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Spain & Portugal by Train

PRIVATE TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 10599

Private Tour Highlights

  • Spend two-weeks hopping throughout Spain's iconic cities aboard highly efficient bullet trains, appreciating the gorgeous landscape along the way.
  • Explore El Albayzin, the Medieval Moorish district in Granada with narrow winding streets and stunning views from the medieval fortress of Alhambra.
  • Take in historic sites dating as far back as the Roman Empire and see the confluence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences over the centuries.
  • While in Lisbon, visit the oldest part of the city that remains a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares followed by a Fado show of traditional Portuguese music.
  • Visit the city center of Seville to understand its importance to Spain throughout history including where Christopher Columbus is buried.
  • Witness one of the finest collections of European art as well as the single best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
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Tour Overview

Spend two-weeks appreciating some of Europe’s most gorgeous landscapes while city-hopping through Spain & Portugal by Train, taking advantage of the region’s seamless and highly efficient bullet trains.

Beginning in Barcelona, the tour introduces visitors to the beauty of Spain and its long history, visiting the most emblematic sites of the 2,500 years old city. After catching the train to Madrid, the tour takes travelers through the city’s historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, and bustling squares before heading to Cordoba City. Here, travelers will enjoy a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Roman and Moorish architecture.

Moving on to Granada, voyagers will explore El Albayzin, the Medieval Moorish district with narrow winding streets and stunning views of the medieval fortress, Alhambra. Visitors will also tour one of the world’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture,  the Great Mosque. Just before flying to Portugal,  the tour stops in Seville, once an economic center of the Spanish Empire and Europe’s 3rd largest old town with a visit to the 14th Century Alcazar Palace, the oldest European royal residence still in use.

Once landed in Lisbon, travelers will enjoy a guided tour of the city’s must-see sites including Alfama, the oldest part of the city before enjoying a Fado show of traditional Portuguese music. Cap off the tour with a visit to Sintra, home to royal retreats, estates, and castles dotted amongst the Sintra Mountains.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$10599 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$16599 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Spain

Overnight International Flight to Barcelona.

Overnight International Flight to Barcelona.

Day
2

Welcome to Barcelona

Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, is also known for its unique culture, traditions and personality. Barcelona is home to masterpieces of many great architects, the most famous of which is Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive styles in modern architecture.

Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, is also known for its unique culture, traditions and personality. Barcelona is home to masterpieces of many great architects, the most famous of which is Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive styles in modern architecture.

Day
3

Barcelona City Walking Tour

After your breakfast, you will have your walking tour of the gorgeous city, Barcelona. During this tour, you will visit the most emblematic sites and also have the chance to visit the famous Mercado de la Boqueria, where you will have the chance to try some exquisite tapas. Return to the hotel and rest with the remainder of the day at leisure.

After your breakfast, you will have your walking tour of the gorgeous city, Barcelona. During this tour, you will visit the most emblematic sites and also have the chance to visit the famous Mercado de la Boqueria, where you will have the chance to try some exquisite tapas. Return to the hotel and rest with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day
4

High Speed Train to Madrid

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station, where you will board a high speed train that will take you to Madrid (approx. 3 hours).

Upon arrival to Madrid, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station, where you will board a high speed train that will take you to Madrid (approx. 3 hours).

Upon arrival to Madrid, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

Day
5

Madrid Historical City Tour

Today, enjoy a guided tour of this amazing city with its historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, bustling squares, thriving nightlife and incredible shopping. Visit Plaza de Oriente, Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid Cathedral, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala and the Prado Museum. The afternoon is yours to perhaps visit the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, the exquisite gardens of Retiro Park or just to relax.

Today, enjoy a guided tour of this amazing city with its historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, bustling squares, thriving nightlife and incredible shopping. Visit Plaza de Oriente, Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid Cathedral, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala and the Prado Museum. The afternoon is yours to perhaps visit the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, the exquisite gardens of Retiro Park or just to relax.

Day
6

High Speed Train to Cordoba

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station, where you will board your next train to Cordoba (approx. 2 hours).

Upon arrival to Cordoba, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station, where you will board your next train to Cordoba (approx. 2 hours).

Upon arrival to Cordoba, you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

Day
7

Cordoba City Tour with Train to Granada

After breakfast, we will explore Cordoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Mezquita or the Great Mosque. After your tour you will return to the hotel to proceed to the train station where you will board the train to Granada (approx. 2.5 hours). Upon arrival to Granada, you will be transferred to your hotel.

After breakfast, we will explore Cordoba, the most populated city in the world during the 10th century when it was the capital of an Islamic Kingdom. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Mezquita or the Great Mosque. After your tour you will return to the hotel to proceed to the train station where you will board the train to Granada (approx. 2.5 hours). Upon arrival to Granada, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day
8

Granada Architectural Tour with Train to Seville

After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided tour of Alhambra Palace, one of the world's most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture with its exquisite rooms and gardens. Afterwards, explore El Albayzin, the Medieval Moorish district with narrow winding streets and stunning views to Alhambra. Alhambra and Albayzin are UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites. Afterwards, return to the hotel before transferring to the train station to board your train to Seville (approx. 2.5 hours). Upon arrival to Seville, transfer to your selected hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. ...read less

Day
9

Seville Alcazar Palace Tour

Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city, an economic center of the Spanish Empire with Europe's 3rd largest old town. Visit the 14th Century Alcazar Palace, the oldest European royal residence still in use. Continue to Seville Cathedral, the World's largest, and finish by exploring "Barrio de Santa Cruz", the old Jewish quarter. The quarter's labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys were designed to protect locals from the summer sun. Return to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city, an economic center of the Spanish Empire with Europe's 3rd largest old town. Visit the 14th Century Alcazar Palace, the oldest European royal residence still in use. Continue to Seville Cathedral, the World's largest, and finish by exploring "Barrio de Santa Cruz", the old Jewish quarter. The quarter's labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys were designed to protect locals from the summer sun. Return to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
10

Regional Flight to Lisbon

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lisbon.

Upon arrival to Lisbon, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back to 1200 BC. After freshening up, the rest of the evening is free for you to stroll the streets of this cosmopolitan city.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lisbon.

Upon arrival to Lisbon, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back to 1200 BC. After freshening up, the rest of the evening is free for you to stroll the streets of this cosmopolitan city.

Day
11

Lisbon Sightseeing Tour

Today, enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour commencing with the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower. The monastery, now home of the Maritime and National Archaeology Museum, contains exquisite ornate features and shrine like entrances. The Belem Tower is iconic and played a significant role in Portuguese maritime discoveries. Continue to Alfama, the oldest part of the city that remains a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares. The rest of the day and evening is yours to perhaps enjoy a Fado show of traditional Portuguese music. ...read less

Day
12

Sintra Mountains & National Park Tour

Today, you will depart to Sintra (30 km / 19 miles, approx. 0.5 hours), home to royal retreats, estates and castles dotted amongst the Sintra Mountains and Natural Park. This landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Pena National Palace, a national monument and one of Portugal's Seven Wonders. Continue for lunch at the former fishing village of Cascais, before returning to Lisbon.

Today, you will depart to Sintra (30 km / 19 miles, approx. 0.5 hours), home to royal retreats, estates and castles dotted amongst the Sintra Mountains and Natural Park. This landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Pena National Palace, a national monument and one of Portugal's Seven Wonders. Continue for lunch at the former fishing village of Cascais, before returning to Lisbon.

Day
13

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Córdoba, Spain

Granada, Spain

Seville, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Places You'll See

  • Barcelona

    Being over 2,500 years old, Barcelona is known for its deep history, ornate architecture, art scene, and cuisine.  Iconic points of interest include the modernist Sagrada Família church designed by Antoni Gaudí and the Picasso Museum. Visitors will enjoy the fine cuisine, street musicians, living statues, and shopping at the most well-known boutiques.

  • Madrid

    The Capital of Spain, Madrid is known for its beautiful architecture filled with rich history, world class art galleries, top of the line culinary experiences, and nightlife that never quits. Visitors can take in the core sites such as the bustling plaza known as Puerta del Sol, the Catedral de la Almudena and the Royal Palace of Madrid. As the night begins, choose from hundreds of dining options and even more bars and lounges to explore the city into the early morning.

  • Cordoba City

    Once prized for its strategic importance along the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba was founded by the Romans as a port to ship olive oil and other goods to Ancient Rome. Later becoming the capital of the Moorish Kingdom, construction of the iconic Mezquita began, becoming one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings that still stands today.

  • Granada

    Located in southern Spain at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada was one of the longest strongholds of the Spanish Moors. The city’s unique history is prevalent in both its gorgeous Islamic architecture and culture, leaving a lasting impression for all its visitors. A can’t miss while in Granada is the medieval fortress, The Alhambra, located on top of the hill al-Sabika looking over the city.

  • Seville

    Once a well-established port that carried out trade with the Americas, Seville is now a prominent business center of southern Spain. With numerous theaters, museums, bars, and restaurants, the historic city has much to offer to all types of travelers. Visitors should be sure ot visit the Old Town center to take in the gorgeous architecture, peruse the boutiques or enjoy a relaxing boat ride around Plaza de España Square.

  • Lisbon

    The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is a year-round coastal city that beautifully contrasts both the new and old. Boasting a wide range of activities and fascinating attractions with an extensive history, Lisbon appeals to a diverse selection of ages and interests.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Barcelona : GranVia 678

Madrid : Riu Plaza Espana

Cordoba : Eurostars Conquistador

Granada : Melia Granada

Seville : Posada del Lucero

Lisbon : Portobay Marques

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