Explore a heady mix of treasures that range from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and attention-grabbing cuisine
- Enjoy everything from flamenco dancing shows to tapas and wine tasting
- Enjoy the delights of Spain and Portugal in a small group
- Visit the jaw-dropping town of Ronda, pictured above
- Compare Moorish architecture, Roman Ruins, Jewish quarters and classical squares
- Try the region’s renowned gastronomy throughout
- 1 Night Madrid
- 1 Night Toledo
- 2 Nights Córdoba
- 2 Nights Granada
- 1 Night Ronda
- 2 Nights Seville
- 1 Night Aracena
- 1 Night Estremoz
Escorted tour | Food & wine | History & culture | Small group
Iberia is a peninsula shared. But it’s not just Spain and Portugal that divide its spoils; east meets west in heritage towns and architectural statements while a varied past is complemented by a considered present, epitomised by the region’s superlative gastronomy. You’ll take it all in on a rural road trip that starts with the headlines – bookending nights spent in Granada and Seville with both the Spanish and Portuguese capitals – before moving onto the region’s hidden gems. There’s everything from Moorish mosque cathedrals to towns that perch precipitously on the edge of gaping gorges. Along the way, tapas lunches, olive oil tastings, castle stays and Jamón Ibérico samples will bring it all to life with help from your local guides.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to the Spanish capital where a private transfer will take you to your pre-tour accommodation. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city at your own pace.
Stay: Superior Accommodation, Madrid
Board the mini-coach and head for Toledo - a beguiling riverside city where centuries of history come alive. A guided city tour and visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca will help us get to grips with the area’s unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel’s restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner.
Stay: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal
Continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha, where Cervantes’ Don Quixote jousted with windmills. You’ll stop off at Valdepeñas to visit a local bodega for a wine and tapas lunch before arriving in to Cordoba. A thousand years ago, this city in southern Andalucía was the most important Islamic cultural centre in Western Europe, echoed today in its distinctive architectural style. Your home for the next two nights is right in its historic centre.
Stay: Casas de la Judeira, Cordoba
Meals: B L
On a walking tour of Cordoba’s old town, you’ll step back into the days of Islamic Iberia. The UNESCO-listed Mezquita is a particular highlight; at once a cathedral and a mosque, it’s regarded as one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture, combining Islamic detailing with grand proportions. You’ll then have the afternoon to explore at your own pace, seeking out hidden squares and local cafés, or pampering yourself at a traditional hammam.
Stay: Casas de la Judeira, Cordoba
Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause to taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada.
Stay: Villa Oniria, Granada
Meals: B D
Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors. Colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we’ll visit the incomparable Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched high on a hilltop outside the city. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where we’ll set you free to explore as you please
Stay: Villa Onira, Granada
You can rest assured that today’s journey will be just as much fun as the destination! From Granada, our path will turn east as we make the scenic journey to the mountaintop city of Ronda, where we’ll get our bearings on a walking tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant.
Stay: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
Today it’s back on the road - with stops at the picturesque white villages of Grazalema and Arcos to look forward to. This afternoon we’ll set our sights on Jerez - where we’ll be treated to a sherry tasting session and tapas lunch at a local winery. Tonight, a traditional flamenco show will help us settle into Seville.
Stay: Hotel Casa Romana
Meals: B D
We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. Whether you want to seek out Roman ruins, hunt down Moorish mosaics or visit classical squares, there are plenty of historic sites to keep you occupied here. Feeling hungry? You could always kick back and sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars.
Stay: Hotel Casa Romana, Seville
Seville/Sierra de Aracena
Back to nature today. After breakfast we’ll make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, an unspoilt mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble! While we’re here, we’ll pay a visit a local pig farm - where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some authentic jamón ibérico and local cheeses.
Stay: Hotel Convento Aracena
Sierra de Aracena/Monsaraz/Estremoz
Our first stop of the day will be Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to explore its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz for an afternoon of leisure time. Then: the grand finale! Tonight we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner.
Stay: Pousada de Estremoz, Estremoz
Meals: B D
Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region, where we’ll take a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square. And then? This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Early booking discount: Save up to £135 pp.
Book by: 15 December 2019
from £2,615 pp. incl. flights
from £3,025 pp. incl. flights
All year throughout 2020 and 2021 - check with your Wexas consultant for departure dates
- Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
- Flights from UK to Madrid, and returning from Lisbon
- small group escorted tour (maximum 18 people),
- 11 nights B&B accommodation
- selected meals
- daily guided touring
- luxury mini-coach transportation
- tapas lunch with wine tasting
- olive oil and Ibérico ham tasting
- flamenco show
- entrance fees to included
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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