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14 Day Taste Of Spain & Portugal

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Pace
Lively Pace
3198 people have travelled to this destination
✓ Incredible sightseeing including the magnificent Alhambra in Granada, stunning Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba, cultural capital Madrid, a Douro River cruise in Porto and renowned pilgrimage site Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima
✓ Small group experience, with no more than 24 guests
✓ 13 nights in premium, 4-star accommodation
✓ Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking tour leader
✓ Breakfast daily plus 4 dinners, including a welcome tapas experience
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
✓ Dedicated, air-conditioned private coach transportation
 
What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Princesa Plaza or Similar

Welcome to Spain! You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

You’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers tomorrow morning. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore this energetic city. Make like a Madrileño and take a paseo por la noche, a cherished evening stroll. Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city, is a busy plaza where you can find street performers, loads of restaurants and shops and the iconic statue ‘The Bear and the Strawberry Tree’.

Gran Vía, also known as the street that never sleeps, is the main shopping and tourist artery in the centre of the capital. On this lively strip you’ll find great restaurants, theatre, shopping and more. Look up – the buildings are exquisite. Calle Cava Baja is the city’s famed tapas street. Patatas bravas, anyone?

Check in: Passengers will be arriving at various times throughout the day from as early as 6am through to late evening. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities on Day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.

Hotel
Hotel Princesa Plaza or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, meet your tour guide and the rest of your group. Enjoy breakfast before heading out to explore Madrid on a guided city tour.

Explore Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. 

Continue on to contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium.

Join your fellow travelers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel
AC by Marriott Porto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we’re off towards Salamanca. Enjoy free time to take in the great architectural wealth of this World Heritage University city. The Universidad Civil reached the peak of its renown in the 15th and 16th century. The entrance boasts a tapestry in sandstone.  Plaza Mayor is considered to be one of Spain's most beautiful central plaza’s. 

We travel on towards the Portuguese border and our destination for the day - Porto. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cities, and was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. After checking our hotel take a stroll around the local neighbourhood. 

Hotel
AC by Marriott Porto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Porto. Admire the Cetedral de Portol, known locally as Se, this hilltop cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th Centuries. We continue to the British Classical styled old Stock Exchange building and seemingly austere Santa Clara church. Inside is a masterpiece of gilded woodwork.  

Later we enjoy a Douro River Cruise before tasting a range of local tipples at the famous Port Wine Cellars.  The rest of the day is at leisure to make your own discoveries.

Optional Tour - Visit to Guimaraes - Porto Half Day

Hotel
Hotel Sao Jose or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, we depart for Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. 

We continue to Fatima, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the world. Made famous in 1917 when the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to three shepherd children over several visits. Pilgrims flock here to visit its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. We visit the Chapel of the Apparitions in the heart of the sanctuary where the tombs of the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta rest.

 This (availability pending) evening attend the procession of the candles.

Hotel
Hotel Roma or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We visit the Batalha Monastery this morning, a masterpiece in the Gothic and Manueline style . We continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré, enjoying some free time exploring before heading off to yet another World Heritage site at Alcobaça with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 12th Century. Continue on to Lisbon for the evening.

Hotel
Hotel Roma or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, join a city sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo. Drive through the cities main squares and avenues, visiting Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, the Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square and Liberty Avenue. 

This afternoon is at leisure to catch the nostalgic corners of the Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with buildings nested in narrow twisting Ruas, housing genuine “tabernas” where locals gather. 

Tonight we enjoy a typical Portuguese dinner visiting one of the oldest Fado venues in the city and located in one of the most interesting cultural neighborhoods in the area.

Optional Tour - Monument of Cristo Rey, Calcilhas and ferry through the Tagus - Lisbon
Optional Tour - Lisbon - Optional Tour - Sintra Cascais and Estorilison

In this visit, you will enjoy the landscapes of the Tagus estuary, the famous Costa del Sol, a resting place and residence of nobles in the history of Portugal. We will stop at the wonderful city of Sintra, immortalised by Lord Byron, and enjoy its microclimate and its many palaces and summer homes. We will continue to the famous Guincho beach where you will see the westernmost point in Europe, the Cabo da Roca, and we will stop in the beautiful city of Cascais. Afterwards, we will have a brief stop in Estoril with its famous casino. A varied tour with beautiful landscapes overlooking the ocean and the Tagus estuary. Approx length - Half day.

EUR 50 per person

Hotel
Tryp Cordoba or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we head for Andalusian soils, back in Spain, we drive to Caceres, considered a World Heritage site due to the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. We continue towards Cordoba - an important Roman city and major Islamic centre in the Middle Ages.

Hotel
Hotel Catalonia Santa Justa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we embark on a guided tour of Cordoba’s impressive Mosque. 

Later, stroll through the narrow, winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, located in the historic city centre. The Jewish quarter of Cordoba retains the traditional urban layout of a medieval city.  This afternoon, we continue journey towards Seville.

Hotel
Hotel Catalonia Santa Justa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Explore the city on a morning tour of the Andalusian Capital, Seville.  We visit Seville Cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome.Its a testament to the historic health and importance of Seville. Continue to The barrio de Santa Cruz - the former Jewish quarter of Seville. It's then off to Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city of light.

Optional Tour - Boat Trip on the Guadalquivir - Seville

Hotel
Sol Don Pablo or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we drive south passing through typical Andalusian villages to reach Ronda. Enjoy some free time to admire this town with Celtic origins. Take it the marvelous view of the nearby valley and mountain range. We continue our journey before enjoying an authentic olive oil experience at a local Almazara. Walk through fields of olive tree and taste organic olive oil, fresh from production. We continue to the Costa del Sol later today.

Hotel
Hotel Alixares or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a highlight of our trip across the Iberian Peninsula to visit one of the jewels of Spain, Granada. Enjoy a guided tour of  the world famous Alhambra. Their showpiece palaces, the 14th-century Palacios Nazaríes, are among the finest Islamic buildings in Europe and, together with the Generalife gardens, form Alhambra's great headline act.  After some time at leisure, join your fellow travelers to experience an authentic Gypsy Flamenco dinner show.

Optional Tour - Tour of the Albaicín - Granada

Hotel
Hotel Princesa Plaza or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today its off to the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, where Christian, Moor and Jewish residents have lived together for centuries. Enjoy a guided city tour of this historical old town, wandering through its narrow streets. After that we continue back to Madrid. After some time to freshen up, we meet for a farewell market experience dinner.

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your adventure  comes to an end. After checking out of your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this extraordinary journey.

Check out: Passengers will be departing at various times throughout the day. Standard hotel check-out times will apply no matter what time your flight is scheduled to depart. Check-out time is generally anywhere from 10am-12pm. You are welcome to leave your luggage at hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or, alternatively, please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. Please note this service is subject to availability and will likely come at an additional cost. Your tour guide (or hotel staff) will confirm the time of your airport transfer with you directly.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights in comfortable 4 star hotels
  • All Transportation - comfortable, dedicated private coach transportation throughout
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
  • Guided visits in Madrid, Porto (including Douro River Cruise and Port wine tasting), Lisbon, Cordoba (Mosque entrance included), Seville (Cathedral entrance included), Granada (Alhambra entrance included) Toledo.
  • Welcome Tapas Experience dinner in Madrid
  • Flamenco experience with dinner in Seville
  • Fado show and dinner in Lisbon
  • Olive Oil Tasting at a local Almazara
  • Farewell market experience dinner in Madrid
  • Activities indicated in the itinerary including entry fees
  • Daily breakfast plus 4 dinners, as per itinerary
  • Fully escorted English speaking guide throughout 
  • All entrance fees to sites listed (except optional activities)
  • All activities listed in the itinerary unless a paid optional

  • Madrid - Sit by the lake at Retiro Park and admire the magnificent Glass Palace
  • Salamanca - wander Plaza Mayor- Spains most beautiful central square
  • Porto - watch Porto slip by on a Duomo river cruise
  • Fatima - Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, the 4th biggest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world
  • Lisbon - Explore Lisbon, a picture-perfect combination of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals
  • Cordoba - wander the winding streets of Cordoba's Jewish Quarter
  • Seville - Spend two nights discovering the city famous for its stunning Mudejar palaces, tapas and flamenco
  • Costa Del Sol - relax on the beach of this internationally renowned region.
  • Granada - Visit the breathtaking UNESCO Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens with a local guide
  • Madrid - Enjoy a farewell market experience dinner

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $360.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $750.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a “4”.

4 - Lively:  This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Suggested amount for your guide, is from EUR2-4 per person per day. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $900.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Local Tourist Tax
A local city/tourist tax may be applicable each night during your stay. This cost can vary between €0.50 to €4.30 per person, per night (the higher standard of accommodation, the higher the tax will be). Please note that this tax is dictated by the government entities, can only be paid locally and can change without any warning to Inspiring Vacations. 

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.safetravel.govt.nz for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Maximum of  24 people

Trip Style - Group Tour
Our Group Tours offer unparalleled value for money and are the perfect style of travel for those on a budget, though still eager to pack as much in to their itinerary as possible. These tours tick all the boxes with an abundance of inclusions such as sightseeing highlights, expert tour guides, quality accommodation, transfers, coach transportation, some meals and more. Please note that the maximum group size will vary between deals and will be mentioned within the Fine Print of each deal page.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Visit to Guimaraes - Porto Half Day (Day 4) - $87 per person
  • Monument of Cristo Rey, Calcilhas and ferry through the Tagus - Lisbon (Day 7) - $56 per person
  • Lisbon - Optional Tour - Sintra Cascais and Estorilison (Day 7) - $112 per person
  • Boat Trip on the Guadalquivir - Seville (Day 10) - $42 per person
  • Tour of the Albaicín - Granada (Day 12) - $76 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $295.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $295.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $295.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $295.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Arrival and departure airport transfers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

This package is sold as land only, however you do have the option of adding international airfares to your booking. Simply click on’ book now’, and under upgrades ,  you will be asked “Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?”

By selecting this option Inspiring Vacations will contact you to discuss adding flights to your chosen destination. We can assist with flying the airline of your choice to turn your booking into a flight inclusive package.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

  • International Airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Local Tourist Tax at some hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches, some dinners and drinks.

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