Statue of King Jose in Lisbon, Portugal

Splendors of Northern Spain and Lisbon Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Places Visited

Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, San Sebastian...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Savor the hills and valleys along with the grapevines and coastlines during your 12-day customizable Portugal and Northern Spain tour. Historical cities glisten with orange-tiled rooftops and cobblestone streets that beg you to wander. The spires of Sagrada Basilica in Barcelona soar as a hidden church chamber in Oviedo hides a chest of ancient treasures. You can linger in the majestic ambiance, the dramatic landscape, and inspiring culture.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the tomb of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama in the Jerónimos Monastery
  • Explore the historical streets and the vibrant culture of Lisbon on a full day tour of the former capital of the seafaring country
  • Visit an old port wine cellar in the Portuguese city of Oporto, known for the grapes produced along its Douro Valley
  • Visit the 9th-century Arca Santa chest inside a hidden reliquary in a chapel in Oviedo
  • Discover the splendor and majesty of Santiago de Compostela, Spain during a visit to the Cathedral that millions of pilgrims visit each year
  • Linger in the restorative waters of an ancient natural spring inside a 19th- century spa with modern amenities in La Toja, Spain
  • Bask in the seductive cuisine and along the charming beaches of San Sebastian
  • Traverse the wonders of Barcelona on a full day guided tour through the Gothic Quarter and the iconic Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Pamplona while following the path runners take during the Running of the Bulls before sampling the enticing Rioja wines
  • Delight in a scenic drive along the Asturian coast to view the gorgeous waters, the dramatic shores, and the verdant hillsides
  • Engage with the captivating history found inside the Altamira Neo Cave, home to stunning Paleolithic cave paintings dating back more than 14,000 years

Detailed Description

Follow in the footsteps of history to indulge in the joys of many distinctive cultures during your 12-day tour of the highlights of Portugal and Northern Spain. Your journey will begin in Portugal with your arrival at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport. Your private transfer will escort you to your gorgeous hotel at the heart of the historical city that offers your connection to the past garnished with contemporary luxuries. The remainder of your arrival day will be yours to get acquainted with the city of Lisbon at your leisure. Wake the next morning and your guide will meet you at your hotel eager to lead you on a fabulous tour of Lisbon to travel the gilded features of the main squares, the cobblestone alleys, and the stunning avenues. You will also visit Jerónimos Monastery, which houses the tomb of Vasco de Gama before making an excursion to the royal palace of Queluz.

Your private transfer will meet you the next morning ready to escort you to the city of Oporto. En route, you will visit the city of Fatima to see the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to the banks of the Douro River to explore old Oporto and sample the flavors of port in a wine cellar dedicated to the famous Portuguese export. The following day, you will leave Portugal behind and cross into Spain to traverse the ancient history of Vigo. Once on the gorgeous island of La Toja, you can relax with a spa treatment inside the famous vintage resort before continuing onward to Santiago de Compostela. Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel the next day to discover the majesty of Santiago de Compostela. Traverse the galleries of the Cathedral to view relics of St. James, and then venture to Coruña for an excursion to the intriguing city.

The next day, you will enjoy your scenic drive along the Asturian coast to reach the white houses of Luarca and the green hills that encircle the provincial capital of Oviedo. Traverse the old streets of the city and view Cathedral of San Salvador and the secluded Arca Santa reliquary. Continue that next day as you travel to Santillana del Mar to enjoy the enchanting preservation of the 15th-century ambiance. Wander amongst the Altamira Neo Cave en route to Bilbao where you can visit the Guggenheim Museum or walk along the streets of the port before settling along the shores of San Sebastian. The next day is at your leisure to marvel at the city on the sand. Linger in the Old Quarter or bask in the sunlight on the soft golden sand. You could also indulge in a food tour to experience the celebrated flavors of the culturally vibrant city.

Move out the next morning for the cobbled streets and hills of Pamplona. Sample a selection of special Rioja wines with lunch and discover the spirit at the heart of the Festival de San Fermin en route to the bustling city of Saragossa. The next morning, your guide will lead you on an engaging tour of Saragossa to take in the Plaza del Pilar and the Basilica. In the afternoon, you will make your way to Barcelona to relish the unparalleled ambiance of the Mediterranean city. The following day, your guide will take you on a private tour of the famous city and lead you along La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter, Sagrada Familia Basilica and the walkways of Park Guëll. Conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel and escort you to Barcelona-El Prat Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,427 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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