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Trail of Columbus - Topdeck

Trail of Columbus

10 days
From Lisbon to Barcelona
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  • Visit the Valley of the Fallen
  • Soak up the sun in San Sebastian
  • Hit the cellars of Porto
  • Taste delicious local tapas


Start in Lisbon and end in Barcelona! With the In-depth Cultural tour Trail of Columbus, you have a 10 days tour package taking you 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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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Day 2 Lisbon
  3. Day 3 Lisbon to Porto via Sintra
  4. Day 4 Porto
  5. Day 5 Porto to Madrid, Spain
  6. Day 6 Madrid
  7. Day 7 Madrid to San Sebastián via Segovia
  8. Day 8 San Sebastián
  9. Day 9 San Sebastián to Barcelona via Zaragoza
  10. Day 10 Barcelona
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

9 nights

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Operated by Topdeck


Topdeck is a collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, we strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. We build epic group trips for 18 to 30 somethings and our passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. With over 46 years’ experience, our business is to make travel dreams a reality, we know what works and we’re not afraid to shout about it. We offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences. With loads of free time to explore, heaps of included meals, access to some amazing bucket list activities and the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of like-minded young travellers, Topdeck trips are way more than your average package tour. They’re the experience of a lifetime. We build the trips. You build the memories. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure? Topdeck’s the only choice!

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  • B
    · November 16th, 2019
    Amazing experience!!! Definitely do this tour, goes to the highlights of Portugal and Spain
    Trip date: September 2019
  • C
    · November 14th, 2019
    To do the full tour and not the sector trip
    Trip date: June 2019
  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 3
    · June 15th, 2018
    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... Show more
    Trip date: May 2018
  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 4
    · May 29th, 2018
    Vincenzo was the best tour guide! He definitely made the experience much more fun and enjoyable! I loved every city we visited. Truly an unforgettable experience.
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    Trip date: May 2018
  • A
    · May 24th, 2018
    Loved eveything and how it was organized.
    Trip date: May 2018
  • M
    · May 21st, 2018
    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!
    Trip date: May 2018
  • EC
    · August 21st, 2017
    Poor. A waste of money.
    Trip date: July 2017
  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 8
    · September 13th, 2016
    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.
    Trip date: September 2016
  • Trail of Columbus reviewer 9
    · August 17th, 2014
    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... Show more
    Trip date: June 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      All accommodations are subject to change until shortly before the departure date, therefore the tour operator cannot confirm a set hotel list. We can advise that you will be staying in same-sex multi-share accommodation. Topdeck usually use a combination of modern hostels situated close to the action, cabins at European campsites and bungalows.

    • What is the age range?

      Topdeck operates tours for travellers between ages 18-39. They are geared towards active, budget-minded young travellers who want to meet other people from all over the world, and tend to be very popular with students and backpackers. If you are looking for a tour better suited to your age range, we would be happy to assist you in finding some alternatives.

    • Is the Sagrada Familia included on this tour?

      The Sagrada Familia is not included in the activities in Barcelona but you will have free time to visit, and it is highly recommended that you do!

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      Portugal and Spain
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F.

      Type C
      Portugal and Spain
      Type E
      Portugal and Spain
      Type F
      Portugal and Spain
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Portugal and Spain. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before November 25th, 2023 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after November 25th, 2023, a minimum payment of $200 is required to confirm your booking with Topdeck. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Topdeck will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "Topdeck" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
    • Cancellation Policy
    • Accessibility
      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.


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