11-Nights Lisbon & Northern Spain
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 the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, dating back to the 16th century, and the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city's most important gothic temple with construction beginning in the 14th century. Also visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, 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 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 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, 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. Or how about a Port 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 back home with many stories and photos to share
LISBON Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos MonasteryFATIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the RosaryOPORTO Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; [LF] Port wine tasting at Sandeman & CoVIGO Walking tourLA TOJA ISLAND [LF] Enjoy a coffee and the spectacular view at the Gran Hotel La Toja and admire the shell-covered churchSANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral LUARCA Stop in this pretty fishing village with its white housesOVIEDO Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of San Salvador and [LF] the Cámara Santa de OviedoSANTILLANA DEL MAR [LF] Visit the Altamira Neo CaveBILBAO Guided visit of the Guggenheim MuseumSAN SEBASTIAN Guided walking tour of the Old QuarterPAMPLONA [LF] Walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurantSARAGOSSA Visit Plaza de PilarBARCELONA Guided sightseeing; visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica, panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurantHeadsets throughout the tour.
11 nights from $2409 per person
Barcelona, the self-confident and progressive capital of Spain, is a tremendous place to be. Though it boasts outstanding Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, and some great museums – most notably those dedicated to Picasso and Catalan art – it is above all a place where there's enjoyment simply in walking the streets, stopping in at bars and cafés, drinking in the atmosphere. A thriving port and the most prosperous commercial centre in Spain, it has a sophistication and cultural dynamism way ahead of the rest of the country. In part this reflects the city's proximity to France, whose influence is apparent in the elegant boulevards and imaginative cooking. But Barcelona has also evolved an individual and eclectic cultural identity, most perfectly and eccentrically expressed in the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Scattered as Barcelona's main sights may be, the greatest concentration of interest is around the old town (La Ciutat Vella). These cramped streets above the harbor are easily manageable, and far more enjoyable, on foot. Start, as everyone else does, with the Ramblas.
Portugal’s capital is an 18th-century city - elegant, open to the sea and carefully planned. Most places of interest are within easy walking distance. Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon since medieval times, is an ideal place to start exploring. Many rebuilt houses with original façades provide stores and restaurants with modern interiors. High above Baixa is Bairro Alto - with its teeming nightlife. There are many monuments and museums, such as San Jeronimos Monastery, Royal Coach Museum and Gulbenkian Museum. Two well-known landmarks are the Monument to the Discoveries and the Tower of Belem. A statue of Christ looms above Europe’s longest suspension bridge. Madragoa, Bica and Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s older sections, offer a variety of sights: the Church of Sao Roque, with its beautiful tiles; St. George Castle, which offers a splendid view from its location above the Alfama quarter; the botanical gardens, featuring an unusual, cold greenhouse; and the cathedral, stunning with its Moorish design. Renowned Gulbenkian Museum is the cultural center of Portugal.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is now considered by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its fantastic monuments. The town is named after the Apostle Saint James ("Santiago"), who is buried here. In 2000 Santiago de Compostela was given the title of European Cultural Capital. Santiago is certainly one of Spain's most monumental towns, with a particular architectonical style all of its own. But it is as well a town plenty of life, with one of the most famous Universities and a large number of students who guarantee youthful ambience inbetween the historical walls. The region's cuisine is of great reputation, and it is said that nowhere has better seafood than Santiago.
The famous aristocratic beach resort of great reputation during last century still conserves its exclusive and cosmopolitan ambience. Its beautiful buildings and excellent beaches still today make it a privileged holiday destination.
Home of the famous Port wine and Portugal's second largest city, Oporto is situated on the banks of the Douro River and lies in the Costa Verde, a region steeped in history and ancient monuments with wide golden beaches and sprawling pine forests. Main attractions include its 12th century cathedral, the art museum containing some of Portugal's finest masterpieces and the Stock Exchange with its impressive Moorish hall. Try a visit inland to the heart of the Costa Verde with visits to historic Braga and the shrine of Bom Jesus and also to Guimeres, the ancient capital and birthplace of the first king of Portugal.
Oviedo is the historic capital of the Principality of Asturias and is the administrative and commercial center of the region. Visit Oviedo’s 9th century churches, built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain, the stately square, Plaza Alfonso II, the Cathedral and the nearby streets with the typical ‘cider bars.’
Zaragoza (Saragossa) is an elegant city located on the banks of the beautiful Río Ebro in Aragon, Spain. Enjoy the local gastronomy with some of the best tapas bars in the province, superb shopping, and a lively night life. The city is famous for historic landmarks such as Basilica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral, Aljaferia Palace and Mudejar Architecture of Aragon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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