GLOBUS 2025: Lisbon & Northern Spain (ZO)
12 days from Lisbon to Barcelona
When you hear the call 'Txotx!' (pronounced 'choach') shouted in the traditional Sidrerias of Northern Spain, it's time to gather 'round! Standing five feet back from the tapped barrel, patrons line up to catch the shooting cider into glasses-then toast the age-old tradition that adds the right amount of carbonation to the tart beverage. Lucky for you, there's much to toast as you explore the sparkling seaside from Lisbon to Barcelona on this mostly coastal tour of Portugal and Northern Spain. This sunny vacation makes a splash with visits to the popular pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, the famous seaside resort of San Sebastian, and in Pamplona, the legendary Calle Estafeta where the famous 'running of the bulls' takes place. You'll also want to make a beeline to the delicacies of each country, from the zesty paella of Spain to the sweet port of Portugal. Cheers! Salud! Txotx!
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- 12 Days
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|Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
|Lovely Lisbon LISBON Guided sightseeing includes Jeronimos Monastery and cloister, a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOTS The stunning capital city of Portugal is a treasure trove of historic and architectural masterpieces. Lisbon is home to the 16th-century Monastery of Jeronimos, with its 100-foot facade featuring images of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Belem. See the 16th-century Belem Tower, which served as a fortress but also as an embarkation point for sailors and was their last sight of land before the start of their journey. Lisbon's Monument to the Discoveries pays homage to great Portuguese explorers with a spectacular carved prow of an ancient ship.
|Panoramas & Port Wine FATIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.PORTO Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River. See the Church of Sao Francisco and visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. Enjoy a [LF] Port wine tasting at the famous Sandeman & Co Port Wine Cellar. (B)217 mi / 350 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES You're invited to the home of the most internationally recognized Porto wines at the magnificent Sandeman Wine Cellars. Here, taste centuries of tradition in a glass of Port wine in the city that bears its name. Saude!
|Santiago de Compostela
|Spectacular Spain Scenic drive along the coastline en route to Vigo.VIGO Take a walking tour of the historic district.LA TOJA ISLAND [LF] See the church that is completely covered with seashells.SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 199 mi / 320 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURAL GEMS Marvel at the unusual church completely covered with seashells on La Toja island, famous for its spring waters. Once used for cattle grazing, it soon became a popular thermal retreat.
|Santiago de Compostela
|History & Mystery SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral with the relics of St. James the Apostle. Afterwards enjoy a coffee break. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDARY LIVES Santiago de Compostela is one of the world's most revered pilgrimage destinations since the Middle Ages. Today, faithful pilgrims embark on the Way of St. James with a walk on the Camino de Santiago each year, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here, the tomb of St. James the Apostle is housed within the cathedral's extraordinary Romanesque architecture.
|Cider House Rules LUARCA Enjoy free time to browse.OVIEDO Guided sightseeing includes a panoramic drive and a walking tour of the Old Town. Enjoy a [LF] cider tasting at a traditional Sidreria (cider house). (B) 217 mi / 350 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES Oviedo is home to a number of cider houses, serving the traditional drink that is a sign of eating well in this fruitful region. The art of pouring cider releases its aromas. Be aware! Once the cider is poured, the glass must be emptied in one go to fully appreciate the flavours. Bottoms up!
|Artists & Ambassadors SANTANDER Enjoy free time for lunch.BILBAO Take a guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum en route to San Sebastian. (B,D)249 mi / 400 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTART & ARCHITECTURE Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was founded in 1997. It was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and hailed as one of the most important buildings of its time because of its spectacular structure of titanium, glass, and limestone. The museum features extraordinary exhibitions administered by the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as selections from the permanent collections of the Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, and Abu Dhabi.
|Basque Country SAN SEBASTIAN Guided walking tour of the Parte Viejo Old Quarter. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE Framed by golden beaches and lush hillsides San Sebastian has undeniable allure. From its elegant and modern promenade to the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town, there are a myriad of opportunities to enjoy your time in the 'Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea.'
|Walk, Don't Run PAMPLONA Take an [LF] orientation walk through the Calle Estafeta, followed by lunch with traditional tapas and Rioja wine at Basaburua restaurant.SARAGOSSA Orientation walk includes Plaza of Our Lady of the Pillar. (B,L)162 mi / 260 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES Best known as the narrow cobblestone gauntlet where the running of the bulls takes place in Pamplona, Calle Estafeta is a haven for food lovers where tapas and wine are always on the menu at Restaurante Basaburua in the heart of the city.
|Barcelona Boulevards BARCELONA Guided walking tour this afternoon includes the Old Town with its Barri Gotic and a stroll down La Rambla. Later, enjoy a fresh fruit juice. (B) 193 mi / 310 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURAL GEMS Stroll in the footsteps of Picasso through the historic heart of the old city of Barcelona. Indulge in the tradition and tastes of 2,000 years in the Gothic Quarter. Take in the charm and captivating history with a walk down the tree-lined avenue of La Rambla amid the terraces and street performers on Barcelona's famous thoroughfare.
|Legendary Landmarks BARCELONA Take a guided sightseeing tour of Barcelona this afternoon. Join a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCITY SIGHTS Follow your Local Guide for a fascinating look at Barcelona's landmarks and legendary sites. See Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluna; stop at the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and take in a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuic Hill.
|Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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