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Explore the coastline of Portugal and Northern Spain on this fascinating vacation. In Portugal, you'll overnight in Lisbon and Porto, and enjoy guided sightseeing in both cities, including a visit to the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, dating back to the 16th century, and in Porto, the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange, which was inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Also visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Fátima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local shepherd children in 1917. 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. Also overnight in Oviedo; San Sebastian, a popular resort with its picturesque location and harbor; Saragossa, where a visit of Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain's grandest squares is included; and Barcelona, for a two nights stay with guided sightseeing that features a visit to the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's masterpiece that still is not finished to this day. On this Portugal and Northern Spain tour, Globus has also included some special experiences for you. In Oviedo, enjoy a cider tasting at a traditional Sidreria, and in Porto a wine tasting at a famous Port wine cellar These are just a couple of example of the 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! You're sure to arrive home with many stories and photos to share.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
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, followed by a pleasant walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, and visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz, as well as dinner at a traditional taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)
Day 3: LISBON–FÁTIMA–PORTO.
Visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY in Fátima, where Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Next is Porto, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, and the Church of São Francisco. Also visit the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. [LF] A PORT WINE TASTING has been arranged at the famous Sandeman & Co. Port Wine Cellar to sample the delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km (B)
Day 4: PORTO–VIGO, SPAIN–LA TOJA ISLAND–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
A scenic drive along the coastline brings you to Galicia and to the city of Vigo, which was built over a Roman settlement. See the remnants of the former city walls, and hear about its turbulent history during your walking tour. Continue to La Toja, a small island just off the shore, which has become a popular holiday destination. Enjoy [LF] a coffee at the Gran Hotel La Toja. The island is famous for its spring waters, discovered in the early 19th century. Marvel at the unusual church that is completely covered with seashells before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela. This evening, dinner has been prepared at one of the city’s fine local restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km (B,D)
Day 5: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
Santiago de Compostela has been a 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 optional excursion is available to La Coruna. (B)
Day 6: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–LUARCA–OVIEDO.
Along the Asturian coast is Luarca, a renowned peaceful town of white houses. Time to wander around the port or to have a coffee in one of the many taverns. Enter España Verde (Green Spain) and arrive in Oviedo, capital of Asturias. Guided sightseeing features a visit of the CATHEDRAL OF SAN SALVADOR, where the Way of St. James began. Then, [LF] visit a traditional Sidreria for a CIDER TASTING.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km (B)
Day 7: OVIEDO–SANTANDER–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN.
After a stop in the seaside town of Santander, arrive in Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, and enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Proceed to lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.”
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km (B,D)
Day 8: SAN SEBASTIAN.
San Sebastian attracts tourists from everywhere—not just for its picturesque location and harbor, but also for the many festivals that are held here annually, like the San Sebastian Film Festival. Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour of the Parte Viejo OLD QUARTER, with time to try tasty pintxos snacks, which you will find in many bars. You may wish to join an optional excursion to the beautiful French resort of Biarritz. (B)
Day 9: SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA.
In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits: [LF] a walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, and a lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant. Then, continue to Saragossa where you will visit PLAZA DEL PILAR, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Time to see the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to the legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km (B,L)
Day 10: SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA.
Arrive in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Choose from a range of optional excursions to make the most of your stay.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km (B)
Day 11: BARCELONA.
A morning optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged. In the afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlights are a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudí’s masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions. (B,D)
Day 12: BARCELONA
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Barcelona program cannot be excluded.
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
Guided sightseeing, visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; [LF] Port wine tasting at Sandeman & Co.
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
Stop in this pretty fishing village with its white houses
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and [LF] enjoy a cider tasting
Stop in the seaside resort
Guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum
Guided walking tour of the Old Quarter
[LF] Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant
Visit Plaza de Pilar
Guided sightseeing; visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurantMotorcoach.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch in Pamplona; 4 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Santiago and Barcelona
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
$690, $730 (September 12-September 19)
Triple room reduction per person:
Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.
Rua Tomas Ribeiro 115
Lisbon , Portugal
Rua Diogo de Macedo, 220 Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto , Portugal
Avda Rosalia De Castro
Santiago De Compostela , Spain
Plaza De Los Ferroviarios 1
Oviedo , Spain
Plaza Pio Xii,7
San Sebastian , Spain
Saragossa , Spain
Barcelona , Spain
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The itinerary did match pretty well except for when we got to Barcelona. The Tour Director had to change the activities around. He failed to get entry tickets to the Sagrada Familia so we were unable to visit inside --only from outside . He claimed that most of the tickets had been given to the Barcelona people since there was a holiday celebration going on. Had the tickets been purchased ahead of time, we would have had the opportunity to get in. Many people (Australians) on the bus skipped some of the Globus activities and bought tickets online to visit the Sagrada Familia which was their reason on signing up on the tour. The rest of us were disappointed. Globus did compensate us by giving us a free tour to Montserrat which should appear as a credit on my credit card since I had paid in advance. The main point here is that we missed the opportunity to visit the Sagrada Familia inside which is a big deal. Additional time- an extra 30 minutes should have been given in Fatima; it would not have disrupted the itinerary at Porto (Oporto) Most of the accommodations were acceptable except for one--the Silken Reino De Aragon in Saragossa. It was undated-many old things, terrible and dangerous bath tub, small rooms, limited TV Channels, broken elevator but fixed on and off and poor breakfast. Two great hotels were Silken Amara Plaza and the Tryp Hotels. The driver was super OUSTANDING; drove safely, was caring, handled properly the extra luggage that some brought, courteous and very professional.
Great trip. Itinerary was very interesting and provided a good balance between planned and free time. Meals that were part of the package (lunch or dinner) was a good balance of hotel and restaurant and meals were good. Optional tours were good. Tour director (Ben) and driver were excellent and local tour guides were generally very good (there had obvious knowledge of the history, culture,arts,etc. of their area) although at times they offered too much detail. Hotels were clean and comfortable and breakfasts generally were good. Having taken a number of tours through Europe, and acknowledging that they are an important part of the history and culture, I think the operators could reduce the number of churches and cathedrals included in the tours.
Outstanding guide...some of the local guides not as good...most hotels of good quality...a couple were a little less than 4 star. Overall, a balanced and well coordinated tour.
Pleased with this trip. Guide was very knowledgeable. The driver was excellent. Itinerary and hotels were acceptable. Or travel agent John from Affordable Agency is amazing. We'r bok or trips with him every year. I'm a repeat and satisfied customer.
to.make tour more enrich needed at least 2 more days.one day was a waste .santander didnt do anything.not enough time in fatima and porto and zaragoza.prefer to do in future on own or thru smaller tours to get more of destination.recommend for older person the food and hotels and transport i guess is what you pay for.i am requesting a refund for one day thru globus for santander experience
The first day of the tour did not go without a hitch. Not entirely the fault of the "local" guide but it could have been mitigated more efficiently. A visit to one of the important site was cancelled. The tour went smoothly after that. As mentioned in the review given to the operator (after tour), some cities can be eliminated and some can be extended. Tips (although optional) should already be included for "local" guides and "optional" tours.
There should be some time to allow for shopping
The accomadations in Portugal did not match my expectations, Rooms were too small. Years ago, my wife and I traveled to Southern Spain with Globus, the hotels were all five-star hotels. Breakfast have a lot of hot entries and all kinds of danish. Not this time.
Me & my cousin were very satisfied with our trip package and the optional tours offered. The accommodations were great and the breakfast buffets were satisfactory. The tour guide & local tour guides did a great job, including our driver.
Many of the activities that were optional (extra charge) should have been included. The cities and sites were wonderful! The hotels were fine. There were more people in the group then the maximum I was told by a Globus representative. We had a few issues with the tour leader.
Overall a good trip, however uneven. First 3 days, great. Lisbon, Fatima, Oporto. Tour should stay 2 nights in Oporto, not 1. Days 4, 5, 6,7 kind of dragged. Very slow moving tours of the areas. Felt like the tour director and local tour guides were all trying to stretch out their tours to use us the allotted time. On day 7 we spent way too much time at the Altamira Neo Cave after which we drove to Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum at which we did not spend enough time. Spent way too much time on the bus between Oviedo and San Sebastian. Days 8 thru 11 were great. Took 4 ofthe 7 optional tours. Excursion to Cascais , Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz was good. Excursion to La Coruna was disappointing. Visited the Tower of Hercules which as interesting and very scenic. Continuing on to Santa Cruz, Sada was a waste of time. It was a long bus ride in order to eat lunch. Not much to see. Beautiful Barcelona tour was good. I don't under stand why this was not included with the standard package. Barcelona is a big city. It showed the 1/2 of the city not covered in the standard group tour. Flamenco Evening with Diner was a lot of fun, however, overpriced. 84 Euro per person is a lot of money for a so-so buffet dinner and a 70 minute show but I guess when visiting Spain for the first time you should see a Flamenco show.
It was an excellent itinerary and well run
Great Services and excellent Tour.
The Hotel accommodations were not to my expectations, The only so called 5 star Hotel was more on a Hostel level. The bed was like sleeping on a box string. The hallways wall paper was torn. This Hotel was in Portugal. This was miss leading, I have gone on other tours and stayed at 3 star hotel which were better. The tour it self was great, only wished we would have more time at locations visited. The tour guides and bus driver were GREAT!!!
It was a great trip. I wanted to see Barcelona, but the rest of the itinerary was really great. The air scheduling worked very well and the on flight meals and drinks were excellent
Our Tour Director was fantastic. His knowledge of the countries (Portugal & Spain) that he shared was very thorough and well spoken. His demeanor with the tour group and individuals was beyond expectations. I would book another tour knowing he would be the tour guide. The driver has fantastic driving skill. He always had a smile on his face and helped us get on and off the bus. He was very attentive with my friend who had to use a walker. By the time we were off the bus, the walker was ready for her and when we were returning, he was ready to place it in the bus. Before the trip, I must give kudos to AffordableTours.com. They helped me tremendously. The agent was prompt and efficient with my questions and concerns.
I loved it. Fantastic tour director and driver. Can't say enough...wonderful!
We booked this trip in advance because we knew we wanted to go there. The Tour Director met us in the hotel where we came from the airport. Our group was age-wise significantly old and my husband and I were probably the youngest in the group. Meantime, the Tour Director sometimes did not consider this fact and tried to walk on the streets fast, which led our group to spread over few blocks trying to catch up with the head. I would suggest the director consider the age of group members next time. Overall, the tour was very interesting. We visited all sites described in the booklet and enjoyed them.
We went early and had 2 days on our own in Lisbon, which was fantastic. Many also stayed at the end in Barcelona. We loved the northern coast of Spain and let someone else do the driving
Accommodations were excellent. Bus and driver were first rate. Our tour director was charming, witty, extremely well versed, and efficient. Local guides were also very good.
Tour director was an outstanding Globus representative. Coach bus was exceptionally comfortable and clean, and the driver was experienced and excellent.
It was an average tour, tour guide was average at best, some hotels where great others ok, some food was great, other meals where fair to poor. Busdriver was great and experienced.
I've traveled with Globus/Cosmos since 1999. My experience has been so satisfactory I do not consider travel with any other. Tour directors and drivers are the best and I feel very safe as a solo traveler.
During my trip, the porter of the hotel damaged my suitcase. Their service department could not repair it, and they refused to buy me a new suitcase, and I had to buy a new suitcase at about 90 euros = 105 USDollars
Superior accomodations. Excellent presentation of cities visited.
This is a newer trip fro globus. Northern spain and portugal is not the best trip to take a tour. stick with central and souther spain. If you take this trip, you will then know were NOT to go! The rooms were inconsistent quality and locations were good and bad. Seems to have poor hotels for 2 nights, and the excellent hotels for 1 night.
This is one of the best tours we have ever taken. The itinerary for this tour could not possibly be any better. And the tour guide, driver, local guides and hotels were above expectations. We strongly suggest that if you want to see Northern Portugal and Spain, take this tour. You will not be disappointed.