Best of Spain and Portugal (Winter)

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Want to truly get to know Spain & Portugal? On this 19-day trip we'll immerse ourselves in everything Iberian, from feasts on Seville's rooftops to tasting port in Porto, to uncovering Moorish architecture in Córdoba & Granada, exploring charming pastel palaces at Sintra, feasting on fresh seafood in Lisbon and stumbling across UNESCO World Heritage s...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Pamplona: Your Trip Manager will escort you into the heart of the city and give a brief orientation talk. After that, you're free to explore this quirky and colourful city in your own way.
    • Bilbao: Home to world famous art museums and architecture that’s grander than grand. Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Bilbao, taking in the mountains and the skyscrapers.
    • San Sebastián: Where better to admire the sunset than on the beautiful beaches of San Sebastián? This resort town is known for its fantastic food too – so make sure you’re hungry!
    • Barcelona: Combat boots at the ready, folks! Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas are so cool, you won’t know what to photograph first!
    • Granada: Probably the most Instagrammable palace that’s ever existed. Tour this Moorish marvel with an expert.
    • Toledo: This medieval city is a cultural melting pot, with a mix of Spanish, Arabic and Jewish influences. Get some pics of the Alcázar Fortress and the gothic Cathedral.
    • Córdoba: This ornate World Heritage site was built by the Moors after they conquered Iberia. And it’s still one of the world’s biggest mosques.
    • Lisbon: Take an orientation in Lisbon’s ‘museum district’. See the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the best places to taste a pastel de nata.
    • Lisbon: Get to grips with Portugal’s coastal capital. See all the sights, including Castelo de São Jorge, the Praca do Comércio, Rossio Sqaure and Praça da Figueira.

What's this trip about?

    Want to truly get to know Spain & Portugal? On this 19-day trip we'll immerse ourselves in everything Iberian, from feasts on Seville's rooftops to tasting port in Porto, to uncovering Moorish architecture in Córdoba & Granada, exploring charming pastel palaces at Sintra, feasting on fresh seafood in Lisbon and stumbling across UNESCO World Heritage sites around seemingly every corner. Hitting up all the iconic cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada, Lisbon & Porto - a maze of culture, food & colourful experiences awaits.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range18 to 35 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityMadrid
End CityMadrid

Travel Themes

  • Cultural


  • Europe
  • Spain
  • Portugal


  • Culture


Travel Map

Day 1: Start Madrid

Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew tonight over your first group dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your hotel sleep.

Hotel Praga (or similar)


Day 2: Madrid to Pamplona via Burgos

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Burgos and Pamplona. We couldn't race to our night's stop-off point without letting you marvel at the pretty medieval town of Burgos first. For real, just wait till you see th...

Day 3: Pamplona via Bilbao and San Sebastián

Rise and shine, Spanish explorers! Two new cities await us today, but not until we’ve had breakfast. Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s mos...

Day 4: Pamplona to Barcelona

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona. A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, a...

Day 5: Barcelona

Today is up to you to explore your way. You could take a wander through the colourful buildings & gardens of Gaudi's iconic Parc Güell or beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Hotel Catalonia Park Putxet Barcelona (or similar)


Day 6: Barcelona to Valencia

This morning you’ll have the chance to join a guided bike tour of the city, before getting ready for a change of scene -  the port city of Valencia is calling, where beach meets culture in the happiest way possible.  It’s hard not to be enchanted by Valencia. With one...

Day 7: Valencia to Granada

It's been short but sweet, Valencia, and we won't forget you. This morning we'll take a orientation walk before seeking the very different vibes of Granada. How are all these places in just one country? Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of ...

Day 8: Granada

We start the morning with free time to explore. You can fill yours by opting for a guided tour of the Muslim quarter of Albaicin & the Capilla Real, and while you're at it, fill up on some of Granada's incredible food, like its famous Arab pastries. This afternoon...

Day 9: Granada to Madrid

Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the scenic adventures we have planned today on route to Madrid. Synagogues, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance...

Day 10: Madrid to Cordoba

Leaving some of our group to finish their adventures here in Madrid, the rest of us will drive onwards to Córdoba. With storybook balconies & charming little lanes, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is sure to take your breath away. We'll start out by finding...

Day 11: Cordoba to Seville

Ready to explore more of Andalucía? This morning we'll set our sights on sun-soaked Seville. 13th century architecture and one of the world's biggest cathedrals wait for us in the passionate arms of Southern Spain's capital, Seville. We'll be seduced with a guided str...

Day 12: Seville

Another day free to explore Seville? Don't mind if we do. Take a wander through picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, visit the Alcazar (a Game of Thrones location for those in the know) and explore winding medieval lanes to your heart's delight.

YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)


Day 13: Seville to Lisbon

We couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to Spain, and say goodbye we must, because our agenda today sees us moving westwards on the Iberian penninsula to Portugal. Crossing the border, spirits are high as we cruise along the Algarve, where petiscos and ...

Day 14: Lisbon

A free day gives you plenty of time to explore all the hotspots including Portugal's Christo Rei (Christ the King), Rossio Square, the Belém District, home to the famous tower of the same name, and feel some Moorish vibes at a monastery where Vasco de Gama's tomb is held.

VIP Executive Zurique Hotel (or similar)


Day 15: Lisbon to Porto

After breakfast this morning we'll head up the coast to Porto, but not before stopping en route at Cascais and Sintra. We couldn't leave Lisbon without a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sintra. Here in this fairytale town, expect to feel fully enchanted with an ...

Day 16: Porto

We have a free day in Porto today which you can choose to fill with any activity that'll fill your hearts' desires! Head to the beach for a laze about in the sun and a dip in the sea, explore Porto's culture through art museums and tours of the winding streets. Or may...

Day 17: Porto to Salamanca

See ya Portugal, you've shown us all your best places and we're feeling very thankful! We'll have an hour to check out a fortified city on the Spain/Portugal border - that dates back all the way to the Roman Empire (true story!) Rolling back over the border to Spa...

Day 18: Salamanca to Madrid

Satisfied with our time in Salamanca, we'll make our way back to Madrid with a stop in Ávila. Ávila is best known for its perfectly preserved 11th century medieval walls, protecting the medieval UNESCO World Heritage-listed city inside. We'll stop to admire them bef...

Day 19: End Madrid

Tears and tissues and pinky swears for a reunion trip will mark the blur of sadness that is our morning departure. These are the memories that will stay with you a life time; make sure your next Contiki adventure is just around the corner.


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Price per day$157
Last Updated: 2/21/2024
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We’re firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. That’s why Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and we’ve spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

No two travellers are the same and we know that, which is why we offer eight unique ways to explore the world. We have a number of options to choose from to create a vacation that’s perfect for you, from budget to accommodation style.

We're all about exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why we only run trips for 18-35 year olds, to celebrate being young, spirited and curious. You can expect to join a group of 18-53 awesome people from around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you're not traveling as a couple or with a friend from home – though there are plenty of pairs, 50% of our travellers set off solo, meaning you'll have a ton of opportunities to make new friends.

With over 270 trips around the world and plenty of departure dates to work into your schedule, you'll never be short of options on where to go for your next great adventure.

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Contiki are the world leaders in social youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our core values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re about people’. We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, the destinations we visit, the cultures we enjoy and the environment, too.

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Meals Included
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 18 Breakfast (B)
Age Requirements
18 to 35 years
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