Northern Spain & Portugal

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Countries Visited:

  • Spain
  • Andorra
  • Portugal

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3 countries
14 cities

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8 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

From cosmopolitan cities and inspiring architecture to beautiful beaches and charming local villages, discover the delights of northern Spain and Portugal on this in-depth adventure. Enjoy the mountains, coastlines and countryside as we make our way from Barcelona through Andorra, Lisbon and the Algarve.

The Scenic North Coast

Travel north from Gaudi’s Barcelona into the majestic Pyrenees Mountains on the border of Spain and France. From the scenic principality of Andorra we’ll then venture down to the Bay of Biscay, travelling through seaside San Sebastian and the diverse city of Bilbao, home to Gehry’s celebrated Guggenheim Museum. We head west to historic Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage route, and the supposed burial site of the apostle St James.

Portuguese Delights

We’ll cross the border into Portugal and colourful Porto, taste the traditional port and cruise along the Douro. Enjoy the scenery as we travel south to Coimbra, stopping in ‘Portuguese Venice’ - the charming town of Aveiro. Discover the beautiful university and its library before we make our way to Lisbon to experience the famous custard tart.

The Sun-drenched South

We spend 2 nights exploring Portugal’s dramatic southern coastline in the beautiful Algarve region. Enjoy the colourful villages, fresh seafood markets and rugged scenery. We’ll then return to Lisbon, marking the end of our journey. 

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Barcelona

Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Barcelona

Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. We'll see Antoni Gaudi's incredible La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya and the Plaza Sant Jaume before travelling to the top of Montjuic Mountain for striking panoramic views. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Barcelona

See more of Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona today, including the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit Park Güell - home to more truly unique works of art by Gaudi. [B]

Day 5. Barcelona - Andorra

After breakfast, we depart for the Principality of Andorra, a scenic mini-country nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees Mountains. We’ll discover the highlights on an orientation tour this afternoon. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Take a scenic walk along the Sola Irrigation Canal Trail with your guide and enjoy the views over the city and surrounding countryside. Learn more

Day 6. Andorra - San Sebastian

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as we travel west to the Bay of Biscay and the beachside town of San Sebastian. [B]

Day 7. San Sebastian

Stunning San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and golden beaches and today we’ll get to experience both. We begin the day with a city tour and ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for beautiful panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.

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Special Experience:  Taste txakoli, the region’s famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the beach location and soak up the sun. [B]

Day 8. San Sebastian - Bilbao

This morning we make the short trip to Bilbao, the Basque Country’s largest city and a delightful mix of tradition and modernity. On our way we’ll travel out to Gernika to visit the Peace Museum. In Bilbao we’ll explore Frank Gehry’s celebrated Guggenheim Museum. The building’s incredible exterior isn’t the only thing to see - the museum is also home to one of the world’s largest art collections. [B]

Day 9. Bilbao

Our city tour today includes the Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and Mercado de la Ribera, built on the site of the original Rivera Street market and said to be one of Europe’s biggest covered food markets. We’ll also make our way to the top of Mt Artxanda for spectacular city views. [B]

Day 10. Bilbao - Oviedo

We depart Bilbao and continue west, following the northern Spanish coastline to Oviedo. Famous for its historic old quarter with a distinct medieval flavour, it’s the perfect place for exploring on foot. Our walking tour here includes the cathedral, the Valdecarnaza Palace, and the ruins of the San Tirso Church, plus we'll pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by two magnificent palaces - the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palaces. [B]

Day 11. Oviedo - Santiago de Compostela

Our next destination is historic Santiago de Compostela, the culmination point of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the supposed burial site of the apostle St James. [B,D]

Day 12. Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we discover the Galician capital on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Cathedral, the surrounding squares of Obradoiro, Quintana, Inmaculada and Praterías, and the historic rúas. This afternoon we’ll visit the nearby port city of A Coruña. [B]

Day 13. Santiago de Compostela

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Special Experience:  Today we walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous “Camino de Santiago”. [B,D]

Day 14. Santiago de Compostela - Porto

This morning we cross the border into Portugal and travel to colourful Porto. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in one of Europe's oldest cities. [B]

Day 15. Porto

Our day begins with a city tour to discover the Ribeira Quarter and visit St Francisco Church and the famous Stock Exchange Palace, Palácio da Bolsa.

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Special Experience:  We’ll learn how port is made and get to taste it at one of the city’s many producers.

Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro River later this afternoon. [B]

Day 16. Porto - Coimbra

We continue south, stopping in beautiful Aveiro, the 'Portuguese Venice'. We’ll enjoy a tour and have some free time before departing for Coimbra. Here we'll see the university and the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt woodwork. [B]

Day 17. Coimbra - Lisbon

This morning we make our way to Obidos, characterised by its flower-bedded whitewashed houses. Next ,we’ll head to Sintra to indulge in a tasting of the local cheesecake.

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Special Experience:  We visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.

Later we continue along the coast to the towns of Cascais and Estoril, before moving on to the pastel seaside capital of Portugal, Lisbon. [B]

Day 18. Lisbon

This morning we discover captivating Lisbon. Our sightseeing tour includes Park Edward VII and the beautifully intricate Jeronimus Monastery, as well as the district of Belém, where we’ll find the Statue of Columbus, Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.

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Special Experience:  Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria.

We also visit the historic Rossio Square. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Lisbon - The Algarve

Portugal’s breathtaking southern coast awaits. Today we travel to the Algarve, famous for its golden beaches, rugged coastline and cheerful villages. [B]

Day 20. The Algarve

Today we’ll explore some of the lesser-known towns in the region, spending time in Tavira and Olhao, the Algarve’s biggest fishing port with a great market. We’ll also visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park where we take a relaxing boat ride and visit Armona Island. [B]

Day 21. The Algarve - Evora

We head to Evora today, a significant centre for trade and religion in years gone by. Our walking tour here includes the Roman and Gothic Cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis Church and the Bone Chapel. [B]

Day 22. Evora - Lisbon

We head back to Lisbon late this morning. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure here before tonight’s group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Lisbon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. In Transit

Day 25. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 21 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

A Spanish welcome

  • Tour Plaza Cataluña, the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral and its cloister, as well as the Gothic Quarter which was formerly an ancient Roman village.
  • Ascend Montjuic Mountain for a panoramic view of Barcelona's city and harbour.
  • Visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and see his famous buildings - Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, in Barcelona.
  • See the truly unique works of art by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona's Park Güell.
  • Take an orientation tour of the tiny principality of Andorra La Vella, nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains.
  • Take a scenic walk along the Sola Irrigation Canal Trail with your guide and enjoy the views over the city and surrounding countryside.
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery driving through the French part of the Pyrenees.
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Igueldo Mountain for incredible panoramic views of Santa Clara Island, Mount Ulia and La Concha Bay.
  • Taste Txakoli, the region's famous dry wine which matches perfectly together with pintxos.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Tour the delightful old city of Oviedo including its cathedral, the Valdecarnaza Palace, and the ruins of the San Tirso church, and pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by magnificent palaces: the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palace.
  • Discover the sights of the Galician capital, Santiago de Compostela, including the famous Cathedral (home to the remains of the apostle St James), the surrounding squares of Obradoiro, Quintana, Immaculada and Praterias, and the historic ruas.
  • Walk part of the famous Camino de Santiago.

Treasures of Portugal

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Porto's most attractive areas, including the Ribeira Quarter, St Francisco Church and the Stock Exchange.
  • Learn how port is made and then taste it at one of the many port producers in the city.
  • Relax on an afternoon cruise along the Douro River in Porto.
  • Spend some time in Aveiro, a city of colourful houses and numerous canals, known as the ‘Portuguese Venice’.
  • Mingle with the students and admire the architecture at the ancient University of Coimbra.
  • See the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt wood-work.
  • Visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the most historical and important sights in Lisbon including: the Park Edward VII, Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio Square, the Downtown and Commerce Square.
  • Visit Lisbon's district of Belem, known as the ‘Discoveries Quarter’.
  • Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeiteria in Lisbon.
  • Explore the lesser known part of the stunning Algarve, spending time in Tavira and Olhao.
  • Explore the historical quarter of Evora on a walking tour, taking in the roman and gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis church and the Bone Chapel.

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Spain

Montserrat - 4hrs - Euro €50pp 
Montserrat is a mountain top monastery in Catalonia, Spain. This incredible rocky formation is a sacred place for the Catalan people. Atop the mountain you can enter the church to see the famous St. Moreneta (Black Madonna) and with any luck you can also hear the singing of the boys choir (weekdays around 13.00 and Sundays around 12.00, the boys choir does not sing every day as they frequently travel and perform in other churches).

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 10 participants (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made to your Tour Director with cash. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Catalonia La Pedrera, Barcelona

Catalonia La Pedrera is located near Avinguda Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia, making it ideal for shopping. Guests can easily access Plaza Cataluña and the city’s historic gothic quarter. It is surrounded by much of the interesting architecture that Barcelona is famous for, such as Gaudí and Domenech i Muntaner's key buildings, including La Pedrera.

Facilities: free wifi; air-conditioning; hot tub; swimming pool 

Holiday Inn, Andorra La Vella

This elegant hotel is located in the centre of Andorra on the Old Town’s cobbled streets. Perched high in the Pyrenees, in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Andorra’s famous ski resorts are less than 9 kilometres' drive from the hotel.

The hotel includes a hammam (Turkish bath), fitness centre, spa and El Gran Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a cafe which offers hot and cold light meals throughout the day.

Facilities: free wifi; minibar; safe deposit box; coffee making facilities

Silken Amara Plaza Hotel, San Sebastian

Designed by renowned architect Peña Ganchegui, the daring exterior of the Silken Amara Plaza contrasts beautifully with the modern and harmonious interior inspired by San Sebastian's elegance. The hotel is located in the Donostia district at the beginning of a beautiful walk into the Bay of La Concha (old town area) and boasts a cocktail bar and restaurant featuring traditional Basque cuisine.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia, Bilbao

The Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia is a 4-star establishment located in the heart of Bilbao’s retail and business centre. It is located next to the Jardines de Albia, the gardens which lend their name to the hotel. It lies only metres away from the Guggenheim Museum, “Euskalduna” Convention Centre and Auditorium and the city’s historic centre, and is only 15 minutes from the airport.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; flat-screen TV

Gran Hotel España Atiram, Oviedo

Located next to Oviedo Cathedral, Gran Hotel España is set in a 19th-century building, in the centre of Oviedo’s charming old town. The hotel is within 10 minutes’ walk of Oviedo’s many churches, including San Miguel and San Julián, as well as the Holy Chamber of Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each air-conditioned room at the Gran Hotel has simple, modern décor and wooden floors. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; TV

Hotel Gelmirez, Santiago de Compostela

Hotel Gelmírez is a modern, contemporary and central hotel, ideal to stay during a visit to the millenary city of Santiago de Compostela. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the cathedral and very close to public transport.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; flat-screen satellite TV

Vila Gale Porto Ribeira, Porto

Vila Gale Porto Ribeira is located in the Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos district of Porto.The property features a terrace and a bar and is located a 16-minute walk from Paris Galleries Street.

Facilities: flat screen tv; air-conditioning; 24-hour front desk; lift

Hotel Dona Ines, Coimbra

Hotel Dona Inês is a modern and comfortable hotel, situated in the city centre and the commercial heart of Coimbra, beside the River Mondego and 200 metres from the famous Choupal. The hotel is characterised by its open spaces, in particular their courts, standing on one its beautiful outdoor pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Hotel Real Palacio, Lisbon

Located in the centre of Lisbon, the Lisbon Real Palácio Hotel was recovered from the former Guedes Quinhones Palace, dating back to the 17th century. The luxury hotel seamlessly blends classical and modern styles throughout the property and boasts 2 restaurants, a gelato bar, a wine bar and a health club offering a Turkish bath, sauna, spa treatments and a gym.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao

With a privileged view over the Ria Formosa National Park, chosen as one of Portugal’s 7 Natural Wonders and just 15 km away from the city of Faro, the Real Marina Hotel & Spa is the ideal location from which to explore the Algarve. The luxurious rooms all boast a view over the Ria Formosa or beautiful green areas and feature all the modern conveniences. The property also boasts 2 restaurants, an artisanal burger bar, a terrace and bar. Guests can also take advantage of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and day spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor & outdoor swimming pools

Vila Galé, Evora

The Hotel Vila Galé Évora opened in May 2015 and is located beneath the walls of this city in Alentejo, only ten minutes away from the historic centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; flat-screen TV

Weather

Weather

Barcelona

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Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Reviews for Northern Spain & Portugal

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

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Northern Spain & Portugal Scenery, places and pace 5
The places we visited, the scenery our tour leader the pace of the tour Bruce B - May 2018
Northern Spain & Portugal Lots of variety 4
The variety, seeing new places and learning about the culture and history of these place, some of the food experiences, the walking. Bernadette W - October 2018

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Special Experiences!

  • Taste Txakoli, the region’s famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos.
  • Walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous “Camino de Santiago”
  • Learn how port is made and get to taste it at one of the city’s many producers.
  • We visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.
  • Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, cable car & river cruise boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Admire Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona • Explore the tiny country of Andorra, nestled high in the Pyrenees Mountains • Look out over San Sebastian from the summit of Igueldo Mountain • Visit the culmination point of the famous ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrimage route, Santiago de Compostela • Tour the city of Lisbon • Relax in the Algarve

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.