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Northern Spain & Galicia

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Visit: Madrid, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Castro Urdiales, Santander, Santillana, Covadonga, Oviedo, Lugo, La Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Salamanca, Madrid

Day 1 (Wednesday): Madrid - Zaragoza - San Sebastian

Departure towards Zaragoza from the bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30am. 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 where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach.

Day 2 (Thursday): San Sebastian - Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander

Breakfast at the hotel. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic driver in Bilbao 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. Departure to 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.

Day 3 (Friday): Santander - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo

After your breakfast, departure to Santillana, one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where 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, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic asturian architecture..

Day 4 (Saturday): Oviedo - Lugo - La Coruna

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time to be able to contemplate the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared World Heritage. Continuation to La Coruña. 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. 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 can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas.

Day 5 (Sunday): La Coruna - Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. City tour where we will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere.

Day 6 (Monday): Santiago de Compostela - Rias Bajas - La Toja - Vigo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape we will arrive to La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Free time and continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas.

Day 7 (Tuesday): Vigo - Viana do Castelo - Braga - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time and continue to Braga.

Day 8 (Wednesday): Porto - Salamanca - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Spanish border to arrive to Salamanca. Short stop and free time in this university city (World Heritage) of great architectural and artistic wealth. Continue to Madrid. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to the airport for your departure flight.

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Panoramic sightseeing tours of San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña
  • Guided city tours of Santiago de Compostela and Porto
  • Tour escort during the tour
  • Air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach
  • Accommodation and daily breakfast
  • Travel insurance

 

First Class Hotel (or similar):

  • San Sebastian: Palacio de Aiete
  • Santander: Santemar
  • Oviedo: Sercotel Ciudad de Oviedo
  • La Coruna: Tryp Coruna
  • Santiago de Compostela: Tryp Santiago
  • Vigo: Tryp Los Galeones
  • Porto: Tryp Porto Expo / Black Tulip / Eurostars Heroismo

 

(*) This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (jt)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: April 2019 - March 2020
  • Cities Visited: Madrid, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Castro Urdiales, Santander, Santillana, Covadonga, Oviedo, Lugo, La Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Salamanca, Madrid
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