19 DAY IBERIAN 'SPAIN & PORTUGAL' TOUR from MADRID with BARCELONA STAY - 19 days / 18 nights (RONIB)

19 DAY IBERIAN TOUR from MADRID with BARCELONA STAY (RONIB)

DEPARTS MADRID / WEDNESDAYS : 17 April - 16 October 2019 & 25 March 2020 / 15 April 2020 - 24 March 2021

Join this tour in either Madrid or San Sebastian. Finish this tour in Barcelona or Madrid.
Visits: San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo, Lugo, A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Rias Bajas, La Toja, Vigo, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Coimbra, Fatima, Batahla, Nazare, Alcobaca, Lisbon, Caceres, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona

2020-2021 Itinerary:
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Day 1 (Wednesday)               MADRID / ZARAGOZA / SAN SEBASTIAN

Depart from Madrid for Zaragoza, on arrival enjoy free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar), patroness of all Hispanic people; and to stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon continue to San Sebastian, famous for hosting the annual International Film Festival. Take a panoramic city tour of this marvellous city, to see its extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation.
 

Day 2 (Thursday)         SAN SEBASTIAN / BILBAO / CASTRO URDIALES / SANTANDER

This morning experience stunning views of the city from Mount Igueldo, before continuing to Bilbao. Take a panoramic drive around Bilbao and free time on the esplanade with the Guggenheim Museum to admire this modern architectural building. Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales” for some free time. Next depart for Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach. An afternoon at leisure to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 3 (Friday)                        SANTANDER / SANTILLANA / COVADONGA / OVIEDO

Today, depart for Santillana, one of the most important historical towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a jewel of Romanesque architecture. Continue to Covadonga, free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto with the patroness of Asturias Our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, depart for Oviedo, en-route look out for the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church atop the hillside. Afternoon at leisure to explore Oviedo, many of the streets are pedestrian only, and where you will can find World Heritage sites like the Cathedral; a splendid example of gothic Austrian architecture. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 4 (Saturday)                   OVIEDO / LUGO / LA CORUÑA

Today, drive to the Galician region. Arrive in Lugo for some free time to see the Roman wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to La Coruña, take a brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. A brief stop to visit the lighthouse “Tower of Hercules” dating back from to the roman period. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation. (B) Afternoon optional tour: Visit Rias Altas.
 

Day 5 (Sunday)                      LA CORUÑA / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Depart for Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and centre of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. Enjoy a city tour including the main square “Obradoiro” and the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 6 (Monday)                     SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RIAS BAJAS / LA TOJA / VIGO

This morning, depart for one of the most marvellous areas in Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape to arrive at La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Free time before continuing to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 7 (Tuesday)                    VIGO / VIANA DO CASTELO / BRAGA / PORTO

Today, farewell Spain and depart for the Portuguese border, continue to arrive in Viana do Castelo, a city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Afterwards, continue to Braga for a short stop. Then continue to Porto. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 8 (Wednesday)               PORTO

Today, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, including the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a different perspective of the city from the river Douro aboard a cruise boat. Discover the heritage of this wine region at a Port Wine Cellars with a Port wine tasting. The rest of day is at leisure. Accommodation. (B)
 

Day 9 (Thursday)                  PORTO / COIMBRA / FATIMA

This morning, depart for Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Enjoy free time before continuing to Fatima. Known as the centre of Christian Faith and a World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Accommodation. (B)
Evening optional: It may be possible to attend the Fatima Sanctuary Candle Procession.
 

Day 10 (Friday)                      FATIMA / BATALHA / NAZARE / ALCOBACA / LISBON

Farewell Fatima, and drive to the Monastery of Batalha, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next visit the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré, enjoy some free time before continuing to Alcobaça with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 12th century. Later continue to Lisbon. Accommodation. (B)
Evening optional: A traditional dinner and performance of traditional Portuguese music “Fado”.
 

Day 11 (Saturday)                 LISBON

Take a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, visit the Tower of Belem, Jerónimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square and Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure. Maybe explore the Alfama Quarter or the old city, with its old buildings nested in narrow twisting streets “Ruas”, full of colour. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 12 (Sunday)                    LISBON / CACERES / CORDOBA

Today leave Lisbon for Cordoba, en-route stop in Caceres to visit this ancient city. Old Town Caceres has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historic architecture; a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Walk through its Old Town and Plaza Mayor during this short stop. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Accommodation. (B,D)
 

Day 13 (Monday)                   CORDOBA / SEVILLE

Visit Cordoba with an impressive tour of its 8th century Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hour drive arrive in Seville. Accommodation. (B,D)

 

Day14 (Tuesday)                   SEVILLE

Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views and unique flavours of this city. Accommodation. (B,D) Optional: Flamenco tour.
 

Day 15 (Wednesday)             SEVILLE / GRANADA

Drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalucia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms until 1492. Visit the world famous La Alhambra (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Accommodation. (B,D)
Optional: Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.
 

Day 16 (Thursday)                GRANADA / VALENCIA

Today, start driving towards the Mediterranean coast  via Murcia, capital of the fertile garden of the Segura river. Continue north via Alicante, the second largest city within the region to arrive in Valencia, the city of arts and science, with its cultural and architectural complex made up of six buildings: Hemispheric, Umbracle, Science Museum, Oceanographic, Palau de les Arts and Ágora. Valencia is also the home of the internationally renowned and delicious “Paella”. Accommodation (B)
 

Day 17 (Friday)                      VALENCIA / BARCELONA

Morning city tour including a drive through the old city showing the most prominent buildings, we will then be driven past the old riverbed of the Turia to the most avant-garde complex “Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias” to see its stunning exterior. Early afternoon departure northward all along the Mediterranean coast to Catalunya, via Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco. Arrive in Barcelona principal Mediterranean city and home of the famous architect Gaudí, symbol of the Catalonian modernism. Accommodation (B)
 

Day 18 (Saturday)                 BARCELONA

Morning city tour of Barcelona, discover the history of the city visiting some of the most important places. Start with a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, visit Las Ramblas, the Cathedral (free time), the Old Jewish Quarter, among other interesting places. Later take a panoramic tour around the rest of the city, drive along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, home to Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”. Continue to Montjuic Mountain and the 1992 Olympic stadium (outside). Enjoy a panoramic view of the city while riding in a cable car (subject to the weather conditions). Visit the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol), free time to explore. Return to the bus, pass through Plaza España, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC and shopping centre Las Arenas, built in an old bullring. Conclude at Plaza de Catalunya. Afternoon free to continue exploring the city. Accommodation. (B)

 

Day 19 (Sunday)                    BARCELONA / ZARAGOZA / MADRID

After breakfast depart southwest along an industrial and agricultural area to arrive in Zaragoza, capital city of Aragón, within the banks of Ebro River. Zaragoza, known as Cesar Augusta during the Roman period played an important role in Spanish history. Some free time to see the impressive Baroque architecture of the Basilic-Temple of Our Lady Pilar. Continue to Madrid. (B) END OF TOUR.
Consider finishing in Barcelona after breakfast and extending your stay!
2020 Departure Dates
Wednesdays
 
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
March: 25   AU$4265 AU$5945
2020 Departure Dates
Wednesdays
2021 Departure Dates
Wednesdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 22, 29
May: 6, 20, 27
September: 9, 16
October: 7, 14, 21
  AU$4475 AU$6340
April: 15
June: 3, 10, 17, 24
July: 15, 29
August: 5, 26
  AU$4645 AU$6510
September: 2, 23 March: 17 AU$4685 AU$6550
May: 13
September: 30
  AU$4585 AU$6450
  March: 24 AU$4520 AU$6380
Regular guaranteed departure coach tour by air-conditioned vehicle with multilingual escorts/guides.
(B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Seasonal supplements may apply

Highlights Include: San Sebastian; Guggenheim Museum (Exterior only); Santiago de Compostela; Boat cruise along the Douro River; Port Wine Cellar Visit & Port Wine Tasting; Visit Coimbra, with one of the oldest universities in Europe; Monastery of Batalha; Tower of Belem & Jerónimos Monastery; Cordoba Mosque; La Alhambra in Granada

Tour Includes: Meals as per itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (drinks not included); Guided & Panoramic city tours as per itinerary; Entrance fees included as per itinerary

First Class (4*) Tour Hotels used (or similar): San Sebastian – Palacio de Aiete (1 night); Santander – Hotel Santemar (1 night); Oviedo – Ayre Hotel Ramiro I or Oca Santo Domingo Plaza (1 night); La Coruña – Tryp Coruña (1 night); Santiago de Compostela – Tryp Santiago (1 night); Vigo – Tryp Los Galeones (1 night); Porto – BessaHotel Boavista (2 nights); Fatima – Aurea Fátima or Estrela de Fátima or Regina (1 night); Lisbon – Lutécia Smart Design or Vila Galé Ópera (2 nights); Córdoba – Hesperia Córdoba (1 night); Seville – Hesperia Seville (2 nights); Granada – Meliá Granada (1 night); Valencia – NH Valencia Las Artes (1 night); Barcelona – Catalonia Barcelona Plaza (2 nights)

Additional Information: Passport details are required in advance; Tourist city taxes (in applicable cities) are to be paid locally; There is a small possibility that tickets to the Alhambra may not be attained, in which case the operator may be obliged to change the Alhambra visit; Luggage Limit: one suitcase per person (max. 25kg, 157cm total dimensions), If 2 passengers are sharing one suitcase larger measurements will be accepted.

Generally, coach tours in Spain, Portugal & Morocco use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a multilingual tour escort unless they are specifically listed as only ‘English Speaking’. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program. Your fellow travellers could be from all over the world, speaking various languages. Tour information and descriptions will be given in English, and possibly Spanish and other language(s) depending on those spoken by tour participants. Your fellow tour participants may be staying at multiple hotels in each city.

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