Historical Grandeur of Portugal and Spain
11 days from £1,599 per person
They might be neighbours, but Spain and Portugal are culturally and geographically distinct. We’ve designed this tour to help you discover their diverse natural landscapes. One day you’ll journey through Portugal’s rolling green Alentejo hills, dotted with lollipop-like cork trees. Then, from the ancient walls at Avila, Spain, you’ll gaze across to distant snow-capped mountains beyond a vast plateau. In between, you’ll explore Lisbon and Salamanca, and stay in unique Portuguese pousadas and Spanish paradors (luxury hotels).
Your holiday includes:
5 excursions and visits
- City tour of Lisbon
- Full-day excursion of Serra da Estrela Mountains and National Park
- Walking tours of Salamanca and Segovia
- Visit to Ávila
- 10 nights in pousadas/paradors (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 10 dinners (1-10)
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Lisbon - Palmela
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon. On arrival we transfer to the Pousada do Castelo de Palmela (4-star), situated in a 17th century castle in Palmela, outside Lisbon.
Pousada do Castelo de Palmela (4-star)
We begin our discovery with a full-day tour of Europe’s second-oldest capital, Lisbon. Courtesy of some of the world’s greatest explorers, including Magellan, Lisbon became the capital of an empire that spread over many continents. The city’s memorials to this past age of discovery decorate the grand squares whilst traditional cobbled streets present thriving, chic boutiques in sun-bleached limestone buildings.
Spend today making your own explorations, or discover the gateway to the Alentejo with an optional excursion to Évora. A scenic and wild region of Portugal which is home to some of the finest vineyards in Europe, it is also known for its mass cork production. The tour will offer an insight into a city that has been in existence since before Roman times, with many features, such as the old city walls, still in place.
Palmela - Serra da Estrela
Today we travel by coach to the Serra da Estrela mountain range, known as ‘Mountain Range of the Stars’ and the highest in continental Portugal. On arrival, we check into our base for the next three nights, the recently-opened Pousada da Serra da Estrela (4-star). The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the fantastic panoramic views offered from the pousada’s great vantage point.
Pousada da Serra da Estrela (4-star)
Serra da Estrela
Take a day to relax at the luxurious pousada, or take an optional full-day excursion visiting the historical hilltop city of Viseu. Dating back to Celtic times, the rich influence from the Roman Empire is still apparent. It is also a city with deep roots in religion, with many fine, architecturally-beautiful churches, and the historic centre is a maze of cobbled streets and hidden gems. The return journey to the pousada will be through rows of nurtured vineyards. Stop at Santar, which boasts 120 hectares of vines, used in winemaking for centuries.
Serra da Estrela
We depart for a full-day excursion to discover some of the beautiful region of the Serra da Estrela Mountains and Natural Park. The largest protected area in Portugal is located on a high plateau marked by rocky outcrops, boulders and crags, and cut by rivers and streams. Enjoy superb views and see historical Portuguese villages, monuments and castles.
Serra da Estrela - Salamanca
Today we cross the border into Spain, travelling onwards to Salamanca and our home for the next two nights, the Parador de Salamanca (4-star). This city is well worth discovering, not least because its historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salamanca University was the first to be founded in Spain and is one of the oldest in Europe, attended by some of the greatest Spanish thinkers, artists and writers.
Parador de Salamanca (4-star)
This morning we have a walking tour of the old city centre, including the magnificent Plaza Mayor, one of the finest town squares in Spain, the Casa de las Conchas (House of the Shells), which has 400 scallop shells carved on its façade, and some of the charming old university buildings. We include a visit to Salamanca’s unusual cathedral, which is in two parts: the original 12th century late Romanesque style, Catedral Vieja, is now incorporated in the much larger 16th century Catedral Nueva. This afternoon is free for you to relax.
Salamanca - Ávila - Segovia
We travel on to Segovia, stopping at Ávila, capital of the province of the same name, and at 1,131 metres above sea level, the highest provincial capital in Spain. Ávila is one of the finest examples of a medieval walled city in Europe and was the birthplace of St Teresa of Ávila, a Carmelite nun who became one of the great mystics of the Catholic Church. Ávila’s Romanesque and early Gothic cathedral is one of the oldest in Spain. We arrive later at the Parador de Segovia (4-star) or Parador de la Granja (4-star), where we stay for two nights.
Parador de Segovia (4-star) or Parador de la Granja (4-star)
After breakfast we have a walking tour of Segovia, dominated by its two-tier Roman aqueduct, which still carries water today. The Gothic cathedral is well worth a visit, as is the magnificent Alcázar or castle, which has a fairytale silhouette of many towers and pinnacles. The afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure.
Day 11 Segovia - Madrid - UK
Today we travel to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationPlease note: This tour visits places with cobbled streets and uneven terrain, and may therefore not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
Fly From Your Local Airport
International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included.
Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.
*Subject to flight schedules and availability.