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Best of Northern Spain
Barcelona to Madrid
8 days
Tour code: ESNS

Highlights

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.

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 eight-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.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Public bus, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts).

Included activities

Your Foodie Moment: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logroño. 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.

Itinerary

Day 1
Barcelona
Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city. Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Optional activities:

  • Gothic Quarter Visit
  • La Barceloneta Visit
  • La Sagrada Família Visit
  • Parc Güell Visit
  • Gaudi House Museum
Day 2
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.

Transport: Local bus, Private Vehicle

Optional activities:

  • Parc Güell Visit
  • Las Ramblas Visit
  • La Sagrada Família Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
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'.

Optional activities: Hiking

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 4
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.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Optional activities:

  • Guggenheim Museum Visit
  • Basilica of Begoña Visit
  • Casco Viejo Visit
  • Parque de Etxebarría Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
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.

Transport: Local bus, Local bus

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Pintxos (Tapas) Tour
  • Monte Igueldo Visit
  • Beach Visit with Surfing
  • Cathedral of Buen Pastor
  • San Sebastian Bicycle Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Bilbao - Logroño
Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Rioja Region Wine Tasting

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Logroño - Madrid
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

Transport: Local bus

Optional activities:

  • Reina Sofia National Art Museum
  • Gran Vía Visit
  • Plaza Mayor Visit
  • Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
  • Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Taurino Museum
Day 8
Madrid
Depart at any time.

Optional activities:

  • Reina Sofia National Art Museum
  • Gran Vía Visit
  • Plaza Mayor Visit
  • Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit
  • Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Meals: breakfast

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