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The pilgrimage road, seafood, wine, and delicacies will take you to experience a different charm of Spain and Portugal
Departure: May 23, 2024
Date: September 28, 2024
Beautiful Scenery + Fun Food Tour
A villa in Comillas, the House of Imagination, was designed by the Spanish genius designer Antoni Gaudí

Northern Spain in search of Pintxos

Tapas, which is usually eaten in Spain, is usually only a small portion of the main course, served on a plate. Traditionally from the Basque Country of northern Spain, Pintxos are often served on a slice of bread or other food with a cocktail bar.
Itinerary

Day 1-2Vancouver Vancouver Lisbon, Portugal

Depart from Vancouver and fly to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. The city has a rich history, having been a Greek trading post before evolving into an ancient Roman town. Lisbon’s meandering waterways and urban streets hover over the hills are a mix of old streets and simple people that are hard to match in any other modern city in Europe. Exterior of Jerónimos Monastery, this magnificent monument is one of Lisbon’s most striking World Heritage Sites. Next, admire the Belém Tower, built in the 15th century, to commemorate da Gama’s successful voyage around the world, which is also a World Heritage Site. We will visit the Monument to the Discoveries, a monument built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Enrique the Navigator, an iconic attraction that experiences Portugal’s former glory. (Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3Cabo da Roca → Pena Palace

Early this morning, we set foot at the western tip of the European continent and came to the Grand Stone Point, which the Portuguese poet Camões described as “the end of the earth and the beginning of the sea”. Next, head to Sintra, the summer resort of the former Portuguese royal family, and visit the Pena Palace, which is known as one of the top ten most romantic castles in Europe. This fairytale wonderland, full of Arabian architecture, is a must-see gem on a trip to Portugal. (B, L, D)

Day 4Coimbra → Porto

Head to Coimbra, a picturesque riverside city in central Portugal. The former capital has a well-preserved medieval old town, as well as the historic University of Coimbra. The university is built on the foundations of the former palace, with the Baroque library Joanina Library and the 18th-century bell tower among the impressive buildings. Stroll through the Old Town and you’ll find the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral Sé Velha. After lunch, arrive at Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Not only is the city one of the oldest in Europe, but it is also home to some of Portugal’s finest elements: warm sunshine, magnificent churches, winding medieval streets, houses decorated with iron flowers and tiles, and the famous port wine. (B, L, D)

Day 5Porto

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Porto all day long, first visit St. Benedict Station, a 19th-century convent converted into a transportation hub, full of history. The 20,000 blue bricks in the station tell the moving story of Botu. Afterwards, admire the magnificent scenery of the Dom Luís I Bridge, which crosses the Douro River, connecting the city with the town of Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river, and is one of the most idyllic parts of Porto. Next, visit the famous [Pot] Winery, go deep into the cellar to understand the unique local wine-making process, and taste the selected wines. During lunch, savor Portuguese cuisine. To add a little fun, we have specially arranged the “Crane Ride” experience and a happy shopping hour to make your day in Portu have more unforgettable memories. (B, L, D)

Day 6Guimarães & Braga + Galicia Dinner Cruise

Visit the city of Kimaras, known as the “Cradle of Portugal”, a World Heritage Site listed in 2006 as the birthplace of Portugal and the birthplace of its founding kings. Stroll through the ancient Castle of Kimaras, built in the 10th century on a hill that was the residence of the kings of Portugal and a fortified fortress for military defense. In the afternoon, we will arrive at the city of Braga, known as the “Rome” of Portugal because of its strong religious history and background. Lunch is a selection of locals’ everyday style cuisine. Next, we traveled to Spain, boarded a boat to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Galician fjords, and tasted the ultra-fresh Galician seafood dinner. After the meal, the bartender will put on a show, mixing special herbs, coffee, lemon zest and cinnamon to create the traditional Galician flame Queimada alcoholic drink. This traditional drink dates back to Celtic times and is said to confer special powers and the joy of dancing when drunk. Spend an evening together and taste an authentic Santiago cake for a 100% authentic local experience. (B, L, D)

Day 7Santiago de Compostela → La Coruña

Visit the Old City of Santiago, a World Heritage Site in 1985, which is the end of the Pilgrimage of St. James. Legend has it that St. James, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, was buried here, making it a famous pilgrimage site for the Catholic Church, on a par with Rome and Jerusalem. We will visit the Cathedral built in the 11th-13th centuries and the large square next to it, surrounded by characteristic buildings such as the city hall and the quaint school. Visit the Cathedral Museum to learn more about the city’s historical background. Stroll through the Old Town and have lunch. You can choose your favorite restaurant for lunch. It then travels to A Coruña, the far north-west of Spain. You will visit Piazza Maria Pita in the Old Town and Hercules Tower, the oldest and only Roman lighthouse in the world. In the evening, after dinner, you can take a walk along the seaside promenade or on the beach, where you can enjoy the sunset in this tranquil beauty. (B, D)

Day 8Cathedrals Beach → Oviedo

We set off east along the northern coastline of Spain, passing by the beach of holy water, also known as “Cathedral Beach”. At this stretch of sand, you’ll catch a glimpse of natural stone arches and marvel at the wonders of nature. Afterwards, we arrived at Oviedo, the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias. Oviedo is a city full of reverie that has made its mark in movies several times. The city exudes a romantic literary atmosphere and a rich historical background that is the essence of Oviedo. Walking through the main streets of the city, you will find sculptures in different periods, and the old buildings still remain authentic, as if you have stepped back in time on the old streets of Europe. It seems that you can feel a strong European feeling and ancient atmosphere, which adds a unique emotion to the journey. Not far from the hotel is the food market with plenty of restaurants to choose from. You can easily enjoy a romantic evening in Spanish style (breakfast and lunch) in a local style.

Day 9Comillas → Santillana del Mar → Santander

This morning, we will visit Milias, a small town in Cantabria in northern Spain. Here, you will have the opportunity to admire the “Fantasy House” designed by the Spanish ghost designer Anthony Gaudí, which is full of artistic creativity. Then visit the exquisite neo-Gothic Palazzo Sobregliano, the first building in Spain to be equipped with electric lights, completed in 1888 and once housed King Alfonso XII. Its palaces and chapels and pantheons are hailed as true gems of neo-Gothic architecture. The next stop is Santiliana, one of the most beautiful medieval villages. Wander the cobblestone streets and admire the stone houses adorned with medieval carved heraldic symbols, as if stepping back in time. In the evening, we will stay at the most dazzling jewel in the Bay of Biscay, Santander. With its sunny coastal scenery and pleasant climate, this affluent harbour city is a summer retreat for the Spanish royal family. (B, L, D)

Day 10Bilbao → San Sebastian → Pamplona

After breakfast, we will embark on the journey to Bilbao. Once a city of heavy industry, the city has transformed into an internationally renowned capital of contemporary art. See Bilbao’s most famous cultural landmark, the Guggenheim Museum. This streamlined building made of titanium sheets shines with a rich layer of metallic light, presenting an infinite sense of rhythm. In the afternoon, we will head to San Sebastian, a resort town in the Bay of Biscay in the Basque Country of Spain. This picturesque bay promenade surrounds golden sandy beaches, the cobbled old town has an old charm and the famous Pintxo bar is the town’s unique charm (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Day 11Pamplona → Zaragoza

Visit Pamplona, a city in northern Spain famous for its bull running festival. Pamplona is the main stop on the medieval pilgrimage route, allowing you to feel the sacredness of this historic holy road. In the afternoon, we will head to Zaragoza, the capital of the Aragonese region in northeastern Spain. Overlooking the Ebro River, the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar in the center of the city is a famous pilgrimage site with the Shrine of the Virgin Mary and multiple domes. The city is full of Mudejar style, including the 11th-century Aljafería and the 12th-century Cathedral of the Savior, which bear witness to its rich history and culture. Let’s immerse ourselves in the streets full of ancient atmosphere and feel the flow of history. There are plenty of restaurants in the square for visitors to choose from. You can choose your favorite restaurant for lunch (breakfast and dinner).

Day 12Tarragona → Barcelona Barcelona

The ancient city of Tarragona has a long history, having been an important city on the Iberian Peninsula during the Roman period. Through a time tunnel, we travel back in time to 218 BC, the era of the Roman occupation. In 714, the Moors came and fell, but in the 12th century it flourished again and became the core town of the Kingdom of Aragon. Of particular interest are the Colosseum on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Roman Aqueduct, commonly known as the Devil’s Bridge, which was officially registered as a World Heritage Site in 2000. The guide will lead us on a stroll through the old town and immerse ourselves in the old streets. In the afternoon, return to Barcelona City. You can have some private time to enjoy a romantic Barcelona night for 2 people. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 13Barcelona → Flamenco Show

Spend the day sightseeing inside Barcelona and explore the beauty of the city in depth. Visit the spectacular Arc de Triomphe, a magnificent gateway to the city that kicks off the day. Stroll to La Ramblas to feel the energy and lively atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most famous buildings in the city, the Sagrada Familia. Designed by Gaudí, the building showcases a unique artistic and innovative style, which led to the inclusion of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Enjoy the Spanish quintessence of the [Flamenco Dance Show] while savoring a sumptuous dinner. This show will be a great night out and an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 14Barcelona with Barcelona → Vancouver for breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Barcelona airport. The return flight returned to Vancouver in the evening of the same day. Successfully concluded an unforgettable 14-day trip to North and West Portugal. Looking forward to meeting you again and sharing more of your future journeys.

Departure and return location

  • Vancouver International AirportTime: T.B.A.
Pricing
Double room
CAD $6898 (包稅金 $850)
Triple room
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Single supplement
+ CAD $1388

Price Includes

  • Round-trip Vancouver international airfare and taxes
  • Specified sightseeing programs and tickets in the itinerary
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned bus transfers

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance, excess baggage charges, all self-pay activities and personal expenses
  • eHome tour leader, local tour guide, driver service tip, hotel waiter tip
  • Visa fee: Canadian passport ~ Spain, Portugal are free of visa
Terms and Conditions

Payment

  • Pay CAD $500 deposit within 3 days of registration
  • The balance is due 90 days before departure
  • Tour fees can only be paid in cash, cheque, or bank draft.
  • VISA or MasterCard payment + 3% processing fee

Booking

  • All group members must bring their own valid passports or visas (valid for at least half a year from the return journey)
  • Please provide the same name as the travel document when booking
  • If you want to change in the future, you need to pay a handling fee of $50 and other related fees

Cancellation of reservation (deducted per person)

90 days prior to the departure date or before – CAD $500
60 days prior to the departure date or before – 40% of the total cost
45 days prior to the departure date or before – 75% of total cost
Within 45 days of departure – 100% of the total cost

eHome Travel strongly recommends that you purchase appropriate travel insurance

Important Information

All tour participants are required to bring their own valid passports and visas to enter the destinations, which are valid for at least half a year from the date of return. Please give us the correct name (must be the same as on the travel document) when registering. If you need to make changes in the future, you will be required to pay a handling fee of $50 and other related name change fees. Written notice is required for cancellation. Gratuities for tour leader, local guide and driver: EUR 200 (14 days) to be collected during the pre-departure briefing.

Please note

When registering, you will need to fill out our tour participation form, which will list our tour guidelines and relevant details. In order to operate as a team in a fair and smooth manner, each participant must first understand and accept our terms and conditions.

Liability Issue

All group members must arrive at the departure point and the meeting points during the journey on time. If you are late and cannot make the trip or miss any itinerary, eHome Travel will not be responsible for any losses, and the fees paid by the group members will not be refunded. All hotels in the itinerary use standard rooms. For special upgrades to suites or sea view rooms (if applicable), please inquire.

Our company utilizes various forms of transportation and accommodations, such as airplanes, hotels, and tour buses. Each institution has established different regulations concerning the safety of passengers’ lives and luggage, for which they are responsible. In the event of luggage loss or similar circumstances, the handling of such cases will be subject to the safety regulations set forth by the respective institutions, and our company shall not be held liable. In the case of special circumstances, such as strikes, riots, epidemics, severe weather conditions, mechanical failures affecting transportation or flights, sudden hotel capacity issues, traffic congestion, flight cancellations or time changes, which may require changes or cancellations to any tour program or meals, our company will make arrangements based on the prevailing situation. Any resulting losses shall be handled according to our company’s regulations, and participants shall not unreasonably oppose or withdraw from the tour. Our company reserves the right to change, cancel, or modify any part or all of the itinerary at any time, and the final announcement by our company shall prevail. In the event of itinerary cancellation before departure, Yi Family Holidays will refund the full amount paid by the customer (excluding visa fees). Our company shall not be held responsible for any cancellation of the itinerary or departure date. For outbound tours, if there are issues with your travel documents that prevent smooth transit, our company shall not be held responsible, and fees will not be refunded. Yi Family Holidays strongly recommends that all participants purchase suitable travel insurance (including coverage for trip cancellation, delays, and medical expenses).