the Salamanca area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Porto

    Porto

    This morning we head west, crossing the border into Portugal and continuing to the city of Porto, regarded as being one of the oldest tourist destinations in Europe. Porto is famous for its artistic heritage, Port Wine and open-air leisure spaces. To introduce you to the city, why not join our optional sightseeing tour accompanied by a local English speaking guide. Later this afternoon we continue to our hotel in Porto for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lisbon

    Lisbon

    We leave Porto this morning and head south to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. En route we pause in the famous pilgrimage town of Fatima. Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is famous for the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several apparitions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed as a miracle witnessed by approximately 60,000 people and is known in the catholic world as "the day the sun danced". After free time we continue our journey south to Lisbon for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lisbon

    Lisbon

    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon. We start with a panoramic drive around the main sights to allow you to get your bearings. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax and explore this spectacular city at your leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Evora

    Evora

    We leave Lisbon and commence our journey back over the border into Spain. En route we pause in the Moorish hill-top town of Evora, one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Aside from its historic and aesthetic virtues, Évora is also a lively university town, and its many attractive restaurants serve up hearty Alentejan cuisine. We continue to our hotel in Seville for a three night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Seville

    Seville

    Join us today as we spend an included full day in Seville. To help you discover Seville’s fantastic sights and stories, why not join our local guide for an optional sightseeing tour. The city is over 2000 years old, and has a very rich architectural and monumental history. We see Plaza de Espana and the area of the 1929 Ibero-American exhibition. We will also visit the Barrio Santa Cruz area, a maze of narrow streets, picturesque alleys and hidden delights. During our optional sightseeing tour we will visit Seville Cathedral (the 4th largest Christian church in the world), and the Alcazar Royal Palace, where we have our entrances included. For the rest of your time, you are free to relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this lovely city. Please note that the Seville Sightseeing tour does involve a degree of walking and is not suitable for any clients with walking difficulties.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cádiz

    Cádiz

    Today our optional excursion takes you to the old town of Cadiz. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe and is now well into its fourth millennium. The ancient centre, surrounded almost entirely by water, is a romantic assortment of sinuous streets, municipal beaches and rambunctious taverns. Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, which is famous throughout Spain as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon's siege, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution. Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas. The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares. The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses. There will be ample free time for you to explore the town at your leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cordoba

    Cordoba

    We leave Seville and head east to Granada for a two night stay. En route we visit Cordoba, where you can join our optional guided walking tour seeing the celebrated courtyards and patios, the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the famous Plaza del Potro. Córdoba was once the largest city in Europe and its incredible history is represented by the beautifully preserved buildings and squares. It is home to the famous Mezquita, a 12th century mosque, which dominates the town centre and is a symbol of worldly and sophisticated Islamic culture. It is impossible to overemphasise the beauty of Córdoba’s great mosque, with its remarkably peaceful and spacious interior. The Mezquita hints at a lavish and refined age when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived side by side and enriched their city and surroundings with diverse and vibrant cultures. The medieval centre is a warren of narrow streets surrounding the Mezquita. It is home to some excellent bars and restaurants, some of which have become sights themselves. The main shopping streets are found to the north and west of Plaza de las Tendillas, which is the city’s main square.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Granada

    Granada

    Enjoy a full day in Granada with an optional guided tour of the vast Alhambra Palace, which dominates the skyline with the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background. A visit to the Alhambra Palace and its beautiful gardens is highly recommended and extremely popular, therefore we recommend that entry is booked in advance. The cost is £45 and includes a fully guided tour. Please ask for details when booking this holiday.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Toledo

    Toledo

    We leave Granada this morning and head north to Toledo, often regarded as the Spanish city with the greatest wealth of monuments. The top attractions in Toledo include the city's magnificent cathedral, which houses some beautiful stained glass, delicate wood and stone sculptures plus a large collection of paintings. We continue to Madrid for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Madrid

    Madrid

    This morning we have an included full day in Madrid, a truly cosmopolitan city with a wealth of cultural attractions. Why not join our optional guided coach tour, which will allow you to discover many highlights of the city. We will see the famous Salamanca quarter, with its exclusive boutiques and embassies. We also discover the Borbones Quarter, with its many museums, Jardin del Retiro, and House of Parliament, and the Asturias Quarter which is home to the superb Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid), which is the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain. Our guide will also help us discover 21st century Madrid with the New Parliament, 4 towers, and Stadium Santiago Bernabeu.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Madrid

    Madrid

    Free day in Madrid or join us on our optional excursion as we discover the Cities of Castile – Avila and Segovia. We head first to the World Heritage Site of Avila, which is well known for the amazingly intact 11th century wall that surrounds the city and the old town. We then travel to Segovia, which quite rightly lays claim to being the most spectacularly sited city in Spain. It is also famous for its Alcazar, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort known to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We travel through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Basque region to Biarritz on the Basque coast for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    San Sebastian

    San Sebastian

    Join our optional excursion back into Spain and to the beautiful Basque town of San Sebastian. San Sebastián has four main districts. The lively Parte Vieja (old town) lies across the neck of Monte Urgull, the bay’s eastern headland. South of the Parte Vieja is the commercial and shopping district, the Centro Romántico. It’s a handsome grid of late-19th-century buildings extending from behind Playa de la Concha to the banks of Río Urumea. On the east side of the river is the district of Gros, a pleasant enclave that, with its relaxed ambience and the surfing beach of Playa de Gros, makes a cheerful alternative to the honeypots on the west side of the river. Right at the opposite, western end, of the city is Playa de Ondarreta (essentially a continuation of Playa de la Concha), a very upmarket district known as a millionaires' belt on account of its lavish holiday homes. There will be ample free time for you to explore all the town has to offer.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    To the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Salamanca - Splendid Renaissance architecture
    • Porto - Wine capital of Portugal on the Douro
    • Fatima - Famous Pilgrimage town
    • Lisbon - Historic old town and capital
    • Evora - Fortified hill-top town
    • Seville - Majestic Andalucian city
    • Cordoba
    • Granada
    • Toledo - City of three cultures
    • Madrid - Spain’s cosmopolitan capital

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Porto, Cordoba, Seville & Madrid city sightseeing tours - See the highlights with a guide
    • Cadiz
    • The Alhambra Palace - One of Andalucia’s must-see places (striclty on request)
    • Avila & Segovia - Spectacularly situated historic cities
    • San Sebastian - Basque city

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £499.00 (18 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay in 3-star superior and 4-star hotels throughout your time in Spain and Portugal.

    Your overnight stays in France/northern Spain will be in city-style hotels.

    On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in two-berth, en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost).

    Spain

    Hotel El Coloso

    Coloso

    Spain

    Tryp Macarena

    Tryp Macarena

    France

    Ibis Ciboure St Jean De Luz

    Ibis Ciboure St Jean De Luz

    Coloso


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Tryp Macarena


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Ciboure St Jean De Luz


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Lift
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Spain

    Los Angeles Hotel & Spa - Grananda

    Los Angeles

    Ibis Ciboure St Jean De Luz


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Lift
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Los Angeles


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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