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10 Days in Spain & Portugal for History Lovers
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Jessica Peterman

Veradale, WA Travel Agent

Jessica Peterman

Veradale, WA Travel Agent
Jess Peterman | Key to the World Travel, an independent agent with Key to the World Travel LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
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COUNTRIES VISITED:On the River, Portugal, Spain
PLACES VISITED:Douro River, Evora, Lisbon, Madrid, Pinhao, Porto, Ronda
SUGGESTED DURATION:10 Days
A 10-day adventure exploring the rich cultures and delicious cuisines of Portugal and Spain. Picture yourself indulging in the charm of Olissippo Lapa Palace in Lisbon, discovering historic landmarks, and treating yourself to delightful local cuisine. Dive into creative tile workshops, savor coastal feasts & venture to Évora for a day filled with charming landmarks & traditional Alentejo cuisine. Transition to Spain for a road trip to Ronda, exploring ancient Roman ruins & savoring Andalusian delights. Enjoy winery tours, a scenic train journey to Madrid, and dive into the city's history & local markets. Fly to Porto for breathtaking views at The Yeatman Hotel and relish modern Portuguese cuisine at DOP. Head to Douro Valley for a serene stay at Six Senses Douro Valley, exploring Pinhão's quaint village, wine tastings & a scenic river cruise along the Douro River and a delightful dinner. It's more than a stay; it's a personal journey of luxury, nature, and incredible flavors.
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DAY1
Lisbon
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Local History & Regional Cuisine in Lisbon
Start your journey in the lap of luxury at the Olissippo Lapa Palace, a place where classic elegance meets modern comfort seamlessly. Dive into the city's essence with a personalized tour, unveiling the beauty of Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and the historic Alfama district. As night falls, treat your taste buds to an elevated culinary experience at Belcanto, a Michelin-starred gem where Chef José Avillez artfully crafts dishes that capture the essence of Portugal's rich flavors.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Explore the historic Alfama district
City walking tour that includes Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower
DAY2
Lisbon
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Cultural Immersion in Lisbon
Continue your stay at the charming Olissippo Lapa Palace, surrounded by lush gardens and offering breathtaking panoramic views. Unleash your creativity at a tile workshop, where the art of traditional Portuguese tile-making comes to life with hands-on exploration. In the evening, enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Cervejaria Ramiro, a local institution celebrated for its fresh and flavorful dishes that capture the essence of Lisbon's coastal cuisine.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Hands - On Tour of a tile workshop making traditional Portuguese tiles.
DAY3
Evora
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Roman Exploration in Evora
Join a guided private day trip to soak in the charm of Évora. Let the stories unfold as you visit landmarks like the Roman Temple of Diana and the intriguing Chapel of Bones. Pause for a delightful lunch in town, savoring the rich flavors of traditional Alentejo cuisine at Fialho, a family-run gem with a history that reaches back to the 1940s. After a day filled with exploration, return to the welcoming embrace of Olissippo Lapa Palace.
HIGHLIGHTS:
See the sights at the Roman Temple of Diana
DAY4
Ronda
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Exploring the Charming History of Ronda
Embark on a road trip to Ronda with a private car transfer, making a pit stop to explore Merida. Get ready to discover ancient Roman ruins, as Merida boasts the most impressive ones in all of Spain. Upon reaching Ronda, settle into the charming Parador de Ronda hotel. Take a leisurely stroll to marvel at the iconic Puente Nuevo and explore the enchanting Old Town. As the day winds down, treat yourself to Andalusian delights at Restaurante Almocábar, where local flavors shine in a setting that captures the vibrant spirit of the region.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Explore Old Town
See the iconic Puente Nuevo
DAY5
Ronda
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Wine tasting in Ronda
Keep enjoying your time at the stunning Parador de Ronda, where you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the beautiful countryside. Today's plan? Join a guided tour of Ronda's wineries, wrapping up with a delightful wine tasting that gives you a taste of the region's rich winemaking heritage. And when the evening rolls around, savor the perfect blend of tradition and modern flair at Tragata, a restaurant that truly embodies the essence of Spanish cuisine in every delicious bite.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Tour of Ronda;s wineries and wine tasting
DAY6
Madrid
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Local sites and cuisine in Madrid
This morning, hop on a picturesque train journey to Madrid and make your way to the beautiful Hotel Ritz Madrid. It's a place that effortlessly combines classic charm with all the modern comforts you could wish for. Once you've settled in, take a stroll through the serene Retiro Park, an oasis in the heart of Madrid. For a delightful dinner, treat your taste buds at Casa Mono – a place renowned for its creative tapas and wide selection of wines. The cozy ambiance and contemporary take on classic Spanish tastes make it an ideal spot to savor the essence of Spain's renowned cuisine.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Stroll through Retiro Park
Enjoy tapas and local wine tasting at Casa Mono
DAY7
Madrid
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A day of History in Madrid
Continue your stay at the beautiful Hotel Ritz Madrid. Spend your day diving into Madrid's rich history – visit the Royal Palace and soak in the art at the Prado Museum. As the day unfolds, treat your taste buds to an immersive food tour, exploring local markets and relishing genuine Spanish flavors. Cap off your day with a visit to Sobrino de Botín, a legendary spot that's been serving up classic Spanish dishes in a setting steeped in history for centuries.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Explore the Prado Museum
Visit the Royal Palace
DAY8
Porto
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Discover the breathtaking views of Porto
Seamlessly transition to Porto, Portugal via airplane, ensuring a swift and comfortable journey. Check into the exquisite The Yeatman Hotel, known for its panoramic views of the city and the Douro River. After getting settled, take a leisurely stroll through the historic Ribeira district, with its colorful buildings and charming streets. Visit the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge and soak in the atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, delight in local flavors at DOP, a restaurant celebrated for its modern take on traditional Portuguese cuisine.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Visit the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge
Stroll through the historic Riberia district
DAY9
Pinhao
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Experience the breathtaking views in Douro Valley
Soak in the comfort of having your own private transfer as you set off on a truly unforgettable journey to the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley. When you get there, check into your hotel, Six Senses Douro Valley, where the modern comforts seamlessly blend with the awe-inspiring beauty of the region. Then take some time to wander through the quaint village of Pinhão, where the historic train station boasts those beautiful traditional azulejo tiles. Cap off your day on a delicious note by treating yourself to farm-to-table dishes at Quinta Nova's Conceitus Winery Restaurant. The serene beauty of the estate adds an enchanting touch to the perfect ending of your day in this picturesque valley.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Explore the village of Pinhao and the historic train station
Relax and the spa at the Six Senses Douro Valley
DAY10
Douro River
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Scenic river cruise & wine tasting in Douro Valley
Continue your stay at Six Senses Douro Valley. Take a leisurely cruise along the Douro River, letting the stunning views of vineyards and landscapes work their magic at a relaxed pace. As the evening sets in, dive into a wine tasting event at the hotel, treating your taste buds to the very best wines the Douro Valley has to offer. Wrap up your day with a delightful dinner at the hotel's restaurant, where the farm-to-table delights perfectly capture the authentic flavors of the region. It's more than just a stay; it's an immersive journey blending luxury, nature, and the delicious culinary essence of the Douro Valley.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Scenic river cruise on the Douro River
Explore local wines at a wine tasting
FINAL THOUGHTS
Enjoy this itinerary that's all about savoring the finest Spain & Portugal have to offer. From top-notch accommodations to delving into the local culture & creating unforgettable culinary memories, get ready for an incredible journey ahead.