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11 Days / 10 Nights or 10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : April to October
Start: Bilbao, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain

 Highlights of Northern Spain 2024: 1 nt Bilbao, 1 nt San Sebastian, 2 nts Laguardia, 2 nts Pamplona, 1 nt Boltaña, 1 nt Cardona, 2 nts Girona

 Highlights of Northern Spain 2025: 1 nt Bilbao, 2 nt San Sebastian, 2 nts Laguardia, 2 nts Boltaña, 1 nt Cardona, 2 nts El Port de Selva

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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.

2024: 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

2025: 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference 2024

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

 

The Blue-Roads Difference 2025

– Master the art of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Pamplona
– Experience the coastal charm and gastronomical delights of San Sebastián
– Explore the magnificent Salt Mines of Cardona

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao Hotel (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 2024

  • 10 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Price Includes 2025

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 2 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals 2024

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

Meals 2025

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunch
  • 4 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 2024

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: Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao Hotel (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: Catalonia Donosti Hotel (or similar)

Day 3San Sebastián – Laguardia

Before setting off for Laguardia we’ll make a scenic stop at the Monte Igueldo Mirador lookout, which offers breathtaking views of San Sebastián. 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, here we’ll settle 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 a distinguished winery to enjoy a tasting session. 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 – Olite - Pamplona

Our road leads to enchanting walled town of Olite this morning. Here we’ll explore magnificent Olite Royal Palace: the medieval castle that was once the seat of the Court of Navarre. Afterwards we’ll have time to stroll the cobbled streets and settle in for lunch – the town’s local restaurants boast exceptional Spanish fare, so we’ll be spoiled for choice! Later we’ll continue on to Pamplona, where an included dinner awaits. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Maisonnave (or similar)

Day 6Pamplona

The capital of Navarre is ours to discover today! We’ll spend some time admiring historic landmarks such as Pamplona Cathedral and the Plaza del Castillo on a stroll with our Tour Leader. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Spanish cooking class – with our very own creations on today’s lunch menu. Later it’s time to delve into this handsome city at our own pace. Explore the atmospheric lanes, verdant parks and grand Gothic churches. Or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the Old Town, lined with buzzing shops and cosy taverns. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Maisonnave (or similar)

Day 7Pamplona – 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 St Virila Abbey, the ‘porta speciosa’ doorway and the coffer – which holds 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 setting for this evening’s delicious included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña (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 discover the medieval chapel, 14th-century 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 we’ll explore the imposing castle that stands watch over the town. 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 seek out the likes of Girona’s landmark 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 as we please. There’s plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and a wander along the ancient city walls. 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)

Itinerary 2025

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: Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao Hotel (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: Catalonia Donosti Hotel (or similar)

Day 3San Sebastián – French Coast (France) - San Sebastián

Today, we’ll be crossing the border and venturing along the beautiful French coast to Bayonne. This incredibly photogenic medieval city sits at the meeting point of the Adour and Nive rivers. We’ll explore its centuries-old ramparts and half-timbered buildings with a local guide before sitting down to a delicious lunch with the group. This afternoon, we’ll visit another French coastal gem: the famous resort town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Stroll along its waterfront, soaking up vistas of the Bay of Biscay, before hopping back on the bus and returning to San Sebastián for an evening of leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Catalonia Donosti Hotel (or similar)

Day 4San Sebastián – La Rioja – Laguardia

This morning, we’ll make tracks to La Rioja – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit a distinguished winery to enjoy a tasting session accompanied by local tapas. Then we”ll continue onwards 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. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at our hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 5Laguardia – Pamplona - Boltaña

The capital of the Navarre province is ours to discover today! We’ll spend some time admiring historic landmarks such as Pamplona Cathedral and the Plaza del Castillo on a stroll with our Tour Leader. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Spanish cooking class – with our very own creations on today’s lunch menu. This afternoon, we’ll delve into this handsome city at our own pace. Explore the atmospheric lanes, verdant parks and grand Gothic churches. Or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the Old Town, lined with vibrant shops and cosy taverns. Later, we’ll move onto the picturesque hilltop village of Boltaña – where we’ll be staying in an atmospheric 16th century building with outstanding natural vistas for the next two nights (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Monasterio de Boltaña (or similar)

Day 6 Boltaña

Today, we’ll enjoy a relaxing day in lovely Boltaña. Indulge in some downtime in the hotel spa or soak up stunning views of the Ara Valley from the outdoor infinity pool. You could also spend some time wandering through the cobbled streets of Boltaña’s picture-perfect old quarter, stopping off for a mouth-watering lunch at one of several charming local restaurants. Tonight, we’ll reconvene at our hotel for another wonderful group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Monasterio de Boltaña (or similar)

Day 7 Boltaña - 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 discover the medieval chapel, 14th-century 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 we’ll explore the imposing castle that stands watch over the town. This evening is ours to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Bremon (or similar)

Day 8 Cardona - Besalú and Siurana - El Port de Selva

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 discover the medieval chapel, 14th-century 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 we’ll explore the imposing castle that stands watch over the town. This evening is ours to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Bremon (or similar)

Day 9El Port de Selva – Girona - El Port de Selva

This morning, we’ll make tracks to Girona to seek out the city”s landmark Cathedral, the Esglesia de Sant Feliu and the medieval Sant Pere de Galligants on a locally guided walking tour. After before having the remainder of the day to spend as we please. There”s plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and a wander along the ancient city walls. Tonight, we’ll regroup in El Port de la Selva and reflect on our unforgettable journey with a farewell dinner.  (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Porto Cristole (or similar)

Day 10 El Port de Selva - 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:
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: July 20* $5,319 $5,119 $6,809 $6,609
2024: September 14  Sold Out Sold Out
2024: October 5* $4,979 $4,779 $6,379 $6,379
2025: April 5 $4,779 $5,959
2025: May 3, 17, 31 $5,319 $6,639
2025: June 21 $5,319 $6,639
2025: July 19 $5,319 $6,639
2025: August 9, 30 $5,319 $6,639
2025: September 13, 20 $5,319 $6,639
2025: October 4 $4,779 $5,959

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.

 

*Last Minute sale: Save up to $200 per person off selected tours departures, subject to availability. 

Discount applicable to new bookings. Valid until July 16th, 2024. 

Discount can be combined with one other Loyalty Discount: Past Passenger discount OR Multi-Tour discount.

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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