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Madrid and Northern Spain and Galicia – Private Journey
11 Days

ITINERARY

Tour overview:
Discover the history and beauty of Northern Spain and Galicia on this private journey. Arrive in Spain’s charming capital and see the city’s historic treasures such as the Arabic fortress and Prado Museum. Visit Modern Madrid’s emblematic Las Ventas building and the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium, home to Real Madrid FC. Discover the World Heritage Site monuments of Oviedo. Depart for Santiago de Compostela, one of Spain’s most important centers of Christian pilgrimage. Explore the marvelous Rias Bajas (Spanish fjords) in Galicia, one of Spain’s most scenic areas.

Day 1 (Mon.) Madrid

Meet and greet at the airport. Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 2 (Tue.) Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to explore the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 3 (Wed.) Madrid – Zaragoza – San Sebastian

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from our established hotels in Madrid. Please refer to your documentation for detailed departure information. Depart towards Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of Hispanity and stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon we will continue to San Sebastian, it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation.


Day 4 (Thu.) San Sebastian – Bilbao – Castro Urdiales – Santander

Breakfast at hotel. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic driver in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern architectural building. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time. Departure to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation.


Day 5 (Fri.) Santander – Santillana – Covadonga – Oviedo

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana, it’s one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see the patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre Romanic asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of their streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic asturian architecture. Accommodation.


Day 6 (Sat.) Oviedo – Lugo – A Coruña

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time to be able to contemplate the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared Patrimony of the Humanity. Continuation to La Coruña. Brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. Brief stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas. Accommodation.


Day 7 (Sun.) La Coruña – Santiago De Compostela

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. City tour where we will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation.


Day 8 (Mon.) Santiago De Compostela – Rias Bajas – La Toja – Vigo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape we will arrive to La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Free time and continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Accommodation.


Day 9 (Tue.) Vigo – Viana Do Castelo – Braga

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Afterwards, continue to Porto. Short stop and continue to Braga. Accommodation.


Day 10 (Wed.) Braga – Salamanca – Madrid

Breakfast. Departure to the Spanish border to arrive to Salamanca. Short stop and free time in this University City (World Heritage) of great architectural and artistic wealth. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 11 (Thu.) Madrid

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.

(*) In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.
(*) During stay in Madrid, tour escort service is not available.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Madrid:
Tapas Tour- Historical-gastronomic experience: Strolling through the Madrid of the Austrias and discovering its most curious legends and stories, we will visit several typical Madrid establishments where you can taste the most classical tapas of the capital. Taverns full of flavor and history, a living memory of traditional Madrid. In each of them we will try some of its most characteristic tapas, accompanied by local wines, pairing with the lid (our suggestion, you can request any another type of drink).

Oviedo:
Walking tour of Oviedo with a visit to the Cathedral and Pre-Romanesque Churches: We will move to the outskirts of Oviedo to visit the church of San Julián de Frutos, built at the end of the 8th century and the oldest of the Asturian pre-Romanesque churches. We will continue with a panoramic tour of the city where we can enjoy the modern Ensanche of Oviedo, Palace of Parliament, San Francisco Park, Congress Palace, among other wonders of this city. We will walk on foot through the old town, with its medieval past, shopping malls, Plaza del Fontán and see its impressive sculptures. We will enter the magnificent cathedral of El Salvador and admire its impressive interior, its Gothic architecture, Roman sculptures, Holy Chamber and cloister.

Pontevedra
Ría Arousa – Rute of the mussels: We will enjoy a marine excursion along the Ría de Arousa with an approximate duration of 1:15 min in which we will visit the mussels’ farm and explain the way the mussels, oysters and scallops are cultivated.We will have the pleasure of observing underwater panoramas through the bottom of the glass of our catamaran and we will finish with a tasting on board of mussels with water, wine or soft drinks.

Vigo:
Monte Santa Tecla, Bayonne and Valença do Minho: Santa Tecla is one of the best-known places in Galicia. Mythical place of the Galician coast and spectacular viewpoint that allows 360 degree views over the mouth of the Miño River and the coasts of Galicia and Portugal, being a strategic place for surveillance between the two countries. The Santa Tecla Mountain enjoys a spectacular landscape environment and has several elements of high heritage interest such as the castro, the petroglyphs or the hermitage of the twelfth century. We will cross the border with the neighboring country to visit Valença do Minho, a historic walled city, with its picturesque and colorful streets. Strategic port full of history, Bayonne is a beautiful medieval city full of a past that can be perceived walking through its beautiful streets and avenues


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Superior (High Season)
2021 2 to 3 Guests 4 to 7 Guests 8 to 11 Guests 12 to 17 Guests
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jul 05 - Jul 15 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Jul 12 - Jul 22 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Jul 19 - Jul 29 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Jul 26 - Aug 05 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Aug 02 - Aug 12 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Aug 09 - Aug 19 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Aug 16 - Aug 26 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Aug 23 - Sep 02 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Aug 30 - Sep 09 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Sep 06 - Sep 16 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Sep 13 - Sep 23 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Sep 20 - Sep 30 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Sep 27 - Oct 07 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Oct 04 - Oct 14 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Oct 11 - Oct 21 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Oct 18 - Oct 28 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Oct 25 - Nov 04 6075 6935 4205 5050 2830 3670 2530 3385
Superior (Low Season)
2021 2 to 3 Guests 4 to 7 Guests 8 to 11 Guests 12 to 17 Guests
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 17 - May 27 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
May 24 - Jun 03 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
May 31 - Jun 10 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
Jun 07 - Jun 17 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
Jun 14 - Jun 24 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
Jun 21 - Jul 01 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
Jun 28 - Jul 08 5930 6790 4060 4905 2685 3530 2390 3240
First Class (High Season)
2021 2 to 3 Guests 4 to 7 Guests 8 to 11 Guests 12 to 17 Guests
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jul 05 - Jul 15 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Jul 12 - Jul 22 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Jul 19 - Jul 29 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Jul 26 - Aug 05 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Aug 02 - Aug 12 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Aug 09 - Aug 19 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Aug 16 - Aug 26 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Aug 23 - Sep 02 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Aug 30 - Sep 09 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Sep 06 - Sep 16 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Sep 13 - Sep 23 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Sep 20 - Sep 30 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Sep 27 - Oct 07 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Oct 04 - Oct 14 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Oct 11 - Oct 21 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Oct 18 - Oct 28 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Oct 25 - Nov 04 6205 7120 4330 5230 2955 3855 2660 3570
Superior (Low Season)
2021 2 to 3 Guests 4 to 7 Guests 8 to 11 Guests 12 to 17 Guests
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 17 - May 27 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
May 24 - Jun 03 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
May 31 - Jun 10 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
Jun 07 - Jun 17 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
Jun 14 - Jun 24 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
Jun 21 - Jul 01 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
Jun 28 - Jul 08 6060 6975 4190 5090 2810 3710 2515 3425
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
MADRID Sell in $
Tapas Tour- Historical-gastronomic experience 100
OVIEDO
Walking tour of Oviedo with a visit to the Cathedral and Pre-Romanesque Churches 70
PONTEVEDRA
Ría Arousa – Rute of the mussels 55
VIGO
Monte Santa Tecla, Bayonne and Valença do Minho 65
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
Hotels:
Madrid
Tryp Atocha (S)
Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España (F)
San Sebastian
Palacio de Aiete (S,F)
Santander
Santemar (S,F)
Oviedo
Ayre Hotel Ramiro I / Oca Santo Domingo Plaza (S,F)
La Coruña
Tryp Coruña (S,F)
Santiago de Compostela
Tryp Santiago (S,F)
Vigo
Tryp Los Galeones (S,F)
Braga
Melia Braga (S,F)

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Panoramic sightseeing tours in Madrid, San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña
  • Guided city tours of Santiago de Compostela
  • Driver-guide during the tour
  • Air-conditioned deluxe minivan/minibus
  • Accommodation and daily breakfast
  • Transfers to/from airport as per itinerary
  • Travel insurance

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