Spain and Portugal vacation, historic cities & villages
A circular 15-day journey through Spain and Portugal, from Madrid to Barcelona, with a few days in each destination to explore, taste the local tapas or sip some port, and unwind.
Granada Seville Algarve Lisbon Porto Santiago de Compostela walk a section of the Camino de Santiago Barcelona
US $4025ToUS $4345excluding flights
Single supplement $1035.
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1 Reviews of Spain and Portugal vacation, historic cities & villages
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2018 by Rehab Bitane
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Monasteries of Meteora and Acropolis of Athens
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Keep your baggage as small as possible.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, I do.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
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PlanetAs a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.
Every journey is made by public transport, to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. Mostly we travel on public buses, but we also take trains from Granada to Seville, Santiago de Compostela to Burgos, and Burgos to Barcelona. We get about within cities by metro or on foot wherever possible.
When in the Algarve, we enjoy a picnic of local produce when we take a coastal walk, and in Porto we indulge in a tasting of the locally-fortified wine for which the region is renowned. There are opportunities to visit markets, such as La Boqueria in Barcelona which offers a wealth of fresh produce.
PeopleWe travel in small groups – on this trip the maximum group size is 12 passengers – which means we can stay in small, locally-owned or family-run hotels and in Lisbon we spend two nights in a pension (guesthouse).
One of the stops on this tour is Santiago de Compostela, which is the finish point for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Although some undertake this for non-religious reasons, the city has a religious significance for many and when visiting the cathedral and other religious sites we request that passengers dress respectfully, covering their shoulders and ensuring they don’t wear skimpy tops or shorts. This is just one of the responsible travel guidelines that we expect our passengers to follow, along with recycling where possible and minimising the use of plastic bottles.
So that you have flexibility over where you eat, very few meals are included as part of the tour. Your tour leader will suggest authentic, local restaurants, bars, markets and other eating places where you can sample local produce and regional specialities. Southern Spain is famed for its tapas, so in Seville and Granada we are likely to eat a series of small dishes in different bars which is a good way to support a number of small businesses.
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