Explore Spain & Portugal’s hidden gems. The perfect mix of culture, gastronomy, nature, and history. You’ll visit not only Barcelona and Lisbon but you’ll travel north of Spain and Portugal, and discover the culinary scene of the Basque Country.  You will finish your trip in the magical country of Portugal. This is an experience that you will never forget.

  • Finish the day sailing on a cruise in Barcelona
  • Try the real tapas in the north of Spain
  • Fall in love with Galicia’s forests
  • Learn about the making of Porto wine
  • Visit Lisbon on a Classic car
Trip Overview
  • Category
    Cultural
  • Days
    18
  • Nights
    17
  • Accommodation
    Boutique hotels
  • Transportation
    Train & private car
  • FROM $4.995

Day 1

Barcelona

Barcelona Food Tour

Your tour will start off in Barcelona. You are met at the airport for transfer to your hotel.

Later in the day, you will get your first taste of Catalan cuisine on a Barcelona tapas crawl, led by a passionate foodie. You’ll visit the most authentic gems in the off-the-beaten-track Sant Antoni neighborhood, and pop in and out of the busy bars just like the locals do. By the end of the night, you’ll know exactly what it means to do tapas like a local, and why tapas culture can’t exist outside of Spain (so you’ll have to come back!)

Day 2

Barcelona

Barcelona Bike Guided Visit

After breakfast, you’ll be embarking on a guided bicycle tour of Barcelona (you can also do a guided walking visit). This three-hour tour passes through historic and popular neighborhoods like the medieval Gothic Quarter and trendy Raval and El Born, Along the way your guide will point out historic highlights, including Roman ruins, the grand Plaça Reial, and the Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, which dates to the 13th century.

But the tour doesn’t end here. You’ll cycle from the Gothic Quarter through Ciutadella Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city, all the way to Barceloneta Beach. This is Barcelona’s main urban beach, and it’s always a hub of activity, lined as it is with cafés, beaches, bars, and discos. Riding along the promenade fronting the water is the perfect way to cap your cycling tour of Barcelona’s most famous areas.

After the cycling tour, you’ll return to the hotel and relax.

Optional activity:

Later in the afternoon, you can opt to embark aboard a chartered sailboat.  There is a two-hour excursion that sails just outside Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast while enjoying panoramic views of the city’s skyline. After relaxing on the boat for a couple of hours, you would return to dry land and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Day 3

Barcelona

Today you can explore Barcelona on your own, visiting one of the many museums or opt for one of the several day trips – you can choose between mountains, beaches and pretty little towns, all just a short ride away. You can also learn about Spanish cuisine in a Cooking Class!

  • Girona’s old town is a tight huddle of ancient arcaded houses, grand churches and sloped cobbled streets, with the grand cathedral looming over it. Until the virtual expulsion of the Jews in 1492, Girona was home to a huge Jewish community and the Museu d’Història dels Jueus de Girona tells their story. For a different slice of history, the 12th-century Banys Àrabs (‘Arab Baths’) are also worth a visit, as is the pretty, Romanesque Monestir de Sant Pere de Galligants.
  • Figueres has some handsome Modernista architecture, a sprawling 18th-century castle (Castell de Sant Ferran), and a delightful little toy museum, the Museu del Joguet, but it is best known for the Teatre-Museu Dalí.
  • The mountain of Montserrat is Catalunya’s holiest site, the monastery of the same name. The views are spectacular – take walking shoes – and season permitting, you might be able to catch a choir performance inside the basilica. Afterward, ride the funiculars, or else take a walk down to the Santa Cova.
  • The pretty, whitewashed town of Sitges is perfect for seafront promenading and sun-worshipping, so in warmer weather, you’ll find the most central beaches quite crowded. Luckily, there are quite a few to choose from, so pick your spot for a morning of sunbathing (or skinny dipping off the nudist beach) before choosing a seafood restaurant nearby.

Day 4

Barcelona to San Sebastián

Cider Experience

Take the train to San Sebastian. Sit back and enjoy the scenery for the journey to the Basque Country.

In the evening, you have a special cider experience. Cider holds a prized spot in any Basque’s glass, and an annual visit to the cider house is a sacred ritual. Experience this incredibly unique yearly local rite of passage with one of our guides in this tour, perfect for groups and friends.

You visit an authentic cider house, whose walls are lined with barrels of freshly fermented cider, waiting to be tapped whenever thirst strikes. You will feast family-style on chorizo a la Sidra, a Spanish omelette with salt cod, cod with sweet peppers and onions, and txuleta (grilled bone-in prime rib cooked over an open fire). Dessert is local sheep’s cheese with walnuts and membrillo. The meal is always punctuated with laughs and unlimited visits to the cider barrels.

Day 5

San Sebastián

A day to explore the city on your own or decide to do one of the optional day trips:

  • Day trip to Getaria a half-hour down the coast from San Sebastián is a beautiful village rich in food culture and history. Its name is Getaria, and after breakfast, you’ll transfer here and join our local foodie guide. He or she will lead you on an exploration of this town, which is deservedly famous for winemaking and delicious seafood. You’ll travel around the region’s countryside as your guide reveals more insight into the roots of Basque cuisine. Capping the day will be a stop in the postcard surfer village of Zarautz, where you’ll take a mini-tour of the local food scene, indulging in more pintxos and toasting new friends with glass after glass of regional wine.
  • Day trip to Hondarribia & Pasai Donibane, on this private tour, we would like to give you the opportunity to visit a Txakolli winery and visit the streets of the beautiful city of Hondarribia as well as Pasai Donibane

In the evening, your rental car will be delivered to your hotel.

Day 6

San Sebastián to Bilbao

Bilbao Guided Visit

Transfer by car to Bilbao. Travel time: 1 hour. You will be met by our local guide to get to know Bilbao. Staggering architecture, a venerable dining scene, and stunning landscapes just outside the city center.

Basque culture takes on many forms in this thriving waterfront city. Evocative museums like the Euskal Museoa and the Arkeologi Museo provide a glimpse into centuries past, with their collections of ancient Basque carvings, Middle Age treasures and everyday implements of the mariners, artisans and landowners of this age-old people.

After your city tour, you can visit on your own the icon of Bilbao, shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. Is one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings.

In the evening, immerse yourself in the heart of the pintxo tradition. Visit traditional haunts where classic pintxos reign and sample cutting-edge, bohemian establishments where innovative chefs impress daily.  It’s not all about the pintxo though, as it would be sacrilege not to help your pintxo with some local drop; Txakoli, Cider or our Rioja reds and whites.

Day 7

Bilbao

Museo Guggenheim Visit & Plentzia Wine Experience

Today can visit the icon of Bilbao, shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. It is one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings. It played a major role in helping to lift Bilbao out of its post-industrial depression and into the 21st century – and with sensation. It sparked the city’s inspired regeneration, stimulated further development and placed Bilbao firmly in the international art and tourism spotlight.

In the afternoon, you will head north to Plentzia, where you will visit the world’s first undersea winery. You visit the laboratory, learn all about the innovative project and taste some of their products along with local pintxos. Once the visit has finished, you will head back to Bilbao to enjoy the city at night.

Day 8

Bilbao to Oviedo

Today you drive to Oviedo. Travel time: 3 hours

In route, you can make stops at the Altamira Caves: Spain’s finest prehistoric art, the wonderful paintings of bison, horses, deer, and other animals. These magical carbon-and-ochre illustrations are particularly special for depicting completely colored-in beasts, rather than animal outlines (as in other Cantabrian caves).

You can also stop in Santillana del Mar for lunch: Santillana is the town of the three lies: not holy (santi), flat (llana) or by the sea (del mar). This medieval jewel is in such a perfect state of preservation, with its bright cobbled streets, flower-filled balconies and huddle of tanned stone and brick buildings – it’s a film set, surely? Well, no. People still live here, passing their grand precious houses down from generation to generation.

After lunch, continue to Oviedo.

In the afternoon, enjoy a self-guided tour of the historic center of Oviedo.

Day 9

Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Today you drive to Santiago de Compostela. Travel time: 3 hours

En route there are several interesting places to stop for lunch and explore before arriving to Santiago de Compostela.

In the evening, enjoy your first taste of Galicia cuisine.

Day 10

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Guided Visit

Today, you will be met at the hotel by a local guide for your visit to Santiago de Compostela. There is much more to Santiago then just the cathedral: you will visit Santiago’s Old Medieval Town with its impressive Baroque buildings in granite, the grandiose 12th-century Romanesque Cathedral, its 18th century lively market of Abastos and medieval frame to discover all the treasures this wonderful city.

The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

You can opt to visit the natural hot springs of Muíño da Veiga or Outariz y Burga de Canedo.

Day 11

Explore the Galician countryside

Today opt for an excursion outside the city to experience the Galician countryside.

  • A Wine-Lover’s Paradise. The seaside resort of Cambados (45 minutes) is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Galicia. If you love wine, then this picturesque village is a must as it’s known as the capital of Albariño wine. Albariño is a delicious white grape variety grown in Galicia.
  • Cambados is also the starting point of the Ruta del Vino, or wine route, which covers 22 wineries that are part of the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas. The Denomination of Origin is a seal that ensures the quality and origin of the product. Visit during the first weekend of August and participate in the Albariño festival!
  • The City of the Celts. A Coruña is a city of many faces; culture, beaches, history and sports live side by side. These elements make it one of the most interesting day trips from Santiago. One of its fascinating facets is its past as the roaming ground of the Celtic king Breogan. Take a trip to the Torre de Hércules or Hercules Tower to see the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world, which is still in service today. Built in the second century, legend has it that Breogan and his sons saw Ireland from this very same tower and decided to conquer it. They eventually did, which has led historians to believe that there might be a genetic connection between the Galicians and the people of the British Isles!
  • A Roman-Walled Foodie Haven. Lugo is a fascinating and interesting city for history buffs and gastronomes. Get a bird’s eye view of Lugo’shistoric city center by walking on top of the impressive Roman walls all the way around the city! The city is famous for its tapas that come free with any drinks you order. Don’t miss the Praza do Campo square and the streets surrounding it for fantastic tapas dishes. Definitely, a fun way to spend an evening in this atmospheric city!
  • The Galician Caribbean. Though the view of the Cíes Islands may convince you that you’ve somehow ended up in the Caribbean, a quick dip in the refreshing water will remind you that you’re still in northern Spain! These amazing views are just 9 miles (15 km) from Vigo’s coast, and Vigo is about an hour’s drive from Santiago. Go for a hike and bird-watch, or just swim and relax all day at Rodas beach. Only 2,200 visitors are allowed to travel to this paradise daily, so make your boat reservation in advance!

Day 12

Santiago de Compostela to Porto, Portugal

Today, you leave the car rental behind. You are picked up for a private transfer to Porto, Portugal. Travel time. 2,30 hours.

In route, you make a stop in Viana do Castelo, the jewel of the Costa Verde, Viana do Castelo is blessed with an appealing medieval center, an attractive riverfront, and lovely beaches just outside the city. The old quarter showcases leafy 19th-century boulevards and narrow lanes crowded with Manueline manors and rococo palaces, all dramatically presided over by the pearly white, neo-Byzantine Santa Luzia church on the hilltop high above the town. The town’s setting just by the Rio Lima estuary makes Viana a handy base for exploring the lower Lima valley.

A self-guide visit to this fantastic seaside town, time for lunch before continuing to Porto.

Day 13

Porto

Porto Guided Visit

Today head out to start your half-day excursion in Porto. This excursion will lead you through the most important landmarks of Portugal’s second most populous city. Settled by Romans, this is an emblematic city known for its delicious Port wine, medieval townhouses stack up beside the beautiful Douro River and churches wearing their blue-and-white “azulejo” tiles.

And after a visit to the imposing Cathedral with its superb silver altarpiece, we will be able to enjoy the riverbanks of the immense Douro River, its Ribeira plaza and the D. Luís Bridge.

In the afternoon, be sure and visit one of the famous port houses in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Optional activities:

  • Visit Porto on a Vintage Car! This glamorous 03h00 circuit – half walking, half with a vintage car – it´s one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences that you can encounter in Porto city.
  • Porto Cooking Class: your three-hour hands-on workshop introduces you to the flavors of traditional cuisine, along with the techniques used to cook them up. After, you’ll sit down to the dinner you’ve prepared, paired with dynamic local wines and spirits.

Day 14

Excursion to Duoro Valley

Today you will be picked up at your hotel for this full day excursion to discover Douro Valley and national cuisine at the highest level! Having lunch “on” the Douro river, it will be the perfect combination of landscape, river, wines and signature cuisine of Chef Rui Paula from DOC Restaurant: a unique moment in life!!! You will also have the opportunity to walk through the stunning grounds of one of the many terraced “Quintas” of the Douro and taste their extraordinary wine.

After you excursion this World Heritage site, you will return to your hotel in Porto.

Day 15

Porto to Lisbon

Today you will be picked up at your hotel for the transfer by car. In route, you will make a stop in Coimbra. Travel time: 3 hours.

Coimbra is the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years, and site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, Coimbra wears its weighty importance in Portuguese history with dignity. Its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondego: it’s a multicolored collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium.

After lunch, continue to Lisbon and have dinner at one of the best places to have Fado Dinner in Lisbon!

Day 16

Lisbon

Lisbon Guided Visit

Today, you will discover Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city that was built on seven hills, located near the meeting point of the Tagus River with the ocean. It is the only European capital with sunsets on the sea, so close to golden beaches, with a captivating mild climate even in winter, when most other European cities are freezing. A charming and friendly city, with a cosmopolitan population, World Heritage monuments, impressive museums. A place where every corner breathes history, culture, and art.

Optional activities: 

  • Visiting Lisbon on a Sidecar or driving a GoCar
  • Guided visit to Lisbon kids friendly

Day 17

Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

The surroundings of Lisbon offer an incredible variety of attractions, from fairytale places to romantic towns and breathtaking viewpoints.

You will head to romantic Sintra. This village is a harmonic combination of History and fantasy and it was described as a “glorious Eden” by the British poet Lord Byron, in the 18th century. Stroll through its medieval streets and admire the special handicraft. You will have free time to explore this marvelous village and our friendly driver/guide can recommend you some imposing monuments and wonderful palaces that worth a visit. Free time for lunch.

The next stop will be the Roca Cape, the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal, where the land ends and the sea begins. With an impressive view over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the crashing waves make this place even more gorgeous. And on our return to Lisbon, you will appreciate the fishing harbor and the center of Cascais, the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and nowadays an excellent place for surfing, and the famous Estoril, known for its Casino, the largest in Europe, with attractive gardens.

After the excursion, you will return to Lisbon.

Day 18

Lisbon Depart

Time to say goodbye to Lisbon, transfer to the airport. Tchau Portugal!

NORTHERN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL MAP

NORTHERN SPAIN & PORTUGAL MAP
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Alfama Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal Skyline at Night

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