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Northern Spain and Portugal
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Northern Spain and Portugal
Northern Spain and Portugal

Northern Spain and Portugal

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Small Group Coach Tour (Min 8 / Max 24 passengers)
English Language Collection
18 Days ex Barcelona
 
2024 Departure Dates (Departs Selected Fridays)
Jul: 12, 24; Aug: 09, 23, 30; Sep 06, 20, 27; Oct: 04, 11, 18
 
2025 Departure Dates (Departs Selected Fridays)
Apr: 04, 18; May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Jun: 06, 13, 20, 27; Jul: 04; Aug: 08; Sep: 05, 12, 19, 29;
Oct: 03, 10, 17, 24
 
Option available to depart from Madrid - 16 days ex Madrid. Tour departure is two days later (contact us for details)
 

Embark on an immersive journey through Spain and Portugal with expert local guides enriching your experiences at every turn. Admire the awe-inspiring architecture of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and delve into Madrid's rich history at Plaza Mayor. In Bilbao, indulge in a gastronomic delight with a pintxos dinner, while in Santiago, the Cathedral awaits with its spiritual allure. Cruise along Porto's Douro River, savouring the flavours of renowned Port wine during an exclusive tasting. Lisbon beckons with its Fado melodies, complemented by a delectable dinner. Dive into Spain's culinary scene with a Tapas Experience in Madrid and a traditional cider tasting in Oviedo's charming cider house. Unwind with a wine tasting in La Rioja, sampling the region's finest vintages. Delight in mussels and wine amidst the breathtaking scenery of a Rias Baixas cruise. This journey promises an authentic blend of culture, cuisine, and unforgettable moments.

Highlights:

  • Admire the awe inspiring architecture and rich history of Barcelona and Madrid
  • Indulge in a gastronomic delight with a pintxos dinner, tapas experience
  • Savour local delicacies with Mussels and wine tasting in a Rias Baixas cruise and Dinner and cider tasting in traditional cider house in Oviedo
  • Experience the culturally significant Fabo show
  • Delve into Bilbao's cultural scene and avant-garde architecture
  • Guided city tour with local guides in Barcelona (Sagrada Familia entrance included), Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago (Cathedral ticket included), Porto (including Douro River Cruise and Port wine tasting) & Lisbon

 

Day 1: Barcelona

Welcome to Spain. On arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will be met by a representative of our local operator and assisted with your transfer to the hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Barcelona.

Day 2: Barcelona (B) 

Embark on a morning city tour of Barcelona. Drive along the main avenues with its impressive Gaudi modernist buildings such as La Pedrera and Casa Milá. The Montjuïc Park with spectacular views of the city and harbor, Olympic Ring, monument to Columbus and the Olympic Port. Visit the most important landmark in the city of Barcelona, Sagrada Familia. Admire Gaudi’s masterwork by the hand of your expert local guide. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: Barcelona - Madrid (B) 

This morning you will be transferred to Barcelona railway station. Travel by high-speed train to Madrid. On arrival at Madrid Station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights. Overnight Madrid.

Day 4: Madrid (BD) 

After breakfast at the hotel, discover the beauties of the city with a guided city tour. During the tour today you will see the Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Discover contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, as well as the commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. The afternoon is at leisure for you to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. This evening you will join your fellow travellers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Madrid.

Day 5: Madrid - Burgos - La Rioja - Bilbao (B) 

Leave Madrid this morning and travel towards Burgos where there will be some free time to visit the 13th century gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain after Seville and Toledo. Continue to Haro, in the heart of La Rioja, one of the most famous Spanish wine regions. Among the vineyards, you will visit a traditional and family run wine cellar and can taste the world-famous Rioja Reds. Depart to Bilbao where accommodation is reserved for two nights.

Day 6: Bilbao - San Sebastian - Bilbao (BD) 

This morning you will head out on a city tour to discover Bilbao’s most recent developments. There will be time at leisure for you to explore the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located. In the afternoon, continue to San Sebastian, one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival.   There will be a panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Return to Bilbao and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to taste the famous typical “pintxos”, Basque name for tapas.

Day 7: Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander (B)

Today you are bound for Asturias, famous Green Spain. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales” where there will be time at leisure to explore. Later depart to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach. Overnight Santander.

Day 8: Santander - Santillana del Mar - Covadonga - Oviedo (BD)

This morning you will leave Santander and head for Santillana del Mar, one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Architecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see the patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, depart for Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre–Romanic Asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of its streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic Asturian architecture. This evening join your fellow travellers to dine at a traditional cider house.

Day 9: Oviedo – Mondonedo – Lugo – Santiago de Compostela (B) 

Today you are bound for Galician lands. On the way to Lugo, take a short stop at Mondoñedo where there will be time at leisure to visit the 13th century Cathedral and try the delicious “Mondoñedo cake”. Continue to Lugo. Time at leisure to explore the Roman remains, among them the ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Finally approach Santiago de Compostela´s holy land, declared World Heritage, as it is the most important centre of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago. Accommodation for two nights in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 10: Santiago de Compostela (B)

This morning join a Santiago city tour where you will see the main square called Obradoiro and the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets. Overnight Santiago de Compostela.

Day 11: Santiago de Compostela – Rias Bajas – Porto (B) 

Depart towards one of the most marvellous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Continue to the Ria de Arosa, where you will take a cruise, with tasting of the typical wines and mussels. Later head for the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European towns, and proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Accommodation for three nights in Porto.

Day 12: Porto (B)  

This morning there will be a guided sightseeing tour of Porto. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, take a Douro River Cruise and discover famous Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting experience included. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Porto.

Day 13: : Porto (B) 

Day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city.

Day 14: Porto – Coimbra – Fatima (B) 

Leave Porto this morning and head for Coimbra, on the banks of the river Mondego. Formerly the country's capital and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, and the birthplace of Fado. There will be free time to explore before continuing to Fatima, centre of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared and the Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night, possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Overnight Fatima.

Day 15: Fatima – Batalha – Nazare – Alcobaca – Lisbon (B)

Breakfast at the hotel, then depart to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time to explore then continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the XII C. Continue to Lisbon for a two-night stay.

Day 16: Lisbon (BD)

This morning, join a city sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo (Lisbon). Drive through the main squares and avenues. See the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square and Liberty Avenue. The afternoon will be at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour and housing the genuine “tabernas”. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a typical Portuguese dinner visiting one of the oldest Fado venues in the city and located in one of the most interesting cultural neighbourhoods in the area. Overnight Lisbon.

Day 17: Lisbon – Caceres – Madrid (B) 

This morning you will head back to Spain and the Andalusian soils. Drive to Caceres, considered a World Heritage site because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter then continue to Madrid where accommodation is reserved for one night.

Day 18: Madrid (B)  

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • First class accommodation as specified (or similar)
  • Private transfers from/to airport and from/to train station in Madrid and Barcelona
  • Transportation as per itinerary in air-conditioned deluxe coach
  • High-speed train ticket in Tourist Class Barcelona to Madrid
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary. Guided city tour with local guides in Barcelona (Sagrada Familia entrance included), Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago (Cathedral ticket included), Porto (including Douro River Cruise and Port wine tasting) & Lisbon
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Tapas Experience dinner in Madrid
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja
  • Pintxos Dinner in Bilbao
  • Dinner and cider tasting in traditional cider house in Oviedo
  • Mussels and wine tasting in a Rias Baixas cruise
  • Fado show and dinner in Lisbon
  • Spain and Portugal Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto Local City Tax are not included, to be paid directly to the hotel
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the following (or similar):
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.

Barcelona

Hesperial President

Madrid

Hyatt Regency Madrid

Bilbao

Barcelo Nervion | Occidental Bilbao

Santander

Santemar

Oviedo

AC Oviedo Forum | Exe Oviedo

Santiago de Compostela

Eurostars Hotel | Exe Peregrino

Oporto

Vila Gale Porto | Fenix Ipanema

Fatima

Santa Maria | Aurea | Regina | Estrela

Lisbon

Lutecia

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