Lisbon & Northern Spain with Madrid (ZOE)

15 days from Lisbon to Madrid

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Explore the coastline of Portugal and Northern Spain on this fascinating escorted tour of Portugal and Spain – with Madrid. In Portugal, you'll overnight in Lisbon and Oporto, and enjoy guided sightseeing in both cities, including Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back to the 16th century, and in Oporto, the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange, which was inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Also visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, with pilgrims from all over the world.

In Spain, stay two nights in Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. Here, visit the cathedral where the relics of St. James the Apostle are held. You'll also overnight in Oviedo; San Sebastian, a popular resort with its picturesque location and harbor; Saragossa, where you'll visit the Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain's grandest squares; and Barcelona, where you'll stay two nights with guided sightseeing that includes a visit to Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's masterpiece.

On this Portugal and Northern Spain tour, Globus has also included some special experiences for you. For example, you'll enjoy a cider tasting at a traditional Cidreria. You’ll also walk along the street in Pamplona where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place followed by lunch with tapas and Rioja wine. These are just a couple of the unique experiences included on this vacation. From the historical sights and the popular resorts to the local food and drink specialties, this Portugal and Northern Spain tour has it all!

At the end of your guided tour of Lisbon, travel via high-speed AVE train to Madrid. Enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to the famous Prado Museum. Your vacation package in Madrid, including Local Host assistance, includes all services provided by Monograms. A perfect way to end your vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery

FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary

OPORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; [LF] Port wine tasting at Sandeman & Co

VIGO
Walking tour

LA TOJA ISLAND
[LF] Enjoy a coffee and the spectacular view at the Gran Hotel La Toja and admire the shell-covered church

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

LUARCA
Stop in this pretty fishing village with its white houses

OVIEDO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and [LF] the Cámara Santa de Oviedo

SANTILLANA DEL MAR
[LF] Visit the Altamira Neo Cave

BILBAO
Guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum

SAN SEBASTIAN
Guided walking tour of the Old Quarter

PAMPLONA
[LF] Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant

SARAGOSSA
Visit Plaza de Pilar

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing; visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant

BARCELONA-MADRID
By high-speed AVE Train

MADRID
Guided sightseeing including the Prado Museum

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

NOTE:

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Barcelona program cannot be excluded.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; high-speed, first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch with wine in Pamplona; 4 three-course dinners with wine: a welcome dinner in Lisbon, a special dinner in Santiago, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal. Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Lisbon. Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Lisbon–Fatima–Oporto. Start the day with a visit to the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima. Then, continue to Oporto, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Next, visit the [LF] famous Sandeman & Co. PORT WINE CELLAR to taste the Port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Oporto–Vigo, Spain–La Toja Island–Santiago de Compostela.Follow the coastline and enter Galicia. Stop in Vigo, built over a Roman settlement, see the remnants of the former city walls, and hear about its turbulent history. Continue to La Toja, a small island just off the shore, which has become a popular holiday resort. Enjoy [LF] a coffee at the Gran Hotel La Toja, a spa resort. The island is famous for its spring waters, discovered in the early 19th century. Also admire the unusual church completely covered with seashells before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela. This evening, dinner has been prepared for you at one of the city’s fine local restaurants.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela has been one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. For over a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the CATHEDRAL, where the relics of St. James the Apostle, brother of St. John the Evangelist, are held. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Coruna.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Santiago de Compostela–Luarca–Oviedo. Along the Asturian coast is Luarca, a renowned quiet town of white houses. Time to join the locals in the taverns or to walk around the port. Then, enter España Verde (Green Spain) and arrive in Oviedo, capital of Asturias. Guided sightseeing features the CATHEDRAL OF SAN SALVADOR, and [LF] an exclusive visit to the CÁMARA SANTA DE OVIEDO (holy chamber of Oviedo). Dating back to 802 AD, it houses the Arca Santa chest reliquary of the Sudarium of Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Oviedo–Santillana Del Mar–Bilbao–San Sebastian. This morning, stop in picturesque Santillana del Mar, and walk through its cobblestone streets. Visit [LF] the nearby ALTAMIRA NEO CAVE, which offers excellent insight into the upper Paleolithic cave paintings of the original cave—the first where prehistoric cave paintings were discovered at the end of the 19th century. Continue to Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, and enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit to the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Arrive in Basque Country and lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.”
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

San Sebastian. San Sebastian is a popular resort that attracts tourists from everywhere—not just for its picturesque location and harbor, but also for the many festivals that are held here yearly, like the San Sebastian Film Festival. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Parte Viejo OLD QUARTER, then time to try tasty pintxos snacks, which you will find in many bars. You may wish to join an optional excursion to the beautiful resort of Biarritz to make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

San Sebastian–Pamplona–Saragossa. In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits you: enjoy [LF] a walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, and have lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant. Then, continue to Saragossa for your overnight stay. (B,L)

Day 10

Saragossa–Barcelona. This morning, visit PLAZA DEL PILAR, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to legends, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James. Then, continue to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1992.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Barcelona. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlights are a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Barcelona-Madrid. Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

Madrid. Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

Madrid. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

Madrid. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RUI VEIGA

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I am passionate about the Iberian Peninsula, and I am privileged to have a life where I get to escort people through this wonderful region. Come and let me share this passion with you!"

Tour Director -  RUI VEIGA

 Accommodations

BARCELONA

TRYP APOLO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LISBON

REAL PALACIO HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MADRID

H10 PUERTA DEL ALCALA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OPORTO

HOLIDAY INN PORTO GAIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OVIEDO

AC OVIEDO FORUM

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SAN SEBASTIAN

SILKEN AMARA PLAZA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

NH HESPERIA SANTIAGO PEREGRINO

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SARAGOSSA

SILKEN REINO DE ARAGON

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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