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Spain and Portugal Iberian Explorer

Portugal, Spain - Trip code SPI Discovery
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Days 15
Low Deposit US$23
Price from US$3870
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Spain and Portugal on this two-week journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Mix modern metropolitan Madrid with Tarragona's ancient Roman amphitheatre, and Seville's winding narrow backstreets with Cordoba's eighth-century many-columned mosque. Slurp fresh oysters in Setubal, toast your trip with cava in the Penedes region, and sink your teeth into the beloved custard tarts of Lisbon's Belem district.

  • Barcelona - Explore the maze of alleys and delightful squares in this iconic city
  • Granada - Visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace
  • Porto - Stroll the colourful cobbled streets to picturesque Cais da Ribeira
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 14

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Taxi

    Train

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    Accommodation

    13 nights comfortable hotel

    1 nights premium hotel

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Barcelona

Our trip begins in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, which is is full of energy and the perfectplace to start our journey. Founded by the Romans in 20 A.D, this enchanting city is a heady mix of iconic architecture, delicious gastronomy and cultural heritage.

The tour leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and, slightly later, our first group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least one hour to clear the airport. From the airport to the hotel is around a 30 minute drive, so therefore the latest your flight can arrive is 4.30pm.

There are no included excursions today and if you miss the welcome meeting, your tour leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Discover the backstreets of Barcelona

This morning our tour leader will take us on an orientation tour of Barcelona. Walking through the old town we will explore the "backstreets" on foot. We begin heading into the Gothic Quarter. This maze of alleys, streets and small squares is the heart of the old town. Here we will see Barcelona Cathedral, an impressive example of 14th century Catalan Gothic architecture. Continuing on foot we enter El Born, a trendy district of narrow medieval streets, home to some of the oldest buildings in the city and the Picasso museum.

Heading towards the coast we wander through the tightly packed Barceloneta neighbourhood hemmed in by the harbour on one side and beach on the other. From here we take the cable car from Torre Sant Sebastia, at the foot of Barceloneta, across Port Vell to the Torre Miramar in Montjuic. Walking around this hilltop park there are fantastic panoramic views over the city and there is the opportunity to visit the castle and Olympic Park, built for the 1992 summer Olympics.

The afternoon is left free to soak up the atmosphere from a café in one of the squares or wander down the myriad of winding alleys, there is always something hidden to discover. There is the option to take a 10km guided bike tour or visit the Sagrada Familia (advisable to pre-book tickets online).

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Cava wine tasting. Stay in the ancient Roman city of Tarragona

Leaving the city behind we drive south into the Penedes region to discover the cava production process. We will enjoy a tasting at either Freixenet or Codorniu wineries. Cava originates from the Italian 'cova', meaning cave. Wine production caves were used for the storing and ageing of wine, Catalan winemakers adopted the term to distinguish their produce from French champagne.

After sampling the sparkling wine we make a stop at Santes Creus Monastery to view the splendid 14th century gothic cloister before continuing to the coastal city of Tarragona. Tarragona is a port city with extensive Roman ruins, sandy beaches and home to the Concurs de Castells (human tower-building) festival.

This afternoon we explore the UNESCO World Heritage complex of Tarraco, the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberia peninsular, with its well-preserved Amphitheatre overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, built in the 2nd century. Tarragona was (together with Merida) one of the two Roman capitals on the Iberian Peninsula, a really important and wealthy place in those days.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Train to Madrid. Walking tour of the city ending at Mercado de San Miguel for dinner

This morning we board the fast AVE train to Madrid, arriving in the early afternoon (departing around 10:30, taking just two hours 45 minutes). After checking into our hotel, we head out for an orientation walk of Spain's busy capital city, led by our tour leader. Located on the tiny Manzanares River, Madrid has its share of historic sights, great architecture, nightlife, fine dining, culture and shopping.

We begin walking to Plaza Espana, the heart of the city featuring a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, continuing to the striking Templo Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt block by block here. We walk through Madrid's most historic neighbourhood, Barrio de los Austrias, making a stop for coffee near the impressive Palacio Real.

Our next stop is the Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid's gourmet market bursting with stalls, a great place to sample some regional specialities. After an early dinner at the market, we head Plaza Mayor, a large square framed by slate roofed red-brick buildings dating back to 1619. This day finishes with one of the best views over Madrid from the terrace at the Circulo de Bellas Artes.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Discover Madrid's art neighbourhoods and parks on foot. Free afternoon

Today we explore more of this lively capital, heading to La Casa Encendida, home to a social and cultural centre of Madrid, an open plan exhibition space with panoramic city views from the rooftop terrace. Continuing on foot we walk through lively Lavapies neighbourhood with colourful murals and art insulations adorning the walls then on to find out about the art of churro making. These fried dough sticks are deliciously crispy yet soft on the inside, they are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or coffee.

This mornings walking tour ends near the vast 19th century El Retiro Park and the afternoon is left free to relax in the beautiful park, visit the nearby Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums, the Botanical Gardens or wander the back streets in search of tucked away tapas bars.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Train to Granada, explore the Moorish Albaicin neighbourhood

We take an early morning train (departing around 7:35am, taking 3 hours 45 minutes) to the famous Andalucian city of Granada. The Arabic name Al Andalus was given to the part of Spain under Islamic control for some 800 years.

After checking into our hotel we will spend some time exploring the city on foot with our tour leader. Discovering the main highlights including the Albaicin, the old Moorish quarter, giving the city its characteristic look of white walls and narrow streets. From the viewpoint are spectacular views across to the Alhambra and Generalife with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. When dusk falls, we suggest a stroll around the old Moorish Quarter to see its illuminated patios.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Alhambra Palace guided visit and Generalife gardens

This morning we have included a guided visit to the remarkable Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens. In 1239 Muhammad al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty and Sultan of Granada, began work on this, one of the finest remaining examples of Moorish architecture. The fabulous decoration in stucco, both inside and outside the buildings, reveals the purest expression of a sophisticated civilisation just before its decline.

The Generalife - the summer residence of the Caliphs and surrounding gardens - are considered among the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the world.

Tickets to visit the Alhambra are limited, as such we'll keep our time in Granada flexible and organise sightseeing around our Alhambra visit. If you booked the tour late and on request within about 30 days prior to travel we cannot guarantee you an entrance ticket with the same time slot, therefore it may be that your visit to the Alhambra is unguided, though you can choose to get an audioguide if interested.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Train to Cordoba, visit the Mezquita Mosque. Continue by bus to Seville via the white village of Carmona

Today we take the train to Cordoba. Standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Cordoba was one of the most sophisticated Moorish cities and is, for many, the most beautiful city in Spain. The Moors established themselves in Cordoba as early as 719 AD, and before that the Romans had left their own mark here as evidenced by the large Roman bridge still in use. Cordoba has a wealth of treasures locked away in its back streets with secluded patios tucked behind delicate iron grills. The medieval synagogues in Cordoba and Toledo are the only two which remain in Spain today and the Cordoba synagogue dates back to the 14th century.

Upon arrival we visit the renowned Mosque (Mezquita), an extraordinary and unique building where history has superimposed two faiths and erected two oratories on the one site (local guide optional). The early massive Islamic structure dates back to the 8th century, its roof supported by a forest of 850 coloured columns. Its jewel is the gleaming and superbly decorated Mihrab, which has survived in its original state. After reconquista the Catholic king was so impressed, instead of ordering its destruction he ordered a church to be built inside instead.

Continuing our journey by bus we make a stop at the pretty white-washed town of Carmona. We will take a short orientation walk, admiring the Moorish buildings and the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro, where it's possible to go up the tower for views over the town. Drive onto Seville to arrive in the late afternoon. The capital of Andalucia is one of Spain's finest and most beautiful cities, built on the wealth of New World trade and plunder. This evening we take a stroll across the Guadalquivir River to Triana, the centre of Seville's ceramic production and home to some of the best tapas bars, our tour leader will guide us to small eateries for delicious dinner options.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Discover Seville on foot. Free afternoon

We'll spend the morning walking through the city, exploring the former Jewish Quarter, and following winding narrow backstreets leading to Mudejar palaces (a blend of Christian and Moorish styles) and baroque churches.

The afternoon is left free to explore Seville at your own pace. You might like to visit the stunning Alcázar Palace and the city's Gothic Cathedral, one of the largest in the world. Its bell tower was once the minaret of the Almohad great mosque, so impressive that the Christians incorporated it into their building. Other attractions include the General Archive of the Indias, Plaza de San Francisco, Casa Pilatos or Maria Luisa park. In the evening we suggest you take in some traditional flamenco music and dancing (optional).

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Jamon tasting. Cross into Portugal, stay in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Evora

Today we say goodbye to Spain and drive north into Portugal. Before reaching the border we make a stop at Aracena to see the hilltop castle, due to its prominent location the town has been controlled by many over the years from the Moors to the Castilians and the Knights Templar. Whilst here there is the opportunity to partake in Iberian ham tasting, learning about the process behind this Spanish delicacy.

We break the journey at Monsaraz, a medieval walled village situated above the great Alqueva lake, formed by an artificial dam on the Guadiana River. Arriving into Evora, the capital of Portugal's Alentejo region in the early afternoon. Being a designated UNESCO world heritage site, Evora has a rich history and several interesting monuments, including the Roman Temple, said to be the best preserved on the Iberian peninsular and the 16th century aqueduct, under which houses have been built since.

Tonight's boutique hotel is located just outside the old city walls with a rooftop terrace overlooking historic Evora, its's a 10-minute walk to the centre.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Drive to Lisbon. Oyster tasting at Setubal market

Before leaving Evora this morning we visit the fascinating but eerie Capela dos Ossos "bone chapel". Heading towards the coast we stop at Setúbal, situated on the estuary of the River Sado and an important centre for Portugal's fishing industry. Will have the opportunity to savour fresh oysters at the indoor Mercado do Livramento.

Driving into Lisbon we stop in Belem to pay a visit to a traditional pastelaria and enjoy a delicious Pasteis de Belem - Portuguese custard tart. The city became the capital of Portugal after its conquest from the Moors in 1147. As Portugal built a global empire from the 15th century onwards, Lisbon became the hub of international trade and the heart of this maritime Golden Age of discovery, reflected in the monumental architecture. A devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami almost totally destroyed the capital in 1755 and therefore Lisbon appears as a carefully planned 18th century city.

In the evening there is the option to see a live performance of traditional 'Fado' music for those interested. Stemming from the word 'fate', the music of Fado can be deeply personal in its expression. Said to have been born from the songs of African slaves, the sentiments behind this soulful music are deeply linked to the heritage and hearts of the people, and as such is quintessentially Portuguese. Enjoying this performance after dinner we come a little closer to feeling a sense of 'saudade', a sentiment of nostalgia which, it is said, only the Portuguese truly understand.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Explore Lisbon's Bairros on foot. Optional afternoon Sintra visit

Our morning walking tour takes us through some of the different bairros (neighbourhoods) of Lisbon as an introduction to this great city. Built on seven hills, you can see the typical trams negotiate the undulations of Lisbon's cobbled streets, and the varied and interesting buildings and painted Portuguese tiles throughout the city never fail to impress. We walk up Alfama Hill and enjoy the views across the River Tagus from the Miradouro de Graca viewpoint before continuing our walk, passing under the Arco da Ragusta to the Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market). Jumping on a local ferry we head across the River Tagus to Cacilhas. With a working port feel Cacilhas has many restaurants serving a fish or seafood lunch, and offers excellent views back across to Lisbon proper.

The afternoon has been left free for further exploration of Lisbon. If you want to head out of the city, you may choose to take a metro to Lisbon's Rossio Station for the short train ride to the hills and palaces of Sintra - inspiration to poets, artists and travellers alike. Originally started as a summer escape from the heat of Lisbon, royalty built palaces and gardens in the lush hills of Sintra and the aristocracy followed. Highlights include King Ferdinand II's Pena Palace or the Quinta Regaleira with its ornate Gothic facade and enchanting gardens.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Follow the coastline to Porto, visiting Obidos, Nazare and Aveiro

Today we head north along the Atlantic coast to Porto, making several stops along the way.

Obidos is considered to be one of the most picturesque and well preserved medieval towns in Portugal. The town prospered after becoming part of the royal estate from the 13th century and within the walls you can visit the castle and lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and little squares with fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town's golden days. In the course of the morning we will try Ginjinha, a local liqueur made from sour cherries, which is an acquired taste.

Heading to the coast, the seaside town of Nazare has become famous among surfers for its monster waves, some of the biggest in Europe. Created by a trench close to shore, that can reach over 20 metres in height in the winter months when conditions are right. There will be time to have lunch here and walk to the Fort of Sao Miguel Arcanjo to watch the waves roll in.

Our finals stop today is Aveiro, a charming town known as the Venice of Portugal. We take a short walk along the canals, admiring the Art Nouveau architecture and colourful Moliceiros boats. Finally we reach Porto in the late afternoon. Portugal's second largest city after Lisbon, offers visitors a range of architectural and cultural attractions. This evening you might like to visit the nearby city of Matosinhos where you can sample a barbequed fish dinner on the seafront.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - Porto walking tour and port tasting. Free afternoon

This morning our tour leader will take us on a walking tour of colourful Porto. We'll stroll down the cobbled streets to Cais da Ribeira - undoubtedly the most picturesque spot. This characterful quayside is dominated by the tall outline of the two tiered Dom Luis I Bridge, built in 1886 by an assistant of Gustave Eiffel. Here, ancient houses with laundry-draped balconies stand high above the waterfront looking out over the river, where several old boats lie moored at the water's edge. Despite the decline in the use of this harbour, with its fish market and restaurants, it continues to have character and bustle reminiscent of its lively past. Following our tour we include a visit to a port lodge. The history and processes involved in making these white, ruby and tawny delicacies are most interesting, and we'll get to enjoy a port tasting.

This afternoon is free for you to further discover Porto. There are a number of fascinating buildings to visit whilst walking in the heart of the city. You may choose to climb the tower of the 18th century Baroque Igreja dos Clerigos, which affords superb views across the city. You may consider venturing further afield and taking the train or a local bus the short distance to the attractive towns of Guimaraes or Braga. Porto offers a good selection of restaurants to celebrate the end of our journey this evening.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 15 - Trip ends in Porto

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Porto.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Porto at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Porto Airport (OPO), which is about 30 minutes' drive.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

Portugal

Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a trip to Portugal - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The northern high plains has both extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. The islands have very different weather patterns due to their positioning and can have sudden rain falls throughout the year so waterproofs are recommended even in the summer.

Time difference to GMT

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Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Portuguese

Spain

Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

Time difference to GMT

+8 (PCT)

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Barcelona - Bike tour €30
Barcelona -Sagrada Familia €26 including audioguide (https:/agradafamilia.org/en/tickets-individuals)

Madrid - Toledo €30 on metro + train

Seville - Flamenco show €20

Carmona - Alcazar €3

Lisbon - Fado concert €10-20 (depending on venue, combined with dinner or not)

Sintra - Return train €10
Sintra - Pena Palace entrance €14.50 or gardens only €7.50.
Sintra - Quinta Regaleira entrance €7.50.

Porto - Dinner in Matasinhos approximately €20.00 plus transport by metro approximately €1.20 per way

Clothing

Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature.

July and August are the hottest months, but early and late in the season go prepared with clothing to suit drops in temperature and rain showers. Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights.

Footwear

Comfortable trainers or lightweight walking shoes for travelling and walking around the cities, plus sandals for relaxing.

Luggage

20Kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and daypack. As you'll be taking care of your own luggage, including stowing it on the trains, don't overload yourself. We advise you pack light as porters can't always be guaranteed at train station or hotels and you will need to lift your luggage up to storage racks on the train. Luggage with wheels or a rucksack is most suitable for train travel.

Equipment

Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are advised. A power bank may be useful if you'd like to use or charge your phone whilst travelling.

We advise you bring a water bottle for day to day use. We have a partnership with Water-to-Go, who have developed a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants. This allows you to drink from any tap, including on trains, or even streams and lakes. You can purchase your own Explore branded bottle with the discount code EXPLORE15.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
Local crew
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £20 of local currency for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

Portugal

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£18
Beer price
£2.00 - 3.00 depending on your location, well touristed areas are usually slightly more expensive.
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Cash-point machines are available in all major towns. Bankcards with the Cirrus logo are accepted.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques can be exchanged in all major towns but are not recommended due to the high rate of commission.

Spain

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£8.00 - 12.00
Dinner price
£16.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 3.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euros
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation notes

Throughout this trip we use a range of comfortable accommodation, well located for for exploration of these diverse cities.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Portugal: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.

Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Portugal

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Spain

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before traveling.

Additional Information

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Sat 8 Apr 2023 - Sat 22 Apr 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sat 13 May 2023 - Sat 27 May 2023
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Sat 24 Jun 2023 - Sat 8 Jul 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sat 9 Sep 2023 - Sat 23 Sep 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sat 30 Sep 2023 - Sat 14 Oct 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sat 21 Oct 2023 - Sat 4 Nov 2023 Guaranteed departure
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  • ATOL protected
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