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15-Day Madrid, Northern Spain & Portugal Tour

15-Day Madrid, Northern Spain & Portugal Tour

15 Days/14 Nights From
AU$3,116 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-MCGPTCM
  • Operating Days
    Mon
15 Days/14 Nights From
AU$3,116 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-MCGPTCM
  • Operating Days
    Mon
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide MealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Guided visits in Madrid, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon, Sightseeing tours in San Sebastian, Bilbao & La CorunaTransfersTransfers Transfers from/to your hotelTransportationTransportation Air-conditioned luxury coach

Summary

Explore Spain's vibrant capital, Madrid, the picturesque Northern Spain and century-old cities in Portugal during this 15-day, escorted tour. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Madrid and admire the city's Renaissance and Baroque style buildings including the Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace. In Northern Spain, discover San Sebastian, known as the Basque Country's jewel. It is also famous for Playa de Concha framed by a charming bayfront and Michelin-starred restaurants. You will also visit the cities and towns of Bilbao, Santander, Covadonga, Oviedo, Lugo, A Coruna and the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela.

In Portugal, visit Viana do Castelo, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Lisbon and Caceres.

This tour departs on Monday.

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates

April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20 & 27
June 3, 17 & 24
July 8 & 22 
August 5 & 19
September 9, 16 & 23
October 14, 21 & 28
November 18
February 17, 2020
March 23

Itinerary

Day 1, Madrid
Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2, Madrid
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to explore the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3, Madrid - Zaragoza - San Sebastian
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente. Departure at 08:30 a.m. Towards Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of Hispanity 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 marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation.

Day 4, San Sebastian - Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander
Breakfast at hotel. You will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic drive in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern architectural building. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time. Departure to Santander, 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. Accommodation.

Day 5, Santander - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana, it’s one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see 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 gothic asturian architecture. Accommodation.

Day 6, Oviedo - Lugo – A Coruña
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time to be able to contemplate the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared World Heritage. Continuation to La Coruña. Brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. Brief stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas. Accommodation.

Day 7, La Coruña – Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. City tour where you will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation.

Day 8, Santiago de Compostela – Rias Bajas – La Toja – Vigo
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape, you will arrive to La Toja Island, universally 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. Accommodation.

Day 9, Vigo – Viana Do Castelo – Braga - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time and continue to Braga. Short stop and continue to Porto. Accommodation.

Day 10, Porto
Breakfast. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. In the afternoon, possibility of an optional visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous "port wine". Accommodation.

Day 11, Porto - Coimbra - Fatima
Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation.

Day 12, Fatima – Batalha - Nazare – Alcobaca- Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro and then to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.

Day 13, Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 14, Lisbon – Caceres – Madrid
Departure to Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 15, Madrid
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport. End of tour.

Inclusions

  • Guided visits in Madrid, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon and panoramic sightseeing tours in San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña
  • Tour escort
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • 14-night accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers to/from airport as per itinerary

Important Notes

  • In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.
  • During stay in Madrid, tour escort service is not available.
  • This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

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