Lisbon & Northern Spain with Madrid (ZOE) - 2016

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15 Day Tour from Lisbon to Madrid

Lisbon & Northern Spain with Madrid
Madrid at dusk
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal
Fatima, Portugal, is famous for the religious visions that took place there in 1917.
Jeronimos Monastery
Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year

Vacation Overview

Explore the coastline of Portugal and Northern Spain on this fascinating vacation. In Portugal, you'll overnight in Lisbon and Oporto, and enjoy guided sightseeing in both, including Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back to the 16th century, and the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city's most important gothic temple. Also visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, with pilgrims from all over the world.

In Spain, stay two nights in Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. Here, visit the cathedral where the relics of St. James the Apostle are held. You'll also overnight in Oviedo; San Sebastian, a popular resort with its picturesque location and harbor; Saragossa, where you'll visit the Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain's grandest squares; and Barcelona, where you'll stay two nights with guided sightseeing that includes a visit to Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's masterpiece.

On this Portugal and Northern Spain tour, Globus has also included some special experiences for you. For example, you'll enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cámara Santa de Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 802 that houses the chest reliquary and the Shroud of Orviedo. You’ll also walk along the street in Pamplona where the famous "running of the bulls" takes place followed by lunch with tapas and Rioja wine. These are just a couple of the unique experiences included on this vacation. From the historical sights and the popular resorts to the local food and drink specialties, this Portugal and Northern Spain tour has it all!

At the end of your tour, travel via AVE train to Madrid. Enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to the famous Prado Museum. All services in Madrid, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. A perfect way to end your vacation!

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DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal 

DAY 2Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Exciting optional excursions are available to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz, and dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (Breakfast)

Jeronimos Monastery 

DAY 3Lisbon–Fatima–Oporto

Start the day with a visit to the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima. Then, continue to Oporto, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Next, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite famous Sandeman & Co. PORT WINE CELLAR to taste the Port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (Breakfast)

The beautiful oceanside city of Oporto is considered Europes Capital of Culture The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens Alhambra at Sunset 


"Twice a year this small Portuguese town is overrun by pilgrims to celebrate reported sightings of the Virgin Mary in the early 20th century. They crowd a tiny shed like structure known as the Chapel of the Apparitions, where it is said Mary appeared to three devout children above a diminutive holm oak. Today, a small white column marks the spot where the tree once grew, but the passion exhibited by the pilgrims who approach the site walking on their knees in penance is quite remarkable. The apparitions were said to have predicted WWI and Russia’s separation from the church. To this day, Fatima is one of only a handful of Vatican-approved apparitions in the world."

DAY 4Oporto–Vigo, Spain–La Toja Island–Santiago de Compostela

Follow the coastline and enter Galicia. Stop in Vigo, built over a Roman settlement, see the remnants of the former city walls, and hear about its turbulent history. Continue to La Toja, a small island just off the shore, which has become a popular holiday resort. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a coffee at the Gran Hotel La Toja, a spa resort. The island is famous for its spring waters, discovered in the early 19th-century. Also admire the unusual church completely covered with seashells before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela. This evening, dinner has been prepared for you at one of the city’s fine local restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Santiago de Compostela is visited by over 100,000 pilgrims a year 

DAY 5Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is one of the most popular pilgrim destinations since the Middle Ages. For over a thousand years pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the CATHEDRAL, where the relics of St. James the Apostle, brother of St. John the Evangelist, are held. Afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast)


DAY 6Santiago de Compostela–Luarca–Oviedo

Along the Asturian coast is Luarca, a renowned quiet town of white houses. Time to join the locals in the taverns or to walk around the port. Then, enter España Verde (Green Spain) and arrive in Oviedo, capital of Asturias. Guided sightseeing features the CATHEDRAL OF SAN SALVADOR, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite an exclusive visit to the CÁMARA SANTA DE OVIEDO (holy chamber of Oviedo). Dating back to 802 AD, it houses the Arca Santa chest reliquary of the Sudarium of Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast)

The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 7Oviedo–Santillana Del Mar–Bilbao–San Sebastian

This morning, stop in picturesque Santillana del Mar, and walk through its cobblestone streets. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a visit to the nearby ALTAMIRA NEO CAVE, which offers an excellent insight of the upper Paleolithic cave paintings of the original cave, which was the first one where prehistoric cave paintings were discovered at the end of the 19th century. Continue to Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, and enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit to the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Arrive in Basque Country and lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.” (Breakfast)


DAY 8San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a popular resort that attracts tourists from everywhere—not just for its picturesque location and harbor, but also for the many festivals that are held here yearly, like the San Sebastian Film Festival. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Parte Viejo OLD QUARTER, then, time to try out the tasty pintxos snacks, which you will find in many bars. You may wish to join an optional excursion to the beautiful resort of Biarritz to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)


DAY 9San Sebastian–Pamplona–Saragossa

In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits you: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, and have lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant. Then, continue to Saragossa for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)


DAY 10Saragossa–Barcelona

This morning, visit PLAZA DEL PILAR, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to legends, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James. Then, continue to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the host of the Olympic Games in 1992. (Breakfast)

Plaza Del Pilar in Zaragoza The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 

DAY 11Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlight is a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, a special farewell dinner with wine has been prepared at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Columbus Monument 

DAY 12Barcelona–Madrid

Travel by high-speed AVE TRAIN (first class) to Madrid. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Madrid Madrid at dusk 

DAY 13Madrid

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Prado Museum. (Breakfast)

The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era 

DAY 14Madrid

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (Breakfast)


DAY 15Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach; high-speed first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch with wine in Pamplona; 3 three-course dinners with wine: a welcome dinner in Lisbon, a special dinner in Santiago, and a special farewell dinner in Barcelona

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Lisbon & Northern Spain with Madrid:

  • Historic Centre of Oporto
  • Monuments of Oviedo
  • Cave of Altamira
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • Sagrada Familia of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)