Galicia & Northern Portugal

Galicia & Northern Portugal

from madrid
tuesdays 27/03 to 30/10
6 days

Price from: €665
Duration: 6 days

Tour starts on every single TUESDAY from March 27th to October 30th.


Tour code: C-261

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners

- Modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guide in Santiago and Porto

- tickets to Santiago's Cathedral

- visit to a wine cellar with a tasting of Porto wine 

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board 

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

A six-day package to the north-western part of the Spain - green, cool, and windy Galicia. Explore this gorgeous area, that includes cities of La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and Salamanca, as well as the northern part of Portugal with its beautiful cities of Viana do Castelo, Braga and Oporto.

Trip is perfect for those who would like to see a ''different'' Spain - apart of sunlit hot Andalusia and famous Southern (Costa del Sol) and Mediterranean coasts. Also this tour is an excellent choice for spiritual travellers, as it passes through Santiago de Compostella - center of pilgrimage in Spain.

Day 1. Madrid - Leon - Oviedo (446km ~ 277 miles)

Departure at 08.00 in the morning towards Leon - a former Roman encampment, founded in the 1st century AD. Its standout attraction - Cathedral of León is a breathtaking sight. The impressive building, his cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of Early Gothic architecture in Spain. At the heart of the Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is the Plaza de San Martín, where the 13th-century Iglesia de San Martín stands. This quaint public square is lined with many shops and restaurants. From the Plaza de San Martín, many lively little streets wind their way around the medieval maze of the Old Town. Feel free to explore the city on your own. Later continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodation upon arrival.


Day 2. Oviedo - La Coruna (347km ~ 216 miles)

Breakfast. Departure to region of Galicia, later arrival to La Coruna. La Coruna is a port city, a beachy hot spot and cruise-ship destination; a busy commercial center and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife. It is a very intriguing place to discover. After a panoramic tour around the city you will have more time to explore it on your own. Here we offer an optional excursion to visit the villages Pontedeume and Betanzos - well-preserved historical villages in the area. Dinner and night in La Coruna.

 

Day 3. La Coruna - Santiago de Compostela (75km ~ 47 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Santiago de Compostela. This city is a very important pilgrimage center and the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia. Locals say the arcaded, stone streets of Santiago de Compostela are at their most beautiful in the rain, when the old city glistens. Most would agree, however, that it's hard to catch Santiago in a bad pose. Whether you're wandering the medieval streets of the old city, nibbling on tapas in the taverns, or gazing down at the rooftops from the top of a cathedral, Santiago seduces. Upon arrival you will join a city tour to discover all its beautiful sights such as the Plaza de Obradoiro and the main Cathedral (with tickets and tour inside included). Free time in the second half of the day. Accommodation and dinner at night.

 

Day 4. Santiago de Compostela - Rias Bajas - Vigo (90km ~ 56 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards the region of the Rias Bajas. The ´Rias Bajas´, which stands for ‘lower rivers’, are a series of four estuarine inlets, located on the southwestern coast of Galicia. Some spectacular views along the way - Isla de la Toja, the Ria de Arosa or Pontevedra. Later continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodation. Later you can take part in an optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valenca do Miño, during which you will cross the border and visit Portugal. 

 

Day 5. Vigo - Viana do Castelo - Braga - Oporto (220km ~ 137 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards Viana do Castelo, - the jewel of the ''Costa Verde'' (Green Coast), blessed with both an appealing medieval centre and lovely beaches just outside the city. Some free time to explore the beautiful old town with its cobbled streets. Afterwards departure to Braga - the third largest town in Portugal, known as the town of the archbishops due to its splendid array of baroque churches. Afterwards departure to Oporto - aa city, which is the part of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO, and the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. During the panoramic tour you will be gven the chance to discover the Cathedral and the Santa Clara Church, also to enjoy the colorful and pictoresque landscapes of Oporto.  At the end of the day, you will be escorted to a local winery to get a taste of the world famous porto wine, - "vino de Porto". Dinner and accomodation.


Day 6. Oporto - Salamanca - Madrid (566km ~ 352 miles)

Breakfast. On the last day of this tour you will leave Oporto behind and make your way towards Salamanca. Whether floodlit by night or bathed in the sunset, there's something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions; an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles. Once you reach Salamanca you will have a free time to visit the Old Town and its famous Plaza Mayor. After stop there, you will continue to the capital, to Madrid. Arrival and end of services.

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Please click here to see the route on a map.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour.

You can also check an alternative tour to Northern Spain - Cantabria.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 665€

Single Supplement: 205€

Supplement July to Oct.: 30€

 

Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price 

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined.

Oviedo 

Gran Hotel Regente****: conveniently located at the very center of the city, this hotel will not disappoint you. It is very close to numerous museums, and also Bulevar de la Cidra - street, where many famous ‘‘cidrerias’’ are located (cidra of Asturias - sort of light alcoholic beverage, very popular in northern Spain).

 

La Coruna

Tryp Coruña**** hotel is located in the leisure part of the city, next to huge shopping centers El Corte Inglés and Cuatro Caminos.  Also, it is only 20 min away from the Riazor - Orzan beaches. TRYP Coruña has 181 spacious and modern rooms; different dining spaces, such as breakfast room with show cooking and cafeteria; free high speed Wi-Fi internet and 24h mini gym. All rooms are outward facing, all large, bright and fully furnished.


Santiago

Gran Hotel Santiago**** is a luxurious 4-star hotel in Santiago De Compostela, located just outside of the center of the city. The plants that bloom in the yard throughout the whole year will giove you the sensation of being surrounded by nature. Also, elevators have panoramic views of the hotel and in the main lobby a cascading fountain greets visitors in an atmosphere of serenity. Hotel’s restaurant offers nice variety of fish, that Galician region is famous for - sea bass, lamprey, monkfish, and hake. All 115 rooms are exterior and perfectly equipped.

 

Vigo

The Hotel Tryp Galeones**** is a very bright and modern hotel, located in the city centre of vigo. Just a few minutes away from the Plaza España and the Museum of Contemporary Art with breathtaking exhibitions. Your stay will be special and unforgettable thanks to the typical Galician specialties served in the Gastrobar. All rooms are equipped perfectly. 

 

Oporto

The hotel Mercure Porto Gaia**** The hotel enjoys a privileged location, in Vila Nova de Gaia, only 5 min from port wine cellars and 12 km from Porto international airport and the Exponor exhibition centre. The hotel is decorated with a port wine theme and offers a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, WiFi Internet and parking. Next to the Mecure Porto Gaia you will find the Arrabida Shopping Centre. 

 

In a very rare case hotel can be substituted for a one of a similar category. 

Here we put together answers to all the questions we constantly receive regarding our tours. Although much of this info you can find under ‘’Overview’’, ‘’Itinerary’’ and ‘’Prices’’ sections, we decided to simplify the task for you and put it all below:

 

 Are your tours really for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends, whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group for a tour.

 

How many people are normally on a tour?

- We can never tell exactly (neither guarantee) how many people will be on the specific route. Normally, it is about 10-20 persons in a group. In some cases, it could be more, in other days you travel with just a few more people or even by your party only. In summer (high season) groups tend to be larger, in winter – smaller. Also, it is possible that on different sections of the route number of travelers will change. For example, if you are on the trip of 10 days, there could be travelers that only do a 5-day trip and after your paths will split.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) is with a group during the whole trip, except for the routes when just a very few people are signed up. Those small groups will be travelling with an experienced and English speaking driver-guide. For the city tours, we use local professional and licensed guides.

 

In what languages guides explain?

- In English and Spanish, all our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If happens that there are only English speaking clients are on a bus, tour will be run in English only.

 

When during the year do you run your tours?

- Most of our tours are running all year long. Some (to northern parts of Spain, for example) – are only running from March till October. In any case, under each tour’s description it says exactly when it runs. Example: ‘’Sundays all year’’ - means that on every single Sunday of the year the tour will start, no matter how many people signed up, even if it’s you only.

 

What cities tours start from?

- Madrid and Barcelona (also says in the description of each specific tour – where it starts). First four tours on the list are from Barcelona, the rest from Madrid.

 

What are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, one of the streets right off Plaza Espana.

- In Barcelona, it is the reception of Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ (address: Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022 Barcelona)

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, not. We do not pick up from the hotels, because that would delay the tour scientifically. Sometimes the groups get larger and to pick up everybody from their hotels would take us half of the day.

However – if your hotel is on the way of the bus route on leaving day, - we will pick you up. So, one week before travel we ask you to give us your hotel name in Madrid, and then we can tell if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or must go to meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, it is always a meeting point at the reception of ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern and with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included everywhere where it’s mentioned in the itinerary (section ‘’Itinerary”). Buffet Breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels you are staying in during your tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

-No problems at all. Just tell this to our tour leader and he’ll advise and help. On top, many dinners are buffet, so you can simply choose what you like. For allergics, if in doubts, please remind your case to tour leader in the restaurants, or ask staff about content of the dishes. 

 

What time are you coming back to Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on this same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible delays may cause you being late for your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know about it.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour needs to be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed for you. It is recommendable to book even earlier, if possible. Requests that we receive in less than 2 weeks in 80% of the cases are fine as well, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No, as in each tour there are more people. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please ask us regarding conditions.

 

What is the process of booking?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, 6 steps need to be done:

   a) you confirm the tour to us by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names.

    b) we send you an invoice

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour

    d) we issue the confirmation

    e) 2 weeks before starting date you pay the rest

    f) you show up for the tour on appointed date and time

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require 10% in the moment of reservation, and 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the trip

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. All our bank details are always on the invoice that you receive.

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we must charge 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (just front) to verify the ownership.

3) Western Union (normally for the short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently)

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing to transfer funds, paying very small commissions.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable.  The other 90% are fully refundable, if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (in case if you paid 100% right away at the time of reservations). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 2 weeks before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ‘’Prices’’.

 

Are the taxes included in your prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for Tourist Tax of Cataluña (region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro per person and per night.

 

Most of the multiday tours start and finish is in Madrid. But what are the options for a Day Tours and excursions in Madrid self, if we have few days in the Capital before or after multiday tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to surroundings, if you have time before or after your multiday tour. Please check our separate website for the options. If you start from Barcelona and have some free time there, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the information on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the visa requirements for Morocco you can find here. On all trips to Morocco you also need to make sure that your Schengen visa will allow you a multiply entrance to European Union as you must enter Spain once again.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we help our customers to get Visa, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit is paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, we write to Spanish Embassy/Consulate sealed and signed letter where we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid a tour with us. Please note, that we do not guarantee the issue of visa, neither can influence the process, - the decision is always up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country, - but we do everything that depends on us to help you.