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Trail of Columbus

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Emma "This tour is basically the second half of the Iberian Voyager tour. This meant that when I joined the tour in Lisbon 15 people left and 15 of us got on. This is one thing about the tour which I don't think anyone was made aware of when booking. However this didn't bother me, there were enough of us joining that you didn't feel like you were awkwardly joining a group of friends. Our tour guide and ..."
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4 reviews
Starts
Lisbon
Destinations
+6
Ends
Barcelona
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Highlights

  • Visit the Valley of the Fallen
  • Soak up the sun in San Sebastian
  • Hit the cellars of Porto
  • Taste delicious local tapas
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel
Max Group Size
48
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start in Lisbon and end in Barcelona! With the discovery tour Trail of Columbus, you have a 10 day tour package taking you from Lisbon to Barcelona and through Lisbon, Portugal and 7 other destinations in Europe. Trail of Columbus includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 1
    Written on June 15, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    After doing a similar style travel with Contiki, I had a good base to compare. Overall, the itinerary was good, but somewhat misleading on what's included. Top Deck needs to be clearer on what tours are included if there's a smaller group joining a larger one in a route. Those joining later were not included on some of the driving tours. Itinerary - Good, but expected to receive some maps on free days like how Contiki did. Suggestions were provided but received them late in some cities. Had to do my own research (essentially the whole purpose of me booking through a company is so that I wouldn't have to). Overall, the cities that we stopped to were great. Transportation - Great. The bus was clean, the driver was awesome (Michael). The driver really pulled through for us in cities to make sure we didn't have to walk too far and was super nice about luggage. Accommodation - Top Deck did a really good job in most cities with the hostels. They were decent and did not want to make you cringe for the most part. It was also well placed and within the city. Meals - The dinners were pretty good and they were great about dietary restrictions. Guide - Aileen was good, but not like the first guide I had on Contiki. Aileen was informative and clearly an experienced guide, but not as personable. While I was fine with her style, I felt others who are not as self-sufficient did not appreciate it as much. Her style of presenting info was also very fast and I understand for these types of trips it's a lot of info for a short period of time, but information gets lost and it's difficult to digest with others chatting away. This is probably due to her doing this specific tour for a while and the info is seamless to her at this point and the delivery feels more like a task more than anything. Overall, I think she did a good job. though. It's not easy leading 29+ (some reckless more than others) young people city to city.
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  • M
    Written on May 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had a great time on this tour. Vincenzo made us all feel welcome and taken care of, and he was such a fun trip leader. Thanks for the laughs, we all love you!
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  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 3
    Written on September 13, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Most of it was cool - wish the buses had a better Air Con. system; If possible - it might best to now have people join the tour half way in because it becomes cliquey.
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  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 4
    Written on August 17, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    This tour is basically the second half of the Iberian Voyager tour. This meant that when I joined the tour in Lisbon 15 people left and 15 of us got on. This is one thing about the tour which I don't think anyone was made aware of when booking. However this didn't bother me, there were enough of us joining that you didn't feel like you were awkwardly joining a group of friends. Our tour guide and bus driver were fantastic, they really made the effort with everyone and no one was left out (Dave and Tomasz). Accommodation in Porto and Madrid was the best, especially Porto. The rest was average. Group dinners were brilliant, we had good food everywhere we went and I really felt like it was worth paying for that food fund. The only place I really felt we needed more time was Sintra, we stopped here on our way to Porto. I would recommend using one of your lisbon days to visit the Sintra in addition to going with the group as there is so much to see, a whole days worth, and we only ended up being there for 20 mins due to problems with public transport. Otherwise a fab tour that wasn't rushed with an amazing bunch of people!
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Day 2: Lisbon
  3. Day 3: Lisbon to Porto
  4. Day 4: Porto
  5. Day 5: Porto to Madrid, Spain
  6. Day 6: Madrid
  7. Day 7: Madrid to San Sebastian
  8. Day 8: San Sebastian
  9. Day 9: San Sebastian to Barcelona
  10. Day 10: Barcelona

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • How much spending money will I need?

      Naturally everybody's spending varies. There are many souvenirs to be bought and a great social scene should you wish to join in! Many of your meals are included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for.

      Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also inform you of optional activities which you can participate in so you have time to budget before you arrive at the next city. Most people budget approximately €70 per day including optional activities and some souvenirs.

    • Are you able to arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers are not available on this tour, which means that you will have to make your own way to the starting hotel and back to the airport at the end of the tour.

    • What sort of accommodation will I stay on during this trip?

      You will stay in same sex multi share accommodation. A combination of modern hostels situated close to the action, cabins at European campsites and bungalows.

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    About the countries

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    Currencies

    Euro
    Portugal and Spain

    Plugs & Adapters

    Portugal and Spain

    Visa

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    Vaccinations

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    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Portugal and Spain. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Location
    Lisbon is the starting point and Barcelona is the endpoint.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for Trail of Columbus.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 7 September 2018 the full payment of $1,285 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1285 for Trail of Columbus, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Topdeck tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,563 km.
    • Lisbon (Portugal)
    • 23 km
    • Sintra (Portugal)
    • 271 km
    • Porto city (Portugal)
    • 421 km
    • Madrid (Spain)
    • 69 km
    • Segovia (Spain)
    • 317 km
    • San Sebastian (Spain)
    • 206 km
    • Zaragoza (Spain)
    • 256 km
    • Barcelona (Spain)

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