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Iberian Inspiration Back Roads: Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia to Lisbon

11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,781

Seen Barcelona and Madrid? This Spain vacation takes you into the country’s south, including imperial Toledo, Corboda, Seville, and beautiful Granada. Steeped in history, this historic region will fascinate you magnificent architecture, delicious food, and unique Moorish influences.

Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.

This 11-day trip from Madrid tp Lisbon takes you through Spain’s most historic regions.

Madrid is the cultural heart of Spain, so consider arriving a few days early to explore all the city has to offer. Then set out for Toledo, which served as Spain’s capital until the 16th century. Eclipsed by famous neighbours, Toledo is nonetheless a World Heritage listed city, noted for its astonishing cathedral and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. From here, head east into La Mancha, where the spirit of Don Quixote defines local lore, in between servings of magnificent wines and tapas.

BRTFew places on Earth bring together Roman, Islamic and Spanish culture and architecture, but Corboda is one such city. A walking tour transports you to Spain’s 8th century Islamic Al-Andalus period. You’ll also visit the old Heritage Listed town of Mezquita, and have the option of indulging in the luxury of an Arabic bathhouse.

Go on to Seville, where you can try your hand at making tapas and sangria. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at leisure, or rest before a spectacular evening flamenco show. There’s plenty to see in this city, where many of Spain’s most familiar images come to life. Explore the Jewish Quarter and see the Alcazar de Sevilla, Europe’s oldest royal palace still in use.

Head the Atlantic Coast, enjoying a tour through one of Jerez de la Frontera’s wineries en route. Then spend a night in the ancient town of Ronda, before exploring Granada, the historic stronghold of the Moorish empire in Spain. Today, it’s one of the country’s most beloved cities. You’ll visit the famed Alhambra palace, the crowning glory of the town’s Moorish influences. Roam its patios, rooms and gardens before exploring Granada at your own pace.

Your final day of sightseeing is spent exploring Ubeda and Baeza. These unassuming towns will surround you with glorious renaissance architecture, creating the perfect ambience for an olive oil tasting, before spending your last tour night in a beautiful 17th century mansion hotel.

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11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,781

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Day 1

Madrid - Toledo

After meeting in Madrid, you'll begin your journey to Toledo, where centuries of history come alive. After a city tour, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel's restaurant, which specializes in suckling pig and lamb.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Toledo - Valdepenas - Cordoba

The road continues south across the vast plains of La Mancha. You'll pause in Valdepeñas to visit a local bodega for wine and tapas before continuing on to Córdoba -- your home for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3


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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Cordoba - Ubeda - Granada

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5


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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Granada - Ronda

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Ronda - Grazalema - Arcos - Jerrez - Seville

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8


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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Seville - Sierra De Aracena

It's back to nature today as you 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Sierra De Aracena - Monsaraz - Estremoz

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Estremoz - Evora - Lisbon

Today you'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, you'll press on to Lisbon, where you will say farewell.

Other Information


2019: Mar 3, 17; Apr 4, 7, 11, 18, 21, 28; May 2, 5, 9, 11, 18, 23, 28; Jun 8, 9, 13, 16, 20,
22, 27; Jul 6, 25; Aug 21; Sep 1, 5, 7, 14, 19, 22, 26, 28; Oct 3, 10, 15


  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader
  • Driver and mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides in Toledo, Cordoba, Seville & Granada
  • European breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • 1 tapas lunch
  • Flamenco show in Seville
  • Wine & sherry tasting
  • Learn to make sangria & tapas in Seville
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Included Entrance Fees: Santa Maria la Blanca and San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo, Mezquita in Cordoba, Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville & the Alhambra in Granada.


  • International flights, items of a personal nature, travel insurance and gratuities.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and 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.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.


Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Trip Highlights:

  • Stay in charming hotels in the heart of Cordoba, Seville and Baeza.
  • Taste local wines and sherries in traditional bodegas.
  • Learn how to make some of the most traditional tapas dishes while learning about this now, world famous, Iberian tradition.
  • Watch a flamenco show in Seville.
  • Explore the heart of Andalusia, where palaces, cathedrals and quaint villages all have a fascinating story to tell.


Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

15 Oct 2019
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