Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine – the Iberian Peninsula really is a true example of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra, and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.
Arrive at any time.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Orientation walk of Lisbon. Wander through the distinct city quarters and the historical area of Belém.
Enjoy a morning CEO-led orientation walk of central Lisbon. After, explore the city with some free time. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon, and is well worth a visit.
Visit the area of Belém where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world.
Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Discover Belém, a western suburb that's linked to Portugal’s Golden Age of Discoveries – it was the site where famous navigators once set sail to discover the world. While there, take some time to tour other nearby must-see attractions: Estrela Prazeres, Estrela Gardens, Estrela Basilica, Mouraria Castelo, and the Church of Senhora da Sade, which boasts beautiful tiles and a carved wood altar.
Get out and explore.
Explore Lisbon’s past in Alfama, one of the city’s oldest quarters. Wander along narrow medieval streets lined with typical tile-covered façades and take a step back in time; the area largely survived the great earthquake of 1755, and still retains much of its original layout. Listen for Portugal's traditional music, fado, gracing the streets at night.
Travel to Évora and visit the Chapel of Bones en route to the Algarve Coast.
There will be some free time to explore this lively student city made up of medieval alleyways and quaint architecture. Opt to make a stop at Évora's magnificent cathedral.
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Take a tour of the most famous sight in Évora, the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones. Take care if squeamish – built in the 1500s by a Franciscan monk, the walls are covered with human skeletons as a reminder to fellow monks that life is fleeting.
Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves.
Enjoy a hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves of the Algarve. Pack water, sunscreen, and a camera, and you're good to go!
Ask your CEO to recommend a provider for a scenic boat trip along the coast. Learn about the local way of life and fishing practices from locals or just enjoy the view.
Don't feel like sitting in a kayak? No problem! Grab a longboard and a paddle and spend some time exploring along the coast.
Spend some time out on the water and enjoying the landscape on a kayaking tour.
Travel to Seville and enjoy an orientation walk. Later, watch a dramatic flamenco performance.
Spend time in Seville exploring Muslim monuments, parks, and gardens, getting a feel for Seville's energetic pulse. Opt to savour some tapas at the city's many bars and cafés.
Enjoy a flamenco performance in the city known for the energetic dance. Be swept away by the flamenco's passion, fire, and grit!
Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.
Seville is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.
With heaps to see and do, get exploring.
Explore the wonderful interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a royal palace that was originally a Moorish fort. Arrive during the evening in the summer months (until mid-September) and enjoy a series of concerts in the beautiful setting of the Reales Alcázares.
Visit the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter. A charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares, you can wander, shop, or just soak in the neighbourhood's quaint atmosphere while enjoying a refreshing drink (sangria, perhaps) at one of the local restaurants.
Climb the tower known as La Giralda, adjacent to the world's largest Gothic cathedral, for spectacular views and a walk among historic walls. The 76m (249 ft) Giralda was constructed by the Moors as a mosque between 1184 and 1197. In 1568, after the reconquest, Christians fit the minaret with its bell tower.
Travel to Granada via Cordoba. Visit the mosque and the medieval Jewish Quarter. Watch the sunset along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Visit Cordoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century into a Christian cathedral.
After, stroll through Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish Quarter, full of narrow winding lanes and traditional houses.
While here, sample some of Cordoba’s cuisine, steeped in Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish traditions.
Be amazed by the diverse and stunning architecture of Córdoba's most famous monument, the extraordinary Mezquita. Built as a mosque in 785 by the Moors, the Mezquita was converted in the 16th century by the remarkable addition of a Christian cathedral inserted into the centre of the building.
Wander among narrow winding lanes, traditional houses, and charming cafés in Cordoba's historic medieval Jewish quarter. Discover one of Spain’s three remaining synagogues.
Head out on the town to experience all culinary Granada has to offer. Enjoy a tapas bar crawl with the group in the evening. With each drink, a new plate of snacks arrives. With enough drinks, you won't have to buy dinner!
Enjoy an orientation walk of Granada and a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset.
In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.
Enjoy a guided visit of the Alhambra, one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture. Learn about Granada’s reign as one of the region’s most regal cities during the Muslim rule of Spain, which is captured in time within the Alhambra.
Wander this charming city and sample their famous tapas.
Wander through the historic quarter of the Albaicin. Try to head there for sunset. With its narrow lanes and fantastic views back to the Alhambra, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular colour-washed skyline when the sun goes down.
Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.
Spend the day in this cosmopolitan city. Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Vía or Plaza Mayor.
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.
Head out exploring.
Shop, stroll, and people watch on the capital's most exciting street, Gran Via. Go early or late, the street stays awake all hours.
Enjoy some spectacular people watching with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the true heart of the city. Enjoy a coffee in one of the plaza’s many cafes and watch the world go by.
Take in some culture with a trip to the Museo del Prado, one of the greatest art galleries in the world, and a definite highlight of any Madrid trip. Be inspired by its collections and exhibitions: the museum's main emphasis is 15th to 19th century Spanish, Flemish, and Italian art, but there is plenty of Goya and a wealth of paintings by Diego Velázquez.
Recover from an art overdose with a visit to the beautiful Real Jardin Botánico, a large botanical garden near the Prado Museum.
See how kings and queens live, with a visit to the Palacio Real, the official (and uninhabited) palace of the King of Spain. Wander the rooms to take in some of the most elaborately decorated and furnished rooms you'll ever see.
Be sure to visit the epicentre of Madrid's nightlife, Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Head here after hours to have a taste of sangria and dance to the latest music.
Witness the power and wealth of Spain during the 16th century with a visit to the Escorial, a magnificent palace and mausoleum constructed by Felipe II that became a great centre for learning.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum displays an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century.
The Reina Sofia is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art, and currently boasts an art collection of over 21,000 works.
Journey to Valencia and take an orientation walk of the Old Quarter.
After a long travel day, arrive to the shores of the Mediterranean and the vibrant city of Valencia. The city is the home of paella, the Holy Grail, the birthplace of the inimitable architecture of Santiago Calatrava, and one of Europe’s newest and most impressive science museums.
Opt to visit the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences or relax at one of the city beaches. Experience world-class restaurants, discos, nightclubs and pubs, which earn Valencia the title of Spain's "fiesta" capital.
Try Valencia's famous dish, paella. Opt for an evening out to a local paella restaurant and sample a few of the great Valencian wines!
Explore this vibrant coastal city.
Take a tour of the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava with Félix Candela – it's well worth a visit.
Join the action at the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo – at night people fill the bustling open terraces and street cafés.
Make new friends and meet locals in the bustling open terraces and street cafés of the Carmen district; its cobbled streets come alive in the evening.
Head to the beautiful coast of Valencia and spend the day relaxing and playing in the sun at the Playa de las Arenas.
Travel to Barcelona and take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Opt to enjoy an evening of tapas and wine to round out the day.
Take the bus to Barcelona. Join a CEO-led orientation walk before free time to explore this unique city.
Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafés. Stroll Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping.
Don't waste a minute — start exploring.
Uncover a different side of Barcelona. Visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets, historic cathedral, medieval buildings, bars, and cafés.
See and be seen on Las Ramblas, a large tree-lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping that ends at the harbourfront facing the Mediterranean Sea.
Spend the day exploring the city’s museums and cathedrals, or opt for some of the best shopping in Europe. Choose to visit Gaudí’s Parc Güell, the Sagrada Familia, and other Gaudí masterpieces. Montjuïc and Barceloneta are worth a visit, too.
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. With time, opt to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, a home for catalan music.
For nightlife, the highest concentration of young locals dancing can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets. Find good music, good drinks, and lots of fun. Another nightlife spot to meet the fashionable locals is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá.
Get away from it all with a visit to the imaginative Parc Guell. The fantastical works of Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) are scattered throughout Barcelona, a grouping of these including Guell Parc, Casa Mila, and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia were established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Stroll the tree-lined paths and admire Gaudi’s creative genius at play.
Visit Gaudí’s most famous life work, the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, an inspiring, yet, bizarre testament to the artist’s unique vision.
Climb to the top of Montjuïc hill for fantastic city views and a visit to a 17th-century fortress, once used as a prison and execution site.
Take a stroll on the boardwalk in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, an area known for its beaches and waterfront walkway. Visit local restaurants and nightclubs or check out the monuments while there.
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Orientation walks in Lisbon, Evora, Seville, Granada, Madrid, Valencia's Old Quarter and Barcelona. Church of Bones visit. Algarve Coast hike. Flamenco performance. Cordoba Mezquita (mosque) and Jewish Quarter visits. Alhambra guided visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
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