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EuropeNew Year's in Lisbon: Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona

New Year's in Lisbon: Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona

11 days, 3 cities3

From $2809 with flights


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Why Go?

Watch fireworks sparkle over the waterfront, dance till dawn in legendary clubs, and celebrate New Year’s Eve like never before in Lisbon. Then, it’s on to Madrid and Barcelona—two iconic Spanish cities begging to be explored. Picture this: you, a glass (or pitcher) of sangria, all the tapas you can eat, and stunning Spanish scenery. Plus, an all-out, once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve experience in the colorful capital city of Portugal. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and when it comes to celebrating, it knows what it’s doing.

What are the top highlights?

  • Celebrate New Year's in Lisbon
  • Gaze upon ocean views and hilltop castles in Lisbon
  • Dance the night away at beachside nightclubs in Barcelona
  • Visit world-class galleries at The Prado, Reina Sofia and Picasso Museum
  • Taste-test tapas and wash them down with a glass of cava
  • Experience architecture from medieval to modern in Madrid

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 10 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to select attractions


You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Lisbon! You’re headed to The City of Seven Hills, which are historically inaccurate and miscounted. Let us know how many you find.

  • Day 2: Arrival in Lisbon

    Welcome to Lisbon! Get ready to work those glutes, because you're in "The City of Seven Hills". This colorful Portuguese capital is home to classic European charm, urban innovation, and breathtaking vistas from just about anywhere you stand.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
    • Meet the other travelers as they arrive.
    • Walk through the Barrio Alto and Chiado neighborhoods, Lisbon’s nightlife mecca.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Discover Lisbon

    With San Francisco-like inclines, cobbled European streets, and a comfy coastal climate, Lisbon is the best of all worlds. As the oldest city in Western Europe, it's inscribed with millennia of stories that uniquely shaped the vibe today. Want to hear them? We have you covered.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet a local guide for an in-depth tour of Lisbon (and story time, obviously).
    • Traverse the labyrinthian streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon.
    • Go medieval at Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle), a massive fortress overlooking the city below.
    • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
  • Day 4: Free Day in Lisbon

    Free Time Suggestions
    Elevator Pitch: Originally steampowered, the Elevador de Santa Justa is the handiwork of Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice (so it might look a little familiar). A ride up gives you awesome views of the city skyline.
    Portu-gas: Take a gastronomic world tour at Mercado Fusão, a food market, where kiosks serve up everything from Brazilian cakes to sushi to chamuças (don’t miss the famous ones at Kebab Ali House).

  • Day 5: Travel to Madrid

    Say "Tchau!" to Portugal and "Hola" to neighboring Spain—you're headed to Madrid! Spain’s capital is famous for its world-class art museums, live music scene, and never-ending nightlife. Rich in tradition, Madrid mixes old with new like sangria mixes booze with fruit salad (and it works just as well).

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hop on your private motorcoach for your ride from Lisbon to Madrid.
    • Arrive in Madrid and check out your accommodation.
    • Take a brief orientation walk with your Tour Director to familiarize yourself with the area.
    • Stroll through Parque del Buen Retiro, the largest park in the city.
  • Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Madrid

    A nearly endless amounts of tapas, sangria, and Spanish Golden Age architecture will greet you in this city located at the very center of Spain. Discover many of the most popular destinations before getting cultured at one of the world’s leading art museums. And remember, there’s always room for more tapas.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Journey to the very heart of Madrid at the Puerta del Sol, aka the “Gate of the Sun.”
    • Shop, walk, and enjoy the outdoors and a bronze statue of King Phillip III at Plaza Mayor (Main Square).
    • Check out the Picassos and Dalís at the Reina Sofia, or see the works of the old Rennaisance masters at the Prado.

    Free Time Suggestions
    El Retiro Park: Once belonging to the Spanish Monarchy, this now public park contains a variety of statues and museums, the famed Rosaleda rose garden, the Palacio de Cristal, and Retiro Pond—a great spot for watching people and street performers alike.
    Malasaña Park: This happening area is known for a large student population and streets filled with coffee shops, bakeries, and vintage clothing stores. Then at night, edgy dance and rock clubs come to life so you can dance the night away.

  • Day 7: Free Day in Madrid

    Enjoy a free day to explore Spain's capital city on your own.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Pro Pre-Game: Head to Plaza de Santa Ana in the evening for tapas. This square is slightly off the beaten path, and a hotspot for locals beginning their nights.
    ¡GOOOOOOOOOL! Tour Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, home to Madrid’s futból team, Real Madrid. Sit in the players’ seats, see trophies up close, and feel the luxury of the presidential box.

  • Day 8: Travel to Barcelona

    Grab a café con leche, and hop on your private motorcoach. You’re going to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture, and premium beaches (which also happen to be where the clubs are). So throw on your walking shoes, your party pants, and any shirt you’d like. Barcelona is the fiesta that keeps on fiesta…ing.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Take an introductory walk of Barcelona with your Tour Director. (Stopping for tapas is not required, but highly encouraged.)
    • Stroll Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with bars, cafes, shops, and street performers (some more impressive than others).
    • Visit the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner (cue crickets).
    • Enjoy the rest of the evening to explore on your own.
  • Day 9: Tour Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Família Tour & Lunch

    Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture and atmosphere with a local guide as you wander the city’s enchanting streets. This historic city is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of which were built by Gaudi (he’s kind of a big deal around here). Take in the impressive sites, and understand why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Visit one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line anywhere.
    • See the 1992 Olympic Park which lines the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where construction started over 100 years ago by Gaudí.
    • Take the rest of the day to revisit any of the sights, hit the beach or explore on your own.

    Sagrada Família & Sangria (extra cost)

    Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Basilica is the world’s most unbelievable church—under construction since 1882, finished by 2026 at the earliest. Tour it with a local guide, then enjoy included Sangria and snacks.

    This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than 30 days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

  • Day 10: Free Day in Barcelona + Farewell Dinner

    The day is yours to experience Barcelona as you please. Whether that means exploring a new neighborhood, lounging on a beach, or kicking back with some tapas and a pitcher of sangria, you really can’t go wrong

    Today's Highlights:

    • Head back to Las Ramblas for food, shopping, and Instagram opportunities aplenty.
    • Drool before, during, and after eating pan con tomate, or “bread with tomato,” a simple but delicious Catalan snack.
    • Stroll Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with bars, cafes, shops, and street performers (some more impressive than others).
    • Enjoy an included group dinner with your fellow travelers.
    • Hit the town (or the beach) for an epic final night out in Barcelona.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Market Down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
    Playa Long: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.
    Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 11: Fly Home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?



    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.


Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 3 authentic traveler reviews
  • Highly Recommend

      William, traveled Dec 2019

    This was my first trip with EF, and I could not have asked for a better experience. I was concerned traveling by myself, but it turned out to be a great decision. Not only were Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona amazing, so was the group and Tour director, Antonio. Antonio went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly. The worst part of this tri... See more

  • First of Many

      Anonymous, traveled Dec 2018

    This was my first trip outside of the United States and I was BEYOND impressed. The professionalism, yet fun, tour guides made the trip that much more fun! I have met some friends that will last a lifetime and I am already looking into planning a second trip! Let's see what this year will bring!

  • Non enough structure for cost

      Anonymous, traveled Dec 2018

    I loved these cities, but did not love this program structure- really there was next to none. Our director didn’t coordinate many additional excursions and we were forced to structure 36 hours in Lisbon (out of 3 days), at least 7 in Madrid, and a full day in Barcelona. It was frustrating and unclear what our opting into EF got us. I love free time, but this... See more

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