Sense The Iberian Landscapes – North
15 Days


15 Days: Barcelona, Rioja, Bilbao, Picos de Europa, Santiago, Porto, Lisboa
Maximum: 18 Guests

Tour Overview:
Discover the best of Spain and Portugal with this 15-day tour! Start in Barcelona and stroll its Gothic quarters with an expert and indulge in a local culinary experience by taking a cooking class. Enjoy Spain’s world famous wines from Rioja and marvel at Zaragoza’s ancient Roman ruins. Your Spanish sojourn, full of exquisite cuisine, wines, and cheeses, moves to neighboring Portugal. Arrive in Porto and continue indulgence, while the city’s dramatic landscapes. Explore Lisbon, the country’s capital, and the European door to the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 1: Sunday: The capital of Wales

Welcome to Cardiff! Make your own way here and spend a day at leisure enjoying the capital of Wales. There is plenty to see in the town centre, including the impressive Cardiff Castle and Sofia Gardens. Why not spend some time in Cardiff Bay, the largest waterfront development in Europe? This is a very popular spot to visit with its variety of restaurants and cafes and is home to the National Assembly for Wales – the body that governs the country. This evening you will enjoy a traditional pub dinner just around the corner from your boutique hotel! Overnight: Cathedral 73 Hotel, Cardiff. (D)

Day 2: Monday: Welsh way of life

Today you will be picked up by your driver-guide and will begin your journey by learning everything about Welsh way of life! You will spend your morning exploring St Fagans, one of Europe’s leading open-air museums. This National History Museum explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. You will then travel into Brecon Beacons National Park, where you will learn the industrial history of Wales! You will visit the National Museum of Mining – Blaenavon Big Pit to embark on a 300 foot descent into the former colliery to experience the life of a working miner. After a day full of impressions, you will be able to relax in the grounds of Jabajak Vineyard, where you will be staying tonight.Overnight: Jabajak Vineyard, Whitland. (B)

Day 3: Tuesday: Coastal scenery

Travel into the stunning Pembrokeshire peninsula, and spend the morning at the stunning seaside town of Tenby. You will then journey into the unique city of St Davids, smallest city in Britain, and spend some time in the magnificent Cathedral and the ruins of the medieval Bishops Castle next to it. Stop at the coastal harbour town of Aberaeron and visit Wales’ National Library in the bustling university town of Aberystwyth.Overnight: Richmond Hotel, Aberystwyth. (B)

Day 4: Wednesday: Enchanted places

Today embark on the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway and enjoy the village of Devil’s Bridge in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and take a walk around the mythical waterfalls here which are said to be the last place the Devil visited in Wales. This afternoon travel into North Wales stop at superbly located castles and sites on the way. You will stop in the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion. Enjoy the fantastic gardens, learn about its history and while away the afternoon in the quaint cafés and shops. For any fans of the series ‘The Prisoner’, this is where the show was filmed!Overnight: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. (B)

Day 5: Thursday: Essence of the North

Today you will start by exploring the busy market town of Caernarfon – you will visit the imposing medieval Castle, built by Edward the 1st. You will then discover the Isle of Anglesey. Connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges, it features long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stop at the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. You will then venture into the heart of Snowdonia and visit the National Slate Museum. You will share your impressions as you enjoy the farewell dinner with the group at the WAL restaurant tonight. Overnight: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. (BD)

Day 6: Friday: Onward Journey

Today you will wave Wales goodbye as you depart on your onward journey. (B)

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  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation as advised in previous section “Accommodation”
  • Porterage service in all hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (drinks not included)
  • City tours and experiences with local guides as per itinerary
  • Private cooking class at Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
  • Private welcome diner at a local kitchen
  • Catalan local producer’s experience
  • Rioja wine tasting at legend wineries such Marques de Riscal
  • Rioja BBQ lunch at vineyard
  • Visit a traditional market for a cheese and pacharan tasting experience in Pamplona
  • Stroll Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian
  • Visit the first underwater winery in the world at Plentzia Bay
  • Discover northern seaport towns such Castro Urdiales, Ribadesella, Ribadeo & Vigo
  • Private Douro River cruise with Porto Wine tasting at wine cellers
  • Visit Tomar
  • Farewell dinner in Lisbon
  • All entrance fees included as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour director throughout the journey
  • Luxury mini-coach throughout the journey
  • Travel insurance
  • English speaking tour director throughout the journey

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