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Madrid, Northern Spain & Portugal – Private Journey
15 Days

ITINERARY

Tour overview:
Explore some of the most charming parts of Spain and Portugal on this scenic private journey, filled with breathtaking landscapes. Start your journey by visiting some of the most historic monuments in Madrid, Spain’s revered capital city. Visit Spain’s quaint villages, historical artistic towns, bourgeois cities, pristine beaches, and spectacular fjords before arriving in Portugal. Travel through the World Heritage City of Porto and enjoy a visit to a Port wine cellar followed by wine tasting. Discover Lisbon, the charming capital of Portugal, with its Alfama Quarter, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting ‘Ruas’ full of color housing the genuine ‘tabernas’ with the sounds of Fado.

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 World Heritage. 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 – Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border and then continue via Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto, arrive to Porto. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 10 (Wed.) Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise and discover the historic heritage visiting one wellknown Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting included. Rest of day at leisure. Accommodation.


Day 11 (Thu.) Porto – Coimbra – Fatima

Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation.


Day 12 (Fri.) Fatima – Batalha – Nazare – Alcobaça – Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the XII C. Then to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional traditional and typical dinner including a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.


Day 13 (Sat.) Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of color housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 14 (Sun.) Lisbon – Caceres – Madrid

Departure to Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 15 (Mon.) 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.
*Lisbon and Porto Local City Tax is not included, to be paid directly to the hotel.

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.

Porto:
Visit to Guimaraes: Guimaraes is one of the oldest cities in Portugal, cradle of the Portuguese nation, whose historic center is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In this city, we will have the opportunity to learn about Portuguese history and visit, among other monuments, the Castle (Castelo de Guimaraes) dating from the 10th century, and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Built in the fifteenth century, it was the residence of the royal family. Here we will pay tribute to the first king of Portugal, Mr. Alfonso Henriques. We can also walk the streets of the historic center and hear a little more about its secrets and stories, and visit the typical local art and craft stores.

Lisbon:
Fado show with dinner: Enjoy a typical Portuguese dinner visiting one of the oldest Fado venues in the city and located in one of the most interesting cultural neighborhoods in the area. With this activity, you can enjoy a typical dinner to discover some flavors of the Portuguese cuisine while listening to the intimate and enveloping interpretation of Fado, named by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Monument of Cristo Rey, Calcilhas and ferry through the Tagus: We propose you to discover a different Lisbon. We will cross the emblematic April 25 Bridge over the Tagus to go to the National Sanctuary of Cristo Rey. On a height of 113 meters above the river level, from the Cristo´s viewpoint, the work of the sculptor Francisco Franco de Soussa, one of the fabulous views of the Portuguese capital is contemplated. We will continue on this side of the river visiting Calcilhas, a picturesque residential village in front of Lisbon, which retains its flavor as a fishing port. There, we will take the ferry that, crossing the Tagus estuary, will return us to Lisbon. From the boat, we will discover a different and original Lisbon, seen from a new point of view: quite an experience.
Sintra & Estoril Coast Tour: We will leave in the direction of the romantic town of Sintra. We will visit the outside of its wonderful Royal Palace with our walking tour. Then we will go to Cabo de Roca, the easternmost point of the European continent where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean. We will return to Lisbon through the coastal town of Cascais and the cosmopolitan city of Estoril, known for its famous Casino (the largest in Europe).


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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 19 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Jul 12 - Jul 26 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Jul 19 - Aug 02 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Jul 26 - Aug 09 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Aug 02 - Aug 16 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Aug 09 - Aug 23 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Aug 16 - Aug 30 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Aug 23 - Sep 06 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Aug 30 - Sep 13 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Sep 06 - Sep 20 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Sep 13 - Sep 27 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Sep 20 - Oct 04 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Sep 27 - Oct 11 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Oct 04 - Oct 18 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Oct 11 - Oct 25 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Oct 18 - Nov 01 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
Oct 25 - Nov 08 8180 9270 5635 6730 3740 4825 3470 4560
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 31 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
May 24 - Jun 07 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
May 31 - Jun 14 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
Jun 07 - Jun 21 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
Jun 14 - Jun 28 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
Jun 21 - Jul 05 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
Jun 28 - Jul 12 8020 9110 5475 6570 3580 4665 3310 4400
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 19 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Jul 12 - Jul 26 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Jul 19 - Aug 02 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Jul 26 - Aug 09 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Aug 02 - Aug 16 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Aug 09 - Aug 23 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Aug 16 - Aug 30 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Aug 23 - Sep 06 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Aug 30 - Sep 13 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Sep 06 - Sep 20 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Sep 13 - Sep 27 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Sep 20 - Oct 04 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Sep 27 - Oct 11 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Oct 04 - Oct 18 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Oct 11 - Oct 25 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Oct 18 - Nov 01 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
Oct 25 - Nov 08 8380 9625 5835 7080 3940 5175 3670 4910
First Class (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 31 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
May 24 - Jun 07 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
May 31 - Jun 14 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
Jun 07 - Jun 21 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
Jun 14 - Jun 28 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
Jun 21 - Jul 05 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
Jun 28 - Jul 12 8220 9465 5675 6920 3780 5015 3510 4750
Boutique (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 19 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Jul 12 - Jul 26 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Jul 19 - Aug 02 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Jul 26 - Aug 09 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Aug 02 - Aug 16 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Aug 09 - Aug 23 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Aug 16 - Aug 30 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Aug 23 - Sep 06 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Aug 30 - Sep 13 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Sep 06 - Sep 20 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Sep 13 - Sep 27 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Sep 20 - Oct 04 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Sep 27 - Oct 11 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Oct 04 - Oct 18 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Oct 11 - Oct 25 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Oct 18 - Nov 01 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Oct 25 - Nov 08 8580 9930 6035 7385 4140 5480 3870 5215
Boutique (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 31 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
May 24 - Jun 07 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
May 31 - Jun 14 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
Jun 07 - Jun 21 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
Jun 14 - Jun 28 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
Jun 21 - Jul 05 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
Jun 28 - Jul 12 8420 9770 5875 7225 3980 5320 3710 5055
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
PORTO
Visit to Guimaraes 70
LISBON
Fado show with dinner 115
Monument of Cristo Rey, Calcilhas and ferry through the Tagus 45
Sintra & Estoril Coast Tour 90
* 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)
Catalonia Gran Via (B)
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)
Porto
Tryp Porto Expo (S)
Bessahotel Boavista (F)
NH Collection Porto Batalha (B)
Fatima
Aurea Fátima / Estrela de Fátima / Regina (S,F)
Santa Maria (B)
Lisbon
Roma (S)
Lutécia / Vila Gale Opera (F)
Tivoli Avenida de la Liberdade (B)

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Guided visits in Madrid, Santiago, Porto, Lisbon and panoramic sightseeing tours in San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña
  • 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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