Travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea on a journey bursting with both rural charms and grand architectural sights.
Porto - A historic centre, charismatic locals, sumptuous food, and famous wine: no one can resist the charms of this UNESCO city.
Douro Valley - Admire steep terraced vineyards by the Douro River and indulge your taste buds with the finest ports and wines
Peneda-Gerês National Park - Protecting the ecosystem and a disappearing local way of life, this park will leave you speechless.
Costa da Morte - Plunging cliffs, remote sandy beaches and rocky headlands; this is the stunning and treacherous ‘Coast of Death’.
Figueres – Embark on a surrealist journey through the bizarre world of Salvador Dalí in his famous theatre-museum.
Costa Brava – ‘The Rugged Coast’ of Catalonia dotted with golden sand beaches, hidden rocky coves, and inspirational seaside towns.
Arles - Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh and you’ll understand why he painted over 200 works around this inspiring city.
The Regional Park du Camargue – A timeless wetland dotted with pink saltwater lakes and black bulls, white horses and flamingos.
You compare the open Atlantic Ocean with the enclosed Mediterranean Sea. You contrast the ornate and pompous cathedrals of Spain’s Golden Age with the understated villages that inspired the 21st century’s greatest artists.
On this trip, you get to experience both the flamboyant marvels and the rustic charms of Portugal, Spain, and Southern France. You start in Portugal where you amble along the coastline, visit the western edge of Europe, and taste the delicacies of their beautiful towns and villages. You then travel through Spain where you enjoy the epitome of medieval Europe in Salamanca and Madrid. And you venture through Southern France visiting fishing villages and Roman ruins as you go.
Take this journey and venture from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea via the charms of Portugal, Spain, and France.
You say ‘bom dia’ to your guide and fellow travellers, leave the coastal capital city of Lisbon, and travel the short distance to Óbidos.
This quaint walled town has wealth of wonders for you to discover. You can study the sturdy walls of their Moorish Castle; amble through the little cobbled shopping lanes; or combine two of your favourite guilty pleasures in a drink of Ginjinha d’Óbidos, a sweet liqueur served in a chocolate cup.
Back on the road, you venture further north to Coimbra. This former Portuguese capital is famous for being the home of one of the oldest universities in the world. You have time here to explore the town’s churches and history and eat some of the local food for lunch.
After you’ve soaked up the history, it’s time to head to Aveiro. You feel like you’ve been teleported into little Venice in this town that’s lined with canals and art-nouveau architecture.
Your final stop of the day is in Porto, your home for the next two nights. It’s been a busy day, but hopefully you’re not too tired to walk to a sunset spot in this many-tiered town.
Today, you have an important decision to make.
Do you lounge around and take in the cathedrals, cellars, and cuisine of beautiful Porto? Or do you hop on the mini-coach with us and venture through the Douro Valley?
Lucky for you, there’s no wrong option.
If you join our half day tour, you begin with a traditional rabelo boat cruise down the Douro Valley. This is a chance to ogle at the famous wine producing hills of the region from a new angle. Once you’re back on dry land, you travel to Pinhão, a small port-producing town surrounded by vineyards. Savour this delicious tipple with your lunch and enjoy the stunning vistas before you return to Porto mid-afternoon.
The rest of the day is yours to discover more of the city and indulge in its wines and flavours in your own style. And if you’re a fan of live music, don’t miss out on a performance of Fado, Portugal’s emotionally stirring traditional music.
Your last few days have been packed with bustling towns and boozy flavours. So now it’s time to refresh your senses with a taste of the great outdoors.
You head to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only national park in Portugal. You spend the whole morning here enjoying views of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls before travelling to the tiny town of Soajo.
This town not only boasts beautiful views, it’s also one of the most rustic villages you’ll have ever laid your eyes upon. You have time here to take a look at their famous 17th-century granite granaries and grab lunch.
And now, it’s over the border and into Spain. You arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time to admire the huge cathedral that’s famously built over the remains of St. James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
Today, you can relax and enjoy the sights of Santiago de Compostela at your own pace or come on a half-day adventure with us to the Costa da Morte, ‘Coast of Death’.
And no, this isn’t a shoreline infested with pirates and cannibals, it’s a place that was once notorious for shipwrecks.
If you join our trip to the coastline, you start the day by going to Ézaro waterfall. Here, you go for a small walk to take in the views of a rare wonder - the Ézaro River tumbling straight into the sea.
After you’ve enjoyed the waterfall, we travel to the ‘End of the World’ at Cape Finisterre. Ancient civilisations believed this was the end of the earth. You have time here to admire the lighthouse and look out over the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Your next stop is in Muxía. This lovely, historic harbour town is the perfect spot to sample the fresh seafood that this region is famous for and watch the ships set off to sea.
You arrive back in Santiago de Compostela in the afternoon. The evening is yours to soak up the atmosphere of the city, try Galician specialities, and explore more historical treasures and hidden gems.
Your first stop of the day is in Lugo. This town has a lot to be proud of. They have the only fully intact Roman city walls in the world, a stunning cathedral, and oodles of charm. You have free time here to choose what you visit.
You continue to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and travel to Las Médulas. Strange red pinnacles and holes in the mountains make this landscape look and feel otherworldly. The Romans created what you see before you by boring into the earth in their quest for gold.
You explore this area and enjoy your lunch before continuing the journey to Salamanca for your overnight stay. This mesmerising city is adorned with the riches of the Spanish Golden Age and boasts a great culinary scene.
You have time in the morning to explore the cathedral, university, and pretty plazas of Salamanca before we head off. Or you can have a lie-in if you decided to enjoy the famous nightlife a little too much the night before.
Grab early lunch and cast the last glance at the stunning architecture of the city before we head off. You continue the journey through the vast plains of the Castile and León region with various photo stops on the way.
Then, there’s the masterpiece of architecture, El Escorial. This is one of the most remarkable historical buildings in all of Spain. The huge structure was built by king Philip II and has functioned as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school and hospital.
After you’ve learned about the riches of Spain, we take you to Madrid in the evening.
You have a free day in the golden metropolis of Madrid and can decide how you want to spend it. Packed with tapas bars, world-renowned art, and amazing architecture; this city really knows how to live.
To get around town, you can use Madrid’s fantastic public transport or jump on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
Start your day by trying delicious pan tumaka; crusty bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil.
You’re really spoilt for choice here because no two districts are the same.
You can begin with the oldest part of Madrid, home to the lavish Royal Palace. It boasts a staggering 3,418 rooms decorated with the paintings by world-renowned artists.
After admiring the splendour of the Royal Family’s official residence, you can stroll around the city’s grand plazas. The portico-lined square of Plaza Mayor used to be the centre of Old Madrid. And Puerta del Sol, is where the symbol of Madrid; The Bear and the Madroño Tree resides.
Next, fuel your batteries in one of their many restaurants before an exciting afternoon. For the art lovers; there’s Prado Museum and other exhibitions lined with Spanish, Italian and Flemish masterpieces. For the nature lovers; there’s El Retiro Park, a green oasis in the heart of the city where you can row a boat.
And in the evening head to La Latina; the city’s top district for tapas, mojitos, and terraces. But don’t get carried away by the city’s energy too much, because tomorrow you join the next leg of your tour.
You leave the grand metropolis of Madrid and head east through the landscapes of Castile-La Mancha.
Your first stop of the day is Cuenca, a medieval town perched upon cliffs overlooking a river canyon. This unusually well-preserved city is famous for its ‘hanging houses’. Feeling curious? Then wander around the old town and try to spot these architectural marvels. With their balconies jutting out over the gorge, these houses appear to defy gravity.
After early lunch, you leave the Cuenca’s mind-boggling engineering behind and continue east to the Utiel-Requena region. This undulating plain surrounded by mountains is home to countless vineyards. And its wine making tradition goes back to the 7th century BC. Get your taste buds ready because you have a chance to taste wine on a tour of a local vineyard.
After savouring regional specialities and tipples; you continue the adventure towards the Mediterranean coast and travel past Sagunto Castle, a hill-top fortress that’s history spans over four civilisations.
In the evening, you arrive in Peñíscola, nicknamed the City in the Sea. Spend the evening strolling along the promenades and probing into the secrets of its old town.
Today, you continue exploring the coast of Spain and head to Tarragona on the Costa Dorada.
Here, you have enough time to discover the city’s rich history and heritage. And you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re a history buff, visit some of Roman archaeological sites like the Tarragona Amphitheatre, Praetorium, and Roman Circus. Or if it’s atmospheric photos you’re after, head to the old town or the city’s golden beaches.
Now it’s time to contrast the coastline of Costa Dorada with the serrated peaks of Montserrat. This majestic mountain with strangely shaped crags is home to a Benedictine Monastery and one of Spain’s most venerated statues of the Madonna and Child. Enjoy your lunch here, contemplate the life of monks and hermits, and admire the magnificent basilica or follow the footpaths.
Full of nature and spiritual delights, you travel through the green hills and mountains and arrive in Girona in the evening. This medieval city will be your home for two nights.
There’s more to Costa Brava than the beaches, and today is all about discovering different faces of this fascinating region.
You start off with a visit to the lush Cap Roig Botanical Gardens perched on a cliff near Palafrugell. This is a truly special place where nature, art, culture and history come together. Wander through the romantic paths, breathe in the smell of over 1,000 plant species, and admire sculptures from renowned artists.
After you’ve taken in all the beauty of Cap Roig, you head to Begur, one of the most stunning spots on the Costa Brava. You’re free to choose how you spend your time here. Roam the medieval streets, enjoy your lunch, and visit a striking 11th-century castle with panoramic views of the area. Or, head to one of the nearby dreamy little coves and spend some time on the beach.
In the afternoon, you can embark on a surreal journey as you discover Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Known for his eccentricity and grand visions, the surrealist genius converted an old theatre into a museum showcasing his most spectacular sculptures and painting. And he did it in a very flamboyant style. From a rooftop decorated with giant eggs to an interactive way of experiencing his work, this wonderfully bizarre place will give you an insight into the life and art of Salvador Dalí.
After a day full of artistic and nature experiences, you return to Girona in the early evening. Spend your time wandering through the beautiful walled medieval old town and the Jewish Quarter or explore the Game of Thrones s locations.
Picturesque towns, colourful harbours and stunning vistas. This is the route along the Mediterranean Coast you take today as you leave Spain.
Your first stop of the day is the romantic seaside village of Collioure. This little slice of Mediterranean paradise will steal your heart with its pastel houses, bobbing boats, and beautiful beaches. And you won’t be the first to fall under its spell. Matisse, Derain and Picasso all loved this location.
Next, you travel north through the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Nestled in the remote area of the Séranne Mountains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an oasis of serenity. Enjoy a walk through the cobbled streets and visit the abbey that witnessed more than a thousand years of history.
Then, you travel through the rolling countryside and arrive in Nîmes, where you spend two nights. The evening is yours to uncover this fascinating city full of Roman remains.
In the morning, it’s time to explore the Regional Park of Camargue. This is where the Petit Rhône and Grand Rhône meet the Mediterranean to create an unforgettable sanctuary to flora and fauna. The vast wetland encompasses land, salty lagoons, marshland and beaches. And did we mention it’s roamed by black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos?
Then, it’s on to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a little town almost completely surrounded by water with numerous beaches and dunes. Here, grab a coffee and explore the charming centre, or bask in the sunshine on the beach.
Next stop is Arles, the city that has it all; fascinating history, Roman treasures, shady squares, and rich art heritage. You’ll have time to discover some of the Roman remains or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh. And remember, lunch in one of the picturesque cafes is a must while exploring this place.
Back on the road, you head to Pont du Gard to admire a masterpiece of Roman engineering, a three-tiered aqueduct built almost two thousand years ago. Ponder over the engineers’ precision and walk across the tiers of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before you head back to Nîmes in the early evening.
Say au revoir to Nîmes and head to Cassis, a fishing village on the French Riviera. Hidden away from the glamour of the rich and famous, it is as charming as it is authentic.
You’ve got free time to explore Cassis; or if you feel more adventurous, you can go on an optional boat tour to the nearby Calanques National Park. With the fjord-like inlets, azure waters, and pine-clad gullies; this stunning coastline will steal your breath away.
Whatever you choose to do; absorb the Mediterranean vibe, enjoy your lunch, and try some local lavender ice cream.
With all this newly discovered joie de vivre, you continue your leisurely ramble along the coast towards Fréjus on the glamorous French Riviera. Feast your eyes on the stunning vistas of this town that dates to the Romans before you arrive in Nice la Belle in the evening.
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You stay two nights in Porto, two nights in Santiago de Compostela, and one night in Salamanca, two nights in Madrid, one night in Peñíscola, two nights in Girona, and two nights in Nîmes.
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A good night’s sleep is often needed for a good day of travel.
So, we’ve hand-picked three to four-star hotels in remote coastal villages, bustling towns, and mountain valleys.
Your accommodation is included in the tour price; and when you book your trip, you can choose whether you want double rooms, twin rooms, or single rooms.
In Paris, Nice, Madrid, Lisbon, and Rome, you stay at a hotel by the airport. These have excellent transport connections all across the city and let us avoid contributing to central traffic congestion.
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Your friendly driver and guide are passionate about the places they visit and know all the local gossip. This means your tour itinerary can change a little due festivities, attraction opening hour changes, and spontaneous photo opportunities.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable mini-coaches have huge windows, So you always get a good view.
We like to keep our coaches small, nimble, and odour free. This means we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you frequently stop in local towns and villages for comfort breaks.
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We want you to enjoy your trip to Europe. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of stops to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to pack or bring along food on the mini-coach. We stop in small European towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
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