Visit northern Spain & Portugal 10 days from Madrid
Visit northern Spain & Portugal 10 days from Madrid
NORTHERN SPAIN & NORTNERN PORTUGAL
Northern Coast of Spain & Portugal from Madrid – 10 days tour package
Escorted coach holiday with English-speaking guides along the Cantabrian Coast, a stretch of land by the North coast of Spain, across the Bay of Biscay, between the Cantabrian Sea and the Cantabrian Mountains, to discover a great diversity of landscapes. We travel from the Basque Country, passing through Cantanbria, Asturias, Galicia and its magnificent estuaries and finishing at the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Coach tour to Northern Spain & Portugal, departing from Madrid.
Departure days of the tour
Visit northern Spain & Portugal 10 days from Madrid includes:
The tour to the North of Spain and Portugal includes:
Transportation by modern air-conditioned bus / English-speaking accompanying guide during the tour / Visits in San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela and Porto / Entrance tickets to the Cathedral in Santiago, wine cellar with tasting in Porto / Boat trip on the Douro in Porto / Accommodation in 4* hotels / Daily buffet breakfast / Travel insurance.
|PRICE PER PERSON IN EUROS (SEASON 2023 - 2024)|
|IN DOUBLE ROOM||from 1425 €|
|IN SINGLE ROOM||from 2005 €|
Day 1. (Tuesday) MADRID – ZARAGOZA – SAN SAN SEBASTIAN
Departure from Madrid towards Zaragoza, located on the banks of the Ebro River, one of Spain’s major cities and capital of the Region of Aragon. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, Patroness of Hispanity and stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza to discover its impressive monumental legacy as Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians left their mark on this place. Taste the typical dishes of the region and, of course, take part in one of the great traditions of the city, “going for tapas”: small gastronomic creations that delight anyone who tries them. In the afternoon we continue our trip to the Basque Country, a green paradise, land of great contrasts, to reach San Sebastian, one of the most attractive tourist destinations on the Cantabrian coast and known worldwide for its International Film Festival. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 2. (Wednesday) SAN SAN SEBASTIAN
Breakfast at the hotel. We enjoy a whole day in the capital of Gipuzkoa, Donostia, as this city is known in Basque language. We start the day with a panoramic tour of this charming city, whose landscape is dominated by the Bay of San Sebastián and La Concha Beach, framed by Mount Igueldo and the island of Santa Clara. Then you will enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring this city, stroll along Playa de la Concha, the most beautiful city beach in Europe, adorned by luxurious mansions, or discover the network of cobbled streets of the Old Town, where the luxury shops they coexist with bars and taverns, where you can savour the typical pinchos, appetizers the size of a bite, considered the quintessence of Basque cuisine. In the afternoon, your guide will offer you the possibility of taking an optional excursion to Hondarribia, one of the most beautiful villages in the Basque Country and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the hidden jewel of the French Basque Country. Accommodation in San Sebastian.
Day 3. (Thursday) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
Breakfast at the hotel. We start our day with a climb to Igueldo Mountain, an unbeatable watchtower from where you can contemplate a magnificent view of San Sebastian. Continuation to Bilbao, capital of the Vizcaya province. Upon arrival, we’ll do a panoramic tour of Bilbao. Next, we will enjoy some free time to admire the avant-garde building of the Guggenheim Museum. Design and architecture permeate this entire city. Our route along the Cantabrian Coast continues to Castro Urdiales, a charming sailor and fishing village of medieval origin, with its characteristic wooden balconies houses and narrow streets that invite you to stroll around. Brief stop to admire this beautiful enclave and continue to Santander, the capital of Cantabria, one of the most elegant and beautiful cities on the North Coast of Spain, which stretches along a wide bay overlooking the Cantabrian Sea. Arrival and free time to visit Santander’s old town, which includes a set of noble buildings, the Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the capital and which houses the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, the Porticada Square or stroll through the famous El Sardinero beach, one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain, with sumptuous buildings, such as the Gran Casino, which evokes the architecture of the Belle Époque. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 4. (Friday) SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana del Mar, one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Architecture in Cantabria. Later on, driving a twisty road that will slowly reveal a beautiful countryside made up of calm waters, unimaginable green carpets and mountain peaks which all seem to be almost within reach, we will arrive to Covadonga, where you will have free time to visit the Shrine, a place of worship and pilgrimage for the people of Asturias, where you will see the Patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, a city of an unquestionable medieval flavour. Free time to explore Oviedo, most of its streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage Sites like the Cathedral of Oviedo, a splendid example of gothic asturian architecture or the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Naranco, a jewel of the pre-romanic asturian architecture. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 5. (Saturday) OVIEDO – MONDOÑEDO – LUGO – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Galicia with its landscapes of lush valleys and stunning beaches, spectacular cliffs, charming fishing villages and incredible cities. Our first stop will be in Mondoñedo, which belongs to the exclusive group of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Spain“, where we will have free time to visit the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, declared a national monument in 1902. Be sure to try the famous Mondoñedo Cake, the star product of local gastronomy and which was served at the most illustrious tables such as that of the kings of Spain or that of the Vatican. After that, we continue our route to Lugo, a city located on the banks of the Miño River, which preserves important traces of its Roman past, including its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Free time to stroll through its historic center with pedestrian streets, wide squares and garden spaces, where buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Town Hall stand out. We continue the route to the stately city of Santiago de Compostela, whose old town is a World Heritage Site, one of the most important monumental centers of Spain, one of the sacred cities of Christendom and end of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 6. (Sunday) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at the hotel. Accompanied by an expert guide, we take a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela starting at Plaza del Obradoiro, the nerve center of the city and final destination for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route, since the Cathedral of Santiago is located here, which houses the tomb of the Apostle Santiago el Mayor. After the visit of the cathedral we begin with a walk through the old city of Santiago de Compostela, which is concentrated around the cathedral and which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The afternoon will be at your disposal, so that you can continue visiting this historic city, discover its university atmosphere of joy and vitality, taste the delicious cuisine that the Galician tradition has preserved and its regional products, especially its seafood, fish and beef. We recommend touring the streets of the historic center discovering noble residences, the Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical stately homes, visiting the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, today transformed into a national hostel, the Colegio de San Xerome, headquarters of the university rectory, and the Palace of Raxoi, headquarters of the Santiago City Council. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 7. (Monday) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – PORTO
After breakfast, we travel to the most picturesque area of the Galician Estuaries, the Rias Baixas Estuaries. Through splendid landscapes of the Ría de Arosa, we will arrive at La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Then, crossing the Portuguese border, we start our journey to Porto, a city declared a World Heritage Site. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 8. (Tuesday) PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. We have a whole day to enjoy this authentic city, capital of the North of Portugal. We begin with a panoramic tour of Porto to discover the Sé Cathedral, the most important religious monument in Porto, a mixture of styles and influences, also the Stock Exchange Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto, Santa Clara Church and ending in a local winery where we will taste its world-renowned “Port wine”. We will then take a nice boat tour along the Douro River. Rest of the day at your disposal to discover the atmosphere charged with history and nostalgia of this port city located in the Ribera del Duero, at its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean, with its elegant neighbourhoods and stately villas in counterpoint with the narrow streets and old alleys. You can walk along Avenida dos Aliados, the Ribeira de Porto on the banks of the Douro and admire the Dom Luis I Bridge, the most famous bridge in Porto, climb the Clérigos Tower, the best viewpoint of Porto, from where you will have fabulous panoramic views from the historic centre of the city. Hotel accommodation.
Day 9. (Wednesday) PORTO – CIUDAD RODRIGO – SALAMANCA
Breakfast. We’ll head back to Spain driving the Silver Way (Autovía de la Plata) to Ciudad Rodrigo, a medieval city that preserves its imposing wall and that contains a rich heritage of civil and religious buildings, headed by its Cathedral and the Castle of Enrique II. We will enjoy free time to walk through this walled city, enter the tunnel of time and savour the Middle Ages. After that, we continue to Salamanca, the university city par excellence. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation. We recommend leaving your bags at the hotel and going out to explore this city, a World Heritage Site of great artistic wealth, at your leisure. A stroll around the pedestrian streets in its historic centre will take you to Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, you may visit Salamanca’s two cathedrals (the old cathedral dating from the 12th-13th centuries of Romanesque style, and the new one from the 16th century), the House of Shells, the Baroque style Clerecia church and the University with its beautiful Plateresque façade.
Day 10. (Thursday) SALAMANCA – AVILA – MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. We follow the route through Castilian Leonese lands. Our first stop will be in the vicinity of Avila, located in the shelter of the Sierra de Gredos, an impressive medieval city, with its imposing wall, declared a National Monument. From the San Sebastian Shrine, known locally as the Four Posts viewing point, we will enjoy an unbeatable view of the walled city. Free time in the historic center of Avila, which treasures in its cobbled streets, its monuments and its wall entire pages of the history of Spain. In the afternoon we’ll continue to Madrid. Arrival and end of services.
- Departure city: SPAIN, Madrid
- Returning city: SPAIN, Madrid
- Cities where we will travel through: Mondonedo, Avila, Ciudad Rodrigo, Covadonga, La Toja, Lugo, Madrid, Oviedo, Porto, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar, Zaragoza
- Countries where the tour goes: PORTUGAL, SPAIN
- Nº days of the tour: 10
- Departure day of the tour: Tuesday
- Price: from 1425 €
- Tour code: 01252-080M00000-01-MADMAD-EG
Please note that
Exceptionally, the itinerary and the order of the excursions could be altered and modified for organizational reasons. Depending on hotel availability or in case of last minute reservations, the provided hotels may be replaced by others of the same category (see list of planned hotels at Scheduled Hotels).