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Tour Itinerary

When you hear the call “Txotx!” (pronounced “choach”) shouted in the traditional Sidrerias of Northern Spain, it’s time to gather ’round! Standing five feet back from the tapped barrel, patrons line up to catch the shooting cider into glasses—then toast the age-old tradition that adds the right amount of carbonation to the tart beverage. Lucky for you, there’s much to toast as you explore the sparkling seaside from Lisbon to Barcelona on this mostly coastal tour of Portugal and Northern Spain. This sunny vacation makes a splash with visits to the popular pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, the famous seaside resort of San Sebastian, and in Pamplona, the legendary Calle Estafeta where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place. You’ll also want to make a beeline to the delicacies of each country, from the zesty paella of Spain to the sweet port of Portugal. Cheers! Salud! Txotx!

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Lovely Lisbon LISBON Guided sightseeing includes Jerónimos Monastery and cloister, a photo stop at Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. (B)

    HISTORIC SPOTS The stunning capital city of Portugal is a treasure trove of historic and architectural masterpieces. Lisbon is home to the 16th-century Monastery of Jerónimos, with its 100-foot façade featuring images of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Belém. See the 16th-century Belém Tower, which served as a fortress but also as an embarkation point for sailors and was their last sight of land before the start of their journey. Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries pays homage to great Portuguese explorers with a spectacular carved prow of an ancient ship.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Panoramas & Port Wine FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
    PORTO Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River. See the Church of São Francisco and visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. Enjoy a [LF] Port wine tasting at the famous Sandeman & Co Port Wine Cellar. (B)
    217 mi / 350 km

    LOCAL TASTES You’re invited to the home of the most internationally recognized Porto wines at the magnificent Sandeman Wine Cellars. Here, taste centuries of tradition in a glass of Port wine in the city that bears its name. Saúde!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Spectacular Spain Scenic drive along the coastline en route to Vigo.
    VIGO Take a walking tour of the historic district.
    LA TOJA ISLAND [LF] See the church that is completely covered with seashells.
    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
    199 mi / 320 km

    CULTURAL GEMS Marvel at the unusual church completely covered with seashells on La Toja island, famous for its spring waters. Once used for cattle grazing, it soon became a popular thermal retreat.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    History & Mystery SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral with the relics of St. James the Apostle. Afterwards enjoy a coffee break. (B)

    LEGENDARY LIVES Santiago de Compostela is one of the world’s most revered pilgrimage destinations since the Middle Ages. Today, faithful pilgrims embark on the Way of St. James with a walk on the Camino de Santiago each year, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here, the tomb of St. James the Apostle is housed within the cathedral’s extraordinary Romanesque architecture.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Cider House Rules LUARCA Enjoy free time to browse.
    OVIEDO Guided sightseeing includes a panoramic drive and a walking tour of the Old Town. Enjoy a [LF] cider tasting at a traditional Sidreria (cider house). (B)
    217 mi / 350 km

    LOCAL TASTES Oviedo is home to a number of cider houses, serving the traditional drink that is a sign of eating well in this fruitful region. The art of pouring cider releases its aromas. Be aware! Once the cider is poured, the glass must be emptied in one go to fully appreciate the flavours. Bottoms up!

    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Artists & Ambassadors SANTANDER Enjoy free time for lunch.
    BILBAO Take a guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum en route to San Sebastian. (B,D)
    249 mi / 400 km

    ART & ARCHITECTURE Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was founded in 1997. It was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and hailed as one of the most important buildings of its time because of its spectacular structure of titanium, glass, and limestone. The museum features extraordinary exhibitions administered by the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as selections from the permanent collections of the Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, and Abu Dhabi.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Basque Country SAN SEBASTIAN Guided walking tour of the Parte Viejo Old Quarter. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

    EXPLORE MORE Framed by golden beaches and lush hillsides San Sebastian has undeniable allure. From its elegant and modern promenade to the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town, there are a myriad of opportunities to enjoy your time in the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea.”

    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Walk, Don’t Run PAMPLONA Take an [LF] orientation walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant.
    SARAGOSSA Orientation walk includes Plaza of Our Lady of the Pillar. (B,L)
    162 mi / 260 km

    LOCAL TASTES Best known as the narrow cobblestone gauntlet where the running of the bulls takes place in Pamplona, Calle Estafeta is a haven for food lovers where tapas and wine are always on the menu at Restaurante Basaburua in the heart of the city.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Barcelona Boulevards BARCELONA Guided walking tour this afternoon includes the Old Town with its Barri Gòtic and a stroll down La Rambla. Later, enjoy a fresh fruit juice. (B)
    193 mi / 310 km

    CULTURAL GEMS Stroll in the footsteps of Picasso through the historic heart of the old city of Barcelona. Indulge in the tradition and tastes of 2,000 years in the Gothic Quarter. Take in the charm and captivating history with a walk down the tree-lined avenue of La Rambla amid the terraces and street performers on Barcelona’s famous thoroughfare.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Legendary Landmarks BARCELONA Take a guided sightseeing tour of Barcelona this afternoon. Join a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    CITY SIGHTS Follow your Local Guide for a fascinating look at Barcelona’s landmarks and legendary sites. See Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña; stop at the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and take in a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch; 4 three-course dinners

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Lisbon: Smy Lisboa
This modern 105-room is conveniently located between the Eduardo VII Park and Amoreiras shopping plaza. Contemporary designed guestrooms are all air conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, minibar, and in-room safes. The al la carte restaurant serves regional cuisine and the sixth floor lounge bar and the terrace offers impressive city views. The property also has an exercise room.
Rua da Artilharia 1, 112
Lisbon , Portugal
Porto: Holiday Inn Porto Gaia
A modern 212-room high rise hotel near the historical Porto city centre with a chic atrium bar and culinary concept restaurant serving traditinal Portuguese cuisine. Amenities include a gym, spa and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Rua Diogo de Macedo, 220 Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto , Portugal
Santiago de Compostela: Santiago Plaza by Melia
Modern hotel, close to shopping, 500 m to the "Parque Pajonal" park, 2 km to the Cathedral and the monumental area, 12 km to SCQ.
Rua Do Restollal 24
Santiago De Compostela , Spain
Oviedo: AC Oviedo Forum
A modern 155 room property offering Free Wi-Fi access in all areas and a fitness center. Traditional Spanish cuisine is served in the main restaurant and an international menu and drinks are on offer at the hotel's bar and outdoor terrace.
Plaza De Los Ferroviarios 1
Oviedo , Spain
San Sebastian: Silken Amara Plaza
Modern hotel situated in the Square of Pio XII, 10 minute walk to Concha Beach, the Quarter and commercial and financial zone.
Plaza Pio Xii,7
San Sebastian , Spain
Saragossa: Silken Reino De Aragon
Modern hotel with restaurant, bar and meeting facilities is located near the Basilica Del Pilar and the Exhibition Palace.
C/Coso, 80
Saragossa , Spain
Barcelona: NH Sants Barcelona
This large modern property is located in the heart of the financial district, within walking distance of the Sants train station, which connects to the city center in 15 minutes. The well-known soccer stadium Camp Nou is only 20 minutes away on foot. The property offers 203 soundproof, bright and spacious guestrooms decorated in a classic style with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a fitness room, a nice restaurant serving Catalan cuisine, and a relaxing bar serving refreshing drinks.
Numancia, 74
Barcelona , Spain

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Questions & Answers

Question: What are the optional tours?

See optionals below for 2023. Please note, pricing and availability are subject to vary by departure date. If you already have a tour booked, you are able to view and purchase these online in your Globus portal. UNFORGETTABLE EVENING IN LISBON: FADO MUSIC AND DINNER Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner with drinks at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant). Starting From: $84 USD/person Cascais, Cape Roca and Queluz Palace CASCAIS, CAPE ROCA AND QUELUZ PALACE Experience stunning natural beauty on this day trip along the Portuguese Riviera featuring jet-set Cascais, world-famous Guincho Beach, Cape Roca, and a visit of the lavish Palace of Queluz! Starting From: $73 USD/person Bairro Alto Foodie Stroll BAIRRO ALTO FOODIE STROLL Indulge in some of Lisbon's most delectable drinks and petiscos (Portuguese tapas) on this unique guided foodie tour through the 15th-century Bairro Alto neighborhood! Starting From: $73 USD/person LA CORUNA IN DEPTH Join an expert guide for a remarkable day featuring La Coruña, one-time capital of the Kingdom of Galicia, and free time in ancient Betanzos! Starting From: $44 USD/person GLAMOROUS BIARRITZ AND SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ Travel north into France to explore two dazzling seaside resorts along the Côte Basque: glamorous Biarritz, the "Beach of Kings", and Saint-Jean-de-Luz with its ties to 17th-century pirates! Starting From: $44 USD/person FLAMENCO Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment. Starting From: $100 USD/person Discover Montserrat DISCOVER MONTSERRAT Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat. Starting From: $70 USD/person

Question: Is breakfast included in the price?

Yes, on the Lisbon and Northern Spain tour, included is a full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch in Pamplona; 4 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Santiago and Barcelona

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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It was a wonderful trip in every sense of the word. Everything worked perfectly. It was an amazing experience.

Everything was delivered as expected. The tour director was amazing. I had a great tour. Thanks

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.

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