Gran Tour de España y Portugal

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Barcelona

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Province; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Monsaraz; Evora; Lisbon; Fatima; Porto; Bom Jesus Do Monte, Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; ; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana; Santander; Bilbao, Vizcaya Province; Logrono; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. 

You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.

Highlights: Barcelona, panoramic tour and night transfer.


09:00 hrs.- We include a morning  tour of the city.  This visit includes monument to Columbus, Plaza de Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Gaudi´s masterchief Sagrada Familia Montjuich with Olympic facilities, Plaza de España. The visit finish in the area of Ramblas so that you can enjoy in the historical center-Gothic quarter.
Free afternoon.

In the evening we include a transfer to attend the show of  THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN  of  Montjuïch , with its combination of lights, colors, water and music. You will have time to dine in this area.

NOTE: On some dates, especially during the winter, there is no magic fountain show. On these occasions, a transfer to Puerto Olimpico will be offered instead, an area with many restaurants, life and nightlife.

Distancia total realizada: 375 km.
 
Paisajes: Seguimos la costa Mediterránea. Paisajes sobre el mar. 


08:00 hrs -Barcelona -salida. Viajamos hacia la Comunidad Valenciana. 
10:45 hrs -Peñíscola. - Llegada. Dominando el mar con sus potentes murallas, su centro histórico con empinadas calles, casas blancas y castillo medieval. La historia nos habla de Papas y piratas. Peñíscola es uno de los más hermosos pueblos del Mediterráneo español. Tiempo para pasear. 
12:30 hrs -Peñíscola.- Salida. 
14:30 hrs -Valencia. - Llegada. Tiempo libre en el centro para almorzar. ¿Por qué no probar una auténtica Paella Valenciana?. Por la tarde efectuamos  una visita con guía local  de la tercera ciudad que mezcla lo moderno con lo histórico, conoceremos su centro histórico, la lonja, la catedral y también la vanguardista ciudad de las ciencias y los barrios modernos.
Tiempo libre posteriormente.

Granada.   Día completo para disfrutar en  GRANADA,  ciudad histórica con preciosos rincones dominados por la Alhambra. 


Incluimos  (normalmente por la mañana, pero horario en función de la hora que se reserve el espacio para la visita de la Alhambra)  un traslado a la Alhambra donde visitaremos el palacio y los jardines del Generalife; reserva de hora y entrada incluida.  Tras la visita, tiempo libre; recomendamos un paseo por el barrio del Albaicín o conocer la catedral que alberga el sepulcro de los Reyes Católicos.


NOTA MUY IMPORTANTE:  El número de personas autorizados a visitar la Alhambra se encuentra limitado por ley. El número de plazas asignadas a los operadores turísticos es reducido y solamente conocemos el cupo otorgado y la hora (pudiéndose realizar la visita por la tarde) un mes antes de la fecha de llegada del grupo. Aunque usted adquiera el viaje con la entrada incluida a la Alhambra, no podemos garantizar la visita, en este caso se realizará una visita con guía local de la ciudad de Granada y se visitará el Real Alcázar de Sevilla de características similares. Si la visita de la Alhambra es muy importante para usted sugerimos adquiera el viaje “sin entrada” (precio más económico) y reserve por internet sus entradas en el cupo que existe para individuales en la página web del patronato https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/

Total distance:  400 km 
Scenery:   Mediterranean and mountain scenery.    

08:00h Granada – We set out for the Costa del Sol. 
10.00 hrs- Málaga - Arrival and time for a stroll in the historic centre with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. 

11:30h.- We will leave Malaga and continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. 
12.30 hrs. - Arrival at  Puerto Banus, in Marbella , a pretty high level recreational port. Time for lunch and  take a stroll on the marina, with its cosmopolitan, luxurious atmosphere. 

15.00h Marbella – We leave for the mountains, which was once overrun by bandolliers. 
16.30 h Ronda  – Arrival at the “White City”, located in a magnificent natural setting with its large gorge that divides it in two. Time to explore.

18:00h Ronda – Continuation to Seville.
20:00h Seville –  Arrival at the end of the afternoon. 

Highlights:    Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Evening transfer.


After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a  scenic visit of Sevilla  (if the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). Lasting one hour and a half featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, the Maestranza Bullring, and Cartuja Island. Free time to explore and have lunch. 

19.30 hrs-  At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the  historic city centre area ( calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favourite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel about 22.30 hrs.

Distancia recorrida: 465 km.
 
Paisajes: Atractivos paisajes de pueblos blancos, sierras, castillos en la ruta.
Nota: Al pasar a Portugal cambiaremos nuestros relojes; si en España son las doce, en Portugal marcará las once. 


08.15 hrs.- Sevilla –salida-. Viajamos hacia el oeste de Andalucía y Extremadura. Agradables paisajes en ruta entre colinas, olivos y dehesas.
11.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- parada en esta ciudad que perteneció a los templarios y donde nació Vasco Núñez de Balboa. 


13.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- Salida.- Seguimos a Portugal.
13.30 hrs.- (14.30 hrs en España)- Monsaraz- Llegada a este pueblo, uno de los más pintorescos de Portugal, con sus murallas, castillo, calles blancas llenas de flores y grandes vistas.


15.00 hrs.- Monsaraz- Salida.  Viajamos por la región del Alentejo. 
16.00 hrs. - Évora. -Llegada. La capital del Alentejo, una de las ciudades más antiguas de Portugal, ha sido declarada por la Unesco patrimonio de la humanidad. Incluimos entrada a la Capilla de los Huesos construida con 5000 esqueletos.


18.30 hrs. - Évora. -salida. 
20.00 hrs. - Lisboa – Llegada.

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon, taste the “pastel de Belem” (Belem cake) and evening transfer.

09:00h. - Start of our  tour with a local guide  (explanations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than 12 people). We visit traditional neighbourhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century.  We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite all our travelers to try a “ Belem cake”,  an exquisite local delicacy.
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.

18:00h.-  We include night transportation to Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars, cafes and restaurants from where we suggest you to take the "Elevador da Gloria"  that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint. 


Return to hotel about 22.00 hrs.

Total distance: 270 km.

Scenery: Beautiful green landscapes and views over the Rías Bajas .
Note: We will take a boat trip by the sea. Should you wear a warm coat to enjoy it?

08:00 hrs .-Porto-Departure.
09:00 hrs.- Braga we will get on the  world’s oldest cable car moved only with water to go up to the  Santuário do BOM JESÚS , where we will enjoy its gorgeous vistas. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway and gardens.

10:15 hrs Departure-. We enter to Galicia, views over the Galician Rías. We will know the Ría de Arosa.

13:00 hrs (12.00 hrs in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. Historic city and seafaring. We  include a glass bottom boat trip  where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters.  Wine and mussel tasting included . Time later to walk in Cambados and to have lunch.

16:00 hrs -Cambados.- Departure.
16:45 hrs -Santiago de Compostela. - Arrival to this town that was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide where we will talk about how Santiago attracted pilgrims throughout the centuries, stroll through the medieval streets of the center and admire its cathedral.

Note: On some dates (like the day of the Patron day of the city) our groups can be hosted in a city near Santiago.

Total distance: 475 km .
Scenery: Attractive green landscapes, villages. Spectacular mountain landscapes crossing the Cantabrian Mountains.

08:00 hrs. - Santiago. Departure. Following the ancient road of Santiago between picturesque landscapes we travel to Lugo.
09:30 hrs. Lugo - Free time,to visit its historic centre and Roman walls, built more than 2000 years ago which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

11:00 hrs. Lugo -Departure. We travel to Castile. We will make a stop on route in  O ??CEBREIRO, a small stone Galician village that shows us the traditional way of life of this region. 
14:15hrs. -Leon .- Time to have lunch and stroll through the historic capital of León, located on the Camino de Santiago; Stands out its gothic cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows.

16:45 hrs. -Leon.- Departure. We will cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. 
18:30 hrs. -Oviedo - Arrival.   We include  (occasionally on Tuesday mornings)  an hour-and-a-half visit  of the city with a local guide. We will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre, Calle de la Rua...

Night in the capital of Asturias. City with lots of atmosphere. Optionally you can enjoy the atmosphere in a typical Asturian cider house.

Total distance: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes: mountains, views of the sea, small villages line the road.

08:30 hrs Oviedo-Departure of the Asturian capital.
09:45 hrs Covadonga. - We will visit Basílica which is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

10:45 hrs Covadonga -Departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery on the way.
12:30 hrs Santillana. -Arrival to one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. We will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter with its embalzoned houses, the Collegiate church, its cobbled streets. Time to walk and have lunch.. We visit the  National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA   (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town where we can find reproduction of the fantastic rupestrian paintings of the cave.

16:00 hrs Santillana / Altamira-Departure. 
16:30 hrs Santander - Arrival to  the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing vistas and beaches. We will foloow the coast of the port to arrive to the beaches of Sardinero.  We include a tourist train tour of the Magdalena Palace gardens , where we will enjoy their magnificent vistas.
Free time in Santander.

NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from July to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.

Total distance: 445 km .
Scenery: Great views of the sea, mountains, green landscapes.

09:00 hrs Santander -Departure. Magnificent landscapes. We enter to the Basque country.
10:30 hrs Bilbao . arrival in the largest city of the Basque Country. The bus will leave us at the entrance of  Guggenheim Museum  which has a spectacular structure. Free time to visit the museum or stroll along the Estuary of Bilbao. Time for lunch.

14:15 hrs - Bilbao - Departure. We go to the Rioja, an outstanding wine region. 
15:45 hrs - Bodegas Museum of Wine Culture. - In the small town of Briones we visit this fantastic museum / wineries, we will learn about the importance of wine making from time immemorial. We will discover the universe of wine, from the cultivation of the vine to the wine making as well as its delicious Historical legacy. We include visit and wine tasting.

17:00 hrs - Wine Museum - Departure -
17:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada . A picturesque historic town in Camino de Santiago. In its cathedral lives a rooster that reminds us of an ancient legend.

18:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada- Departure- 
21:00 hrs - Zaragoza - Arrival - Accommodation. Dinner included.

Total distance: 360 km.

Scenery:  : Semi-desert land in Aragon. Nice landscapes in Catalonia .

We include a  morning sightseeing tour of ZARAGOZA with a local guide . We will visit the Cathedal-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We will learn about Goya, the famous painter, and see some of his works. We will also visit a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace, and walk by the Aljafería Palace. 

14:00hrs -Zaragoza.- Departure.
16:30hrs. - Monastery of Poblet .-a walled monastery surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world ( ticket included with guided tour ). 

17.30- Departure. We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We include a ride to the summit on the rack railway to enjoy the fantastic landscapes.

18:45hrs -Monasterio de Montserrat. - Arrival.- Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where the Virgin of Montserrat, patroness of Catalonia is located. 

19:45hrs -Montserrat.- Departure (by road).
20:45hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival.

Note : In the winter months, from November to March (both included), as days are shorter, the Poblet Monastery will not be visited (in order to arrive in Montserrat during the daylight hours)

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