Vibrant Spain & Portugal
See the highlights of two amazing European countries over 10 days
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Group Size: Max 16
Trip code: ESBM
Duration: 10 or 16 days
Flamenco, Gaudi, tapas, beaches, history, and endless sunshine - Spain and Portugal are where it’s at. Explore the best of these two top European countries over 10 unforgettable days. From Gaudi’s colourful creations in Barcelona, to Seville’s Moorish masterpieces, Madrid’s cultural riches, the Algarve’s golden beaches, Lisbon’s characterful neighbourhoods, and more, it’s a jam-packed schedule with more experiences than you’ve had hot dinners! And with train transport between destinations, there’s no big coach tours in sight. Add on 6 days in magical Morocco to take your trip from a ten to an eleven.
- Explore Gaudi’s masterpieces in vibrant Barcelona
- Discover Seville’s unique blend of Spanish and Moorish architecture
- Tickle your tastebuds with a tapas bar crawl in historic Granada
- Soak up the sun on the Algarve’s golden beaches
- Lose yourself on the streets of Lisbon’s characterful Belém District
- Add on 6 days in Morocco to take your trip to the next level
Day 1: Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona Airport, hop in a taxi, and make your way through the vibrant streets to your starting accommodation. Later, meet your guide and the rest of your group and head out for drinks in El Raval, El Born, or The Gothic Quarter – cervezas all round!
Day 2: Barcelona to Madrid. We’ll take you on an orientation walk along Las Ramblas this morning, for some stellar window shopping and top-class snacking. Later, take a stroll down the boardwalk in La Barceloneta or check out the Gothic Quarter ahead of an afternoon train to Madrid.
Day 3: Madrid. Take an orientation walk round some of the capital’s highlights. Visit the Reina Sofia National Art Museum, walk in the footsteps of kings and queens at the Palacio Real or spend some time people-watching on Gran Via – Madrid’s most exciting street.
Day 4: Madrid to Granada. Grab a coffee in one of Madrid’s plazas, take a walk through Retiro Park, or stop for a snack at Mercado de San Ildefonso. This afternoon we’re headed to Granada. Kick off with a stroll through Albaicin at sunset for stunning colour-washed views over the Alhambra.
Day 5: Granada. Get to know the city better with a guided orientation walk, then kick back in one of the many hammam baths, visit quaint Sacromonte, or catch a flamenco show. This evening, get stuck into a tapas bar crawl for a real flavour of the city. We’ll get the first round in.
Day 6: Granada / Seville. We’re hitting the road again to sunny Seville. Visit the Real Alcázar, head up the Golden Tower, take a day trip to Ronda or spend an afternoon in the charming Santa Cruz Quarter. This evening, feel the heat of a flamenco performance –there’s no better place to see it.
Day 7: Seville to Lagos, Algarve. Make tracks for the beautiful Algarve Coast today. Slap on some sunscreen, grab your swimmers and head to one of the five dazzling beaches around Lagos. If you’re feeling active, how about a coastal hike along the famous golden cliffs?
Day 8: Algarve. Today’s yours to spend as you choose. If you’re the adventurous type there are tons of water sports on offer, and more hiking routes than you’ve had hot dinners. If you’d prefer to take it easy, cop a spot on one of the beautiful beaches and soak up the sun all day long.
Day 9: Lagos to Lisbon. Hop on the train and head up the coast to the bustling capital. We’ll kick off with an orientation walk. Then pick up a pastel de nata, visit the characterful Belém District, or ride the Santa Justa Lift for fab views. The nightlife here is next level, so get ready to go large after dark!
Day 10: Trip end (10-day option) or Casablanca (Morocco add-on only). If you’ve booked the 10-day option, depart at any time. If you’ve booked the Morocco add on, fly to Casablanca where you can visit Africa’s largest mosque, or explore the dynamic modern city.
Day 11: Casablanca to Chefchaouen (via Rabat).Travel up the coast to Morocco’s capital. Explore the ramparts and the winding streets, soak up spectacular views from Kasbah des Oudaias, then continue towards the beautiful blue walls of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco.
Day 12: Chefchaouen. You’ll have plenty of free time today to explore charming Chefchaouen. If you’re up for some action, pull on your hiking boots and join our optional trek into the Rif Valley Mountains, one of the best hiking routes in Africa.
Day 13: Chefchaouen to Fez. Say goodbye to the beautiful blue town before continuing on to the ancient city of Fes. Explore the old medina, hit the Ville Nouvelle for a taste of the modern side of the city, or grab a mint tea and watch the charming chaos of the city streets unfold.
Day 14: Fez. Practice your haggling skills in the souks today, pick up some leather souvenirs, and explore the colourful tanneries. There’s an optional guided tour of the medina, and this evening, we’ve got a traditional dinner with belly dancing in a Moroccan palace on offer – magical.
Day 15: Fez to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakesh and head to the iconic Djemaa el Fna Market Square for snake-charmers, magicians and delicious street food, or hit the souks for some more bartering practice. This evening, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner in the heart of the medina.
Day 16: Trip end. It’s the last day so why not round off with something really special?Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the city as the sun comes up. After that, your amazing adventure comes to an end. Make your way to the airport or continue your travels in Morocco. See you soon!
All activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
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Most expensive: £386 October, 2022
Your trip starts in Barcelona on day 1. Fly into Barcelona El Prat de Llobregat Airport (BCN) and make your own way to your starting accommodation. The airport is not too far from the city and taxi takes 20 – 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Girona (GRO) and Reus (REU) Airports are also an option, but these are around 120km outside of the city. No activities have been planned for today apart from the welcome meeting in the evening, so arrive at a time that suits you.
If you are booked on the 10-day Spain and Portugal trip, your trip ends on day 10 in Lisbon. You can depart at any time.
If you opt to include Morocco, your trip will be 16 days long and your trip ends in Marrakech on day 16. You can depart at any time.
Return airport transfers are not included for either trip length, but your tour guide can help you arrange these.
In Spain and Portugal, 9 nights of simple accommodation in multi-share, single-sex (4-6 people and occasionally dorm rooms) are included. If you do the Morocco add on, an additional 6 nights of twin-share accommodation are included. Most of the accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities. We’ve chosen all properties based on location, character and cleanliness. You’ll stay in a mix of hostels and private rooms in local homes.
Please note: If you’re travelling as a couple, in locations where we’re using multi-share accommodation, you may be split into separate rooms
Meals are not included in Spain and Portugal, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is affordable. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company.
6 breakfasts are included in the Morocco add on.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for 18- to 39-year-olds.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180- day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the day you plan to leave and should have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country.
British citizens can enter Morocco without a visa for a visit of up to 3 months.
Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.