On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, have added Italy, Spain and Portugal to their Europe portfolio with several new touring itineraries.
Travellers can now enjoy tours in Western Europe taking in picturesque countryside, famous cities, historic art and architecture led by local guides. Each itinerary has an emphasis on local cuisines and cultures and is filled with immersive activities and overnight stays in unique, charming hotels.
The new Italy tours, Italian Expresso and Renaissance & Riveria, give travellers the full ‘Italiano’ experience, offering 7-day and 10-day itineraries respectively.
The Italian Expresso tour travels from Venice to Florence, kicking off with a water taxi from the airport into Venice – the best way to take in the breathtaking views of the iconic Grand Canal. After exploring this romantic city and tasting the locally produced wine of Verona, the next stop is the Italian playground for the rich and famous – Lake Como. In Milan, explorers will head out on a guided walking tour, visiting the elegant and sophisticated sites, before spending the night in Genoa with a cooking demonstration in the birthplace of pesto. On the last day of the tour the group head to Pisa, with no trip to Italy complete without a photo propping up the Leaning Tower, before finishing in the beautiful renaissance city of Florence.
Renaissance & Riveria is a real taste of Italy. The first few days match the Italian Expresso itinerary before extending the adventure south finishing in Rome. A city made for walking, the group will spend the day marvelling at the world-class art that fills the galleries of Florence before travelling to Siena, stopping en route to taste the local prosciutto and salami of Chianti. The afternoon in Siena is spent discovering the cobbled streets, the medieval square and stunning cathedral of the historic centre. The tour ends in Rome, with lunch in the hillside town of Civita di Bagnoregio – the perfect end to this Italian experience.
On The Go Tours’ small group Spain tour, Barcelona to Madrid, highlights the attractions of northern Spain. Beginning with a day in the beautiful coastal city of Barcelona, travellers head west to Zaragoza stopping off at the historic winery Castell Del Remel. Next up is a visit to the multi-domed Basillica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and the old town of Pamplona, a beautiful Basque city made famous by the Ernest Hemingway novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’. The group can fill their stomachs in Sans Sebastian, known as the food capital of Spain with its plethora of Michelin star restaurants. Wine will be aplenty when visiting the world-famous Rioja region, renowned for its exceptional wineries. Marvel at unique Spanish architecture in Salamanca, home to Spain’s oldest University, with a finale finish in Madrid, the cosmopolitan capital city.
If travellers can’t decide between countries, On The Go Tours are offering three Spain and Portugal combo tours. From one capital city to another, the 8-day Madrid to Lisbon andPortugal Explorer tours encompass the best of both neighbouring countries.
The Madrid to Lisbon takes explorers through the southern part of Spain taking in the best of the beautiful Andalucia region. The group will visit the olive oil farms of Jaen before dining on plates of tapas in Seville before ending in Portugal’s charming coastal capital of Lisbon.
The week long Portugal Explorer takes travellers to Portugal’s highlights including Pena Palace in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, the wine country of Porto, with a night in a quaint Portuguese pousada (a historical Portuguese hotel). The group will stop off in historic Salamanca en route to the end destination of Madrid.
The Spain & Portugal Explorer tour is a combination of both 8-day tours circling across Spain to Portugal and back.
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