Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

​Explore the best of the entire Iberian peninsula on one spectacular journey, discovering how Moors, Jews and Europeans influenced the culture, cuisine and arts of Spain and Portugal.

Journey Overview

Explore the best of the entire Iberian peninsula on one spectacular journey, discovering how Moors, Jews and Europeans influenced the culture, cuisine and arts of Spain and Portugal.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience two Gehry-designed architectural masterpieces, exploring the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and staying for two nights at the Hotel Marqués de Riscal
  • Savour a private dinner and a superb flamenco performance at a palace in Seville, on an A&K-exclusive experience
  • Roam the medieval streets of Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter and view the stunning interior of the city’s Grand Mosque
  • Taste a variety of culinary treats on a tapas adventure in Madrid, partaking in a delectable Spanish cultural tradition
  • Create your own memento of Portugal when you take part in a private tile-painting workshop in Lisbon
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and then join your A&K Resident Tour Director for a welcome drink followed by dinner at your hotel.
Olissippo Lapa Palace | Meals: D

Day 2: Lisbon | Private Tile-Painting Workshop

This morning, discover the National Tile Museum — set in the 16th-century Convent of Madre de Deus — admiring its impressive displays of the beautifully detailed painted tiles for which Lisbon is renowned. Then, attend an interactive private tile-painting workshop and take home your creation. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Olissippo Lapa Palace | Meals: B

Day 3: Évora | Walled Medieval City

Journey to Évora, a beautifully preserved medieval city, stopping for a wine tasting en route. On arrival, visit the historic town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view an ancient Roman Temple, the Gothic 13th-century Sé Cathedral with its Romanesque architectural influences, and the striking city walls.
Convento do Espinheiro |Meals: BLD

Day 4: Mérida, Spain & Seville | Ancient Mérida

Today, drive eastward into Spain, stopping in Mérida to view its Roman amphitheatre, inaugurated in 8 BC to host theatrical performances and gladiatorial combat. Also see an ancient 82-foot-tall aqueduct built from stone and brick. Afterward, continue into Spain’s storied Andalusia region for a two-night stay in vibrant Seville. Once there, ride a horse-drawn carriage to a palace where the owners host your private dinner, followed by a performance of flamenco dancing and singing on the patio of this historic home.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes | Meals: BD

Day 5: Seville | Gothic Cathedral & Jewish Quarter

Set out on a guided excursion through Seville, including a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Proceed to the Jewish Quarter, with its labyrinth of narrow streets dating to the time of Moorish rule. Then, relax during an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes | Meals: B

Day 6: Granada | The Moorish Architecture Of Alhambra

After breakfast, travel to Granada and take in the city. Visit Alhambra, a vast palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site that exemplifies Moorish architecture. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant overlooking the site.
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Córdoba & Madrid | Jewish Quarter & Mezquita

Travel to Córdoba, where you visit this city’s historic Jewish neighbourhood and roam its narrow streets, and then enter the former Great Mosque, now known as the Mezquita, to view its breathtaking Moorish-influenced interior. Enjoy time to explore before boarding a high-speed AVE train, as you Ride Like a Local to Madrid. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Cap off your day of exploring with a fun tapas tour for dinner.
Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá | Meals: BD

Day 8: Madrid | Royal Splendour

Set out on a city tour that includes the Royal Palace, with its rich decor comprised of marble, stucco and mahogany. Break for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá | Meals: BL

Day 9: Madrid & Toledo | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • See Madrid on a Parks & River Bike Tour, cycling in a vast, beautiful city park and along the Manzanares River.
  • Discover Toledo, a place in medieval Europe where Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities coexisted.
  • Tour the Prado Museum, viewing works by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, guided by a local expert.

Spend your evening at leisure in Madrid, free to sample the city’s many culinary attractions.
Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá | Meals: B

Day 10: Elciego | An Enchanting Food & Wine Experience

Today, journey to La Rioja, stopping en route for a tour, followed by a Chef’s Table experience featuring a gourmet lunch with wine pairings, at the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. Proceed to Elciego and check in to the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Settle into your luxurious room and admire the hotel’s amazing design, created by master architect Frank Gehry. Gaze out to the vineyard-covered hills surrounding this contemporary retreat from one of its eight terraces and perhaps enjoy the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner at your leisure.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal | Meals: BL

Day 11: Elciego | Tasting The Fruits Of The Rioja

This morning, explore Spain’s storied Rioja region, visiting an olive oil mill and sampling their oils, walking through Laguardia, and tasting wine with tapas in one of the village cellars. Return to your hotel to relax in the lush surroundings before dinner.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Bilbao | Guggenheim Museum Tour

Drive to Bilbao today, where you tour galleries devoted to modern and contemporary art, including the monumental sculpture, The Matter of Time, at the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. After lunch at a local restaurant, fly to Barcelona, settle into your hotel, and then enjoy a light dinner.
Almanac Barcelona | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Barcelona | Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece

This morning, set out on a panoramic city tour. See the Barcelona Pavilion, a study in minimalism built for the 1929 International Exposition, and then explore the Sagrada Família, a spectacular basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. This amazing structure features eight towering spires outside and an incomparably detailed vaulted ceiling inside. Begun in 1882, parts of it are still under construction. Enjoy time for lunch at leisure in the Central Market, also known as La Boqueria, one of the city’s many vital marketplaces for fish, meat and produce. Spend your afternoon with time to relax or explore this colourful, vibrant city on your own. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a Scenic Sundowner followed by a festive farewell dinner.
Almanac Barcelona | Meals: BD

Day 14: Depart Barcelona

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 13.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please contact one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or a small group.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, Lisbon

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The Olissippo Lapa Palace, originally a stately home (or Palacetes), was built in 1870 for a noble Portuguese family. Set in the most ele ... Read more

Convento do Espinheiro, Evora

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

This beautifully restored 15th century convent stands just outside Évora and offers 92 luxurious rooms, a swimming pool set am ... Read more

Hotel Palacio de Villapanes

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Hotel Palacio de Villapanes is a stylish 18th century palace which combines classical style with Andalusian culture. High ceil ... Read more

Hotel AC Palacio de Santa Paula

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Hotel AC Palacio de Santa Paula is a 75-room property located in the old part of Granada, the result of a careful and meticulous renovati ... Read more

Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Located in the privileged Habsburg district next to the Royal Palace, the Opera House and the Cathedral, Leading Hotel of the World Gran ... Read more

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Alava

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The rural medieval village of Elciego in the Basque Country is home to a rather unusual hotel. Created by Frank Gehry, most famously kno ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 7, 2021 - May 20, 2021
Price AU$17,005pp Single Supplement AU$5,285 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jun 25, 2021 - Jul 8, 2021
Price AU$16,420pp Single Supplement AU$4,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021
Price AU$17,005pp Single Supplement AU$5,285 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 14, 2021
Price AU$17,005pp Single Supplement AU$5,285 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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