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13-Day North Spain and Portugal Tour - from Barcelona to Madrid

  • Tour code: 278-5494
  • Available: Sat
  • Depart from: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 13 Days 12 Nights
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Highlights:

Visit Barcelona, B, Madrid, MD, Bilbao, PV, Covadonga, O, Fatima, , Merida, EX, Picos de Europa National Park, O, San Sebastian, SS, Santiago de Compostela, S, Santillana del Mar, , Zaragoza, Z.

Pricing Details

Single: $2720
Double (/Person): $1880
Third Person Adult: $1694
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): $1412
Fourth Person Adult: N/A
Child (Age w/2 Adults & under 12): N/A

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Barcelona Arrival
  • Day 2 Barcelona
  • Day 3 Barcelona - Zaragoza - San Sebastian - Bilbao(540 km)
  • Day 4 Bilbao - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo(431 km)
  • Day 5 Oviedo - Ribadeo - A Coruna(350 km)
  • Day 6 Santiago de Compostela
  • Day 7 Santiago - Viana Do Castelo - Porto(196 km)
  • Day 8 Porto City Tour
  • Day 9 Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon(302 km)
  • Day 10 Lisbon City Tour
  • Day 11 Lisbon - Merida - Madrid(535 km)
  • Day 12 Madrid w/ Toledo Option(134 km)
  • Day 13 Madrid (Last Day)
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Day 1 Barcelona Arrival

Guests will arrive at the Barcelona airport and will be transferred to the hotel. We will have the day free to explore this cosmopolitan city. In the evening, it is suggested that we head to the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum, for dinner and to see replicas of some of the country?s most famous buildings.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Always Visit
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
Standard Hotel: HOTEL TRYP APOLO or similar

Day 2 Barcelona

This morning, we will enjoy an escorted tour of this beautiful city, passing through the Gothic Quarter, admiring the Sagrada Familia, wandering through the public parks on Montjuic Hill, site of the Anella Olimpica, where we will get the best view of the city and its port area. We will then have lunchtime and the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona.

This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Always Visit
    Barcelona's Anella Olimpica, the series of athletic facilities in the park atop Montjuic hill, was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The complex was designed in a contemporary minimalist style, and the individual facilities are connected by a plaza.
  • Always Visit
    Barcelona's Gothic Quarter was once the city's center in medieval times, and many of the buildings date to this period, some even earlier to when the city was merely a Roman settlement.
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    Rising above the Barcelona's harbor is Montjuic Hill. Parks and gardens rest on this hill, converging with each other via winding paths carved into the hillside, along with a Greek amphitheater, various museums and the Olympic Park.
  • Always Visit
    The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
  • Always Visit
    Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous architect, construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and continues to this day, a perfect synthesis of the 19th-century Gothic and 20th-century Modernist styles, a blend of religion and fantasy.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Tryp Apolo or similar

Day 3 Barcelona - Zaragoza - San Sebastian - Bilbao(540 km)

Today, we will depart Barcelona and travel through old Aragon into the proud city of Zaragoza. When we arrive in the main plaza downtown, we will have some time to visit the Basilica of El Pilar and get lunch. Then, we will continue north along the coast in Basque country, arriving in San Sebastian, where we will enjoy some free time before continuing to Bilbao, where we will spend the night.

  • Always Visit
    This massive basilica in Zaragoza is, accroding to legend, the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with the original chapel said to be built in 44 BCE. It has been rebuilt numerous times and is now baroque in style.

San Sebastian is a popular resort city on the Northern coast of Spain, in Basque Country near the French border. Its idyllic location gives it a perfect oceanic climate, as it doesn't get too hot or cold at any point.

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Bilbao is located on the Basque threshold, the range between the larger Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees.

Standard Hotel: MELIA BILBAO or similar

Day 4 Bilbao - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo(431 km)

In the morning, we will take a brief panoramic tour of Bilbao, seeing the spectacular architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. Then, we will drive to Santander, stopping in the quaint village of Santillana del Mar, a well-preserved medieval town, before we travel along the Picos de Europa until we reach Covadonga. In the evening, we will stay in Oviedo.

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, the capital of the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Bilbao is located on the Basque threshold, the range between the larger Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees.

  • Always Visit
    Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum is regarded as a modern architectural marvel, with its exterior decorated live rolling silver waves. It houses some of the best pieces of modern and contemporary art by greats like Pablo Picasso.

Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. Its many historic buildings attract thousands of holidaymakers every year. The name actually derives from Santa Juliana (or Santa Illana) whose remains are kept in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former Benedictine monastery.

The Picos de Europa are a modestly sized but visually thrilling mountain range running through the Cantabria and Asturias regions of Northern Spain. They contain the peak, Naranjo de Bulnes, the most recognizable peak in this range.

Covadonga is a village and one of 11 parishes in Cangas de Onis, a municipality within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northwestern Spain. It is situated in the Picos de Europa mountains.

  • Always Visit
    This cave and shrine, nestled between the Picos de Europa mountain range in Northern Spain, is a Catholic holy site and sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A beautiful waterfall flows out of the cliff directly under the shrine.
Standard Hotel: Exe Oviedo Centro or similar

Day 5 Oviedo - Ribadeo - A Coruna(350 km)

Today, we will depart along the northern coast of Spain from Asturias to Galicia. We'll stop in the town of Ribadeo to visit the Playa de Catedrales, a beach that is famous for its amazing rock formations that are only visible during low tide. Afterwards, we will continue to Vilalba and Betanzos, where we will get some free time to enjoy lunch. On our way to the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela, we will stop in A Coruna. The remainder of the day will be free.
Standard Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela or similar

Day 6 Santiago de Compostela

Today, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old university city, Santiago de Compostela, where we will see the majestic Cathedral and the impressive Mercado de Abastos. Tonight, we will enjoy an optional dinner of traditional Spanish cuisine at our hotel.

Santiago de Compostela has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century.

Standard Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela or similar

Day 7 Santiago - Viana Do Castelo - Porto(196 km)

Today, we will depart for Portugal, stopping in the town of Viana do Castelo. After a stop here, we will continue our journey in the charming city of Porto, known for its namesake Port wines.

Porto Santo is the northeasternmost island in the Madeira archipelago, located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal. It is a popular vacation spot, featuring many hotels and a professional golf course in addition to its wonderful beaches.

Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar

Day 8 Porto City Tour

This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of Porto, which includes a visit to a local winery. The afternoon will be free for us to enjoy at our own leisure.
Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar

Day 9 Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon(302 km)

After breakfast, we will depart for Aveiro, the "City of Canals", regarded as the Portuguese Venice. Then we will continue on to Fatima, a Christian pilgrimage center, with free time to visit the Basilica. Afterward, we will drive to Lisbon, where we can enjoy an optional excursion to hear live Fado music while eating a delicious dinner.

Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.

  • Always Visit
    One of the largest Christian church in the world, construction on this basilica was completed in 2007. With its thoroughly modern design, it looks completely unique from most other European churches.
Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar

Day 10 Lisbon City Tour

In the morning, we will tour the city of Lisbon, admiring its splendid avenues and monuments, like the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery. We will have the afternoon free, and it is strongly recommended that we visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra or the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais.
Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar

Day 11 Lisbon - Merida - Madrid(535 km)

Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After crossing the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE, to see the impressive amphitheater. Afterwards, we will continue to Madrid, where we will check into our hotel for the evening.

Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar

Day 12 Madrid w/ Toledo Option(134 km)

In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour, allowing us to see some of the city?s most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana, and the Plaza de Oriente. We will spend the afternoon exploring some of Madrid?s famous art museums. In the afternoon, we can embark on an optional tour to the former Imperial capital city of Toledo, where we will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere while we visit St. Tome Church, where one of El Greco?s masterpieces hangs, and the city's beautiful Gothic cathedral.

Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city. A modern city with a historic architecture where you can visit the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Fountain of Cibeles and more.

  • Always Visit
    The centerpiece of the plaza that bears the same name, the Fountain of Cibeles features a statue of an ancient Phrygian goddess sitting atop a lion-drawn chariot, who has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Madrid.
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    The Gran Via, oftentimes referred to as "The Spanish Broadway," is a central avenue in Madrid with some of the finest shops in the city, not to mention one of the most active nightlife scenes of any European city.
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    This monument is designed in the neo-Classical style, and stands near Madrid's city center, reminiscent of the old medieval gates to the city, although this gate stands alone.
  • Always Visit
    The Puerta del Sol is the central point of Spain's radial network of streets, with a plaque marking it as "Kilometer Zero", and one of the busiest parts of the city.

Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the "City of the Three Cultures", having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

  • Always Visit
    This church in Toledo was built during the period of the Spanish Reconquest over an old mosque, and visitors can still see the arabesque designs on the exterior of the church's tower, which was the mosques old minaret.
  • Always Visit
    One of the prime examples of Spanish-Gothic architecture, Toledo's Cathedral was built as part of a highly concentrated effort to cover up all non-Christian religious buildings and symbols, as Toledo has a large historical population of Jews and Muslims.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Augmar or similar
Dulexe Hotel: Hotel Catalonia Goya or similar

Day 13 Madrid (Last Day)

After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the Madrid airport for their return flights.

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