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Santiago de Compostela & Portugal Extension
October 14-18, 2022

$1,795

Santiago de Compostela & Portugal Extension – October 2022


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*Please click on each day to view daily itinerary. This trip is an extension option for The Magic of Northern Spain trip scheduled October 7-14, 2022.

DAY 1 - Friday, October 14, 2022: Santiago de Compostela

Today is devoted to Santiago de Compostela, one of the true jewels of Spain. Hundreds of years of history, pilgrimages, hopes, prayers and energy have molded its beautiful stone buildings, vivacious squares and colorful corners into a vibrant place that has no equal. Though you will not reach the city on foot or by bike like many visitors do, you will still experience the city’s traditions, music, and history while taking in some of its most important sights. Sleep in Santiago de Compostela.

DAY 2 – Saturday, October 15, 2022: Porto

This morning you will travel south to the city of Porto, known as the Jewel of the North. Porto is the second most important city in Portugal, and it is also a UNESCO Heritage site. En route to Porto, you will visit Vila Nova de Gaia, a lovely town just across the Douro River famous for lodges -- the traditional storage caves for Port wine. You will visit one of the best producers of Port wine in the world and then have lunch overlooking the river and the city. You will then head to Porto, where you can tour the city with a local guide and take a river cruise. In the late afternoon, you will have time to soak in the lively atmosphere of Porto’s city center and pay a visit to Lello, one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s library in Hogwarts. Sleep in Porto.

Day 3 – Sunday, October 16, 2022: Coimbra and Obidos

You will say adeus to Porto this morning and drive south to visit Coimbra and Obidos. Coimbra is known as Portugal’s most intellectual city and is home to its oldest University, Universidade de Coimbra -- a public university dating back to the 13th century. After a guided tour of this famous university, you will reach the charming city of Obidos in the afternoon. With its tiny alleys, quaint white houses, and bright flowers, Obidos is a truly enchanting place. You will have time to explore on your own before heading to Lisbon for the evening. Sleep in Lisbon .

Day 4- Monday, October 17, 2022: Sintra & Cascais

Today you will visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Palacio de Pena in Sintra. This romantic castle is an architectural masterpiece that was built to host the friends of King Ferdinand II. The gardens that surround the castle are arguably the most beautiful of Portugal and inspired Richard Strauss to create a few of his masterpieces. In the afternoon you will journey to Cascais, a former fishing village that grew up to be an elegant beach town. Sleep in Lisbon

Day 5 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.



INFORMATION

Extension Price: $1,795 USD per person (double occupancy, min. 6)

What is included in the trip

  • All accommodation in centrally located hotels or charming country inns
  • All breakfasts every day
  • Port Tasting and Lunch in Porto
  • All sightseeing and guided tours as per the itinerary
  • All transportation in a deluxe bus or van with air conditioning
  • Recommendations for lunches and dinners on your own
  • Airport transfers

What is not included

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • This portion of the tour will not have a dedicated tour leader (just local guides) for less than 10 participants.

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