Classic Portugal Northern Spain and France

Romantic
Romantic
21 - 28
days

From Portugal to Paris, make your way up along the coast, enjoying magnificent beaches, rich culture, and amazing food.

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2

    Tomar, Portugal

  • 3

    Porto, Portugal

  • 4

    Santiago de Composte, Spain

  • 5

    Oviedo, Spain

  • 6

    Santander, Spain

  • 7

    Bilbao, Spain

  • 8

    Bordeaux, France

  • 9

    Sarlat la Caneda, France

  • 10

    Orleans, France

  • 11

    Paris, France

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Things to do in and around Lisbon

  • Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon
  • Lisbon 1
  • Jeronimos Monastery, Belem
  • Bairro Alto, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Lisboa, Lisbonne
  • Sintra, Portugal
  • Fountain of Tears
  • P1020718
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Lisbon With Langon - 26
  • Exterior of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Lisbon
  • Mafra National Palace - Palácio Nacional de Mafra - 2
  • Palácio Nacional de Monserrate, Sintra
  • The Oldest Church
  • Rua Augusta
  • just another day
  • Chinese Propaganda Posters at the Service of Politics
  • Palácio Nacional da Pena- Sintra (Explore)
  • Capuchos II
   
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Lisbon

Portugal, Lisbon region

CultureFoodHistoricNight lifeBeaches2 nights

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a lively city filled with restaurants, shops, buzzing nightlife, and historical sites.

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Among all the metropolises in Europe, it has the warmest winters.
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Things to do in and around Tomar

  • Town of Tomar
  • Convento da Ordem de Cristo
  • Town of Tomar
  • As vidas de Maria
  • Museu de Arte Moderna, Nova Iorque
  • Coimbra
  • Fountain of Tears
  • casa dos cubos, embaixada, tomar
  • Tomar, Aquaduct dos Pegões
  • Town of Tomar
  • Tomar Santa Maria do Olival 001
  • Vale Glaciar do Zêzere
  • Sintra, Portugal
   
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Tomar

Portugal, Centro region

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A historical town set on the banks of the River Tagus, home to a number of exquisite Templars, churches, and scenic viewpoints.

The town of Tomar was born inside the walls of the Convento de Cristo, constructed under the orders of Gualdim de Pais, the fourth grand master of the Knights Templar in the late 12th century. Tomar is one of Portugal's historical jewels and more significantly was the last Templar town to be commissioned for construction. Tomar was especially important in the 15th century when it was a centre of Portuguese overseas expansion. In 2013, the Guardian elected The Convento de Cristo in Tomar as the most spectacular place to visit in Portugal, "...Founded by the Knights Templar, it's a beautiful, mysterious and magical place, wonderful to discover and enjoy."
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Things to do in and around Porto

  • Ligurian colours
  • Ramos Pinto Building
  • Praça de Almeida Garett
  • Porto
  • Serralves Foundation
  • Coimbra
  • Guimarães-019
  • Igreja de São Francisco - Salvador/BA
  • igreja do carmo
  • 20140619-Portugal-0656-Porto-Rua_de_Santa_Catarina
  • granite
  • Mistérios Negros Hiking Trail
  • Viana do Castelo (Portugal)
  • Porto 2009-03-28 001
  • CAPELA DAS ALMAS
  • Cais da Ribeira
  • Livraria Lello & Irmão
  • The bicycle
  • 29/07/2012 · Serra do Alvão
   
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Porto

Portugal, Norte region

Night lifeFoodCultureHistoricBeaches2 nights

Famous for its wine, Portugal's second largest city boasts a lovely waterfront and several historical sites and monuments.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal", based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.
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Things to do in and around Santiago de Compostela

  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Plaza de las Platerias en Santiago de Compostela
  • Pazo de Raxoi, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • Plaza de la Quintana, Santiago de Compostela
  • Cathedral
  • Fue un día de conocer. Vigo
  • Ría de Muros-Noia desde o Enxa
  • 004795 - Santiago de Compostela
  • A Coruña
  • Equilibrios.
  • Playa de Rodas
  • PLAYA DE ARNELES. HIO. CANGAS
   
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Santiago de Compostela

Spain, Galicia region

CultureHistoricSmall townsFoodNight life2 nights

The capital of Galicia, this town was established as part of a pilgrimage route in the 9C, engendering its rich history.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Things to do in and around Oviedo

  • Mañana de domingo II
  • Oviedo
  • San Salvador cathedral
  • Main Frieze, Dipylon Amphora, c. 755-750 B.C.E.
  • I Bienal Internacional de la Pintura al Pastel
  • Panorama de los Picos de Europa
  • Cabo Peñas.
  • Sta. Maria del Naranco I
  • San Julián de los Prados - Vista general
  • Luz vespertina
  • Chile2014_01231420_IMG_5000
   
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Oviedo

Spain, Asturias region

CultureHistoric1 night

Founded in the 8C, this city shows off its historical past along with a relaxed and modern atmosphere.

Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. Oviedo contains a very rich architectural history, with many buildings dating back to the early medieval period. Many of the building projects were undertaken during Alfonso II`s (791-842) reign and Ramiro I`s (842-850) reign.
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Things to do in and around Santander

  • Santander
  • Santander
  • SANTANDER - Cantabria.
  • Santander
  • View of Santander from La Magdalena
  • Panorama de los Picos de Europa
  • Cave Paintings
  • Faro de la Cerda on the Magdalena Peninsula Santander
  • Faro de Santander
  • Colombia  --  Parque National del Chicamocha 080
  • Tresviso
  • Donostia - San Sebastián
   
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Santander

Spain, Cantabria region

BeachesHistoricNight lifeFoodCulture1 night

Completely rebuilt following a fire in 1941, Santander is somewhat modern yet still offers a tranquil beach spirit.

The port city of Santander is the situated on the north coast of Spain. The bars and restaurants of the old town are popular with tourists, as well as the El Sardinero beach a couple of kilometers away. Main sights include : The Cathedral of Santander; The Palacio de la Magdalena, eclectic style, English influenced, built in 1909 by public subscription as a gift for the Spanish Royal Family; Santander has a great tradition and cultural activity, with events that play an important role in cultural and social life of the city. UIMP is a major international summer university and organizes large festivals of music and dance.
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Things to do in and around Bilbao

  • Bilbao
  • Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao)
  • Bilbao
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Donostia - San Sebastián
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  • Bilbao, museo marítimo
  • Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro de Bilbao
  • Euskal Museoa, Unamuno enparantzan
  • Multicoloured herd
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Antiguo parador
  • Gasteiz from above
   
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Bilbao

Spain, Basque Country region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nights

Bilbao is an interesting city with a strong culture of art and architecture, as well as numerous museums on a variety of themes.

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country.

Since its foundation in the early 14th century, Bilbao was a commercial hub that enjoyed significant importance. Nowadays, Bilbao is a vigorous service city that is experiencing an ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalisation process, started by the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic to contemporary architecture. The Old Town features many of the oldest buildings in the city, as the St. James' Cathedral or the Church of San Anton.

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Things to do in and around Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux
  • real ruins or fake?
  • Le Grand-Théâtre, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France.
  • Bordeaux 17
  • HDRI Lacanau Beach (France)
  • Windamic
  • Saint-Émilion, France
  • 022a Decorative Arts museum
  • tour Pey Berland BOD2727
  • Musée d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux
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  • Dominance / submission *
  • PANORAMA ANGOULEME
  • _DSC2512_DxO
   
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Bordeaux

France, Aquitaine region

FoodCultureHistoricNight life2 nights

Half of this city is UNESCO listed, it also offers great dining and nightlife options for the millions who visit annually.

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. The city's titles are "La Perle d'Aquitaine" (The Pearl of Aquitaine), and "La Belle Endormie" (Sleeping Beauty) in reference to the old center which had black walls due to pollution. Nowadays, this is not the case. In fact, a part of the city, Le Port de La Lune, was almost completely renovated. Bordeaux is the city which has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France, except for Paris. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
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Things to do in and around Sarlat la Caneda

  • P1000242 Sarlat-la-Canéda, maisons vues de la tour de l'ancienne église Sainte-Marie
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda. France.
  • Montignac accross the River Vézère
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  • Dominance / submission *
  • Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac, Perigord, France
  • Lascaux II - Hall of The Bulls (with a bear)
  • Rocamadour
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  • Le château médiéval de Castelnaud
  • IMG_4055
  • Cahors
   
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Sarlat la Caneda

France, Aquitaine region

HistoricSmall townsFoodCulture3 nights

This Medieval town is known for its great restaurants, where you can find the best truffles and foie gras in the region.

Sarlat-la-Caneda, or simply Sarlat, is a commune in southwestern France. Sarlat is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. The center of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free.
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Things to do in and around Orleans

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  • Parc Floral de la Source
  • Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans 2
  • Campagne Européenne 2009
  • Paris-Petit Palais (4)
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de chaumont sur Loire
  • 1a_11_1102VenteMaisonEtEsclaveMâle
  • Maison à Colombages, Orleans-- Maison de Jeanne d'Arc!
  • Chambord (variation 1)
  • Château de Chenonceau
   
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Orleans

France, Centre region

CultureFoodNight life1 night

Considered the capital of the Centre region, this city is excellent for lovers of history and quality dining.

Orleans is a city in north-central France. Orleans is located in the northern bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Orleans belongs to the vallee de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city offers many sights, including the Gallo-Roman town-wall on the north side of the cathedral (4th century AD) and along the rue de la Tour-Neuve; The Hotel Groslot, built between 1550 and 1555; Many historical houses and mansions can still be admired in the city center which is one of the largest in France due to the great importance of the city until the 20th century.
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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Untitled
  • Place des Vosges
  • Latin Quarter
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
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  • 295 Paris - place Vendome
  • Fontaines
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Rodin Museum building
  • day trip to chartres
  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Notre Dame
  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • The Catacombs
  • Île St. Louis
  • Quaie Belu ( la Somme) Amiens
  • The view from the terrace of Art Study Giverny
   
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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