Spain & Portugal

1 May –
20 May 2025
Dive into Spanish and Portuguese culture with an epic trip that takes you to Barcelona, Bilboa, Porto, Lisbon, Seville and beyond.

What to expect

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from Johannesburg

We meet at O.R. Tambo International for our flight to Barcelona. Ahead of us lies a sweeping journey which will take us to some of the most magnificent destinations in Spain and Portugal.

Day 2
Hola, Barcelona

On arrival in Barcelona, we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Rest and recuperate after the flight or head out to gain your first impressions of the city. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Welcome Dinner

Day 3
Sightseeing in Barcelona

After breakfast, we set out for a full-day tour of Barcelona’s main sights. We walk through La Rambla, a famous tree-lined boulevard, and see Plaça de Catalunya, one of the city’s main squares. We visit La Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, which is set to be completed in 2026 after more than 140 years of construction. Then, we stroll through the Gothic Quarter, winding our way through the narrow medieval streets. This evening, we enjoy a two-course dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Full-Day Tour of Barcelona

Day 4
Lleida & Zaragoza

After breakfast, we leave Barcelona and make our way inland to Lleida. We have some free time to explore and perhaps visit some of Lleida’s sights. Later, we depart for Zaragoza where we take a guided evening walk. Zaragoza is spread along the banks of the Ebro River. The jewel in the city’s crown is the distinctive Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a many-domed cathedral which we view from the outside. Our walk takes us to the Aljafería Palace, a fortified medieval palace and La Seo Cathedral, which stands on the site of Islamic Zaragoza’s main mosque. Tonight, we dine at a local restaurant.

  • Leisure Time in Lleida
  • Walking Tour of Zaragoza

Day 5
Wine Tasting in La Rioja

Today, we travel into the Basque Country of Northern Spain to visit the world-famous La Rioja wine region. We visit the Marques de Riscal Winery, which has been voted one of the world’s best vineyards for the last three consecutive years. We participate in a wine tasting and learn why the region’s wines are so sought-after. This afternoon, we continue to Bilboa. Tonight, we gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Marques de Riscal Winery Visit with Wine Tasting

Day 6
Exploring Basque Country

We awake in Bilboa, the de facto capital of Basque country. We take a walking tour of the city to see the key sights. The Old Town is a colourful mix of architectural styles, ranging from Gothic and Neo-Gothic to Art Deco and Art Nouveau. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then depart for Santillana del Mar, ticketed as Spain’s “prettiest village.” We visit the Altamira Cave Museum, which features faithful reproductions of the prehistoric cave paintings found in the Altamira caves. We continue to Camaleño, a municipality amongst the soaring mountains of Picos de Europa.

  • Walking Tour of Bilbao
  • Altamira Cave Museum

Day 7
Picos de Europa National Park

This morning, we are greeted by the dramatic scenery of the Picos de Europa. The Picos de Europa National Park was created in 1918 and is the only inhabited national park in Spain. Quaint mountain villages are scattered along the winding road, and the area is a mecca for mountain climbers. The national park spans 646 km2 and straddles three autonomous communities: Asturias, Cantabria, Castile, and León. We spend the day exploring the park, which is known for its abundant wildlife and bird species. We take the Fuente Dé cable car from the valley floor to the top of the 600m-high sheer southern wall of the Picos’ central massif. After admiring the view from the top, we return to the valley.

  • Picos de Europa National Park
  • Fuente Dé Cable Car Ride

Day 8
Journey to Portugal

A day of travelling lies ahead as we journey from Camaleño in Spain to Porto on the Western coast of Portugal. We arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9
Port Wine from Porto

Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure in Porto. Rest and relax at the hotel, or step out to explore on your own. Porto stretches along the banks of the Douro River, a friendly expanse of colourful buildings with terracotta rooftops. Port wine, named after Porto, has flowed from the Douro Valley through the city and to the rest of the world for centuries. In the afternoon, we visit the Sandeman Port Wine Cellars where we enjoy a tasting and learn about the company’s fascinating history. This evening, the group gathers for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Morning at Leisure
  • Sandeman Port Wine Cellar Visit with Tasting

Day 10
Coimbra: The City of Knowledge

After breakfast at the hotel, we are transferred to the historic city of Coimbra. Rising from the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra is a city steeped in history. It was Portugal’s medieval capital for over a century and is home to the country’s oldest university. Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its stunning Baroque library, the Biblioteca Joanina. We take a tour of the city to view the key sights. Our exploration concludes with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we depart for Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

  • Half-Day Tour of Coimbra

Day 11
Lisbon: The City of Seven Hills

Our day starts with a half-day tour of Lisbon. The city unfolds over seven hills, a rolling patchwork of terracotta-tiled rooftops. Our tour takes us to the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the Manueline architectural style, and the historic Belém Tower, a symbol of Portugal’s maritime glory. We also see the Monument of Discoveries, an homage to the great Portuguese explorers. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure. In the evening, the group reconvenes for dinner at a local restaurant.

 

  • Half-Day Tour of Lisbon
  • Afternoon at Leisure

Day 12
A Day at Leisure in Lisbon

Today, a full day at leisure in Lisbon waits. Go your own way and then meet up with the group for dinner at a local restaurant.

Half-Day Excursion to Sintra (Optional)

Nestled in the mountains of the São Martinho area, Sintra is a charming town that’s surrounded by some of Portugal’s most beautiful and elaborate castles, including the National Palace of Pena and the Quinta da Regaleria. Spend time exploring this beautiful town and its historic surrounds. This excursion is available at an additional cost.

 

  • Full Day at Leisure
  • Half-Day Excursion to Sintra (Optional)

Day 13
Roman Ruins in Mérida

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Lisbon and journey to Mérida, a city renowned for its rich Roman heritage. The drive offers scenic views as we traverse the Iberian Peninsula, crossing from Portugal to Spain. In the afternoon, we set out on a guided tour to explore Mérida’s main sights. Our tour includes the iconic Roman Theatre, a magnificent structure dating back to the 16th century BCE. We also see the Acueducto de los Milagros, an extraordinary feat of engineering that carried water across the city in ancient times. In the evening, we gather for dinner at the hotel.

  • Afternoon Tour of Mérida

Day 14
Seville: The Orange Blossom City

This morning, we travel from Mérida to Seville. The journey takes us through the picturesque Andalusian countryside, known for its rolling hills, olive groves, and charming whitewashed villages. Founded by the Romans and later flourishing under Moorish rule, Seville became a major cultural and economic centre. The city is renowned for its exuberant festivals, flamenco music and dance, and magnificent architecture that reflects a blend of Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. We spend the afternoon at leisure and have dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure

Day 15
Seville: The Pearl of Andalusia

After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our day with a half-day tour of Seville, also known as “The Pearl of Andalusia.” We visit the Alcázar of Seville, a stunning royal palace with intricate Islamic architecture, lush gardens, and opulent rooms. We then visit the Seville Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Climbing the adjacent Giralda bell tower, originally a minaret, we enjoy panoramic views of Seville’s skyline. Our tour continues with a leisurely walk through the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. In the evening, we dine at a local restaurant.

  • Walking Tour of Seville
  • Afternoon at Leisure

Day 16
Getting to Know Granada

We depart from Seville and make our way to Granada, travelling through the undulating hills of Andalusia. Upon our arrival, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure. In the 13th century, Granada was the capital of the Emirate of Granada, the last stronghold of the Muslim Nasrid dynasty in Spain. This rich Moorish heritage can be seen throughout the city, but it is only one part of Granada’s interesting historical diversity, which includes Jewish and Romani influence. As evening approaches, we gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure

Day 17
Granada’s Moorish History

After breakfast, we set out for a guided tour of Granada. Along with the city’s key sights, we see the Alhambra, one of the world’s great human-made wonders. A love letter to Moorish culture, this stunning fortified palace started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada’s Nasrid emirs. Located uphill from the Alhambra is the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid rulers which we also visit. We spend the afternoon at leisure in Granada. This evening, we have dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Guided Tour of Granada
  • Afternoon at Leisure

Day 18
Madrid Memories

This morning, we are transferred to the train station for the journey to Madrid. On arrival in Spain’s capital city, we take a guided tour of Madrid’s key landmarks. We head into the city’s show-stopping boulevards to see the voluptuously planted Retiro Park, the majestic Plaza Mayor and the bustling Puerto del Sol. We also visit the Palacio Real, the largest royal palace in Western Europe, where you’ll find room upon room of regal finery. We spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Train Journey to Madrid
  • Half-Day Guided Tour of Madrid

Day 19
A Day at Leisure in Madrid

Awake to the pulse of Madrid. Today, the city is your playground, so design your day and head out in seek of new experiences and adventures. There is something for everyone, from world-class art museums to historic food markets. Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Full Day at Leisure in Madrid

Day 20
Back to South Africa

This morning, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for our return flight to South Africa.

We meet at O.R. Tambo International for our flight to Barcelona. Ahead of us lies a sweeping journey which will take us to some of the most magnificent destinations in Spain and Portugal.

On arrival in Barcelona, we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Rest and recuperate after the flight or head out to gain your first impressions of the city. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Welcome Dinner

After breakfast, we set out for a full-day tour of Barcelona’s main sights. We walk through La Rambla, a famous tree-lined boulevard, and see Plaça de Catalunya, one of the city’s main squares. We visit La Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, which is set to be completed in 2026 after more than 140 years of construction. Then, we stroll through the Gothic Quarter, winding our way through the narrow medieval streets. This evening, we enjoy a two-course dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Full-Day Tour of Barcelona

After breakfast, we leave Barcelona and make our way inland to Lleida. We have some free time to explore and perhaps visit some of Lleida’s sights. Later, we depart for Zaragoza where we take a guided evening walk. Zaragoza is spread along the banks of the Ebro River. The jewel in the city’s crown is the distinctive Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a many-domed cathedral which we view from the outside. Our walk takes us to the Aljafería Palace, a fortified medieval palace and La Seo Cathedral, which stands on the site of Islamic Zaragoza’s main mosque. Tonight, we dine at a local restaurant.

  • Leisure Time in Lleida
  • Walking Tour of Zaragoza

Today, we travel into the Basque Country of Northern Spain to visit the world-famous La Rioja wine region. We visit the Marques de Riscal Winery, which has been voted one of the world’s best vineyards for the last three consecutive years. We participate in a wine tasting and learn why the region’s wines are so sought-after. This afternoon, we continue to Bilboa. Tonight, we gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Marques de Riscal Winery Visit with Wine Tasting

We awake in Bilboa, the de facto capital of Basque country. We take a walking tour of the city to see the key sights. The Old Town is a colourful mix of architectural styles, ranging from Gothic and Neo-Gothic to Art Deco and Art Nouveau. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then depart for Santillana del Mar, ticketed as Spain’s “prettiest village.” We visit the Altamira Cave Museum, which features faithful reproductions of the prehistoric cave paintings found in the Altamira caves. We continue to Camaleño, a municipality amongst the soaring mountains of Picos de Europa.

  • Walking Tour of Bilbao
  • Altamira Cave Museum

This morning, we are greeted by the dramatic scenery of the Picos de Europa. The Picos de Europa National Park was created in 1918 and is the only inhabited national park in Spain. Quaint mountain villages are scattered along the winding road, and the area is a mecca for mountain climbers. The national park spans 646 km2 and straddles three autonomous communities: Asturias, Cantabria, Castile, and León. We spend the day exploring the park, which is known for its abundant wildlife and bird species. We take the Fuente Dé cable car from the valley floor to the top of the 600m-high sheer southern wall of the Picos’ central massif. After admiring the view from the top, we return to the valley.

  • Picos de Europa National Park
  • Fuente Dé Cable Car Ride

A day of travelling lies ahead as we journey from Camaleño in Spain to Porto on the Western coast of Portugal. We arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure in Porto. Rest and relax at the hotel, or step out to explore on your own. Porto stretches along the banks of the Douro River, a friendly expanse of colourful buildings with terracotta rooftops. Port wine, named after Porto, has flowed from the Douro Valley through the city and to the rest of the world for centuries. In the afternoon, we visit the Sandeman Port Wine Cellars where we enjoy a tasting and learn about the company’s fascinating history. This evening, the group gathers for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Morning at Leisure
  • Sandeman Port Wine Cellar Visit with Tasting

After breakfast at the hotel, we are transferred to the historic city of Coimbra. Rising from the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra is a city steeped in history. It was Portugal’s medieval capital for over a century and is home to the country’s oldest university. Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its stunning Baroque library, the Biblioteca Joanina. We take a tour of the city to view the key sights. Our exploration concludes with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we depart for Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

  • Half-Day Tour of Coimbra

Our day starts with a half-day tour of Lisbon. The city unfolds over seven hills, a rolling patchwork of terracotta-tiled rooftops. Our tour takes us to the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the Manueline architectural style, and the historic Belém Tower, a symbol of Portugal’s maritime glory. We also see the Monument of Discoveries, an homage to the great Portuguese explorers. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure. In the evening, the group reconvenes for dinner at a local restaurant.

 

  • Half-Day Tour of Lisbon
  • Afternoon at Leisure

Today, a full day at leisure in Lisbon waits. Go your own way and then meet up with the group for dinner at a local restaurant.

Half-Day Excursion to Sintra (Optional)

Nestled in the mountains of the São Martinho area, Sintra is a charming town that’s surrounded by some of Portugal’s most beautiful and elaborate castles, including the National Palace of Pena and the Quinta da Regaleria. Spend time exploring this beautiful town and its historic surrounds. This excursion is available at an additional cost.

 

  • Full Day at Leisure
  • Half-Day Excursion to Sintra (Optional)

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Lisbon and journey to Mérida, a city renowned for its rich Roman heritage. The drive offers scenic views as we traverse the Iberian Peninsula, crossing from Portugal to Spain. In the afternoon, we set out on a guided tour to explore Mérida’s main sights. Our tour includes the iconic Roman Theatre, a magnificent structure dating back to the 16th century BCE. We also see the Acueducto de los Milagros, an extraordinary feat of engineering that carried water across the city in ancient times. In the evening, we gather for dinner at the hotel.

  • Afternoon Tour of Mérida

This morning, we travel from Mérida to Seville. The journey takes us through the picturesque Andalusian countryside, known for its rolling hills, olive groves, and charming whitewashed villages. Founded by the Romans and later flourishing under Moorish rule, Seville became a major cultural and economic centre. The city is renowned for its exuberant festivals, flamenco music and dance, and magnificent architecture that reflects a blend of Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. We spend the afternoon at leisure and have dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure

After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our day with a half-day tour of Seville, also known as “The Pearl of Andalusia.” We visit the Alcázar of Seville, a stunning royal palace with intricate Islamic architecture, lush gardens, and opulent rooms. We then visit the Seville Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Climbing the adjacent Giralda bell tower, originally a minaret, we enjoy panoramic views of Seville’s skyline. Our tour continues with a leisurely walk through the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. In the evening, we dine at a local restaurant.

  • Walking Tour of Seville
  • Afternoon at Leisure

We depart from Seville and make our way to Granada, travelling through the undulating hills of Andalusia. Upon our arrival, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure. In the 13th century, Granada was the capital of the Emirate of Granada, the last stronghold of the Muslim Nasrid dynasty in Spain. This rich Moorish heritage can be seen throughout the city, but it is only one part of Granada’s interesting historical diversity, which includes Jewish and Romani influence. As evening approaches, we gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Afternoon at Leisure

After breakfast, we set out for a guided tour of Granada. Along with the city’s key sights, we see the Alhambra, one of the world’s great human-made wonders. A love letter to Moorish culture, this stunning fortified palace started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of Granada’s Nasrid emirs. Located uphill from the Alhambra is the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid rulers which we also visit. We spend the afternoon at leisure in Granada. This evening, we have dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Guided Tour of Granada
  • Afternoon at Leisure

This morning, we are transferred to the train station for the journey to Madrid. On arrival in Spain’s capital city, we take a guided tour of Madrid’s key landmarks. We head into the city’s show-stopping boulevards to see the voluptuously planted Retiro Park, the majestic Plaza Mayor and the bustling Puerto del Sol. We also visit the Palacio Real, the largest royal palace in Western Europe, where you’ll find room upon room of regal finery. We spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Train Journey to Madrid
  • Half-Day Guided Tour of Madrid

Awake to the pulse of Madrid. Today, the city is your playground, so design your day and head out in seek of new experiences and adventures. There is something for everyone, from world-class art museums to historic food markets. Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Full Day at Leisure in Madrid

This morning, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for our return flight to South Africa.

Experience the vibrance of Spain & Portugal

From the rhythmic sounds of flamenco guitar to the bold flavours of tapas and the intricate designs of azulejo tiles, the cultures of Spain and Portugal are a feast for the senses and food for the soul.

Join Seagull Travel & Tours for an epic trip that covers the length and breadth of the Iberian Peninsula. Start in beautiful and eccentric Barcelona, where you’ll stroll the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter and visit the iconic La Sagrada Familia. Then, head north to discover historic cities, the wines of the La Rioja region and the fascinating architecture of Bilbao.

Gaze at the untamed mountains of Picos de Europa National Park and then cross the border into Portugal. Taste port wine in Porto, visit Portugal’s oldest university in Coimbra and wander the atmospheric streets of Lisbon.

Return to Spain to discover the treasures of Andalusia, exploring the Moorish history of Seville and Granada. End your trip in Madrid, where you’ll see the city’s brilliant sights.

This small group journey is a grand discovery of the shared history and heritage of Spain and Portugal. Expertly planned, interesting excursions are paired with hand-picked hotels, pre-arranged transfers and delicious meals at local restaurants. Travel in comfort and luxury as you immerse yourself in the culture, cuisine and arts of two captivating countries.

 

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The tour leader collects a set amount from each member of a tour. This kitty is then used to tip the local tour guide and city guides, bus drivers, any other assistants, and restaurant staff. We believe in tipping for good service as a token of appreciation, especially as many workers in tourism rely on tips to supplement their income.

Although we cannot apply on your behalf, we are more than willing to give guidance and assistance with completing forms. We do this for many clients on a near-daily basis. It does, however, remain the responsibility of the client to ensure that they get the correct visa on time.

Remember that we limit the number of guests on our tours. This means more time at stops and sites. We definitely do not do groups of 30 pax, where guests are rushed from one site to the other. There is enough time to explore on your own.

We always suggest USD/Euro 50 to USD/Euro 100 per person per day. As we mostly include two meals per day on our tours, this will be enough for lunch/dinner, some snacks, and memento shopping. Should you want to buy larger items, we suggest taking along your credit card. Remember to advise the bank that you will be travelling.

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