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Highlights of Northern Portugal & Santiago de Compostela
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Highlights of Northern Portugal & Santiago de Compostela

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Experience an authentic slice of Portuguese life as well as one of Spain’s most famous pilgrimage sites on this seven night holiday to Northern Portugal and Santiago de Compostela.  

This fantastic 7 night tour gives you the chance to explore the buzzing streets of Porto and enjoy an authentic wine tasting in one of Porto's port cellars followed by a relaxing boat trip along the beautiful Douro River. Discover the historic towns of Braga, the oldest Christian city in Portugal and home to The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte; and Guimaraes, the birthplace of the first King of Portugal.

Finally, travel northwards across the Spanish border to Santiago de Compostela, where you will spend two nights. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s historic centre and visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the final stop on the famous pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago.

Please note that some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Porto Airport is approximately a 27km drive from your hotel. 
Climate

Northern Portugal has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means that it’s slightly cooler than other cities with a similar climate.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of dining options to try throughout the city, from quick bites to lavish dinners that carry on for hours. Try the Portuguese meat sandwich ‘Francesinha’, served with a spicy sauce. The city’s bakeries will definitely tempt those with a sweet tooth and of course, the freshly caught fish is out of this world!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.30
  • Beer: €1.74
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Meal: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.19
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Hunting Midnight by Richard Zimler

The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes by Mark Urban

Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson 

Holiday highlights

Santiago de Compostela 

Originally a stopping point on a Roman road, but the discovery of the Apostle James’ tomb at the beginning of the 9th century gave rise to a place of workshop in the corner of the Iberian Peninsula, which was then dominated by the Moors.A Romanesque cathedral then arose there, with the following centuries adding the sobriety of the Renaissance style and the majesty of a Baroque style that eventually characterised the city’s monumental image.

Braga

Portugal’s third-largest city is an elegant town laced with ancient narrow lanes closed to vehicles, strewn with plazas and a splendid array of baroque churches. The constant chiming of bells is a reminder of Braga’s age-old devotion to the spiritual world. Its religious festivals – particularly the elaborately staged Semana Santa (Holy Week) – are famous throughout Portugal.

Ribeira Quarter, Oporto

The location of some of the city’s most beautiful monuments including Sao Benito station, the church of Sao Francisco and the Clerigos Church (Torre dos Clerigos). The medieval cobbled streets are the perfect location for wandering and getting lost on one of your free days. At night, Ribeira is lively and buzzing with countless bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Porto Airport is approximately a 27km drive from your hotel. 
Climate

Northern Portugal has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means that it’s slightly cooler than other cities with a similar climate.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of dining options to try throughout the city, from quick bites to lavish dinners that carry on for hours. Try the Portuguese meat sandwich ‘Francesinha’, served with a spicy sauce. The city’s bakeries will definitely tempt those with a sweet tooth and of course, the freshly caught fish is out of this world!

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.30
  • Beer: €1.74
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Meal: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.19
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Hunting Midnight by Richard Zimler

The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes by Mark Urban

Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Portugal

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Afternoon

Travel to Portugal

Upon arrival in Porto, you will be met by our local representative at the airport before being transferred to your hotel.  As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions you may have. You will have the rest of the evening to settle into your hotel and get to know your surroundings.

Day 2 – Full day Porto tour

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All day

Porto guided excursion

After having breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full day guided excursion in Porto.  In the morning you will enjoy a half day guided city tour of Porto including the historical centre with a visit to St. Francisco Church, the Ribeira Quarter and the Stock Exchange Palace (entrances for St. Francisco Church and Stock Exchange Palace included). Then you will have free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will enjoy a wine tasting in one of the city’s port cellars followed by a relaxing boat trip along the beautiful Douro River.

Day 3 – At Leisure

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At Leisure

You will have today at leisure to relax at your hotel and explore the town and its surroundings at your own pace. Enjoy some of the sights Porto has to offer, a stroll along the waterfront at Cais da Ribeira. Take a ride on the Funicular dos Guindais from the lower to upper part of the city, visit the Porto Cathedral, or why not visit some of Porto's Museums.

Day 4 – Full day Guimaraes and Braga tour

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Guimaraes and Braga guided excursion

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full day excursion to Guimaraes and Braga. In the morning enjoy a visit to Guimaraes, which is associated to the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and its first king. You will enjoy its medieval historic centre, which is an UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have free time for lunch. Then continue to Braga, known for being the oldest Christian city in Portugal and visit its historic centre and The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus before coming back to your hotel.

Day 5 – At leisure

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At leisure

Today will be a free day, for sightseeing and shopping in your own time. Spend some time trying the local cuisine and fine Port wine that the region is famous for. Visit some of the baroque churches and Beaux-Arts buildings which are a major attraction in the historic neighborhood of Porto.

Day 6 – Transfer to Santiago de Compostela and at leisure

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Morning

Transfer to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Depart for your hotel in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, where you will stay for two nights. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel.

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Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city and enjoy its unique atmosphere, before joining your fellow travellers for dinner in the evening.

Day 7 – Full day Santiago de Compostela excursion

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Santiago de Compostela guided excursion

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a half day guided tour in Santiago. You will discover its historical centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy a guided visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (entrance included).  You will have free time for lunch, shopping and sightseeing before returning to your hotel, to join your fellow travellers for your evening meal.

Day 8 – Return home

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Morning

Return home

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred from your hotel to Porto airport for your flight home with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Hesperia Peregrino 4

The Hesperia Peregrino hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from Santiago de Compostela city center. The hotel is close to key attractions including the old town  and the world-famous cathedral, as well as great public transport links. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilit... read more read more read more

The Hesperia Peregrino hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from Santiago de Compostela city center. The hotel is close to key attractions including the old town  and the world-famous cathedral, as well as great public transport links. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities including a large outdoor pool, gardens, gym and a restaurant with an al fresco terrace.

Hotel address
Hotel Hesperia Peregrino
Avda, Rosalia de Castro s/n


Santiago de Compostela
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Black Tulip Hotel 4

Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Black Tulip Hotel offers well-equipped accommodation with a minimal yet pleasing design.  A simple breakfast is served daily in this value-for-money hotel, which is well placed for visiting Porto’s highlights, including the Teixeira Lopes House ... read more read more read more

Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Black Tulip Hotel offers well-equipped accommodation with a minimal yet pleasing design.  A simple breakfast is served daily in this value-for-money hotel, which is well placed for visiting Porto’s highlights, including the Teixeira Lopes House Museum, Sandeman Cellars and Porto Cathedral, all of which can be reached via a convenient Metro service.  After a busy day of sightseeing,  guests can choose to relax in the hotel’s bar and rooftop restaurant.

Hotel address
Black Tulip Hotel
Av. da Republica nº 2038,
4430-195 Vila Nova de Gaia

Porto
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Hotel Praia Golfe 4

Hotel Praia Golfe is ideally located on the seafront promenade in the popular resort town of Espinho.  Guests can step out onto the wide beach and enjoy a walk along the sand, while watching surfers executing spectacular moves in the rolling Atlantic waves.  Espinho off... read more read more read more

Hotel Praia Golfe is ideally located on the seafront promenade in the popular resort town of Espinho.  Guests can step out onto the wide beach and enjoy a walk along the sand, while watching surfers executing spectacular moves in the rolling Atlantic waves.  Espinho offers a range of visitor attractions, including a museum, a multi-media centre, a casino and numerous restaurants.  For independent sightseeing on free days, Porto (20km approx) can be reached by means of a frequent train service.

Standard Rooms at this hotel may have a restricted view.  Sea View rooms may also be booked, at a supplement.

Hotel address
Hotel Praia Golfe
Rua 6, Edificio Praia Golfe
4500-357 Espinho

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Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel 4

The Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel enjoys a prime beachfront location in Póvoa de Varzim.  With a spacious and functional design it is an ideal base for visits to Porto (37km) and discovering the beauty of the surrounding region.  When taking a break from sigh... read more read more read more

The Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel enjoys a prime beachfront location in Póvoa de Varzim.  With a spacious and functional design it is an ideal base for visits to Porto (37km) and discovering the beauty of the surrounding region.  When taking a break from sightseeing, guests can enjoy the views from the hotel’s sun terrace or a stroll along the Atlantic seashore. 

Standard Rooms at this hotel may have a restricted view.  Sea View rooms may also be booked, at a supplement.

Hotel address
Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel
Rua da Imprensa Regional
4490-518 Póvoa de Varzim

Porto
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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