From Barcelona to Northern and Southern Spain with Portugal
SAN SEBASTIAN BILBAO,
Santander Santillana Covadonga, Santiago de Compostella, Porto, Lisbon
Caceres, Cordoba Seville Granada Valencia
17 Days / 16 Nights
Tour # 55
10 % Early bird discount on bookings
made before 25 Dec 2017
Departures from Barcelona: April: 11, May: 2, 23, 30, June: 6, 13, 20, 27.
July: 11, 25. Aug 8, 22, Sep 5, 19.
October: 3, 10, 17.
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Northern Spain tour
1st Day (Wed.) BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA (train) – SAN
You will depart by Ave speed train from Barcelona “Sants” train
station to Zaragoza. Transfer to the city center to join your coach tour
heading up to Basque Lan San Sebestian. San Sebastian, it’s one of the most
famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival.
Panoramic city tour of this elegant city, known for its crescent shaped La
Concha beach and and beachfront promenade surrounded by elegant buildings.
Rest of the evening is free. Accommodation in San Sebastian.
(Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
breakfast we drive up to Mount Igueldo for a wonderful view of the city and
bay below, then proceed towards Bilbao, the Basque capital. First we have a
panoramic drive around the city, then you will have free time on the
esplanade to admire the unique architecture of the Guggenheim Museum.
Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales” where you will have
free time for lunch on your own and to stroll around the shore. We recommend
to try one of the local fish dishes. In the afternoon departure to
Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known
for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free time
to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation.
3rd Day (Fri.)
SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO
After breakfast departure to
Santillana, it’s one of the most important Medieval 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 in
the mountainous region of Asturias, where you will have free time to see the
Sanctuary and the Grotto dedicated to the patroness of Asturias our Lady of
Covadonga. Covadonga is also known as the important place of an 8th century
battle with the Moors which is considered the first significant victory in
the Reconquista to regain the Iberian Peninsula form Moorish rule. In
the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills
the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre-romantic
Asturian architecture. Free time to
explore Oviedo, many of their streets are pedestrian and are registered on
the World Heritage List. Accommodation in Oviedo.
4th Day (Sat.)
OVIEDO - LUGO – LA CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician
region. Arrive to Lugo well known for its Roman remains that is also a
UNESCO Heritage site. Continuation to the important port city of
La Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through the main avenues of this fabulous
town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegant buildings of this
prosperous city with its unique glass covered balconies. Stop at the
outskirts of the city to visit the world's the oldest and still
working lighthouse, the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the Roan times.
Afternoon at leisure. You will have an option to join a tour to the Rias
Altas area to visit some old towns in the northern river estuary.
Accommodation in La Coruna.
5th Day (Sun.) LA CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela
declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important centre of
Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route
built during the Roman Empire. City tour where we will see the main square
called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the
Apostle Santiago. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the narrow
cobblestone streets and get the feel of the unique atmosphere with pilgrims
and students flocking the streets. Accommodation in Santiago..
Day (Mon.) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO
at the hotel. Departure towards an other scenic area of Galicia, the Rias
Bajas (Lower river estuary). Driving through this magnificent landscape we
will arrive to La Toja Island, well known for its spa. Free time and
continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo,
situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas area. Overnight.
(Tue.) VIGO – VIANA DO CASTELO – BRAGA - PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located
between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time and continue to
Braga center a small town known for its religious importance. It is known
for the Bom Jesus do Monte complex, a cascading garden with 17 levels of
stairs from the hillside church. Short stop and continue to Porto.
8th Day (Wed.) PORTO
sightseeing tour of Porto, considered a World Heritage city and one of the
most famous wine centers in the world with a charming old town on the shores
of the scenic Douro river. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building
and Santa Clara church. In the afternoon, possibility of an optional visit
to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous "port wine".
9th Day (Thu.) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA
Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe
and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the
Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica
and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. 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. Accommodation.
10th Day (Fri.) FATIMA – BATALHA -
NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA - LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure 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 and continue to Alcobaça and other World Heritage site to
see the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro the tragic Portuguese couple,
version of Romeo and Juliet. Continue to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional
night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music with
melodies that date back to the Age of Discoveries..
11th Day (Sat.)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient
Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos
Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal
Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure or you can visit the Alfama
Quarter dating back to Moorish times and known for its white washed alley
ways, twisted streets and staircases climbing up on the mountain side. The
old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of taverns and hidden
corners. Accommodation in Lisbon.
12th Day (Sun.) LISBON – CACERES –
Breakfast at the hotel then departure a back to Spain, first to
Caceres considered as World Heritage place 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.
Afterwards, continue on towards the romantic white Córdoba, once the capital
of the Moorish Caliphate. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in lovely
13th Day (Mon.) CORDOBA – SEVILLE
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour of its Mosque with its impressive collection of unique columns, then
stroll through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter with its
many hidden little patios. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride we
reach Seville, "city of Carmen and Don Juan." Dinner and accommodation
at the hotel.
14th Day (Tue.) SEVILLE
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the
second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz
quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the
myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España.
Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors
of this active full of light city. We recommend to visit on your own the
marvelous Alcazar, one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Spain.
(check days and times in advance to see if it is open since it is still a
formal royal palace.) Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional
Flamenco show with drink..
15th Day (Wed.) SEVILLE – GRANADA
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart
of ANDALUSIA observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to
Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last
stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous
Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors
with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at
16th Day (Thu.) GRANADA – VALENCIA
breakfast this morning we will drive toward the Mediterranean coast. Via
Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river, continue north
via Alicante, the second largest city within the region of Valencia. Reach
Valencia one of the main capital of the Mediterranean coast with its modern
Arts and Sciences Architectural Complex integrated by six elements:
Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and
Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally well renowned and
delicious “Paella”, the typical Andalucian dish. Accommodation at the hotel.
17th Day (Fri.) VALENCIA – BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning
city tour of this bright city including a drive through the old city showing
the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed
of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las
Ciencias” to watch the emblematic exteriors of the six buildings. Early
afternoon departure toward north along the Mediterranean coast to the
province of Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Reach Barcelona the
exiting city of the Catalnas known for its multiculturalism, and the
architect Gaudi, symbol of the Catalonian modernism. End of services.
Extra nights in Barcelona can be requested.
Prices in Euros ($ rate varies depending
the exchange) per person based on double occupancy
Barcelona to Barcelona
|3/4 star hotels
Category T Standard
|Apr -June 2018
|July - Aug 2018
|Sep - Oct 2018
Single room supplement
Supplement for Apr 11 and May 23, 2018 departures only
Discount for 3rd person in a room: 10%
Discount for one child 3-11 years sharing room with 2 adults:
Discount for one child 0-2 years (if sharing seat on the bus with parents) and
sharing room with 2adults: 90%
* Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish
Accommodations in First Class hotels (category T on some nights 3
star hotels as below hotel list)
Buffet breakfast daily and 4 dinners. On other nights your guide will give
you options for dinners.
Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation
* Speed train ticket from
Barcelona to Zaragoza
Tour conducted by professional tour escort throughout in both English and
* Escorted sightseeing tours with English and Spanish speaking guides in ,
Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Alhambra and generalife
gardens in Granada, Valencia
* Panoramic trour of San Sebastian, Bilbao and
San Sebastián both T and A
categories: Palacio de Aiete
Santander both T and A categories: Santemar
Oviedo both T and A categories: Sercotel Ciudad de Oviedo
La Coruña both
T and A categories: Tryp Coruña
Santiago de Compostela: both T and
A categories: Tryp Santiago
Vigo: both T and A categories:
Tryp Los Galeones
Porto both T and A categories: Tryp Porto Expo or
Black Tulipor Eurostars Heroismo
Fátima: both T and A
categories: Aurea Fátima or Estrela de Fátima or Regina
both T and A categories: Lutécia or Tryp Lisboa Oriente
category T: Tryp Córdoba, category A: NH Córdoba Guadalquivir
Sevilla: category T: Catalonia Santa Justa or Catalonia Giralda,
category A: Silken Al-Andalus Palace
Granada: category T: Los
Angeles, category A: A Melia Granada
Valencia: both T and A
categories: NH Valencia Las Artes