Best of Northern Spain & Portugal - 16 days

Best of Northern Spain & Portugal - 16 days

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Best of Northern Spain & Portugal - 16 days

16 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, Haro, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Santander, Santillana del Mar, Covadonga, Oviedo, Mondoñedo, Lugo, Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Coimbra, Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Lisbon, Cáceres‎

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2577/BNSP

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 24

Age range:

No minimum age

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Tour Overview

COACH TOUR: Uncover the best of Northern Spain and Portugal on this 16-day coach tour which starts and ends in Madrid. Join a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital and enjoy wine tasting in Basque Country. Take in the sights of Bilbao, visit exclusive San Sebastian and discover the important Christian pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela. Cruise the Rias Bajas Fjords in northern Galicia, see the sights in Porto and Lisbon and uncover UNESCO-listed Caceres Old Town, with plenty of leisure time throughout the trip to explore as you please.

Highlights

  • Madrid - Start and end your adventure in the Spanish capital, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and Tapas welcome dinner

  • Bilbao - Enjoy a guided tour of the city and take a day trip to nearby San Sebastian, home to the fabulous La Concha beach

  • Basque Country - Taste some of the fantastic regional wines and visit the wine cellar at a local winery

  • Oviedo - Wander the pedestrianized streets of the city independently and enjoy a group dinner at a traditional cider house

  • Porto - Cruise the Rias Bajas fjords, tour the city, enjoy a Douro River cruise and visit the Port Wine Cellars for included tasting

  • Santiago de Compostela - Visit the UNESCO-listed Old Town at the end of the Camino de Santiago Christian pilgrimage route

  • Caceres - Explore the Old Town independently to admire the convergence of Islamic, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

  • Lisbon - See the fortified Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoverers on a city tour, and enjoy free time in the historic Alfama Quarter

Itinerary

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Day 1: Madrid
Location: Madrid

Arrive in Madrid, where you will be collected and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free for you to relax or head out into the city to explore independently.

Day 2: Madrid
Location: Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we take an all-encompassing coach tour of Madrid. Highlights of the excursion include the historic Barrio de la Morería region, Habsburgs District, Puerta del Sol central square, Plaza Mayor and the Neptuno Fountains. These are dedicated to Neptune, a Roman water god. In the more modern part of the city we see the Salamanca district, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste. We also see the Santiago Bernabeu, the football stadium of Real Madrid, the most successful European club.



After the tour, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. There's an included Welcome Dinner this evening at an authentic Tapas restaurant.

Day 3: Madrid
Location: Madrid, Burgos, Haro, Bilbao
Meals Included: Breakfast

Madrid - Burgos - Haro - Bilbao. Leaving Madrid after breakfast, our first stop is in Burgos. There is free time here to admire the towering 13th Century Gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain. Then we head into wine country and Haro, where we visit a traditional winery. Head into the wine cellar and try some of the region's famous Rioja red. Our final destination is Bilbao.

Day 4: Bilbao
Location: Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Bilbao
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bilbao - San Sebastian - Bilbao. After breakfast at the hotel we enjoy a Bilbao city tour, taking in the city's main highlights. The port city of Bilbao is surrounded by green mountains, and the de facto Basque capital is one of the prettiest cities in Spain.



Later, we head to nearby San Sebastian, an exclusive resort town known for hosting the International Film Festival and for La Concha, one of Spain's finest beaches. We will admire the view over San Sebastian and the Bay of Biscay from Mount Igueldo and enjoy some free time before returning to Bilbao for the evening. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant, where you can try pincho, The Basque version of tapas.

Day 5: Bilbao
Location: Bilbao, Santander
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bilbao - Santander. Leaving Bilbao, we head into the green mountainous region of Asturias, admiring the view en route to the fishing town of Castro Urdiales. There's free time to wander around, and you will be able to see the castle which dates back to the Middle Ages. Then it's onto Santander, a coastal city known for the popular Sardinero Beach.

Day 6: Oviedo
Location: Santander, Santillana del Mar, Covadonga, Oviedo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Santander - Santillana del Mar - Covadonga - Oviedo. Our first stop today is Santillana del Mar, known for its Renaissance palaces, medieval towers and the beautiful Romanesque Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana. We then have a short stop in Covadonga before arriving at our destination, Oviedo. There is free time to explore the many pedestrianized streets and you can see the hilltop Saint Maria de Naranco Church overlooking the city. The UNESCO-listed Cathedral is also worth a visit. We enjoy a group dinner tonight at a traditional cider house.

Day 7: Oviedo
Location: Oviedo, Mondoñedo, Lugo, Santiago de Compostela
Meals Included: Breakfast

Oviedo - Mondonedo - Lugo - Santiago de Compostela. Today we head into Galicia, Spain's north-westernmost region. Our first visit is Mondonedo, where you can see the 13th century Cathedral and sample the local delicacy. Mondonedo Cake is made with puff pastry, sponge, almonds and fruit.



Stopping in Lugo, you will have time to admire the historic Roman city walls before we arrive in Santiago de Compostela. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to one of the most important pilgrimages in Christianity. It marks the end of the Camino de Santiago Route, which was constructed during the Roman Empire.

Day 8: Santiago De Compostela
Location: Santiago de Compostela
Meals Included: Breakfast

We spend this morning on a city tour of Santiago de Compostela. We will see the Praza do Obradoiro main square and enjoy included entry to the Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Apostle Santiago.



After our tour, the rest of the day is free to lose yourself down some of the Old Town's cobbled streets.

Day 9: Santiago De Compostela
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Porto
Meals Included: Breakfast

Santiago de Compostela - Porto (Portugal). Today is the day we say goodbye to Spain and cross into neighbouring Portugal. First, we travel to the Rias Bajas fjords and enjoy an included cruise, with tasting of local mussels and wine. Back on dry land, we cross the border into Portugal and complete our drive to Porto. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto is located along the Douro River estuary and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Day 10-11: Porto
Location: Porto
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 is spent exploring Porto with a number of included activities. We enjoy a guided city tour, taking in highlights such as the Cathedral, Stock Exchange and Santa Clara Church. We also take a cruise on the Douro River, which runs through the heart of Porto. And we visit one of the riverfront Port Wine Cellars, with included tasting of this local drink.



The evening of day 10 and the next day are free for you to explore Porto further at your own pace. There is also an optional excursion to medieval Guimaraes. The city is known as the cradle of the Portuguese nation because it was the birthplace of modern Portugal's first king - Afonso Henriques.

Day 12: Porto
Location: Porto, Coimbra, Fátima
Meals Included: Breakfast

Porto - Coimbra - Fatima. Departing Porto after breakfast, our first stop today is in Coimbra. This riverfront city is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, which was established in 1290. It was also the birthplace of Fado music. There's free time to explore.



We complete our drive to Fatima, another important site in Christianity. It is here, at the Cova da Iria that the Virgin Mary appeared before three local shepherd children - Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, who are buried at the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, the country's most important pilgrimage site. Tonight, we may be able to attend the candlelit procession at around 22:00.

Day 13: Fatima
Location: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Lisbon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Alcobaca - Lisbon. This morning we visit the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery, a 14th Century Gothic masterpiece, built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. We then enjoy some free time in the quaint fishing village of Nazare before arriving in Alcobaca, where we can see the even older 12th Century monastery located here. This is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. After admiring the monastery, we complete our journey to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The evening is at leisure.

Day 14: Lisbon
Location: Lisbon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our day starts with a city sightseeing tour, taking in many of Lisbon's highlights. We see the city's main plazas, the fortified Belem Tower, Jeronimo's Monastery, the Monument to the Discoverers and the Marquis of Pombal Square roundabout.



The afternoon is free, and we recommend you head into the Alfama Quarter, the oldest part of Lisbon. Crowned by the Sao Jorge Castle, this part of the city features narrow alleyways and colourful 'tabernas'.



Tonight, there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Lisbon.

Day 15: Lisbon
Location: Lisbon, Cáceres‎, Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast

Lisbon - Caceres (Spain) - Madrid. Departing Lisbon, we cross back into Spain and make a stop in Caceres. The Old Town here is UNESCO-listed, known for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. There's time for a walk through the Plaza Mayor Square and the Old Town before we complete our journey back to Madrid. Your last evening is at leisure.

Day 16: Madrid
Location: Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a final breakfast in the hotel before our tour comes to an end. There is an included transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4-star hotels

  • 15 breakfasts & 4 dinners

  • 15 nights 4-star hotels

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Spanish or Portuguese tour leader with the services of local guides for city sightseeing

  • Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi and audio headsets

  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 16

  • Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Porto and Lisbon

  • Visit to wine cellar and tasting in La Rioja

  • Rias Bajas fjords cruise with wine and mussel tasting

  • Douro River Cruise & wine tasting in Porto

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Additional meals and drinks unless specified

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • City tax of €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (€6 in total per person). To be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on check out

  • City tax of approximately €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (approx €6 in total per person). To be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to s

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    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

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    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

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