IBERIAN INSPIRATION

10 Nights From $3704

SPAIN + PORTUGAL

East meets west, and past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals. We take it all in on a rural road trip, in search of hidden Iberia

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Baeza and Estremoz and Ronda from old-town boutique hotels

Watch black Iberian pigs roam in the Sierra de Aracena and taste famous Jamón Ibérico

Spend the night in Seville and enjoy a traditional Flamenco show

10 Nights

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TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 MADRID – TOLEDO

After meeting in Madrid, we begin our journey to Toledo where centuries of history come alive. Afterwards, we sit down to a welcome dinner in a traditional Spanish restaurant. (D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Carlos V)

DAY 2 TOLEDO – VALDEPEÑAS – CÓRDOBA

Our road continues south across the vast plains of La Mancha, where Cervantes’s Don Quixote jousted with windmills. We pause in Valdepeñas to visit a local bodega for wine and tapas, before continuing on to Córdoba – our home for the next two nights. (B,L)

Accommodation: (Casas de La Judeira)

DAY 3 CÓRDOBA

This morning we go back to the days of Islamic Iberia in Córdoba’s old town. Today you’re free to explore at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply marvel at the city’s eye-catching architecture. A highlight is the monumental Mezquita – a UNESCO protected mosque. (B)

Accommodation: (Casas de La Judeira)

DAY 4 CÓRDOBA – UBEDA – BAEZA

Today we pay court to two great women of Andalucía. The towns of Ubeda and Baeza, called ‘Queen’ and ‘Lady’ respectively by poet Antonio Machado, are replete with spectacular Renaissance palaces. This morning we pause to taste Spanish olive oil at its source in a peaceful olive grove, before settling into our hotel. Dinner tonight is a group affair. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Puerta de la Luna)

DAY 5 BAEZA – JAEN – GRANADA

Our first stop today is Jaén Cathedral, with its towers set against a backdrop of rolling hills. After free time, we continue on to Granada. With two nights here, we have plenty of time to unravel its secrets. (B)

Accommodation: (Villa Onira)

DAY 6 GRANADA

Intricately carved archways.Lavish interiors featuring colourful tiles.Vibrant gardens. The Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched on a hilltop outside Granada, must be seen to be believed. Afternoon finds us back in the city centre, where you’re free to discover the city – just be sure to take in the stunning cathedral. (B)

Accommodation: (Villa Onira)

DAY 7 GRANADA – RONDA

From Granada our path turns east, passing through rural countryside to Ronda. With a dramatic setting on the edge of a deep canyon, this historic town boasts breathtaking views. (B)

Accommodation: (Reina Victoria)

DAY 8 RONDA – JEREZ – ARCOS – GRAZALEMA – SEVILLE

Today we drive to Jerez to visit a local winery with a private gallery followed by a tapas lunch and wine tasting. Later, we visit Seville where tonight we enjoy a traditional flamenco show. (B)

Accommodation: (Casas de La Judeira)

DAY 9 SEVILLE

After breakfast, it’s time to explore Seville at your own leisure. You could search out Roman ruins, Moorish mosaics and classical squares. Or take yourself on a tapas tour, hopping from bar to bar, sampling Andalucíanspecialities in each. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Casas de La Judeira)

DAY 10 SEVILLE – SIERRA DE ARACENA – ESTREMOZ

The city rooftops disappear as we head into the great outdoors. Our first stop is Ibéricos, a farm in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche National Park where black Iberian pigs roam. After working up an appetite, we sample the famous JamónIbérico, before making a visit to Castle Vila Vicosa. We continue to Estremoz to end the day. (B,D)

Accommodation: (PestanaPousada de Estremoz)

DAY 11 ESTREMOZ – ÉVORA – LISBON

We set our sights for Portugal today, first travelling to Evora before our road winds into Lisbon where we say farewell. (B)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Local guide in Granada
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Tapas lunch with wine tasting
  • Olive oil and Ibérico ham tasting
  • Flamenco show
  • Entrance included to: Santa Maria la Blanca, San Juan de los Reyes, Mezquita, Jaén Cathedral, Alhambra, Gruta de la Maravillas.

2018 TOUR DATES + RATES

$4179 – $4274 single occupancy

$3704 – $3799 double occupancy

FEB 15-25
MARCH 8-18
MARCH 18-28
APRIL 5-15
APRIL 8-18
APRIL 12-22
APRIL 19-29
APRIL 22 – MAY 2
APRIL 26 – MAY 6
MAY 3-13

MAY 6-16
MAY 10-20
MAY 13-23
MAY 17-27
MAY 24 – JUNE 3
MAY 31 – JUNE 10
JUNE 7 -17
JUNE 10 – 20
JUNE 14 – 24
JUNE 17 – 27

JUNE 21 – JULY 1
JUNE 24 – JULY 4
JUNE 28 – JULY 8
JULY 12 – 22
JULY 26 – AUG 5
AUG 23 – SEP 2
SEP 2-12
SEP 6-16
SEP 8 -18
SEP 13 -23

SEP 20-30
SEP 23 – OCT 3
SEP 27 – OCT 7
SEP 29 – OCT 9
OCT 4 – OCT 14
OCT 11 – OCT 21
OCT 18 – OCT 28
NOV 1 – NOV 11

RATE INFORMATION – Rates are per person for the total number of nights quoted and based on occupancy. Rates are subject to change until a reservation is made.
B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

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