Lisbon & Northern Spain

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £1,868

Price based on
London Gatwick
22nd Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 12 days

  • Western Europe

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

An inspiring Iberian adventure that follows the beautiful coastline of Portugal and northern Spain, exploring its pulsing cities, sleepy villages and startling natural beauty. Taste port in the historic cellars of Sandeman & Co, sip a coffee while enjoying spectacular views over a Portuguese island, and discover the architectural and cultural delights of Barcelona.

At a glance


  • Lisbon Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama Quarter and Jeronimos Monastery. 
  • Porto Guided sightseeing, see the Church of Sao Francisco and visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange, Port tasting session at Sandeman & Co. 
  • La Toja Island Enjoy a coffee and the spectacular view at the Gran Hotel La Toja and admire the shell-covered church.
  • Santiago de Compostela Guided sightseeing, visit to the cathedral. 
  • Oviedo Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and enjoy cider tasting. 
  • Bilbao Guided visit of the Guggenheim Museam. 
  • Pamplona Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine. 
  • Barcelona Guided sightseeing.Visit Sagrada Familia Basilica. Panoranic view from Montjuic Hill; special farewell dinner. 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

An inspiring Iberian adventure that follows the beautiful coastline of Portugal and northern Spain, exploring its pulsing cities, sleepy villages and startling natural beauty. Taste port in the historic cellars of Sandeman & Co, sip a coffee while enjoying spectacular views over a Portuguese island, and discover the architectural and cultural delights of Barcelona.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

UK - Lisbon

Day
1

Fly to Lisbon where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and enjoy dinner with at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon

Day
2

Morning sightseeing with a local guide features a drive through the Baixa Quarter's main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint Alfama, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also, visit Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lisbon - Fatima - Porto

Day
3

Start the day with a visit to the Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Rosary in Fatima. Then, continue to Porto, where sightseeing with a local guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated Church of Sao Francisco, and the Stock Exchange with its contemporary Arabian Hall, inspired by Granada's Alhambra. Next, visit the famous Sandeman & Co. Port Wine Cellar to taste the port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Vigo - La Toja Island - Santiago de Compostela

Day
4

Follow the coastline and enter Galicia. Stop in Vigo, built over a Roman settlement, see the remnants of the former city walls, and hear about its turbulent history. Continue to La Toja, a small island just off the shore, which has become a popular holiday resort. Enjoy a coffee at the Gran Hotel La Toja, a spa resort. The island is famous for its spring waters, discovered in the early 19th century. Also, admire the unusual church completely covered with seashells before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela. This evening, dinner has been prepared for you at one of the city's fine local restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santiago de Compostela

Day
5

Santiago de Compostela has been one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. For over a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the cathedral, believed to hold the relics of the Christan saint James the Apostle. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to La Coruna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santiago de Compostela - Luarca - Oviedo

Day
6

Along the Asturian coast is Luarca, a renowned quiet town of white houses. Time to join the locals in the taverns or to walk around the port. Then, enter España Verde (Green Spain) and arrive in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. Guided sightseeing features the Cathedral of San Salvador then, visit a traditional cidreria and enjoy cider tasting

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Oviedo - Santillana Del Mar - Bilbao - San Sebastian

Day
7

This morning, stop in picturesque Santillana del Mar and walk through its cobblestone streets. Visit the nearby Altamira Neo Cave which offers excellent insight into the upper paleolithic paintings of the original cave - the first where prehistoric cave paintings were discovered, at the end of the 19th century. Continue to Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, and enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O Gehry. Arrive in Basque country and lovely San Sebastian, the 'Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.'

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Sebastian

Day
8

San Sebastian is a popular resort that attracts tourists from everywhere - not just for its picturesque location and harbour, but also for the many festivals that are held here yearly, like the San Sebastian Film Festival. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Parte Viejo Old Quarter, then time to try tasty pintxos snacks, which you will find in many bars. You may wish to join an optional excursion to the beautiful resort of Biarritz to make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Sebastian - Pamplona - Saragossa

Day
9

In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits you: enjoy a walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous 'running of the bulls' takes place, and have lunch with traditional tapas and rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant. Then, continue to Saragossa for your overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Saragossa - Barcelona

Day
10

This morning, visit Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain's grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where according to Christian legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St James. Then, continue to Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1992.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona

Day
11

Sightseeing with a local guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlights are a visit to the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbour from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona - UK

Day
12

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Lisbon: Real Palacio Hotel 
  • Porto: NH collection Porto Batalha 
  • Santiago de Compostela:  Tryp Santiago
  • Oviedo: AC Oviedo Forum
  • San Sebastian: Silken Amara Plaza
  • Saragossa: Melia Zaragoza 
  • Barcelona: Tryp Apolo

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