About the tour: Santiago de Compostela, The ‘Way of St. James’ & Hidden Portugal

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 lovely Leon, location of 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 four nights. We also visit historic Porto. Sitting on the banks of the Douro River, the city offers a unique historical quarter. With the additional opportunity of a visit to Fatima and pretty Obidos, you’ll return home from your holiday with amazing memories.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 10 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Portsmouth/Plymouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries in an en-suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost)
  • Convenient regional joining points

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Tour Itinerary

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

    Please note: When you board the ferry at Portsmouth or Plymouth, you will require a small overnight bag containing any essential items such as medication. Please note that this small bag (no larger than a small rucksack) is counted as part of your overall luggage allowance.

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

    • Included meals: Dinner

    We follow 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

    Included Highlights

    • Leon

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our included excursion today to the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela with a guide, visiting the Old Quarter and the cathedral. This Galician town is famous for being the end of the network of pilgrimage routes known as the 'Way of St James' or 'Camino de Santiago'. Many pilgrims come here to visit the tomb of St James the Apostle, which is located within the cathedral.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Santiago de Compostela

    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 UK holidaymakers, thanks largely to its extensive white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere and mix of traditional and modern architecture.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Porto

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Porto Guided Sightseeing Tour
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Included excursion to the pretty riverfront city 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

    Included Highlights

    • Coimbra

    A relaxing day at leisure on the Portuguese coast.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Obidos and Fatima with Wine Tasting
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Spend some time in Burgos. The city's cathedral is a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture. Explore the historic old quarter on the north bank of Rio Arlanzon. Later 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/Ciboure area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • San Sebastián

    Travel north to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £399.00 (13 days).

    Accommodation

    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.

    You will stay for one night in the 4-star Europa Centro Palencia in the Palencia area, followed by one night at the 4-star Hotel Conde Luna, then two nights at the 4-star Eurostars San Lazaro, in the Santiago de Compostela area. Four nights are spent at the 4-star Eurostars Oasis Plaza, and then one night at the Puerta de Burgos, in the Burgos area.

    Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

    On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite cabins. Meals are not included on board ship.

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