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Best of Northern Spain & Portugal - 16 days map

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.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip 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
Santiago de Compostela - Visit the UNESCO-listed Old Town at the end of the Camino de Santiago Christian pilgrimage route
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
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
Caceres - Explore the Old Town independently to admire the convergence of Islamic, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Included

15 breakfasts & 4 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
Visit to wine cellar and tasting in La Rioja
Rias Bajas fjords cruise with wine and mussel tasting
15 nights 4-star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 16
Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Porto and Lisbon
Douro River Cruise & wine tasting in Porto

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
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 save time on check out!

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Spain!

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.
Overnight: Madrid

Day 2

Madrid sightseeing

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.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Basque Country wine tasting

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.
Overnight: Bilbao  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Bilbao & San Sebastian

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.
Overnight: Bilbao  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Bilbao to Santander

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.
Overnight: Santander  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Oviedo

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.
Overnight: Oviedo  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Mondonedo, Lugo & Santiago de Compostela

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.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

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.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Hello Portugal!

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.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11

Exploring Porto

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.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 12

Porto to 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.
Overnight: Fatima  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Fatima

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.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 14

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.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Back 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.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Madrid

Enjoy a final 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 8 persons. 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.

2023
Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $5,715
CAD $7,905
CAD $5,715
CAD $7,905
CAD $5,715
CAD $7,905
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
14 Apr - 29 Apr 30% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,338
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,382
28 Apr - 13 May 30% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,338
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,382
05 May - 20 May 30% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,338
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,382
12 May - 27 May 30% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,338
CAD $10,545
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19 May - 03 Jun 30% off
CAD $7,625
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26 May - 10 Jun 30% off
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CAD $10,545
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02 Jun - 17 Jun 30% off
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09 Jun - 24 Jun 30% off
CAD $7,625
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CAD $10,545
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16 Jun - 01 Jul 30% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,338
CAD $10,545
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23 Jun - 08 Jul 30% off
CAD $7,625
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CAD $10,545
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30 Jun - 15 Jul 30% off
CAD $7,625
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CAD $10,545
CAD $7,382
14 Jul - 29 Jul 30% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $5,779
CAD $11,135
CAD $7,795
28 Jul - 12 Aug 30% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $5,779
CAD $11,135
CAD $7,795
11 Aug - 26 Aug 30% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $5,779
CAD $11,135
CAD $7,795
25 Aug - 09 Sep 30% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $5,779
CAD $11,135
CAD $7,795
01 Sep - 16 Sep 25% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $6,191
CAD $11,135
CAD $8,351
08 Sep - 23 Sep 25% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $6,191
CAD $11,135
CAD $8,351
15 Sep - 30 Sep 25% off
CAD $8,255
CAD $6,191
CAD $11,135
CAD $8,351
22 Sep - 07 Oct 25% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,719
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,909
29 Sep - 14 Oct 25% off
CAD $7,625
CAD $5,719
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,909
CAD $7,625
CAD $10,545
CAD $7,625
CAD $10,545
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CAD $10,545
CAD $7,625
CAD $10,545

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.

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.

Barcelo Bilbao Nervion, Bilbao

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The riverside Barcelo Bilbao Nervion is located on the edge of the city centre, a short walk from the Old Town, Calatrava Bridge and the Guggenheim Museum. The air-conditioned guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV, minibar, desk and private bathrooms. Guests can dine at the onsite Ibaizabal restaurant, where a selection of regional Basque and international dishes are offered. There are also a number of pintxos tapas restaurants within walking distance.

Hotel Santemar, Santander

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Conveniently located just 150 metres from Sardinero beach and featuring a peaceful Japanese Garden, Hotel Santemar is a great place to stay when visiting coastal Santander. Modern rooms are elegantly decorated, with some offering a sea view and nautical themes. Amenities include air-conditioning, minibar, pillow menu, private bathroom and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Rincon de Mouro restaurant serves an array of Cantabrian dishes with an international twist, including a selection of fish and seafood dishes. A daily buffet breakfast is also served.

AC Hotel Oviedo Forum, Oviedo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The AC Hotel Oviedo Forum is housed just a short walk from the city's historic centre, including the impressive cathedral and the San Francisco Park. The hotel's 155 guest rooms are well-appointed, with wood panelled flooring, ensuite bathrooms, minibar, free Wi-Fi and TV. There is an onsite fitness centre and dining in the form of the AC Lounge, which fuses local cuisine with today's gastronomic trends. There is also a rooftop bar serving drinks and snacks with a view over the city.

Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago, Santiago de Compostela

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located a 20-minute walk from the city centre and cathedral, Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago is housed in beautiful gardens and has an impressive atrium with plants hanging from balconies and throughout the classically decorated interior of the hotel. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and rooms come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, TV, minibar and safe. A buffet breakfast is served daily, and the onsite restaurant is also open for dinner and evening drinks.

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
Madrid
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 8 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader with local guides for sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes - Arrival time and flight number must be provided
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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