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Northern Spain

11 Days 1 Country 8 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


15 Meals
  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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Northern Spain

Your Itinerary

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.

Welcome Reception
Hesperia Tower

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'.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Tres Reyes

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Ayre Oviedo

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'.

Buffet Breakfast
Tryp Santiago

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Gran Corona Sol

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
AC Cuzco

11. Depart Madrid

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

Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 12 Reviews

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    Ellen our tour director was very knowledgeable and friendly also the driver was excellent

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    Ellen Rombouts was an excellent tour guide.

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    Service rating : Excellent service,tour Director Isabelle,Driver Jose, had knowledge of nice Towns and hidden treasures.Good food and Hotels.Among we all were well treated whit respect and care.I love this guys.Product : For me all the way and Towns were incredible, the landscapes were

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    Service rating : One thing i found frustrating was the places where meals were included at night we would have like to eat out as we were located nearby to restaurants. Then the reverse would happen. Located nowhere near restaurants and very hard to get into nearby central area to find suitable

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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


    • 10 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

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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

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