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Iberian Grandeur

Marvel at the beautiful Iberian Peninsula on this 21 day journey. From Porto to Madrid, you'll enjoy local flavours and charm in every stop along the way.

21 Day
From (AUD)
$ 14,445
  • 2017 Porto > Madrid

    Discover a land of rustic grandeur

    The lands of Portugal and Spain along the Iberian Peninsula, once formed mighty seafaring kingdoms that conquered and colonised the known world, from Latin America to the Far East.

    Today, some of that grandeur is still evident in the fine palaces and splendid manors that dot the landscape. However, there’s a humility and a rustic simplicity that belies the magnificence of times past. From their welcoming salt-of-the-earth demeanour to their relaxed love of the good life, of siestas, and fiestas, it’s the people that make this land so memorable and so wonderful, whether you’re exploring the picturesque Douro Valley, or the many great sites of Spain – Seville, the beautiful Andalusian Mountains, and Madrid.

    Tour Code:

    DLMA

    Duration:

    21 Days

    Departure City:

    Porto

    Return City:

    Madrid

  • 21 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bem-vindo
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Portugal. On arrival at Porto Airport you’ll be met and transferred to the luxurious Scenic Azure. Tonight enjoy a warm welcome reception on board.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Historic Porto

      Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do Bolsa. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Douro Museum
      Freechoice

      Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It’s a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

      This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua.

      Sundowners

      After the doors close to the general public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting – and be sure to try the Port Tonic.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Regua
      Highlights:
      Ucanha and Varosa Valley
      Freechoice

      Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.

      This afternoon, you’ll discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll get to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal clear waters of the Varosa River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Regua > Vega de Terron
      Highlights:
      Cruising Vinhateiro

      Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. Classified a World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Salamanca
      Highlights:
      Spanish dining and Flamenco

      Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. You’ll get to enjoy a fabulous Spanish dining experience for lunch, accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance,.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Pocinho > Pinhão
      Highlights:
      Côa Valley

      Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.

      Freechoice

      Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

      This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Pinhão
      Highlights:
      Scenic village experience

      Today you’ll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery, and the bar with its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

      Freechoice

      Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta da Roêda for a tasting of their famous export. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Pinhão > Porto
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich at Taylor’s Cellars

      Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewellery workshop. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

      Enrich

      This evening enjoy a unique dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Taylor’s Cellars. Enjoy mesmerising views overlooking the Douro River and Porto skyline whilst dining on delicious Portuguese cuisine. Situated in the heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto, dinner at Taylor’s Cellars makes for a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Porto
      Highlights:
      Afurada fishing village

      Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day’s catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where they’ll prepare their catch over an open fire which you’ll enjoy with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable.

      Freechoice

      Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business. Or visit a local corking factory (Canning and Cork Factory are not available on all departures, will be replaced by Filigree Workshop and Sacred Art & Cork Museum + Paper Museum, enquire for details). Alternatively, walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Porto > Lisbon

      After breakfast, you’ll disembark the Scenic Azure and head to Lisbon, the country’s capital, visiting the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, where you can relax before a fabulous dinner, accompanied by a Fado music performance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Lisbon

      Enjoy a morning tour of Lisbon that includes the Jeronimos Monastery and the famous Bakery of Pasteis de Belem, where you’ll taste the Portuguese favourite Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in the beautiful seaside village of Cascais before an afternoon tour of Sintra and her national monument Palacio Nacional.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Lisbon > Évora

      This morning, depart for Setúbal, one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before continuing to Évora. With its overarching cathedral, Évora stretches across a gently sloping hill that rises out of the expansive Alentejo plain. Protected by an impressive outer wall, its historic centre is a zealously guarded and World Heritage-listed cultural treasure, and you’ll have ample opportunity to appreciate it firsthand before heading to your accommodation for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Évora

      In Esporão today, you’ll tour the exclusive estate of Herdade do Esporão and enjoy a World of Wines workshop with the Chief Sommelier. You’ll also get to put your new knowledge into practice with a Creating Blends class. The session ends with a fabulous long lunch in the ‘Galeria de Esporão’ Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Évora > Seville

      The Aracena mountain region straddles the Portuguese and Spanish borders and is famous for its production of Iberian pork. It’s a region with a fascinating history that includes people as diverse as Celts, Arabs, Portuguese and even the famous Knights Templar. You’ll visit the little village of Corteconcepción, famous for its cured jamon, before visiting a renowned local producer for a tasting of their delicious fare. Then it’s time for a lunch of fine Spanish delicacies before heading to your hotel in Seville and a little siesta.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - Seville

      This morning, enjoy a city tour of Seville, the wonderful Capital of Andalucía. You’ll visit The Alcázar, and see the 15th century cathedral and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. It’s a veritable feast for your heart, soul and mind.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy wine tasting at a local ‘taberna’, or be invited into the home of one of the locals and discover the Andalusian traditions from people who live and breathe them.

      Then, as evening falls, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the romantic Maria Luisa Park. You’ll visit Seville’s famous Tablao El Arenal where you’ll enjoy a tapas dinner whilst being entranced by the city’s finest Flamenco dance performers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Seville > Granada

      This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Ronda, situated in spectacular mountain scenery atop the El Tajo Canyon. You’ll have the benefit of a guided tour, and a little free leisure time, before your afternoon departure for Granada. This evening, you’ll get to dine at the renowned Restaurant El Coso, complete with live Tuna folk music before you retire tired but happy to the comfort of your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Granada > Córdoba

      This morning, explore Granada, including Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, before heading for the mountain village of Alfarnatejo where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted lunch with hospitable locals. You’ll arrive at Córdoba in the afternoon, where you’ll be escorted around the most seminal sites, including the Aljama Mosque, before continuing to your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 19 - Córdoba > Madrid

      Enjoy an insightful orientation tour of Toledo, with time to explore, before heading to magnificent Madrid, where you’ll be introduced to extraordinary exhibits in the Prado Museum. From there, you’ll settle in for a luxurious stay at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 20 - Madrid

      This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid.

      Freechoice

      Join an active Flamenco dance workshop at a local tablao, or tour the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium of Real Madrid.

      This evening, celebrate the last night of your tour with a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Madrid

      After breakfast, transfer to Madrid Airport for your homebound flight, taking many wonderful memories with you.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 1 exclusive Enrich experience
    • Your choice of 16 Freechoice activities
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 47 meals – 20 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners