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Fiestas & Siestas

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The one that uncovers the highlights of Spain and Portugal in under 2 weeks

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Barcelona, Pamplona, Bilbao, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Madrid, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Aveiro

Top Experiences

7 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Visit Lisbon Belem District, famous for some of the city's major monuments

    Included

    Lisbon

Fiestas & Siestas

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Visit canal city of Aveiro, Portugal's 'mini-Venice'
  • See the Castelo deSao Jorge, the Praca do Comercio and Rossio & Praça da Figueira
  • Visit Lisbon Belem District, famous for some of the city's major monuments
  • See the Gran Via, Royal Palace the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana
  • Take a locally guided tour of the gilded Royal Palace in Madrid

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner EUR 64.00
  • Porto walking tour with Port Tasting EUR 23.50
  • Eat a traditional Portuguese feast by the sea including fresh seafood and port, Porto EUR 32.00
  • Guided Tour to Sintra & Cascais EUR 18.50
  • Tastes of Lisbon EUR 43.00
  • Visit to Valley of the Fallen EUR 19.00
  • Eat a farewell feast at Los Galayos, Madrid EUR 37.50

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    11 nights in Hotel

    For 11-nights you’ll be catching zzzz’s in twin or triple share rooms in homely Spanish and Portuguese hotels. If you prefer to sleep alone, you can splash some extra cash and upgrade your digs to single-share.

About this trip

Get ready to float through two of Europe’s finest countries, staying south where the nights never fizzle and the days can sizzle. We’ll kick off with Barcelona’s beachside beauty before heading through the sun-drenched coast of San Sebastian, bohemian Bilbao and Portuguese heavyweights like Lisbon and Porto. Along the way expect beaches, flamenco shows, port tasting and all the moreish tapas and fresh seafood that this part of the world is famed for.

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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  2. via via

    Zaragoza

  3. 1 1 night

    Pamplona

  4. via via

    San Sebastian

  5. 1 1 night

    Bilbao

  6. 1 1 night

    Salamanca

  7. via via

    Aveiro

  8. 2 2 nights

    Porto

  9. 2 2 nights

    Lisbon

  10. 2 2 nights

    Madrid

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DAY 1 - Barcelona

Barcelona

We’ll join up & kick off in the sultry Spanish city of Barcelona. From the hip hood of Gracia to the iconic church of Sagrada Família, this city is a utopia of possibilities. We’ll warm up to the spirit of adventure with a welcoming Spanish dinner, then the night hours will be open to us if we’re feeling mischievous.   

Stay

Campanile Barcelona Sud Cornella Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 2 - Barcelona

Barcelona

From the Gothic Quarter to the LaRambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this sizzling city uncovered. You can choose to take a cruise of the backstreets by bike & sign up for a traditional Flamenco Show over dinner. Top off with churros and sangria for ultimate Spanish bliss. 

Stay

Campanile Barcelona Sud Cornella Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Flamenco Show with Dinner

    EUR 64.00

DAY 3 - Barcelona to Pamplona via Zaragoza

Barcelona

This morning we wave goodbye to our beachside beauty, and start crossing through the country in the direction of the north coast. 

Zaragoza

Eager to absorb as much of this fine country as we can, we’ll pit-stop en route to Bilbao in the ancient Roman town of Zaragoza. With UNESCO World Heritage site buildings peppered by the Ebro River, this town will give us so much more than just the pretty Church of the Holy Pillar.

Pamplona

Eager to absorb as much as we can, we’ll pit-stop for a night in Pamplona, famed for its San Fermin festival & immortalised by the words of Ernest Hemingway. 

Stay

Agustinos Hotel Plamplona (or similar)

DAY 4 - Pamplona to Bilbao via San Sebastian

Pamplona

We’ll say farewell to Pamplona this morning as we journey to the stunning coastline of San Sebastian.

San Sebastian

As we walk the cobblestone Old Town and the picturesque Bayfront, we’ll admire the gorgeous beaches and verdant hillsides, before enjoying an authentic Spanish lunch of fresh seafood. After a cocktail and perhaps a pintxos or two, we’ll leave San Sebastian with our bellies full and our hearts fully stolen, embarking towards the bohemian beauty of Bilbao.

Bilbao

Welcome to Bilbao, the city of bohemian beauty. You'll have time to pop in to the Guggenheim Museum before tonight when we share a group dinner, Spanish-style.

Stay

Puerta de Bilbao Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5 - Bilbao to Salamanca

Bilbao

With a little kicking and screaming we’ll drag ourselves away from all the glory that was Bilbao, only to find something equally wonderful sitting on the horizon…

Salamanca

Though it serves as a convenient half way point between northern Spain and our first map point in Portugal, Salamanca is not just a break-up-the-trip location. An archive of the Spanish Civil War with fascinating architecture and a picturesque river setting, this village is quite the beauty. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old City, see the ancient Cathedral Vieja, and bask in the sun of Casco Historico. 

Stay

Castillo del Buen Amor (or similar)

DAY 6 - Salamanca to Porto via Aveiro

Salamanca

Pack your bags and slap on your sunny Portuguese attitude – it’s time to cross the border and find ourselves in the pretty town best known for its port wine. 

Aveiro

Move over Venice, there’s a new wooden row boat town on our radar, and it goes by the name of Aveiro. Boasting gondola esque ‘Moliceiros’ boats painted in rainbow shades (that perfectly compliment the houses), best get the camera on full charge for this stop over. 

Porto

Cruising into the terracotta washed city of Porto, we’ll immediately feel the love for Portugal (and quite surprised that a few short hours in the coach could lead us into such a vastly different part of Europe). Slip right into Portuguese life by opting to explore this city on foot in a Walking Tour, seeing all the main sites like the lavish São Francisco Church and 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa, and sneaking in some cheeky port tasting on the way. Tonight we'll continue the living-like-a-local theme with an included dinner in the city centre.

Stay

Star Inn Porto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit canal city of Aveiro, Portugal's 'mini-Venice'

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Porto walking tour with Port Tasting

    EUR 23.50

DAY 7 - Porto

Porto

With a full free day in Porto, you'll have the chance today to get to know a city experiencing a well-deserved renaissance, coming alive with galleries and coffee shops. But this new energy certainly isn’t replacing Porto’s rich heritage, which can be found in the old wooden tram that rattles along the streets & in the UNESCO stamped alleys of Ribeira. Top it all off with an optional group dinner by the sea, Porto-style, before we set off tomorrow for the capital.

Stay

Star Inn Porto (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a traditional Portuguese feast by the sea including fresh seafood and port, Porto

    EUR 32.00

DAY 8 - Porto to Lisbon

Porto

Now fully attuned to the Portuguese ways, we’ll be ready to conquer her capital. Travelling south along the Atlantic we’ll spot windmills, olive groves and pretty houses en route. 

Lisbon

Mosaic tiled streets, pastelarias & antique stores - there’s a lot to love about Lisbon. We’ll spend our time here exploring the trendy streets of Alfama, sipping cocktails at rooftop bars, riding trams through the cobbled streets, and hunting down the best custard tarts in the city. Ah Lisbon, we’re charmed already…

Stay

VIP Inn Berna (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Castelo deSao Jorge, the Praca do Comercio and Rossio & Praça da Figueira

  • Visit Lisbon Belem District, famous for some of the city's major monuments

DAY 9 - Lisbon

Lisbon

With plenty of optional activites on the cards today, this is your chance to make the most of your free time in Lisbon and find the secret corners of a city brimming with quirks & charisma. Sign up for a guided tour through the fairytale world of Sintra & bohemian Cascais, full of castles, secret gardens and cobbled streets all steeped in history. Tonight, you have the chance to join a group dinner at a local Lisbon hangout across the river.

Stay

VIP Inn Berna (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour to Sintra & Cascais

    EUR 18.50

  • Tastes of Lisbon

    EUR 43.00

DAY 10 - Lisbon to Madrid

Lisbon

Out of Lisbon and waving goodbye to Portugal, we’ll head back into our much adored starting point of Spain. Our final destination is a capital of cool; prepare to have your hearts officially stolen. 

Madrid

From rooftop bars to 1920’s architecture, Madrid holds an unassuming charm and multi-layered persona that’s hard to resist. We’ll bunker down here for the rest of our trip, getting acquainted with every nook and cranny.

Stay

Gran Hotel Los Angeles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Gran Via, the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana

DAY 11 - Madrid

Madrid

This morning we'll set out to visit the Royal Palace, with included entry and a tour through some of its 3,418 (yep, really) Baroque & Classical passages, chambers & state rooms. Afterwards you'll have the opportunity to venture beyond the city outskirts to the Valley of the Fallen, or explore more of Madrid. Why not check out the trendy Malaseña district & catch some reflection rainbows at the Crystal Palace in Buen Retiro Park? Then toast our final night with an optional Farewell Española dinner, saving your goodbye tears for the AM.

Stay

Gran Hotel Los Angeles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a locally guided tour of the gilded Royal Palace in Madrid

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit to Valley of the Fallen

    EUR 19.00

  • Eat a farewell feast at Los Galayos, Madrid

    EUR 37.50

DAY 12 - Madrid

Madrid

Our last morning on tour is a license to get a little sad, then patch things up by eating churros for breakfast. We’ll say heartfelt goodbyes before going our separate ways, and quickly putting more travels in the pipeline. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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