Galicia and Northern Portugal Tour
Length: 7 Days
Min age: 2+
Availability : All Year Round
DAY 1. PORTO AIRPORT – GALICIA:
Arriving at the airport of Santiago and meet with your guide and coach. Transfer to your hotel in Sanxenxo. Accommodation.
DAY 2. O GROVE, A TOXA:
Breakfast at the Hotel and in the morning we start our journey to O Grove, a very touristic fishermen town very well known as the “Seafood Capital”. We continue with a visit to A Toxa Island, Known by the famous soap company, La Toja, which has been making mineral salt based soaps since the early 20th century. The Capilla de San Caralampio, also known as The Shell Chapel is the main interesting point. We continue our journey along the Ria de Arousa and Ria de Pontevedra reachingagain Sanxenxo. Lunch by the customer and in the afternoon we can enjoy some free time along this beautiful place. Return to the Hotel and accommodation.
DAY 3. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / PONTEVEDRA, POIO, COMBARRO:
Breakfast at the Hotel and in the morning; we start our guided tour in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia. The city’s Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The most emblematic places we visit are the Cathedral (entrance included), The Pórtico de la Gloria, St James tomb, we also have the chance to embrace the gilded statue of St James. We have then the opportunity to visit the Cathedral surrounding area, walking along The Obradoiro square, Hostal de los Reyes Católicos and Palacio de Fonseca. Lunch by the customer and in the afternoon we head in to Pontevedra, an ancient town and medieval port, Pontevedra has been described as a “definitive old Galician town”. Sights include the pilgrim chapel in the Praza da Peregrina, the historic Zona Monumental (old city), the Praza de Leña, the market, and the Alameda, a promenade along the ría. We continue our journey to visit Poio Monastery (entrance included), a good example of the Galician Baroque. To end our tour for today we move in to Combarro, declared Property of Cultural Interest since 1973: is a representative example of three traditional architectural elements in Galicia: “hórreos (raised granaries), “casas marineras” (sea houses) and crosses. Back to the Hotel in Sanxenxo and accommodation.
DAY 4. RÍAS BAIXAS – BRAGA – BOM JESUS – PORTO:
Breakfast at the hotel and early in the morning we start our trip to Braga (Portugal). The Cathedral, The relic Chapel and Santa Bárbara Chapel are one of the most important sites in the city centre. Afterwards we continue to Bom Jesus del Monte, a Portuguese sanctuary, is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet),then we visit Sameiro sanctuary, Portugal’s second biggest. Lunch by the customer and in the afternoon we have the chance to visit Porto with local guide, its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Porto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórida) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace “Palácio da Bolsa” (entrance included). Accomodation at the hotel in Porto.
DAY 5. COIMBRA:
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of Coimbra with local guide. This city is the third-largest urban centre in Portugal. Its historical buildings were classified as a World Heritagesite by UNESCO in 2013, site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries. This city has several famous landmarks of interest: the university, Santa Cruz monastery, the Old and New Cathedrals, and the Machado de Castro museum, one of the most important art museums in the country. Overlooking Coimbra, houses seem to be suspended on the hillside climbing towards the ancient Royal Palace – the building that holds the city’s acclaimed University. The Mondego River reflects Coimbra’s magnificence in its calm waters. The riverbank is delineated by a wide avenue, perfect for a calm walk in the company of the green trees that provide shade for the sunny hours. Lunch by the customer and we may enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful city. Accomodation at the hotel in Coimbra.
DAY 6. VISEU:
Breakfast at the Hotel. Today we have a well-earned free morning! In the afternoon, we start a guided Viseu visit, doing The Cathedral and the Misericordia Church. Hotel and accommodation in Viseu.
DAY 7. PORTUGAL – PORTO AIRPORT:
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. End of the tour and our Services.
3 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Galicia
1 Night at Hotel **** in Porto or surrounds
1 Night at Hotel **** in Coimbra or surrounds 1 Night at Hotel **** in Viseu or surrounds •Bed and Breakfast
•Transport by coach
•Group assistant during all the tour
•Local guide in Santiago
•Local guide in Porto
•Local guide in Coimbra
•Local guide in Viseu
•Entrance into the Santiago Cathedral •Entrance into Poio Monastery
•Entrance into Porto Stock Exchange Palace
Does not include
Official guides, nor entrance to museums or monuments, except contrary order
O Grove, A toxa 1⁄2 day
Santiago de Compostela (1), Ponteve- dra, Poio, Combarro full day
Braga, Bom Jesus, Porto (1) full day
Coimbra (1) full day
Viseu (1) 1⁄2 day
(1) Local guide
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