From (AUD)$11,395
Days25
Airfares included
Fall in love with the intriguing history and culture of northern Spain and Portugal on this in-depth adventure. Uncover charming villages and savour the local cuisine from beguiling Barcelona and along the northern peninsula to Santiago de Compostela. Head south along Portugal’s stunning coastline and to the dazzling Algarve region.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid
Transport — 4WD, Bus, Cable Car & River cruise boat
No Hidden Extras
Admire Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona
Walk part of the famous ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrimage route, Santiago de Compostela
Tour the fascinating city of Lisbon
Relax in the stunning Algarve

Special Experiences

Taste txakoli, the region’s famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos – tasty individual servings of bread layered with delicious toppings and pierced with a toothpick.
Today we walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous “Camino de Santiago”.
We’ll 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.

Itinerary Northern Spain & Portugal

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions Northern Spain & Portugal

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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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.
  • Board a 4WD in Espot and experience the stunning scenery of Aiguestortes National Park on a jeep ride and light hike.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in picturesque San Sebastian on the Bay of Biscay.
  • Tour the Peace Museum in Gernika and discover the history of Gernika-Lumo, particularly the Civil War and the bombing.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Visit the Mercado de la Ribera in Bilbao, the biggest covered market in Europe!
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Stop in the charming town of Santillana del Mar, with its beautifully preserved medieval buildings and cobblestone streets.
  • Tour the delightful old city of Oviedo including its cathedral, the Valdecarnaza Palace, and the ruins of the San Tirso church, pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by magnificent palaces: the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palace.
  • Enjoy some time in the rural town of Vilalba, famous for its production of  San Simón cheese.
  • 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. 
  • Take an excursion to A Coruna, known for its Roman lighthouse and sweeping coastal views.
  • Walk part of the famous Camino de Santiago.

Treasures of Portugal

  • Stop en-route for a wine tasting in a Rias Baixas vineyard.
  • Explore the town of Braga, often referred to as the religous centre 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 woodwork.
  • Stop for a tasting of Queijadas de Sintra, a popular cheesecake originating in the town of Sintra.
  • Visit the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira, an impressive 20th century residence decorated with gothic turrets and ornate gargoyles.
  • See the local fishing ports of Cascais before continuing to Estoril, taking in panoramic views of its gardens and casino.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the most historical and important sights in Lisbon including: the interior of Jeronimus Monastery, Park Edward VII, Liberty Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio Square, the Downtown and Commerce Square.
  • Visit Lisbon's district of Belém, known as the ‘Discoveries Quarter’.
  • Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeiteria in Lisbon.
  • Stop in the culturally rich town of Faro.
  • Discover Ria Formosa Natural Park with a stop at Armona Island.
  • 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.

Travel

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  • 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

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  • 21 nights in 3-4 star hotels

Meals

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  • 21 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Due to the popularity of La Sagrada Familia it is becoming extremely difficult to guarantee entry inside. If by chance the tickets cannot be secured, we will include an inside visit to Casa Batlló, the famous house remodelled by Antoni Gaudi. We will still visit La Sagrada Familia, with a full guided tour outside the structure. Status of the entrance will not be know until the start of our departure and will be advised locally by our Tour Director.

Due to logistical reasons we are unable to stop in Foix (as brochure states). We will instead be stopping in the town of Pau.

13 Sep 2020 departure will be spending 3 nights in A Coruña instead of Santiago de Compostela

Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Europe click here.

Accommodation Northern Spain & Portugal

Accommodation

HCC Montblanc

Spain flag Barcelona

Set in the Gothic Quarter and next to Urquinaona Metro Station, HCC Montblanc offers a garden terrace with a small outdoor pool. 

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

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Tryp Vielha Baqueira

Spain flag Vielha

Surrounded by the verdant slopes of the Valle de Aran, this charming property embodies Spanish alpine style. Rooms are spacious and boast beautiful views of the mountains in Vielha's town centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool and spa

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Silken Amara Plaza Hotel

Spain flag 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

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Mercure Bilbao Jardines de Albia

Spain flag 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

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Gran Hotel España Atiram

Spain flag 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

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Hotel Gelmirez

Spain flag 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

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Vila Gale Porto Ribeira

Portugal flag 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

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Hotel Dona Ines

Portugal flag 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

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Hotel Real Palacio

Portugal flag 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

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Real Marina Hotel & Spa

Portugal flag 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

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Vila Galé

Portugal flag Évora

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

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Information Northern Spain & Portugal

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  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 without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  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

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Dates & Prices Northern Spain & Portugal

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
27 Sep 20
21 Oct 20
$11,395
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $325
Single Supplement
From $2,650
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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