A lady at the Bom Jesus Sanctuary | Braga | Portugal
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Lisbon to Madrid - 6 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Travel from the capital of Portugal to the capital of Spain on this 6 day escorted group tour. Explore the former capital of Coimbra and one of the oldest universities in the world before strolling around the streets of Porto to find historic cathedrals and cellars. Spend two nights in Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world and opt to visit to Cape Finisterre, thought by ancient Europeans to be the 'End of the World'. Wander Salamanca's Old Town, stop in Avila and explore El Escorial, home of the Spanish Royal Family.

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
Douro Valley - Take an optional trip to this picturesque valley and enjoy a peaceful river cruise
Santiago de Compostela - Spend two nights in one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world
Salamanca - Discover the history and culture of Salamanca's Old Town and university with free time to explore
Porto - Uncover this delightful city independently, with time to sightsee, cruise the Douro River and sample local port wine
Braga - See the famous Bom Jesus Sanctuary and if you're feeling fit, climb the 600 steps for panoramic views over the region
Las Medulas - Marvel at these mountains that once stored one of the Roman Empire's most important gold mines
El Escorial - Take in the UNESCO-listed home of the Spanish Royal Family on an included visit

Included

5 breakfasts
Escorted by an English-speaking guide
Entrance to Coimbra University Library and El Escorial
Tourist taxes
5 nights in a 3-4 star hotels
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach with a local driver
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
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 and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
Optional activities & additional attractions unless specified above

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, our tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour finishes at 19:30 - Madrid Drop Off, Hotel Porcel Ganivet, Madrid.
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
24 Jun - 29 Jun 22% off
NZD $4,615
NZD $3,600
NZD $5,405
NZD $4,216
22 Jul - 27 Jul 22% off
NZD $4,485
NZD $3,498
NZD $5,375
NZD $4,193
05 Aug - 10 Aug 22% off G
NZD $4,485
NZD $3,498
NZD $5,275
NZD $4,115
02 Sep - 07 Sep 22% off
NZD $4,615
NZD $3,600
NZD $5,465
NZD $4,263
16 Sep - 21 Sep 22% off
NZD $4,615
NZD $3,600
NZD $5,465
NZD $4,263
30 Sep - 05 Oct 22% off G
NZD $4,615
NZD $3,600
NZD $5,465
NZD $4,263
14 Oct - 19 Oct 22% off
NZD $4,485
NZD $3,498
NZD $5,295
NZD $4,130
28 Oct - 02 Nov 22% off
NZD $4,485
NZD $3,498
NZD $5,295
NZD $4,130
11 Nov - 16 Nov 22% off
NZD $4,355
NZD $3,397
NZD $5,145
NZD $4,013

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.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lisbon
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
Countries
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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