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Spain & Portugal: A Wine & Culinary Journey
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Spain & Portugal: A Wine & Culinary Journey

11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey

Madrid, La Rioja, Leon, Porto, Lisbon & Seville

On this fascinating expedition, experience the duende (spirit) of Spain and Portugal. Begin in the grand city of Madrid, immerse yourself in the wine culture of La Rioja and marvel at the iconic cathedral in Burgos. Cross the border into Portugal where you'll walk in the footsteps of explorers of a long-gone era in the seafaring cities of Porto and Lisbon. Then return to southern Spain to discover Andalucia and the sultry city of Seville.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Madrid

    Upon arrival in Madrid, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel.

    Hotel Westin Palace - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Madrid

    Join a local historian to see the highlights of Madrid, including the elegant Plazas de Oriente and Espana, Calle Mayor, Retiro Park and the bullring. Then, explore the Prado Museum, which boasts a fantastic collection of Spanish painting from the 11th-18th centuries.

    Hotel Westin Palace (B)
  • Day 3
    To La Rioja

    La Rioja is also Spain's most famous wine-producing area. Explore Logrono, the capital of the region, and its well-preserved old center, before visiting a local winery for a tasting. Later, check in to your hotel and dine in style at the hotel restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef, Francis Paniego.

    Hotel Marques de Riscal - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 4
    La Rioja

    Discover Europe's largest wine museum, before visiting the Marques de Riscal winery, which has the area's oldest wine cellar.

    Hotel Marques de Riscal (B)
  • Day 5
    To Leon

    Drive west today and en route visit Burgos in Burgos, an important stop on the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago and home to a majestic cathedral, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Leon and check in to your hotel.

    Parador Hostal San Marcos - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 6
    To Porto

    Spend some time in Leon this morning before heading toward the Portuguese border and the city of Porto. Situated on the banks of the Douro River, the country's second-largest city looks like a colourful tumbledown dream with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant Baroque churches and stately Beaux Arts buildings piled on top of one another.

    InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 7
    Porto

    Experience the vibrant Bolhao Market, explore the majestic cathedral, and wander around the atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, stroll along the banks of the Douro River, which provides excellent conditions for growing the grapes used in Porto's famous port wine, which you can sample from the Caves Crofts cellars.

    InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas (B)
  • Day 8
    To Lisbon

    En route to Lisbon, stop to see the religious site of Fatima. Upon arrival in Portugal's capital, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tower of Belem, explore the narrow streets of the charming Alfama district, and see the Castelo de Sao Jorge.

    Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 9
    To Seville

    Traverse southern Portugal on your way back into Spain. Reach Seville in the afternoon, just in time to participate in a tapas walk through the historic center, sampling small dishes like ardines, dates with Serrano ham or Tortilla Espanola in various local bars.

    Alfonso XIII - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 10
    Seville

    Join your local Cox & Kings historian for a private sightseeing visit, including the grand cathedral (the third largest church in the world), the royal fortresses, the Archive of the Indies and the 13th-century Torre del Oro, which was part of the ancient city walls.

    Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to browse the markets or take a cruise on the slow, stately Guadalquivir River.

    Alfonso XIII (B)
  • Day 11
    Depart Seville

    After breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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