A Spanish welcome
Treasures of Portugal
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|02 Sep 2018||27 Sep 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $10,680|
|16 Sep 2018||11 Oct 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $10,680|
|30 Sep 2018||25 Oct 2018||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,380|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.
Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. Our sightseeing includes La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya, and the Plaza San Jaume. We'll also travel to the top of Montjuic Mountain for panoramic views over the city and its harbour. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]
This morning we get acquainted with Antonio Gaudi's Barcelona. See the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit G ell Park - home to more truly unique works of art by Gaudi. [B]
After breakfast, we depart for the principality of Andorra, a scenic mini-country nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains. We'll discover the highlights on an orientation tour this afternoon. [B]
Optional Walking Discovery: Take a scenic walk along the Sola Irrigation Canal Trail with your guide and enjoy the views over the city and surrounding countryside. Learn more
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as we travel west to the Bay of Biscay and the beachside town of San Sebastian. [B]
Stunning San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and golden beaches and today we'll get to experience both. We begin the day with a city tour and ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for beautiful panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.
Special Experience: Taste txakoli, the region's famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos.
The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the beach location and soak up the sun. [B]
This morning we make the short trip to Bilbao, the Basque Country's largest city and a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. Here we'll explore Frank Gehry's celebrated Guggenheim Museum. The building's incredible exterior isn't the only thing to see - the museum is also home to one of the world's largest art collections. [B]
Our city tour today includes the Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and Mercado de la Ribera, built on the site of the original Rivera Street market and said to be one of Europe's biggest covered food markets. We'll also make our way to the top of Mt Artxanda for spectacular city views. This afternoon we'll travel out to Gernika to visit the Peace Museum. [B]
We depart Bilbao and continue west, following the northern Spanish coastline to Oviedo. Famous for its historic old quarter with a distinct medieval flavour, it's the perfect place for exploring on foot. Our walking tour here includes the cathedral, the Valdecarnaza Palace, and the ruins of the San Tirso church, and we'll pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by magnificent palaces: the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palaces. [B]
Our next destination is historic Santiago de Compostela, the culmination point of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the supposed burial site of the apostle St James. [B,D]
After breakfast, we discover the Galician capital on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Cathedral (believed home to the remains of St James), the surrounding squares of Obradoiro, Quintana, Inmaculada and Prater as, and the historic r as. This afternoon we'll visit the nearby port city of A Coru a. [B]
Special Experience: Today we walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous "Camino de Santiago". [B,D]
This morning we cross the border into Portugal and travel to colourful Porto. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in one of Europe's oldest cities. [B]
Our day begins with a city tour to discover the Ribeira Quarter and visit St Francisco Church and the famous Stock Exchange Palace, Pal cio da Bolsa.
Special Experience: We'll learn how port is made and get to taste it at one of the city's many producers.
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro River later this afternoon. [B]
We continue south, stopping in beautiful Aveiro, the "Portuguese Venice". We'll enjoy a tour and have some free time for lunch before departing for Coimbra. Nestled on the river, this charming university town was once Portugal's capital. Here we'll see the university and the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt wood-work. [B]
Today we travel to Lisbon, stopping along the way at the coastal town of Nazar and the medieval walled village of bidos. We'll also visit picturesque Sintra, set amongst lush forests and overflowing with exotic gardens and palaces. Here we'll tour the Manueline-style National Palace. [B]
This morning we discover captivating Lisbon. Our sightseeing tour includes Park Edward VII and Rossio Square, as well as the district of Bel m, where we'll find the Statue of Columbus, Bel m Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Special Experience: Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria.
We also visit the beautifully intricate Jeronimus Monastery. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]
Portugal's breathtaking southern coast awaits. Today we travel to the Algarve, famous for its golden beaches, rugged coastline and cheerful villages. [B]
Today we'll explore some of the lesser-known towns in the region, spending time in Tavira, Faro and Olhao, the Algarve's biggest fishing port with a great market. [B]
Our next destination is the town of Evora, a significant centre for trade and religion in years gone by. Founded by the Romans and later fortified by the Moors, the city has a diverse mix of architecture and attractions. Our walking tour here includes the roman and gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis church and the Bone Chapel. [B]
We cross the border back into Spain and wind our way through the beautiful Spanish countryside to Madrid. [B]
Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. We'll see the highlights on a city tour, including the famous avenues of Gran Via and Castellana, Plaza de Espana, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Castilla and Retiro Park. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before tonight's group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]