Best of Northern Spain and Portugal, 16 days tour (Multi country)

Best of Northern Spain and Portugal, 16 days tour (Multi country)

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Best of Northern Spain and Portugal, 16 days tour (Multi country)

16 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Donostia-San Sebastian, Santiago de Compostela, Porto

Tour code:

452177

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

VERY_EASY

Age range:

Min age:10

Tour operated in:

English , Spanish

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $3422 $3315 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$108

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

From enchanting mountains to impressive beaches, natural scenery, above to the gastronomic escapade. Join our 15-day tour and discover the gems of the awe-inspiring Spanish and Portuguese heritage. Architectural exposure in Madrid opens this spectacular journey, continuing to Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia to unveil the myths and legend about the supernatural presence of elves and witches and to get a feel of the delightful local gastronomy. Spiritual visit of the Holy Virgin Mary in Fatima, wine tasting in Oporto and vivid walks around the old Lisbon city centre will take you to know the Portuguese essence of their Mediterranean way of life. Spain will conquer your heart by its rich history, and gastronomic experience in Portugal will fill this trip with the life-time memories.

Highlights

  • Madrid: The capital of Spain and located in the centre of the country, is a cosmopolitan city that offers countless places to visit and enjoy

  • Discover its numerous highlights as such Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Royal Palace, Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá

  • Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrimage centre, devoted to the Apostol Santiago, covered by the legends and myths about the pagan witches and other mystical supernatural entities

  • Porto: Portugal’s second largest city is welcoming you with unforgettable landmarks and delicious local wine

  • Lisbon: Portugal’s capital city is an adventure in itself, offering cultural gems such as fado, culinary treats like pasteis de Belem and romantic city views

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Madrid

Upon your arrival at Madrid International Aiport, meet and greet with our representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. The Spanish capital is one of Europe’s liveliest and most elegant cities, boasting beautiful boulevards, vast parks, bustling plazas, as well as numerous historic churches and palaces. Madrid is also home to the legendary ‘golden triangle’ of art galleries, which houses some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces.


Overnight in Madrid.


Day 2 : Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a panoramic drive through the main avenues of Madrid. Meet your guide at the hotel´s reception and start exploring its medieval origins visiting the Arab fortress. Enjoy the walk in the Barrio de la Morería, characterized by the antiquity of its buildings and the flavours of its inn. Renaissance and Baroque architecture are characterized for the building on Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. Further on you will see the Madrid of the Bourbons and the urban layout of Carlos III, the Royal Palace, the Fuente de Cibeles, Neptuno and the Puerta de Alcalá and compare this with the contemporary sites in Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana, Barrio de Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla, Parque del Oeste, Ciudad Universitaria, commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Plaza de Toros de las Ventas and the Santiago Stadium Bernabéu. The tour will end in the late afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this stunning capital on your own pace. 


Overnight in Madrid.


Day 3 : Madrid – Zaragoza – San Sebastian (580 Km – 6 Hrs)

After the leisurely breakfast at the hotel, board a coach for the ride to Zaragoza. Once there, enjoy some free time to stroll through the charming old streets of the city. Make sure you don’t miss visiting the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, famously described as the ‘mother of the Hispanic peoples’ by pope John Paul II. Later, in the afternoon, hop back onto the bus to drive northwards to San Sebastián, one of Spain’s most famous tourist destinations. This vibrant city is the backdrop of the yearly San Sebastián International Film Festival. 

Overnight in San Sebastián.

Day 4 : San Sebastian

Location: Donostia-San Sebastian

After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a panoramic tour of this elegant and gentrified city whose landscape is dominated by the Bay and La Concha Beach. We will go up to Mount Igueldo, from where we will be able to contemplate a magnificent view of the city. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in San Sebastian.


Day 5 : San Sebastian – Bilbao – Castro Urdiales – Santander (205 Km – 2.5 Hrs)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel and then proceed towards Bilbao. Enjoy some free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern work of architecte. Proceed to the quaint little fishing village Castro Urdiales, where you’ll spend some free time absorbing its charming atmosphere. Depart then to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, renowned for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best-known beaches in Spain. Free time to stroll through this elegant city before spending the night at the hotel.

Overnight in Santander.

Day 6 : Santander – Santillana – Covadonga – Oviedo

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Santillana, one of the most important historical and artistic towns in Spain. It contains a wealth of architectural treasures, such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a jewel of Cantabrian Romanesque Architecture. Continue then to Covadonga and enjoy some free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto, where you will see the patroness of Asturias, Our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, depart to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, a classic example of Asturian pre-Romanic architecture. Then explore the city of Oviedo at your leisure; many of its streets are pedestrian, so you will be able to calmly walk towards World Heritage Sites like its Gothic Cathedral.

Overnight in Oviedo.

Day 7 : Oviedo – Mondonedo – Lugo – Santiago De Compostela (350 Km – 4Hrs)

Location: Santiago de Compostela

Charge your batteries with a tasty breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a departure towards Galicia region. On the way to Lugo stop in Mondenedo for free time to visit its imposing 12th century cathedral and try the delicious “Mondoñedo cake”.  Then, depart to the mediaeval city of Lugo. Enjoy free time to take a walk along the Roman remains that still preserves in the town´s walls and was declared a World Heritage Site. Continue to Santiago de Compostela, whose ancient city is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most important monumental centers in Spain, center of Christian pilgrimage and end of the Camino de Santiago, originally built by the Roman Empire. 

Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8 : Santiago De Compostela

Location: Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy your morning breakfast at the hotel, before today's city tour of Santiago de Compostela, whose ancient city is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most important monumental nuclei in Spain, a Christian pilgrimage centre. In front of the Cathedral, the world-known Camino de Santiago ends. Follow your guide for the walk around the city centre, visiting the Plaza del Obradoiro, and its Cathedral (interior visit) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of this vivid town.

Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 9 : Santiago De Compostela – Rias Bajas – La Toja – Porto

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Location: Porto

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at the hotel before continuing to your following destination Porto. En route you will be passing through the most charming area, Rías Bajas, well-known as the Spanish fjords. Driving along this spectacular landscape you will arrive at the island of La Toja, famous for the wellness center and rich thermal quells. After this short stop, our panoramic drive continues along the river Arosa to Portugal. Check-in to your hotel in Porto and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.  

Overnight in Porto.

Day 10 : Porto

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the panoramic tour around Porto which was declared to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its magnificent Cathedral, the stock exchange building and Santa Clara Church are just a few of the gems of this city. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city on a boat cruise along the Douro River and discover the historical heritage by visiting a well-known Port Wine Cellar with wine tasting. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Porto.

Day 11 : Porto

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Location: Porto

After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a free day in this magnificent city on the banks of the Douro.

Overnight in Porto.

Day 12 : Porto – Coimbra – Fatima (285 Km – 3 Hrs)

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, after which you will depart to Coímbra, the host city of one of the oldest universities in Europe and cradle of Fado. Enjoy this town on your own pace, stroll down its vibrant streets, and perhaps shop at the local entities. Continue to Fatima, the center of the Fe Cristiana and world pilgrimage antiques, with impressive Basilica, Iria´s cave, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared and the Chapel of the Apparitions, the heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three little shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night, the possibility of attending the candlelight procession. 

Overnight in Fatima.

Day 13 : Fatima – Batalha – Nazare – Alcobaça – Lisboa (190 Km – 2.5 Hrs)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel which is followed by departure towards Lisbon. En route you will stop for a visit of the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style, considered a World Heritage Site. You will continue towards the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré where you will have a chance to explore this city on your own pace and afterwards, you continue to Alcobaça with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 12th century. Upon your arrival to Lisbon, check-in to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure. 


Overnight in Lisbon.


Day 14 : Lisboa

Morning breakfast are followed by the Lisbon city tour, to learn about the gems of this vivid and colorful city. You will visit the most gorgeous sites such as The Tower of Belem, the Monastery of Geronimos (exterior) and the Monument dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries’. Afternoon is at leisure, to explore this fascinating city on your own rhythm, or you can book our optional Sintra y Cascáis excursion and admire the fairytale beauty of these sites. 

Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 15 : Lisboa – Caceres – Madrid (615 Km – 6.15 Hrs)

Wake up early in the morning to your breakfast at the hotel. Today a big farewell to Portugal as you will be heading back to Madrid. On the road you will stop at Cáceres, the World Heritage city, an architectural mix of Romanesque, Islamic, Gothic and Italian Renaissance. You will walk through its old town, the Medieval Quarter and its Plaza Mayor. You will arrive to Madrid in the late afternoon. 

Overnight in Madrid.

Day 16 : Departure Madrid

Enjoy your last breakfast that is followed by the check-out from the hotel and transfer to the Madrid International Airport to continue with your travel arrangements.


What's Included

TOUR GUIDE: 

  • Operated with bilingual English/Spanish-speaking tour escort throughout the journey from day 2 to 15 (This tour is a combination of shared arrangements. The assigned tour guide might change during the itinerary)

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 15 night’s accommodation

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1, 2 Madrid

Superior Hotel Category = NH Manzanares or similar 4*

Day 3, 4 San Sebastián

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Palacio de Aiete or similar 4*

Day 5 Santander

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santemar or similar 4*

Day 6 Oviedo

Superior Hotel Category = AC Oviedo Forum or similar 4*

Day 7, 8 Santiago de Compostela

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santiago Plaza or similar 4*

Day 9, 10, 11 Porto

Superior Hotel Category = Vila Gale Porto or similar 4*

Day 12 Fatima

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santa Maria or similar 4*

Day 13, 14 Lisboa

Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Lutecia or similar 4*

Day 15 Madrid

Superior Hotel Category = NH Manzanares or similar 4*

MEALS:

  • 15 Breakfasts 

TRANSPORT:

  • Inbound/Outbound air-conditioned transfers from/to Madrid Airport
  • Shared transportation in an air-conditioning bus throughout the tour

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Madrid panoramic tour (Day 2); visit of Zaragoza (Day 3); San Sebastian panoramic tour (Day 4); Santillana and Covadonga visit (Day 6); Santiago de Compostela city tour (Day 8); La Toja visit (Day 9); Oporto panoramic tour, boat cruise and wine tasting (Day 10); Fatima city tour (Day 12); Bathala Monastery, Nazare and Alcobaca visit (Day 13); Lisbon city tour (Day 14); Caceres visit (Day 15)

OTHER:

  • Meet and Greet 
  • Travel Insurance

What's Not Included

  • International nor domestic flights 
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • City tax not included, payable on the spot
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

Requirements

Comfortable footwear and suitable clothing for weather conditions is the most suitable for travelling in Spain and Portugal.

Please Note

  • This tour is a combination of regular tours and shared arrangements, clients may be required to change vehicles.
  • Service of the guide is available from day 2 until day 14. 
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons. Visibility at the viewpoints depends on the weather conditions
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed
  • Lisbon and Porto Local City Tax is not included, to be paid directly to the hotel.

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1, 2 Madrid

  • Superior Hotel Category = NH Manzanares or similar 4*

Day 3, 4 San Sebastián

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Palacio de Aiete or similar 4*

Day 5 Santander

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santemar or similar 4*

Day 6 Oviedo

  • Superior Hotel Category = AC Oviedo Forum or similar 4*

Day 7, 8 Santiago de Compostela

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santiago Plaza or similar 4*

Day 9, 10, 11 Porto

  • Superior Hotel Category = Vila Gale Porto or similar 4*

Day 12 Fatima

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Santa Maria or similar 4*

Day 13, 14 Lisboa

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Lutecia or similar 4*

Day 15 Madrid

  • Superior Hotel Category = NH Manzanares or similar 4*

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, we will inform you about the confirmed hotel's list with a personalized welcome letter sent to your own email address

  • What is the maximum group size?

    25 people

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Operated with bilingual English/Spanish-speaking tour escort throughout the journey from day 2 to 15 (This tour is a combination of shared arrangements. The assigned tour guide might change during the itinerary)

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, any age

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If a solo traveler is allowed for the tour, a single room with a specific rate will be available for you to book. If single room should not show available, solo traveler booking is on request

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Is a Meet & Greet Service provided by a company representative included in the tour?

    yes, Meet and greet on Day 1 at the airport

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Madrid panoramic tour (Day 2); visit of Zaragoza (Day 3); San Sebastian panoramic tour (Day 4); Santillana and Covadonga visit (Day 6); Santiago de Compostela city tour (Day 8); La Toja visit (Day 9); Oporto panoramic tour, boat cruise and wine tasting (Day 10); Fatima city tour (Day 12); Bathala Monastery, Nazare and Alcobaca visit (Day 13); Lisbon city tour (Day 14); Caceres visit (Day 15)

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Inbound/Outbound air-conditioned transfers from/to Madrid Airport

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, not international nor domestic flights to/from Spain are not included

  • Do you offer any travel insurance?

    We do not offer Travel Insurance but would strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy prior to departure. 

  • Are Visa fees included in the price?

    No, visa fees are not included

  • Are flights included in the tour?

    No, they are not included

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change it by logging into your profile and click on Bookings. Please check your cancellation policy.

  • Is there any option for solo traveller?

    Yes of course. Please note that the default selection shows the price per person per double room. For solo travellers, you will have to select a single room when available.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Booking confirmation with Itinerary and confirmation vouchers

  • What does the price include?

    What is included is stated specifically on the product Description. Gratuities are at your discretion. Prices do not include (unless stated otherwise) - gratuities to the guide, driver or tour manager.

  • When are there specific hotel names confirmed?

    Confirmed hotel names are informed latest 10 days prior to client's arrival

Reviews of this operator

Maria R  

Very informative tour

05-Dec-2022

Very informative, creative and charming guide Sol made the experience one to remember. Highly recommend to give you an overview of the area.

Andrew W  

Great Scenery

08-Aug-2022

Spectacular scenery. Lovely lunch. The two villages were lovely to see. The stops were short. Best to pre-plan a walk through the villages beforehand to make the most of the time there. The guide was very informative and helpful

Sandra F.  

Great tour! Northern of Spain, Galicia & Portugal (Multi country)

15-Nov-2022

We took an 16-day tour with this firm, and everything exceeded our expectations. The sights we saw were breathtaking, and our tour guides were outstanding. We went on an English/Spanish tour, and the majority of our group was from South America and spoke Spanish. The extra package that includes lunch and select entertainment is highly recommended. Thank you very much for this opportunity!

Grace B  

Down South, Self-drive, couldn't be better

16-Oct-2022

Loved the self-drive tour, gave us the ability to stay on our own schedule. Locations were great with lots to explore in each town as well as along the drive. Ronda and Seville were our favorite! We had the ability to stop while on the road to wine and olive oil taste too, as well as explore Castillo de Almodovar, a beautifully restored castle near Seville where they shot several scenes of Game of Thrones. Location of hotels were good too, easy to get to so you didn't have to drive through some of those difficult narrow one way streets. Only issue was having to pay for parking at some of the hotels, this should have been part of the package. Other than that, it was a great tour!

Steve G  

Excellent Volcano and Village Tour

17-Nov-2022

Amazing volcanic scenery, beautiful village set in deep valleys. Ivan was a very knowledgeable local guide who was great with our toddler!

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