La Sagrada Familia | Barcelona | Spain
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Barcelona, Madrid, Porto & Lisbon - 11 days  map

Take in the most popular cities of Spain and Portugal on this 11-day coach tour. Discover the best work of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona with an included visit to the Sagrada Familia and join a sightseeing tour to see the best of Madrid. Tuck into mouth-watering tapas, uncover the delightful city break destination of Porto and enjoy an included cruise on the Douro River. Sample some of the region's local port wine, take in the highlights of Lisbon, watch a Fado show and visit Caceres before ending your trip in Madrid.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Barcelona - Visit spectacular La Sagrada Familia and see other highlights of Gaudi's work on an included city tour, with free time to further explore
Salamanca - Stroll around this historic university city at your own pace, home to the world's third oldest university
Lisbon - Join a guided tour of the Portuguese capital and spend your free time exploring the historic Alfama Quarter
Caceres (in 2024) - Stop in this UNESCO-listed city on your way back to Madrid, with time to admire the Roman, Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture
Merida (in 2025) - Stop in this historic city founded by the Romans in 25 BC, renowned for its impressive archaeological sites
Madrid - See the modern and historic highlights of the city on a guided tour and enjoy free time to further explore independently
Porto - Cruise the Douro River, visit a Port Wine cellar for included tasting and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city
Fatima (in 2024) - Spend a free evening in the city, which is home to the Cova da Iria, an important site in the Christian faith
Coimbra (in 2025) Explore the historic streets of Portugal's former capital on a city tour and visit its enchanting medieval quarter

Included

10 breakfasts & 2 dinners
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
Guided sightseeing in Barcelona, Madrid, Porto and Lisbon (city tour of Coimbra and Moliceiro boat trip along the canals in Aveiro is also included in 2025)
Douro River Cruise & wine tasting in Porto
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
10 nights 4-star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 11
High-speed train ticket in Tourist Class from Barcelona to Madrid (unescorted)
Entrance to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Fado show in Lisbon (including dinner) in 2024. Fado show in Porto (including dinner) in 2025

Not Included

International flights and visas
City tax of approximately €4.95 per person per night in Barcelona and €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (approx €17.90 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!
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

On arrival in Barcelona, you will be collected and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free for you to head out and explore the city.
Overnight: Barcelona

Day 2

Barcelona sightseeing

We enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour in Barcelona this morning. Driving down the city's main streets, we will admire some of Gaudi's impressive modernist works, such as Le Pedrera and Casa Mila. We stroll through Montjuic Park to admire the surrounding views of the city and we end our tour with a visit to La Sagrada Familia. This is the crown jewel of Gaudi's work and is due to be completed in 2026, exactly 100 years since the great architect died. Entrance to the cathedral is included. After our tour, the rest of today is free for you to continue exploring Barcelona. Perhaps head for a walk along the beach, find some dinner along La Rambla, or head to Parc Guell to see even more of Gaudi's work!
Overnight: Barcelona  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Barca to Madrid

Barcelona - Madrid. After breakfast this morning there is an included transfer to the train station, from where you will take the high speed train to Madrid (unescorted). On arrival transfer to our hotel in the capital and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Exploring Madrid

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 dinner this evening at an authentic Tapas restaurant.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Salamanca & Porto

Madrid - Salamanca - Porto (Portugal). Departing Madrid after breakfast, we make a stop in the university city of Salamanca, with free time to enjoy a stroll around. After our visit, 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.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Porto sightseeing

Today 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.

2025 Itinerary change: please note in 2025 there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Porto rather than Lisbon.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Coimbra & Fatima

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.

2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our visit to Fatima will be replaced with a visit to Aveiro, where we enjoy a canal boat trip on a colourful moliceiro boat before travelling on to Coimbra for a city tour. Please see trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Fatima (2024), Coimbra (2025)  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Batalha, Nazare & Lisbon

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. 2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our departure will be from Coimbra instead of Fatima.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Lisbon sightseeing

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.

2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 the Fado dinner will be in Porto, not Lisbon.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Caceres & return to Madrid

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.

2025 Itinerary change: Please note in 2025 our visit to Caceres will be replaced with a visit to historic Merida. Please see the trip notes for more information.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Madrid

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

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 1 person. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The Single Room price applies for solo travellers who require their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
28 Jun - 08 Jul 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
05 Jul - 15 Jul 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
09 Aug - 19 Aug 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
06 Sep - 16 Sep 19% off
CAD $6,625
CAD $5,366
CAD $9,015
CAD $7,302
20 Sep - 30 Sep 19% off G
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
27 Sep - 07 Oct 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
04 Oct - 14 Oct 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
11 Oct - 21 Oct 19% off G
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
18 Oct - 28 Oct 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
04 Apr - 14 Apr 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
11 Apr - 21 Apr 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
02 May - 12 May 19% off
CAD $6,625
CAD $5,366
CAD $9,015
CAD $7,302
09 May - 19 May 19% off
CAD $6,625
CAD $5,366
CAD $9,015
CAD $7,302
30 May - 09 Jun 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
06 Jun - 16 Jun 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
04 Jul - 14 Jul 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
22 Aug - 01 Sep 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
12 Sep - 22 Sep 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
19 Sep - 29 Sep 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
03 Oct - 13 Oct 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
10 Oct - 20 Oct 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
31 Oct - 10 Nov 19% off
CAD $6,135
CAD $4,969
CAD $8,535
CAD $6,913
12 Dec - 22 Dec 19% off
CAD $6,625
CAD $5,366
CAD $9,015
CAD $7,302
2026
Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505
CAD $8,445
CAD $11,505

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.

Hesperia President, Barcelona

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located on one of Barcelona's most famous streets, Diagonal Avenue, the Hesperia President hotel is ideally located for those looking to immerse themselves in Barcelona. Ranked as a Biosphere sustainable hotel with measures taken to save water, use renewable energy and take climate action, it's a hotel that's good for the planet too! Modern rooms are bright and spacious, with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is an onsite gym and sun terrace, and a buffet breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant.

Hotel Riu Plaza Espana, Madrid

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Housed in the striking red and white Edificio Espana building in the centre of Madrid, the 4-star Riu Plaza Espana boasts an outdoor swimming pool on the 21st floor, free Wi-Fi throughout, a fitness centre and a sky bar offering sweeping vistas of the city. All rooms come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, mini-fridge and air-conditioning. Buffet breakfast is served in the onsite restaurant and travellers can tuck into authentic Tapas at the El Eden Gastrobar a la carte restaurant. This hotel is located on the Gran Via, often referred to as the 'Spanish Broadway', with a host of shopping and dining opportunities at hand. It is also an easy walk to the Royal Palace.

BessaHotel Boavista, Porto

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in Porto's popular Boavista district, the BessaHotel Boavista is just a few minute's walk from the Casa da Musica concert hall and other attractions. Bright and spacious guest rooms offer private bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and TV. There is an onsite gym and dining options include the BRestaurant & Bar, where Head Chef Vitor de Matos serves impeccable Iberian cuisine. Breakfast is served buffet style and there is also an outdoor terrace serving an array of cocktails and regional Douro Valley wines. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered.

Hotel Santa Maria, Fatima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A 2-minute walk from the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, Hotel Santa Maria has been contemporarily designed, with tall glasswork allowing plenty of light into the hotel. Displaying works by artists including Pedro Calapez, Silvia Patrício and Inês Carrelhas, the hotel also features a tranquil garden, restaurant serving local cuisine, and a bar. Views of the Sanctuary can be admired from the upper floor terrace. Rooms are air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi and carpeted floors.

Smart Design Hotel Lutecia, Lisbon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This recently renovated hotel features 9 themed floors, with rooms and corridors decorated in varying contemporary patterns and pastel hues. Smart Design Hotel Lutecia is located just 200m from the nearest metro station, giving guests quick and easy access to different parts of the city. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as design chairs, smart TV's and espresso coffee machines. In the morning enjoy an expansive buffet breakfast.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Barcelona
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader with local guides for sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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We absolutely enjoyed the tour. It was easy to book the tour and directions were very clear. Local guides were very knowledgeable and our tour leader was detail orientated and flexible.

One unexpected event was that our local tour guide in Barcelona was 1 hour late to pick us up from the hotel for the city tour, We frantically tried to call the 24 hour help line but had a hard time getting anyone to pick up the phone. She eventually showed up saying she did not have the correct hotel information and went to the wrong hotel.

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