8 Day Northern Spain & Portugal Tour from Madrid

Package Summary

  • Duration For Tour: 7 8
  • Start City: Madrid, Spain
  • End City: Salamanca
    Highlights: Visit Porto, Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum), Braga, Covadonga (Santa Cueva de Covadonga), La Coruna (Betanzos, Pontedeume), Rias Baixas, Salamanca (Plaza Mayor), Santiago de Compostela (Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Praza do Obradoiro), Santillana del Mar, Viana do Castelo, Vigo (Santa Tecla), Zaragoza (Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar).

$ 995.09 ( Starting From Per Person )

Overview
Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
Salamanca, in northwestern Spain, is the capital of Salamanca province, part of the Castile and León region. With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca.
Plaza Mayor Most Spanish cities have a Plaza Mayor, but few are comparable to that of Salamanca. Surrounded by baroque buildings, the centerpiece of this public square is the city hall, with arms of restaurants, cafes, and other shops lining the side.

Madrid - Zaragoza - San Sebastian (575 km)

Guests will be picked up at the bus terminal in Madrid at 8:00am. We will then drive to Zaragoza, stopping there briefly. After this, we will continue to Basque Country until we reach San Sebastian, where we will stay the night.

Zaragoza, SPAIN

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

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.

Deluxe Hotel: Silken Amara Plaza or similar 4 stars hotel

San Sebastian - Bilbao (101 km)

After breakfast, we will enjoy some free time in San Sebastian. Around mid-morning, we will depart for Bilbao, capital of the Vizcaya province. We will take a short panoramic tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum. We will then have the remainder of the day free to walk through the old town and sample the local cuisine.

Bilbao, SPAIN

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.

Guggenheim Museum

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.

Deluxe Hotel: Holiday Inn Bilbao or similar 4 stars hotel

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Bilbao - Santander - Santillana del Mar - Covadonga - Oviedo (312 km)

Today, we will depart Bilbao for Santander, where we will enjoy some free time. Then, we will continue to Santillana del Mar, a medieval village and National Monument. Travelling through the splendid landscapes, we will eventually arrive in Covadonga, where we will take time to visit the local shrine. Later, we will continue to Oviedo, where we will eat dinner and check into our hotel for the night.

Santillana del Mar, SPAIN

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.

Covadonga, SPAIN

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.

Santa Cueva de Covadonga

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.

Deluxe Hotel: Gran Hotel Regente or similar 4 stars hotel

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Oviedo - Lugo - La Coruna (314 km)

Today, we will depart for Lugo, where we will spend some leisure time visiting the old town. Later, we will arrive in La Coruna to take a brief panoramic tour. In the afternoon, we can take an optional excursion to the Rias Altas, traveling through quaint villages like Pontedeume, Betanzos, and more.

La Coruna, SPAIN

La Coruna is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. It is the second-largest city in the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country. La Coruna is located on a peninsula.

Pontedeume

Pontedeume is a small coastal fishing town in the area of the city of A Coruna on the northwestern tip of Spain. For the past 40 years or so, the town has developed into a ocean-side resort community.

Betanzos

Betanzos is a small Spanish town outside the city of La Coruna. It still features many of its medieval buildings, like churches and palaces. There are two large festivals held here each year in August.

Deluxe Hotel: Tryp Coruna or similar 4 stars hotel

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

La Coruna - Santiago La Compostela (69 km)

In the morning, we will depart La Coruna for Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage center, where we will see the magnificent Plaza de Obradoiro and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The afternoon will be free to spend at our own leisure.

Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN

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.

Praza do Obradoiro

This open, public square in Santiago de Compostela is a great spot to stop for a rest or merely people watch. Once there, your eyes willbe drawn to the exquisite cathedral.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

This grand cathedral northwestern Spain is supposedly the burial site of the apostle St. James, built in the Romanesque style of architecture. The exterior is covered with intricate designs of apostles and Biblical scenes.

Deluxe Hotel: Gran Hotel Santiago or similar 4 stars hotel

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Santiago de Compostela - Rias Bajas - Vigo (94 km)

In the morning, we will enjoy breakfast before traveling through the beautiful landscapes of the region of Rias Baixas. We may take an optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valenca do Minho. Afterward, we will continue to Vigo, where we will spend the night.

Rias Baixas, SPAIN

Vigo, SPAIN

Vigo is a city and municipality situated in north-west Spain, in the province of Pontevedra, in the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia, and on the eponymous ria, or bay, on the Atlantic Ocean.

Santa Tecla

Santa Tecla is an archeological site near in northwestern Spain, near the border with Portugal, once the home of a tribe of Iberian Celts.

Deluxe Hotel: Hesperia Vigo or similar 4 stars hotel

Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Vigo - Viana Do Castelo - Braga - Porto (426 km)

After breakfast, we will cross the Portuguese border and arrive in Viana do Castelo, a city located between the mouth of the Mino River and Porto. We will have some free time to visit the old town. Then, we will continue to Braga for some free time before we continue to Porto, a World Heritage city. Here, wew ill enjoy a panoramic tour to admire the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Building, St. Clara Church, and a local wine cellar, where we will be able to enjoy some delicious Port.

Viana do Castelo, PORTUGAL

Braga, PORTUGAL

Porto, PORTUGAL

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal. This center of Portuguese urban life is more than one thousand years old and a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto also lends its name to port wine, which it first produced.

Deluxe Hotel: Novotel Porto Gaia or similar 4 star hotels

Porto - Salamanca - Madrid (529 km)

After a hearty breakfast, we will depart for Salamanca, making a short stop to see the famous Plaza Mayor before we continue to Madrid, where guests will be dropped off to end this tour.

Salamanca, SPAIN

Salamanca is a major city in Spain that mixes antiquated, medieval architecture with the atmosphere of a college town, with the University of Salamanca leading the way in the teaching of the Spanish language.

Plaza Mayor

Most Spanish cities have a Plaza Mayor, but few are comparable to that of Salamanca. Surrounded by baroque buildings, the centerpiece of this public square is the city hall, with arms of restaurants, cafes, and other shops lining the side.

Breakfast: Included

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