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NORTHERN SPAIN SMALL GROUP TOUR

Nestled at the crossroads of history, culture, and natural beauty, Northern Spain stands as an enchanting destination waiting to be explored. We are excited to introduce a wonderful journey to discover the best of Northern Spain travelling from Santiago de Compostela to the intriguing city of San Sebastian.Wherever you venture you’ll discover a beguiling land with a mix of stirring and often curious traditions, live-for-the-moment hedonism and a willingness to embrace the future with a relentlessly adventurous spirit. From Gaudi and El Greco to tapas and flamenco, this tour captures the energetic diversity of Spain.

Travel to Spain with its idyllic climate, dramatic vistas, rolling hills and mountains, lively markets, hearty cuisine, glorious art and architecture that embodies all things Spanish. From the warm hospitality of its people to the gorgeous beaches and balmy waters of the Andalucia to the medieval art cities. Northern Spain is a country of rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities, rural backwaters and sharply contrasting traditions. An extravagant scenic beauty, a multicultural crossroads with a rich history, an exuberant and richly layered culture and a traditions of food and wine that is celebrated the world over..all converge here in sunny and colorful Spain

This is a land of surprises and we are excited to discover together the soul of Northern Spain!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departure group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • City walking tours with local guides in: Santiago, Oviedo, Cantabrian Villages, Bilbao & San Sebastian
  • Savour local food with an innovative touch at the best restaurants in the region
  • Be inspired by the beauty of Santiago de Compostela’s Gothic Cathedral,  a stunning architectural masterpiece.
  • Visit the local San Sebastian market, and go on a guided pintxos bar crawl, a highlight during all our culinary tours.
  • A traditional lunch in a local restaurant in La Guardia, a medieval town enclosed by walls and built on the 13th century
  • Be amazed by the beauty of one of the best Cathedrals in the world in León
  • Included entrances to Northern Spanish sites as per itinerary
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury Mercedes minivan
  • Included hotel city tax
  • No hidden extras
  • Our included regional meals: All breakfasts, (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee/ tea only)
  • Arrival/Departure: The tour includes transfer from Santiago de Compostela airport to your hotel and from San Sebastian to the airport at the end of the tour.We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1: WELCOME TO THE GALICIA REGION

Welcome to the Galicia region!! Arrive at Santiago de Compostela International Airport and travel to the city center for a two nights stay in a central boutique hotel “EL PARADOR DE SANTIAGO” or similar, which enjoys an excellent location close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 7:00 meet your local tour director for a welcome drink followed by dinner at a popular restaurant offering typical regional cuisine and wine. Overnight in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DAY 2: SANTIAGO’S HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS

This morning tour takes you to explore the best of the old town of SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Best known for the final stop of the famous pilgrimage walk ‘The Camino’, our local tour guide will shed light on the stunning CATHEDRAL, the grand heart of Santiago, a mix of the original Romanesque structure and later Gothic and baroque flourishes, the UNIVERSITY FONSECA and tomb of St James the Apostle, a magnet for all who come to the cathedral, the tomb was discovered in the year 813 and from that moment, the pilgrimages started. A hearty lunch is included today following an afternoon at leisure to get the best of this fabulous town. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DAY 3: LOS TEMPLARIOS CASTLE, UNIQUE LEON & CHARMING OVIEDO

Today we transfer between regions, en route we will explore PONFERRADA, a major stop on the French Way Catholic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. LOS TEMPLARIOS CASTLE has a moat and drawbridge and houses the Knights Templars’ Library. El Bierzo Museum traces local history, with exhibits including Palaeolithic and medieval artifacts. The Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Encina is a Renaissance church with a 17th-century bell tower. Continue to the town of LEON for a visit and time on your own. Drive to OVIEDO and transfer to your central “HOTEL DE LA RECONQUISTA” or similar. Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in OVIEDO

DAY 4: WALKING TOUR OF FASCINATING OVIEDO

Overnight in OVIEDO

DAY 5: CANTABRIAN VILLAGES – GIJON, SANTANDER & ALTAMIRA CAVE MUSEUM

welcome to the heart of the Basque country.

DAY 6: FUTURISTIC BILBAO & THE MUSEUM

After breakfast, meet your tour guide for a walking tour of BILBAO and an excluisve visit to the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, a popular landmark designed by Frank Gehry, world-famous architect.This vibrant city mixes the local traditions with modern architecture in an harmonious collaborative atmosphere.Lunch takes place in a traditional Basque restaurant serving à la carte specialties including croquettes, kokotxas, steak and specially prepared Basque cod.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in BILBAO

DAY 7: VINEYARDS OF LA RIOJA 

This morning we embark on an adventure into LA RIOJA, Spain’s most acclaimed wineregion. Situated along the Ebro River and protected from the elements by the Cantabrian mountains, the clay and limestone soil has produced vineyards that havethrived here since Roman times. The most common grape varietal is the tempranillo andthe garnacha. Rioja wines can be red, white, rose and are classified as Riojas, Crianza,Reserva and Gran Reserva depending on their age.The Vivanco Wine Museum – An introduction to La Rioja begins this morning with a stopat this world famous museum. A 4,000 square meters facility dedicated to the 8,000year relationship between man and wine. Travel through time following the history ofwine production through this interactive museum and finish off the visit with a glass ofTempranillo.LaGuardia is perhaps the most attractive village in La Rioja. It’s name, meaning “theguard”, came about for its promontory location in watching for potential invaders fromthe North. We’ll stop in a 17 century palace for a tour of their wine cellar and wine-pairing lunch. Then a short walk following the walls of the 8 century village for aphoto op of the Ebro river and surrounding vineyards.Dinner on your own.Overnight at LA RIOJA

DAY 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF PAMPLONA

 

DAY 9: A DAY IN SEASIDE SAN SEBASTIAN

Enjoy a guided walking tour of SAN SEBASTIAN old town, enshrined within city walls until 1863. Visit Plaza de la Constitution, San Vicente church, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Telmo Museum. Enjoy a glass of Txakoli wine and Pintxo, the Basque version of Tapas. Afterward, take the funicular to visit MOUNT IGELDO to enjoy an iconic view of the Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to perhaps wander the new town including the Plaza de Gipuzkoa, Plaza de Bilbao, the Maria Cristina Bridge and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.Tonight, we will gather for a celebratory dinner at a regional restaurant. Overnight in SAN SEBASTIAN

DAY 10: ADIOS BEAUTIFUL SPAIN

Morning transfers to San Sebastian airport or train station

TOUR PRICING & AVAILABILITY

2024 TOUR PRICE: € 4,500           SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 900  Currency Converter   

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy for 10 days/9 nights

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