PS2 Northern Spain & Portugal Tour
Port Wine region, the Douro Valley; Lisbon: Colonial elegance; Santiago de Compostela: Place of Pilgrimage; Bilbao's Guggenheim; Comprehensive Barcelona city tour; Arab, Jewish, Christian, Roman, Visigothic legacies
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 11 Sep 2019||Thu 26 Sep 2019||$5000 USD||Last-minute Availability|
|Wed 06 May 2020||Thu 21 May 2020||$5000 USD|
|Wed 01 Jul 2020||Thu 16 Jul 2020||$5000 USD|
|Wed 09 Sep 2020||Thu 24 Sep 2020||$5000 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $1070 USD (number of singles limited).
Across the sun-drenched Iberian Peninsula are two countries with a soul and history that go hand in hand.
Our Northern Spain and Portugal tours span the many cultures that have thrived in these two countries, from before the Moors' arrival in 711 AD to well after the Golden Age of Discovery that saw these two empires emerge on a world stage.
It is a culture-rich region, where around every corner is a reminder of the vast wealth and incredible charms that have been born here.
Far more than just a destination for port wine in the Douro Valley, Portugal is a land that has a varied landscape and an abundance of culture that far out numbers its small land size.
Within the compact borders are medieval castles and stately palaces as well as an inconceivable amount of churches and monasteries. In the tiny town of Braga, over 300 churches have been erected, making this the religious centre of Portugal with more churches per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Strolls along the old cobblestone streets, like that of the flower filled alleys in Urgencia or among the sounds of Fado that echo from the restaurants that line the hilly Alfama district in Lisbon, are a photographer's and traveller's dream.
Everyday life is filled with old-world wonders, from the intricate old city quarters to the small, serene fishing villages lining the Atlantic.
With all its beauty, it's hard to imagine how the sailors must have felt as they pulled anchor and set sail away from the Manueline architecture buildings of Jeronimos Monastery or Belem Tour in Lisbon.
From Brazil in the Americas to Macau in Asia and much of Africa in between, the Portuguese left their mark in the world and in their museums have many of the spoils from their colonization.
Another super power in maritime exploration, Spain has a culture that can be sampled in tapas or in their vibrant city centres across the nation.
While our journey begins at the end of the line on a spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, it is only the beginning of impressive cathedrals we'll discover on our Spain and Portugal tours.
From the Romanesque churches of Leon to the unique La Sagrada Familia of Barcelona, each is unique and offers an insight into the artistic flavour of the time.
Arts still play a dominant role in displaying the Spanish brilliance. One of the world's most wonderful collections is found at the Prado in Madrid, while a visit to the masterpiece of engineering and design at the Guggenheim in Bilbao is also a must.
For those who love the living arts, witness a dance with as much passion as the people themselves, the Flamenco, while we visit the south of Spain.
Mealtimes are always a pleasure on our Spain and Portugal tours. From the delicious vinho to the tasty tapas, we dine in local establishments to better discover the diversity found in Iberia.
For those who love culture and history by experiencing the traditions still in place in locations fit for royalty, Spain and Portugal tours are definitely the perfect travel choice.
Dara L. (Nepean, ON, CA)
Portugal and Spain was our 3rd Adventures Abroad tour. I first heard of the company when googling trips to Switzerland and the National Geographic claimed Adventures Abroad was an excellent small group tour company. I would agree wholeheartedly! Obidos was a beautiful quaint village. In Santiago de Compostela, we especially loved the extensive guided Cathedral roofs tour. Bilbao was gorgeous, from the quaint old town to the White Bridge to the magnificent Guggenheim museum. The Altamira museum was very interesting along with the Picasso museum in Barcelona. The buses were comfortable, very roomy and in very good condition. Our single train ride was comfortable and followed schedule. Our flight was an efficient way to get to Barcelona. We had the perfect tour leader, a true natural! He took his job seriously and yet was able to maintain a light-hearted banter with the group. He had a way of making us feel comfortable right from the get-go, allowing us to approach him whenever needed. We found the breakfasts were phenomenal, outdoing any hotel breakfasts we had experienced in the past. I think it is a toss-up on an Adventures Abroad Tour as to what I love the most...the sights or the fellow travellers. I am always in awe of the type of adventurer your tours attract, namely open-minded, knowledge-seeking, enthusiastic individuals!
Myra L. (Toronto, ON, CA)
I enjoyed Lisbon, Obidos, Nazare-very good Coimbra-excellent, Douro Valley, Porto, Braga, Guimaraes-excellent local guide. Good transportation. The food surpassed my expectations-very interesting restaurants, excellent meals showing the variety of what the country offers. Chris, our tour leader, was always there for you, helpful, service with a smile! No matter what the question was he was there for you. I.E.-helping me at the ATM. Everything was always explained in detail. Obviously my impression is good otherwise I would not have taken so many trips with you.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Sana Lisboa Hotel
A 2-minute walk from the nearest metro station, this downtown, modern hotel is 4 km from both Jardim Zoológico de ... and Targus River.
The airy, upscale rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minibars and city views.
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Hotel Eurostars das Artes
For people who love art. For people with a feeling for the Douro. For people who appreciate a good port ... and know how to enjoy it with the necessary calm. For these people we have opened the doors of the Eurostars Das Artes, the essence of which is to be found in the art exuded by the grand capital of the Douro.
The Eurostars Das Artes Hotel, set in the very centre of Oporto, comprises two buildings, one historical and the other modern, with a sky-blue tiled façade welcoming its guests. Location: Porto
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Location: Santiago de Compostela
This cozy hotel is situated in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, near the railway station and just 10 km ... the airport. An ideal base from which to tour the splendid historical and cultural features of the city. The hotel boasts 138 fully-equipped rooms with heating, telephone, television and satellite TV.
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Ilunion Auditori Hotel
The Ilunion Auditori is a modern property boasting an unbeatable location right in the centre of Barcelona. Among features, guests ... find comfortable and elegantly-appointed accommodations, a bar, a pool bar and a restaurant. Sport lovers can also avail of the outdoor swimming pool and the gym to do a bit of exercise.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall the most popular of which are spring and fall when temperatures are milder and crowds thinner. Spring is also popular for green landscapes. Showers are possible in spring, unlikely in summer, and possible in fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. Train journeys are comfortable (2nd class). Roads are in good condition though winding on some stretches.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is not likely-you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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