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Charms of Portugal & Spain

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,909

Leave the modern world behind and discover ancient and medieval Europe on this journey through Portugal and Spain. Starting in Lisbon and ending in Madrid, you’ll sample the fortified vintages of Porto, explore some of the world's oldest universities in Coimbra and Salamanca, and trace Roman history in Lugo and Las Medulas.


This 7-day Western European vacation takes you to Porto, Santiago de Compostola, and Salamanca in Portugal and Spain. It features first-class accommodations, escorted tours, and is a great add-on to a longer stay in Lisbon or Madrid.

Your journey begins in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, where you’ll join your guide and head north towards Porto. Along the way, you’ll stop off at medieval castle towns and historical landmarks, including Obidos, the walled town with its famous Moorish castle, the former capital of Coimbra, which is home to one of the world’s oldest universities, and Aveiro, which garners comparisons to Venice for its canals and art nouveau architecture. Reach Porto, the country’s second-largest city, which is known for the fortified wine that shares its name. You’ll have a day to explore Porto on your own. Admire opulent mansions along the Avenida dos Aliados, visit beautiful cathedrals, or book a boat cruise along the Douro River. Be sure to make time to visit a wine cellar or winery before listening to the emotional sounds of Fado music in the evening. From Porto, get a taste for Portugal’s outdoors in Peneda-Geres National Park, the only national park in the country. Stroll alongside lakes and waterfalls before taking in the stunning views in the rustic town of Saojo, known for its 17th-century granaries.

Cross the border into Spain and reach the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostola, where you’ll visit the massive cathedral built over the remains of the Apostle James. You’ll have a day to explore this capital at leisure or head on a guided tour of the Costa de Morte, the “Coast of Death” that is infamous for its shipwrecks and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. From Santiago de Compostola, head south and explore Lugo, home to the only fully-intact Roman city walls in the world. You can continue an exploration of the Romans in Las Medulas, where the Romans hoped to find gold alongside the red pinnacles and holes in the mountains.

Reach Salamanca, the city that captures the allure of the Spanish Golden Age. You’ll have a morning to explore the city and its massive cathedral and university before heading south. Stop in Avila, the gothic town known for its huge medieval walls, before continuing on to the massive palace of El Escorial, first built by King Philip II and used as a monastery, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, hospital, and school over the years.

Reach Madrid, the Spanish capital, where you’ll spend a night before ending your tour the next day.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,909

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Day 1

Lisbon - Porto

You say 'bom dia' to the coastal capital city of Lisbon and head north towards Porto. Along the way, you'll visit the most exciting cities in the Centre of Portugal starting with Obidos, only a short distance away. This quaint walled town has wealth of wonders for you to discover. Marvel in the sturdy walls of their Moorish Castle, amble through the little cobbled shopping lane or combine two of your favourite guilty pleasures in a drink of Ginjinha d'Obidos, a sweet liqueur served in a chocolate cup. Later, head further north towards Coimbra, the former Portuguese capital, famous for being the home of one of the oldest universities in the world. Here, you have time to explore the town's churches and history and eat some of the delicious local food for lunch. After you've soaked up the history, it's time to head to Aveiro. You feel like you've been teleported into Venice in this town that's lined with canals and art-nouveau architecture. Your final stop of the day is in Porto where you will spend the next two nights.

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Porto

Today, the day is yours to discover in Porto. From visiting cathedrals and wine cellars, perusing the shops and meandering through its cobbled lanes or floating along the famous Douro River on a boat cruise, Porto is undeniably one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities in Portugal! If you opt to join a Douro cruise, you will have the chance to discover the most important wine producing hills of the region from a new angle. Once you're back on dry land, you travel to a local quinta. Perhaps take a guided tour of a winery and taste different styles of the famous Porto wine. In the evening time, if you're a fan of live music, don't miss out on a performance of Fado, Portugal's emotionally stirring traditional music.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Porto - Santiago de Compostola (Spain)

Your last few days have been packed with bustling towns and boozy flavours. So now it's time to refresh your senses with a taste of the great outdoors. You head to the Peneda-Geres National Park, the only national park in Portugal. You spend the whole morning here enjoying views of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls before travelling to the tiny town of Soajo. This town not only boasts beautiful views, it's also one of the most rustic villages you'll have ever laid your eyes upon. You have time here to take look at their famous 17th-century granite granaries and grab lunch here. And now, it's over the border and into Spain. You arrive in the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela. You may have enough time to admire the huge cathedral that's famously built over the remains of St. James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Santiago de Compostola

Today, relax and enjoy the sights of Santiago de Compostela at your own pace or join a guided excursion to Costa da Morte, 'Coast of Death', a place that was once notorious for shipwrecks. On this excursion, you will head towards Carnota Bay, where you can clamber over a timber boardwalk and say hello to crystal clear blue seas and a lovely white 7km stretch of sand. After you've enjoyed the beach, travel to the 'End of the World' at Cape Finisterre which was once believed to be the end of the earth. You have time here to admire the lighthouse and look out over the wild Atlantic Ocean. Your next stop is in Muxia, a lovely, historic harbour town that is the perfect spot to sample the fresh seafood that this region is famous for and watch the ships set off to sea. Arrive back in Santiago de Compostela in the early evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Santiago de Compostola - Salamanca

Depart the charming Galician capital and head south, where your first stop will be Lugo. They have the only fully intact Roman city walls in the world, a stunning cathedral and tons of charm. You have free time here to choose what you visit. You can follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and travel to Las Medulas. Strange red pinnacles and holes in the mountains make this landscape look and feel otherworldly. The Romans created what you see before you by boring into the earth in their quest for gold. Explore this area, have your lunch, and make the journey to one of the best viewpoints in the area, Mirador de Orellan. From here, you travel to the mesmerizing city of Salamanca for your overnight stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Salamanca

In the morning, you have time to explore the city. Adorned with the riches of the Spanish Golden Age, take a look at the cathedral, university, and pretty plazas of Salamanca. Then, depart the city and continue further south. The first stop is Avila, a city that American actor, Orson Welles once said this was the place he would most like to settle down in. Admire the city, its huge medieval walls and gothic churches that provide the perfect cinematic background. Enjoy free time for lunch or walk around the city at your own pace. Then, travel further east to the palace of El Escorial, one of the most remarkable historical buildings in all of Spain. The vast building complex was built by King Philip II and has functioned as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school and hospital. After you've learned about the riches of Spain, you will head to Madrid.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Vincci Capitol

Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Vincci Capitol

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    Vincci Capitol



    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious …

    Vincci Capitol is set on Madrid's Gran Via, a few meters from Callao Metro Station. This stylish hotel features a roof terrace with impressive city views, a spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Capitol offers Art Deco-style design, and its soundproofed rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each has a pillow menu, a minibar and a hairdryer. A daily breakfast is served, including products for celiacs. The popular Puerta del Sol District with its many bars and restaurants is just 500 metres from the hotel. Plaza Mayor can be reached in 10 minutes, by foot.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 7

Madrid City Hotels to Madrid Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2020: May 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6,,20;  Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights  moderate or first class accommodation in Porto
  • 2 nights moderate or first class accommodations in Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 night moderate or first class accommodation in Salamanca
  • 1 night moderate accommodation in Madrid
  • Transport in luxury mini-coach
  • Professional tour guide and driver
  • Meals as per itinerary 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Transfer to the meeting point (Day 1) and transfer on the last day of the escorted tour (Day 6) to Madrid hotel is not included.  Unless arranged, you must make arrangements for these transfers.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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28 Sep 2020
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