H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Madrid to Seville
Welcome to your Iberian Adventure! Today we head to Sevilla. Enroute we visit the picturesque town of Cordoba. Home to the Mezquita (Mosque). You will be blown away with the impressive architecture and beautiful stonework. It’s red and white striped arches are famed throughout Spain.
From here, it’s onto Seville. After check-in you have the opportunity to go on Connie & Alfonso’s Famous walking tour of Seville (Rick Steve’s personal Guide in his Andalucía documentary!) Your local guide will take you through the streets of Seville – from the cobblestoned streets of the Cathedral district through to the Santa Cruz area, providing entertaining information about Seville, its history and people.
Early evening meet your guide on the roof top terrace. We will take you out for an optional tapas dinner before heading on to a few of the local bars. Party until the sun rises on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, where revellers take advantage of the outdoor bars lining the river banks.
H: Explore Seville with a local guide
Day 2: Seville to Lagos
Spend your morning checking out the city and grab a bite to eat before we head off to sun lovers’ heaven of Portugal, and the coastal, party town of Lagos! Lagos is a heavyweight among the fun-loving enthusiasts. It is the hub of nightlife in the Algarve region and its beaches rate among the best on the Iberian Peninsula. After check-in we'll be heading straight into the hustle and bustle of the old town. We head to one of the best, but budget conscious restaurants in town, before heading out on pub hop. Many proclaim Lagos to be the party capital of the Algarve - tonight you make up your own mind as we’ll take you to two of the most famous pubs that make up this hedonistic part of Europe! (B)
H: Enjoy the pumping nightlife in Lagos, Portugal
Day 3: Lagos
This morning will no doubt be a late start! Once all the stories from the night before have been told you have the day to explore Lagos at your own pace.
Whether you choose to lie about on the fine sand of Praia de Batata, or meander through the streets of the old town (in a somewhat more sober state than the night before), Lagos will leave a lasting impression and is sure to leave you smiling.
Feeling more active? Consider one of the activities offered in Lagos. If you’d like to learn to surf, why not hit the water and do a full-day surfing trip? A great afternoon activity is the much loved kayaking trip. This excursion will take you exploring Lagos’ inspiring caves and grotto’s, including a stop on a secluded beach for some swimming and sun.
Tonight is a free night, so either head back to some of the bars, grab some dinner or relax. Whatever you choose, Lagos will leave a lasting impression and is sure to leave you smiling. (B)
F: Explore the grottos of the Algarve coast by sea-kayak
F: Surf the waves in Lagos
Day 4: Lagos to Tangier
It’s an early-ish start alas, but for very good reason! We’re heading down to the very southernmost tip of Europe and making our way along the Costa del Sol to Tarifa, a small Spanish town on the southernmost coast of the country. There’s time to check out this quaint town, before getting ready for the ferry onto Africa…yes, we are going to Morocco.
Hop on a fast boat to Morocco for a guided tour around Tangier – not just a new country, but a new continent. It is only 14km away (don’t forget your passport)! The evening excursion includes the return fast ferry from Tarifa to Tangier, a Guided tour of the city, a local Berber pharmacy and a chance to test your bargaining skills with the local vendors! Dinner is included and is a traditional Moroccan feast of four courses: try local soup, beef shish-kebab, chicken cous cous and a traditional Moroccan dessert, all washed down with mint tea (Vegetarian option available).
Go to sleep in Morocco. You can now tick this box without feeling guilty. (B)
H: Discover a new continent and explore the city of Tangier in Morocco
F: Haggle for a bargain at the Tangier bazaars
Day 5:Tangier to Granada
After some breakfast in Seville, we head onto Granada arriving early afternoon. We have an orientation walk through the city and in the evening; we’ll take you to some of the best local tapas bars in town, Granada is a student town, so those with the stamina will find plenty of opportunities for partying late! (B)
F: Get stuck into the Granada Tapas Crawl
F: Sacromonte Caves Flamenco Show
Day 6: Granada
You have the entire day to explore Granada at your leisure. Be sure not to miss the most famous Moorish relic and most visited sight in Spain – The Alhambra. Built towards the end of Moorish rule, the Alhambra means ‘Moorish Palace’. Marvel at the intricate sculptures and relics carved into the walls, while not forgetting to look up every so often at the detailed ceiling work. Our optional tour includes entrance fees and a local guide; you also get to skip right past the massive queues that form here every day. This will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip!
If you’re ready to take it easy after the Alhambra, there’s always the chance of plunging into some Moroccan-style baths (Hammam). Jump in the cold, warm or hot pools, try the flavoured tea, or if you’re in real need of some relaxation, have an aromatherapy massage.
After your full day in Granada, join your Guide and Driver that evening and head to the Sacromonte Caves to see a live Flamenco show.This is one show not to be missed. You will have the opportunity to see Flamenco performed by professional dancers with passion and intensity. After the Flamenco show there are plenty of party opportunities. (B)
F: Visit the stunning UNESCO listed Alhambra
F: Get steamy in Moorish Granada at a traditional Hammam
Day 7: Granada to Madrid
It’s time to say farewell to Granada and head back to Madrid, although not without an amazing scenic stop along the route of Don Quixote – The Man from La Mancha! We will make a stop at Consuegra, where Don Quixote famously charged at the windmills (he thought they were giants!). The twelve windmills and ruined castle overlooking the plains of La Mancha make for a great photo.
After Consuegra we head to the Imperial City of Toledo, a World Heritage city. You have a couple of hours to lose yourself in the cobblestone streets and poke your head into the numerous stores filled with hand crafted steel swords and marzipan, you can also check out Toledo’s famous Cathedral featuring significant art works by El Greco. From Toledo it’s just a short drive back to Madrid, where we should arrive back around 6pm. That night you can join the group for a final night get together so that you can reminisce about the great week that you have just experienced on the Iberian peninsula. (B)
H: Grab a photo of the famous windmills at La Mancha Plains
H: Wander the cobbled streets of UNESCO listed Toledo