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Northern Spain

11 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

This trip showcases the ultra-modern urban treats of Bilbao and its rural spots, like Covadonga.

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About this trip

Your pilgrimage through northern Spain begins in the colourful Costa Brava city of Barcelona, weaving through bull fighting territory, the culinary capital of San Sebastian and Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Museum. Marvel at the lush northern peaks of Picos de Europa, visit the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela and bask in the golden glow of ancient Salamanca.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: SNOR

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid

    • Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa

    • Orientation of Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo

    • Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the University of Salamanca and the Prado Museum in Madrid


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Northern Spain

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Day 1

Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)

Day 2

Barcelona Sightseeing

Day 3

Barcelona – Pamplona

Day 4

Pamplona – San Sebastian – Bilbao – Santander (2 Nights)

Day 5

Santander

Day 6

Santander – Picos de Europa – Covadonga – Oviedo

Day 7

Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights)

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing

Day 9

Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca

Day 10

Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing

Day 11

Depart Madrid

Day 1

Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)

Welcome to Barcelona. Relax or explore this lively city before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Hesperia Tower

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Hesperia Tower

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Barcelona Sightseeing Day 2 - Barcelona Sightseeing

This morning see Gaudi's architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as 'La Moreneta'.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Barcelona – Pamplona Day 3 - Barcelona – Pamplona

Travel to Pamplona, the capital of the old Kingdom of Navarre. The city is famous for the San Fermín festival, commonly known as the Running of the Bulls. See the ancient city walls and Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the city where markets, tournaments and even bullfighting have taken place.

Hotel

Tres Reyes

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Tres Reyes

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 3

Day 4

Pamplona – San Sebastian – Bilbao – Santander (2 Nights) Day 4 - Pamplona – San Sebastian – Bilbao – Santander (2 Nights)

Arrive in the city of San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach. San Sebastian is known as the culinary capital of Spain so why not enjoy the local pinchos? Perhaps visit the City Hall, once the home of the casino or the Baroque Basilica of Santa Maria. In Bilbao view the modern Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. Later arrive in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region.

Hotel

Santemar

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Santemar

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Culinary Treasures of Cantabria

Crossing the bay of Santander by ferry, you’ll enjoy marvellous views of the city and the surrounding beaches. Later, we’ll take you for a dinner you won’t forget at the birthplace of famous golfer Seve Ballesteros. Your meal will be made with the finest seafood from the Cantabrian Sea.

Adult Price: €60.00

The Neo Caves of Altamira with Santillana del Mar and Comillas

Discover the Neo Caves of Altamira - often called the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art - and enjoy the architectural treasures of Medieval Santillana del Mar. In Comillas, you’ll tour the Modernist Art treasure, Gaudi’s El Capricho, and take in the breathtaking scenery of Cantabria.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 4

Day 5

Santander Day 5 - Santander

The whole day is free to relax and unwind either with a day at the beach or a walk through the historic centre. Alternatively why not join an Optional Experience to the coastal town of Comillas and see the cobbled streets and squares? Perhaps visit Gaudi's Capricho and the museum dedicated to the Altamira Caves.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Santander – Picos de Europa – Covadonga – Oviedo Day 6 - Santander – Picos de Europa – Covadonga – Oviedo

Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the Picos de Europa, a mountain range rich in flora and fauna. The region sits between two main pilgrim routes and has numerous historic market towns. Visit the grotto of 'Our Lady of Covadonga'. Here you also have the chance to visit the basilica made from the pink marble of the surrounding hills. Later arrive in Oviedo and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner where you will also learn about the local green cider.

Hotel

Ayre Oviedo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Ayre Oviedo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Santiago de Compostela by Night with Galician Dinner

This evening, you’ll travel back in time to the city where medieval pilgrims flocked. You’ll get to marvel at the illuminated historical buildings of Santiago de Compostela, before relaxing at a local restaurant we know and love - where you’ll sample the delicious local Galician cuisine.

Adult Price: €59.00

Day 6

Day 7

Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights) Day 7 - Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights)

Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet village and has managed to preserve its seafaring charm. Later arrive in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This, for many people, will be the end of their 'camino'.

Hotel

Tryp Santiago

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Tryp Santiago

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Explore Rias Bajas and the Mussel Beds

Join us on a visit to Ria de Arosa, one of the deep fjord-like estuaries of Galicia, as well as a stop-off at O’Grove Port and the village of Cambados. Enjoy a boat trip to the mussel and oyster farms, where you’ll sample mussels and Ribeiro wine while enjoying regional music.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 7

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing Day 8 - Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist will explain the 'Way of St James' and why thousands of people walk here as part of a pilgrimage annually. Visit the vast cathedral and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four architectural styles. Why not enjoy an Optional Experience to the Rias Biaxas for breathtaking views of the Galician coast. The region has long waterways stretching inland that are said to be the mark left by God's hand when he cleansed himself after creating the world.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca Day 9 - Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca

Start the day with a drive through Galicia and the region of Castile-Leon to Zamora, known as a 'museum of Romanesque art'. See the 12th century cathedral with its richly sculptured Bishop's Door and the scaled Dome. Later arrive in Salamanca where a Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Spain's oldest University as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor.

Hotel

Gran Corona Sol

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Gran Corona Sol

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 9

Day 10

Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing Day 10 - Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing

On arrival in Madrid visit the Prado Museum which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. See the Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine.

Hotel

AC Cuzco

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

AC Cuzco

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Madrid Day 11 - Depart Madrid

Say 'adios' to Spain and your newfound friends as your Spanish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Say 'salut' to traditional Asturian cider and enjoy a local meal and cider tasting with the Castañón family at their Cider Mill near Oviedo

  • Hidden Treasure
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid

    • Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa

    • Orientation of Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo

    • Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the University of Salamanca and the Prado Museum in Madrid


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 12 Reviews

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    Service rating : ii have a hearing loss and wasn't provided verbal instructions I could understand during a Segovia side trip and therefore was left behind. The cab to get me back to the hotel cost 130 Euro.Product : Callous disregard to my hearing loss. Your policies MUST change. I'm taking

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    Service:

    Trip was good for the most part. Some of the hotels were not so good. One in Santander had music pulsating til 6 am. Several had shower controls impossible to figure out. Overall, we spent a lot of time on the bus...of necessity, I guess. I would have preferred fewer stops and more time in

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    Service:

    Had the best tour guide - Lydia Matitia - She is wonderful.

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    Service rating : The service was very good and the tour guide was very professional and had a lot of knowledge.Product : I could see a lot of north Spain ,in only eleven days and had a general idea of the culture.

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    Service:

    Excellent

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