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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia 2017


14 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Explore northern and southern Spain as well as Portugal on one comprehensive itinerary that reveals the multitude of influences that have shaped the history, culture and incredible cuisine of the region.

A&K Advantages

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

Stay at the dazzling Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Madrid's Prado Museum

Taste a variety of culinary treats on a tapas tour in Madrid

Roam the medieval streets of Córdoba's Jewish Quarter and view the stunning interior of the city's Grand Mosque

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Lisbon, Portugal
DAY 2:
Lisbon | Private Tile-Painting Workshop
DAY 3:
Évora | Walled Medieval City
DAY 4:
Mérida, Spain/Seville | Ancient Mérida
DAY 5:
Seville | Gothic Cathedral & Jewish Quarter
DAY 6:
Ronda/Granada | Working Farm Visit
DAY 7:
Granada | The Moorish Architecture of Alhambra
DAY 8:
Córdoba/Madrid | Jewish Quarter & the Mezquita
DAY 9:
Madrid | Artworks of the Masters
DAY 10:
Toledo | Damascene Workshop Visit
DAY 11:
Elciego | Enchanting Food & Wine Experience
DAY 12:
Bilbao/Barcelona | Guggenheim Museum Tour
DAY 13:
Barcelona | Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece
DAY 14:
Depart Barcelona

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Porto 4 Days from $2,695 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Homage to Catalonia 3 Days from $1,995 Learn More
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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
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:
Lisbon | Private Tile-Painting Workshop

Embark on a panoramic city tour of Lisbon. Tour the National Tile Museum — housed in the 16th-century Convent of Madre de Deus, and displaying a wide array of the beautifully detailed painted tiles for which Lisbon is renowned. Take part in an interactive private tile-painting workshop and take home your creation. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.

Olissippo Lapa Palace
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:
Évora | Walled Medieval City

Visit the National Coach Museum to see its collection of ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 17th to the 19th century. Then, journey to Évora, a beautifully preserved medieval city, stopping for a wine tasting en route. On arrival, visit the historic town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view a pillared Roman Temple dating to the first century, the Gothic 13th-century Sé Cathedral with its Romanesque architectural influences and the striking city walls.

Convento do Espinheiro
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:
Mérida, Spain/Seville | Ancient Mérida

Today, drive eastward into Spain, stopping in Mérida to view its Roman amphitheater, inaugurated in 8 BC to host theatrical performances and gladiatorial combat, as well as 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
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5:
Seville | Gothic Cathedral & Jewish Quarter

Enjoy a city tour of Seville, including a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Proceed to the city’s 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
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6:
Ronda/Granada | Working Farm Visit

After breakfast, travel to Ronda for a walking tour of the Plaza de Toros, and then continue to nearby Reservatauro Ronda, a working farm where horses as well as some of Spain’s finest fighting bulls are raised. Enjoy lunch on site before departing for Granada. On arrival, check in to your hotel. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7:
Granada | The Moorish Architecture of Alhambra

Today, set out on a city tour that includes a visit to Alhambra, a vast palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site that exemplifies Moorish architecture. Next, visit the Jewish Quarter, also known as the Realejo, a neighborhood of grand houses and walled gardens situated at the foot of the hill on which Alhambra stands. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8:
Córdoba/Madrid | Jewish Quarter & the Mezquita

Travel to Córdoba, arriving in time to visit this city’s historic Jewish neighborhood 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 lunch at a local restaurant before boarding a high-speed AVE train to Madrid. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Dine this evening at a local restaurant.

The Principal Madrid Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
Madrid | Artworks of the Masters

Set out on a city tour this morning that includes the Royal Palace, with its rich decor comprised of marble, stucco and mahogany. Break for lunch at a local restaurant, and then enjoy a private tour of the Prado Museum to view incomparable works by Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known as El Greco, as well as paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and Bosch. Cap off your day of exploring with a Scenic Sundowner and a fun tapas tour for dinner.

The Principal Madrid Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10:
Toledo | Damascene Workshop Visit

Travel south to Toledo, notable as a place in medieval Europe where Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities coexisted in harmony. Embark on a city tour that includes visits to the El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum as well as a medieval mosque (La Mezquita del Christo de la Luz). After lunch on your own, stop at a Damascene workshop where masterful craftsmen create objects made of black steel etched with gold, silver and copper threads, for an engaging Artisan Visit. Return to Madrid for an evening at leisure, possibly to explore the city’s many culinary attractions.

The Principal Madrid Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11:
Elciego | Enchanting Food & Wine Experience

Today, journey to Elciego, stopping en route for a tour, followed by a gourmet lunch with wine pairings, at the Museum of Wine Culture in La Rioja. Then, proceed to Elciego and check in to the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Settle into your luxurious accommodations, relax and admire the hotel’s amazing design, created by master architect Frank Gehry. Gaze out to the lush, 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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 12:
Bilbao/Barcelona | 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.

El Palace
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 today. 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 colorful, vibrant city on your own. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant for a festive farewell dinner.

El Palace
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 14:
Depart Barcelona

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart or begin your post-tour extension.

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Porto

Pre-Tour Extension: Porto

4 Days from $2,695

DAY 1:

Arrive in Porto, Portugal, and transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner.

The Yeatman
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Explore the Cais da Ribeira, and view the Stock Exchange and Saint Francisco Church. Cruise the Douro River in a traditional Rabelo boat.

The Yeatman
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:

Enjoy a full-day winery tour of the Douro region, with lunch at Casa das Torres de Oliveira, and a tutored tasting at Crofts before dinner.

The Yeatman
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:

Drive to Sangalhos, tour the Allianca Museum, proceed to Coimbra, visit university buildings, end in Lisbon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Post-Tour Extension: Homage to Catalonia

Post-Tour Extension: Homage to Catalonia

3 Days from $1,995

DAY 1:

Arrive in Figueres, Spain, and tour the Salvador Dalí Museum. Continue to Girona, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, explore the Jewish Quarter and visit the Arab baths. Return to Barcelona.

El Palace
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 2:

Explore another side of Barcelona, including the Cathedral. Walk to the Picasso Museum and tour it, viewing works that span the dynamic artist’s long career. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

El Palace
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3:

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $155

(Bilbao/Barcelona)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 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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