Day 1 – Barcelona
Day 2 – Barcelona
Day 3 – Morning in Barcelona. Arrival in Rioja by train
Day 4 - Rioja - Private winery tour
Day 5 – Transfer to San Sebastián
Day 6 – San Sebastián
Day 7 – Bilbao
Day 8 - Bilbao End of journey (Bilbao´s airport is well connected to Madrid, Barcelona and other cities in Spain)
DAY 1 - Barcelona
The day begins with your arrival at the airport. We have organised a transfer to your magnificent hotel, which we have selected specially for your stay in this beautiful city. Depending on your arrival time and your interests, your assigned travel expert will recommend the best things to do and see for your first day in Barcelona. For this first night in Barcelona, we have selected for you a very special restaurant that offers probably the best paella in town (other food dishes also available).
DAY 2 - Barcelona
Having enjoyed your delicious breakfast, today you will be able to enjoy some of the many things to see and do in Barcelona. The tour includes 3 different gastronomic alternatives for you to choose from today: a full day group tour to Montserrat and a winery, or a cooking class with a visit to one of Barcelona's food markets. Depending on your interests, your designated tour expert will recommend the best way to spend your day in Barcelona.
DAY 3 - Barcelona & Rioja
The day starts with your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Decide whether you prefer to leave Barcelona in the morning or spend a few more hours in Barcelona and catch the train to Logroño in the afternoon. A driver will be waiting for you at the train station in Logroño, the capital of La Rioja. You wil be driven to your hotel located in the charming medieval walled town of Laguardia. This town is a fine example of the ancient walled towns found in the North of Spain. We have chosen for you one of the most charming hotels in Rioja and tonight, you will enjoy a fantastic Riojan dinner at a castle (vegetarian options available).
DAY 4 - Rioja
Be picked up from your hotel after breakfast for your private wine tour of Rioja. You will see the best Riojan vineyard landscapes on your way and enjoy a day with local wine expert. Three different wineries will be visited and you will also enjoy a traditional Riojan meal. The tour will end in Laguardia at approximately 18:00. You will be able to relax in your hotel and take a stroll around this enchanting area of Rioja Alavesa.
DAY 5 - Rioja and San Sebastian
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, your driver will pick you up at an agreed time to drive you to San Sebastian, possibly the most beautiful and elegant city in northern Spain. The hotel that we have chosen for your stay is one of the best hotels in the city. Today, you will have time to discover San Sebastián: the lovely Playa de la Concha beach, the old fishing quarter, the elegant shops and the Kursaal auditorium.
For the evening your tour includes a tasting menu -wine pairing included- at one of San Sebastian´s best restaurants.
DAY 6 - San Sebastian
Today, you will have time to continue exploring San Sebastian on your own. Your travel expert will provide a number of recommendations for the day. We can also include (upon request) a half day tour to Getaria or a full day tour to France.
We will provide you with a list of bars and taverns where you will be able to enjoy on your own local pintxos (the way tapas are named in Northern Spain)
DAY 7 - San Sebastian and Bilbao
After your breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to Bilbao. On this route, you will be taken through the beautiful and picturesque area of the Basque country. To make the most out of your journey, you will first take a more scenic route off the highway to be able to see the beautiful area of Getaria and its stunning North coast landscapes.
Upon arrival in Bilbao, you will have time to relax at the fantastic hotel that we have chosen for you. The hotel is perfectly located to visit the city and its most fascinating monuments. Bilbao has transformed itself from an industrial city into a hugely important cultural center with important artistic and gastronomic value, and there is so much to explore. Depending on your interests, we will recommend the best things to do during your stay in Bilbao to make the most out of your time.
The day will end with a high quality evening meal at a Michelin star restaurant complete with fantastic wines.
DAY 8 - Bilbao and end of trip
After breakfast, your journey comes to an end. Depending on your travel plans, you will set off to another location in Spain (such as Madrid) or continue to explore the secrets of Bilbao. You could also continue your journey towards Galicia in the Northwest with a stop at the natural paradise of Asturias and finishing off at the fantastic city of Santiago. Your travel expert can assist with your planning.
Barcelona & Northern Spain Tour
This tour allows you to combine two fantastic experiences of Spain together in one without the need for a car. You will stay in high quality, hand-picked hotels, enjoy the best gastronomy and feel like a local. You will be able to enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with its art and Mediterranean spirit, as well as discover the northern part of the country with its rich gastronomy, fantastic wine, and beautiful cities and villages
- Forget the need for a car
- Hotel choice: A selection of luxury hotels (You can also propose the hotels)
- A travel expert for you: Enjoy our recommendations based on your interests
- Enjoy Barcelona, with its Gaudí architecture and views of the Mediterranean sea
- Top gastronomy & Michelin experience: the best local paella in Barcelona, tasting menus in Bilbao and San Sebastian, top quality cuisine in Rioja
- A private wine tour in Rioja with stunning vineyard landscapes and impressive winery architecture
- Spain´s most beautiful beach in San Sebastian
- Impressive architecture in Bilbao
- 7 nights accommodation at the most charming hotels of each area
- 7 buffet breakfasts
- Pick-up from Barcelona airport and transfer to your hotel
- High quality evening meal in Barcelona: your choice of paella or traditional Catalan food
- Your choice between a full day tour to Montserrat & a winery, or a cooking class with visit to a food market
- Train from Barcelona to Logroño
- Pick-up at the train station in Logroño and transportation to your hotel in Laguardia
- Dinner at a castle in Rioja
- Private full day tour in Rioja with a local wine expert including 3 winery visits and a fantastic Riojan meal
- Private transport by car from your hotel in Rioja to San Sebastian
- A tasting menu at one of San Sebastian´s best restaurants
- Transportation by private car from San Sebastian to Bilbao
- 1 evening meal at a Michelin restaurant in Bilbao
- Detailed itinerary covering the whole trip with recommendations of things to see during your free time
- 3 hours of trip personalisation time to adapt the trip to your needs and preferences
- Drinks or wine not in the ´Included section´, and hotel minibar access
- Trip insurance
- Anything not expressly listed in the ´Included´ section
PRICE OF THE TOUR
95% of the time the price quoted for the tour will be as on the tour page. However, in Spain there are a number of special festivals and holidays which may raise the price of certain local services, such as Easter, the Festival of San Mateo or San Fermines, etc. If you would like to make your reservation over some of these dates, this may mean that the given price may change. It would be a good idea to check your dates with us first or make your reservation in advance.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
To make your reservation contact us. We will require a 15% deposit to hold your reservation and begin working on your itinerary.The remaining amount can be paid when we send you your trip itinerary.
A change in the itinerary may be necessary due to availability or restaurant opening days (for example, many restaurants in Spain close on Sundays and Mondays). If this is the case, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary and will book the best alternative option for you
I would like to do this trip, but I would like to make some changes
Absolutely, we would be happy to incorporate your preferences. Your reservation already includes 3 hours of extra ´personalised tour design´ work by one of our advisors, which should be enough time to make reasonable changes to the itinerary (see Included/Not Included sections above)
I would like to extend the trip and add another tour of yours that I like
No problem! Simply contact us with your request. Additionally, if you add another Multi-day tour to this one, you will receive a 5% discount on the second tour.
Cancellation and changes policy
If cancelled more than 30 days before the trip starts, 15% of the total trip price will be deducted to account for tour organisation and administration costs. If cancelled less than 30 days to the trip start date, a 30% fee will be deducted. Trips cancelled 7 days or less before the trip start date are non-refundable. We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.
Any change request made by the customer after already having booked and confirmed the dates of the trip may imply an additional administration fee of 5% and may also impact the overall trip price due to provider price changes. Cancellation of the trip may be necessary if date changes impact availability (in which case, the cancellation policy will apply).
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