Coach holiday northern Spain & best of Portugal 13 days from Madrid
Coach holiday northern Spain & best of Portugal 13 days from Madrid
Description: Coach holiday northern Spain & best of Portugal 13 days from Madrid
Northern Coast of Spain & Portugal from Madrid – 13 days tour package
Escorted coach holiday from Madrid 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 and cities that preserve some of the most beautiful monumental town centres of Spain & Portugal. We travel from the Basque Country, passing through Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and its magnificent estuaries and finishing at the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Coach tour to Northern Spain & Portugal with English-speaking guides.
Departure days of the tour
Coach holiday northern Spain & best of Portugal 13 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, Porto and Lisbon / Entrance tickets to the Cathedral in Santiago, wine cellar with tasting in Porto / Boat ride through 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 2055 €|
|IN SINGLE ROOM||from 2805 €|
Day 1. (Tuesday) MADRID – ZARAGOZA – SAN SEBASTIAN
Departure from Madrid heading northeast through an industrial and agricultural area with certain importance in Europe. Arrival in Zaragoza, capital of the province of Aragon, located on the banks of the Ebro River, which is the largest in the Peninsula Iberian. Zaragoza, known as Caesar Augusta during the Roman period, played a very important role in Spanish history. You will enjoy free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, Patron Saint of Hispanic Heritage. Afterwards, we continue our trip to the Basque Country, a green paradise, a 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 SEBASTIAN
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll 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 French-style and gentrified city, whose landscape is dominated by the Bay of San Sebastian and the em>La Concha Beach, framed by the Monte Igueldo and the island of Santa Clara. You will then 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 luxury shops coexist with bars and taverns, where you can taste the typical pinchos, bite-sized appetizers, considered the quintessence of Basque cuisine. In the afternoon, your guide will offer you the possibility of taking an excursion to Hondarribia, one of the most beautiful towns in the Basque Country, and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the hidden gem of the French Basque Country. Accommodation in San Sebastian.
Day 3. (Thursday) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
Breakfast at the hotel. We begin our trip with a climb towards Monte Igueldo, an unbeatable watchtower from where you can see a magnificent view of the city. Continuation to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Arrival and panoramic view of the city. Next, we’ll enjoy 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 little fishing village of medieval origin, with its characteristic houses with wooden balconies and narrow streets that invite you to stroll. Brief stop to admire this beautiful enclave and continuation to Santander, the capital of Cantabria, one of the most elegant and beautiful cities in the North Coast of Spainwhich extends along a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Arrival and free time to visit its historic center, which brings together a group of noble buildings, the Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the capital and which houses the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, the Plaza Porticada or stroll along 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 the hotel. Departure to Santillana del Mar, one of the most important historical artistic cities in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, a jewel of Romanesque architecture in Cantabria. Further on, driving along a winding road that will little by little reveal a beautiful landscape made up of calm waters, unimaginable green carpets and mountain peaks that seem almost within reach, we will reach Covadonga, where you will have free time to visit the Sanctuary of Covadonga, place of worship and pilgrimage for all Asturians, where you will see the Patron Saint of Asturias, our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, a city with an undoubted medieval flavour. Free time to explore Oviedo, with its pedestrian streets, where you can see World Heritage sites such as the Oviedo Cathedral, a splendid example of Asturian Gothic architecture or the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Naranco, a jewel of pre-Romanesque Asturian architecture. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 5. (Saturday) OVIEDO – MONDOÑEDO – LUGO – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast. Departure to Galicia with its landscapes of lush valleys and impressive beaches, spectacular cliffs, charming fishing villages and incredible cities. Our first stop will be in Mondoñedo, which belongs to the exclusive group of «Most beautiful towns in Spain», where we will have time to visit the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, declared a national monument in 1902. Be sure to try the famous Tarta de Mondoñedo, the star product of local gastronomy and that was present 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 on the banks of the Miño River, which preserves important traces of its Roman past, including its millennial wall, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Free time to walk through its historic center with pedestrian streets, large squares and garden spaces, where buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace stand out and the City Hall. 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 in Spain, one of the sacred cities of Christianity and the end of the pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago. 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 starting in the Plaza del Obradoiro, the nerve center of the city and final destination for tourists. pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route, since the Cathedral of Santiago is located here, which houses the tomb of the Apostle Saint James the Greater. After the visit of the cathedral we will continue 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 the UNESCO. The afternoon will be at your disposal, so you can continue visiting this historic city, discover its university atmosphere of joy and vitality, try the delicious cuisine that Galician tradition has preserved and its regional products, especially its seafood, fish and meats. We recommend exploring the streets of the historic center discovering noble residences, Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical stately homes, visiting the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, today transformed into a national inn, the San Xerome School, headquarters of the university rectorate, and the Raxoi Palace, headquarters of the Santiago City Council. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 7. (Monday) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RÍAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – OPORTO
After breakfast we travel to the most picturesque area of the Galician Rías Bajas. Through the splendid landscapes of the Ría de Arosa, we will reach the Isla de La Toja, universally known for its spa. Then, crossing the Portuguese border, we continue the journey to Oporto, a city declared a World Heritage. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 8. (Tuesday) PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. We have a whole day to enjoy this authentic city, declared a World Heritage Site. We begin with a panoramic visit of Porto to discover the Cathedral of Sé, the most important religious monument in Porto, a mixture of styles and influences, also the Palacio de la Bolsa, one of the most beautiful buildings in Porto, Santa Clara Church and ending in a local winery where we will taste the world-famous “Porto wine”. After the visit we will include a boat trip on the Douro river to enjoy the panoramic views that exist from the boat. Afternoon free at your disposal to continue exploring the corners of Porto, stroll along the Avenida dos Aliados, the Ribeira de Porto on the banks of the Duero and admire the Don Luis I Bridge, the most famous bridge in Porto, climb to the Clérigos Tower, the best viewpoint of Porto, from where you will have panoramic views of the historic city center. Hotel accommodation.
Day 9. (Wednesday) PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at your disposal. You will be able to rest from the trip and regain strength or take an excursion through the North of Portugal and visit charming cities such as, for example, the historic city of Braga, where monuments such as the Episcopal Palace, the Sé de Braga or the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus stand out. Nearby is Guimarães, a Unesco World Heritage City, where you can visit its imposing castle or the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. And further south, you will find Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, a beautiful coastal city crossed by canals in which a very traditional atmosphere is preserved. Contact us and we will advise you… Hotel accommodation.
Day 10. (Thursday) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Porto heading south to reach Coimbra, a riverfront city rising scenically from the Rio Mondego and the country’s former capital during the Middle Ages. Arrival and free time at your disposal to explore its preserved medieval old town with its dark cobbled lanes, visit Coimbra’s monuments: the monumental 12th century Romanesque cathedral Sé Velha, the historic University of Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest and most prestigious university, the gothic Igreja de Santa Cruz, Coimbra’s most historically important church or enjoy a relaxed coffee and sweet pastry in the Café Santa Cruz. We continue our route southward to Fatima. We will discover this important sacred center of the Christian Faith, known worldwide for its sanctuary, a place of Christian pilgrimage since the beginning of the 20th century. Free time at your disposal to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima consisting of an impressive Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary and place where according to the Roman Catholic Church, three visionary children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta Marto received several apparitions and heavenly messages by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. You can visit the tombs of the three little shepherds, the precious statue of Our Lady of Fátima, the great oak tree, and also the monument dedicated to the three little shepherds (the seers) of Fátima. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation. At night, you’ll have the the possibility of attending the candlelight procession.
Day 11. (Friday) FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA – LISBON
After breakfast, we will depart to the Monastery of Batalha (Monastery of the Battle in English), an artwork of the Gothic and Manueline styles, built in commemoration of the Battle of Aljubarrota, when the Portuguese troupes managed to rule out Castilian ambitions to the Portuguese throne. Our route continues to Nazare, the most picturesque and colorful fishing village in Portugal located on the Silver Coast (Costa da Prata). If we have enough time, we will drive till O Sitio (the old town) to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and its beaches. We will continue our trip to Alcobaça where we will visit its 12th century Monastery, one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in Portugal with the tombs of the King Peter I of Portugal and his mistress, Ines de Castro. At the end of the day we will continue to Lisbon, the capital and the largest city in Portugal. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. In the evening, optionally you can enjoy a Fado music show (typical Portuguese folklore).
Day 12. (Saturday) LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll have a full day to explore each corner of Lisbon. We’ll start the day with an in-depth sightseeing tour of Lisbon. We’ll visit Lisbon’s traditional neighbourhoods, which take us into the Belem district, on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, the birthplace of many great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century to explore and trade with India and the Orient. We will walk around the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), a monument that celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery, we’ll see the Belem Tower, a medieval defensive fortification and a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style. We will finally see the beautiful gothic style Jeronimos Monastery, Vasco da Gama’s resting place, classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the nearby Tower of Belen. Enjoy some free time at leisure to explore Lisbon at your own pace, to discover the nostalgic corners of the Barrio de Alfama, the old city grouped next to its Castle with its old buildings in narrow and twisted “ruas” full of color and housing the genuine “taverns” where Fado music sounds like a lost past. Optionally you can do a beautiful coach trip to visit Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with Cabo da Roca and admire Cascais and Estoril. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 13. (Sunday) LISBON – CACERES – MADRID
Our last breakfast in Portugal. Departure towards Spain travelling along beautiful green plains that extend as far as the eye can see dotted with cork oaks and olive trees that withstand time. Back in Spain, we enjoy the beautiful landscape of Region of Extremadura, the typical wooded pasture known as the “dehesa” where the iberian pigs forage freely for acorns. Arrival in Caceres, a magical medieval city, capital of the Extremadura region in western Spain. Free time to stroll through the old town with its city walls and watchtowers and its well-known medieval neighborhood, considered a World Heritage Site. We recommend that you follow the narrow paths that will transport you to another century and captivate you with its ancient charm. You will discover the main square of Cáceres: the Plaza Mayor and the Bujaco Tower, known locally as the Clock Tower, the Arco de la Estrella, which is one of the five access gates of Cáceres, the beautiful Palacio de los Golfines… In the afternoon we head back to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.
- Departure city: SPAIN, Madrid
- Returning city: SPAIN, Madrid
- Cities where we will travel through: Mondonedo, Alcobaca, Batalha, Bilbao, Braga, Caceres, Cascais, Castro Urdiales, Ciudad Rodrigo, Coimbra, Covadonga, Estoril, Fatima, La Toja, Lisbon, Lugo, Madrid, Nazare, O Grove, Oviedo, Porto, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar, Zaragoza
- Countries where the tour goes: PORTUGAL, SPAIN
- Nº days of the tour: 13
- Departure day of the tour: Tuesday
- Price: from 2055 €
- Tour code: 01253-120M00000-01-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).