The Paradors & Pousadas of Castile, Madrid, Salamanca & Portugal

The Paradors & Pousadas of Castile, Madrid, Salamanca & Portugal

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The Paradors & Pousadas of Castile, Madrid, Salamanca & Portugal

12 Days Starting in plynmo and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Plymouth, Santander, Chinchón, Madrid, Segovia, Ávila‎, Salamanca, Ciudad Rodrigo, Viseu, Porto, Guimaraes, Burgos, Donostia-San Sebastian, Biarritz, Paris

Tour operator:

Leger Holidays

Tour code:

sppp

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Discover the spectacular scenery of Spain and Portugal’s most outstanding destinations. From the capital of Madrid to the Golden City of Salamanca, you can see some of the most incredible, historical and sensationally stunning parts of Spain before moving into Portugal uncovering the charms of Porto. You’ll also visit the beautiful city of San Sebastián, the World Heritage Site of Avila and the pretty city of Coimbra. But, that’s not all, you can really make the most of your time away by staying in some of Spain’s finest Paradors and Portugal’s idyllic Pousadas. These luxury hotels offer you a lavish stay, and are a real highlight of this exceptional brand new tour.

Highlights

  • See some of the most incredible, historical and sensationally stunning parts of Spain before moving into Portugal uncovering the charms of Porto

  • Visit the beautiful city of San Sebastián, the World Heritage Site of Avila and the pretty city of Coimbra

  • Visit Avila, a World Heritage Site, which rises from the ground, under the dramatic backdrop of the Gredos Sierra

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Travel To Santander

Location: Plymouth, Santander

Accommodation: Overnight Ferry

Meals Included: No Meals

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth/Plymouth for the overnight crossing to Santander.



Please note: When you board the ferry at Portsmouth/Plymouth you will require a small overnight bag containing any essential items such as medication. Please note that this small bag (no larger than a small rucksack) is counted as part of your overall luggage allowance.

Day 2 : Head To Chinchón

Location: Chinchón

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Parador Chinchón

Meals Included: No Meals

We head to our Parador in the charming old town of Chinchón, famous for its medieval square encircled by wooden balconies and its aniseed liqueur, where we stay for two nights.

Day 3 : Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Parador Chinchón

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join our full-day excursion to Madrid, the capital of Spain.


Madrid is a truly cosmopolitan city with a wealth of cultural attractions. The splendid Plaza Mayor provides the perfect starting point to explore Old Madrid, lined with arches above which perch ornate balconies.


View the frescoes on the old bakery building and the statue of Felipe III, see the majestic Palacio Real (Royal Palace), explore the Paseo del Prado of Bourbon, enjoy a stroll around the magnificent Retiro Park and visit the famous art galleries of The Prado and Reina Sofia, amongst others.

Our optional walking tour will show you the best of the city.

Madrid Walking Tour can be pre-booked to secure your place.

Day 4 : Segovia & Avila

Location: Segovia, Ávila‎, Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Parador Salamanca

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Chinchón and head first to Segovia, where the impressive old quarter and Roman aqueduct are World Heritage Sites.
Segovia quite rightly lays claim to being the most spectacularly sited city in Spain, built high on a rocky spur and surrounded by the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. In addition to numerous Romanesque churches, the cathedral and fortress form a magnificent city that presides over this part of Castile.



We continue to Avila, a World Heritage Site, which rises from the ground, under the dramatic backdrop of the Gredos Sierra. Behind its impressive walls a wealth of beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and Renaissance churches and palaces can be found.


Continue to Salamanca and our Parador for two nights.

Day 5 : Salamanca

Location: Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Parador Salamanca

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring this beautiful “Golden City”, with its splendid Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures.


Wander the elegant arcades of the Plaza Mayor, one of the finest in Spain, and see Spain’s oldest University, the Puente Romano and its two cathedrals.


Our optional walking tour will allow you to see the best of the city.

Salamanca Walking Tour can be pre-booked to secure your place.

Day 6 : Ciudad Rodrigo

Location: Ciudad Rodrigo, Viseu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada Viseu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue west to Ciudad Rodrigo, a small cathedral city, enclosed by its city walls which were besieged by both sides during Napoleon’s Peninsula war.


We later continue across the border into Portugal and to our Pousada in charming Viseu for two nights.

Day 7 Free Time Or Coimbra

Location: Viseu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada Viseu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you can join our optional excursion to the pretty city of Coimbra on the river Mondego.


This former medieval capital of Portugal is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, and today its historic centre of multi-coloured houses, two grand cathedrals, medieval churches and cobbled streets, combines with a lively, vibrant atmosphere; a delight we’re sure you will enjoy.

Day 8 : Porto

Location: Porto, Guimaraes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pousada Guimaraes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave our Parador and head to Porto, where we offer an optional city walking tour.


Porto is one of the oldest and most striking cities in Europe, its unspoilt old quarter in the historic centre, with its maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses and beautiful churches, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.


Known for its famous port wine made from local grapes grown along the banks of the Douro to the east, we visit a port wine cellar to taste the ‘precious nectar’.


Continue to the beautiful town of Guimaraes, the 'birthplace of Portugal' with its picturesque cobbled centre, and our Pousada for one night.

Porto Walking Tour with Winetasting is highly recommended so must be booked in advance. The cost is from £45, please ask for details when booking this holiday.

Day 9 : Burgos

Location: Burgos

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Parador Lerma

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we head north to Burgos, situated on the Pilgrim’s Road. The cathedral and old quarter are masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture and El Cid is buried here. We stay overnight at the Parador Lerma.

Day 10 : San Sebastián

Location: Donostia-San Sebastian, Biarritz

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Burgos and head to the stunning city of San Sebastián set on a sweeping, shell-shaped bay with its charming, old quarter and Belle Epoque style.

This is one of Spain’s capitals of gastronomy and the local tapas bars in the old town are a true delight.

Continue into France and to the Biarritz area for one night.

Day 11 : Head To Paris Area

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast

We head through France to Paris area for one night.

Day 12 : Return Home

Location: Paris

Meals Included: Breakfast

Return home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    This trip includes coach travel from/to a local UK joining point

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included

Accommodation

You will stay at the Parador Chinchón for two nights. We then move on, spending two nights at the Parador Salamanca and Pousada Viseu and one night at the Pousada Guimaraes before completing our Paradors and Pousadas stay with one night at the Parador Lerma.

Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite cabins. Meals are not included on board ship.

Check out our Q&As

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

    Yes

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

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

    Low

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this operator

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...

05-Jan-2024

I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service

10-Jan-2023

Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...

10-Oct-2023

Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...

21-Jul-2022

Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express

07-Jan-2024

Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Roy Williams (Google Reviewer)  

Great company. We did the...

03-Apr-2024

Great company. We did the 4 day D Day Normandy Landing tour.We had 2 great driver's John and Ian.. Nothing was a problem for them. They kept us safe and entertained.Then we had Fred Greenhow as our guide And he was outstanding. He told us everything we wanted to know. Can't praise them enough Thank you all. We will do more tours with them......

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...

25-Mar-2024

just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Andy (Google Reviewer)  

Booked a surprise Birthday treat...

12-Jan-2024

Booked a surprise Birthday treat for my wife 40th to visit The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, All done via work,put all information in the B/card,so excited, one week before trip Cancelled!!! Due to not enough interest?? No Alternative! Never touch them again

Victoria Smith (Google Reviewer)  

I'd like to go lowerthan...

26-Dec-2023

I'd like to go lowerthan one star .my trip over to Italy nearly 36 hours in total.the driver and his wife gave thier mother a seat that was paid for and reserved at a price by another lady who was finally allowed to sit at the front with the drivers mother .( that was good of them considering the lady had paid for 2 holidays and one couldn't make it . I had the cheek to ask for coffee only the women driver to have conversation loud enough for my earshot to her husband then put over the tannoy that coffee will be when they are ready. ( i had bought 24 tickets for drinks on steves advice )but i quietly corrected them saying that they really shouldn't do that so I could hear.Then a barrage of abuse came from her for then her husband to face me off at my seat and a threats to get my case off and find my own way home his face red with rage pointing in my face with comments saying they don't have to take that from me.as they are fed up with people and they have to work 21 hours etc etc .they people were shouting STOP STOP STOP .he continued his rant and saying I would be dropped at the next service station. ( FRANCE) it was raining and I had no idea where I was going or had been.He the gave me a can of diet coke and said i could have it free but no oppology! 15 hours later in italy I wanted to leave and get a plane home .legers were no help but another coach arrived same sort of holiday shearings with nice drivers .No Rome visit and I could be with them for the remainder of time. I did go out on a couple of trips and the bus and drivers were amazing .I was told by legers eventually I can do the return journey with then but my holiday was ruined I cried and slept and am emotionally traumatised . On the plus side the coach i arrived on the doors kept opening in the wind the coach had to pull over and close the door so we could only use side door which was a fire hazzard ! Still no apology last day is today I'm spending in my room .I just want to return to England because I will be getting a solicitor for the abuse i suffered and the money I paid and for the wasted week over Christmas not to mention the anxiety I have suffered .the hotel and food was abysmal. The worse week ever and £1500 spent my nerves are in shreads .I can't wait to see the reviews and already I am flooded with statements from other passengers about how bad it is and my how I should fight for my injustice of it all .this time it must go to court so people are heard and intimidation like this is not allowed

TU  

Many thanks to Molly.

03-Jan-2023

I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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