Great Iberian Tour

Duration

18 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Madrid; Merida; Evora; Lisbon; Fatima; Porto; Bom Jesus Do Monte, Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; O Cebreiro; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana Del Mar; Santander; Bilbao; ; La Rioja; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona; Peniscola; Valencia; Alicante; Caravaca De La Cruz, Murcia Province; Granada; Malaga; Marbella; Ronda; Sevilla; Cordoba; Consuegra

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Madrid!
Welcome to Europamundo!!!
IMPORTANT -IF YOU REQUESTED
ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked,
but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included
activities. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the informative panels in the hotel reception area for the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to receive information about the trip.
In the evening we provide transfers to the Plaza Mayor and La Latina, Madrid´s most famous area for night life and tapas restaurants, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.
The day starts around 08.30 hrs with a city tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
We will visit Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the football stadium of Real Madrid. We get to know the areas reserved for the players as well as the public areas and the small museum about this team, considered by some as the best in the world.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the evening, we will return to the hotel.
Total distance covered: 640 km.

Scenery: Large pastures in Extremadura. Powerfully walled towns in Portugal. Entrance to Lisbon via the beautiful suspension bridge over the Tagus.
Note: Time change when passing to Portugal, you will have to set your watch back one hour (when in Spain it is 12 o´clock, in Portugal it is 11 o´clock).
07:45 hrs. - Madrid - Departure (the time may change slightly depending on the departure points). We travel through Castile and Extremadura.
12:15 hrs. - Mérida - Arrival in the capital of Extremadura. Admission included to the archaeological complex of the Roman Theater and Amphitheater , the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, a World Heritage Site, recognized not only for its good state of conservation, but also as an example of the importance that spectacle and entertainment had in all of the provinces of Ancient Rome. Merida also has a pleasant pedestrian historic center with a lot of life and places where you can have lunch.
15:30 hrs. - Mérida - Departure. Pretty large farmland scenery. Crossing to Portugal. We enter the region of Alentejo.
16:30 hrs (Portuguese time) - Évora - Arrival. The capital of Alentejo, one of the most ancient cities in Portugal which has been declared UNESCO World Heritage. Time to have a walk through the historic center with its white streets, its cathedral, its old churches, a taste of southern Portugal.
18:30 hrs. - Évora - Departure.
20:00 hrs. - Lisbon – Arrival.
Note: if the number of passengers is very limited, the journey from Madrid to Merida might be carried out by public transport (regular bus or train).
City tour of Lisbon. In the morning city tour with a local guide lasting approximately 2 hours. During this visit we will pass through the following points: Eduardo VII park, Baixa Pombalina (Marqués de Pombal square, Rossío square with views of the San Jorge castle, Alfama), Estrela
neighborhood, Estrela Basilica, Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery. The visit will finish in the city center. Free time in the afternoon to continue exploring the city. We suggest you taking the Elevator da Gloria to visit Bairro Alto and the viewpoint São Pedro. Our guide will optionally offer you to visit the beautiful towns of Sintra with its castle and Cascais and Estoril by the sea.
20:30 hrs. - We return from the Restauradores Square , an area with numerous restaurants and cafes, to the hotel.

Total distance covered: 320 km.

Scenery: Pleasant green landscapes, hills, historic cities.
07:30 hrs. - Lisbon - Departure.
09:15 hrs. - Fatima - Arrival. Time to visit the Sanctuary, a place of pilgrimage that reminds us of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three Little Shepherds. The chapel was built in 1919 in the place where the apparitions of 1917 took place in Cova de Iria and, since then, the space of the Sanctuary continued to be built in response to the influx of pilgrims.
11:00 hrs. - Fatima - Departure.
13:30 hrs - Porto - Arrival. Time for lunch. In the afternoon we will have the city tour of approximately two hours with a local guide: the river Douro, its historic center declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Iron Bridge. At the end of the tour we will also visit one of its centenary wineries , where the famous "Port Wine” is made. Free time.
Total distance covered: 270 km.

Scenery: Beautiful green countryside and views over the Rías Bajas.
NB: Remember that we will have a boat trip. Have you got warm clothes for it?
08:00 hrs. - Oporto - departure.
09:00 hrs. - in the city of Braga we will visit the sanctuary of Bom Jesus ; we include a trip on the oldest cable car in the world operated only by water. After visiting the sanctuary we suggest walking down the beautiful stairway, admiring the views and the sanctuary gardens.
10:15 hrs. - Bom Jesus - departure. We go to Galicia with views over the Galician estuaries. We will see the Ría de Arosa.
13:00 hrs. (12:00 hrs. in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. A historic maritime town. We include a glass bottomed boat trip along the Ría de Arosa estuary. We will learn how mussels are grown. On the boat we include wine mussels tasting. Afterwards free time to stroll in Cambados and have lunch.
16:00 hrs. - Cambados - Departure.
16:45 hrs. - Santiago de Compostela - Arrival. We include the city tour with a local guide . We will discover, how St. James brought pilgrims over the centuries, and stroll through the medieval streets in the center, admiring the cathedral.
Note: On some dates (celebration of Santiago´s day especially) our groups may be accommodated in a city near Santiago.
Total distance covered: 475 km.

Scenery: Attractive green scenery, villages. Way of St. James. Spectacular mountain scenery crossing the Cantabrian mountain range.
08:00 hrs. - Santiago - departure. Following the ancient way of St. James, amidst picturesque scenery, we travel to Lugo.
09:30 hrs. - Lugo - Free time, you can stroll around its walls, built more than 2000 years ago by the Romans, declared UNESCO World Heritage.
11:00 hrs. - Lugo - departure. We travel to Castile and on our way we make a stop in O´Cebreiro, a small Galician stone village that shows us this region’s traditional way of life.
14:15 hrs. - Leon - Time for lunch and stroll in this historic Leonese capital which stands on the Way of St James. Its Gothic cathedral stands out with magnificent stained glass windows.
16:45 hrs. - Leon - Departure.
18:30 hrs. - Oviedo - Arrival. We include (sometimes the next morning) an hour-and-a-half city tour with a local guide. We will see the ninth century cathedral, the Calatrava Palace, the Campoamor Theatre, and the Calle de la Rua. A night in the capital of the Principality of Asturias. A city with a great atmosphere.
Total distance covered: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful scenery: mountains, views of the sea, little villages scattered along the way.
08:30 hrs. - Oviedo - departure from the capital of Asturias.
09:45 hrs.- Covadonga - Time to see the sanctuary nestled among the mountains, the place where the Reconquista of Spain began.
10:45 hrs. - Covadonga - departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery along the way.
12:30 hrs. - Santillana - Arrival. Time in this beautiful medieval village, its stone streets, its blazoned houses, the Collegiate. Time to have a stroll and lunch. In the vicinity of the town we will see (tickets included) the Museum of the Altamira Caves , a reproduction of the fantastic rock paintings preserved here.
16:00 hrs. - Santillana/Altamira - departure.
16:30 hrs. - Santander – Arrival in the regional capital, a maritime city with impressive views between mountains and beaches. We include the city tour of a little over 2 hours with a local guide to discover this elegant coastal city and its beautiful bay. During the tour we will stroll around the Pereda Gardens, we will climb to the Centro Botín and reach the Cathedral Square. Then, in the bus, we will continue to the Magdalena Peninsular, the Sardinero Beaches, the Grand Casino, Piquío Gardens and Cabo Mayor Lighthouse with the beautiful views of the city and its spectacular cliffs.
Arrival at a hotel at around 18:45 hrs.
Total distance covered: 410 km.

Scenery: Great sea views, beautiful mountains and green landscapes.
09:00 hrs. - Santander - departure. Magnificent scenery. We will travel to the Basque Country.
10:30 hrs. - Bilbao - Arrival in the Basque Country´s largest city. We will have the city tour with a local guide, visiting places such as : the Guggenheim area, the Old Quarter, the Cathedral etc. At the end of the city tour there will be some free time to taste the famous “pintxos” and have lunch.
14:15 hrs. – Bilbao - Departure. We will then travel to la Rioja, a region famous for its excellent wine.
15:45 hrs. - Wine Culture Winery Museum. - Located in the small town of Briones we will visit this fantastic museum/winery where we can discover the rich historic legacy and craft of winemaking, from the vine cultivation to the manufacture of the wine itself. Visit and a wine tasting included.
17:15 hrs. - Wine Museum - Departure.
19:45 hrs. - Zaragoza - Arrival and accommodation. We recommend you to take a walk through its old town.
Total distance covered: 325 km.

Scenery: Semi-desert land in Aragon. Pleasant scenery in Catalonia.
After breakfast we make a city tour of Zaragoza with a local guide , lasting approx. two hours. During our visit we will see the Cathedral-Basilica of Pilar; we will talk about the painter Goya and see some of his works and will also visit a Roman theatre, Renaissance palace and have a walk by the Arab palace of the Aljafería. After this free time to stroll and have lunch.
14:30 hrs. - Zaragoza - Departure.
17:00 hrs. - Monastery of Poblet - Entrance included to this walled monastery, surrounded by the very beautiful scenery. This is one of the best-preserved mediaeval monasteries in the world.
18:15 hrs. - Monastery of Poblet - departure, we cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia.
20:00 hrs. - Barcelona - Arrival.

09:00 h. - City tour with our guide or the local guide of Barcelona, famous for Gaudí and its modernist architecture. We will see the Columbus monument, Plaza de Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia, Montjuich with the Olympic facilities and Plaza de España. We finish at the Ramblas area. You can have a walk in the historic center - Gothic quarter. After the city tour our guide will offer you optionally the visit to the Gaudí´s masterpiece and emblem of the city, the Sagrada Familia. Free time in the afternoon.
18.30 hrs- In the evening we include a transfer to the Maremagnum , a modern leisure center and restaurants facing the sea, next to Plaza Colón, where you can stroll through this lively area and dine.
20.30 hrs- Return to hotel.
Total distance: 375 km
Scenery: following the Levantine coast between the Mediterranean Sea and arid landscapes dotted by orchards, citrus and rice fields, arriving in Valencia.
08:00 h. - Barcelona – departure. We travel to the Valencian Community along the touristy Levantine coast.
10:45 h. - Peñiscola – Dominating the sea with its powerful walls, its historic center with steep streets, white houses and medieval castle. The history tells us about Popes and pirates. Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful towns in the Spanish Mediterranean. Time for a walk.
12:30 h. - Peñiscola – Departure.
14:30 h. - Valencia – Arrival and time for lunch. Why don´t you try the authentic Valencian Paella? In the afternoon we will make a visit with a local guide of this port city on the Levantine coast, with more than 2000 years of history that dot its urban layout with monuments from all periods that contrast with the architectural avant-garde of buildings such as the City of the Arts and Sciences. Free time.
Total distance: 536 km
Scenery: Presence of the sea. Fertile orchards and semi-deserts. Mountains in Andalucia.
08:30 hrs. - Valencia – We set out for the Region of Alicante.
10:45 hrs. - Alicante - Time to stroll in this active and very pleasant city by the sea.
14:00 hrs. - Alicante departure. After lunch we go on our way to the Murcia region.
16:00 hrs. - Caravaca – Free time to visit this small town, considered a Holy City by the Roman Catholic Church. Its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. We include a ride up to the historic area on the tourist train .
17:00 hrs. - Caravaca – We leave the city and pass through beautiful Andalusian scenery.
20:30 hrs. - Granada – Arrival at the end of the day.
Full day in GRANADA and if you have purchased the tour with the entrance included, visit the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens , built in the Arab era. Free time in afternoon. We recommend to take a walk through the Albaicín neighborhood or visit the cathedral that houses the tomb of the Catholic Monarchs.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The number of people authorized to visit the Alhambra is limited by law. To guarantee entry, the ticket will be issued when confirming the reservation of the tour. For this it is necessary to have the client´s correct personal data (full name and passport/ID number). Since there is no possibility of cancellation, in case of cancellation of the reservation the ticket costs will be passed on to the client. In very limited cases, when the Alhambra reservation is canceled, the Real Alcázar of Seville with similar characteristics will be visited.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the Alhambra, it is necessary to present the document with which you confirmed the reservation (passport or ID).
Total distance covered: 390 km
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes by the sea. Mountains and white villages.
08:00 hrs. - Granada – departure. We travel towards Mediterranean Sea.
10:00 hrs. - Málaga - arrival. A time to walk through the historic center, where the cathedral stands out.
11:30 hrs. - Málaga - departure. We follow the coastal highway next to the sea.
12:30 hrs. - Puerto Banus , we will have a stop and time in this exclusive area that is a part of Marbella. In the heart of the Costa del Sol. Time to walk along its marina and its shopping streets.
15:00 hrs. - Marbella – salida. We leave the sea cost and travel towards the Andalusian mountains, beautiful towns along the way, great views.
16:30 hrs. - Ronda – arrival. Impressive white city, its alleys, its immense gap that divides the city. Time for a walk.
18:00 hrs. - Ronda – departure. We continue through beautiful landscapes of hills and white villages.
20:00 hrs. - Seville – arrival in the evening.
Our visit to Seville will be very special, we combine a part by bus and on foot with a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River that will allow us to appreciate the best views of the monuments and places that the city offers.
A local guide will explain the history and culture of the capital of Andalusia and show us its most beautiful corners. We will begin with the visit around nine in the morning. We passes by the Cathedral-Giralda, Santa Cruz neighborhood, Banks of the Guadalquivir River, Torre del Oro, Maestranza Bullring, Cartuja Island, where the Expo took place and which currently houses the "Isla Mágica" amusement park, María Luisa Park with the beautiful Plaza de España. Total duration of the visit is about 3 hours (including the boat ride). Free time in the afternoon. The guide will offer you optionally the possibility to visit the cathedral and in the evening to attend a popular flamenco tablao.
Total distance: 565 km.

Scenery: Pleasant fertile lands of the valley of the Guadalquivir. Castilian lands of La Mancha.
08:30 hrs. - Sevilla – departure.
10:30 hrs. – Córdoba - arrival. With a local guide we include a visit to its great Mosque-Cathedral (entrance included) , a walk through the old neighborhood with its famous patios full of flowers and entry to the Old Synagogue (entrance included) . Afterwards we will enjoy free time during which you can have lunch and stroll through the flourishing Jewish quarter.
14:00 hrs. - Córdoba – departure. We leave Andalusia for the Castilian lands.
17:15 hrs. - Consuegra - arrival. 12 giant windmills next to the castle contemplate the La Mancha plain. We will visit the interior of one of them, the Rucio mill that once allowed to transform the wheat into flour (entrance included).
18:15 hrs. - Consuegra – departure.
20:00 hrs. - Madrid – arrival.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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