12 DAY NORTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL TOUR from MADRID - 12 days / 11 nights (CGPTC)

**NEW NORTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL ITINERARY**

12 DAY NORTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL TOUR from MADRID (CGPTC)

DEPARTS MADRID / WEDNESDAYS : 11 April - 17 October 2018

Tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.

**2018 COACH TOUR EARLY BIRD BOOKING SPECIAL**

Book and pay in full* by Friday 22 December 2017 to receive the following prices:

2018 Departure Dates - Wednesdays

**2018 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL**

Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 11
May: 23
September: 5, 19
October: 3, 10, 17
AU$2130 AU$2960
May: 2, 30
June: 6, 13, 20, 27
AU$2060 AU$2885
July: 11, 25
August: 8, 22
AU$2165 AU$2995
Visits: San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo, Lugo, A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batahla, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres

2018 Itinerary:
Day 1 (Wednesday)               MADRID / ZARAGOZA / SAN SEBASTIAN
Depart from Julia Travel bus terminal (Plaza de Oriente) at 0830 towards Zaragoza with free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of Hispanity and stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon we will continue to San Sebastian, one of the most famous tourist destinations. Take a panoramic city tour of this French style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent Conchas beach.
(Consider joining this tour in San Sebastian a day or so earlier!!)
 
Day 2 (Thursday)                   SAN SEBASTIAN / BILBAO / CASTRO URDIALES / SANTANDER
Breakfast and then depart San Sebastian. We will approach Mount Igueldo, with its unforgettable views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao for a panoramic tour and free time on the esplanade where the Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern architectural building. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time before continuing onto Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation.
 
Day 3 (Friday)                        SANTANDER / SANTILLANA / COVADONGA / OVIEDO
After breakfast depart for Santillana, one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juiliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Architecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, here 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, you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic Asturian architecture. Accommodation.
 
Day 4 (Saturday)                    OVIEDO / LUGO / LA CORUÑA
After breakfast depart for the Galician region and arrive in Lugo, which holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts with a permitter of 2266 metres in circumference declared World Heritage. Continue onto La Coruña for a brief panoramic tour 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. Brief stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you join optional tour to the Rias Altas. Accommodation.
 
Day 5 (Sunday)                      LA CORUÑA / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast depart for Santiago de Compostela, declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important centre of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain and as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. Enjoy a city tour including the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. The afternoon is free to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation.
 
Day 6 (Monday)                     SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RIAS BAJAS / LA TOJA / VIGO
Breakfast then depart towards one of the most picturesque areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas. Driving through this magnificent landscape we will arrive to la Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Free time and then continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive in Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Accommodation.
 
Day 7 (Tuesday)                    VIGO / VIANA DO CASTELO / BRAGA / PORTO
Breakfast then cross the Portuguese border to arrive in Viana do Castelo, this city is located between the mouth of the river Minho and Porto. You will have free time to visit the old town with cobbled streets and emblazoned buildings. We then continue to Braga known as the city of the archbishops and the third most populated city in Portugal. Free time and then depart to Porto. Accommodation.
 
Day 8 (Wednesday)               PORTO
After breakfast enjoy a panoramic tour of this World Heritage city; to admire the Cathedral, the stock Exchange building and the Santa Clara church; finish at a local wine cellar taste the famous “Port wine”. Accommodation.
 
Day 9 (Thursday)                   PORTO/ COIMBRA / FATIMA
Breakfast and depart to Coimbra, site of one of the oldest universities in Europe, famous as a centre of learning and culture as seen in ancient streets and architecture,and birthplace of Fado, the music of Portugal. Free time, and then continue to Fatima, centre of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Maryappeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Tonight there is the possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation.
 
Day 10 (Friday)                      FATIMA / BATALHA / NAZARE / ALCOBACA / LISBON
After breakfast depart to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazare. Free time and continue to Alcobaca (World Heritage) visit the 12th century church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Ines de Castro and then to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music.
 
Day 11 (Saturday)                  LISBON
After breakfast a sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoveries, Marques of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue, the Alfama quarter and the old city gathered next to the castle, with buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tebernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation.
 
Day 12 (Sunday)                    LISBON / CACERES / MADRID
Breakfast and depart for Caceres (World Heritage City) because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. We will walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its Medieval Quarter. Continue to Madrid. END OF TOUR.
2018 Departure Dates
Wednesdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 11
May: 23
September: 5, 19
October: 3, 10, 17
AU$2365 AU$3290
May: 2, 30
June: 6, 13, 20, 27
AU$2285 AU$3210
July: 11, 25
August: 8, 22
AU$2405 AU$3330
  • (B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Seasonal supplements may apply
TIMELESS COACH TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Transportation in air conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation including daily breakfast
  • Guided visits in Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Lisbon
  • Monument entry fees
Regular departure coach tour by air-conditioned vehicle with multilingual escort/guides.
Tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.
Tour departs from JULIA TRAVEL bus terminal (Plaza de Oriente, Madrid)
Excludes locally payable Tourist City Taxes

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.

*Please note: Once early bird prices have been paid they are non-refundable.

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