Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca (235 km)
After a buffet breakfast, we will depart Madrid for the old Castile region, visiting the medieval city of Segovia, with its 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct and the impressive Alcazar castle. Our next stop will be Avila, where we will admire the perfectly preserved defensive walls, before continuing to the old university city of Salamanca, where we will take a city tour in the afternoon. In the evening, we will walk through the city?s Plaza Mayor, always lively with activity. We will spend the night in Salamanca.
Being one of the largest Roman structures in Spain, it was built in the period of "Flavio" around 50AD. With a profound culture and history in Segovia, you can visit Segovia Aqueduct, Alcazar de Segovia etc.
Alcazar of Segovia
Like the other Alcazars located throughout Spain, the one in Segovia was a renovated Arab fortress, converted to a magnificent castle after the Christian reconquest of Spain. It rests at the far-northern edge of town, atop a steep cliff.
Avila is a small town in Castile and Leon, Spain. Not much has changed since the Middle Ages, as far as the architecture is concerned, as the town's original medieval defense walls still proudly stand.
The medieval walls that surround the Castilian town of Avila, which boasts one of the highest numbers of Romanesque and Gothic churches in the whole of Spain, still stand, impressively guarding the city.
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.
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.
Standard Hotel: Gran Hotel Corona Sol or similar
Salamanca - Santiago de Compostela (427 km)
Today, we will depart for the mystical pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided tour of the old city and its beautiful cathedral in the Praza do Obradoiro. In the evening, we will have the option of enjoying a delicious, traditional dinner in our hotel. We will spend the night here.
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.
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.
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.
Standard Hotel: TRYP Santiago or similar
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
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 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