- Sample the fantastic flavors of European cuisine.
- Drop in to an earthy bar and enjoy the best Spanish meal that there is- Tapas!
- Explore the best of Iberian cities like Madrid, Lisbon, Barcelona.
- Get into the whirlwind of football craze in Barcelona.
- Enjoy the amazing art scene in Spain’s capital city- Madrid.
- Try out the Hammam baths in Granada.
- Taste the thrill of blood pumping adventures in Algarve
- Experience the fantastic nightlife of Lisbon with an epic pub crawl.
10 days backpacking through the amazing Iberian Peninsula and hitting the many sweet spots of Spain and Portugal; can gap year travel get any better than this? Leave behind the done to death road trip route and hop aboard an exciting train journey through the amazing destinations of Madrid, Granada, and Lisbon. From the ecstatic art scenes of Spain to the intoxicating nightlife of Portugal, from the awesome combination of Tapas and Wine in Granada to living like a beach bum in Lagos- these two countries will send you down a whirlpool of amazing cultures, epicurean delights, and artistic marvels. Feed your football frenzy as you make your way through Barcelona and Madrid and get in on some high-octane adventures while exploring the Algarve Coast. Jump aboard the adventure train and choo choo your way down Spain and Portugal!
Day 1 - Kickoff from Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona at any time and get down on exploring this amazing coastal city. There’s plenty to do and see in Barcelona so we suggest you arrive early to make the most of this amazing city! Hurry back in the evening for the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet and greet with all your fellow wanderlusters.
Day 2 - Off to Madrid
Start your day early and explore the many highlights of Barcelona before hopping on an afternoon train to Madrid. Enjoy an orientation walk with the entire group along Las Ramblas and stop by the famous Boqueria Market. You can also hit up the many awesome Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona or take a walk through the narrow medieval streets of the charming Gothic Quarter.
Day 3 - Open Day in Madrid
Start your Madrid exploration with an orientation walk and find out about all that is there to explore in this beautiful capital of Spain. You have the entire day open to visit the many stunning Art Museums and magnificent city squares. As you must know, Madrid’s nightlife is legendary and exploring the party scene in the city with the entire group would be a blast to end the day with!
Day 4 - Make your way to Granada
Yet another exciting train ride awaits you, but not till later in the day. So, you’ll be having the entire day free to explore Madrid as you like. Get your own bucket list going and tick off as many things as you can on this free day in Madrid.
Day 5 - Enjoy a Tapas Bar Crawl in Granada
Start your day in Granada with an orientation walk and prepare for an epic night out on the town. Granada has the most hippest Tapas scene with trendy bars and amazing live music, so a Tapas bar crawl is certainly in order when exploring Granada. With each drink comes a whole new platter of surprise, and with enough drinks- you won’t even need dinner!
You can also opt to visit the Turkish influenced Hammam Baths or the Alhambra while you’re in Granada.
Day 6 - Take a train to Seville
Explore the winding alleyways and many attractions of Seville, a thriving University town of Spain. You can also opt to visit the breathtaking palace complex of Real Alcazar which is now listed as a featured location of the famous TV series Game Of Thrones besides being a UNESCO listed heritage site. Also, do check out the Flamenco scene in the city.
Day 7 - Across the border to Lagos
Cross the border into Portugal and arrive in Lagos on a train. Have an amazing time enjoying the beautiful Algarve Coast, simply lazing by the beaches or with some optional activities like Coastal Hiking, Swimming, Benagil Sea caves etc.
Day 8 - Free Day in Lagos
Spend the day in Algarve splashing around in the waves or explore the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves of the Algarve with a hike. You have the entire day free to explore as you like!
Day 9 - Goodbye Lagos. Hello Lisbon!
Bid adieu to the coastal richness of Lagos and make your way to Lisbon, the vibrant Portuguese capital aboard a train. After a brief orientation walk, you will have the entire day in your hands to explore the hotspots of Lisbon. You can head out to Cristo Rei to enjoy some amazing views of the city or go for a walk in the delightful district of Belem and check out the monuments. Later in the evening prepare for an epic night out with the entire group celebrating late into the night the last day of this amazing trip!
Day 10 - Depart from Lisbon or embark on another adventure
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight from Lisbon. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips in Europe or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
Dates & Cost
- Accommodation in multi-share hostels.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Orientation walks in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, and Lisbon.
- Tapas bar crawl in Granada.
- Big Night Out in Lisbon
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hostels (9 nts, multi-share).
The variety and local flavour of our accommodation is a favourite part of our European 18-to-Thirtysomethings trips. Although the properties we use are simply furnished and with few facilities, we base our choices on location, character and cleanliness. We will stay in a mixture of hostels, and private rooms in local households. All accommodation on this tour is multi-share, on a single-sex basis. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing and even (on rare occasions) dormitory-style rooms for the whole group. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Europe we are not able to take requests for double or matrimonial beds, or room you together on this tour. In multi-share hostels, couples will likely be accommodated in separate rooms.
Meals Included - No meals included
Eating is a big part of traveling. Go Discover Abroad understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.