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Best of Portugal & Northern Spain - Grand Tourer

Holiday Highlights

  • Lisbon, Portugal's lively capital
  • Fatima's Basilica Shrine
  • Santiago de Compostela's magnificent cathedral
  • Renaissance city of Salamanca

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 15 nights room & breakfast
  • 14 evening meals
  • 4-star accommodation
  • 7 included and 7 optional excursions
  • Travel by Luxury Grand Tourer Coach Including: Superior comfort and stylish interiors; modern coach in superb gold livery; extra leg room, adjustable footrests and seatbacks; climate control; audio-visual entertainment; enhanced vision due to higher seating and tinted panoramic windows; on-board refreshments (charge payable)
  • Free Home Connect service (where available)
  • Services of a dedicated tour manager

Discover the fascinating, historic and colourful cities of Spain and Portugal with us. From Portugal's lively capital, Lisbon, and the thriving city of Porto, famous for its wines, to the religious shrines at Fatima and the popular Basque city of Bilbao, this holiday's interest is matched only by its variety.

Grand Tourer Highlights


Santiago de Compostela
The historic town of Santiago de Compostela originates from the Apostle Saint James, who visited this most north-western part of Spain to convert its people to Christianity.

Porto
This charismatic ancient port town is steeped in history and tradition, and well known for the production of the popular port wine. Located at the mouth of the Douro River and registered as a UNESCO world heritage site, the historic centre presents a collection of narrow alleyways, baroque churches and inviting squares.

Lisbon
Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are just some of the many delights of Portugal's capital city. Bright yellow trams wind their way through hilly, tree-lined streets, whilst the locals stroll peacefully through the old quarters. The city is set on seven hills where a number of spectacular monuments sit protectively, such as the iconic Belem Tower.

Your Grand Tourer Hotels


Take a look at some of the well-appointed hotels that await you on our Grand Tour through Spain and Portugal.

Hesperia Peregrino, Santiago
Boasting a prime location in the new area of the city, the Hesperia Peregrino is within easy reach of the main historic sites, including Santiago's imposing cathedral.

Axis, Porto
A modern hotel, the Axis Porto offers a wide range of facilities, including a great Spa area with pool, sauna and Turkish bath.

Sana Metropolitan, Lisbon
Located just north of the city, this stylish hotel provides comfortable accommodation and a relaxing atmosphere.

Included Excursions

Porto
 
Lisbon
 

Optional Excursions

Santiago de Compostela - Half day guided walking tour
 
Port Wine tasting
 
Douro River Cruise
 
Salamanca – Half day guided walking tour
 
Paris - River Seine Cruise
 

Holiday Details

Day 1: UK to Paris
Relax aboard your Grand Tourer coach as we cross to Calais then head to Paris for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Paris to Bordeaux
Today we head south west through France to Bordeaux, where we arrive in time for dinner. (B,D)
Day 3: Bordeaux to Burgos
We cross the border into Spain and continue to the city of Burgos, home of the legendary El Cid, for our overnight stay at the 4* Hotel Corona de Castilla. (B,D)
Day 4: Burgos to Santiago de Compostela
Heading west, we stop in León, situated on the pilgrims route to Santiago. In the afternoon, we reach Santiago de Compostela for two nights at the Hotel Hesperia Peregrino, with an optional guided walking tour. (B,D)
Day 5: Santiago de Compostela
A day at leisure to explore this historic city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)
Day 6: Santiago de Compostela to Porto
A drive into Portugal via Braga, where you can explore its many ancient monuments, cathedral and museums. We continue on to Porto, where we spend two nights at the 4* Hotel Axis Porto. (B,D)
Day 7: Porto
An included guided tour takes you to the impressive cathedral, the elegant Stock Exchange and the option to visit one of the city's 80 wine lodges to sample the famous port. This afternoon, there is an optional cruise on the river Douro. (B,D)
Day 8: Porto to Fatima
We head south to beautiful Coimbra, Portugal’s elegant equivalent of Oxford, with ornate University buildings. We continue on to Fatima, where we stay overnight at the 4* Hotel Lux Fatima. (B,D)
Day 9: Fatima to Lisbon
A scenic drive today, with stops at the popular coastal resort of Cascais and World Heritage Site town of Sintra en route to Lisbon, where we settle in for a three night stay at the 4* Hotel Sana Metropolitan. (B,D)
Day 10: Lisbon
This morning we enjoy an included guided city tour to get our bearings, followed by a free afternoon to explore at leisure. (B,D)
Day 11: Lisbon
Today we enjoy a day at leisure to explore further Portugal's lively capital. (B,D)
Day 12: Lisbon to Salamanca
We return back across the border into Spain today, for an overnight stay at the 4* Hotel Regio in the historic city of Salamanca, where an optional guided walking tour is available. (B,D)
Day 13: Salamanca to Bilbao
Today we drive north east to the bustling city of Bilbao, where we stay at the 4* Hotel Gran Bilbao. (B,D)
Day 14: Bilbao to Tours
A full day's drive into France today, and north to the city of Tours for our overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 15: Tours to Paris
A short trip to explore Paris, with an optional cruise along the river Seine. We overnight tonight on the outskirts of the city. (B,D)
Day 16: Paris to UK
We head to Calais, enjoy our voyage across to Dover and then home. (B)

B,D: Breakfast & dinner. Star rating of overnight hotels may vary.

Garth942

Derby, UK

20 October 2012

Memorable, Moving and extremely interesting

Whilst this is not a relaxing holiday, you will pass through scenery which is ruggid and quite beautiful and contrasts with the pleasent and peaceful countryside of France.The route taken by the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and Fatima gives an interesting view of the areas that had to be travelled by foot/donkey. The church architecture along the route is varied as are the insides of the churchs and cathedrals.The weather along this coast was superb and in the high 70's during our stay in early October. Hotels and meals were up and down but nothing to bad, the food was served a little on the warm side rather than hot. Breakfast were great....One or two minor niggles but the holiday was wonderful with the help of Steve the driver and Connie our tour manager, Thanks to Both.

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