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This itinerary is called the Iberian Grand Tour for a reason. Visit 11 incredible Spanish and Portuguese cities on this unforgettable 24-day train adventure. From the country’s world-class cities, cuisine, historic sites and stunning landscapes, you’ll traverse Spain and Portugal from north to south. Are you ready to discover the true highlights and treasures of Spain and Portugal? This is your chance! Visit Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, explore Moorish history in the capital of Andalusia, and stroll through the stunning Alhambra in Granada. Then, visit regal Seville before travelling to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world. From there, you’ll spend some time in the maritime towns of Porto and Vigo. When you arrive in Santiago de Compostela, take in the breath-taking cathedral. Finally, visit Leon, Bilbao, and grand Madrid.

Highlights

  • Visit Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Explore Moorish history in Málaga, the capital of Andalusia
  • Experience the stunning Alhambra in Granada
  • Discover the vibrant Andalusian culture of regal Seville
  • Marvel in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world
  • Relax in the maritime town of Porto
  • Get to know the fishing port town of Vigo
  • Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Spanish region of Galicia
  • Enjoy historic Leon’s Basílica de San Isidoro
  • Revel in Basque art and culinary treats in Bilbao
  • Stroll along Buen Retiro Park in grand Madrid 

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • Bus travel from Seville to Faro
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Malaga
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Granada
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Seville
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lisbon
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Porto
  • 1 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Vigo
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Leon
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bilbao
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Madrid
  • Skip the Line entrance to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Skip the Line entrance to Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • 24hr Hop on Hop off tickets in Seville
  • 24hr Hop on Hop off tickets in Lisbon
  • 24hr Hop on Hop off tickets in Bilbao
  • 24hr Hop on Hop off tickets in Madrid
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN BARCELONA
Welcome to beautiful Barcelona! Upon arrival, travel on your own to your hotel and check in for a three-night stay. Then, step out to explore the colourful city. You can choose to bask in the sun amidst the mosaics of the Parc Guell, catch a boat out on the ocean, or ride the cable car to the top of Montjuïc hill, where you'll be treated to delightful views over the city as well as a plethora of grand museums. (Overnight in Barcelona)

DAY 2 – BARCELONA
Today, enjoy breakfast before continuing to get to know this beautiful city. At your leisure, spend time wandering along the city’s most famous shopping street, Las Ramblas. This tree-lined boulevard is packed with plenty of street artists, shops and great places to sit and people watch. Throughout Barcelona, you’ll also find Gaudi’s iconic architectural masterpieces, such as the world-famous Sagrada Familia, where you can use your included skip the line admission. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 3 – BARCELONA
Art lovers also won’t want to miss a visit to the Picasso Museum to view a huge collection of the famous artist's work. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a glass of locally made sangria and delicious tapas. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 4 – BARCELONA TO MÁLAGA
Following breakfast, board a direct train for Málaga, the capital of Andalusia. When you arrive in the late afternoon, travel on your own to your hotel and check in. Then, step out and enjoy what the evening has to offer. The Spanish stay up late, so there is plenty to see and do! (Overnight in Málaga) B

DAY 5 – MÁLAGA
On your second day in Málaga, enjoy your included breakfast then continue exploring Costa del Sol. There are many things to see, do and experience, including strolling along the vibrant port, visiting the Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Málaga) and the Alcazaba fortress (built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century), or relaxing on Malagueta, the most popular beach in the region. (Overnight in Málaga) B

DAY 6 – MÁLAGA TO GRANADA
Relax onboard the train ride from Málaga to Antequera Santa Ana, then catch your bus to Granada, the land of a thousand castles. The city’s streets are filled with bohemian cafes, monumental churches, tapas bars, and teahouses. (Overnight in Granada) B

DAY 7 – GRANADA
This Andalusian city in southern Spain is famous for a single monument — the Alhambra. Use your skip the line admission to the incredible Moorish fortress and experience it for yourself. The UNESCO World Heritage site houses breath-taking 13th- to 15th-century palaces and gardens, grand archways and delicate ornamental mosaics. (Overnight in Granada) B

DAY 8 – GRANADA TO SEVILLE
Take a bus to Antequera Santa-Ana and then catch your train to Seville. Seville is a stunning city with grand, Moorish influenced architecture and a vibrant Andalusian culture. Spend an evening getting your bearings and perhaps enjoy some local tapas at a pavement bar. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 9 – SEVILLE
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to discover this beautiful city. Main stops include Paseo de Colon, Plaza de España, Macarena and Murallas, and many more crowd-pleasing attractions. (Overnight in Seville) B

DAY 10 – SEVILLE TO LISBON
Ride the bus from Seville to Faro, then catch your train to Lisbon. Portugal's historic capital city is draped over seven hills overlooking the mouth of the River Tagus. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it has a huge amount to explore from the narrow streets of the Barrio Alto to the majestic Praça do Comércio, the central square overlooking the wide river. (Overnight in Lisbon) B

DAY 11 – LISBON
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to get to know the city. Visit Toree Vasco de Gama, Museu do Azulego, Marquês de Pombal, Torre de Belém, and much more!
(Overnight in Lisbon) B

DAY 12 – LISBON
After breakfast, why not head up the impressive hilltop castle, the Castelo de São Jorge for spectacular views and an insight into the city's Moorish history. (Overnight in Lisbon) B

DAY 13 – LISBON TO PORTO
Catch a direct train from Lisbon to Porto. Upon arrival in Porto, make your way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Spend the next two days at leisure in Porto, the beautiful, historic city on the banks of the River Duoro. (Overnight in Porto) B

DAY 14 – PORTO
Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, witness the colourful market hustle and bustle of the Mercado do Bolhão, and don't miss a tour of the Fundação de Serralves, a contemporary art gallery housed in a beautiful Art Deco building with lovely gardens. (Overnight in Porto) B

DAY 15 – PORTO TO VIGO
Take a morning train from Porto to the fishing port town of Vigo. Known as the “gateway to the Atlantic,” there are plenty of things to see, do and experience during your visit. Explore Porta do Sol, Playa de Samíl, Rúa Pescadería, and Castro Fortress. (Overnight in Vigo) B

DAY 16 – VIGO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Board a direct train to Santiago de Compostela, known as the final stop on the incredible Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Featuring Romanesque, Gothic and Boroque buildings, Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Spanish region of Galicia. (Overnight in Santiago de Compostela) B

DAY 17 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Take the day to enjoy the town at your leisure, strolling through its arcaded streets and admiring the architecture along with fine Galician seafood and wine. The Catedral de Santiago de Compostela will surely be a highlight of your self-guided tour. (Overnight in Santiago de Compostela) B

DAY 18 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA TO LEON

Travel by direct train from Santiago de Compostela to Leon. The city features beautiful historical architecture, such as its cathedral and other grand monuments. Visit the Basílica de San Isidoro, Gaudí’s Casa Botines, and have tapas in the Barrio Húmedo. (Overnight in Leon) B

DAY 19 – LEON TO BILBAO
After breakfast, catch a direct train from Leon to Bilbao, which was awarded winner of the 2018 European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and start discovering the city’s architecture, dining scene and gorgeous landscapes of the Basque Country. Bilbao is surrounded by rolling green hills and a breath-taking coastline. (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 20 – BILBAO
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to experience the best attractions and landmarks Bilboa has to offer. Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the Euksalduna Palace, Plaza Ensanche, the Sagrado Corazon Church, and much more! (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 21 - BILBAO TO MADRID
Catch a direct train from Bilbao to Madrid. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. In the afternoon, why not take a stroll around the impressive Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in all of Madrid, and a wonderful spot for people watching, architecture spotting and even boating on the shimmering lake. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 22 - MADRID
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to continue exploring the city. Later, you may wish to enjoy a drink along the Paseo de la Castellana or maybe the Gran Via, an elaborate and upmarket shopping street. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 23 – MADRID
After breakfast in your hotel this next morning, head out to one of the world-famous museums that make up Madrid's ‘Golden Triangle of Art,' including the iconic Prado Museum. Perhaps visit the Plaza de Cibeles and admire the grand architecture of its buildings and be entertained by live musicians and street performers. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 24 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN MADRID
Enjoy breakfast and then check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Travel by direct train from Santiago de Compostela to Leon. The city features beautiful historical architecture, such as its cathedral and other grand monuments. Visit the Basílica de San Isidoro, Gaudí’s Casa Botines, and have tapas in the Barrio Húmedo. (Overnight in Leon) B

DAY 19 – LEON TO BILBAO
After breakfast, catch a direct train from Leon to Bilbao, which was awarded winner of the 2018 European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and start discovering the city’s architecture, dining scene and gorgeous landscapes of the Basque Country. Bilbao is surrounded by rolling green hills and a breath-taking coastline. (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 20 – BILBAO
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to experience the best attractions and landmarks Bilboa has to offer. Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the Euksalduna Palace, Plaza Ensanche, the Sagrado Corazon Church, and much more! (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 21 - BILBAO TO MADRID
Catch a direct train from Bilbao to Madrid. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. In the afternoon, why not take a stroll around the impressive Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in all of Madrid, and a wonderful spot for people watching, architecture spotting and even boating on the shimmering lake. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 22 - MADRID
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to continue exploring the city. Later, you may wish to enjoy a drink along the Paseo de la Castellana or maybe the Gran Via, an elaborate and upmarket shopping street. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 23 – MADRID
After breakfast in your hotel this next morning, head out to one of the world-famous museums that make up Madrid's ‘Golden Triangle of Art,' including the iconic Prado Museum. Perhaps visit the Plaza de Cibeles and admire the grand architecture of its buildings and be entertained by live musicians and street performers. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 24 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN MADRID
Enjoy breakfast and then check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

NH Barcelona Centro

The NH Barcelona Centro hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the city. We’re right in the heart of Barcelona – in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood, near the historic Gothic quarter, and close to the best shopping spots. The hotel has 156 rooms, which are spacious and tastefully decorated. These offer plenty of natural light, while windows are soundproofed to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Hospes Palacio De Los Patos Granada

The Hospes Palacio de los Patos is a luxury boutique hotel set across two buildings, one a listed 19th century palace; the other a modern glass-fronted building with an alabaster tiled lattice façade. The hotel features 42 contemporary bedrooms and the Bodyna Spa with indoor swimming pool offers treatments and massages. Enjoy a meal at the Senzone Restaurant, featuring regional dishes created using the freshest local produce. The hotel is located in heart of historic Granada.

NH Santiago de Compostela

The NH Collection Santiago de Compostela, formerly known as NH Obradoiro, hotel is in a quiet part of Santiago de Compostela, just minutes from the old town.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel

The H10 Corregidor is a charming Boutique Hotel located in Seville’s historic centre and shopping district, next to the city’s main tourist attractions. The hotel keeps the essence of Seville alive through its arabesque and Andalusian architecture. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant for breakfasts and a terrace in an Andalusian courtyard featuring a typical Andalusian fountain, a late 19th-century wrought-iron gate and ceramic tiles from the 1929 Seville World's Fair.

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza Seville

The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a historic boutique style hotel. The decor combines the finest elements of Arabic and European design that have influenced Seville over the centuries. Enjoy the unique views of the historical city centre from the roof top swimming pool, and taste the best of Andalusian cuisine from one of the hotel's two restaurants. The Hospes is situated on Jesús de la Redención Square, in the historic centre of Seville.

NH Collection Porto Batalha

Situated opposite Batalha Square and the S. João National Theatre, the NH Collection Porto Bathala occupies a wonderful spot in the heart of Porto. The elegantly decorated rooms all feature en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite television and coffee machines. Guests can swim in the indoor pool, make use of the fitness centre or relax in the sauna after a long day of sightseeing.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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