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

13 days from £1239pp.


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
  • Regional joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Your Itinerary

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to Santander.

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

  • Included meals: Dinner
Leon Cathedral

Leon Cathedral

We follow some of the Pilgrims’ route of the ‘Way of St. James’ making a stop in Leon with its 13th century Gothic cathedral and the Gaudi designed Casa Botines Palace, then to Galicia for a two-night stay on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

  • 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

We head into Portugal and to the popular resort of Figueira da Foz, where we stay for five 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
Obidos

Obidos

Optional excursion, which takes us firstly to the picturesque village of Nazaré. It is said that the village of Nazaré got its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary brought to the town from Nazareth by a monk in the 4th century. Today it is Portugal’s most famous fishing village, having always drawn visitors to its beautiful beaches. You may still see the old Phoenician styled fishing boats, brightly coloured and with eyes painted on the vessels, supposedly with the magical power to avert storms. 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
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
Porto

Porto

Included excursion 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. The scenic historical quarter and cathedral are also worth a visit before our day ends at a traditional Porto wine cellar.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A final relaxing day at leisure on the Portuguese coast.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Portugal and travel to northern Spain 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 at a minimum 2 star hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to the Paris outskirts for an overnight stay at a city-style hotel.

  • 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


Single Room Supplement from £349.00 (13 days).

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
Obidos

Obidos

Join today's optional excursion, which takes us firstly to the picturesque village of Nazaré. It is said that the village of Nazaré got its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary brought to the town from Nazareth by a monk in the 4th century. Today it is Portugal’s most famous fishing village, having always drawn visitors to its beautiful beaches. You may still see the old Phoenician-styled fishing boats, brightly coloured and with eyes painted on the vessels, supposedly with the magical power to avert storms. We continue to the pretty, walled town of Obidos. See the wine-making techniques, along with a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of the local produce.

  • 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

A final relaxing day at leisure on the Portuguese coast.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Portugal and travel to northern Spain 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


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

2017 Departures – You will stay for one night in the Burgos area at the 3-star Camino de Santiago, or similar, followed by  two nights at the 4-star Grande Hotel de Santiago, or Hotel Hesperia Peregrino on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Five nights are spent at the 4-star Mercure Figueira da Foz and then one night at the 3-star Camino de Santiago, near Burgos.

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

2018 Departures – 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.

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. 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 £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

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 U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers 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 coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV 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.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
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 can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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