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Days of Devotion

12 Day Tour of France, Spain & Portugal

Rosary Square, Lourdes, France
12 Days
3 Countries

Spain, France, Portugal

7 Cities

Barcelona, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Burgos, Santiago de Compostela, Fátima, Lisbon

16 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Travel with faith, tracing the paths of pilgrims to some of Europe's most sacred centers – a spiritual and cultural journey to Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela and Fátima, with an opportunity to attend Mass.

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Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

On this Travel with Faith journey, give thanks to God in a city that embraces religious tolerance; a city that celebrates the Glory of God in some of the world's most inspiring churches. You'll have free time to explore Barcelona before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city to kickstart your pilgrimage.

Street and Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Exe Cristal Palace Barcelona
Included Meals Welcome Reception
Iconic Experience Barcelona skyline, Spain
Barcelona Orientation

Take in the beauty and unique architecture of Barcelona on an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

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Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore Bustling Barcelona

Spend the morning exploring the spiritual side of Barcelona in the company of your Local Specialist. We Dive Into Culture for an opportunity to see the city’s most celebrated religious monument, La Sagrada Família, stepping through its intricately carved doors, into the creative genius of Gaudí's mind and his breath-taking gift to God. The soaring spires and exquisitely told stories reflected on its outside walls cannot prepare you for the beauty within. The rest of the day is yours to follow in the footsteps of the faithful. You may consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna, affectionately known in Catalonia as 'La Moreneta', followed by an optional evening of clapping and castanets at an evening Flamenco show. As you watch the twirling skirts and hear the trill of the guitar, you’ll feel the energy of this fiery UNESCO-listed tradition adored by the Spanish.

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Exe Cristal Palace Barcelona
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit La Sagrada Familia to admire Gaudi's fairy-tale architecture in Barcelona
Admire the Unparalleled Architecture of La Sagrada Família

During a visit to Barcelona's La Sagrada Família, you'll have time to admire Gaudi's fairy-tale architecture and creative genius.

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Optional Experiences Barcelona by night with dinner, Spain
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

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Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

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Day 3

Journey to Ancient Carcassonne

We journey north, across the Pyrenees and Cathar landscapes bound for the fortified city of Carcassonne. Here we’ll join a Local Specialist to explore this ancient town, which you’ll learn was once the stronghold of pious believers of the Cathar faith from the 12th century until they were persecuted and expelled by the Inquisition. Marvelling at the Cité, you’ll understand why it’s said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and you’ll know that the same double-ring of ramparts and 52 towers you see today. You’ll get to relive all the highlights and share your spellbinding stories this evening as you relax over a traditional dinner featuring some of the hearty cuisine for which the region is particularly well known.

Fortress in Carcassonne, France
Accommodation Mercure Carcassonne La Cité
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Fortress in Carcassonne, France
Visit Carcassonne with a Local Specialist

Explore the fortified city of Carcassonne with a Local Specialist. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Onwards to Lourdes

A leisurely start to our day sees us journey west to Lourdes, the global center of the Marian pilgrimage and the holy place where St. Bernadette was said to have had visions of Mary in a cave. Embark on a sightseeing visit of Lourdes’ noteworthy religious sites to gain a real sense of the devotion that pilgrims over the centuries have felt for this place.  You’ll trace the story of St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who witnessed the Marian apparitions of the Immaculate Conception and was canonised in 1933, eventually becoming the patron saint of bodily illness. A Local Specialist will accompany you on a visit to St. Bernadette's Grotto, the shrine and her birthplace, and you’ll learn how millions of pilgrims come to this holy place to pray and drink its miraculous water, following the same instruction of our Lady of Lourdes to ‘drink at the spring’. You’ll feel the spiritual importance of this sacred place as you explore the Domain and contemplate the miracles that have occurred since the Virgin Mary’s apparition here. As the sun sets, you’ll have an opportunity to share in this devotion first-hand as you Dive Into Culture for the mesmerizing Torchlight Procession, which has moved through the city's streets since 1858. Join believers from all over the world in singing the Ave Maria of Lourdes – a spine-tingling experience that will touch you forever.

Cathedral in Lourdes, France
Accommodation Hôtel Mercure Lourdes Impérial
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Join the Torchlight Procession in Lourdes, France
Explore Lourdes by joining the Torchlight Procession

Join the poignant Torchlight Procession in Lourdes, singing the Ave Maria with your fellow pilgrims.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Explore Lourdes, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site, France
Lourdes Orientation

Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year. 

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Join a Local Specialist on a visit to St. Bernadette's Grotto, Lourdes, France
Visit St. Bernadette's Grotto

Join a Local Specialist on a visit to St. Bernadette's Grotto and gain a deeper understanding of the site's continued importance to pilgrims from e...

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Day 5

Lourdes Your Way

This morning, you have a chance to attend an international mass held Every Sunday, a one-of-a-kind experience. The rest of the day is free for you to explore, why not wander in the historic center of Lourdes and see the castle and the 100-year-old Pyrenean Museum exhibiting the history and cultures of the mountains? Unlock the flavors of Lourdes sampling its famed Tarbais bean, Pyrenees chestnut, and rainbow trout from nearby mountain lakes.

Cross in Lourdes, France
Accommodation Hôtel Mercure Lourdes Impérial
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 6

Off to Uncover the Treasures of Burgos

Our spiritual interlude with France comes to an end as we pass into Spain's Basque Country and continue to Burgos, the historic capital of Castile founded as an outpost of the expanding Christian frontier. Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of its medieval center, with the highlight being a visit to the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Here you'll have time to spend a quiet moment of contemplation and prayer amidst the many extraordinary works of Renaissance artists and see the tomb of El Cid, the celebrated Castilian nobleman and a national hero. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel 

Colorful houses and the Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain
Accommodation NH Collection Palacio de Burgos
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Colorful houses and the Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain
Burgos City Tour

Explore historic Burgos with a Local Specialist and visit the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Follow in the footsteps of Saint James, crossing the Spanish 'North' to Santiago de Compostela. Imagine the thousands of pilgrims who have embarked on this spiritual path, as you travel west through the rolling countryside, as they have in devotion for centuries. On arrival, your Travel Director will provide a brief orientation of this famous pilgrimage site after which you'll have some time at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps you’d like to soak up the architecture and atmosphere of the city’s winding streets, sample the Pilgrim's menu at the San Franciscan convent-turned hotel and restaurant. This evening, you have an opportunity to give praise at the Pilgrim's Mass, which welcomes the pilgrims who have been received in the city in the last day.

Seashells in Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Accommodation Eurostars San Lázaro Santiago de Compostela
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Sun sets over Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Spain.
Santiago de Compostela Orientation

Enjoy an introductory orientation of Santiago de Compostela with your Travel Director before exploring the city at your leisure. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences See Santiago de Compostela with a Galician dinner
Santiago de Compostela by Night with Galician Dinner

This evening, you’ll travel back in time to the city where medieval pilgrims flocked. You’ll get to marvel at the illuminated historical buildings ...

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Day 8

Discover Santiago de Compostela

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of St. James, the apostle of Jesus Christ. The Romanesque medieval cathedral in the heart of old Santiago also marks the end of the Camino de Santiago and you’ll feel the spiritual significance it still has for pilgrims many centuries after it was completed in the 13th century. This afternoon, explore Santiago de Compostela at your leisure, perhaps a more in-depth visit to the UNESCO-listed Old Town with its festive atmosphere and a chance to stop in at one of the cozy coffee shops for a slice of almond-filled heaven, the local Tarta de Santiago. You may also consider joining an Optional Experience to the coastal center of Rías Baixas where you’ll discover the deep fjord-like estuaries of Galicia with our Local Specialist, stopping in O Grove Port and the village of Cambados, before enjoying a refreshing boat trip to sample mussels and Ribeiro wine fresh from the local farms, leaving some space for dinner later at your hotel.

Cathedral in Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Accommodation Eurostars San Lázaro Santiago de Compostela
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Narrow streets of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Santiago de Compostela City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a visit to Praza do Obradoiro and admire the cathedral façade festooned with architectural frills.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Explore Rias Baixas and the Mussel Beds in Pontevedra, Spain
Explore Rías Baixas and the Mussel Beds

Join us on a visit to Ría de Arosa, one of the deep fjord-like estuaries of Galicia, with our Local Specialist. We'll stop at O Grove Port and the ...

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Day 9

Venture to Fátima

Our trip through Spain ends and we continue our spiritual journey south to Portugal. Our first stop is at Vila Verde, to meet the ladies of Aliança Artesanal for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience safeguarding the old tradition of the Handkerchief of Love. We continue to the Catholic pilgrimage site of Fátima, the path followed by millions of pilgrims to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Your orientation tour will give you an overview of the history and religious significance of this holy place and you’ll watch how devotees pray for health, happiness and repentance. This evening, peace will fill your heart as you join worshippers from all over the world reciting the Rosary in the hushed and magnificent surrounds of the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima.

Sanctuary in Fatima, Portugal
Accommodation Hotel Fátima
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Lenços dos Namorados, the Handkerchief of Love

Meet the ladies still designing Lenços dos Namorados, a romantic Portuguese tradition that has nearly disappeared. Unique to the North of Portugal,...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Arcade of the Sanctuary in Fatima, Morocco
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in Fátima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Excursion to Tomar

Join your Local Specialist in a visit to the quaint city of Tomar, stronghold of the Templar Knights, and visit their fantastic Convent of Christ, ...

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Day 10

Fátima Your Way

We journey to the tiny village of Aljustrel, where the three shepherds once lived, to see their humble home which stands to this day. You’ll have time to witness the power of faith in Fátima at your leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to Nazaré and Batalha, with its impressive Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha built in the 15th century to pay homage to the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota and thank the Virgin Mary for her intervention in their battle with the Castilians. This beautiful Gothic-turned-Manueline honey-hued structure was home to Portugal’s first stained-glass workshop, and you’ll see the radiant beauty all around you as you explore further. See the statue of Nuno Álvares Pereira on his horse, learning how this military commander who was credited with winning this battle and keeping Portugal independent. You’ll leave with a deep understanding of the events leading up to its construction and know that through your visit, you help to support its preservation for years to come.

Sardines in Fatima, Portugal
Accommodation Hotel Fátima
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit the Monastery of Batalha, Portugal
Monastery of Batalha And Nazaré

Visit Batalha Monastery a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Then visit the famous fishing...

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Day 11

Continue to Colorful Lisbon

A short journey this morning sees us arrive to Lisbon. You'll meet a Local Specialist who will accompany us on a drive through the lush avenues of the Portuguese capital, past the black and white mosaic pavements, bound for Belém, a district on the River Tagus. You'll see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower before we Dive Into Culture and visit the exquisite 16th-century Hieronymite Monastery. The resident monks of the Order of Saint Jerome were tasked to give guidance to sailors and pray for the soul of King Manuel I and beyond its spiritual significance, you’ll be mesmerised by its beauty. After a day of sightseeing, we enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience and Connect With Locals for a Farewell Dinner featuring some of the delicious local delicacies. 

Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
Accommodation Neya Lisboa Lisbon
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Dinner featuring a local delicacy with Manuel at his family adega in Lisbon's Terras Vedras
Dine with Manuel at his Family Adega in Lisbon's Terras Vedras, Featuring a Local Delicacy for Dessert

Meet Manuel at his family adega in Lisbon's Terras Vedras. You'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner featuring a local delicacy for dessert, alo...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Monument to the Discoveries on the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see th...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Royal Portuguese Riviera Visit in Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

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Day 12

Farewell Lisbon

Say farewell to newfound friends after a memorable spiritual journey.

Tram in Lisbon, Portugal
Included Meals Breakfast

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Barcelona Orientation

Take in the beauty and unique architecture of Barcelona on an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

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Dive Into Culture
Admire the Unparalleled Architecture of La Sagrada Família

During a visit to Barcelona's La Sagrada Família, you'll have time to admire Gaudi's fairy-tale architecture and creative genius.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Carcassonne with a Local Specialist

Explore the fortified city of Carcassonne with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore Lourdes by joining the Torchlight Procession

Join the poignant Torchlight Procession in Lourdes, singing the Ave Maria with your fellow pilgrims.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lourdes Orientation

Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Bernadette's Grotto

Join a Local Specialist on a visit to St. Bernadette's Grotto and gain a deeper understanding of the site's continued importance to pilgrims from e...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Burgos City Tour

Explore historic Burgos with a Local Specialist and visit the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Santiago de Compostela Orientation

Enjoy an introductory orientation of Santiago de Compostela with your Travel Director before exploring the city at your leisure. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Santiago de Compostela City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a visit to Praza do Obradoiro and admire the cathedral façade festooned with architectural frills.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Lenços dos Namorados, the Handkerchief of Love

Meet the ladies still designing Lenços dos Namorados, a romantic Portuguese tradition that has nearly disappeared. Unique to the North of Portugal,...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Chapel of Apparations in Fátima

Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Hieronymite Monastery

Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with Manuel at his Family Adega in Lisbon's Terras Vedras, Featuring a Local Delicacy for Dessert

Meet Manuel at his family adega in Lisbon's Terras Vedras. You'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner featuring a local delicacy for dessert, alo...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lisbon City Tour

Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see th...

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Attend Mass in Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela and Fátima
Explore Barcelona, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Burgos, Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon with a Local Specialist
Visit La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Burgos Cathedral, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and the Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Olympic Barcelona with Calatalan Dinner

Take a scenic drive up to Montjuic for sweeping views over buzzing Barcelona and a glimpse of the buildings used during the 1992 Olympics. Afterwar...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Santiago de Compostela by Night with Galician Dinner

This evening, you’ll travel back in time to the city where medieval pilgrims flocked. You’ll get to marvel at the illuminated historical buildings ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Rías Baixas and the Mussel Beds

Join us on a visit to Ría de Arosa, one of the deep fjord-like estuaries of Galicia, with our Local Specialist. We'll stop at O Grove Port and the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Monastery of Batalha And Nazaré

Visit Batalha Monastery a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Then visit the famous fishing...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll venture outside Lisbon with our Local Specialist today. After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesqu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages in Spain, France and Portugal : Castilian Spanish is the official language of Spain, French is the official language of France and Portuguese is the official language of Portugal.
  • Currency in Spain, France and Portugal: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Spain, France and Portugal.
  • Capital Cities: Madrid (Spain), Paris (France), Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Time Zones in Spain, France and Portugal: Central European Time Zone and Central European Summer Time (Spain) and Western European Time Zone and Western European Summer Time (Portugal)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain, France and Portugal for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Spain, France or Portugal
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The coastal areas experience cooler temperatures compared to the inland regions. Summers are typically hot, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, while winters are mild, averaging around 10°C to 15°C. The southern region, particularly the Algarve, tends to be hotter and drier, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40°C during heatwaves.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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