Northern Spain and Galicia Escorted Vacation

  • Spain, San Sebastian-02
  • Spain, Zaragoza-01
  • Spain, Santillana del Mar-01
  • Spain, Santander, Magladena Palace-01
  • Spain, Oviedo, Oviedo Cathedral-01
  • Portugal, Cascais, Santa Marta Lighthouse-01
  • Portugal, Porto-03
  • Spain, San Sebastian-02
  • Spain, Zaragoza-01
  • Spain, Santillana del Mar-01
  • Spain, Santander, Magladena Palace-01
  • Spain, Oviedo, Oviedo Cathedral-01
  • Portugal, Cascais, Santa Marta Lighthouse-01
  • Portugal, Porto-03

On your journey through Northern Spain you will visit many amazing sites for architecture, art, culture and history. Begin your trip in Zaragoza to see Our Lady of the Pilar. Next you will visit the cities of San Sebastian and Bilbao; the elegant city of Santander between mountain and sea; Santillana, an important historical site for Romanesque architecture; Oviedo in the hills; Lugo for examples Galician architecture; La Coruna with a stop at the oldest working lighthouse, a world wonder Santiago de Compostela, an important Christian site; Rias Bajas, or the Spanish Fjords. Continue into Portugal and tour the city of Porto and see the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and the Santa Clara Church where your journey will end.

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures escorted coach tour. Scheduled departures - 8-day/7-night tour visiting Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Covadonga, Oviedo, Lugo, La Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, Vigo, Porto, Salamanca & Madrid. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Local city taxes
  • Domestic flights
  • International Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Madrid - Zaragoza - San Sebastian

Departure from bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 a.m. Towards Zaragoza. 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, it’s 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

San Sebastian - Bilbao - Urdiales - Santander

Breakfast at your hotel. You will approach Mount Igueldo, to experience the marvellous views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic drive 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” for free time. Depart for Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Overnight in Santander. (B)

Day

3

Santander - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo

Breakfast at hotel. 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 architecture 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, depart for Oviedo, where you will see, nestled in the hills, the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, jewel of the pre-romantic Asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic Asturian architecture. Overnight in Oviedo. (B)

Day

4

Oviedo - Lugo - La Coruna

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician region and arrive in Lugo. Free time to be able to explore the reminders of Roman influence that still retain such as its wall, declared a World Heritage Site. Continue to La Coruña for a brief panoramic drive through the main avenues of this fabulous town. Pass by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. A brief stop at 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 join an optional tour to the Rias Altas. Overnight in La Coruna. (B)

Day

5

La Coruna - Santiago De Compostela

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important centers of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain. Enjoy a city tour where you will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela. (B)

Day

6

Santiago De Comp. - Rias Bajas - La Toja - Vigo

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most marvellous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape you 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 in Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Overnight in Vigo. (B)

Day

7

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. Short stop and continue to Porto. Overnight in Porto. (B)

Day

8

Porto - Salamanca - Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. 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 where you will be transferred to Madrid airport for your return flight home. (B)