Start Point
Madrid
End Point
Madrid
Ages
10 - 75+
Transport
Private coach
Accommodation
2, 3 & 4* hotels

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Summary

Satisfy your wanderlust with a 9-day trip to Spain and Portugal! Start in Madrid and learn about amazing architecture, inspiring culture and the Spanish lifestyle! Discover Toledo, Granada and Seville. Visit Ronda and see the famous Puente Nuevo. Cross into Portugal and admire the incredible Algarve views. Experience lively Lisbon, taste port in Porto and explore historic Garda. Finish off this Spain and Portugal tour with stops in Salamanca and Avila. Embrace the local way of life complete with tapas, flamenco and bullfighting on our unforgettable Portugal and Spain tours!  

Highlights of Spain & Portugal
Accommodation
  • 8 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
Meals
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request
Transport
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
Modern air conditioned coach transport
Extras
  • Services of your Expat Explore tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
  • All taxes and fees included
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip
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Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.

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Hotel Elba Madrid Hotel Elba Madrid
Hotel Elba Madrid Hotel Elba Madrid
Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto
Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto Sercotel Madrid Aeropuerto
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Macia Condor Hotel Macia Condor Hotel
Macia Condor Hotel Macia Condor Hotel
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Hotel Virgen de los Reyes Hotel Virgen de los Reyes
Hotel Virgen de los Reyes Hotel Virgen de los Reyes
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Hotel Roma Lisboa Hotel Roma Lisboa
Hotel Roma Lisboa Hotel Roma Lisboa
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Gran Hotel Corona Sol Gran Hotel Corona Sol
Gran Hotel Corona Sol Gran Hotel Corona Sol
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Start Point
Hotel in MadridPlease contact us
15:00-17:00 hrs
End Point
MadridCentral Train Station
13:00 hrs (traffic dependent)
Madrid hotelPlease contact us
14:00 hrs (traffic dependent)
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Optionals

On Tour Excursions
All optional excursions are booked on tour and paid in cash to your tour leader, unless stated otherwise. Please note, certain optional excursions are subject to availability and could change as a result.
Transfers

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Accommodation

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Why this tour

This nine-day tour of Spain and Portugal is a convenient, affordable and fun introduction to these two incredible European destinations! During this tour you will get to experience the sites, sounds, cuisine and culture of Portugal and Spain. Our small group tours’ Spain and Portugal itinerary has been designed to show off the highlights of cities and villages, to share the areas’ histories and to give travellers a taste of local life. 

The first tour of Spain begins in Madrid. From there, you’ll travel south through Andalusia and into Portugal. Meander along the Algarve coast, through a number of Portugal’s highlights along the way before heading back to Spain to complete the round trip in Madrid. 

On this trip, you’ll be able to experience a number of Portugal and Spain highlights:

  • Walk the historic streets of Toledo - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Ronda and see the famous Puente Nuevo that stretched across the El Tajo gorge. Interestingly, American author Ernest Hemingway was a fan of watching the bullfighting in Ronda and lived here for a while! 
  • Visit medieval towns including Granada, Obidos, Garda and Avila. Learn about Spain’s history as well as the Moorish and Roman influences on architecture and culture.
  • See the historic town Salamanca which was founded a whopping 1,000 years ago!  
  • Sip Port in Porto and taste Tapas in Seville. A trip to Spain and Portugal isn’t complete without indulging in great food and wine! 
  • Explore Spanish and Portuguese cities on walking tours. Join a local guide and enjoy a tour of Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Find out more about Lisbon and Porto’s top attractions on walking and driving tours.
  • Grab your chance to visit the famous Alhambra Palace on an optional excursion. This spectacular palace is located in Granada and offers incredible views and history.
  • Make the most of free days in Seville and Lisbon to explore at your leisure. 

In addition to many great included activities, you’ll have the option to add on experiences during your trip. The Sintra half-day trip is a real treat filled with incredible history and enchanting palaces; Sintra was the summer residence for the Portugese royal family for many years! 

Is this tour right for me?

  • Will I have to share a room? 
    The accommodation is included in the price of our tours and will be twin share rooms. All the hotels have been carefully selected by the Expat Explore team. If you are travelling on your own, you will be paired up and share a room with a traveller of the same gender. This can be a great way to get to know a new travel friend! If you would prefer some privacy, an option to pay for a single room supplement is available. 
  • How much walking is involved, do I need to be quite fit? 
    As long as you are comfortable enough to complete the walking tours of cities and towns, you should be fine! These are carried out at a comfortable pace and are not too strenuous. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes! 
  • When is the best time to visit? 
    Generally, the best time for trips to Spain and Portugal is between May and September. This is when the weather is pleasant and the beaches are great to visit! Keep in mind that summer in this region does become hot so pack sun protection and stay hydrated if you are travelling then. 
  • Is there a range of included activities? Will I get bored while travelling? 
    This Spain and Portugal tour includes history, culture, architecture, cuisine, great natural sites and general fun! There is something for a range of interests. The travel times are broken up with stops along the way so there is little chance of becoming bored with long drive times. 
  • Will there be enough free time? 
    Yes, you will have two full free days in Seville and Lisbon. Plus free time in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, spread out across the itinerary. 

If you’re looking to experience the true highlights of Spain and Portugal then this tour is for you! It is the perfect balance of included activities and free time over nine days.

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