Northern Spain (English Only - Small Group) - 13 Days

13 Days: Madrid, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo, Santiago De Compostela, Porto & Salamanca.
Tour overview:

Explore some of the most charming parts of Spain and Portugal with this scenic tour, 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.

Day 1 - Arrive Madrid

Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2 - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the beauties of the city with a guided city tour. Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, 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. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Join your fellow travelers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at the hotel. (BD)

Day 3 - Madrid - Burgos - La Rioja - Bilbao

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart towards Burgos. Free time to visit the 13th century gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain after Seville and Toledo. We will continue to Haro, in the heart of La Rioja, one of the most famous Spanish wine regions. Among the vineyards, we will visit a traditional and family run wine cellar. Take a taste of the world famous Rioja Reds. Depart to Bilbao. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 4 - Bilbao - San Sebastian - Bilbao

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a Bilbao city tour and discover its most recent developments. Time at leisure for you to explore the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order for you to admire this modern architectural building. Continue to San Sebastian in the afternoon, 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. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Back in Bilbao, enjoy dinner at local restaurant to taste the famous typical “pintxos”, Basque name for tapas. Accommodation at the hotel. (BD)

Day 5 - Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander

Breakfast at hotel. Bound for Asturias, famous Green Spain, we will proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Time at leisure. Depart to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 6 - Santander - Santillanda Del Mar - Covadonga - Oviedo

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Santillana del Mar, 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 Architecture 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. Join your fellow travelers to dine at a traditional cider house. Accommodation at the hotel. (BD)

Day 7 - Oviedo - Mondonedo - Lugo - Santiago De Compostela

Breakfast at the hotel. Bound for Galician lands. On the way to Lugo, take a short stop at Mondoñedo. Time at leisure to visit the 13th century Cathedral and try the delicious “Mondoñedo cake”. Continue to Lugo. Time at leisure to explore the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared World Heritage. We finally approach Santiago de Compostela´s holly land, declared World Heritage, as it is the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 8 - Santiago De Compostela

Breakfast at the hotel. Join a Santiago city tour where you will see the main square called Obradoiro and the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 9 - Santiago De Compostela - Rias Bajas - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Continue to the Ria de Arosa, where will do a cruise, with tasting of the typical wines and mussels. Bound the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European towns, and proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 10 - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a guided sightseeing tour of Porto. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a Douro River Cruise and discover famous Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting experience included. Rest of day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 11 - Porto - Ciudad Rodrigo - Salamanca

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart back to the Spanish border to arrive into Salamanca. Shortstop and free time in Ciudad Rodrigo, surrounded by medieval walls and dominated by the Alcazar. Continue to Salamanca, University City and World Heritage Site of great architectural and artistic wealth. Farewell dinner and accommodation at the hotel. (BD)f

Day 12 - Salamanca - Avila - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Bound for Spanish Capital, Madrid, we visit one more historical breathtaking destinations, Avila. Thousands of years contemplate this Middle Age walled old town. Enjoy some time at leisure before reaching our final destinations. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Day 13 - Depart Madrid

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