Spain and Portugal: Footsteps of Columbus
*This experience runs on selected Saturdays starting 11 May till 14 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels and hostels (Check below for further info)
10 days traveling to Spain and Portugal back to back!
Visiting 2 countries: Portugal & Spain
Day 1: Seville to Lisbon, Portugal
Get exploring Lisbon today before you meet the group in the evening. Check out Jeronimos Monastery and the World Heritage listed Belem Tower for a dose of history. A local meal will get you fuelled up for dancing tonight. Let’s go!
-Driving tour of Lisbon
Day 2: Lisbon
Time to get friendly with Portugal’s capital city on foot. Check out the medieval maze that is Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, or venture up to São Jorge Castle for epic views and a history lesson on Moorish culture. Afterwards, wind down in the Botanical Gardens. Did you know that this place was built by a Portuguese king who wanted one of every type of plant in the world? You do now! Sprawl out, have a picnic and get in touch with nature.
Day 3: Lisbon to Porto
If you think Porto has something to do with port wine, you’re right. There’s just enough time for a quick stop in Sintra to visit the Palácio Nacional da Pena and Vila Nova de Gaia.
Day 4: Porto
First today, we’ll take a look round Ribeira, Porto’s famous old town, on a guided walking tour. Medieval streets, quirky alleyways and hand-painted azulejos culminate in a stunning port, complete with traditional fishing boats. UNESCO rates it and so should you. Then: rest your legs on an optional cruise down the Douro river. Did we mention there’s also port tasting on the cards for today? Let’s do this!
-Walking tour of Porto
-Port tasting at a winery in Porto
-Boat cruise down the Douro River
Day 5: Porto to Madrid, Spain
Today it’s up and onwards to the old haunts of Picasso, Dalí, Miró and a whole bunch of other enviably creative artists from the ritzy 1920s. Get acquainted with the city on a driving tour, then gather with the crew for a tasty included dinner this evening.
-Driving tour of Madrid
Day 6: Madrid
Another day to roam free! Check out the Royal Palace, home to one of Europe’s oldest monarchies, then stroll through the expansive Plaza Mayor, get your art fix at the Prado Museum and make like a local at one of the buzzing bistros in Malasaña – an über trendy neighbourhood with a unique character and a provocative past. If all else fails, there’s always an optional food tour to get on board with. Elasticated clothing recommended.
-Food tour of Madrid
Day 7: Madrid to San Sebastián
Next: San Sebastián. On the way, we’ll swing by the Valley of the Fallen memorial and the city of Segovia – another World Heritage-listed gem. Let’s just say dinner will be well deserved, you history buffs, you.
-Visit the Valley of the Fallen
-Walking tour of Segovia
Day 8: San Sebastián
Wake up! Who needs the snooze button when you’re in the surfing paradise that is San Sebastián? Opt in to spend some time catching waves, or simply soak up the sun. Either way, you’ll discover exactly why this Basque hotspot is known for its beaches – and, of course, it’s infectious tapas culture. Pintxos, bite size snacks served on sticks (think olives, but bigger mouthfuls) are all the rage in this region. Head to Parte Vieja to eat yourself silly at the city’s most popular pintxo bars.
-Walking tour of San Sebastián
Day 9: San Sebastián to Barcelona
Our first stop today is Zaragoza – then its back to Barcelona for a final sangria. What better way to toast the end of another adventure? Salud!
Day 10: Barcelona
Should you stay or should you go? Your call, but we’re outta here after breakfast.
1 Week +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Visit Sintra
- Visit the Valley of the Fallen
- Farewell dinner in Barcelona
- Port tasting at a winery in Porto
- Visit Porto
- Visit Segovia
Hostel Plus trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While modern hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels (free upgrade – yeah!), Austrian Gasthofs, canvas cabins, ferry cabins or bungalows.
The ‘More Inclusions’ section details what type of accommodation will be used for overnight stops on your trip.
The number of people to a room on Hostel Plus trips will vary. For hostels you will have multi-share rooms and usually share with between 3 and 5 others (although in some circumstances you will share with more than 5) while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). The number of people sharing in bungalows, canvas cabins, ferry cabins and Austrian Gasthofs can vary.
Please note: When staying on a Hostel Plus trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex. You will also need to bring your own towels with you as these are not provided by all of our hostels.
Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by on-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodations, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
- 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
- 9 nights in hostels
- Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
Meet at 6pm in Lisbon
Approximately 9am in Barcelona
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellows if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.