So, you’re thinking of setting off on an awesome 2-week itinerary for Spain and Portugal, but you’re not quite sure where to begin. Although you could plan your trip independently (more on that in a bit), the best way to travel around Spain and Portugal is to book on to a small group tour.
Spain and Portugal are both outstanding countries with so much to see. It can be difficult to know where to start. Of course, you won’t be able to see EVERYTHING with just 2 weeks in Portugal and Spain, but you WILL be able to get a decent feel for the country.
One of the best ways to maximise your time is by joining a small group tour to Portugal and Spain. As much as I love my solo travel, I also know if I want to see a lot of a country in the shortest time, then small group tours are the way to go. So before you start planning a trip to Spain and Portugal, check out these Spain and Portugal tours to give you some inspiration.
I wanted to find a great tour company, which showcased the best of Spain and Portugal, that had an amazing reputation and with like-minded travellers. I also hate that fact that MOST tour companies wanted to penalise me for being a solo traveller with their ‘single supplement’. Like why should I have to pay more just because I travel alone?
So regardless of whether you hire a car and go independently, or travel as part of a group, grab a brew, or your favourite tipple, and check out these great ideas for your Spain and Portugal trip itinerary.
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Independent or Self-Drive Spain and Portugal Itinerary
If you’re confident at planning a trip and have the time to do all the leg work for yourself (like hiring a car, booking accommodation, purchasing tickets in advance etc), you could totally arrange your own trip to Spain and Portugal in 2 weeks. Just scroll through this article and then pinch some of the ideas from these itineraries I suggest.
If you choose to travel independently, then you could use public transport (although you will waste a lot of time and it can be tedious waiting for connections), or hire a campervan. Again, the price for this, especially if you’re a solo traveller can mount up.
There’s a lot of things to see in Spain and Portugal so bear in mind on a two-week trip, you won’t be able to see all of it, plus if you’re driving yourself, inevitably, you will get lost, (flashback to my German roadtrip), have to waste time parking the car and then there’s the deaded constant fear of damaging the car and having to pay a hefty bill.
However, if you’re happy to plan your trip independently, then it’s certainly worthwhile checking out AutoEurope. They search across a whole load of different car hire companies to find you the best deal.
If you’d rather someone else do all the hard work for you then I certainly recommend G Adventures. I’ve used this company several times for trips all over the world and not once been disappointed. They take all the stress out of planning a memorable trip, they ONLY cater for small group tours, they don’t charge extra for solo travellers and most important, ethical travel is at the heart of what they do.
The Best 2 Week Itinerary for Spain and Portugal - At A Glance
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What are small group tour companies REALLY like?
So earlier I said that my preferred travel style is solo. Mostly because I love the freedom it brings. Frankly, my idea of hell would be stuck on a great big tour with no one relatable. So I just want to stress, I am not interested in spending my precious travel time like that.
I discovered G Adventures a few years back, in fact, my first trip with them was to do the Inca Trail in Peru!. Pretty epic, right?
Since then, G Adventures have been my go-to when it comes to small group travel. The maximum size of the group is 16, although most likely it will be smaller, so you really get to know the people you’re travelling with. Also going with a well-esablished company means they know exactly how to take the stress out of your trip, so no planning, just turn up and go. So read on to find out about three of the top tours of Spain & Portugal in 2 weeks.
Why G Adventures?
G Adventures have set the bar insanely high when it comes to small group tours. True, there are plenty of other small group tour companies out there, I’ve tried loads of them.
However, with the standard set so high (I’ve not had a single shoddy tour with G Adventures), I’m always reluctant to use anyone else. Don’t just take my word for it, ask anyone who’s used G Adventures.
So, why do G Adventures offer the best itinerary for Spain and Portugal?
G Adventures have a knack of combining the must-see places along with a decent mix of more off the beaten track places. This is because they use the best local guides CEO (Chief Experience Officers) to give you the low down on the area. Throw into the mix some unique experiences, and you have the makings of a great tour company.
Although the infrastructure of Spain and Portugal is good, unless you hire a car, it can be tedious (in some cases near impossible) using public transport alone to get to some of the more off-the-beaten-track places. If you need to be done n’ dusted with your itinerary for Portugal and Spain in just two weeks, you’re seriously limiting yourself on what you’re really going to be able to see.
The majority of your transport on a G Adventures Portugal and Spain tour will be in a private mini-van with a designated driver; with air-con and comfortable space. You don’t have to worry about finding the best route or parking, which leaves you time to relax and enjoy your trip more. Often your guide will fill you in with loads of details and answer questions you might have along the way. Another perk of being on a small group tour, if you suddenly saw an awesome view, as long as it’s safe, you can ask to pull over to take a quick snap.
Another great thing with being part of a tour is that all your tickets and activities are booked in advance, which means less queuing time. You usually arrive and get ushered straight down a fast track route. Which means more precious time for sightseeing.
You also won’t have to think about accommodation, as it’s already been sorted for you. All of the accommodation G Adventures use has very comfortable, sure, it’s probably not a 5-star luxury hotel with an en suite jacuzzi, but in fairness, you’re hardly going to be spending any time there.
The key thing to remember is that if you want to maximise your 2-week itinerary for Spain and Portugal, the most efficient way is on a small group tour.
Three Outstanding 2-Week Spain and Portugal Itinerary Ideas
This tour is aimed at the 18-Thirtysomething age group, so it’s great for younger solo travellers wanting to hang out with people of a similar age who are on a budget. G Adventures aren’t really a party-animal tour company although so if you’re after more of a livelier tour or Portugal and Spain with plenty of parties, then it’s certainly worthwhile taking a look at the ‘Fiestas & Siestas’ tour of Spain and Portugal by Contiki!).
This Spain and Portugal tour covers a whole load of highlights across the two countries. This is a 10-day trip, so make it up to a two-week vacation by tagging some extra days on at the start or the end. Both Lisbon and Barcelona are worthy of extra time.
Trip Highlights Include:
- The iconic ‘La Ramblas’ (Barcelona)
- The stunning Gaudi Buildings (Barcelona)
- Barcelona nightlife, El Raval, El Born and The Gothic Quarter
- Madrid city tour & Madrid nightlife
- Opt for relaxation at a hammam bath in Grenada
- Tapas and bar crawl in Grenada
- Seville city tour
- Opt to visit the Real Alcazar Moorish Palace and Flamenco Show
- Hiking or water activities in Lagos
- Lisbon city tour and Lisbon nightlife
The tour includes 9 nights accommodation in hostels. Transport is by train and bus. Meals need to purchased separately. You will have a G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip, with attraction specific local guides throughout.
If you plan to stay a few extra days in Lisbon at the end of the tour, take a look at this useful Lisbon city guide.
As the name suggests, this G Adventures Portugal and Spain tour cover some of the BEST the two countries have to offer in a jam-packed two weeks tour. If you have the time, then it’s worthy-while checking out the three weeks version of this, G Adventures Ultimate Spain and Portugal Tour.
This tour covers the culture, fascinating history and delicious cuisine across the two countries covering the Morrish history, stunning cities including Lisbon and Cordoba, flamenco dancing in Seville, Gaudi’s stunning architecture in Barcelona and the mesmerising UNESCO listed fortress of the Alhambra and more.
Trip Highlights Include:
- Lisbon city tour with the option of visiting UNESCO district of Belem.
- Traditional Fado performance and traditional Portuguese dinner in Alfama district (one of Lisbon’s oldest districts)
- Explore Coimbra and opt to see the UNESCO listed Coimbra University (the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts)
- City tour of Porto and port wine cellars and tasting
- Option to take a day trip to Douro Valley
- City tour of Madrid including Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace.
- Explore Grenada and the historic quarter of Albicin.
- A guided visit of the UNESCO listed Alhambra.
- Visit to the iconic Mezquita de Cordoba (mosque)
- Flamenco performance in Seville.
- Orientation tour of Seville and the Alcazar palace or worlds largest Gothic cathedral.
- City tour of Barcelona including La Ramblas and Gothic Quarter.
- Paella cooking class
The tour includes 13 nights accommodation in hotels. 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners. Unless stated or as an option all of the tours are included. Transport by public bus, train and plane. You will have a G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip, with attraction specific local guides throughout.
If you arrive in Lisbon a couple of days early, then take a look at this useful Lisbon city guide.
If you’re wanting more of an in-depth tour of the historical cities and the beautiful architecture, along with tours of the medieval complexes and local farms this is the most immersive and informative tour of Spain and Portugal and accredited by National Geographic.
This style of the tour doesn’t cover as many destinations as the previous two, however, it does allow you to have greater exploration and insider access into each area you visit.
Trip Highlights Include:
- A tour of the UNESCO listed fairytale castles of Sintra
- Lisbon city
- Evora and the Chapel of Bones and Diana’s Temple (one of the best-preserved Roman temples on the Iberian Peninsula).
- Visit a honey, olive and cork farm in Evora.
- Visit Tomar to visit the Templar Castle, founded in 1160 by Gualdim Pais grand master of the Knights Templar and the complex of Covent of Christ.
- Coimbra city and UNESCO listed University of Coimbra including the ornate Joanina Library, Chapel of Sao Miguel and botanical gardens.
- Porto city.
- Sail down Portugals ‘River of Gold’ and visit a local wine cellar (of course, you will get to try it too!)
- Madrid city
- Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba and the medieval Jewish quarter.
- Explore Grenada
- Have a flamenco lesson with a professional teacher in a private lesson.
- Guided tour of the Alhambra
- Seville city tour
The tour includes 14 nights accommodation in hotels. 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Transportation via bus, train and plane. You will have a G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip, with attraction specific local guides throughout.
If you plan to tag a couple of days in Lisbon at the start or end of the tour, then take a look at this useful Lisbon city guide.
What are the negatives with a G Adventures Spain and Portugal group tour?
So, G Adventures group tours aren’t for everyone but this depends on your personality type.
For starters, if you’re a bit of a party animal, then you’d probably find G Adventures tours a bit on the tame side compared to other tour companies. I’ve always had a great time with other people I’ve met on G Adventures but I’m not a party animal.
If you’re looking at this style of travel with a great adventure tour company, then I’d totally recommend using Contiki instead. You’ll still get the same awesome tour, but there is a bigger emphasis on partying.
You can check out the full range of small group Portugal & Spain trips with Contiki here.
G Adventure Portugal and Spain Tour Group Size
G Adventures specialise in small group experiences. The maximum size of the group is 16 although usually, it’s a lower than this with 12-14 being the average.
What's the typical G Adventures age range?
Except for the first tour I mentioned in this article (18-30somethings), there is no strict age limit on the G Adventures tours for Portugal and Spain, however, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
G Adventures attracts travellers who are wanting to experience the culture of destination with like-minded people regardless of age.
Like I mentioned earlier, G Adventures tours are not aimed at party-animals, so even on the ‘younger’ tours, it’s never going to be wild.
I have been on G Adventures tours with 20-somethings right up to people who had retired! As a generalisation, the National Geographic tour attracts a slightly older traveller, than the more budget tours which are aimed at the 18-30 something crowd. That said, it’s more about your mindset than anything else.
What does the price include?
This will depend on which of the tour you choose but typically it’s your accommodation, the guide, transportation and entrance to attractions. For example, the first tour I’ve mentioned in this article is the budget one which naturally doesn’t’ come with as many included perks as the other two I’ve suggested.
On all the tours there are always bolt-on options during the trips so you can choose whether or not you want to do an activity or would rather have free time to explore on your own.
Are G Adventures Portugal and Spain tours ok for solo travellers? I hate being penalised for travelling alone.
Yes, and this is one of the things I love about G Adventures, they won’t penalise you for being a solo traveller. In most cases, they will just buddy you up in the accommodation with another traveller of the same gender.
If you are really adamant about having your own space on your Portugal and Spain tour then you can pay extra for it, but this is purely optional and you’ll have to request this option at the time of booking.
How much money do I need to take on a G Adventures Croatia tour?
Naturally, this is going to vary on your spending style. If you want fancy bottles of wine with every meal, then sure you will spend more.
The budget tour has less included (there a no meals included in this one) and the National Geographic tour has a lot more included, although both have optional extras so bear this in mind.
You need spending money for any additional meals or optional activities you want to do ($20/30 maximum a day) and then some extra as a tip for the crew ($50 maximum).
I'm a vegetarian/ lactose intolerant/ have a nut allergy, will I be ok eating with the group?
Yes! I’m a vegetarian so I have first-hand experience of this and my food request has always been met. Make sure you state this and make it known at the time of booking so they know to cater to your dietary needs.
At the beginning of the tour, they will always ask and check so they know exactly what each person’s needs are.
Naturally (and in particular Spain) their diet is very meat or fish heavy. You CEO (Chief Experience Officer) will be able to suggest places to eat if you choose to spend a day exploring. If you don’t speak the local language, you can also ask your CEO to write on a piece of paper what you can/cannot eat to give to the restaurant staff.
Travelling around Portugal or Spain?
Here are some other great articles to help plan your trip.
- 2 days Lisbon itinerary – How to spend an amazing 2 days in Lisbon
- Lisbon to Sintra Day Trip, visiting Portugal’s stunning Fairytale Castles
- Lisbon Photo Tour: 50 Stunning photos of Lisbon & Sintra to give you wanderlust
- A Stunning Day Trip to Segovia from Madrid: One Of Spains Most Beautiful Cities
- Madrid In Winter – 19+ Awesome Things to do during Winter in Madrid
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