Escorted Tours Spain and Portugal
Galicia, Leon and Portugal
9 days/8 nights
or 12 days/11 nights
Departures every Sunday or Tuesday without Madrid
9 Apr - 15 Oct 2017.
Discounts of 5% for bookings made by
30 Dec 2016
Tour only operates between Apr and
1st DAY Sunday – MADRID.
Arrival on your own at Madrid airport. Transfer to your hotel, free time at
leisure for own activities. Overnight in Madrid
2nd DAY Monday - Madrid
After breakfast a morning panoramic city tour of Madrid to visit the old and new
sections of the city to see Spain
Square including all major sites including Cibeles square, Gran via, etc. Stop at
Devode Temple, Pl;aza Mayor and Ventas
Bull ring. Continue to Columbos square whre we end the tour. Afternoon
at leisure to explore the city on your own, to visit the world Famous Prado
art gallery or take an optional excursion
to Toledo, an important medieval city famous for its religious tolerance and a
World Heritage site.
3rd DAY Tuesday – MADRID – ASTORGA – LUGO
Departure towards Villacastin and Medina del Campo, where we will
admire the impressive Castilian Castle of La Mota. Continue to Astorga, in the
northern province of Leon where cocoa and chocolate from the New World was first introduced to Europe in 1528 by Hernando Cortez, the feared Conquistador. Brief
stop to admire the Astorga Episcopal Palace designed by the world famous architect of Barcelona, the builder of Sagrada Familia. Antonio Gaudi. Depart to Lugo, which
holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts with a perimeter of 2266 meters
in circumference, a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Overnight.
4th DAY Wednesday – LUGO – A CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through
the main avenues of this port city driving 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 still working
lighthouse the “ Tower of Hercules” dating back to the Roman period. Afternoon
at leisure or optional tour to the nearby villages of Rias Altas. Overnight.
5th DAY Thursday – A CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage
site as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain and
the world and 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 medieval
6TH 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 at La Toja Island, 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 region. 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.
7TH 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 the world dating back to 1134; the magnificent Plaza Mayor, the
Shells House and the old and new Cathedral. Overnight.
8TH DAY Sunday – SALAMANCA – CIUDAD RODRIGO – COIMBRA - FATIMA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town with Portugal, Ciudad Rodrigo
where we will have a short visit to view the old 11 century city walls and the cathedral and the castle. Continuing via Guarda we reach the University city of Coimbra with
one of the oldest educational building in Europe (1290) and once the capital of Portugal. Free time to
admire their narrow streets, hanging houses, palaces, chapels and churches. Later we drive to Fatima, well known for the
Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima, patroness of Portugal. Free time to visit the
9TH DAY Monday – FATIMA – OBIDOS – LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the quaint medieval city of Obidos, where we can explore
the white washed cobblestone streets and red roofed white houses sheltered by
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 optional dinner
with Fado show to enjoy the bitter-sweet national songs of Portugal expressing
sorrow, passion and longing to loved ones at far away places exploring the high
seas. The songs' roots originate in the era of World Discoveries and are a must to
hear. (this optional evening has to be booked in advance) Overnight.
10TH DAY Tuesday – LISBON
Breakfast and overnight, In the morning included a panoramic city tour of
Lisbon, passing through the Alfama district, birthplace of St. Anthony and once
the old Moorish Quarters, the Belem Tower symbol of Lisbon and the Jeronimous
Monastery. Afternoon at leisure. Possibility of an optional tour to see the 3
most visited towns on the western coast: Sintra world Heritage Town,
Cascais and Estoril seaside resorts..
11TH DAY Wednesday – LISBON – CÁCERES - MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Spanish border to arrive to the
World Heritage city of Caceres, with unparalleled historic buildings dating back
from the 14th and 16th century. The old quarter 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 we will proceed back to Madrid. Overnight. For
those taking the shorter version, the tour ends here without overnight in Madrid.
12TH DAY Thursday - MADRID
Breakfast end of services
PRICES IN EUROS - $ rate varies depending on the
exchange rate of your payment day
Period Apr- Oct 2017 Departures.
5% discount for bookings made before 30 Dec 2016
Apr-June '17 and October '17
1 Jul- 30 Sep'17 departures
|C First class - 4star hotels for 9 days without Madrid stay
|C First class - 4star hotels for 12 days with Madrid
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.
under 2 are free but have no bus seat or hotel bed reserved (cot is
possible on request).
HOTELS or similar USED on the tour:
||Ciudad de Vigo****
Included in the price:
Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish
with local guides
in Madrid, Santiago, Lisbon and Caceres, Panoramic tour in La
Escorted tour with English and Spanish tour director
- tour is bilingual and conducted in two languages
• Air conditioned deluxe motor coach.
• Accommodation and daily breakfast.
• Entrance fees.
• Arrival transfer in Madrid on Sundays