Iberian Inspiration 2021/2022

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12 Days / 11 Nights
Availability : April, July - October
Start: Madrid, Spain
End: Lisbon, Portugal

Iberian Inspiration: 1 nt Madrid, 1 nt Toledo, 2 nts Cordoba, 2 nts Granada, 1 nt Ronda, 2 nts Seville, 1 nt Sierra De Aracena, 1 nt Estremoz

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

East meets West and past meets present: Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels
– Taste authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena
– Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Seville
– Visit the spectacular Córdoba Mezquita – a UNESCO-protected mosque

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

NH Madrid Alonso Martinez (Madrid)
(Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

My Story Rossio Hotel (Lisbon) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Orientation tour of Madrid and Ronda. Guided city tour of Toledo and Córdoba’s Old Town. Wine tasting session, Sherry tasting session
  • Leisure time in Granada and Seville . Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show. Visit a local pig farm
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Madrid

Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our itinerary with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud! Accommodation: (D)

H Madrid Alonso Martínez (or similar)

Day 2Madrid – Toledo

After breakfast we’ll take in all the highlights of this captivating capital on an orientation tour. Then we’ll 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 a grip on the area’s unique cultural heritage before we retire to our hotel for the night. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar)

Day 3Toledo – Valdepeñas – Córdoba

Today our journey will continue south across the vast plains of La Mancha towards Valdepeñas – where we’ll pause to visit a local bodega for a wine tasting session and tapas lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba – our home for the next two nights. (B,L)

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Day 4Córdoba

Prepare to step back in time to the days of Islamic Iberia – a locally guided tour of Córdoba’s Old Town awaits! After visiting the spectacular Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore the city at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply sit back and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture – this afternoon is all about you. (B)

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Day 5Córdoba – Úbeda – Granada

Our next stop will be Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town filled with spectacular Renaissance palaces. There will be just enough time to pause and taste some authentic Spanish olive oil before we move on to enchanting Granada. (B)

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

Day 6Granada

An energetic university city with an ancient past – Granada is yours to explore at leisure today. No visit here would be complete without wandering the lavish interiors of ancient Alhambra. Purchase your tickets well in advance to secure the opportunity to explore the intricately carved archways and vibrant gardens of this breathtaking Moorish palace.(B)

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)

Day 7Granada – Ronda

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 an orientation tour. Tonight, we’ll come together for dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (or similar)

Day 8Ronda – Grazalema – Arcos – Jerez – Seville

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. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Inglaterra (or similar)

Day 9Seville

We’ve a full day to spend getting acquainted with the charismatic city of Seville. First, a locally guided walking tour and a visit to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar of Seville. Then, the day it yours to spend at your leisure. 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 sample some Andalucían specialities at one of the city’s abundant bars. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Inglaterra (or similar)

Day 10Seville – 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. 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. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)

Day 11Sierra 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. Tonight, we’ll raise a toast to our Iberian adventure over a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)

Day 12Estremoz – Évora – Lisbon

Onwards to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region. This afternoon will see our tour come to a close in postcard-perfect Lisbon. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: September 7, 15 $6,009 $7,689
2021: September 26, 29 $5,619 $7,189
2021: October 6, 17 $5,539 $7,089
2022: March 12, 26 $5,539 $7,099
2022: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $5,619 $7,199
2022: May 7 $5,869 $7,519
2022: May 14, 21, 28 $6.039 $7,729
2022: June 4, 11, 18, 25 $5,869 $7,519
2022: July 2, 16 $6,039 $7,729
2022: August 6 $6,039 $7,729
2022: August 27 $5,869 $7,519
2022: September 3 $5,869 $7,519
2022: September 10 $6,009 $7,699
2022: September 17, 24 $5,619 $7,199
2022: October 1, 15 $5,539 $7,099
2022: November 5 $5,539 $7,099

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

 

We recommend combining with: Highlights of Northern Spain before and/or Discover Portugal after

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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