Lisbon & Northern Spain (ZO)

12 Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona

2019 Tour Details

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 cities, including the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, dating back to the 16th century, and in Oporto, 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 pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917.

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 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 the spectacular Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's masterpiece that still is not finished to this day.

On this Portugal and Northern Spain tour, Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, in Oviedo, you'll enjoy a cider tasting at a traditional Sidreria. Or how about a wine tasting at a famous Port wine cellar in Oporto? These are just a couple of the special 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! You're sure to arrive home with many stories and photos to share.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
OPORTO
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

Headsets throughout the tour.

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 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 popular 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LISBON–FATIMA–OPORTO

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 OPORTO–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 resort. Enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. Marvel at 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 at one of the city’s fine local restaurants.

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Day 5 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santiago de Compostela has been 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. 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 quiet 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.

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Day 7 OVIEDO–SANTANDER–BILBAO–SAN SEBASTIAN

After a stop in the seaside resort of Santander, arrive in 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 lovely San Sebastian, the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast.”

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Day 8 SAN 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. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 SAN SEBASTIAN–PAMPLONA–SARAGOSSA

In Pamplona, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a special treat awaits: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 10 SARAGOSSA–BARCELONA

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

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Day 11 BARCELONA

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, Gaudi’s masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. Later, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, a special farewell dinner has been prepared at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions.

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Day 12 BARCELONA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is 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

 Accommodations

Lisbon
Oporto
Santiago de Compostela
Oviedo
San Sebastian
Saragossa
Barcelona

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Lisbon
Santiago de Compostela
San Sebastian
Barcelona

Lisbon

Fado Music and Dinner

Fado Music and Dinner

Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz

Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz

Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on day trip from Lisbon.

Price Range: $$

Santiago de Compostela

Excursion to La Coruna

Excursion to La Coruna

Nicknamed the Crystal City due to hundreds of glass balconies that line the buildings, La Coruna is just the place to find good food, fabulous beaches and a dash of culture. Enjoy the city's captivating history with a friendly local guide.

Price Range: $

San Sebastian

Excursion to Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz

Excursion to Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz

Cross the border to discover the French Basque region! Join your local guide for a walking tour of Biarritz, "The Beach of Kings", then continue on to Saint- Jean de Luz, the former Basque Corsairs' capital.

Price Range: $

Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

Don't miss out the experience of walking down the famous La Rambla to visit the Boqueria Market the oldest food-market in Spain, where the best "chefs" buy for their Michelin Restaurants and where you will enjoy one of the popular fresh fruit juices (included in the tour).

Price Range: $

Flamenco

Flamenco

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Discover Montserrat

Discover Montserrat

Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guest in a party: $2,760*
12 guest in a party: $1,150*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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