Santiago de Compostela, The ‘Way of St. James’ & Hidden Portugal

13 days from £1,199 pp.


Coimbra

Visit: Coimbra, Portugal

Porto

Visit: Porto, Portugal

San Sebastian

Visit: San Sebastian, Spain

Obidos

Visit: Obidos, Portugal

About the Tour

On this fully escorted holiday, immerse yourself in the delights of northern Spain, and the traditional towns and villages of Portugal, including Porto and Coimbra. In Spain, we visit the lovely Leon, and see the famous Gaudi designed Casa Botines Palace. We also see the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela and the beautiful resort town of San Sebastián. Crossing the border into Portugal, we head to the popular resort of Figueira de Foz, which will be our base for five nights. Why not visit Porto? Sitting on the banks of the Douro River, the city offers a unique historical quarter. With visits also on offer to Coimbra, the former medieval capital of Portugal, Obidos and Nazaré, you’ll return home from you holiday with amazing memories.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 10 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries in a two-berth, en suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost)
  • Regional joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to Santander. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. The crossing takes 24 hours during which you can enjoy the facilities on board.

    We arrive at the port of Santander and travel by coach to our hotel in the Palencia area for one night.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Leon Cathedral

    Leon Cathedral

    We follow and walk some of the Pilgrims’ route of the ‘Way of St. James’ en-route to the historic city of Leon with its 13th century Gothic cathedral and the Gaudi designed Casa Botines Palace. We stay overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Galicia

    Galicia

    We continue into Galicia for a two-night stay on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Again, during the day, there will be the opportunity to walk some of this famous route.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Santiago de Compostela

    Santiago de Compostela

    Join our included excursion today to the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela with a guide, visiting the Old Quarter and the cathedral.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Porto

    Porto

    We cross into Portugal and head to Porto, a wonderful, walled city on the banks of the Douro River and origin of the famous fortified wine. An optional guided tour will show you many sights linked to Porto’s history including the scenic historical quarter and cathedral. We end our tour at a traditional port cellar before continuing to to the popular resort of Figueira da Foz, where we stay for four nights. Figueira has long been a favourite with the U.K. holidaymakers, thanks largely to its extensive white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere and mix of traditional and modern architecture.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Coimbra

    Coimbra

    Included excursion to the pretty town of Coimbra. This former medieval capital of Portugal is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities and today its historic centre of multi-coloured houses combines with a lively, vibrant atmosphere; a delight we’re sure you will enjoy.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Obidos

    Obidos

    Optional excursion which takes us firstly to the Pilgrimage town of Fatima. The town is regarded as one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the beautiful architecture of the town and see the most famous sights – the Batalha Church and Monastery. Fatima's Sanctuary welcomes thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. We continue to the pretty, walled town of Obidos. See the winemaking techniques, along with a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of the local produce.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    A final relaxing day at leisure on the Portuguese coast.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Leave Portugal and travel to the Burgos area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Sebastián

    San Sebastián

    Spend some time in Burgos, before we head to the beautiful Spanish resort town of San Sebastián, picturesquely situated on a shell-shaped bay. We continue into France and stay overnight in the Biarritz area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel north to the Paris outskirts for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Leon
    • Santiago de Compostela
    • Coimbra
    • Porto
    • San Sebastián

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Nazaré
    • Obidos
    • Porto Guided Tour

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (13 days). Single Room Supplement from £349.00 (13 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for one night in the 4-star Sercotel Rey Sancho in the Palencia area, or similar, followed by one night at the 4-star Silken Luis de Leon, and then two nights at the 4-star Gran Hotel Los Abetos in the Santiago de Compostela area. Four nights are spent at the 4-star Mercure Figueira da Foz and then one night at the Sercotel Corona de Castilla, or similar, in the Burgos area.

    Overnight stays in Biarritz and Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

    France

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet

    Ibis Biarritz Anglet


    The Ibis Biarritz-Anglet Aéroport hotel, is situated at the heart of the urban area Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne. We propose you a warm welcome and personalized and provide you with modern, comfortable rooms, air-conditioned and equipped with the new bedding "Sweet Bed" by Ibis, a Courtepaille restaurant opened from 11 am till 11 pm every day, 24-hour open bar, business hook, a terrace, a vast free parking lot as well as a free wi-fi access in all the hotel. Ideally situated to visit the Basque Country and its villages rich in traditions Pelota, Games of strength, Basque Choruses, to devote you in the golf on a course of the region, to surf or to tan on the beaches of the Basque Coast, to assist a rugby match, to discover Biarritz, Bayonne or still Saint Jean de Luz and their gastronomy (Ham, Chocolate, Basque Cake, Espelette chili). Near Spain, to only 40 km of San Sebastian, her Concha and her tapas bars. Welcome.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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