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Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon & More

Tour Overview

Explore the magnificent Iberian Peninsula and experience the top sights in Northwest Spain and Portugal. This tour allows for 11 nights of adventure, with four nights in each Santiago de Compostela and Porto, and three in Lisbon. 

With trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Porto Cathedral, Jerónimos Monastery, the Santiago de Compostela Old Town and much more, there is plenty of history to uncover during this journey. Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, exceptional scenery, mouthwatering cuisine, and delicious wines during your stay.

Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • Premier director and/or local Premier guide

  • Airport meet and greet

  • Private transfers

  • Hand-selected private experiences

  • Carefully curated accommodations

  • Full breakfast included daily

  • Internet (where available)

  • 24/7 Premier support

Itinerary

Highlights of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Day 1

Meet your Premier Tours & Travel representative at the airport in Santiago de Compostela — the capital of the Galicia region. After a full day of travel, enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Join the group for a cocktail while being serenaded by local folklore music, including traditional bagpipes, in the beautiful hotel gardens, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2

Enjoy a private, guided walking tour in Santiago de Compostela. Explore its Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque buildings and discover the oldest monuments grouped around the tomb of St. James in the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town. 

Wander the Praza do Obradoiro to learn about the other three imposing structures lining the square along with the Cathedral: Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Pazo de Raxoi, and the Colexio de San Xerome. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at leisure.

Day 3

A trip to Santiago de Compostela would be incomplete without experiencing the Camino de Santiago. Experience walking portions of the Camino while gaining expert insight along the way. Walk into Santiago de Compostela directly to the Cathedral just as the Pilgrims have done before you. Visit the museum and the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria — a Spanish masterpiece commissioned in 1168 by King Ferdinand II and created by Master Mateo.

Day 4

Experience the wine, food, and natural beauty of Rias Baixas on this all-day private, guided excursion. Enjoy hand-selected wine tastings of Albariño, savor the famous freshly harvested local mussels, and visit wine country towns such as Cambados.

Return to the hotel for your evening at leisure.

Highlights of Porto, Portugal

Day 5

Say farewell to Santiago de Compostela and depart for Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent landscape enroute and visit Baiona, located alongside Cape Silleiro. The town’s most attractive streets are set around the bay, which open up next to the mouth of Miñor River. It was here that the La Pinta moored in 1493, the first caravel to reach port after the voyage of discovery to the New World. Enjoy refreshments overlooking the incredible views of the bay before having time at leisure to explore and enjoy lunch.

Continue to Oporto (Porto), the second largest city in Portugal, and check into your hotel. Dinner at a nearby restaurant provides the ideal way to end the day.

Day 6

Relish in a guided walking tour of Porto, visiting the historic centre that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around sites such as the Porto Cathedral, Dom Luís Bridge, São Bento Station, Lello Bookstore, and Clérigos Church. 

After lunch at leisure, follow a walking tour and visit a port cellar to learn about and enjoy a tasting of their exceptional ports. A special dinner of Petiscos, similar to Spanish tapas, follows at a nearby authentic Taberninha.

Day 7

Experience all of Porto’s bridges on a cruise of the Douro River to see Porto’s six bridges. Coast down the peaceful waters of the Douro River by boat as you see Porto to one side and Gaia to the other, and all of Porto’s stunning bridges connecting the two cities. Quickly notice that no two bridges are alike, each with their own architecture and personality, making for stunning photo backdrops. As you sail the UNESCO river, see why this is one of the most unique ways to experience Northern Portugal.

Late afternoon, cross the Douro River to Vila Nova de Gaia (simply ‘Gaia’ to locals) to learn firsthand why the city is world famous for its fortified Portuguese wine — port. Gaia transports you back to the 17th-century beginnings of port-wine production, when British merchants transformed wine into the post-dinner tipple of choice by adding a dash of brandy.

Learn more about the history of port with a tour and tasting at one of the most iconic, renowned port houses that has called Gaia home since 1890.

Day 8

Experience the sun-drenched vineyards, captivating villages, and historical landmarks of the Douro River Valley on a full-day tour. A tour to Portugal would be incomplete without meandering through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and experiencing some of the finest vineyards in the world. Starting with one of the oldest and most famous estates in the Douro Valley, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Corgo River from the vineyard while tasting its award-winning wines and ports. Next, visit one of the vineyards of the owner of such leading port houses as Graham’s, Dow’s, Ware’s, and Cockburn’s, as well as a portfolio of Douro wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and a private picnic in the vineyards to bask in the fruits of this exceptional vineyard.

Highlights of Coimbra

Day 9

Travel from Porto to Lisbon with a visit enroute to the amazing city of Coimbra with its preserved medieval old town and the famous University of Coimbra; one of the oldest continuously operating academies in the world. Enjoy time for lunch at a historic estate before a guided tour of the University. Stroll the magical streets and gaze upon the multitude of architectural styles, from Romanesque Old Cathedral to the Baroque University Tower. The balance of your one-night stay in Coimbra is at leisure after checking into your accommodations.

Highlights of Lisbon

Day 10

Set out to Lisbon this morning. After checking into your accommodations, enjoy a half-day guided panoramic and walking tour and experience why Lisbon is nicknamed the “White City’ as you bask in the sunshine reflected onto the city from the Tagus River. Explore iconic sites throughout the old town. Visit Belém, home to two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Tower of Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Learn about the legacy of Prince Henry the Navigator and receive detailed information on Portugal’s role as a seafaring nation on the forefront of naval exploration in the 15th and 16th century. Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Bartolomeu Dias are some of the many great explorers that will be addressed on this tour. Finish your tour with a tasting of the world famous “Pasteis de Belém,” created in the same location since 1837. The balance of day is at leisure.

Day 11

Experience a full day meandering through some of the most mystical, romantic mountain and seaside towns outside of the hustle and bustle of Lisbon. 

Feel like royalty in Sintra, known for being a longtime royal sanctuary with its forested landscapes studded with pastel-coloured villas and palaces. Explore Palácio Nacional da Pena and see why the king of fairy tales, Hans Christian Anderson called Sintra “the most beautiful place in Portugal.” 

Meander the cobbled streets through the historical center of town, visit shops and take pictures of Palácio Nacional de Sintra. Stop for a visit to Escorial and Cascais, a coastal beach town known for its sandy beaches and busy marina.  Return to Lisbon for your final night at leisure.

Day 12

Transfer to the airport for your journey home. ¡Buen viaje! Boa viagem!

Optional Tours

For more exploration and adventure, we offer optional tour extensions across Madrid, Barcelona, Madeira, and the Azores, allowing guests to see even more of what this beautiful part of Europe has to offer.

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