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Iberian Inspiration 2025

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.

Tour details
Tour Provider Back-Roads Touring Co
Price From
$6,439
Number of Days
12
Start Location
Madrid, Spain
End Location
Lisbon, Portugal
Age Range
Avg. 60+
Group Size
4 to 18
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy
Itinerary Open all
Madrid (Spain)

Our tour will begin in vibrant Madrid, where we’ll meet the group and kick off our adventure with a delicious welcome dinner. Salud!
Accommodation: Hotel Quatro Puerta Del Sol (or similar)

Madrid – Toledo

After breakfast, 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. Accommodation: Hotel Carlos V (or similar)

Toledo – 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 lunch. Appetites satisfied, we’ll move on to beautiful Córdoba – our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba (or similar)

Córdoba

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. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba (or similar)

Córdoba – 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. Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar)

Granada

An energetic university city with an ancient past – Granada is truly magnificent. No visit would be complete without stepping foot in the ancient walled Alhambra fortress. One of the world’s best examples of Islamic architecture, we’ll enjoy a guided tour around a few sections of this intricately decorated complex. Then, the rest of the day is yours to explore Granada at your leisure.
Accommodation: Sercotel Palacio de los Gamboa (or similar)

Granada – 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. Accommodation: Hotel Maestranza (or similar)

Ronda – Grazalema, Arcos and 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. Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Seville

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 is 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... Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)

Seville – 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. Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)

Sierra De Aracena – Monsaraz (Portugal) – 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. Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz (or similar)

Estremoz – 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.

Inclusions
  • - 11 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels
  • Sample 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
  • Breakfasts: 11
  • Lunches: 2
  • Dinners: 3
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
18 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 15 $6,439
25 Mar 2025 05 Apr 2025 12 $6,439
05 Apr 2025 16 Apr 2025 16 $6,519
12 Apr 2025 23 Apr 2025 16 $6,519
19 Apr 2025 30 Apr 2025 4 $6,519
22 Apr 2025 03 May 2025 18 $6,519
26 Apr 2025 07 May 2025 10 $6,519
29 Apr 2025 10 May 2025 13 $6,519
03 May 2025 14 May 2025 10 $7,079
06 May 2025 17 May 2025 18 $7,289
10 May 2025 21 May 2025 11 $7,289
13 May 2025 24 May 2025 16 $7,399
17 May 2025 28 May 2025 16 $7,399
20 May 2025 31 May 2025 18 $7,399
24 May 2025 04 Jun 2025 17 $7,619
27 May 2025 07 Jun 2025 14 $7,399
31 May 2025 11 Jun 2025 18 $7,399
03 Jun 2025 14 Jun 2025 14 $7,229
07 Jun 2025 18 Jun 2025 16 $7,229
14 Jun 2025 25 Jun 2025 18 $7,229
21 Jun 2025 02 Jul 2025 18 $7,229
28 Jun 2025 09 Jul 2025 17 $7,229
05 Jul 2025 16 Jul 2025 18 $7,079
12 Jul 2025 23 Jul 2025 14 $7,079
19 Jul 2025 30 Jul 2025 18 $7,079
02 Aug 2025 13 Aug 2025 18 $7,229
23 Aug 2025 03 Sep 2025 13 $7,229
30 Aug 2025 10 Sep 2025 16 $7,229
02 Sep 2025 13 Sep 2025 18 $7,229
06 Sep 2025 17 Sep 2025 18 $7,399
09 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 7 $7,399
13 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 16 $7,399
16 Sep 2025 27 Sep 2025 18 $7,619
20 Sep 2025 01 Oct 2025 14 $7,079
23 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 15 $7,079
27 Sep 2025 08 Oct 2025 13 $7,079
30 Sep 2025 11 Oct 2025 18 $7,079
04 Oct 2025 15 Oct 2025 14 $6,519
07 Oct 2025 18 Oct 2025 18 $6,519
11 Oct 2025 22 Oct 2025 18 $6,519
14 Oct 2025 25 Oct 2025 15 $6,519
18 Oct 2025 29 Oct 2025 16 $6,519
25 Oct 2025 05 Nov 2025 16 $6,519
01 Nov 2025 12 Nov 2025 18 $6,439
08 Nov 2025 19 Nov 2025 18 $6,439