Barcelona or Madrid to Portugal

Barcelona, Leon, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostella, Braga, Porto, Lisbon, Madrid

10 nights/11 days
Apr 12 - Oct 18, 2018 - Depart Thursdays

Tour Number 54

Start your tour by train from Barcelona to Madrid and continue by coach to Northern Spain oevernighting in Lion, the historic kingdom at the North-West corner of Spain, a popular pit stop on the Camino Santiago pilgrimage route. Continue to Galicia at the westernmost part of Spain and visit the river estuaries. From Vigo we cross over to  Portugal  charming and friendly Portugal with its romantic towns. Tour will end in Madrid or Lisbon. 

Barcelona to Leon and Portugal tour

Portugal - Spain Tour Itinerary from Barcelona:

1st Day (Thu.) BARCELONA – MADRID (train)
Depart from Barcelona “Sants” train station on high speed AVE train to Madrid “Puerta de Atocha” station. You will recived your train ticket together with your voucher in advance. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and receive a transfer from the station to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

2nd Day (Fri.) MADRID – LEON – OVIEDO
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the departure point at Plaza de Oriente. Departure at 08:30 a.m. towards Leon. Free time to walk around its historic center and visit its famouse Gothic Cathedral that has been visited my many pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. View the church of San Isidro or the facade of the Hostel of Sand Marcos in the typical Spanish Plateresque style. Continue to Oviedo, capital of Asturias at the foot of Mount Naranco and surrounded by a series of hills. Several of Oviedo's buildings are listed as World Heritage Sites. Overnight in Oviedo.

3rd Day (Sat.) OVIEDO – LUGO – A CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time to to see the Roman walks where you can take a leisurely storll with a good view of the city.  Continuation to La Coruña center of Galician sea commerce, a prosperous city with a unique pedestrian aera of glass covered balconies. Brief panoramic drive through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician arquitecture of glass house galleries. Stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back to Roman times. Afternoon at leisure or you can take an optional tour to the Rias Altas aera of small towns. Accommodation in La Coruna.

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. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most scenic areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas, the estuaries of the Lower Rivers. 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, lower rivers estuary area . Accommodation is in Vigo.

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 for lunch, then continue to Braga known for its Italiante style Bom Jesus do Monte staircase. Short stop and continue to Porto. Accommodation in one of the most famouse wine cities in the World with its romatic river-side buildings along the Douro river.

7th Day (Wed.) PORTO
Breakfast. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. 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 in Porto.

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. Overnight in Fatima.

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 (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro, the royal couple remebered for their tragic history. Continue to Lisbon for overnight stay. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.

10th 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 for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel.

Departure 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. Continue to Madrid. END OF OUR SERVICE.

Extra nights before and after the tour in Barcelona can be added as well as extra tours in Barcelona. No escort on the trian between Barcelona and Madrid on the first day.

Dates of departure in 2018:

April: 12.
May: 03, 24 & 31.
June: 07, 14, 21 & 28.
July: 12 & 26.
August: 09 & 23.
September: 06 & 20.
October: 04 & 18.

Currency Conversion

PRICES IN EUROS - $ rate varies depending on the exchange rate of  the payment date

Category First class superior hotels  
Apr-June 2018
per person
1Jul-31Aug'18 departures 1 Sep -31 Oct 2018 Supplement for Apr 12 and May 24, 2018 departures only Single supplement
C - First class - 4star hotels 1725 1805 1765 45   115
5% senior discount  - age 65 and over

Discount to the third person sharing double room. - no senior discount with 3rd person discount
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 First class superior ON THE TOUR:

Madrid: Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa  or Catalonia Gran Via
Oviedo: Sercotel Ciudad de Oviedo
La Coruña : Tryp Coruña
Santiago de Compostela: Tryp Santiago
Vigo: Tryp Los Galeones
Porto: Tryp Porto Expo / Black Tulip / Eurostars Heroismo
Fatima: Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina
Lisbon: Lutécia / Tryp Lisboa Oriente


Included in the price:
Tour is bilingual conducted in English and Spanish

  • Hotel Accommodation in the listed hotels with breakfast

  • 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

  • Guided visit to Santiago, Porto, Lisbon and panoramic sightseeing tour of La Coruña / Tour escort during the tour



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