Circle Tour From Barcelona to Northern and Southern Spain with Portugal

Barcelona  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

 Viana do Castelo tour Portugal from Barcelona

2018 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.
 Also check out an other version of  Northern Spain tour from Barcelona

Itinerary:

1st Day (Wed.) BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA (train) – SAN SEBASTIAN
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.

2nd Day (Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
After 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 COMPOSTELA
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..

6th Day (Mon.) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO
Breakfast 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.

7th Day (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. Accommodation.

8th Day (Wed.) PORTO
Breakfast. Panoramic 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". Accommodation.

9th Day (Thu.) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA
Breakfast. 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.) LISBON
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 – CORDOBA
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 Cordoba.

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 Sacromonte quarter.

16th Day (Thu.) GRANADA – VALENCIA
After 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.

2018
Prices in Euros ($ rate varies depending the exchange) per person based on double occupancy
17nights/16days tour
Barcelona to Barcelona
3/4 star hotels
Category T Standard
4star hotels
Category Plus
Apr -June 2018 2185 2345
July - Aug  2018 2275 2455
Sep - Oct 2018 2265 2445
Single room supplement 540 1045
Supplement for Apr 11 and May 23, 2018 departures only 50 60

Discount for 3rd person in a room: 10%

Discount for one child 3-11 years sharing room with 2 adults: 25%
Discount for one child 0-2 years (if sharing seat on the bus with parents) and sharing room with 2adults: 90%


Tour Includes:
* 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 Spanish
* 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 La Coruna
 

Hotels used:


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
Lisbon:  both  T and A categories: Lutécia or Tryp Lisboa Oriente
Córdoba: 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 


 

 

 
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