Northern Spain & Portugal

18 Days / Nights

Northern Spain & Portugal

Northern Spain & Portugal

18 Days / 17 Nights

Northern Spain & Portugal map

Explore the wildest landscapes of Spain & Portugal in this 18-day trip plan through the northern regions of Spain & Portugal. Explore Barcelona, the Basque Country, Picos de Europa National Park and Galicia. Try the real tapas in the north of Spain or learn about the making process of Porto wine on this epic adventure. Discover the breathtaking north landscapes of both countries on this perfect mix of culture, gastronomy, nature, and history trip plan.

Suggested itinerary

Day one: Barcelona Gastronomic Experience

The adventure kicks off at an old bodega turned tapas bar, where things have hardly changed since the 1930s. With a glass of the city’s favorite aperitif—sweet vermouth—in hand, you’ll enjoy tasting locally cured meats, cheeses, olives, and other Spanish delicacies.

  • Private Guided City Visit
  • Sunset Cruise Experience
  • La Sagrada Familia Guided Visit
  • Barcelona Boqueria Market Guided Visit

Day two: Biking Guided Visit – Gaudi City Tour

Your private guide will take you on a whirlwind panoramic tour of this wonderful city by bike. This is a great way to get some exercise while learning your way around Barcelona’s historic streets. In the afternoon you will visit La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell accompanied by your local guide. 

  • Barcelona Architecture City Tour
  • Barcelona Cooking Class
  • Guided Gothic Quarter Tour: Ascend Mt. Tibidabo
  • Barcelona Wine Experience

Day three: Explore 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!

  • Day Trip to Montserrat & Wine Tour
  • Monumental Catalonia Tour - Tarragona
  • A Day With Salvador Dali: Figueras
  • Costa Brava Hike and Beach Day

Day four: Train to San Sebastián

Take the train to San Sebastian. Sit back and enjoy the scenery for the journey to the Basque Country. In the evening, you will visit an authentic cider house, whose walls are lined with barrels of freshly fermented cider, waiting to be tapped whenever thirst strikes.

  • San Sebastián Gastronomic Guided Visit
  • Winery visit Plentzia, the World's first Underwater Winery
  • Guided City Tour - Electric Bike
  • Culinary Experience at a Gastronomic Society

Day five: Day Trip to Hondarribia & Pasai Donibane

Your private local guide will show you the beauty of this region. You will visit a Txakolli winery and explore the streets of the beautiful cities of Hondarribia and  Pasai Donibane.

  • Day Trip to Getaria
  • Dine at Micheline Star Restaurants
  • Cheese and Wine Experience
  • Hot air Balloon Ride

Day six: Pick Up Rental Car - Guided Visit Bilbao

Drive to the imposing city of Bilbao, where you will explore the city with an expert guide on a gastronomic experience. This tour combines the culinary offerings of the Spanish Basque Country with the highlights of Bilbao. The old town is also the best place to enjoy local cuisine.

  • GoKart Guided Ctiy Tour
  • Bilbao Cooking Class Experience
  • Bike City tour of Bilbao
  • Surf Day Excursion

Day seven: Visit of The Guggenheim Museum - Visit an underwater winery

Today, you will visit the icon of Bilbao the shiny titanium Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It is one of the most emblematic buildings of modern architecture. In the afternoon, your guide will take you north to Plentzia, where you will visit the world’s first underwater winery.

  • Padelsurf River Experience
  • Kayak Adventure
  • The Art of Txakoli Tour: A Basque White Wine Experience
  • Day Trip to Vitoria

Day eight: Oviedo - Altamira Caves

Drive to Oviedo, on your way stop at the Altamira Caves: Spain’s finest prehistoric art, the wonderful paintings of bison, horses, deer, and other animals. You can also stop in Santillana del Mar for lunch before arriving to Oviedo.

  • Guided Visit of Oviedo
  • Cheese and Cider tour
  • Adventure Day in Picos de Europa
  • Guided Visit of the Archeology Museum

Day nine: Drive to Santiago de Compostela

Today you will drive to Santiago de Compostela, 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.

  • Guided Visist Santiago de Compostela
  • Excursion to Finisterre & Costa da Morte: the End of the World
  • River Cruise in the Rias Baixas
  • Food Tour Santiago de Compostela

Day ten: Santiago de Compostela Guided Visit

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.

  • Relax at Muíño da Veiga Natural Hot Springs
  • Legends of Santiago Guided Visit
  • Day Trip to Lugo and the Catedrales beach
  • Gastronomic Experience: How to make Queimada

Day eleven: Explore the Galician Countryside

Today opt for an excursion outside the city to experience the Galician countryside. Visit the wine region in the seaside of Cambados, discover A Coruña, Lugo or Pontevedra amog many others.

  • Hiking Adventure
  • Surf Class in Razo
  • Day trip to Ribadavia and Winery Visit
  • Galician Caribbean: the Cíes Islands 

Day twelve: Welcome to Portugal - Drive to Porto

On route, 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. Finish the day in Porto.

  • Porto Gastronomic Experience
  • Vintage Car Porto Tour & Porto Wine Tasting
  • Cooking Class in Porto
  • Porto River Cruise

Day thirteen: Visit Porto with a Local

This guided tour will take you through the most important places in the second most populated city in Portugal. Settled by Romans, this is an iconic city known for its delicious Port wine, medieval houses along the beautiful Douro River, and churches built from blue and white tiles.

  • Porto Market Guided Visit
  • Electric Bike Porto Tour
  • Visit a Cork Factory
  • Kids Friendly Activities

Day fourteen: Douro Valley Day Trip & River Cruise

Discover Douro Valley on a day trip. You will visit the vineyards of the region while your guide explains the process of winemaking as you taste the wine.  You will end today’s visit with a panoramic boat cruise that will cross the Douro Valley.

  • Day Trip to Braga
  • Gerês National Park - Adventure Activities
  • Have lunch at a Quinta in Douro Valley
  • Biking Guided Route in Douro Valley

Day fifteen: Transfer to Lisbon via Coimbra - Lisbon Fado Dinner

Transfer to Lisbon, along the way, you’ll make a stop in Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal. Coimbra is a multi-colored collage of buildings spanning almost a millennium. Finish the day with a Fado dinner in Lisbon.

  • Lisbon Gastronomic Experience
  • Lisbon Kids Friendly Activities
  • Lisbon Cooking Class
  • Surf Experience

Day sixteen: Discover Lisbon with a Local

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city built on seven hills. It is a charming and friendly city, with a cosmopolitan population, World Heritage monuments and impressive museums. A place where every corner breathes history, culture and art.

  • Lisbon Sidecar City Tour
  • Lisbon GoCar City Tour
  • Lisbon Cooking Class
  • Visit Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela – Adventure Activities

Day seventeen: Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Cascais is the premier beach destination for holidaymakers from Lisbon, and it was once the coastal playground of Portuguese royalty. Then it is off to Sintra —some can’t-miss locales in this area include the dramatic coastal cliffs of the Cabo de Roca.

  • Day trip to Óbidos, Nazaré and Fátima
  • Day Trip to Évora
  • Lisbon Biking City Tour
  • Visit a Cork Factory and Learn about the Making Process

Day eighteen: Depart

Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Spain and Portugal. If you have the time, you can spend a few days relaxing in the Algarve after your journey through the Iberian Peninsula.

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