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Start in Portugal – End Up Anywhere!

Start in Portugal – End Up Anywhere!

by Clare Christopher

The hardest part of planning a vacation in southern Europe is choosing exactly where to go – there are just way too many compelling destinations!

Here’s a way to make it easier: Start in Portugal!

Portugal is consistently rated as one of the safest, least expensive and most naturally diverse countries in Europe. And when you aim for the western intersection of Europe and Africa, your Portuguese holiday provides you the perfect jumping off point for wonderful adventures nearby. Just take your pick of destinations below and will get you there!



Madrid main plaza - Spain and Portugal tour packages

Got more time than budget? Consider our Budget Friendly Portugal & Spain. This two-week trip starts and ends in Madrid, looping clockwise through the most storied towns of the Iberian Peninsula – Granada, Seville, Lisbon and Porto – and many small villages as well. Comfortable accommodations and a relaxed pace define this journey.



Step back in time as you visit the towns that exemplify Spain’s fascinating roots. Our Andalucia Highlights tour leaves Lisbon for 8 nights of Roman, Moorish and medieval classics in Merida, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Madrid. Book the premium package and you’ll marvel at flamenco and Zambra dancers too!



Palau Nacional in Montjic, Barcelona - Spain

Want to see the all of the most famous Iberian cities? Journey with for eight nights from Barcelona to Lisbon. You will have ample time to see the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Alcazar in Seville and the Torre del Belem in Lisbon – and the epic photos to prove it!



There’s nothing like tasting paella in its hometown of Valencia, a Roman-era city perched on the Mediterranean Sea. The 12-night Portugal & Spain Highlights package delivers the perfect sampling of cuisine, history and culture from Iberia: from troglodyte cave dwellings in Guedix, to Colombus’ port of departure in Cadiz to the seafood of the Algarve, to the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, to the Royal Palace in Madrid.



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Catholic pilgrims rejoice! The 8-night Faith Tour allows worship at some of the world’s most important Marian Shrines, including Fatima’s Via Sacra, Alba de Tormes’ Carmelite Monastery, Avila’s Incarnation Convent, Loyola’s birthplace of the Jesuits, and Lourdes’ grotto – all accompanied by a Catholic priest in a luxury tourbus. A bit more time allows pilgrims to take a similar pilgrimage tour that includes a visit to Spain’s shrines to the Virgin Mary in Saragossa or adds three nights in the Vatican City in Rome!


The Costa del Sol!

Fans of Moorish influence in Spain, this tour is for you!’s 13-night South Iberian tour will not only show you Seville’s Alcazar, Granada’s Alhambra and Tangier, you’ll get a day to kick your toes in the sand of Spain’s legendary Costa del Sol before heading north to explore Lisbon, Madrid and beyond!



tn_Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Spend a full week in awe of this jewel of the Sahara as part of this once-in-a-lifetime, 17-day circuit of Portugal, Spain and Morocco. You’ll do much more than just ferry to the Barbary Coast: You’ll wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fez, gaze at the Atlas Mountains, traverse the desert of Lawrence of Arabia, eat figs in a Dades Valley oasis, dine at Rick’s Café in Casablanca and soak in unique North African culture – and that’s in addition to nights in Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Toledo and Madrid.



Lagoa do Fogo - S. Miguel - Azores


See why travelers call the Azorean archipelago the “Hawaii of Europe.” The mystique, maritime history and dramatic landscape of these volcanic islands 800 miles west of the Portuguese mainland have attracted visitors for centuries. delivers the best of the Azores in seven-, ten– and fourteen-day packages to tempt travelers of all budgets.



Still want more sun? How about six days on sunny Madeira? The “Pearl of the Atlantic” is famous with European holiday makers not only for its namesake wine, but for its lovely year-round climate and welcoming locals. You’ll chart your own course on this Portuguese protectorate that lies almost 600 miles east of Morocco, driving to fishing villages, rugged coastlines (a la the Ponta Lourenco shown atop this post), renaissance architecture and historic gardens.



Discover the Possibilities! leverages a combination of in-country expertise and extensive tourist feedback to create the tour packages that deliver the best of the Iberian Peninsula. Email [email protected] today to find out more about these tours or to create a custom itinerary!

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