Circle Tour of Spain and Portugal
San Sebastian Bilbao Castro Urdiales, Santander Santanilla Covadonga,
Oviedo, Lugo, La Coruna, Santiago de Compostella, Salamanca, Coimbra,
Fatima, Obidos, Lisbon, Caceres, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada,
Alicante Valencia Barcelona Zaragoza
19 days/18 nights # 39
Departures Every Saturday from Madrid
8 Apr - 14 Oct 2017
Tour does not operate between November and March!
The most detailed tour of Spain with northern Portugal. Circle the Iberian
lands on this detailed tour from the north of Spain and Portugal to down
south to sunny Andalucía and the Levantine coast to vibrant Barcelona .
5% discounts on bookings made by 30 Jan 2017
1 ST DAY Saturday – MADRID – ZARAGOZA – SAN SEBASTIAN
Departure at 9 a.m. from our bus Terminal located in the underground parking of Orient
Square towards Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our
Lady of The Pilar, patroness of Hispanity and stroll through the old streets of
Zaragoza. In the afternoon we will continue to San Sebastian, its one of the
most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival.
Panoramic city tour of this French style bourgeois city, with
its elegant streets and lovely seaside promenade. Overnight.
2ND DAY Sunday – SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
Breakfast at hotel. We will drive up to Mount Igueldo, to
enjoy the splendid views of the city
and the bay below, and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic drive
in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located
in order to admire this museum famous for its unique modern
modern architecture. Proceed to the old
fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time for lunch on
your own at one of the local fish restaurants with delicious soups and other
specialties or stroll around the local castle or the promenade. 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 and the seaside. Overnight.
3 RD DAY Monday SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana, one of the most important
medieval towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as
the Collegiate of Santa Juiliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in
Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the
Sanctuary and the Grotto with the patroness of Asturias our Lady
of Covadonga. 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-Romanic Asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of their
streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like
The Cathedral, a splendid example of Asturian
4TH DAY Tuesday OVIEDO – GIJON – CUDILLERO – LUGO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Gijon, panoramic city tour and then proceed to
Cudillero, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Spain
built in a theatre style landscape with houses cascading down the hillside to
the turquoise waters below. In the
afternoon depart to Lugo, which holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts
anywhere with a perimeter of 2266 meters in circumference declared World Heritage.
If you wish you can view the city from the walls circling it
by foot. Overnight.
5TH DAY Wednesday – LUGO – A CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to A Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through
the main avenues by the Marine Avenue to admire
the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house
galleries. Brief stop at one of the wonders of the world, the oldest working
lighthouse the “ Tower of Hercules” originally built by the
Romans and still in use. Afternoon
at leisure or you can join an optional tour to the
nearby villages of the Rias Altas region. Overnight.
6TH DAY Thursday – A CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela a
declared World Heritage
as it is one of the most important centers 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. Afternoon free at leisure
to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the medieval
feel of the old city. Overnight.
7TH DAY Friday – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most picturesque areas of
Galicia, the Rias Bajas. Driving through this magnificent landscape we will
arrive to la Toja Island, universally know 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 (Lower rivers) region at the estuaries of
the Atlantic. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy this lively city or
an optional tour to Bayona and Santa Tecla to see the dwellings of the
old Celtic remains
situated on the hill of Santa Tecla and the impressive views of the Miño River
and of Portugal. Overnight.
8TH DAY Saturday – VIGO - SALAMANCA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Salamanca following The Old Silver Route
built during the roman times. On arrival free time in this world renowned city
with one of the oldest universities in Europe, the magnificent Plaza Mayor, the
Shells House, old and new Cathedral. Overnight.
9TH DAY Sunday – SALAMANCA – CIUDAD RODRIGO – COIMBRA - FATIMA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town of Ciudad Rodrigo to continue via Guarda until we reach the University city of Coimbra,
one of the oldest in Europe and once the capital of Portugal. Free time to
admire their narrow streets, hanging houses, palaces, chapels and churches,
which is a must to see. Overnight.
10TH DAY Monday – FATIMA – OBIDOS – LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Fatima, well known for the
Sanctuary of our
Lady of Fatima, patroness of Portugal. Free time to visit the Basilica,
continue our trip to the beautiful medieval city of Obidos, where we can explore
the cobblestone streets and red roofed white houses, sheltered by the impressive
city walls. Our next stop will be in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal,
located on the right bank of the Tagus River. In the evening we offer you
an optional dinner with Fado
show, the national bitter-sweet songs of Portugal
expressing the longing, passion and and pain of Portuguese women
and a must to see. Overnight.
11TH DAY Tuesday – LISBON
Breakfast and overnight, In the morning we will have panoramic city tour of
Lisbon, passing through the Alfama district, birthplace of St. Anthonyand once
the old Moorish Quarters, the Belem Tower symbol of Lisbon and the Jeronimous
Monastery built in the typicall Manuelite style of Portugall.
Afternoon at leisure or join an optional tour to see the 3
most visited towns at the outskirts of Lisbon: Sintra world Heritage Town,
Cascais and Estoril seaside resorts..
12TH DAY Wednesday – LISBON – CÁCERES – SEVILLA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Spanish border to arrive to the
World Heritage city of Caceres, with its fortified historic buildings dating
back from the 14th and 16th century. The old quarter od the city
is one of the 3 best
conserved medieval quarters in Europe. Tour on foot to see the Plaza Mayor and
the old medieval district. After our tour continue to Sevilla,
Andalucia's capital. Overnight.
13TH DAY Thursday – SEVILLE
Breakfast and overnight. Morning panoramic and monumental city tour
passing through Maria Luisas
Park, The University, Americas Square and The Pavilions built in 1929 for the
Iberoamerican Fair. Following the panoramic tour we will continue on foot from
the Murillo Gardens towards the old “Santa Cruz” quarters. Brief stop. We will
then proceed to the Cathedral (entrance included) where we will also see the
symbol of Seville, The Giralda Tower once the minaret of the Mosque and today
the belfry of the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure where you can attend an
optional artistic tour or visit the magnificinet Alcazar castle on your
own, the oldest still in use royal castle in Europe. In the late afternoon, possibility of attending the
finest Flamenco Show in Spain.
14TH DAY Friday – SEVILLE – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Ronda, passing through the Route of the n
White Villages in order for us to arrive to Ronda. Ronda is one of the oldest
cities in Spain, whose origins date back to the Neolithic Period. Free time to
explore the main sites of Ronda. From the Tajo Gorge to enjoy an
view of the city and see the oldest bullring in Spain, considered the symbol and soul
of Ronda. In the afternoon departure to the international beachside resort La
Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight.
15TH DAY Saturday – COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning to then proceed to Granada
which is located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of
the most visited monument in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Alhambra
where we will be seeing the Nazarite Palaces and the Generalife Gardens
(entrance included) opulent reminders of former Moorish control in Iberia. Overnight.
16TH DAY Sunday – GRANADA – ALICANTE – VALENCIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Alicante. Panoramic drive through Alicante
to admire the unique location between the mountains and the sea this beautiful lively city. Continue to Valencia.
17TH DAY Monday – VALENCIA – BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel and possibility of signing up for the optional city tour
of Valencia, a town renown for the international Fallas Festival and of the
works of the Valencia architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed The Arts and
Science Complex, unique in its genre. Departure to Barcelona. Overnight.
18TH DAY Tuesday – BARCELONA
Breakfast and overnight. In the morning, panoramic city tour of Barcelona,
visiting Spain Square, the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, where we will have a brief stop to contemplate
a magnificent view of the city and its port, after which we will continue
towards Columbus Avenue and then to the Historical Gothic Quarters. Walking tour
through St. Jaume square, the town hall and the Gothic Cathedral. Afternoon at
leisure to enjoy this cosmopolitan city or sign up for the Gaudi artistic tour,
truly a must!.
19TH DAY Wednesday – BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA – MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Zaragoza. Free time to see on your own the
Basilica of our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of the Hispanic Culture and also
stroll through the old town to discover the quaint streets of Zaragoza. In the
afternoon continue to Madrid where the trip ends late
afternoon-evening. You can also end the tour in Barcelona instead of Madrid.
PRICES IN EUROS - $ rate varies depending on the
exchange rate of your payment date -
Apr 11 - Oct 17, 2015 Departures
Double Room per person
|C First class - 4star hotels
5% senior discount
age 65 and over
Discount to the third person sharing double room. no senior
discount on third person in room
Children under 12: 25% discount when sharing room with 2 adults. Babies
under 2 are free but have no bus seat or hotel bed reserved (cot is
possible on request).
HOTELS USED on TOUR:
||Hotel names Category C First class
||Mercure Monte Igueldo****
||Ciudad de Vigo****
||Costa Del Sol
||Las Piramides junior suite****
||Silken Puerta de Valencia****
Included in the price:
Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish
Hotel Accommodation in the listed hotels or similar with
Escorted tour with English and Spanish speaking guide
- tour is bilingual and conducted in two languages
Transportation by air conditioned deluxe motor coach
Hotel taxes , luggage handling, entrance fees
Daily breakfast, 1 dinner
Guided visits Santiago, Lisbon, Caceres, Sevilla,
panoramic tour in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Gijon, Coruna, Alicante