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Northern Spain & Portugal

3 countries14 cities
8 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
From cosmopolitan cities and inspiring architecture to beautiful beaches and charming local villages, discover the delights of northern Spain and Portugal on this in-depth adventure. Enjoy the mountains, coastlines and countryside as we make our way from Barcelona through Andorra, Lisbon and the Algarve.The Scenic North CoastTravel north from Gaudi's Barcelona into the majestic Pyrenees Mountains on the border of Spain and France. From the scenic principality of Andorra we'll then venture down to the Bay of Biscay, travelling through seaside San Sebastian and the diverse city of Bilbao, home to Gehry's celebrated Guggenheim Museum. We head west to historic Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage route, and the supposed burial site of the apostle St James.Portuguese DelightsWe'll cross the border into Portugal and colourful Porto, taste the traditional port and cruise along the Douro. Enjoy the scenery as we travel south to Coimbra, stopping in 'Portuguese Venice' - the charming town of Aveiro. Discover the beautiful university and its library before we make our way to Lisbon to experience the famous custard tart.The Sun-drenched SouthWe spend 2 nights exploring Portugal's dramatic southern coastline in the beautiful Algarve region. Enjoy the colourful villages, fresh seafood markets and rugged scenery. We'll then return to Lisbon, marking the end of our journey.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 21 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

A Spanish welcome

  • Tour Plaza Catalu a, the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral and its cloister, as well as the Gothic Quarter which was formerly an ancient Roman village.
  • Ascend Montjuic Mountain for a panoramic view of Barcelona's city and harbour.
  • Visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and see his famous buildings - Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, in Barcelona.
  • See the truly unique works of art by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona's Park G ell.
  • Take an orientation tour of the tiny principality of Andorra La Vella, nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains.
  • Take a scenic walk along the Sola Irrigation Canal Trail with your guide and enjoy the views over the city and surrounding countryside.
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery driving through the French part of the Pyrenees.
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for incredible panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.
  • Taste Txakoli, the region's famous dry wine which matches perfectly together with pintxos.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Tour the delightful old city of Oviedo including its cathedral, the Valdecarnaza Palace, and the ruins of the San Tirso church, and pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by magnificent palaces: the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palace.
  • Discover the sights of the Galician capital, Santiago de Compostela, including the famous Cathedral (home to the remains of the apostle St James), the surrounding squares of Obradoiro, Quintana, Immaculada and Praterias, and the historic ruas.
  • Walk part of the famous Camino de Santiago.

Treasures of Portugal

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Porto's most attractive areas, including the Ribeira Quarter, St Francisco Church and the Stock Exchange.
  • Learn how port is made and then taste it at one of the many port producers in the city.
  • Relax on an afternoon cruise along the Douro River in Porto.
  • Spend some time in Aveiro, a city of colourful houses and numerous canals, known as the 'Portuguese Venice'.
  • Mingle with the students and admire the architecture at the ancient University of Coimbra.
  • See the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt wood-work.
  • Visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the most historical and important sights in Lisbon including: the Park Edward VII, Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio Square, the Downtown and Commerce Square.
  • Visit Lisbon's district of Belem, known as the 'Discoveries Quarter'.
  • Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeiteria in Lisbon.
  • Explore the lesser known part of the stunning Algarve, spending time in Tavira and Olhao.
  • Explore the historical quarter of Evora on a walking tour, taking in the roman and gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis church and the Bone Chapel.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $10,745
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
05 May 201929 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,090
12 May 201905 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,090
19 May 201912 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,290
16 Jun 201910 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,290
18 Aug 201911 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,590
01 Sep 201925 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
15 Sep 201909 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
29 Sep 201923 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
ItineraryExpand
Northern Spain & Portugal

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Barcelona

Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Barcelona

Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. We'll see Antoni Gaudi's incredible La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya and the Plaza Sant Jaume before travelling to the top of Montjuic Mountain for striking panoramic views. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Barcelona

See more of Antoni Gaudi's Barcelona today, including the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit Park G ell - home to more truly unique works of art by Gaudi. [B]

Day 5. Barcelona - Andorra

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

Day 6. Andorra - San Sebastian

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]

Day 7. San Sebastian

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]

Day 8. San Sebastian - Bilbao

This morning we make the short trip to Bilbao, the Basque Country's largest city and a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. On our way we'll travel out to Gernika to visit the Peace Museum. In Bilbao 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]

Day 9. Bilbao

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. [B]

Day 10. Bilbao - Oviedo

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, plus we'll pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by two magnificent palaces - the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palaces. [B]

Day 11. Oviedo - Santiago de Compostela

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]

Day 12. Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we discover the Galician capital on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Cathedral, 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]

Day 13. Santiago de Compostela

Special Experience: Today we walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous "Camino de Santiago". [B,D]

Day 14. Santiago de Compostela - Porto

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]

Day 15. Porto

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]

Day 16. Porto - Coimbra

We continue south, stopping in beautiful Aveiro, the 'Portuguese Venice'. We'll enjoy a tour and have some free time before departing for Coimbra. Here we'll see the university and the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt woodwork. [B]

Day 17. Coimbra - Lisbon

This morning we make our way to Obidos, characterised by its flower-bedded whitewashed houses. Next ,we'll head to Sintra to indulge in a tasting of the local cheesecake.

Special Experience: We visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.

Later we continue along the coast to the towns of Cascais and Estoril, before moving on to the pastel seaside capital of Portugal, Lisbon. [B]

Day 18. Lisbon

This morning we discover captivating Lisbon. Our sightseeing tour includes Park Edward VII and the beautifully intricate Jeronimus Monastery, 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 historic Rossio Square. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Lisbon - The Algarve

Portugal's breathtaking southern coast awaits. Today we travel to the Algarve, famous for its golden beaches, rugged coastline and cheerful villages. [B]

Day 20. The Algarve

Today we'll explore some of the lesser-known towns in the region, spending time in Tavira and Olhao, the Algarve's biggest fishing port with a great market. We'll also visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park where we take a relaxing boat ride and visit Armona Island. [B]

Day 21. The Algarve - Evora

We head to Evora today, a significant centre for trade and religion in years gone by. Our walking tour here includes the Roman and Gothic Cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis Church and the Bone Chapel. [B]

Day 22. Evora - Lisbon

We head back to Lisbon late this morning. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure here before tonight's group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Lisbon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. In Transit
Day 25. Arrive Australia