Lisbon, Seville & Madrid 11 days
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About This Experience
Tucked into the corner of the continent, Lisbon, Seville and Madrid are European cities with southern spice. Relive the Age of Discovery, when explorers brought treasures from around the world—now on display in Portuguese palaces and Spanish cathedrals. Uncover Roman ruins throughout the region and the Moorish influences in exotic Andalusia. And, when your hands-on history lesson is complete, fast-forward to the present day to feast on tapas, drink sangria, join the street life and dance the night away.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & hotel transfers
9 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Port, sherry & other sweet treats
Remembering the Age of Exploration in Lisbon
Roman ruins & Moorish castles
The bulls, horses & tapas in Andalusia
The view from La Giralda in Seville
Overnight Flight1 night
Lisbon3 nights - hotel info
Breathe in seaside air, listen out for the strains of fado—you’re in Lisbon
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to Lisbon! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Lisbon. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.
Explore the capital high and low, from Torre de Belém to Baixa Pombalina
Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show
Ajuda National Palace
This morning, a local guide leads an in-depth tour of Lisbon. You’ll see the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Belém Tower. It was from here that many navigators set sail during the Age of Discovery—including Bartolomeu Dias, who sailed around the southern tip of Africa. Stop for a photo at the Jerónimos Monastery, and then continue on to the Ajuda National Palace, where you’ll have time to go in and explore the monument’s neo-classical architecture. Then, take in the Old-World atmosphere of the Moorish Alfama district, where you’ll journey through a labyrinth of streets, passing the Castle of São Jorge. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a traditional Portuguese dinner and a live fado performance.
Fado Dinner & Show $75* pp
Spend your evening at Lisbon tavern listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning "prophecy" or "fate"—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado's traditional theme is “saudade,” a word that doesn't quite translate to English but conveys an overwhelming sense of longing for something lost. Dinner is included during this memorable musical evening.
Ascend into the mountains to the royal retreat at Sintra
Optional Excursion - Sintra
Today is free to spend as you please. You might choose to tour the Museum of Decorative Arts or stroll along the tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to nearby Sintra, once the playground of Portuguese royalty.
Sintra $59* pp
The poet Lord Byron called Sintra the most beautiful town in the world. Decide for yourself on an excursion to this small city at the base of the Sintra Mountains. Today, Sintra is a popular weekend escape for Lisboetas, but it was once the playground of Portuguese royalty. Get a glimpse into the life of Portugal's kings and queens during a tour of Sintra National Palace. As the only surviving royal palace from the Middle Ages, Sintra National Palace has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your way back to Lisbon, you'll stop in the beautiful town of Cascais, which boasts charming streets and picturesque seascapes.
Seville3 nights - hotel info
Wander the Roman ruins and gothic churches of Évora
St. Francis Church and Gardens
Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal en route to Spain. Before crossing the border, stop in Évora with a visit to the Church of St. Francis. Arrive later in Seville, a city brimming with traditional Spanish charm. Dinner is included tonight.
Christian cathedrals and Moorish castles dot the landscape in Seville
Alcazar, Seville cathedral
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of beautiful Seville, including entrance to the opulent Alcázar, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Get a glimpse into Seville’s rich history, including the intricately tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España, the grand Gothic architecture of Seville Cathedral (where Columbus is buried) and the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own.
Feel the music, clap your hands, dance flamenco
Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride
Enjoy a free day in Seville to spend however you wish. You might choose to climb the 230-foot-high Giralda Tower, stroll through the gardens of Maria Luisa Park or pay a visit to the majestic 18th-century bullring. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion and enjoy a Flamenco show and a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75* pp
Savor a taste of old Seville tonight with a horse-drawn carriage ride and a flamenco show. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, combining guitar playing, singing, clapping and dancing, and this excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your Spanish journey. Please note: The carriage ride will run as weather permits.
Madrid3 nights - hotel info
Relive the Moorish glory days in the ancient seat of Cordoba
En route to Madrid, stop in the ancient Moorish town of Córdoba, where an expert local guide gives you a tour, including entrance to the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the caliphs, the Mezquita was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then converted into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236. Continue on to explore the rich history of Córdoba—at one time, the city was home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths and 70 libraries. Your tour also includes a walk through the city’s ancient Jewish Quarter. Later today, head to Madrid.
Keep your eye out for Goya and Velázquez at the Prado
Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening
A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.” This evening, you may wish to join our optional excursion, a Traditional Spainish Evening, where you can indulge in authentic Castilian cuisine.
Traditional Spanish Evening $99* pp
On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. After your walk, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you'll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain's universities.
Explore Toledo’s narrow winding streets and grand Gothic cathedral
Optional Excursion - Toledo
You might choose to spend your free day visiting more of Madrid’s museums, exploring its churches and parks or sipping a cerveza at a sunny cafe in the Plaza Mayor. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where a guided sightseeing tour brings you to the city’s Gothic cathedral, home to an exceptional collection of religious and secular treasures. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.
Toledo $89* pp
Discover Toledo, the clifftop city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City). Upon arrival, you'll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which houses 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral's sacristy, containing masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you'll visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some moderate walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is closed, you'll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.
Extend Your Stay
Add a Barcelona City Stay $439*
From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the visionary beauty of the Eixample district, Barcelona's architectural eye candy has no equal. Its music, theater, art, gastronomy, fashion, and architecture set the pace for European chic, and its nightlife will have you dancing until dawn.
Barcelona2 nights - hotel info
Gaudi’s inspired creations will daze and delight
Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera
La Sagrada Família
A professional local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, with a photo stop at Casa Batlló. Stop at Montjuïc, the hill where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place, and end in the 14th-century Gothic Quarter. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to two more Gaudí creations, Park Güell, a garden village in the heart of the city, and La Pedrera.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp
On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Portugal and Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain and Portugal. During the summer months, travelers should take extra care for sun exposure. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in Lisbon and depart from Madrid (or Barcelona for the extension). Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities by public transportation. Lisbon is a very walkable city (although sometimes hilly), but you may want to break up your walking with rides on trams, metro and buses. All-inclusive travel passes are available. Seville’s city center is best explored on foot, while local buses service outlying areas. Madrid’s main center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to take advantage of the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated.
Clothing & Packing Tips
We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you’ll probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Remember that it’s preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
One of the pleasures of traveling is experiencing the delightful variety of local cuisine. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties, such as paella, the traditional dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight.
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Spain and Portugal, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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Such a Surprise!
I'd never really thought much about Spain, other than "that's where there are bullfights" - and I'd though even less about Portugal. What a wonderful, beautiful surprise this tour provided! Lisbon was filled with color, energy, beautiful sights, friendly people and more cafes than I could count. City, country and waterviews. Who knew? Spain may have eclipsed Italy as my favorite destination! From the ancient cities to the famous artwork, the meandering cobbled streets to the architecture, it was all amazing. Our local city guides provided unique insight into the history and people of each place we visited. To top it off, we had the BEST tour guide! Luis was multilingual, full of knowledge and energy, supremely helpful and just plain fun to be around. I'm definitely looking forward to my next adventure with GoAhead Tours!
Tour Director was awesome!
We enjoyed this tour very much....but the most important part was definitely the tour director, Luis. Like the other Go Ahead tours we have taken, the tour director is so important to making you feel like you're seeing everything the country has to offer. Luis is extremely knowledgable and fun to be around. He was good at accommodating everyone on the trip and his recommendations were always right! As usual we enjoy the side trips....this time the one to Toledo was wonderful and not to be missed, just as Luis said! We loved Portugal the most....the cobblestone streets of Lisbon and the general "feel" of this city as we sat and drank sangria and listened to the live entertainment on the street. Good memories..... We also enjoyed Cascais very much and stayed some extra time on our own. We made it back to our hotel by train and couldn't have done it without Luis telling us how!
Our Trip to Lisbon, Seville and Madrid
We had a great time on this trip. Our Tour Director, Luis, was very good, always on top of things and ready to point out some interesting sight or activity to do. The local guides were also very good with a real passion for their city that came through. The optional trips to Sinta and Toledo are well worth it!
Loved our trip to Portugal and Spain and our guide Rafa did an excellent job. I like the amount of free time we had on this trip compared to other trips I have taken in the past. Just the right amount of touring with the group and time to go out on our own. Just wanted to add that there is a lot of walking in this tour (which we like)so you should know about that before leaving. Go Ahead worked with us to help us arrange coming in pre-trip and staying after the tour finished which was great. All the hotels were close enough to the city centers that they were a quick walk away and we really like it that way. Already looking into where we will be traveling to next year
Rafi is a doll.
Great trip, howwever, my pass 48 hours after returning home. Rafi(tour director) sent condolences and holiday wished for a year. She made the trip worth taking. Thanks again Rafi!
Just Three Cities to Enjoy
A wonderful three city tour, great historic sites, fantastic tour director with Leonor, tasty foods of the regions, a nice small group, nice hotels, friendly local people, and very social Hard Rock Cafe's in Lisbon and Madrid. Seville was beautiful by day and very romantic by night. Highly recommend this tour, go and experience it and enjoy life to the fullest.
A Triple Delight
This is a lovely tour especially if you have experienced the Grand Tour of Spain and want to return to beautiful Seville and Madrid. It was delightful spending 3 nights in these 3 cities, which gave us free time to explore on our own. Hotel Turim Libertade in Lisbon was in a nice location and the lobby area and front desk staff were nice, however our room was very small and dark and housekeeping was very slow! The Seville hotel, Zenit was lovely and our room was large, but it was across the river from the old historic section of Seville. We would have preferred Hotel Inglaterra where we stayed on the Grand Tour of Spain, which was in this area and more convenient to the sites. We had an excellent tour director, Leonor who was very informative throughout our entire tour telling us about Portugal and Spain and the areas we would be seeing. She was allot of fun and made sure everything ran smoothly and that we were all having a good time. Our group was very small, only 10 people so we got to know one another and shared some great times. It was a great time of year to travel to this area. The weather was lovely with temperatures ranging from the 50's in the A.M. to upper 70's during the day. Plus the real tour crowds weren't present yet. We found the people of Portugal and Spain to be very friendly and accommodating. We found that if we tried to speak just a few words of their language, they appreciated our efforts and helped us out even if there was a language barrier. It was allot of fun and memories we will cherish for a life time.
As in other go ahead tours, we appreciate the large amount of free time in each location. I t gives us time to absorb some of the culture without always feeling like we are in a rush. The tour director, Leonor G G was just steller. She had a wonderfull knowledge of the history and architecture of each destination, plus always a smile and a sunny disposition. At each major stop she passed out maps and some printed sheets with her local favorite places to visit and/ or eat. Just what we liked on a trip, give us the tools to explore and be on our own for part of a day and still rendevous with guide and group before dinner to compare notes and pictures.
Return Trip to Spain
One just doesn’t get enough with a trip to Spain that’s why we went back for a second time. Starting in Lisbon a city that has wide avenues comparable to the Champs Elysees beautifully stone paved sidewalk tree line boulevards this is truly one of the greatest cities in Europe. Enjoying a coffee at one of the many outside cafes while watching the home town folks heading off to work is a great way to start the day. The weather in early Spring was excellent with cool breezes, and beautiful floral displays. Our trip to Sevilla pasted through the striking landscape of Spain dotted with olive groves and Spring wheat fields. Sevilla a magnificent city with a lively night life, plenty of shops to spend your money, and let me say Sevilla along with all of the cities in Spain and Portugal are safe, the people are friendly and enjoy Americans. The food is Mediterranean with excellent quality at reasonable prices. Madrid one of the major cities in the world boost the greatest art collection in Europe. Our tour to the Prado with an excellent guide could have gone on forever. The tour of the Royal Palace was a treasure comparable to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, this alone is enough to make a return trip. Our guide was a real joy, did every thing to insure we had a great trip. An expert on Spanish history explaining as we traveled the different aspects of life in Spain, from the early Romans to modern Spain. We really enjoyed being with her. The accommodations were excellent, the morning breakfast, wow also great. The people we traveled with were a lot of fun, a great group.
This was probably my trip of a lifetime. It was one I never thought I would ever take, one I had never even thought of. When my friends told me about it, I at first said, "I can't do this" then I said " oh yes I can", then I did it! I met some amazing people in our tour group, went to some amazing cities, saw beautiful things. We had a fantastic tour director, Sabrina. She was so knowledgeable about everywhere we went. She prepared us in advance about what we would see and do, what to expect. We had enough free time to look around on our on and to shop if we wanted to. This was just a wonderful trip. It now makes me want to go on another one, in the future.