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Highlights of Spain & Portugal

Discover Barcelona, Madrid, Porto & Lisbon

Prices from R22,999pp

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Discover the never-ending charm of Spain and Portugal in this 11 night tour with stays in four incredible Iberian cities.  From the buzz of the main cities to the picturesque villages and a glimpse at the famous beach towns, immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours this tour has to offer.

Kick off your Iberian adventure of a lifetime by flying to Barcelona for a three night stay.  It’s a captivating seaside city with immense culture, famed architecture and a first class Catalan restaurant scene.  Its architecture is a melting pot, where 13th century Gothic spikes effortlessly blends with the modern curves of buildings designed by Barcelona’s most famous architect, Gaudi.  The old city is the heart of everything, with museums, shopping and cafes and Gothic Quarter.  Don't miss a stroll along Las Ramblas, awash with produce and flower stands, a historic opera house and maybe stop to rest your feet over a few plates of tapas and a jug of Sangria.

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Travel north via train – Spain’s rail network’s high speed AVE trains are extremely efficient – to the beguiling Madrid, the Cultural and financial hub of Spain, where people really know how to embrace the laid back café culture and enjoy life to the full.  Art lovers are really spoilt with choice with masterpieces by Picasso, Dali and Goya adorning the walls of the top galleries.  Compared to most of the rest of Western Europe, Madrid is a bargain.  The attractions mostly have very reasonable price tags and some of the museums are free.  The city offers some delectable tapas and meat lovers should take note that the premium steaks cooked on wood stoves here are among the best in the world.  Locals often only start their dinner and drinks late and the night really comes to life after midnight.

Then visit the age-old coastal city of Porto, known for its famous port wine, imposing bridges and the sumptuous 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace).  Visit the UNESCO-listed medieval old town in Ribeira, enjoy the vistas via the several lookout points, do a port tasting and discover the divine fresh seafood while chatting to charismatic locals at family-run taverns.

Lastly, to Lisbon, a postcard-perfect blend of sun-bleached buildings topped with terracotta roofs, steep cobblestone streets and picturesque beaches. Set across seven hills, Lisbon is easy to explore in a couple of days thanks to a network of traditional trams. During your stay you could take in the view of the city from the São Jorge Castle, eat grilled sardines in the sun, take a tram to explore the Belém district, or simply relax on one of the numerous sandy beaches – this beautiful city offers a plethora of wonderful experiences to enjoy.

Four stunning cities in one trip - what better way to experience Iberia’s highlights in style.

duration 11 nights

departing May 2018 to Jan 2019

  • All flights
  • All taxes
  • Rail journey
  • Tours included

Key Information

  • Dates: May 2018 to Jan 2019
  • Duration: 11 nights
  • Prices: from R22,999pp
  • 3 night hotel stay in Barcelona
  • 3 night hotel stay in Madrid
  • 2 night hotel stay in Porto
  • 3 night hotel stay in Lisbon
  • Plus one FREE tour in Spain, choose from:
  • Madrid Toledo Tour
  • Barcelona Sagrada Tour
  • Plus one FREE tour in Portugal, choose from:
  • Porto Hop On Hop Off Tour
  • Lisbon Walking Tour
  • All flights & taxes
  • All rail journeys
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 4

Barcelona

Stroll Las Ramblas and enjoy Barcelona's unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, lively nightlife and trendy, stylish hotels. You'll find Europe's best-preserved Gothic Quarter here, as well as amazing architectural works by Gaudi.  Also take some time to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the world-famous Spanish ambiance with some tapas and a well-deserved jug of Sangria.

Sagrada Familia Tour: Barcelona’s tour of choice is a 90 minute skip the line fast track tour of architect Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece: Sagrada Familia.  The UNESCO-listed site is one of the most visited buildings in the world. Discover this magnificent modernist building in the guided tour inside the basilica. You can climb or take the elevator up one of the magnificent towers to enjoy breath-taking birds-eye views over Barcelona.

Typical Barcelona hotels:

H10 Marina

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H10 Marina

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bars/lounges
  • Despacio Spa Centre
  • Room service

Salles Pere IV Hotel

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Salles Pere IV Hotel

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Garum restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Agora Cafe

Novotel Barcelona City

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Novotel Barcelona City

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • 2 bars
  • Fitness centre
  • Room service
  • 24 hour front desk

Day 4 - 7

Madrid

The fiery Spanish capital of Madrid offers some of the world’s best art masterpieces by Picasso, Dali and Goya as well as some very affordable attractions, with some even being free.  The city offers some delectable tapas and meat lovers should take note that the premium steaks cooked on wood stoves here are among the best in the world.

Toledo Morning Tour:  Delve into the cultural tapestry of Toledo, a treasure trove of El Greco artworks and ancient fortifications, on a tour from Madrid.  This UNESCO-listed city-museum is called the City of Three cultures because legend has it that Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here in harmony.

The tour includes panoramic sightseeing of Toledo, a demonstration of the famous technique of damascene, where precious metals is incrusted in steel, and free entry to the impressive 12th century Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue and the incredible 15th century San Juan de los Reyes Monastery.

Typical Madrid hotels:

Acta Madfor

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Acta Madfor

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Facilities

  • 24 hour front desk
  • La Ermita Restaurant
  • Sun terrace
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bike Hire
  • Free WiFi

Mercure Madrid Plaza De Espana

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Mercure Madrid Plaza De Espana

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre

Day 7 - 9

Porto

Rich in history, littered with architectural treasures, home to delicious wines and melt-in-the-mouth pastries, and bristling with lively street markets, cafes, bars and restaurants, Porto is a tourist's delight. Enjoy the faded grandeur of this age old coastal city with its mix of Baroque, Neoclassical and Belle Epoque architecture. 

Porto Tour: Hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, the UNESCO-listed Ribeira, to enjoy the vistas via the several lookout points, discover masterpieces in the galleries and savour some fresh seafood while chatting to charismatic locals at family-run taverns.

The Douro River cruise allows you to admire the city from a comfortable river cruiser as you drift down and under six of the city’s bridges, while the Calem Wine Cellars tour gives you access to this spectacular cellar, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. Make sure to sample some of the goods, including white, dry and ruby ports.  You will also receive a discount book containing vouchers to help the South African Rand stretch further on restaurants, bars, shops, and other attractions.

Typical Porto hotels:

Mercure Porto Centro

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Mercure Porto Centro

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Gift shop

Exe Almada Porto

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Exe Almada Porto

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage storage

Day 9 - 12

Lisbon

Nicknamed The Queen of the Sea, Lisbon is a delightful mix of must-see attractions and charming neighbourhoods which can all be easily navigated on foot.  Enjoy the buildings that dates back from Portugal’s heyday and stop for a wine and tasting at a wine bar and restaurant located in a medieval palace.

Lisbon Tour:  Explore Lisbon on this three-hour walking tour, getting in-depth knowledge about the Portuguese capital from an experienced local guide. Start the tour in Rossio Square, the heart of both new and old Lisbon, keeping an eye out for the intricate neo-Manueline architecture at Rossio Central Station.  A highlight of the excursion is a visit to Lisbon’s cathedral, built in 1147, and the city’s oldest church.

Enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon’s vintage trams try some of the best culinary delights Lisbon has to offer by trying a typical Portuguese pastry, a Pastel de Nata, and then stop for a wine tasting at a restaurant located in a medieval palace. 

Typical Lisbon hotels:

Behotelisboa

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Behotelisboa

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Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Taberna 132 restaurant
  • Concierge services
  • Pillow menu

Altis Grand Hotel

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Altis Grand Hotel

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Facilities

  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • Free WiFi
  • Gspa
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • 24 hour front desk

Iberostar Lisboa

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Iberostar Lisboa

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Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • 2 bars

Prices

May 2018 R29,999pp

June 2018 R30,999pp

July School Holidays 2018 R31,999pp

July 2018 R26,999pp

August 2018 R28,999pp

September 2018 R27,999pp

October 2018 R26,999pp

November 2018 R24,999pp

December 2018 R25,999pp

Christmas 2018 R29,999pp

January School Holidays 2019 R28,999pp

January 2019 R22,999pp

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