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Visit Spain’s green belt on a comfortable coach tour from Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santillana Del Mar, Covadonga, Oviedo, A Coruna, Santiago De Compostela, Salamanca and ending in Madrid.
10 Days/ 9 Nights – Saturday Departures (Apr-Oct)
Barcelona to Madrid
Saturday Departures (Apr-Oct)
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After your individual arrival at Barcelona airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free to recover from jet lag or discover one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities on your own. In the evening, you can dine at Pueblo Espanol, the famous open-air museum with replicas of buildings form all over the world. Those who booked the Premium Package will have dinner included at the Pueblo. Accommodation in Barcelona.
After breakfast we embark on a guided tour of Barcelona. We will see the ancient Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. We will have a stop at the famed Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s world famous unfinished work that looks like lace carved in stone. Continue to Montjuich Hill (site of the Olympic Stadium), to enjoy a spectacular view of Barcelona and its port area. Free time for lunch, perhaps in the Olympic Port area. Lunch included in the Premium package. Rest of the day is at your leisure in this bustling city. Accommodation in Barcelona.
After breakfast we depart to Bilbao. First we drive to the province of Aragon with a stop at the capital city of Zaragoza. We stop at the main square so you have free time to visit the impressive Basilica of El Pilar and have lunch on your own. Continue on to the north coast of Spain to Basque country, arriving to the seaside town of San Sebastian famous for its promenade along the lovely bay. San Sebastian is often called “the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”. Free time to stroll around, then we continue to Bilbao. Accommodation. Premium package includes dinner in Bilbao
After your buffet breakfast at your hotel we will have a short panoramic tour of the city, then free time to visit the Guggenheim Museum for those interested (on your own) Premium package includes the entrance fee to the museum. Afternoon departure to the heart of Cantabria and to the small town of Santillana del Mar, very well preserved with a typical medieval ambiance. Free time in Santillana, (PREMIUN PACKAGE INCLUDES LUNCH IN SANTILLANA) before leaving to los Picos de Europa, one of the most spectacular landscapes of Spain, to visit the shrine of Covadonga. This evening we will be overnighting in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias famous for its intact town walls.
Buffet Breakfast and following the north coast departure to Ribadeo entering Galicia, an other Gallic province belonging to Spain. Stop at the Playa de Catedrales, a beach popular among tourists and locals alike due to its cathedral-like rock formations than can only be seen in low tide. Continue to Betanzos, a historic town at the confluence of two rivers, where you will have free time for lunch on your own. Continue to the major city of A Coruña for a short stop, then on to today’s final destination, Santiago de Compostella, Accommodation.
Buffet Breakfast and guided tour of the city build around the World famous Pilgrimage town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with pilgrims in the hundreds of thousands each year. See the beautiful Cathedral, the old market square. Evening free to browse around the narrow alleys and soak in the Medieval atmosphere. Those with the premium package will have a traditional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Santiago.
Buffet Breakfast and departure to Salamanca, famous for its university, one of the oldest ones in Europe founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX. Free time for lunch (on your own) and to stroll around the impressive Plaza Mayor, one of the nicest main town squares in Spain. ( Premium package includes lunch in Salamanca ) In the afternoon we continue to Madrid. Overnight in Madrid.
Free time to get to know Spain’s most important city. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive 16-17th century Plaza Mayor. (Main Square of the city) once the scene of most public events including executions. This old section of Madrid is famous for its typical restaurants and taverns, which serve great variety of the delicious finger food, the “tapas”. PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a Tapas Dinner tonight. Return to your hotel at your own convenience. Accommodations.
Today we start with a guided tour of Madrid to view some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon you can visit on your own Madrid’s famous Art Museums or perhaps take an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, a very important cultural center during the Middle ages where 3 religions lived in piece and harmony. You will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, glancing back to ages long gone. Touring will include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco’s masterpiece painting is displayed. There will also be some time for shopping for the unique typical local artisan products. Overnight in Madrid
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Madrid airport for your flight or take a cruise over to Portugal on the Douro river.