12 DAY NORTHERN SPAIN & GALICIA & NORTHERN PORTUGAL TOUR from BARCELONA - 12 days / 11 nights (BCRB8X)

12 DAY NORTHERN SPAIN, GALICIA, NORTHERN PORTUGAL TOUR from BARCELONA (BCRB8X)

DEPARTS BARCELONA / MONDAYS: 13 April 2020 - 21 March 2021

Visits: Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Castro Urdiales, Santander, Santillina, Covadonga, Oviedo, Lugo, A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Salamanca, Madrid

2020-2021 Itinerary:

Day 1 (Monday)                     ARRIVE BARCELONA

Meet and greet at Barcelona airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation.
 

Day 2 (Tuesday)                    BARCELONA

Morning city tour of Barcelona, discover the history of the city visiting some of the most important places. Start with a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, visit Las Ramblas, the Cathedral (free time), the Old Jewish Quarter, among other interesting places. Later take a panoramic tour around the rest of the city, drive along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, home to Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”. Continue to Montjuic Mountain and the 1992 Olympic stadium (outside). Enjoy a panoramic view of the city while riding in a cable car (subject to the weather conditions). Visit the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol), free time to explore. Return to the bus, pass through Plaza España, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC and shopping centre Las Arenas, built in an old bullring. Conclude at Plaza de Catalunya. Afternoon free to continue exploring the city. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 3 (Wednesday)               BARCELONA / ZARAGOZA (by train) / SAN SEBASTIAN

This morning transfer to Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by AVE, high speed train, to Zaragoza. Upon arrival meet with your tour guide and the rest of the group. In the afternoon continue to San Sebastian, famous for hosting the annual International Film Festival. Take a panoramic city tour of this marvellous city, to see its extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 4 (Thursday)                  SAN SEBASTIAN / BILBAO / CASTRO URDIALES / SANTANDER

This morning experience stunning views of the city from Mount Igueldo, before continuing to Bilbao. Take a panoramic drive around Bilbao and free time on the esplanade with the Guggenheim Museum to admire this modern architectural building. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales” for some free time. Next depart for Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach. An afternoon at leisure to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 5 (Friday)                        SANTANDER / SANTILLANA / COVADONGA / OVIEDO

Today, depart for Santillana, one of the most important historical towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a jewel of Romanesque architecture. Continue to Covadonga, free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto with the patroness of Asturias Our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, depart for Oviedo, en-route look out for the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church atop the hillside. Afternoon at leisure to explore Oviedo, many of the streets are pedestrian only, and where you will can find World Heritage sites like the Cathedral; a splendid example of gothic Austrian architecture. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 6 (Saturday)                   OVIEDO / LUGO / LA CORUÑA

Today, drive to the Galician region. Arrive in Lugo for some free time to see the Roman wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to La Coruña, take a 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. A brief stop to visit the lighthouse “Tower of Hercules” dating back from to the roman period. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
Afternoon optional tour: Visit Rias Altas.
 

Day 7 (Sunday)                      LA CORUÑA / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Depart for Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and centre of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. Enjoy a city tour including the main square “Obradoiro” and the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 8 (Monday)                     SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RIAS BAJAS / LA TOJA / VIGO

This morning, depart for one of the most marvellous areas in Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape to arrive at La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Free time before continuing to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 9 (Tuesday)                    VIGO / VIANA DO CASTELO / BRAGA

Today, farewell Spain and depart for the Portuguese border, continue to arrive in Viana do Castelo, a city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Afterwards, continue to Porto for a short stop. Then depart for Braga. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 10 (Wednesday)             BRAGA / SALAMANCA / MADRID

Farewell Portugal and return to Spain, arrive in Salamanca. Enjoy a short stop with some free time to explore this University city and soak up its heritage of Humanity, great architectural and artistic wealth. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 11 (Thursday)                MADRID

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 19th century 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 continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 12 (Friday)                      DEPART MADRID

After breakfast; transfer to Madrid airport. (B) END OF TOUR.
2020 Departure Dates
Mondays
2021 Departure Dates
Mondays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 13, 27
May: 4, 11, 18
June: 8, 15, 22
September: 7, 21
October: 5, 12, 19
November: 23
December: 28
January: 18
February: 15
March: 15
AU$2735 AU$4060
July: 13, 27
August: 3, 24, 31
  AU$2905 AU$4225
  March: 22 AU$2760 AU$4085
Regular guaranteed departure coach tour by air-conditioned vehicle with multilingual escorts/guides.
(B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Seasonal supplements may apply

Highlights Include: San Sebastian; Guggenheim Museum (Exterior only); Santiago de Compostela

Tour Includes: Meals as per itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (drinks not included); Arrival & departure transfers; AVE (high speed) train tickets, tourist class: Barcelona- Zaragoza; Panoramic city tours as per itinerary

First Class (4*) Tour Hotels used (or similar): Barcelona – Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (2 nights); San Sebastian – Palacio de Aiete (1 night); Santander – Hotel Santemar (1 night); Oviedo – Ayre Hotel Ramiro I or Hotel Oca Santo Domingo Plaza (1 night); La Coruña – Tryp Coruña (1 night); Santiago de Compostela – Tryp Santiago (1 night); Vigo – Tryp Los Galeones (1 night); Braga – Meliá Braga (1 night); Madrid – Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa or RIU Plaza de España (2 nights)

Additional Information: Passport details are required in advance; During the stays in Barcelona, Madrid & the train journey, the tour escort will not be available; Tourist city taxes (in applicable cities) are to be paid locally; Luggage Limit: one suitcase per person (max. 25kg, 157cm total dimensions), If 2 passengers are sharing one suitcase larger measurements will be accepted.

Generally, coach tours in Spain, Portugal & Morocco use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a multilingual tour escort unless they are specifically listed as only ‘English Speaking’. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program. Your fellow travellers could be from all over the world, speaking various languages. Tour information and descriptions will be given in English, and possibly Spanish and other language(s) depending on those spoken by tour participants. Your fellow tour participants may be staying at multiple hotels in each city.

For further tour information or to book a tour, please contact Timeless Tours.

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