Best of Northern Spain

Application: Winter 2018

Dates: May 2019

Price: $499 | 9 Days | Barcelona to Madrid

Trip Code: ESNS

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick 8-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture, and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

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Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Highlights from Best of Northern Spain 

Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, indulge in the tapas lifestyle, wander through Gaudí's wonderland in Barcelona, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life.

Itinerary

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Day 1/2 - Barcelona 

Arrive at any time.

  • Complimentary arrival transfer included on this FAM
  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Day 3 - Barcelona/Pyrenees

Take the morning to explore beautiful Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for 2 nights in a 'casa rural'. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 - Pyrenees

Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 - Pyrenees/Bilbao 

Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 6 - Bilbao/San Sebastian/Bilbao

Take a day trip to San Sebastian. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the fascinating culture of the area. Return to Bilbao for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Bilbao/Logrono

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Logorono/Madrid

Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

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Day 9 - Madrid

Depart at any time.

  • Complimentary departure transfer included on this FAM

Meals included: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • Hands-On: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logroño
  • Arrival & Departure transfers
  • Pre-night hotel
  • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas
  • 'Casa rural' stay with traditional meals
  • San Sebastián day trip
  • Madrid orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
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Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), casa rural (2 nts).

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD250-325 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public bus, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.