Best of Northern Spain

Classic, Barcelona to Madrid

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick eight-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture, and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Rioja Region Wine Tasting, Logroño
  • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas
  • "Casa rural" stay with traditional meals
  • San Sebastián day trip
  • Madrid orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals
  • Indulge in the tapas lifestyle
  • Wander through gaudí's wonderland in barcelona
  • Live like a local in a "casa rural" in the pyrenees
  • Experience the basque way of life.

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D) Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Pyrenees (1B, 1D) Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.
Day 4 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B) Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Bilbao/San Sebastian/Bilbao (1B) The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebastián didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer. Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat! Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebastián without trying the famous jamon iberico. The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo — half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Bilbao/Logroño (1B) With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city. Included Activities: Rioja Region Wine Tasting Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Logroño/Madrid Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city. Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 8 Madrid (1B) We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.
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