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13-Day North Spain and Portugal Tour - from Barcelona to Madrid

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Highlights: Visit Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Covadonga, Fatima, Merida, Picos de Europa National Park, San Sebastian, Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar, Zaragoza.

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    Tour Option Date / Date Range AdultChild
    Premium Package - Surcharge Year round $410$410
    • Price: All Prices are in USD. Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice.
    • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.
    Day 1

    Barcelona Arrival

    Guests will arrive at the Barcelona airport and will be transferred to the hotel. We will have the day free to explore this cosmopolitan city. In the evening, it is suggested that we head to the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum, for dinner and to see replicas of some of the country?s most famous buildings.
    • Barcelona, SPAIN

      This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

      Poble Espanyol

      The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.
    Standard Hotel: HOTEL TRYP APOLO or similar
    Day 2

    Barcelona

    This morning, we will enjoy an escorted tour of this beautiful city, passing through the Gothic Quarter, admiring the Sagrada Familia, wandering through the public parks on Montjuic Hill, site of the Anella Olimpica, where we will get the best view of the city and its port area. We will then have lunchtime and the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona.
    • Barcelona, SPAIN

      This gorgeous Spanish city on the Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular tourists destinations due to its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can see medieval buildings or admire modernity at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

      Anella Olimpica

      Barcelona's Anella Olimpica, the series of athletic facilities in the park atop Montjuic hill, was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The complex was designed in a contemporary minimalist style, and the individual facilities are connected by a plaza.

      Gothic Quarter

      Barcelona's Gothic Quarter was once the city's center in medieval times, and many of the buildings date to this period, some even earlier to when the city was merely a Roman settlement.

      Montjuic Hill

      Rising above the Barcelona's harbor is Montjuic Hill. Parks and gardens rest on this hill, converging with each other via winding paths carved into the hillside, along with a Greek amphitheater, various museums and the Olympic Park.

      Poble Espanyol

      The Poble Espanyol is a museum dedicated to the rich architectural history of the Iberian peninsula, the buildings replications of various styles from across Spain. The museum is filled with artisans who can be seen at work any given day.

      Sagrada Familia

      Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous architect, construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and continues to this day, a perfect synthesis of the 19th-century Gothic and 20th-century Modernist styles, a blend of religion and fantasy.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Tryp Apolo or similar
    Day 3

    Barcelona - Zaragoza - San Sebastian - Bilbao (540 km)

    Today, we will depart Barcelona and travel through old Aragon into the proud city of Zaragoza. When we arrive in the main plaza downtown, we will have some time to visit the Basilica of El Pilar and get lunch. Then, we will continue north along the coast in Basque country, arriving in San Sebastian, where we will enjoy some free time before continuing to Bilbao, where we will spend the night.
    • Zaragoza, SPAIN

      The capital city of the Zaragoza province and of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain.it hosted Expo 2008 in the summer of 2008.The city is famous for its folklore, local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace.

      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.
    • San Sebastian, SPAIN

      San Sebastian is a popular resort city on the Northern coast of Spain, in Basque Country near the French border. Its idyllic location gives it a perfect oceanic climate, as it doesn't get too hot or cold at any point.
    • 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.
    Standard Hotel: MELIA BILBAO or similar
    Day 4

    Bilbao - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo (431 km)

    In the morning, we will take a brief panoramic tour of Bilbao, seeing the spectacular architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. Then, we will drive to Santander, stopping in the quaint village of Santillana del Mar, a well-preserved medieval town, before we travel along the Picos de Europa until we reach Covadonga. In the evening, we will stay in Oviedo.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Picos de Europa National Park, SPAIN

      The Picos de Europa are a modestly sized but visually thrilling mountain range running through the Cantabria and Asturias regions of Northern Spain. They contain the peak, Naranjo de Bulnes, the most recognizable peak in this range.
    • 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.
    Standard Hotel: Exe Oviedo Centro or similar
    Day 5

    Oviedo - Ribadeo - A Coruna (350 km)

    Today, we will depart along the northern coast of Spain from Asturias to Galicia. We'll stop in the town of Ribadeo to visit the Playa de Catedrales, a beach that is famous for its amazing rock formations that are only visible during low tide. Afterwards, we will continue to Vilalba and Betanzos, where we will get some free time to enjoy lunch. On our way to the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela, we will stop in A Coruna. The remainder of the day will be free.
    Standard Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela or similar
    Day 6

    Santiago de Compostela

    Today, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old university city, Santiago de Compostela, where we will see the majestic Cathedral and the impressive Mercado de Abastos. Tonight, we will enjoy an optional dinner of traditional Spanish cuisine at our hotel.
    • 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.
    Standard Hotel: NH Collection Santiago de Compostela or similar
    Day 7

    Santiago - Viana Do Castelo - Porto (196 km)

    Today, we will depart for Portugal, stopping in the town of Viana do Castelo. After a stop here, we will continue our journey in the charming city of Porto, known for its namesake Port wines.
    • Viana do Castelo, PORTUGAL

      Viana do Castelo is a municipality in the Norte Region of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 88,725 in an area of 319.02 km2.
    • Porto Santo, PORTUGAL

      Porto Santo is the northeasternmost island in the Madeira archipelago, located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal. It is a popular vacation spot, featuring many hotels and a professional golf course in addition to its wonderful beaches.
    Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
    Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar
    Day 8

    Porto City Tour

    This morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of Porto, which includes a visit to a local winery. The afternoon will be free for us to enjoy at our own leisure.
    Standard Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto or similar
    Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza Porto or similar
    Day 9

    Porto - Aveiro - Fatima - Lisbon (302 km)

    After breakfast, we will depart for Aveiro, the "City of Canals", regarded as the Portuguese Venice. Then we will continue on to Fatima, a Christian pilgrimage center, with free time to visit the Basilica. Afterward, we will drive to Lisbon, where we can enjoy an optional excursion to hear live Fado music while eating a delicious dinner.
    • Fatima, PORTUGAL

      Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.

      Basilica of the Santissima Trinidade

      One of the largest Christian church in the world, construction on this basilica was completed in 2007. With its thoroughly modern design, it looks completely unique from most other European churches.
    Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
    Deluxe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar
    Day 10

    Lisbon City Tour

    In the morning, we will tour the city of Lisbon, admiring its splendid avenues and monuments, like the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery. We will have the afternoon free, and it is strongly recommended that we visit the graceful hilltop village of Sintra or the vibrant seaside resort town of Cascais.
    Standard Hotel: Double Tree Fontana Park or similar
    Deluxe Hotel: Lisbon Marriott Hotel or similar
    Day 11

    Lisbon - Merida - Madrid (535 km)

    Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After crossing the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE, to see the impressive amphitheater. Afterwards, we will continue to Madrid, where we will check into our hotel for the evening.
    • Merida, SPAIN

    Standard Hotel: Tryp Gran Via/Aparto Suites Muralto or similar
    Day 12

    Madrid w/ Toledo Option (134 km)

    In the morning, we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before embarking on an escorted sightseeing tour, allowing us to see some of the city's most notable attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, stately Alcala Gate, bustling Gran Via, the Plaza de Espana, and the Plaza de Oriente. We will spend the afternoon exploring some of Madrid's famous art museums. In the afternoon, we can embark on an optional tour to the former Imperial capital city of Toledo, where we will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere while we visit St. Tome Church, where one of El Greco's masterpieces hangs, and the city's beautiful Gothic cathedral.
    • Madrid, SPAIN

      Madrid is both the capital of Spain and its largest city. A modern city with a historic architecture where you can visit the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Bernabeu Stadium, Fountain of Cibeles and more.

      Fountain of Cibeles

      The centerpiece of the plaza that bears the same name, the Fountain of Cibeles features a statue of an ancient Phrygian goddess sitting atop a lion-drawn chariot, who has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Madrid.

      Gran Via

      The Gran Via, oftentimes referred to as "The Spanish Broadway," is a central avenue in Madrid with some of the finest shops in the city, not to mention one of the most active nightlife scenes of any European city.

      Puerta de Alcala

      This monument is designed in the neo-Classical style, and stands near Madrid's city center, reminiscent of the old medieval gates to the city, although this gate stands alone.

      Puerta del Sol

      The Puerta del Sol is the central point of Spain's radial network of streets, with a plaque marking it as "Kilometer Zero", and one of the busiest parts of the city.
    • Toledo, SPAIN

      Toledo is known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the "City of the Three Cultures", having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

      Iglesia de Santo Tome

      This church in Toledo was built during the period of the Spanish Reconquest over an old mosque, and visitors can still see the arabesque designs on the exterior of the church's tower, which was the mosques old minaret.

      Toledo Cathedral

      One of the prime examples of Spanish-Gothic architecture, Toledo's Cathedral was built as part of a highly concentrated effort to cover up all non-Christian religious buildings and symbols, as Toledo has a large historical population of Jews and Muslims.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Augmar or similar
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Catalonia Goya or similar
    Day 13

    Madrid (Last Day)

    After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the Madrid airport for their return flights.
    • Price Includes

    • Transfers to and from the airport and hotel (Barcelona and Lisbon)
    • 12 nights hotel accommodation
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • Air-conditioned motor coach transportation
    • Professional tour escort throughout
    • Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Lisbon and Madrid
    • Protection and assistance insurance while on tour
    • Travel bag
    • Price Excludes

    • Airfare to and from tour destination
    • Optional tours and excursions, unless otherwise specified.
    • Gratuities for guides, driver, and tour manager.
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, wine, water, beverages, food other than the table d'hote menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, airport taxes and fees, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified. indicated in the package inclusions
    • Additional Note

    • Optional Premium Package ($410 per person): You may wish to enhance your tour experience by adding our exclusive Premium Package (details below).
      Dinner in Barcelona's Pueblo Español
      Lunch in Barcelona
      Dinner in Bilbao
      Entrance ticket to Guggenheim museum
      Lunch in Santillana
      Dinner in Santiago
      Lunch in Porto
      Lunch in Fatima
      Dinner in Lisbon
      Fado show in Lisbon
      Tour of Sintra and Cascais
      Lunch in Merida
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    • Prices: Quoted prices are based on US Dollars and are subject to change without notice.
    • Tour Accommodations: The tour operator reserves the right, if necessary, to substitute other, similar hotels from those listed. Such substitutions may be made at any time and without prior notice. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for hotel over-bookings. In the event of over-booking, the tour operator will find similar accommodations in the same area.
    • English-Speaking Tour Escort: A professional, bilingual tour director will accompany tours while traveling by motor coach. Most tours will operate in both Spanish and English on the same motor coach. In the unusual event that a group totals less than 15 persons, the tour operator reserves the right to operate the tour in a minibus or private car with a bilingual driver-escort, or by first-class rail transportation.
    • Hotels: Unless otherwise stated, prices are per room and based on one, two or three persons sharing a room, with private bath. A limited number of single rooms are available at additional cost. Triple rooms are not recommended.
    • Meals and Sightseeing: As indicated in the itineraries. Meals do not normally include beverages, except coffee or tea with breakfasts.
    • Passport and Visas: A valid passport is required for United States citizens. Citizens of other countries require a valid passport and may require additional documents. Such persons should contact consulates of countries to be visited and obtain proper documents before departure. The possession of required and valid passport and visas is the sole responsibility of the traveler. The tour operator assumes no liability for lack of proper documents.
    • Baggage: Although airline regulations generally allow, free of charge, a maximum of two bags, the tour operator will accommodate only one normal size suitcase plus one small overnight bag on motor coach tours.
    • Surcharges: A documentation and shipping fee of $25 will be added to all online bookings.
    • Cancellation: Once a partial or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure:
      Notification day and departure day are not counted
      Cancellations received more than 45 days prior to departure will have a penalty of $50 per person;
      Cancellations received between 45 and 31 days will have a penalty of 25% per person.
      Cancellations received between 30 and 6 days will have a penalty of 50% per person.
      Cancellations received received 5 days or less prior to departure or "no shows" will receive no refund.
      No refund will be made for abandonment of services. No refunds will be made for transfers, city tours or any other services (including meals, accommodations or transportation) voluntarily not taken.
      There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
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    • Changes: Travelers holding confirmed tour or hotel package reservations may request a change of date to another tour or hotel package of equal or greater value. Online changes can be made up to 45 days before departure and are subject to availability. There will be a charge of $25 for such changes if accepted by the tour operator.
    • Responsibility: The tour operator holds itself free of any responsibility for any cause, in all matters connected with hotels, accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation, whether by air, rail, bus, motorcar, boat or any other means. The tour operator and/or its agents will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any of the traveler's belongings. The tour operator reserves the right to accept or retain any person as a member of a tour at any time. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour, unless insured.
    • Limitations of Liability: The tour operator and its agents act only as agents for the traveler's hotels, restaurants, sightseeing and transportation (such as railroad, aircraft, boat, motor coach, automobile, or any conveyance). The tour operator and its agents shall not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, neglect, accident, error or default of any company or person engaged in providing such hotel, restaurant, sightseeing, transportation or other services of the tour. The tour operator and its agents shall not be responsible or liable for alterations of the tour itinerary or arrangement, if such alterations become advisable or necessary for the comfort or well being of any passenger, or for any reason whatsoever. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours or portions thereof. The sole and exclusive responsibility and liability of the airline shall be in accordance with and as limited by the contract of carriage in the passenger's ticket, the applicable tariffs, and provisions of the Warsaw Convention, if applicable.

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