Northern Spain: a world unto itself on the frontier of the Pyrenees, where electrifying culture and metropolitan hotbeds span 500 miles of green coast. This is Basque country - where cuisine is eclectic and bodied vintages enliven the senses. Explore the seaside landscapes of Santander, the riverfront scenery of Bilbao, the charming sophistication of San Sebastian, as you travel through an alluring landscape dotted with farms and vineyards. In Barcelona, be awestruck by the architectural masterpieces of Gaudi. In Madrid, discover a capital city that's awash with color, art and culture. Be fascinated by the history behind the famous running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin Festival, and marvel at the Plaza del Toros' bullfighting ring. Unearth the medieval city of Burgos and the UNESCO-designated Old City of Salamanca. From Barcelona to Madrid and all of the unforgettable places in between, experience all Northern Spain has to offer.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2019
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Barcelona||Overnight Flight: You're headed to Barcelona where you'll begin your journey through Northern Spain on an unforgettable Spanish holiday.|
|Day 2||Barcelona||Barcelona, Spain - Tour Begins: Welcome to Barcelona, a major global city abounding with culture, architectural gems, and a world-class culinary scene. Sip locally-crafted cocktails amidst views of one of the Mediterranean's liveliest ports during a welcome reception at one of Barcelona's historic buildings.|
|Day 3||Barcelona||Barcelona: Explore the basilica of the famous La Sagrada Familia Church and Towers* for impeccable views of Barcelona from 213 feet up. Embark next on a guided tour of the city, where the Columbus Monument, the Parc de Montjuic, and the exteriors of two of Gaudi's classic constructions - the Casa Mila and the Batllo House - are striking. Join an optional expedition to Montserrat this afternoon for a guided tour of the monastery. Or, stay behind and see more of Barcelona on your own. Tonight, venture to the city's gourmet quarter for a culinary workshop led by locally-acclaimed chefs, where the best of Catalan cuisine is right at your fingertips.|
|Day 4||Barcelona||Barcelona - Pamplona: This morning, set out to the Basque region and Pamplona - the famed location of the running of the bulls. Join a local expert in a private conversation about the sport's storied tradition, and its historical ties to Pamplona. Learn some inside information about the colorful San Fermin festival as well. Your evening is at leisure. Consider exploring the historic capital's lively neighborhoods, and culinary delights.|
|Day 5||Pamplona||Pamplona - San Sebastian: The sophisticated coastal city of San Sebastian welcomes you to indulge in its myriad charms. When you arrive, it's your choice! Join a guided tour of the city's fascinating old town; onboard a funicular, beautiful views of La Concha Bay surround you on your ascension to the apex of Mount Igueldo -OR- set out for a guided walk through the farms, vineyards, and villages along the Coastal Camino. Spend a little time mingling with the locals before making your return to San Sebastian onboard a local train.|
|Day 6||San Sebastian||San Sebastian: Be swept away by the allure of San Sebastian's golden beaches and lush hillsides and indulge in its world-class culinary scene with a full day at leisure. You may wish to leave San Sebastian for an optional excursion to Bilbao, where you'll visit the Guggenheim Museum and stroll Costa Verde's quirky riverfront landscapes.|
|Day 7||San Sebastian||San Sebastian - Santander - Burgos: Today, board your coach for the port city of Santander where you will be free to explore independently. You may consider taking a relaxing stroll in the gardens of the Palacio de la Magdalena, or explore the historic district of El Sardinero. An optional experience to see the city differently from a kayak or paddleboard is also offered.** Later, gather together as we make our way to historic Burgos.|
|Day 8||Burgos||Burgos: Marvel at the religious, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture while on a walking tour of medieval Burgos. In this regal, living picture book, the 15th and 16th centuries come to life, captivating you as you pass white limestone buildings and a collection of glimmering streetscapes. End at Burgos Cathedral, the UNESCO-protected relic of Spain's religious architecture. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.|
|Day 9||Madrid||Burgos - Madrid: Journey to Madrid, the epicenter of art, culture and politics. This is Spain's magnificent capital and home to the Spanish Monarch. It is a city whose treasures are endless, with streets bursting with action. Shop as the Spaniards would on a visit inside one of Madrid's bustling marketplaces and soak in the dynamic energy of the city. This afternoon, consider an optional walking tour in the city of Segovia, where its storybook castle - Alcazar of Segovia - is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Indulge in Spain's cuisine one last time at a farewell dinner. This evening, toast to new friends as you commemorate your unforgettable Spanish holiday.|
|Day 10||Madrid||Madrid - Tour Ends: Your adventure through Northern Spain ends today.|
- NH Collection Palacio de Burgos Burgos, Spain
- NH Madrid Nacional Madrid, Spain
- Hotel Maisonnave Pamplona, Spain
- Barcelo Costa Vasca San Sebastian, Spain
- H10 Cubik Barcelona , Spain
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.