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Galicia Spain Portugal tour from Madrid, Astorga, Lugo, A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Salamanca, Ciudad Rodrigo, Coimbra, Fatima, Obidos, Lisbon, Caceres, Seville, Ronda, Costa Del Sol, Granada, Toledo back to Madrid
13 days/ 12 nights – Tuesday Departures – 10 Apr to 16 Oct
Tuesday Departures – 10 Apr to 16 Oct
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Departure from our bus Terminal at 09.00AM., towards Villacastin and Medina del Campo, where we will admire the impressive Castilian Castle of La Mota. Continue to Astorga, brief stop to admire the Episcopal Palace work of the famed Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudi. Depart to Lugo, which holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts with a perimeter of 2266 meters in circumference, a World Heritage monument where you can stroll on top of the ancient Roman walls. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to A Coruña. Brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this important port city driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the facades with their typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. Brief stop at one of the wonders of the world, the oldest still working lighthouse in the world the “ Tower of Hercules” dating back to Roman times. Afternoon at leisure or you can join an optional tour to the Rias Altas villages area nearby. Overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela a UNESCO World Heritage city as it is one of the most important centers of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain and the world as the end of the Camino de Santiago routes 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 atmosphere. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most picturesque areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Lower Rivers) area of estuaries. Driving through this magnificent 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 at 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.
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.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure towards the border town with Portugal, Ciudad Rodrigo where we will have a short tour to admire the old city with its town walls and castle from the 12th century. Continue via the border town of 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 or have a coffee break at the Plaza mayor shaded arcades. Drive to Fatima for free time to visit on your own. Overnight.
After breakfast we continue to white washed town of Obidos, 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. At night optional dinner with Fado show, the national song of Portugal and a must to see. (has to be booked in advance). Overnight.
Breakfast and overnight, In the morning embark on 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, both designated World Heritage sites. Afternoon at leisure. Possibility to take an optional tour to see the west Atlantic coast with its most visited towns of Sintra, a World Heritage Town, Cascais and Estoril seaside resorts.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Spanish border to arrive to the World Heritage city of Caceres, with its fortified historic buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries attesting to former rivalries between the two cultures of Iberia before the Reconquista. The old town center is one of the 3 best conserved medieval quarters in Europe. Free time to have lunch on your own or to wander around by foot to the Plaza Mayor and the old medieval district. Continue to Seville. Overnight.
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 Ibero/American 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 to visit the Alcazar royal palace on your own or you can attend an optional artistic tour. In the evening possibility of going to the finest Flamenco Show in Spain.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Ronda, passing through the Route of the White Villages before arriving 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 an unforgettable view of the city and 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning to relax around the pool or walk on the beach, then proceed to Granada which is located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of the most visited monument in Spain a UNESCO World Heritage, last stronghold of the Moorish rulers of Spain, The Alhambra, where we will be seeing the Nazarite Palaces with their stalactite adorned rooms and the lovely Generalife Gardens (entrance included). Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Toledo. Tour of the city, one of the most prosperous and largest in Europe during the 9th century, well known for its religious tolerance where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in harmony. On arrival panoramic drive around Toledo and then proceed on foot to visit the historical old town. We will enter the Cathedral (entrance included), Santo Tome church which holds one of the masterpieces of El Greco, “The burial of the count of Orgaz” (entrance included). Finally, we will proceed towards the former Jewish Quarters to see the synagogue of St. Maria La Blanca. Afternoon departure to Madrid where we end. Longer version of this Spain tour is also available.