With this itinerary you will follow in the footsteps of kings, queens, and royal explorers, visit castles, monasteries, and palaces. Start in Lisbon and Sintra before heading to Spain to explore Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo. It’s not all palaces and churches, though; there are plenty of cultural and food stops along the way as well as the occasional nature break.
Day 1-3: Lisbon
The kings of Portugal once resided at the Castelo de São Jorge. Furthermore, the Museum-School of Decorative Arts is inside the 17th-century Azurara palace. Do not miss one of the best collections of royal coaches in the world at the Coach Museum in Belém.
Day 4-5: Sintra and Queluz
These two amazing cities are where the wealthy summered. Visit the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, which is the only surviving palace from the Middle Ages in Portugal. Then take a horse-drawn carriage to visit the Pena Palace. Finally, visit the fascinating palace in Queluz.
Day 6-8: Madrid
Madrid is a fascinating mixture of quiet (for example Retiro gardens), art (Prado, one of the world’s legendary art museums) and history (Old Madrid).
Day 9-11: Segovia
Enjoy Segovia’s royal sites and inspiring landscapes. Take a picture at the Roman aqueduct, one of the greatest surviving examples of Roman engineering.
Day 12-13: Toledo
Toledo was El Greco’s inspiration for a reason. Lose yourself in the maze-like streets and explore Toledo’s cathedral – one of the most richly endowed in Spain.
Prices starting from 600 Euro (flights from outside Europe).