Summary

Northern Spain and Portugal Tour (8 days) will offer you the opportunity to discover the northern part of 2 countries during the same trip. You will visit cities such as Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Santillana del Mar, Covadonga, Oviedo, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and Salamanca in Spain, and Viana do Castelo, Braga and Porto in Portugal. During this trip you will discover incredible places and you will enjoy a visit and tasting of Port wine at a local wine cellar in Porto. Departures organized from Madrid every Sunday from March 31, 2019 to October 27, 2019.

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Coral

Coral

Local travel expert in Spain

I am Coral and I speak English and Spanish. I studied tourism in Madrid, and I have more than 7 years’ work experience in travel agencies. My passion for travelling around Spain and Europe, made me discover new places and offer different routes around my country and some of its neighbours.

Itinerary


In the morning, you will depart from Madrid at 8:00 a.m. towards Zaragoza. You will make a short stop and have free time to discover the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, Patroness of the Hispanic people. It is considered the first Marian temple of Christianity and together with the sanctuaries of Torreciudad, Montserrat, Meritxell and Lourdes make up the Marian Route, an itinerary guided by Marian spirituality and devotion, which possesses a great patrimonial, gastronomic and natural wealth.

Next, you will continue you trip to San Sebastian.

Dinner and accommodation in San Sebastian.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. You will make a short stop in order to admire the avant-garde building of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, work of the American architect Frank Gehry that represents an architectural milestone for its bold configuration and innovative design. Frank Gehry’s design creates a spectacular structure perfectly integrated into the urban concept of Bilbao and its surroundings. Since its installation, an imposing size guard dog known as Puppy and designed by Jeff Koons guards the doors of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao completely covered in tens of thousands of flowers. It does not matter if it rains or it is sunny, the West Highland white terrier is always alert, has welcomed visitors for more than two decades bringing admiration and joy to the spectators.

You will continue your trip to Santander where you will more have some free time.

Dinner and accommodation in Santander.

In the morning, you will travel to Santillana del Mar, a city considered a National Monument, being one of the places of highest historical and artistic value in Spain.

You will continue your journey through beautiful landscapes to reach Covadonga, where you will have free time to visit the Sanctuary, a place of high historical, natural and spiritual value, and cradle of a mythical monarchy. It is located in the Picos de Europa National Park and the first National Park of Spain.

Later, you will travel to Oviedo.

Dinner and accommodation in Oviedo.

The day will begin with the departure to the region of Galicia to reach the city of A Coruña where you will enjoy a short panoramic tour. The city is known for the Tower of Hercules that is a tower and lighthouse located on a hill on A Coruña peninsula, in Galicia and has the privilege of being the oldest Roman lighthouse currently in use. It is the third-tallest lighthouse in Spain and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In the afternoon, an optional excursion could be organized to the Rías Altas through the typical villages of Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc.

Dinner and accommodation in A Coruña.

In the morning, you will travel to Santiago de Compostela. You will enjoy a guided tour of the city of Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage centre with its Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc.

Free afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.

The day will begin with the departure to the Spanish Fiords (Rias Bajas), through splendid and spectacular landscapes: La Toja island, Ria de Arosa and Pontevedra.

Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño crossing the Portuguese border.

You will continue your trip to Vigo.

Dinner and accommodation in Vigo.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will cross the border of Spain with Portugal, and you will reach Viana do Castelo, a town located between the mouth of the Miño river and Porto. You will have free time to visit the old town with cobbled streets and emblazoned buildings.

Next, you will travel to Braga, known as the city of the archbishops and the third most populated city in Portugal.

Free time and departure to Porto, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will enjoy a guided tour of the city of Porto with the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace and St. Clara Church, a temple of Gothic origin, the construction of which dates back to the first half of the 15th century. You will end the tour at a local winery where you will taste the world-famous “Port wine”.

Accommodation in Porto.

The day will start with the departure to Salamanca where you will make a short stop and will have free time to get to know the old town and its famous Plaza Mayor.

Arrival in Madrid and end of services.

Prices

Travel dates

March 31

April 07-14-21-28

May 05-12-19-26

June 02-09-16-23-30

July 07-14-21-28

August 04-11-18-25

September 01-08-15-22-29

October 06-13-20-27

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

6 Pers.

18 Pers.

4* Hotels (March - June)

920€

920€

920€

4* Hotels (July - October)

980€

980€

980€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 6 Pers. 18 Pers.

March 31

April 07-14-21-28

May 05-12-19-26

June 02-09-16-23-30

July 07-14-21-28

August 04-11-18-25

September 01-08-15-22-29

October 06-13-20-27

4* Hotels (March - June) 920€ 920€ 920€
4* Hotels (July - October) 980€ 980€ 980€

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Transportation according to the entire itinerary (bus with free WI-FI onboard);
  • Sightseeing tour with local guide in Santiago and Porto;
  • Visit and tasting of Port wine at a local wine cellar;
  • Multilingual tour leader;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Municipal tax in Porto.

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