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Iberian Inspiration 2020 (in Apr - Dec 2020)

Price: R 46,149.00

10 nights, Madrid to Lisbon.

Visiting 2 Countries: Spain & Portugal.

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.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Ubeda, Estremoz and Ronda from charming old town hotels.
  • Taste the delicious and famous Jamón Ibérico in Sierra de Aracena.
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Specific departures between Prices per person sharing from:
  • 12 - 18 April 2020
  • 06 October - 12 December 2020
R 46,149.00 pps
  • 02 - 11 May 2020
  • 05 June – 20 September 2020
R 50,429.00 pps
  • 15 - 28 May 2020
R 51,949.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Madrid - Toledo

After meeting in Madrid, we’ll begin our journey to Toledo, where centuries of history come alive. After a city tour, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel’s restaurant, which specialises in suckling pig and lamb.

Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Toledo - Valedepenas - Cordoba

Our road continues south across the vast plains of La Mancha. We’ll pause in Valdepeñas to visit a local bodega for wine and tapas before continuing on to Córdoba – our home for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - Cordoba

After a city tour of Córdoba’s Old Town with an included entrance to the Mezquita (a UNESCO-protected mosque), you’ll be free to explore at your own pace. Seek out hidden squares and local cafés, pamper yourself at a traditional hammam or simply marvel at the city’s eye-catching architecture.

Accommodation: Las Casas de la Judería (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Cordoba - Ubeda - Granada

After pausing to taste Spanish olive oil in a peaceful olive grove, we’ll check out the town of Úbeda, which is full of spectacular Renaissance palaces. Then it’s onward to our hotel in Granada.

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Granada

Intricately carved archways. Lavish interiors featuring colourful tiles. Vibrant gardens. Today we’ll pay a visit to the Alhambra, a breathtaking Moorish palace perched on a hilltop outside Granada. This afternoon will find us back in the city centre, where you’ll be free to discover the city.

Accommodation: Villa Oniria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Granada - Ronda

From Granada, our path turns east to Ronda, a historic town with breathtaking views. Tonight, we’ll join together for a group dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos -  Jerez - Seville

Today, we’ll drive to Jerez to visit a local winery with a private gallery before enjoying a tapas lunch and wine tasting. Later, we’ll move on to Seville, where we’ll enjoy a traditional flamenco show.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8 - Seville

After breakfast, it’s time to explore Seville at your own leisure. You could search out Roman ruins, Moorish mosaics and classical squares, or you could hop from bar to bar while sampling Andalucían specialities.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romana (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Seville - Sierra de Aracena

It’s back to nature today as we make tracks to the Sierra de Aracena, a mountain range peppered with castles, quaint villages and pastures. With a variety of well-maintained trails, the area certainly deserves its status as a fantastic place for a ramble.

Accommodation: Hotel Convento Aracena (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Sierra de Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz

Our first stop of the day is Monsaraz, a charming Portuguese hilltop village with sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam. We’ll take some time to stroll its narrow streets before moving on to Estremoz to end the day.

Accommodation: Pousada Castelo Estremoz (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Estremoz - Evora - Lisbon

Today we’ll continue to Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region. After taking a look around the marvellous cathedral, the Templo Romano and the town square, we’ll press on to Lisbon, where we’ll say farewell.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Specific departures between 12 April - 12 December 2020
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BEHIBML-9
Inclusions • 9 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
• 10 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers other than mentioned above.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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