Grand Tour of Spain and Portugal
16 days/15 nights
Departures Every Tuesday between
10 Apr - 16 Oct 2018
Marvel imposing castles and buildings of
austere Castile in the heart of the country, stroll along grand promenades
of northern maritime cities and listen to the melodies of fiery Andalucían
Flamenco! On this grand tour of Spain we'll visit northern sites among them
world famous Santiago de Compostella. Crossing the scenic Rias Bajas region
we'll view two of Europe's oldest universities in Salamanca and Coimbra.
Continuing via the white-washed village of Obidos we reach Lisbon,
Portugal's atmospheric capital, then crossing the peninsula to
the land of toreadors and Moorish castles, we end our tour in the bustling
cities of Valencia and Barcelona
Itinerary: with 5%
Early bird discount on bookings made before 31 Jan 2018
1ST DAY Tuesday – MADRID – ASTORGA – LUGO
Departure from our bus Terminal
towards Villacastin and Medina del Campo, where we will
admire the impressive Castilian Castle of La Mota. Continue to Astorga, brief
Episcopal Palace of Antonio Gaudi,
the unique Catalan architect.
Depart to Lugo, which
holds one of the most impressive
Roman ramparts with a perimeter of 2266
2ND DAY Wednesday – LUGO – A CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through
the main avenues
Marine Avenue to admire
the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house
galleries. Brief stop
of the wonders of the world,
the oldest working
lighthouse the “ Tower of Hercules” dating back from the
Roman period. Afternoon
or you can join an optional tour to some of the villages of the the upper river
of Galicia. Overnight.
3RD DAY Thursday – A CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage
as it is one of the most important center 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 feel of the
4TH 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.(lower
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. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy this lively city or
an optional tour to Bayona and Santa Tecla to see the old Celtic remains
situated on the hill of Santa Tecla and the impressive views of the Miño River
and of Portugal. Overnight.
5TH 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
and most prestigious
universities in Europe, the magnificent Plaza Mayor, the
Shells House, old and new Cathedral. Overnight.
6TH DAY Sunday – SALAMANCA – CIUDAD RODRIGO – COIMBRA - FATIMA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town of Ciudad Rodrigo with
Portugal 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.Departure
to Fatima, well known
for the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima, patroness of Portugal. Free time to
visit the Basilica. Overnight.
7TH DAY Monday – FATIMA – OBIDOS – LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel,
continue our trip to the beautiful medieval
white -washed town
with an obvious Moorish influence, 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. Night optional tour dinner
Advance booking required.
8TH DAY Tuesday – LISBON
Breakfast and overnight, In the morning panoramic city tour of
Lisbon, passing through the Alfama district, birthplace of St. Anthonyand once
the old Moorish Quarters.
We also visit two World Heritage monumnets, the Belem Tower symbol of Lisbon and the Jeronimous
built in pure Manuelite style typical of Portugal.
Afternoon at leisure. Possibility of an optional tour to see the 3
most visited towns on the outskirts of Lisbon, Sintra world Heritage Town,
Cascais and Estoril
9TH 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 houses
back from the 14th and 16th century
as testaments of power struggle between the two major powers of Iberia.
The old quarters is one of the 3 best
conserved medieval quarters in Europe.
Free time for lunch on your own or to see the Plaza Mayor and
the old medieval district.
Continue to Sevilla,
the capital city of Andalucia, the most visited part of Spain.
10TH DAY Thursday – SEVILLE
Breakfast and overnight. Morning panoramic city tour, where we
will come in contact with this magnificent city, driving through Maria Luisas
Park, The University, Americas Square and The Pavillions 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
you can attend an
optional artistic tour
or visit on your own the stunning Alcazar palace with its lace-like carved rooms
and beautiful gardens.
possibility of attending the
finest Flamenco Show in Spain.
11TH DAY Friday – SEVILLE – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Ronda, passing through the Route of the
White Villages 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 enjoy a
view of the city
the oldest bullring in Spain, considered the symbol and soul
of Ronda. In the afternoon departure to the international beachside resort,
Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight.
12TH DAY Saturday – COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning,
then proceed to Granada
which is located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of
the most visited monument in Spain declared World Heritage,The Alhambra
former rural dwelling of the Moorish emirs,
will be seeing the
with gorgeous view over to the mountains and the Moorish quarter below
and the Generalife Gardens
of Cyprus trees, rose bushes and hidden fountains.
13TH DAY Sunday – GRANADA – ALICANTE – VALENCIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Alicante. Panoramic drive through Alicante
location between mountains and the
of this beautiful
lively city. Continue to Valencia.
14TH 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 the
works of the Valencian
architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed The Arts and
Science Complex, unique in its genre
and famous and for its planetarium that symbolizes the 'Eye of knowledge"
. Departure to Barcelona. Overnight.
15TH DAY Tuesday – BARCELONA
Breakfast and overnight. In the morning, panoramic city tour of Barcelona,
visiting Spain Square,
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!.
16TH 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 departure to Madrid to our bus Terminal. End
our we can book extra nigths.
PRICES IN EUROS - $ rate varies depending on the exchange rate of your payment date
|Double room per person
1 Jul-31Oct'18 departures
|C First class - 4star hotels
5% senior discount - age 65 and over
Discount to the third person sharing double room. no senior
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 or similar USED FOR TOUR:
||Ciudad de Vigo****
||Gran Hotel Corona****
||Costa Del Sol
||Rey Don Jaime****
* US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate
Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish
with local guides
as per itinerary in Santiago, Lisbon,
Al Hambra de
Granada, Barcelona - panoramic tour of Alicante and La Coruna
private coach transportation with AC
Accommodation in first class hotels
(in Lisbon, Sevilleand Barcelona only 3 star hotels)
English and Spanish speaking
tour director - Tour is bilingual and conducted in
breakfast and one dinner as per itinerary