26 Day Northern Spain & Portugal

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Barcelona and finishing in Madrid

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 26 Day Northern Spain & Portugal. 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....read more
Overview
Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 26 Days
From: Barcelona to Madrid
Tour Code: BUN50539
Visits: Spain, Portugal
Our Price From:
$ 10,687
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day
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Depart Australia
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Arrive In Barcelona
Welcome to Spain and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director for a welcome drink this evening.
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Barcelona
Today we explore Barcelona, visiting its most famous sights. Our sightseeing includes La Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya, and the Plaza San Jaume. We'll also travel to the top of Montjuic Mountain for panoramic views over the city and its harbour. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
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Barcelona
This morning we get acquainted with Antonio Gaudi's Barcelona. See the incredible Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and visit Güell Park - home to more truly unique works of art by Gaudi. (B)
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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)
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Andorra - San Sebastian
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as we travel west through the French Pyrenees to the Bay of Biscay and the beachside town of San Sebastian. (B)
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San Sebastian
Stunning San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos (tapas) 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. Then the afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the beach and soak up the sun.Special Experience: Taste Txakoli, the region's famous dry white wine which pairs perfectly with a side of pintxos. (B)
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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. Our city tour includes the Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva and Mercado de la Ribera. We'll also make our way to the top of Mt Artxanda for spectacular city views. (B)
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Bilbao
Today we explore Frank Gehry's world-famous Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece. 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)
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Bilbao - Oviedo
We depart Bilbao and continue west, following the northern Spanish coastline to the delightful town of 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, and we'll pass through the Porlier Square surrounded by magnificent palaces: the Toreno and the Camposagrado Palaces. (B)
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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)
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Santiago De Compostela
After breakfast we discover the Galician capital on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Cathedral (home to the remains of St James), the surrounding squares of Obradoiro, Quintana, Inmaculada and Praterías, and the historic rúas. (B)
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Santiago De Compostela
Special Experience: Today we walk part of the centuries-old pilgrimage route, the famous "Camino de Santiago". (B/D)
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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)
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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.Special Experience: We learn how port is made and get to taste it at one of the city's many producers.Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Douro River this afternoon. (B)
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Porto - Coimbra
We travel south, stopping in beautiful Aveiro, the "Portuguese Venice". We'll enjoy a tour and have some free time for lunch before departing for Coimbra. Nestled on the river, this charming university town was once Portugal's capital. Here we'll see the breathtaking Coimbra Library, a masterpiece of gilt wood-work. (B)
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Coimbra - Lisbon
Today we travel to Lisbon, stopping along the way at the charming coastal town of Nazaré and the medieval walled village of Óbidos. (B)
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Lisbon
This morning we discover captivating Lisbon. Our sightseeing tour includes Park Edward VII and Rossio Square. We continue to Belém, where we'll find the Statue of Columbus, Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.Special Experience: Taste the famous Portuguese custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria.We also visit the beautifully intricate Jeronimus Monastery. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
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Lisbon - The Algarve
Portugal's breathtaking southern coast awaits. Today we travel to the Algarve, famous for its golden beaches, incredible coastline and cheerful villages. Along the way we'll stop in picturesque Sintra, set amongst lush forests and overflowing with exotic gardens and palaces. Here we'll tour the Manueline-style National Palace. (B)
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The Algarve
Today we'll explore some of the lesser known towns in the region, spending time in Tavira, Faro and Olhao, the Algarve's biggest fishing port with a great market. (B)
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The Algarve - Evora
Our next destination is the historic town of Evora, a significant centre for both trade and religion in years gone by. Founded by the Romans and later fortified by the Moors, the city has a diverse mix of architecture and attractions. Our walking tour here includes the roman and gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple, Saint Francis church and the Bone Chapel. (B)
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Evora - Madrid
We cross the border back into Spain and wind our way through the beautiful Spanish countryside to Madrid. (B)
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Madrid
Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. We'll see the highlights on a city tour, including the famous avenues of Gran Via and Castellana, Plaza de Espana, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Castilla and Retiro Park. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before tonight's group farewell dinner. (B/D)
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Depart Madrid
Today we bid farewell to Madrid and begin our journey home. (B)
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In Transit
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Arrive In Australia
Bunnik Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • 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, $280pp prepaid 
  • Porterage included where available
Accommodation & Meals
  • 22 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 22 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides
Journey Highlights
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 Antonia Gaudi in Barcelona's Güell Park.
  • Take an orientation tour of the tiny principality of Andorra La Vella, nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains.
  • 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.
  • See Bilbao's oldest building, the Santiago Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the best views over Bilbao from Mount Artxanda.
  • Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum, one of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpieces that hosts a large collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • 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.
  • On the way to Lisbon, stop in the charming coastal town of Nazare and the medieval walled village of Obidos.
  • 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.
  • Visit Sintra, a beautiful town situated on the green slopes of a mountain range, filled with palaces and grand residences. Here visit Portugal's best preserved medieval palace, Sintra Palace. 
  • Explore the lesser known part of the stunning Algarve, spending time in Tavira, Faro 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. 
Majestic Madrid
  • Tour the well-known avenues of Gran Via and Castellana and famous squares such as Plaza de España, Oriente, Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla on a sightseeing tour of Madrid.
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
Bunnik
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Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Small Group Tours (Flights Included)
Max Group Size(s): 20
Budget: Premium
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Reviews (2)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Northern Spain & Portugal with Bunnik.
VIC, Australia
May 2017
6 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Overall we enjoyed our Northern Spain Portugal trip.”
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Our guide Fernando was awesome and often went out of his way to assist us. We were fortunate to have delightful travelling companions and everyone got on well . It is our opinion that the tour would work better in reverse and another day should be added to Madrid. There was just not enough time to see all that Madrid had to offer. Reversing the tour would mean some half day tours would be in the morning instead of the afternoon, particularly Evora. It was a very hot day and an afternoon walking tour was extremely unpleasant.

The accommodation in Madrid at the Sterling Hotel was way, way below standard. The room allocated to my husband and myself barely fitted a double bed ( not queen), there was no space for luggage, the bathroom was sub standard and the breakfast was the worst we had on the tour. (I tried to put my complaints on the Bunnik website but was unable to do it.) (GJ: That's OK Bruce & Pat, we'll pas them on.)
Reply from Bunnik:
We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed having Fernando as your guide as well as having great travelling companions. I have passed on your comments to our Product Team for consideration as they plan for next season's program however I am pleased to advise that we are no longer using the Sterling Hotel in Madrid. During your time in Madrid a Congress was being held which meant that we needed to use an alternative property to the usual one we stay at. I do most sincerely apologise for any inconvenience you experienced as a result of your stay there. Thank you again for sharing your tour experience and we hope to welcome you back again soon!


VIC, Australia
May 2017
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Our first organised tour”
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Would definitely book through Global Journeys again and would consider another Bunnik tour. The highlight for us was Northern Spain as the scenery was spectacular and wonderful towns and villages. We were a bit disappointed with the Algarve region as we didn't think we saw the best of this area or had enough options to explore on our own. Would have liked another day or two in Madrid. Overall though the tour was fantastic.
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