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Surround yourself with the people, landscapes, customs and cuisine of Northern Spain and immerse yourself in the region’s history and culture on a journey from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Stroll the medieval streets of Laguardia, visit the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and dine with locals at an exclusive gastronomic society. Discover San Sebastian where beaches and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun and you can raise a glass at a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house), and join pilgrims on the final stage of the famous Camino de Santiago. This Premium tour through Spain is an adventure like no other.
Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$9,730
Number of Days
10
Start Location
Barcelona, Spain
End Location
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Barcelona
Welcome to Spain! On arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel in the heart of town. Barcelona's iconic sites and fabulous Catalan cuisine mix seamlessly with a ground-breaking art scene, Gothic architecture, and a non-stop nightlife, making it a city you won't soon forget. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm – you can arrive at any time before this. If you arrive early, there are plenty of galleries, cafes and historic corners to keep you busy. Gaudi's majestic La Sagrada Familia Basilica shouldn’t be missed. After your welcome meeting, join your leader and fellow group members and discover why the heart of Catalonia prides itself as a gastronomic centre at a delicious welcome dinner.
Day 2: La Rioja
Travel by private vehicle to Zaragoza, the capital of Spain’s Aragon region, which is filled with lavish buildings and palaces. After a brief orientation walk with your leader, you’ll have time to explore Zaragoza your way. Perhaps check out the stunning Basilica of El Pilar or visit the Goya Museum. The famous artist was born in a small town just 45kms south of here. After you’ve enjoyed the sights of Zaragoza, continue to your feature stay in the La Rioja region, an elegant hotel surrounded by lush palm gardens. After you have checked in and freshened up, join your group for dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: La Rioja
After breakfast, join your leader for a walking tour of Laguardia, a medieval town that was founded in the 10th century and remains virtually unchanged. Famous for being one of the country’s most beautiful villages, you’ll enter the walled city through one of four grand stone gates and stroll around the streets of this delightful village. After you’ve explored the town, you’ll make your way to a family-owned business rich in history where you´ll enjoy a guided tour and tasting of a couple of local wines, accompanied with small tasting bites, followed by an authentic lunch. After lunch and perhaps another glass of wine, you’ll head back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 4: San Sebastian
Today you’ll drive to Pamplona, the heartland of the Basque country, and join your leader for an orientation walk and get acquainted with this well-preserved fortified medieval town. Pamplona, named after its founder, Pompey the Great, has served for centuries as both a military stronghold and an important point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. It’s also world famous as the home of the annual San Fermin, a weeklong festival that features the running of the bulls. Meander down winding alleys and step inside ornate buildings like Pamplona's Gothic cathedral – one of the most important religious structures in Spain. The city has also recently opened a museum of modern art designed by a prize-winning architect, inspired by the cultural renaissance achieved by Bilbao and its Guggenheim. After spending time in Pamplona continue to San Sebastian, the jewel of the Basque country where the evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 5: San Sebastian
Delve deeper into Basque culture on an orientation walk with your leader around San Sebastian, a place that’s obsessed with food. Discover some of San Sebastian's landmarks and the Port and Old Town during a leisurely paced walk of this city. With its sunny beaches and vibrant old city, San Sebastian is a fantastic place to stroll along the promenade, shop, or just to soak up the sun. In the evening, it is time for a truly special experience as you’ll have dinner at a gastronomic society. Traditionally only available via an invitation from an existing member, gastronomic societies play an important role in the social fabric of Basque communities as an important social outlet.
Day 6: Oviedo
After breakfast, drive to Bilbao for an orientation walk with your leader followed by the opportunity to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is an eye-catching work of art in itself and home to a stunning collection of contemporary art works. After some free time for lunch, continue to the town of Oviedo, in the heart of Asturias where you’ll spend the next two nights at a comfortable hotel.
Day 7: Oviedo
Oviedo is a great town to explore on foot and today you’ll be joined by a specialist local guide who will take you on a guided walk of the city. Stroll around the handsome city centre, with its unique personality, quaint pre-Romanesque churches, elegant streetscapes, fine monuments and grand houses. At the heart of the town sits the impressive Gothic San Salvador Cathedral, the birthplace of the Camino de Santiago. You’ll also enjoy an introduction to wonderful local products of Asturias at El Fontan market, home to excellent fish stalls beneath a canopy of wrought-iron and glass. This afternoon is free for you to explore your way. Perhaps take a trip up to the port city of Gijon for fresh seafood and sweet-filled bakeries, or the fishing village of Luanco for a relaxing drink on the promenade. Asturian sidra is famous throughout Spain, so tonight for dinner you will head to a local cidreria.
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
Travel by private vehicle along the northern part of Asturias and after crossing the Ria de Ribadeo, enter the Spanish region of Galicia. Stop in one of the small seaside villages with time to explore and enjoy lunch (on own) before the route takes you south-west and away from the coast as you head towards Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and a symbol of the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. This destination is famous as the culmination point for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. Soak up the beauty of the cathedral where St James, one of the 12 Apostles, is purportedly buried. Elaborately carved stone facades open onto grand plazas filled with pilgrims and locals going about their day. Perhaps join them in one of the cafes where you can sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
Day 9: Santiago de Compostela
Today you'll have the opportunity to join pilgrims on the last stretch of the Santiago de Compostela route. Walk alongside those who may have trekked over 800 kilometres to be here. It is important that you wear comfortable footwear and bring a raincoat, as weather in this region of Spain can be unpredictable, even during the summer months. Once back in Santiago, the rest of the day is free for you to explore your way. Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage site, an open-air museum that holds many wonderful sights within its walls – lively squares, the market and the University buildings are must sees. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for an included Galician dinner and raise a glass to the penultimate night of your Northern Spain adventure.
Day 10: Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, your tour adventure comes to an end. If you would like to extend your stay, we would be happy to arrange additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Inclusions
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners.
  • Transport: Private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Feature stay (2 nights).
  • Barcelona - Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
  • Barcelona - Welcome Meeting.
  • Barcelona - Welcome Dinner.
  • Zaragoza - Town Visit.
  • La Guardia - Village Visit.
  • La Rioja - Winery Visit with Tasting.
  • Pamplona - Orientation Walk.
  • San Sebastian - Walking Tour.
  • San Sebastian - Gastronomical Society Dinner.
  • Bilbao - Orientation Walk.
  • Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum admission.
  • Oviedo - Walking Tour with Cathedral.
  • Ovideo - Traditional Cider House Experience.
  • Galician Coast Stop.
  • Santiago de Compostela - Camino Walk.
  • Santiago de Compostela - Farewell Dinner.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
10 Sep 2024 19 Sep 2024 6 $10,610
17 Sep 2024 26 Sep 2024 6 $10,610
01 Oct 2024 10 Oct 2024 7 $10,115
08 Oct 2024 17 Oct 2024 9 $9,730