A solo traveller in Santiago de Compostela | Spain
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Lisbon to Madrid, Valencia & Barca - 13 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Journey from Lisbon to Barcelona on this 13-day escorted group tour. Visit the university library in Coimbra and explore Porto at your own pace. In Spain, visit Santiago de Compostela and spend a night in Salamanca. Visit the royal residence of El Escorial, enjoy free time in Madrid and uncover the Roman settlement of Segobriga. Spend time in Cuenca, and Valencia, enjoy included wine tasting and make your way up Spain's eastern coast to Barcelona.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Coimbra - Explore this former Portuguese capital with an included visit to one of the oldest universities in the world
Braga - See the famous Bom Jesus Sanctuary and if you're feeling fit, climb the 600 steps for panoramic views over the region
El Escorial - Take in the UNESCO-listed home of the Spanish Royal Family on an included visit
Cuenca - Enjoy a guided walking tour, visit the Cathedral and gaze at the hanging houses of this medieval city
Segobriga - Admire the well-preserved amphitheatre and public baths in this important Roman city
Valencia - Spend three nights in this charming coastal city, enjoy a short guided tour and visit Albufera Natural Park, birthplace of Paella
Porto - Uncover this delightful city independently, with time to sightsee, cruise the Douro River and sample local port wine
Santiago de Compostela - Spend two nights in one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world
Madrid - Delve into the Spanish capital under your own steam with an entire free day to explore
La Serrania National Park - Admire strange mushroom-shaped rock formations and look out for vultures and eagles in the sky
Requena - Savour the regional wine that has been produced here since the 7th century BC with an included tasting
Peniscola - Explore the 'City in the Sea' independently and opt to visit the castle built by the Knights Templar

Included

12 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Entrance to El Escorial
Entrance to Cuenca Cathedral
Entrance to the Roman settlement at Segobriga
Requena wine tasting
Orientation tour of Valencia
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
12 nights 3-4 star hotels
Entrance to Coimbra University Library
Walking tour of Cuenca
Entrance to Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City)
Entrance to Castillo de Belmonte
Entrance to Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig
Entrance to Xativa Castle
Tourist taxes
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

From Lisbon to Porto

Lisbon – Obidos – Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto. Departing Lisbon this morning, we head first to Obidos, a charming walled town filled with delightful discoveries. There is free time here to explore the sturdy walls of the Moorish Castle, stroll through cobbled shopping lanes, and indulge in a delightful Ginjinha d'Obidos, a sweet liqueur served in a chocolate cup.

Continuing north, we reach Coimbra, a former Portuguese capital renowned for its ancient university dating back to the 13th century. We enjoy an included visit to this historic institution and there's time for you to find a nice restaurant for lunch. Next, we venture to Aveiro, a town reminiscent of Venice with its canals and art-nouveau architecture. Completing our drive to Porto, the evening is at leisure.

Please note: Pick up for this tour is at 8:15 on day 1 (tour departs at 8:30) - Lisbon Pick Up Point, Hotel Zenit, Lisbon.
Overnight: Porto

Day 2

Porto free time or Douro Valley tour

Porto – Douro Valley – Porto. Today you have a choice! You can enjoy a free day in Porto to explore at your own pace, or you can join an optional half-day excursion to the Douro Valley.

On our optional trip, we travel to Pinhao for a river cruise on a traditional rabelo boat, tasting the local port wine and savouring the breathtaking scenery. We continue to Peso de Regua for optional wine tasting or free time to explore. On the way back to Porto we stop at the Mesao Frio viewpoint which offers stunning views of the Douro River.

The rest of the day is free to further explore the city, savour its wines and cuisine at leisure. If you appreciate live music, consider attending a performance of Fado, Portugal's emotionally stirring traditional music.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Braga & Guimaraes

Porto – Braga – Guimaraes – Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Today we leave Porto and journey north to Braga, where we take in the renowned Bom Jesus Sanctuary. This site, celebrated for its religious, cultural, and architectural significance, earned its UNESCO World Heritage status in 2019. Nestled at the base of Mount Espinho, we'll marvel at the Baroque staircase adorned with ornate granite fountains. At the top is a neoclassical church offering panoramic city views. To reach the summit, you can purchase a special elevator ticket or ascend nearly 600 steps on foot.

Our next destination is Guimaraes, often referred to as the 'birthplace of Portugal.' The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is free time for lunch, and an optional visit to the Palace of Braganza.

We then cross the border into Spain and arrive in Santiago de Compostela, one of the world's most important pilgrimage destinations.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Santiago de Compostela free time or Cape Finisterre tour

Santiago de Compostela – Cape Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela. Today, You have another choice to make. Free time to explore Santiago de Compostela or an optional full-day excursion to Cape Finisterre.

If you opt for the trip, the day commences with a scenic drive along the Costa da Morte, known as 'the Coast of Death' - it was once a hotspot for shipwrecks. We pass through Noia and make a quick stop in Muros. See Galicia's largest beach, Playa de Carnota and walk to see the Ezaro Waterfall tumble directly into the sea.

We finally arrive at the 'End of the World' at Cape Finisterre, a place ancient civilizations believed marked the Earth's edge. Here, we can admire the lighthouse and gaze out at the wild Atlantic Ocean. Continuing to the harbour town of Muxia, there's free time to grab a bite to eat and watch the ships heading out to sea.

We then make our way back to Santiago de Compostela, where the evening is free to marvel at the renowned cathedral built atop the remains of St. James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Following in Roman footsteps

Santiago de Compostela – Lugo – Las Medulas – Salamanca. Our day begins in Lugo, best known for housing the world's only fully intact Roman city walls. We can take a leisurely stroll along these ancient defences, channelling our inner Roman Legionnaire.

Next, we'll follow the footsteps of the Romans to Las Medulas. The landscape here is surreal, with peculiar red holes and mountain cavities. These are a legacy of the Romans, who carved into the earth in search of gold. We explore this unique area and there's time for lunch before we complete our drive to Salamanca.
Overnight: Salamanca  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Onwards to Madrid

Salamanca – Avila – El Escorial – Madrid. There's free time this morning to explore Salamanca independently before we journey onto the vast plains of Castile and Leon. We make a stop for lunch in Avila before an included visit to El Escorial, home to the Spanish Royal Family and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arriving in Madrid in the early evening, you can head out for dinner in the Spanish capital.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Madrid free time

Today is completely free for you to explore the Spanish capital. There are many ways to spend your day; for sightseeing, we recommend the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, taking in highlights such as the Royal Palace and the main square, Plaza Mayor. You could also take in the home of one of sport's greatest teams, Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu football stadium. Art lovers can explore the Prado Museum, or you can simply unwind in a tapas restaurant with a jug of sangria - the choice is yours!

Please note: In Madrid, some members of your group may be ending their tour, and others may join. You may also meet a new guide for the next part of your trip, and change vehicle.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cuenca & La Serrania National Park

Madrid – Cuenca – La Serrania National Park – Cuenca. Leaving Madrid, we journey through the heart of Old Spain, Castilla-La Mancha. This region boasts serene landscapes, diverse nature, and renowned Manchego cheese.

Our first destination is Villarejo de Salvanes, a small town with an intriguing castle and pre-Roman archaeological sites. Continuing to Cuenca, we enjoy a guided walking tour, including a visit to the 12th-Century Gothic cathedral.

From Cuenca, we venture into La Serrania National Park, a vast 73,000-hectare wildlife sanctuary. We take in the incredible and bizarre mushroom-shaped rock formations of the 'Enchanted City', and keep our eyes peeled for resident wildlife, including wild boar, golden eagles and majestic griffon vultures. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from the Mirador de Una viewpoint before we return to Cuenca, our base for two nights. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Cuenca  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Roman ruins & Castillo de Belmonte

Cuenca – Segobriga – Belmonte – Cuenca. We start today with an included visit to the Roman settlement of Segobriga, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Spanish Meseta. After exploring the remarkably preserved amphitheatre, public baths, and temples, we head south to Belmonte. There's free time for a tapas lunch before our included visit to the remarkable 15th-Century Castillo de Belmonte, known for its unique triangular courtyard and six-pointed star shape.

Back in Cuenca, there's free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to visit the Castilla-La Mancha Paleontological Museum, home to incredible dinosaur fossils and models.
Overnight: Cuenca  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Wine Tasting & Valencia

Cuenca – Alcala del Jucar – Valencia. From Cuenca, we journey to Alcala del Jucar, a captivating town nestled within natural caves and perched between the castle and the Jucar River. There's free time to explore the town and find somewhere for lunch.

Next, we visit a winery in Requena for included wine tasting. This region has produced some of Spain's finest wine as far back as the 7th Century BC. After sampling some of the regional produce, we head to Valencia. This coastal gem is known as the birthplace of paella, boasts a vibrant nightlife, and is home to stunning architecture.
Overnight: Valencia  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Valencia sightseeing & Albufera Natural Park

Valencia - Albufera Natural Park - Valencia. This morning, we explore the Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig on an included visit. This structure has a diverse history with cloisters and defensive elements - it has served as a temple, a school, and even a prison

Next, we visit Albufera Natural Park, home to the rice paddies where paella was born. You can enjoy an optional boat ride or spend our time here observing the unique flora and fauna. There's also time for lunch independently. Returning to Valencia, we enjoy a short orientation tour of the city and the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Valencia  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Xativa & Cullera

Valencia – Xativa – Cullera – Valencia. Today we journey to Xativa, known as the 'Town of a Thousand Fountains'. Situated on the slopes of Monte Vernissa, it is best known as the historic home of the notorious noble family of Borgia. We enjoy an included visit to Xativa Castle and a short tour of the town, as well as free time to further explore independently.

Next, we head to the charming coastal town of Cullera. Our time here is free to relax on the beach, or enjoy panoramic views from the 13th-Century castle. In the afternoon, we return to Valencia. The rest of the day is free, or you can join an optional walking tour of the city, coupled with a delectable tapas experience.
Overnight: Valencia  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Coastal Journey to Barcelona

Valencia – Peniscola – Sitges – Barcelona. In the morning we depart Valencia for the coastal town of Peniscola, known as the 'City in the Sea'. There's an optional visit to the Papa Lunas Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the late 1200s. Perched at the peninsula's highest point, the castle offers panoramic coastal views. Alternatively, don your swimsuit for a refreshing swim in the tranquil sea.

Continuing along the Mediterranean coast, our next stop is Sitges, a lively cultural hub boasting modernist architecture and intriguing museums. After a short visit, we complete our journey to Barcelona, where our tour ends.

Please note: This tour finishes at 18:30 - Barcelona Drop Off, Abba Sants Hotel, Barcelona. (If travelling prior to April 2024, you will be dropped at Hotel Evenia Rocafort, Barcelona).
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
02 Sep - 14 Sep 22% off
AUD $8,985
AUD $7,008
AUD $10,735
AUD $8,373
16 Sep - 28 Sep 22% off
AUD $8,985
AUD $7,008
AUD $10,735
AUD $8,373
30 Sep - 12 Oct 22% off
AUD $8,985
AUD $7,008
AUD $10,735
AUD $8,373
14 Oct - 26 Oct 22% off
AUD $8,625
AUD $6,728
AUD $10,555
AUD $8,233
28 Oct - 09 Nov 22% off
AUD $8,625
AUD $6,728
AUD $10,555
AUD $8,233
11 Nov - 23 Nov 22% off
AUD $8,515
AUD $6,642
AUD $10,565
AUD $8,241

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Grande Hotel do Porto, Porto

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Grande Hotel do Porto, a historic gem, is centrally located in the heart of Porto, Portugal. Its prime position allows guests to immerse themselves in the city's rich culture, with landmarks like the Livraria Lello and the Ribeira district just a stroll away. The rooms have a bright and vibrant design which perfectly represent the feel of the surrounding city. They feature an en-suite bathroom, A/C, a television and city views. Grande Hotel do Porto boasts an on-site restaurant and a fully stocked bar. With its historic ambiance and convenient location, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring the enchanting city of Porto.

Hotel Gelmirez, Santiago de Compostela

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Gelmirez is a haven of comfort in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Located within walking distance of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Hotel Gelmirez offers a blend of modern amenities and traditional Galician hospitality. Rooms are designed for relaxation and feature all the comforts guests need for a restful night's sleep. After a day of exploration, guests can unwind in the cosy lounge or enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which serves delightful Galician cuisine as well as a buffet breakfast.

Hotel Artheus Carmelitas Salamanca, Salamanca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The elegant Hotel Artheus Carmelitas offers a unique blend of modern luxury and historic charm, providing an exceptional experience for travellers. Conveniently located in the historic centre of Salamanca, just steps away from the city's renowned landmarks, rooms at the Hotel Artheus Carmelitas are spacious and well-appointed, offering a range of amenities including free Wi-Fi. The hotel's sophisticated ambiance extends to its on-site restaurant, where guests can savour exquisite local and international cuisine. Whether dining indoors or on the terrace, it's a perfect setting to enjoy delicious meals and create lasting memories.

Hotel Exe Cuenca, Cuenca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Hotel Exe Cuenca, in the picturesque city of Cuenca, offers a peaceful blend of comfort and convenience. Located in one of the quietest areas on the edge of the city, this contemporary hotel boasts easy access to the city centre and a quiet and noise-free environment. Rooms are stylish and well-appointed, each offering modern amenities and a relaxed feel. You'll enjoy a comfortable stay with beautiful views of the surrounding area. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant serving delectable Spanish cuisine, a fully stocked bar, and a fitness centre. The Hotel Exe Cuenca is the ideal base for leisure travellers seeking an unforgettable stay in this charming Spanish city.

Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime, Valencia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime offers an ideal location for exploring the city's vibrant culture. Situated a short walk from the historic Old Town (Ciutat Vella) and Cathedral of Valencia and opposite the iconic Turia Gardens, guests can easily explore the city's attractions and landmarks. The hotel boasts a variety of well-designed rooms, providing a comfortable retreat with modern amenities and tasteful decoration. Guests can unwind by enjoying a drink at the bar, taking a dip in the outdoor pool, or by making use of a modern fitness centre. The Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime ensures a convenient and enjoyable stay in Valencia.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lisbon
Ends
Barcelona
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12
Countries
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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