Highlights of Northern Spain 2022

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11 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : July - October
Start: Bilbao, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain

Highlights of Northern Spain: 1 nt Bilbao, 1 nt San Sebastian, 2 nts Laguardia, 2 nts Olite, 1 nt Boltana, 1 nt Cardona, 2 nts Girona

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Discover awe-inspiring sights, tantilising flavours and fascinating culture as we leave the traditional tourist trail behind on our journey through the mesmerising Basque, Navarre and Catalonia regions.

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Master the art of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Girona
– Explore the magnificent Olite Royal Palace – the medieval seat of the Court of Navarre
– Experience the coastal charm and gastronomical delights of San Sebastián

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Miro (Bilbao)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( Barcelona) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Locally guided city tour of Bilbao. Visit wineries and enjoy a tasting session. Time in Pamplona, Explore Olite Royal Palace
  • Visit Monastery of Leyre, Visit the Salt Mines . Stop at a traditional farm in Siurana. Enjoy Spanish cooking class
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Bilbao

Architectural allure, natural beauty and rich culture – we’ll meet the group in Bilbao and get to know each other over a sumptuous welcome dinner. Here’s to the incredible adventure ahead! (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Miro (or similar)

Day 2Bilbao – San Sebastián

After breakfast, we’ll kick things off with a locally guided city tour. A hub of contemporary architecture – we’ll wander Bilbao’s lively Old Town and receive an authentic insight into this industrious city. Then, it’s time to visit the captivating exhibitions of the Guggenheim Museum for an education in art. After some free time for lunch, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we continue on to San Sebastián. As one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to discover the array of bars and restaurants this charming coastal town is famous for. (B)

Accommodation: Silken Amara Plaza (or similar)

Day 3San Sebastián – Laguardia

Before setting off for Laguardia, we’ll make a scenic stop at the Monte Igueldo Mirador lookout. Offering breathtaking views of San Sebastián, we’ll choose to make the ascent on foot or ride the funicular up to the viewpoint. Timing dependent, we may have the opportunity to sample some local pintxos before arriving at our hotel in the heart of the Basque country. Finding ourselves surrounded by acres of vineyards and breathtaking landscapes, our host will lead us on a tour of hotel’s bodega – where we’ll have the opportunity to taste some local wine before settling in for an included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 4Laguardia – La Rioja – Laguardia

This morning, we’ll make the short drive to the medieval city of Laguardia. Here, we’ll wander the ancient walled quarter with our expert Tour Leader and uncover the fascinating history behind the town’s underground tunnels. We’ll continue our journey to La Rioja – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit two distinguished wineries and enjoy a tasting session at each. Back at our accommodation, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure enjoying the scenic vistas from the hotel’s terrace or exploring the surrounding area on one of the nearby hiking trails. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 5Laguardia – Pamplona – Olite

Onwards to Pamplona – the capital of Navarre. Here, we’ll spend some time spotting historic landmarks such as Pamplona Cathedral and the Plaza del Castillo on a stroll with our Tour Leader. After, we’ll enjoy free time for lunch at a quaint terrace cafe or indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping in the Old Town. This afternoon, we’ll hit the road to Olite – where an included dinner awaits. (B,D)

Accommodation: Joyosa Guarda (or similar)

Day 6Olite

Today will begin with an exploration of the magnificent Olite Royal Palace: the medieval castle that was once the seat of the Court of Navarre. After an insightful morning, the rest of the day will be yours to spend strolling the town’s underground galleries or seeking out exceptional Spanish fare in the local restaurants. (B)

Accommodation: Joyosa Guarda (or similar)

Day 7Olite – Jaca – Boltaña

Our first stop of the day will be the Monastery of Leyre – one of the most historic religious complexes in Spain. Here, we’ll delve into the fascinating history of the region as we explore the St Virila Abbey, Porta Speciosa doorway and the coffer holding the remains of the first kings of Navarre. We’ll then continue our journey to Jaca – where we’ll have the chance to stroll around the charming old town and lay eyes on the 11th century Romanesque Cathedral. The picturesque hilltop village of Boltaña is our home for the night – and location for this evening’s delicious included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Monasterio Boltana (or similar)

Day 8Boltaña – Lleida – Cardona

Today, we’ll turn back the hands of time with a visit to La Seu Vella – a magnificent hilltop fortress-cathedral that looms over the city of Lleida. Here, we’ll explore the medieval chapel, 14th Gothic cloister and bell tower with a local guide – before returning to the charming Old Town for some free time. Later, we’ll continue to Cardona – where a guided tour of the imposing Castle awaits. This evening is ours to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Bremon (or similar)

Day 9Cardona – Besalú – Siurana – Girona

Before departing Cardona, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Salt Mines – where we’ll explore the old mine shafts and underground museum with a local guide. Afterwards, we’ll set our sights on the medieval village of Besalú – a hidden treasure filled with Romanesque architecture. And this afternoon? A unique insight into the rural culture of Catalonia awaits at a traditional farm in Siurana. We’ll be shown around before having the opportunity to sample some of the farm’s delicious cheeses. Our last stop for the day is Girona, where we’ll have the evening to explore at our own pace. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona (or similar)

Day 10Girona

This morning we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Spanish cooking class – with our very own creations on today’s lunch menu. Later, we’ll see the likes of the Cathedral, the Esglesia de Sant Feliu and the medieval Sant Pere de Galligants on a locally guided walking tour – before having the remainder of the day to spend at our leisure. Tonight, we’ll regroup and reflect on our unforgettable journey with a farewell dinner. B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona (or similar)

Day 11Girona – Cadaqués – Barcelona

Before we say our final goodbyes, we’ll pay a visit to the Salvador Dalí Museum-House in Cadaqués – where we’ll see the surrealist artist’s workshop, library and gardens. This afternoon, we’ll make our way along the sun-kissed Costa Brava to Barcelona – where our tour will come to an end. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 9 $5,389 $6,899
2022: May 7, 21 $5,589 $7,159
2022: June 4, 25 $5,589 $7,159
2022: July 23 $5,589 $7,159
2022: August 13 $5,589 $7,159
2022: September 3 $5,589 $7,159
2022: September 23 $5,539 $7,099
2022: October 8 $5,389 $6,899

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

We recommend combining with: A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao via Santiago or Iberian Inspiration after

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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