Lisbon & Northern Spain with Madrid (ZOE)

15 Day Tour from Lisbon to Madrid

2020 Tour Details

Explore the coastline of Portugal and Northern Spain on this fascinating vacation. In Portugal, overnight in Lisbon and Porto, and enjoy guided sightseeing in both cities, including a visit to Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, dating back to the 16th century, and in Porto, the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange, which was inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Also, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Fátima, a world-famous pilgrimage site.

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. Also overnight in Oviedo; San Sebastian, a popular resort with its picturesque location and harbor; Saragossa, where a visit of Plaza del Pilar, one of Spain's grandest squares is included; and Barcelona, for a two nights stay with guided sightseeing that features 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, enjoy a cider tasting at a traditional Sidreria in Oviedo. 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 high-speed 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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
PORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Port wine tasting at Sandeman & Co.
VIGO
Walking tour
LA TOJA ISLAND
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a coffee and the spectacular view at the Gran Hotel La Toja and admire the shell-covered church
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
LUARCA
Stop in this pretty fishing village with its white houses
OVIEDO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cider tasting
SANTANDER
Stop in the seaside resort
BILBAO
Guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum
SAN SEBASTIAN
Guided walking tour of the Old Quarter
PAMPLONA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant
SARAGOSSA
Visit Plaza de Pilar
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing; visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant
BARCELONA-MADRID
By high-speed AVE Train
MADRID
Guided sightseeing including the Prado Museum

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Barcelona program cannot be excluded.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Porto
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • Monuments of Oviedo
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
  • Works of Antoni Gaudi: Sagrada Familia

Transportation:

Motorcoach; high-speed, first-class AVE train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 tapas lunch in Pamplona; 4 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Santiago and Barcelona

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

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

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Day 2 LISBON

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, followed by a pleasant walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, and visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz, as well as dinner at a traditional taverna with Fado-style entertainment.

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Day 3 LISBON–FÁTIMA–PORTO

Visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY in Fátima, where Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Next is Porto, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, and the Church of São Francisco. Also visit the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A PORT WINE TASTING has been arranged at the famous Sandeman & Co. Port Wine Cellar to sample the delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

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Day 4 PORTO–VIGO, SPAIN–LA TOJA ISLAND–SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

A scenic drive along the coastline brings you to Galicia and to the city of Vigo, which was built over a Roman settlement. See the remnants of the former city walls, and hear about its turbulent history during your walking tour. Continue to La Toja, a small island just off the shore, which has become a popular holiday destination. Enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a coffee at the Gran Hotel La Toja. The island is famous for its spring waters, discovered in the early 19th century. Marvel at the unusual church that is completely covered with seashells before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Santiago de Compostela. This evening, dinner has been prepared at one of the city’s fine local restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km

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Day 5 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santiago de Compostela has been a 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. Later, an optional excursion is available to La Coruna.

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Day 6 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA–LUARCA–OVIEDO

Along the Asturian coast is Luarca, a renowned peaceful town of white houses. Time to wander around the port or to have a coffee in one of the many taverns. Enter España Verde (Green Spain) and arrive in Oviedo, capital of Asturias. Guided sightseeing features a visit of the CATHEDRAL OF SAN SALVADOR, where the Way of St. James began. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a traditional Sidreria for a CIDER TASTING.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

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Day 7 OVIEDO–SANTANDER–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN

After a stop in the seaside town of Santander, arrive in Bilbao, the great port city of the Basque region, and enjoy a special highlight: a guided visit of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, an amazing feat of construction created by North American architect Frank O. Gehry. Proceed to lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.”
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km

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Day 8 SAN SEBASTIAN

San Sebastian attracts tourists from everywhere—not just for its picturesque location and harbor, but also for the many festivals that are held here annually, like the San Sebastian Film Festival. Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour of the Parte Viejo OLD QUARTER, with time to try tasty pintxos snacks, which you will find in many bars. You may wish to join an optional excursion to the beautiful French resort of Biarritz.

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Day 9 SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA

In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a walk along the Calle Estafeta, where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place, and a lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant. Then, continue to Saragossa where you will visit PLAZA DEL PILAR, one of Spain’s grandest squares. Time to see the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, where, according to the legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km

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Day 10 SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA

Arrive in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Choose from a range of optional excursions to make the most of your stay.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

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Day 11 BARCELONA

A morning optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged. In the afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña, and Paseo de Gràcia. Highlights are a visit to the spectacular SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA, Gaudí’s masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions.

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Day 12 BARCELONA–MADRID

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

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Day 13 MADRID

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Prado Museum.

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Day 14 MADRID

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

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Day 15 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RUI VEIGA

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

I am passionate about the Iberian Peninsula, and I am privileged to have a life where I get to escort people through this wonderful region. Come and let me share this passion with you!

Tour Director - RUI VEIGA

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