Start and end in Madrid! With the in-depth cultural tour Iberian Ring, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Madrid, Spain and 12 other destinations in Europe. Iberian Ring includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport.
What is included in the tour
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
- Includes arrival transfer
- City tour in : Madrid, Granada, Seville, Seville, Lisbon.
- Evening Transfer: Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via, Plaza de Oriente, Albaicin in Granada, Praça dos Restauradores in Lisbon, Debod Temple and Plaza de Espana/Gran Via.
- Ticket admission: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, Alhambra in Granada, La Rabida Monastery, Chapel of Bones in Evora.
- 1 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Fatima.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals and Tours Not Listed
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Flights
Iberian Ring Tour Map
01 SAT. Madrid - Arrival.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transport to the Gran Vía district.
Welcome to Madrid! Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Our guide will be ready to welcome you and will provide the necessary information. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.
02 SUN. Madrid.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring. Night transfer
The day starts about 08.30 hrs with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Gran Via, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. Visit to Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Admission to Las Ventas Bullring included. This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of “corridas” in the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At sunset we provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different exquisite cuisines (Indian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Spanish, International) in which to enjoy a pleasant dinner. Return to hotel.
03 MON. Madrid - Granada.
TODAY’S HIGLIGHTS: entrance and local guide in the Alhambra. Evening transfer.
Leaving Madrid by bus in the early morning (if the group of English-speaking travellers is small, sometimes they will share the trip to Granada with Spanish-speaking passengers). We travel to the south across La Mancha, stopping in PUERTO LÁPICE, a ‘manchego’ village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. We will enter Andalusia via Despeñaperros. GRANADA, arrival.
In the afternoon we will visit the immense Alhambra Palace, with entrance and local guide included, and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times.
Later, enjoy an evening transfer to the Albaicín of Granada, a World Heritage site along with the Alhambra, where you can enjoy dinner in a restaurant in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. Tonight you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sacramonte.
Note: in the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. In the highly improbable case of not being able to visit this area of the Alhambra, a visit to the Alcázares will be included in Seville (which have similar architecture and features).
04 TUE. Granada - Malaga - Marbella - Ronda - Seville.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: we will see the beautiful Andalusian village of Ronda.
We leave Granada and travel towards the Costa del Sol. MALAGA, arrival and time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this we will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. PUERTO BANUS, in Marbella, a pretty high level recreational port. Time for lunch. In the afternoon we will continue through the hills and their stories of bandoliers until we come to RONDA, a very beautiful white town with its large gorge that divides it in two. Continuation to SEVILLE. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.
05 WED. Seville.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Night transfer to the historic city centre.
After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda, the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popular neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. (Note: If the group has fewer than fifteen travellers, it can be arranged in both Spanish and English). Enjoy leisure time straight afterwards. At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favourite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International, and so on.
06 THU. Seville - Rabida Monastery - Mertola - Evora - Lisbon.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Entrance in the Carabelas Museum were Christopher Columbus started his voyage to America. Chapel of the bones in Evora.
We leave Seville and in the province of Huelva, we travel to PALOS DE LA FRONTERA. We include entrance to the Carabelas Museum; this is where Columbus set sail on 3 August 1492 for America. We will see the Rabida Monastery, declared a World Heritage site, a Franciscan monastery strongly linked to the history of the discovery (entrance included). After this we will travel to Portugal. MERTOLA, a stop in this ancient Muslim city, its present church was a mosque, and time for lunch. After this, through white villages we come to EVORA city declared a World Heritage site with its wide streets, its Renaissance policies and its cathedral, we will include the entrance to the impressive Chapel of Bones, built with 5000 skeletons! LISBON, arrival at the end of the day.
07 FRI. Lisbon.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Lisbon. We taste the “pastel de Belem” (Belem cake). Evening transfer.
In the morning we have a sightseeing tour with a local guide (note: Explanations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than twelve people). We visit traditional neighbourhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and enter to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite all our travellers to try a “Belem cake”, an exquisite local delicacy. The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.
We include night transportation to Restauradores Square , full of atmosphere with its bars and cafes from where we suggest you to take the ¨Elevador da Gloria¨ that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint.
08 SAT. Lisbon - Fatima - Madrid.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Fatima Shrine.
We travel to the north of Portugal and visit FATIMA, an important sanctuary. We will continue on our way through the green lands of the centre, passing into Spain, and over grasslands we cross the North of Extremadura. Lunch included en route in a regional food restaurant . Continuation to MADRID. Arrival at the end of the day.
End of our services.
FLAMENCO NIGHT WITH DINNER (2 hrs)(60 USD)
To end our day we offer you to feel, almost in your own skin, the nature of the flamenco cantaores and bailaores, attending to one of the most attractive shows you can see in Spain. Do not miss the opportunity to see, with great anticipation, the vitality with which catch their viewers this flamenco group of singers, dancers, guitarists and drummers who do a wonderful journey through the different styles of Flamenco: bulerías, seguidillas, fandangos, alegrías and sevillanas. All this accompanied with a fine dinner with Spanish products in a unique setting. -Transfer with our bus and return to the hotel. -Guide Assistance. -Ticket to the show. -Three-course dinner with water and wine included.. 15 number of people required.
TABLAO FLAMENCO ZAMBRA GITANA (3 hrs)(30 USD)
In this activity you will enjoy a night out in the city of Granada visiting the famous neighborhood of the Albaicin-Sacromonte, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and where you can attend the show Zambra Gitana. We will make a short walk around this special place where we will visit the famous Mirador de San Nicolás from where you can see The Alhambra illuminated at sunset. You will have the opportunity to attend to an original flamenco show in Granada: dance, sing and play the guitar, all accompanied by a drink. -Roundtrip transfer on minibus with an stewardess -Walk around Sacromonte. -Show with a drink. 0 number of people required.
SEVILLIAN NIGHT IN PATIO SEVILLA (1 hrs 30 min)(40 USD)
One of the most famous and known tablaos in Seville. You can know the Andalusian art that is captured in dancing, guitar playing and singing in the show. Dancers and singers with national and international awards show us the art of flamenco and classical Spanish dance. -Transfer with our bus and guide assistance. -Ticket to the show with included beverage.. 0 number of people required.
ARTISIC AND SEVILLE CATHEDRAL (1 hr)(25 USD)
We will visit the cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A great work done over several centuries, considered as one of the largest in the world on the surface, a real museum inside, where you can find the grave of Christopher Columbus. Then, if you wish, you can get to the famous tower of the "Giralda" cathedral with a 104 meters where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city of Seville. -Local guide service. -Headphones in private with our local guide. -Entry to the enclosure included.. 10 number of people required.
SINTRA CASCAIS AND ESTORIL (4 hrs)(30 USD)
In this visit you can enjoy the landscapes of the Tajo estuary, the famous Costa del Sol, the residence of some aristocrats in the history of Portugal. We will stop in the wonderful city of Sintra, with its microclimate, and immortalized by Lord Byron, full of palaces and summer residences. We will continue along the famous beaches of Guincho, where you will be able to see the western point of Europe, the Cape of the Rock, and stop in the beautiful city of Cascais. Then we will do a short stop in Estoril and his famous casino. A varied excursion with beautiful landscapes on the ocean and the river mouth of the Tajo. -Round trip in bus. -Visit the indicated places accompanied by our guide. 15 number of people required.