Highlights of Spain & Portugal
12 Day Spain and Portugal Tour of Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Viana do Castelo, Porto, Aveiro, Fatima, Lisbon & Merida.
Upon arrival to Barcelona airport, you will take the arranged transportation to your first class hotel. You will have some free time, and we highly recommend that you take this opportunity to explore this energetic city. We also recommend dining at the Pueblo Español for dinner. This is a fascinating museum which features replicas of architecture from Spain’s various regions. This dinner will be included in the Premium Package.
Following the buffet breakfast, you will begin a guided tour of the beautiful city of Barcelona. Along the way you’ll see the historic Gothic Quarter, which is home to a spectacular cathedral. You will also pause to admire the Basilica of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia), an unfinished Roman Catholic basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. Continuing on the tour, you’ll visit Montjuic Hill, the Olympic Stadium site, which offers a breathtaking view of the city and port area.
Following the tour, you will have free time for lunch on your own, which is included in the Premium Package, as well as a free afternoon to explore the city at your leisure.
Following the buffet breakfast, you will depart from Barcelona and travel to the city of Zaragoza. Upon arrival, you will make a stop in a main plaza in the downtown area of the city. You will have free time to eat lunch, as well as the option to visit the beautiful Basilica el El Pilar. From there, you will continue travelling to Madrid.
In the afternoon, you’ll go on the “Illuminated Madrid” driving tour through the busy streets of the old city, which will end at the iconic Plaza Mayor. This part of the city is known for traditional restaurants and taverns that serve Spain’s signature “tapas.”
Premium Package will enjoy a Tapas Dinner. You are free to return to the hotel at your leisure.
Following the buffet breakfast, you will begin a tour of some of the most iconic and magnificent locations in Madrid. This includes the Puerta del Sol, the Gran Via, the fountains of Neptune and Cibele, the Alcala Gate, and the Plazas de España and Oriente.
In the afternoon, you are free to visit some of Madrid’s famous art museums, or you have the option to go on a tour of the former capital city of Toledo. Here, you’ll have the chance to walk the cobblestone streets of the city, taking in the medieval culture that will surround you. This tour includes the opportunity to see the interior of a spectacular Gothic cathedral and visit St. Tome Church, where you’ll see El Greco’s masterpiece painting displayed.
Following the buffet breakfast and hotel check-out, you will depart Madrid and enter old Castile, where you’ll visit Segovia, a beautiful medieval city. Segovia is home to 2000 year-old Roman aqueducts and the distinctive Alcazar Castle. You’ll also make a quick stop in Avila to view the 11th-century city walls that have been flawlessly preserved. You’ll arrive in the city of Salamanca, a charming city that is home to a well-known university.
You’ll take an afternoon tour of the city. The Premium Package includes dinner.
It is recommended that you take a nighttime stroll through the gorgeous main plaza, which is always bustling with activity.
After a buffet breakfast, you will depart from Salamanca, heading to northern Spain and Galicia. You will arrive at the beautiful Santiago de Compostela. The afternoon will be spent on a guided tour of the old city of Santiago de Compostela, where you will see its beautiful cathedral.
In the evening, the Premium Package includes a nice dinner at the hotel.
After the buffet breakfast, you will depart from Santiago de Compostela to Rias Baixas, and continue travelling to Portugal. Along the way, we will visit Viana do Castelo, a small town at the mouth of the Lima River that is known for its historic center and castle. We will continue travelling and arrive in Porto, which is the capital of northern Portugal, located in the region of Douro.
Following the buffet breakfast, you will be guided by a local throughout the city, and you will also visit a winery. The premium package will also include the usual lunch. You are free to spend the afternoon exploring the city.
You’ll have the buffet breakfast and then begin travelling to Aveiro, a city containing many canals that is known as the “Venice of Portugal.” Then, you will continue travelling to Fatima, a major destination for Christian pilgrimages. Here, you’ll have free time to see the basilica and have lunch, which is included in the Premium Package. From here, you’ll travel to Lisbon, where you’ll have the option to hear the melancholy, yet beautiful Fado music with dinner. This is included with the Premium Package dinner.
After the buffet breakfast, you’ll go on a tour of the city, which overlooks the Tagus River. There will be so much scenery to take in along the way, including the Tower of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery. You will have free time this afternoon, and we highly recommend visiting the towns of Sintra and Cascais. Tours of these villages are part of the Premium Package.
You will have a buffet breakfast and then depart from Lisbon. You’ll travel on the Spanish border, with a quick stop in Merida on the way. Here, you’ll see the archeological site for the Roman amphitheatre. Lunch today will be included for the Premium Package. You’ll arrive in Madrid in the late afternoon.
Following a buffet breakfast, you will be transported to Madrid Airport at the appropriate time prior to your flight home.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
Comfort Hotels: Praga / Holiday Inn Piramides Muralto Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: Cuzco / Agumar Or Similar
Comfort Hotels: Rafael Badalona / Exe Barbera Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: AC Som / Porta Fira Or Similar
Comfort Hotels: G.H. Corona So Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: G.H. Corona So Or Similar
Comfort Hotels: Tryp Santiago Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: Nh Collection / Hesperia Vigo Or Similar
Comfort Hotels: Park Hotel Gaia / Beta Porto Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: Novotel Porto Gaia Or Similar
Comfort Hotels: Exe Liberdade / Vip Zurique Or Similar
Suprior Hotels: Real Palacio / Vila Gare Opera Or Similar
- Accommodations in hotels of Category Comfort or Superior
- Professional tour escort throughout (bilingual English/Spanish)
- Escorted sightseeing tours with bilingual guide in Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de
- Compostela, Porto, Lisbon and Merida
- Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
- Porto Winery entrance fee
- Merida Roman Theather and Amphitheater entrance fee
- Daily Breakfast
- Transfers airport-hotel-airport
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Premium Package
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Drinks on meals
- Porterage at airport
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Any Insurance
- Any Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included
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