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Leon Santiago de Compostela Northern Spain & Portugal Trip
Northern Spain & Portugal tour
Culinary & Wine Cooking Northern Spain & Portugal package

Northern Spain & Portugal

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
14 days
From: $ 3,599 $ 257 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore Toledo, the capital of medieval Spain until 1560.
  • Visit the world-class Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular structure.
  • Spend three nights on the “Portuguese Riviera” at a 16th-century fortress.
  • Discover the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during a cooking class.

Short Description

Explore spectacular natural beauty, works of art, famous architecture, unique cultures and delicious cuisine on your journey through Northern Spain and Portugal. In Toledo, step back in time as you stroll its medieval streets and alleyways. Stop for tours and tastings at great Spanish and Portuguese wine cellars. Be amazed at the architecture and art collection of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. Discover Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. Sleep in the famous paradores of Spain and Portugal’s wonderful pousadas. Spend time in Porto, birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator. Watch Portuguese cuisine come to life during an interactive cooking class. Linger in Cascais on the breathtaking Portuguese Riviera. In Lisbon, choose to marvel at the priceless treasures of the National Museum of Coaches or take in the local life of the historic Alfama district. Through history, art, wine, cuisine and breathtaking accommodations, experience the endless treasures of Spain and Portugal.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Spain
End City Cascais

Itinerary

Day 1
Overnight Flight
From northern Spain to Portugal you will be immersed in spectacular scenery, famous works of art, unique cultures, and delicious cuisine. Along the way, travel to medieval castles, quaint villages, captivating cities and golden beaches. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning.

Day 2
Toledo, Spain - Tour Begins
Welcome to Toledo, a national monument to Spain's art and history, and a treasure trove of El Greco artwork. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Dinner High 66° Low 45° Parador De Toledo

Day 3
Toledo
Get acquainted with Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Toledo was known as the city of three cultures, where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived together in harmony. A comprehensive walking tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral, fortified towers and the medieval castle, with its storybook Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, Europe’s oldest synagogue still standing. Stop at the Church of Santo Tome to see El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Walk along the labyrinth of laneways winding through the medieval walled town, viewing the city’s stunning Moorish, Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.
Breakfast High 66° Low 45° Parador De Toledo

Day 4
Toledo - Ribera del Duero - Burgos
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Travel to Ribera del Duero, one of Spain's foremost wine-producing regions. Make a stop for a tour and tasting of its famed red wine at the spectacular winemaking facility of Bodegas Portia. Continue on to historic Burgos. Discover the beautiful town center and the famous 13th-century Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Breakfast & Dinner High 63° Low 42° 1" Hotel Rice Palacio De Los Blasones

Day 5
Burgos - Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum - Old Quarter - Burgos
Continue through the culturally and linguistically unique Basque country to Bilbao, recognized as a leader in architecture and contemporary art in Europe. Tour the Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture designed by architect Frank Gehry. This spectacular building is covered in titanium panels and has its own remarkable private art collection. Next, enjoy the local favorite - a “txikiteo” (bar crawl) in Bilbao’s colorful Old Quarter. Enjoy a light lunch of various “pintxos” – the Basque equivalent of the Spanish tapas – and drink the local cider. Later, an exciting experience awaits when you visit the Vizcaya Bridge (UNESCO), the first transporter bridge of steel structure in the world. Opened in 1893, it’s considered the engineering marvel of its time. Cross to the other side aboard the hanging gondola with great views of the extraordinary panorama of the estuary.
Breakfast & Lunch High 63° Low 42° 1" Hotel Rice Palacio De Los Blasones

Day 6
Burgos - León
Traverse the picturesque countryside to León, the ancient seat of the Reconquista during the Middle Ages. Upon arriving into León, join a local guide for a visit to the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, one of Spain’s most beautiful buildings, with its sculpture-covered façade and impressive stained glass windows. Continue on for a tour of the city featuring the Basilica of San Isidoro and the adjoining Royal Pantheon, the resting place of León's ancient kings. This magnificent crypt has been described as the Sistine Chapel of Spanish Romanesque art. Pause to marvel at Casa de Botines, designed by the famous architect Gaudi. Then, settle into your hotel, the Parador Hostal San Marcos, one of Spain’s most impressive hotels. This magnificent building was once a hostel for pilgrims on the Santiago Way; then it served as a monastery; and during the Spanish Civil War, it was an army barracks and prison.
Breakfast & Dinner High 58° Low 48° 2" Parador De Leon

Day 7
León - Santiago de Compostela
Your travels continue to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages, and where the tomb of the Apostle St. James was miraculously discovered. Join a local expert for a leisurely paced walking tour that features the city’s world-famous cathedral and Praça do Obradoiro, a monumental square of pure grandeur in granite, home to some of Europe’s finest historical buildings. Arrive at your hotel, the impressive Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, considered to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in the world and one of the most luxurious.
Breakfast & Dinner High 60° Low 42° 5" Parador De Santiago hostal Dos Reis Catlicos

Day 8
Santiago de Compostela - Porto, Portugal
Your morning is at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own before saying farewell to Spain. Cross the border into Portugal and travel to the charismatic city of Porto (UNESCO). This ancient port is known for its striking contemporary monuments and Baroque carvings, and is the birthplace of the legendary Prince Henry the Navigator.
Breakfast & Dinner High 63° Low 46° 4" Pousada Do Porto

Day 9
Porto
Join a local expert to discover Porto’s riverfront district. Make stops at Church of Sao Francisco to gaze at its spectacular golden adornments that line its walls and ceiling, and the Stock Exchange Palace to marvel at its exuberant interior. Along the way, see the 18th-century fortress-like Clerigos Tower; the impressive Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter with traditional boats floating by the riverbanks. Then, get a taste of the region at a local winery. Learn about the wine making process on a tour; then, sample its famous port wine.
Breakfast High 63° Low 46° 4" Pousada Do Porto

Day 10
Porto - Guimarães - Cooking Class - Porto
Travel to medieval Guimarães (UNESCO), the first capital of Portugal, and birthplace of the nation's first king. Your local guide will lead you on a tour featuring the imposing 10th-century Guimarães Castle; the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, with 39 unusual brick chimneys; and the town’s superbly restored buildings. Learn the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during an interactive cooking class followed by dinner featuring local food and wines in a 12th-century former monastery.
Breakfast & Dinner High 63° Low 46° 4" Pousada Do Porto

Day 11
Porto - Vista Alegre Porcelain - Coimbra - Cascais
Discover the traditional art of handmade Portuguese porcelain during a visit to Vista Alegre, in operation since 1824. Journey to Coimbra, home to one of the world's first universities. Explore the city with your guide. See the Baroque Library, lined with 300,000 books; the 12th-century Old Cathedral and the 16th-century aqueduct. Continue to charming Cascais, Portugal’s premier beach resort that is steeped in history and has a wealth of picture-perfect views.
Breakfast & Dinner High 71° Low 55° 1" Pousada De Cascais

Day 12
Cascais - Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour
This morning you choose! You may join a panoramic Lisbon city tour or perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour* of Lisbon’s historic Alfama District. The Lisbon city tour (via coach) features Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and you’ll cap it off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. The Alfama District is Lisbon's most symbolic quarter. Step back in time exploring this residential neighborhood – considered a village within a city. Stroll through its medieval alleys, narrow streets, and tiny squares; and pass by beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers. Then, climb the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city.
Breakfast High 71° Low 55° 1" Pousada De Cascais

Day 13
Cascais
Enjoy a day at leisure in the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll its cobblestone streets or walk the oceanside promenade. An optional excursion to picturesque Sintra (UNESCO) and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point on the European continent, is also available. Tonight, gather for a wonderful farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip to northern Spain and Portugal.
Breakfast & Dinner High 71° Low 55° 1" Pousada De Cascais

Day 14
Cascais - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

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Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Parador De Toledo Hotel Rice Palacio De Los Blasones Parador De Leon Parador De Santiago hostal Dos Reis Catlicos Pousada Do Porto Pousada De Cascais

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