Private Coastal Tour - Lisbon to Madrid ULIB20

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Personal Highlights: Dinner and authentic Fado in Lisbon’s old quarter Touring the Minho wine region Staying in the coastal village of Santillana del Mar A privately guided tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum Day 1 Depart USAThis evening we board our overnight flight to Lisbon to begin our
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: Beach, City, Family, Shopping, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Porto and North (Portugal), Madrid Region (Spain), Portugal, Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Spain
  • Group size: 2 persons
  • Duration: 14 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • Dinner and authentic Fado in Lisbon’s old quarter
  • Touring the Minho wine region
  • Staying in the coastal village of Santillana del Mar
  • A privately guided tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum

Day 1 Depart USA

This evening we board our overnight flight to Lisbon to begin our journey through northern Portugal, the Basque coast and the plains of la Mancha.

Day 2 Welcome to Lisbon

We arrive in Lisbon and, after completing customs, we are met by our driver who will take us on an orientation tour of the city, including the monumental quarter of Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem tower and the monument of the Discoveries. We drive along the river Tagus towards the center of town and we are dropped off near the Alfama, the most ancient quarter of Lisbon where we have lunch. After lunch, our host takes us on a walking tour of the Alfama before driving us to our hotel which was a Palace built in 1904 for the Marquis de Valle. We have left this evening open to give you the choice of retiring early or, if you have gotten you second wind not far away is the fashionable area known as “Docas” which has many fine restaurants with open air dining on the banks of the River Tagus.                                                                              

Day 3 Castles, Casinos and Cascais

After breakfast, our driver will be waiting to take us on a discovery of the surrounding area. We start with a visit to Sintra where high atop a hill stands the fairytale National Palace with its huge painted rooms, each individually named and a huge pair of conical chimneys. We will take time to explore the interior of the palace including the Swans’ Room, the Room of the Sirens and the Magpie Room. After leaving the castle we take some time to walk the quaint streets of Sintra with there antique and handicraft shops before stopping for lunch. After lunch we may want to pick up a delicious tart called “queijadas” to tide us over in the afternoon. We then head to the Colares wine region noted for its “sand wines” because of the sandy soil. Due to development much of the land has been converted to other uses so this wine is becoming rare and expensive. We drive to Cabo da Roca to stand at the westernmost point in Continental Europe before heading to the charming fishing village turned resort of Cascais. We take time to walk the streets down to the harbor before heading back to Lisbon and passing through the resort town of Estoril famous for its casino. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel’s acclaimed restaurant “Valle Flor” originally the grand ballroom of the palace.

Day 4 The Coastal Route to Bussaco

We leave Lisbon and, initially, head up the coast. We will visit the Monastery of Alcobaca and the charming fishing village of Nazare. We will stop for a chance to get some lunch before arriving in Conimbriga one of the best preserved Roman sites in Europe. Founded in 200 BC, the settlement consists of two main houses with magnificent mosaic floors together with several bathhouses and working fountains. There are also remains of an aqueduct and forum. After a tour, we head into the university town of Coimbra. The University was founded in the 13th Century and was, up until the early 20th Century the only University in Portugal. We will have a tour of the university which is situated on the top of a hill. We will visit the baroque library with its rare books and the frescoes on the walls and the ceilings. We will also visit the 17th Century Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova and the silver tomb of the patron saint of Coimbra, Queen Isabel. We then head for Bussaco and our hotel located in the middle of a 200 acre forest made up of rare and exotics specimens brought back during the height of Portuguese colonial explorations. The hotel is palatial in size and scope and will make a memorable setting for dinner.

Day 5 Through the Beira Alto to the Douro

Today we will be heading to Porto but making some interesting stops along the way. Our first visit will be to the town of Viseu. Surrounded by rich agricultural and pastures of grazing sheep, Viseu is also renowned for its fine cheeses and is the centre of production for the Dao wines which grow in the Dao River valley. The town is also known for its black pottery which is well respected and sought after throughout Portugal. We continue on to Lamego which is a delightful Baroque town with a central square laid out as a public garden and surrounded by elegant 17th Century buildings. It was in Lamego where Afonso Henriques was declared as Portugal’s first king. We will stop for lunch in the charming town of Amarante located on the banks of the Tamega River and site of a major battle between the town’s citizens and Napoleon’s Army. After lunch we arrive in Porto   and our centrally located hotel.                                                                  

Day 6 Exploring Porto and Tasting Port

Today we have a full day exploration of Porto starting with an overview of the city including the Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral, a panoramic drive through the Praca de Batalha, Avenida dos Aliados and Clerigos Tower. We will then proceed on foot to the Ribeira section of town by the river Douro where we spend some time on a tour of the Taylor-Fladgate Company which has been selling Port Wine for over four hundred years. Like the majority of the shippers and growers, they are originally English with names like Warre’s, Dow’s Croft’s, Sandeman’s. The English are, in fact the largest consumers of Port and there is a club in Porto called The Feitoria Inglesa which is, even up until today, a club open only the English shippers of Port. We will see how the Port is created and taste both a light, white port and a dark red Port before having lunch at the Bareo de Fladgate, a restaurant run by Taylor’s and offering excellent views of Porto.        

Day 7 The Scenic Coastal Route to Spain

After breakfast, we drive a few miles up the coast to the delightful seaside town of Vila Do   Conde. Dominated by the hilltop Convent of Santa Clara, the town enjoyed boom years as a ship building center during the days of exploration in the 15th and 16th Centuries. There is still a fishing port and an old quarter which we will explore. Nearby is the bi-polar town of Povoa de Varzim. At one end of the town is the port and picturesque fishermen’s quarter, where the men arrange their brightly painted boats and the women tend the nets. At the other end of the town is a trendy resort for the Portuguese beach-side cafes, water slides, discotheques and bars. We will stay on the scenic side. We then arrive in the port town of Viana do Castelo where we have the opportunity to walk through the time and have some lunch. After lunch we begin to get close to the Spanish border stopping in the town of Caminha which is situated at the mouth of the River Minho. Proceeding north we cross the border at Tui and arrive at our overnight stop, the Spanish town of Baiona.

Day 8 Vigo, Pontevedra and the Albarino Wine Trail

We start our day with a visit to the port down of Vigo looking out over the Atlantic. We then proceed to Pontevedra, a picturesque town with winding streets, little squares, fountains and old houses with balconies. Because of the alleyways and squares we will visit the city on a walking tour before returning to the car.  Our next destination is the Rias Baixas wine region, home to the Albarino Grape. Here estuaries called rias      define the Atlantic coastline and the word Baixas refers to the estuaries that are lower or to the south. The center of the wine growing region is the town of Campados and we will spend time here visiting some of the bodegas to sample this crisp, fruity and refreshing wine. We will have lunch in the area and then depart for Santiago de Compostela and our deluxe hotel reputed to be the oldest hotel in the world it does have satellite television however.                                                                                  

Day 9 A walking tour of the pilgrimage city

During the Middle Ages, the to tomb of St. James was regarded as one of the most holy sites in Christendom and thousands of pilgrims traveled through Spain each year, starting in Navarre, to visit the shrine. While the devotion has dropped off, it is still a major source for religious visitors from July 25th through the beginning of August. We will walk this beautiful time taking time to visit the Museum of the Galician people, Plaza de Abastos Market and the Cathedral. We will walk the old quarter where we enjoy some Tapas and wine. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and our hotel is part of the main square in town so you have many opportunities for exploring or shopping.        

Day 10 The Pilgrimage Trail


Although pilgrims to this day walk the Camino de Santiago to get to Santiago do Compostela we will be going in the reverse direction to reach the town of Leon. In this journey we will pass though many villages and towns many with scallop shells either real or carved which, for some unknown reason, are the sign of the trail. We arrive in the city of Leon which was built by the Romans, destroyed by the moors and rebuilt in the 9th Century as the capital of the Kingdom of Leon. Our accommodation this evening was, originally a monastery founded in the 12th century to provide lodging for the pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela. It later became the headquarters for the Order of Saint James, whose soldiers provided protection for the pilgrims.                               

Day 11 Leon, Burgos and Santillana Del Mar

We will start our day with a walking tour of Leon although, in truth, much of the architectural history can be see in our hotel which is considered to be one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Spain especially the 300 feet façade made up of carvings reflecting religious and historical events. We will also visit the Cathedral, the Royal church of San Isidro and, surprisingly “Casa de Botines” designed by Antoni Gaudi more noted for his work in Barcelona.  After our tour we depart for the town of Burgos. Here we stop for a walking tour with a local guide. We will visit the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Monastery de Las Huelgas founded in 1187 by King Alfonso VIII and where he is buried. Inside is a special museum displaying royal clothing from the 12th through the 15th Centuries. We then drive to the delightful coastal village of Santillana del Mar where we have chance to explore its cobbled streets and quaint squares before dinner.                                                                                                

Day 12 Segovia and the passion of the Flamenco

After breakfast we head south to Segovia where we take time to enjoy the city including the roman Aqueduct, the Cathedral and the famous Alcazar before heading to Madrid This evening we will take you on a gastronomic exploration of Madrid as we visit three different establishments in old Madrid to partake of various pairings of wine and food.   

Day 13 The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum

Today our morning will be focused on the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. The Royal Palace is the largest in Europe and was built by Philip V in the 18th Century. The building itself is an architectural treasure but inside is a rare and diverse collection of ceramics, tapestry and clocks. After the palace we visit the Prado, one of the most important art galleries in the world. Here are the Spanish masters including Goya, Velasquez, El Greco and Ribera. They are joined by Raphael, Rubens and Titian among others. This afternoon is left open to allow you some time for personal sightseeing or some shopping. Your guide can tell you the best shopping streets. On this, our last night in Spain we go to one of the finest Flamenco establishments in the city for a fine meal, good wine and excellent Flamenco.                                                         

Day 14 Return to USA

After breakfast our driver will be waiting to take us to the airport for our return flight to the US.


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Lisbon, Bussaco, Porto, Baiona, Santiago De Compostela, Leon, Santillana del Mar, Madrid


Additional Pricing Information

Services Included

  • 1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary
  • Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
  • Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
  • Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
  • Baggage handling at all hotels
  • All applicable taxes and service fees

Services Not Included

  • International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
  • Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
  • Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
  • Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
  • Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)


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