GALICIA & NORTHERN PORTUGAL - 6 Days
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Sightseeing city tour in Santiago de Compostela and La Coruña / Tour Escort throughout the whole holiday / Air conditioned modern motor-coach / Accommodation at 4* hotels / Daily breakfast / Travel insurance.
Day 1. (Friday) MADRID – LEON – OVIEDO
Departure from Madrid northward to Leon, a historic enclave on the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela. Free time to visit some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Gothic cathedral, with the most beautiful stained glass windows in Europe, the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro and the facade of the San Marcos Hostel in Plateresque style. We'll then continue to Oviedo, a city of an unquestionable medieval flavour. Free time to explore Oviedo, most of its streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage Sites like the Cathedral of Oviedo, a splendid example of gothic asturian arquitecture or the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Naranco, a jewel of the pre-romanic asturian arquitecture. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 2. (Saturday) OVIEDO – LUGO – LA CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Galicia with its landscapes of lush valleys and stunning beaches, spectacular cliffs, charming fishing villages and incredible cities. Our first stop will be in Lugo, a city located on the banks of the Miño River, which preserves important traces of its Roman past, including its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Free time to stroll through its historic center with pedestrian streets, wide squares and garden spaces, where buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Town Hall stand out. We continue the route to the stately city of A Coruña, with its beautiful houses of glazed galleries, cobbled streets that embrace the old city, the castle of San Anton or the Tower of Hercules, the oldest lighthouse in the world in operation and World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. We'll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and free time to explore at your own pace this beautiful historic city. In the afternoon your guide will offer an optional excursion alongside the Rias Altas Estuaries in northern Galicia overlooking the Atlantic with their spectacular cliffs, beaches and the fishing villages of Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 3. (Sunday) LA CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela, whose old town is a World Heritage Site, one of the most important monumental centers of Spain, one of the sacred cities of Christendom and end of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Upon arrival we'll enjoy a guided tour of Santiago visiting amongst others, the Plaza del Obradoiro, the point at which all roads into the city converge. We will visit, with entrance included, the symbol of the city, the Cathedral dedicated to the Apostle James the Elder, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and brother of John, the Evangelist. Free time in the afternoon so you can continue visiting at your pace this historic city, discover its university atmosphere of joy and vitality, try the delicious cuisine that Galician tradition has preserved and its regional products, especially seafood, fish and beef. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 4. (Monday) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO
After breakfast we travel to the most picturesque area of the Galician Estuaries, the Rias Baixas Estuaries. Through splendid landscapes of the Ría de Arosa, we will arrive at La Toja Island, universally known for its spa. Our route continues to Vigo, located in the middle of the estuary to which it gives its name, the southernmost estuary of the Rías Baixas and undoubtedly the most beautiful one, with beaches of great attraction. As an optional activity you can take an excursion to Mount Santa Tecla, a must-see place for its interesting archaeological, religious and landscape values. The Santa Tecla archaeological site is considered one of the most important examples of the Roman culture of the Iberian Northwest region. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 5. (Tuesday) VIGO – VIANA DO CASTELO – BRAGA
Breakfast. Crossing the border with Portugal we will arrive at Viana do Castelo, one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Portugal. Free time to visit the old town with cobbled streets, emblazoned palaces, churches and convents. In the heart of the city you will find Praça da República with the chafariz, a monumental fountain of Renaissance-style mugs surrounded by imposing buildings: Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy) and the old town hall Paços do Concelho. We will continue to Braga, known as the city of the archbishops and the third biggest city in Portugal. Free time to discover the essence of Braga, its narrow and labyrinthine streets that hide historical places of interest, original monuments and traditional family businesses. You can visit the medieval Cathedral of Braga, which houses the Museum of Sacred Art and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Kings, the imposing Archbishop's Palace and the beautiful Garden of Santa Barbara. We recommend tasting the exquisite gastronomy of Braga, among its typical dishes, stand out the Braga style cod fish, the roast lamb and the Abade de Priscos pudding. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 6. (Wednesday) BRAGA – SALAMANCA – MADRID
Breakfast. We'll head back to Spain driving the Silver Way (Autovía de la Plata) to Salamanca, the university city par excellence. Free time to explore at your own pace this World Heritage Site of great artistic wealth. A stroll around the pedestrian streets in its historic centre will take you to Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, you may visit Salamanca's two cathedrals (the old cathedral dating from the 12th-13th centuries of Romanesque style, and the new one from the 16th century), the House of Shells, the Baroque style Clerecia church and the University with its beautiful Plateresque façade. In the afternoon we'll continue to Madrid. Arrival and end of services.
* Pepe Tours reserves the right to alter and modify the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons. Depending on hotel availability or in case of last minute reservations, Pepe Tours may replace the hotels provided by others of the same category (see list of hotels in this link).