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Northern Spain Small Group Tour

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Spain and Portugal with our meticulously curated 13-day tour. Begin in the vibrant metropolis of Madrid, where you’ll immerse yourself in its rich history and modern charm. Indulge in authentic tapas dinners and uncover hidden gems tucked away in its winding streets. From the majestic cathedrals of Burgos to the avant-garde architecture of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, each day unfolds with new wonders. Traverse through picturesque landscapes, from the vineyards of La Rioja to the coastal beauty of Santander and Santiago de Compostela. Delight in cultural treasures like Oviedo’s pre-Romanesque marvels and the medieval splendor of Salamanca. Cross borders into Portugal, where Porto’s historic allure awaits, along with a scenic Douro River Cruise. Conclude your adventure with a farewell dinner in Salamanca before returning to Madrid, cherishing memories of a journey filled with discovery and delight.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and explore at your leisure. Accommodation will be provided at the hotel.

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a guided city tour to uncover Madrid’s highlights. Explore Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, the Royal Palace, and more. Experience the contemporary side of Madrid with areas like Gran Vía and Castellana. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon to discover more of the city’s wonders. Later, indulge in an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant with fellow travelers. Rest at the hotel for the night.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Burgos. Free time to explore the impressive 13th-century Gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain. Next, head to Haro, nestled in La Rioja, renowned for its wine. Visit a charming family-owned winery amidst the vineyards and sample the iconic Rioja Reds. Finally, journey onwards to Bilbao for accommodation at the hotel.

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then embark on a Bilbao city tour to witness its latest developments. Enjoy leisure time to explore the area around The Guggenheim Museum and marvel at its modern architecture. Later, head to San Sebastian for a panoramic tour of this renowned city, known for its International Film Festival and beautiful landscape overlooking the bay and La Concha beach. Take in the stunning views from Mount Igueldo before having free time to wander through the elegant streets. Return to Bilbao for dinner at a local restaurant, where you can savor the famous Basque “pintxos.” Rest at the hotel for the night.

Have breakfast at the hotel before heading to Asturias, known as Green Spain. Explore the charming fishing village of Castro Urdiales before continuing to Santander, famous for its Sardinero Beach. Check into the hotel for accommodation.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Next, head to Santillana del Mar, a significant historical town in Spain with architectural gems like the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, showcasing Romanesque architecture. Then, visit Covadonga to see the Sanctuary and Grotto, home to the patroness of Asturias, Our Lady of Covadonga. Later, journey to Oviedo to admire the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, a pre-Romanesque marvel. Explore Oviedo’s pedestrian streets, including World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a stunning example of Asturian gothic architecture. Conclude the day with visit at a traditional cider house. Rest at the hotel.

Have breakfast at the hotel before heading to Galicia. Stop briefly in Mondoñedo to visit the 13th-century Cathedral and try the famous “Mondoñedo cake” at your own leisure. Then, free time to explore Lugo’s Roman ruins, including its World Heritage-listed walls. Finally, reach Santiago de Compostela, the sacred destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Check-in at the hotel.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a city tour of Santiago. Highlights include the iconic Obradoiro Square and the Cathedral, dedicated to the Apostle Santiago (entrance included). Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure to exploring the charming cobblestone streets. Accommodation provided at the hotel.

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before heading to the stunning Rias Bajas region of Galicia. Experience a cruise on the Ria de Arosa, tasting typical wines and mussels. Then, journey to Porto, a historic city along the Douro River estuary in Portugal, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Check-in at the hotel for accommodation.

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Join a guided tour to see Porto’s highlights including the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building, and Santa Clara church. Later, embark on a Douro River Cruise, where you’ll visit renowned Port Wine Cellars and indulge in a wine tasting. The rest of the day is yours to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading back to the Spanish border towards Salamanca. Make a quick stop in Ciudad Rodrigo, known for its medieval walls and the imposing Alcazar. Then, journey on to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its architectural and artistic marvels. Conclude the day with a farewell dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, we head towards the Spanish capital, Madrid, with a stop at the historical gem, Avila. This medieval walled town offers centuries of history to explore. Take some leisure time before we continue to Madrid. Accommodation provided at the hotel.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport. This marks the end of our services.

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.

Hyatt Regency Madrid or similar

Barceló Nervión, Occidental Bilbao or similar

Santemar or similar

AC Oviedo Forum, Exe Oviedo or similar

Eurostars Hotel, Exe Peregrino or similar

Vila Galé Porto, BessaHotel Boavista or similar

Catalonia Plaza Mayor or similar

What’s Included

12 nights hotel accommodation.

  • English speaking Tour Director throughout the journey
  • Guided city tour with local guides in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago (Cathedral ticket included) & Porto (including Douro River Cruise and Port wine tasting)
  • Welcome dinner in Madrid
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja
  • Pintxos Dinner in Bilbao
  • Dinner and cider tasting in
  • traditional cider house in Oviedo
  • Mussels and wine tasting in a Rias Baixas cruise
  • Farewell dinner in Salamanca
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in Madrid
  • Pintxos Dinner in Bilbao
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja
  • Mussels and wine tasting in a Rias
  • Baixas cruis
  • Dinner and cider tasting in traditional cider house in Oviedo
  • Farewell dinner in Salamanca
  • Transportation by luxury coach

International flights are not included

Insurance is not included

  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Optional Experiences
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
  • Personal Expenses
  • Porterage at airport
  • Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included
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