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Tour of The North of Spain and Portugal with Andalusia – Escorted Tour # ES435

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16 Days
Availability : Apr - Oct
Madrid
Lisbon
A lovely trip to the green part of Spain to Asturia, Cantabria, Basque country, Galicia and the north of Portugal From San Sebastian Bilbao Oviedo Castro Urdiales from Madrid

16 days/15 nights – Saturday Departures 7 Apr -13 Oct

Departure & Return Location

Madrid

Departure Time

Saturday Departures 7 Apr -13 Oct

Price Includes

  • Tour is conducted in both English and Spanish
  • Guided visit by local guide in Santiago, Toledo, Alhambra, Seville, panoramic tours as per itinerary in S. Sebastian, Bilbao, Gijon, Coruna, Lisbon,
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor coach
  • Entrance Fees
  • First class accommodation with daily buffet breakfast (3 star hotel in Lisbon and Seville)
  • One dinner on the Costa del Sol
  • Luggage handling.
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Day 1MADRID – ZARAGOZA – SAN SEBASTIAN

Departure from our bus Terminal at 09.00AM., towards Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of Spain and stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon we will continue to San Sebastian, it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this French style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent Conchas beach. Overnight.

Day 2SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER

Breakfast at hotel. We will approach Mount Igueldo to delight in lovely views of the city and the crescent shaped bay, then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic drive in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located with its flamboyant outside design. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time for a typical fishermen’s lunch on your own or to visit the local castle and walk around the seashore. Departure to Santander, it’s 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 promenade. Overnight.

Day 3SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santilana, it’s one of the most authentic medieval towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque architecture 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 Gothic. Overnight.

Day 4OVIEDO – 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 with its lovely vistas and white house’s hanging on to a steep hillside. In the afternoon depart to Lugo, which holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts with a perimeter of 2266 meters in circumference, a designated World Heritage monument. We suggest a leisurely stroll on the top of the historic Roman walls surrounding the old town. Overnight.

Day 5LUGO – La CORUÑA

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through the main avenues of the city along 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” dating back to the Roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas nearby villages at the estuaries of the Northern rivers heading to the Atlantic. Overnight.

Day 6La CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela a UNESCO World Heritage town 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 feel of the middle ages. Overnight.

Day 7SANTIAGO 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 lovely landscape we will arrive to 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 area. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy this lively city or an optional tour to Bayona and Santa Tecla to see the old Celtic remains located on top of the hill of Santa Tecla with impressive views of the Miño River and over to Portugal. Overnight.

Day 8VIGO - 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.

Day 9SALAMANCA – CIUDAD RODRIGO – COIMBRA -FATIMA

Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town of Ciudad Rodrigo and old Celtic settlement with the castle and town walls dating back to the 12th century. Continue via Guarda until we reach the University town 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. Arrival at Fatima, free time to visit the sanctuary on your own. Overnight.

Day 10FATIMA – OBIDOS – LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Obidos, where we can explore the white washed 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. Tonight, optional dinner with Fado show, the national song of Portugal and a must to see. Overnight. We have to reserve the Fado show in advance.

Day 11LISBON

Breakfast and overnight, In the morning 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 to explore the city on your own or join an optional tour to see the west Atlantic coast with Sintra world Heritage Town and castle, Cascais and Estoril seaside resorts.

Day 12LISBON – CÁCERES – SEVILLE

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Spanish border to arrive to the World Heritage city of Caceres, with its fortified buildings dating back from the 14th and 16th century, the age when two religious powers fought for supremacy in Iberia. The old town is one of the 3 best conserved medieval quarters in Europe. Free time to walk to see the Plaza Mayor and the old medieval district. After our tour continue to Sevilla. Overnight.

Day 13SEVILLE

Breakfast and overnight. Morning panoramic and monumental city tour, where we will come in contact with this magnificent city, driving 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 on your own the magnificent Alcazar royal palace, the oldest still in use royal palace in Europe. In the late afternoon, possibility of attending the finest Flamenco Show in Spain.

Day 14SEVILLE – 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 to enjoy an unforgettable view of the city to 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.

Day 15COSTA DEL SOL – GRANADA

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning to then proceed to Granada at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of the most visited monument in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage monument, the Alhambra where we will be seeing the Nazarite Palaces and the Generalife Gardens (entrance included) outstanding testimonies of former Moorish opulence and power. Overnight.

Day 16GRANADA – TOLEDO – MADRID

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Toledo, the most prosperous and forward thinking city of the 9th century Europe, known for its religious tolerance. Tour of this museum city of authentic medieval buildings a UNESCO declared World Heritage site. On arrival panoramic drive around Toledo for a great view and then proceed on foot to visit the historical old town. We will enter the Cathedral (entrance included), Santo Tome which in its interior holds one of the masterpieces of El Greco, “The burial of the count of Orgaz” (entrance included) and finally we will proceed towards the former Jewish Quarters to see the synagogue of St. Maria La Blanca. Afternoon departure back to Madrid. End of tour

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