12-Day Spain Tour: Northern Spain and Galicia from Barcelona

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Depart from Barcelona in this 12-day tour with an air conditioned deluxe coach to enjoy an intense itinerary through the north of the Iberian Peninsula: Spain and Portugal. Enjoy panoramic sightseeing tours of San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña and guided tour in Santiago de Compostela, the tour escort will be glad to help you in any way you need. Ready to come abroad?
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Barcelona

Stop At: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Meet and greet at the airport
Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel

Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Superior hotel: Catalonia Barcelona 505
Superior plus hotel: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

Day 2: Barcelona

Stop At: Barcelona City Centre, Carrer de Balmes, 60, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Call on Julia Travel bus terminal (Balmes, 5) at 08:00 for a morning Highlights city tour of Barcelona. Half-day sightseeing tour around Barcelona that will allow you to discover the history of the city while visiting some of the most important places in a comfortable and easy way. The first part of the visit consists in a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest...
Itinerary

Day 1: Barcelona

Stop At: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Meet and greet at the airport
Take a transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel

Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Superior hotel: Catalonia Barcelona 505
Superior plus hotel: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

Day 2: Barcelona

Stop At: Barcelona City Centre, Carrer de Balmes, 60, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Call on Julia Travel bus terminal (Balmes, 5) at 08:00 for a morning Highlights city tour of Barcelona. Half-day sightseeing tour around Barcelona that will allow you to discover the history of the city while visiting some of the most important places in a comfortable and easy way. The first part of the visit consists in a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. During this early visit we will see Las Ramblas, de Cathedral Square, The Cathedral (free time to visit the Cathedral by yourself), the Old Jewish Quarter, among other interesting places. Later we will take our bus to start with a panoramic tour around the rest of the city. We will pass through the elegant Passeig de Gràcia Street, where there are located two of the most important Gaudi’s buildings (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”), the Triumph Arc, the Olympic Village and the Olympic Port. For the next part of the visit we will access to the Montjuic Mountain. This is an important place because was the main scenery of the Olympic Games in the 1992. We will see the Olympic stadium from the bus and later we will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the city riding the aerial tramway (subject to the weather conditions). For the next part we will go to the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) that consist in a synthesis of all the cultural variety in Spain. During the visit you will be given some free time to enjoy the different areas inspired in different Spanish regions, where you will find craft shops restaurants and bars. At the end, back to the bus, we will leave Montjuic and come back to the city centre passing through España square, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC and the Shopping centre Las Arenas, build in an old bullring. We will arrive to Catalunya square, and we will end up the tour.
Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings.


Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Superior hotel: Catalonia Barcelona 505
Superior plus hotel: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza

Day 3: Barcelona - Zaragoza - San Sebastian

Stop At: Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Province of Zaragoza, Aragon
Transfer to Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by AVE, high speed train to Zaragoza. Free time in Zaragoza.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: La Concha Beach, De la Concha Ibilbidea, San Sebastian - Donostia Spain
In the afternoon, we will continue to San Sebastian, it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Palacio de Aiete

Day 4: San Sebastian - Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander

Stop At: Monte Igueldo, Plaza del Funicular, 4, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia Spain
We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Abandoibarra Et. 2, 48001 Bilbao Spain
Panoramic driver in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern architectural building.

Stop At: Castro Urdiales, Castro Urdiales, Cantabria
Free time in the old fishing village of "Castro Urdiales".
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Santander, Santander, Cantabria
Departure to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free time to stroll through this elegant city.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Santemar

Day 5: Santander - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo

Stop At: Santillana del Mar, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
Departure to Santillana, it’s one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Santa Cueva de Covadonga, Lugar Covadonga, 33589 Covadonga, Cangas de Onis Spain
Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see the patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias
In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre Romanic asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of their streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic asturian architecture.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Ayre Hotel Ramiro I / Oca Santo Domingo Plaza

Day 6: Oviedo - Lugo - A Coruña

Stop At: Lugo, Lugo, Province of Lugo, Galicia
Arrive to Lugo. Free time to be able to contemplate the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared Patrimony of the Humanity.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: La Coruna, La Coruna, Province of A Coruna, Galicia
Continuation to La Coruña. Brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house galleries. Brief stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tryp Coruña

Day 7: La Coruña - Santiago de Compostela

Stop At: Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Province of A Coruna, Galicia
Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. City tour where we will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tryp Santiago

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela - Rias Bajas - La Toja - Vigo

Stop At: Rías Baixas, Spain
Spanish Fjords
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Isla de la Toja, Isla de la Toja, O Grove, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia
La Toja Island
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vigo, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia
Free time and continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tryp Los Galeones

Day 9: Vigo - Viana do Castelo - Braga

Stop At: Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo District, Northern Portugal
Free time in Viana do Castelo.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Porto, Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal
Short stop in Porto and continue to Braga.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Melia Braga

Day 10: Braga - Salamanca - Madrid

Stop At: Salamanca, Salamanca, Province of Salamanca, Castile and Leon
Short stop and free time in this University City (World Heritage) of great architectural and artistic wealth
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Madrid, Madrid
Accomodation in Madrid.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Superior hotel: Tryp Atocha
Superior plus hotel: Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España

Day 11: Madrid

Stop At: Madrid, Madrid
Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to explore the wonders that the city has to offer.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Superior hotel: Tryp Atocha
Superior plus hotel: Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España

Day 12: Madrid

Stop At: Barajas Airport, Barajas Airport, Madrid
Transfer to Madrid’s airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • Panoramic sightseeing tours of San Sebastian, Bilbao and La Coruña.
  • High speed AVE train Barcelona-Zaragoza (tourist class)
  • Transfer from station to city center in Zaragoza.
  • 11x Breakfast
  • 11 nights accommodation at superior class hotels.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Guided city tour of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tour escort during the tour.
Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Estació de Sants, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
7:00 AM
Return Details
Madrid, Spain
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There is no bathroom on the coach.
  • Prices for 1, 2 and 3 people are for a single, double and triple rooms respectively.
  • Hotel grades in Spain differ to those used in other Western countries, but typically 'superior-grade' hotels are of a 4-star standard.
  • Maximum of 3 people per room.
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase.
  • Minimum 2 people per departure is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Customer Reviews

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/5
Based on 1 review

Reviewed: July 11, 2018

Maria Jesus H

The tour was okay; what made it better were the ideas for extra curriculum activities suggested by Felipe, our guide, not part of the official program, like the mussels in Bayona and the bodega on Oporto.