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San Sebastian to Santiago gastronomic Road Trip

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Enjoy northern Spain with accommodation in a selection of fantastic hotels and with the best local cuisine. This road trip in Spain offers a great way to discover the north of Spain by visiting elegant cities such as San Sebastian, Santander and Oviedo and small fishing villages, all with their traditional architecture. This road trip has been selected as one of Spain’s best holidays by The Times

Highlights

- A selection of highly-rated 4-star and boutique hotels at fantastic locations

- Fantastic local cuisine from four regions of Spain: Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque country, and Galicia

- Flexible itinerary The trip can be booked with itinerary and breakfast or with a full version that includes 7 excellent meals

- Charming towns by the sea or in the mountains, and an itinerary to make your trip a complete success

- Some of the most elegant and beautiful cities of Spain: San Sebastián, Bilbao, Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela

Included

  • A full itinerary to ensure that your trip to the North of Spain is a first quality experience
  • 9 or 11 nights’ accommodation at charming hotels chosen by our experts, all with very high ratings in all guidebooks
  • 9 or 11 breakfast buffets
  • 7 fantastic dining experiences (if Full itinerary option is included)
  • Bilbao: High quality dinner at one of Bilbao’s best traditional Asadores (wine included)
  • San Sebastian: Superb tasting menu dinner paired with different wines (6 dishes and 4 wines)
  • Santoña (on your way to Santander): Tasting menu lunch in Santoña (drinks not included)
  • Cangas de Onís: Fantastic Asturian dinner at an amazing setting (wine not included)
  • Oviedo: Quality tasting menu dinner (wine included)
  • Lugo: Traditional Galician dishes with a modern touch at one of the best restaurants in Lugo (wine included)
  • Santiago de Compostela: Tasting menu dinner at a top local restaurant (wine included)

Excluded

  • Any item not included in the included section
  • Private parking (estimate 15-20€ per day at hotel parking)
  • Car rental

Please Note

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do wine tastings and still drive?
As a general rule our itineraries are planned so that driving is minimised while visiting wineries, for example by booking wineries that are within walking distance from each other. In any case, wine tasting etiquette does not require that you drink and it is perfectly acceptable not to do so. There will be spittoon buckets available for your use at each winery.

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, Film Festival in San Sebastian, Santiago´s Day, 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 my reservation?
To make your reservation, please contact us by clicking "Make an enquiry". 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. Normally, your personalized itinerary is sent 2 months in advance although this depends on when the trip is booked.

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 2 hours extra ´personalized tour design´ work by one of our travel consultants, which should be enough time to make reasonable changes to your 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! Please contact us with us regarding your preferences. You may want to include additional nights in a hotel or add an extra city to your trip. Additionally, if you add another multi-day tour or road trip to this tour, 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).

*This is the most probable itinerary for your Road Trip. Keep in mind that our itineraries are flexible and if you have any dietary restrictions, we can make the necessary adjustments. Simply let us know upon making the reservation.

12 day version: In the 12 day version we add 2 nights, one in Bilbao and 1 in Santiago de Compostela. Bear in mind that depending on your interests our itineraries can be customized.

Day 1 – Bilbao

Bilbao has excellent connections by plane and is a good point of departure for our road trip into Northern Spain. The city has undergone a radical transformation in recent years and has gone from being an industrial port city to become one of the cities with the most vibrant culture and varied gastronomy in Spain.

Depending on your arrival time into Bilbao, you will have a choice of enjoyable activities, one of which includes a visit to the architectural jewel of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum.

On the first day of your visit, your gastronomy experience includes: a typical Basque lunch or dinner at a family Asador where you can taste the traditional cuisine of the Basque Country (included if booked with Full Itinerary option)

Accommodation: We have selected one of Bilbao’s best hotels, with an excellent central location

DAY 2 – Bilbao – Fuenterrabia –San Sebastian

After breakfast at the hotel, the route on your second day leads to San Sebastian and Fuenterrabia, a charming fishing village famous for its gastronomy, its port and surroundings, as well as being next to the French border.
San Sebastian is one of the most elegant and beautiful cities of Spain. La Playa de la Concha is the heart of this city and the gastronomic capital of Spain.

Day 2 dining experience (included if booked with Full Itinerary option): Tasting menu lunch with wine pairings in a restaurant of creative Basque cuisine in San Sebastian.

Hotel: We have selected a high quality hotel in Fuenterrabia with a very good location

DAY 3 – Fuenterrabía and French Basque coast

Your itinerary contains suggestions for tasting pintxos (tapas) in Fuenterrabia, , as well as some ideas for enjoying San Sebastian (or, Donosti, in Basque), Fuenterrabia and the French coast

DAY 4 – Fuenterrabía to Santander

We leave Fuenterrabía after a hearty Basque breakfast, and confident that this first region will have surprised you for its beauty, gastronomy and culture. The fourth day of the route will take you to the region of Cantabria. Its capital, Santander, is also one of the more elegant cities of Spain, although its gastronomy is not as well-known as Basque cuisine
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Before arriving to Santander you will pass through beautiful coastal towns such as Castro Urdiales, Laredo and Santoña.

The culinary experience of the day: In Santoña, we have prepared a tasting menu for the mid-day meal for savoring some special varieties of Cantabrian cuisine (included if booked with Full Itinerary option):

During the afternoon, the journey continues into Santander which welcomes us with its beautiful bay, the Sardinero Promenade, and the famous Palacio de la Magdalena.

Depending on your interests, there is time for a visit to the famous Altamira Cave (actually, a visit to an exact replica of the original cave), which is one of the most significant, interesting, and best preserved caves in the world.

Hotel: One of Santander´s most charming hotels, with an exceptional location

DAY 5 – Comillas to Cangas de Onís

After having a hearty breakfast in the hotel, we say goodbye to Cantabria and we are introduced to Asturias, another destination famous for great food. During the morning we travel along the Asturian Coast where fantastic beaches and small villages such as Llanes and Ribadesella await us. Next, we take a route inland to the lovely town of Cangas de Onís, famous for its Roman bridge.

Dining experience of the day: We have chosen dinner at a very elegant venue to enjoy the excellent cuisine that Asturias has to offer. (included if booked with Full Itinerary option)

Hotel: An amazing historical building with all of the comfort you would expect from a modern hotel

DAY 6 – Cangas de Onis and Picos de Europa

Cangas de Onís is the starting point for mountain visits to the famous Picos de Europa and Covadonga Lakes. You can hike up to the Covadonga Monastery. If the weather is good, we recommend continuing the ascent to the Covadonga Lakes. Your itinerary will include suggestions on things to do this day to enjoy this fantastic region.

DAY 7 – Cangas de Onís to Oviedo

Today we continue to travel along the Asturian Coast and enjoying the coastal villages of Colunga and Lastres. Your itinerary will include suggestions morning activities based on your interests, and includes suggestions for the best dish in Asturian gastronomy, fabada, an excellent bean stew. You can also visit a cider producer and try the most famous local drink.

The route passes through Gijon with its beautiful beach, and then leads to Oviedo, the capital of the Asturian Principality, a beautiful and interesting city.

Culinary experience of the day: A dinner-tasting menu in Oviedo (included if booked with Full Itinerary option)

Hotel: The night is spent in a boutique hotel in Oviedo.

DAY 8 – Oviedo to Lugo

The seventh day of the journey brings us to Galicia, a Celtic land and the Spanish region most famous for the quality of its seafood.

The itinerary contains a good number of recommendations for stopping both along the coast, such as Ribadeo and others villages, and further inland, such the attractive town of Mondoñedo, as well as suggestions for enjoying the most traditional Galician food at a highway restaurant where the famous Galician empanada, a type of meat pastry, can be tasted and enjoyed.

Later that evening you arrive at the walled city of Lugo where you can enjoy the famous regional culinary specialties of Galicia.
Culinary experience of the day: Menu for tasting octopus, very traditional Galician cuisine (included if booked with Full Itinerary option)

Hotel: You will stay in a small hotel boutique in Lugo

Day 9 – Lugo to Santiago de Compostela

The famous Camino de Santiago is our destination on the eighth day of the journey. You can stop and walk on the road and feel like a pilgrim on the route to Compostela.

Your itinerary includes interesting ideas to enjoy the culture of the road, as well as the road to Santiago itself.

Santiago is famous not only as being the destination for the Camino, but also by its culture and universal history. The Obradorio Square and Cathedral are must-sees, as well as a stroll in the food market because of the vibrant colors of their local seafood-filled stalls.

Dining experience of the day: The last dining experience of the trip is a tasting meal (including seafood) in one of Santiago’s best restaurants. (included if booked with Full Itinerary option)

Hotel: We have chosen a cozy, boutique hotel for your stay in Santiago.

DAY 10 – End of trip

The itinerary of this trip concludes in Santiago de Compostela. From here you can make a return flight to Barcelona or Madrid, or continue traveling by car. Our team is always available to help with your travel plans or to extend your visit. Your trip can be extended by traveling along the Galician coast and enjoying the famous Albariño wines in Cambados.

If you have the time, an excellent choice for going to Madrid is by traveling south through Castilla-León.

THE TIMES: This road trip has been selected by The Times as one of Spain´s 50 best holidays 
"Thank you once again for a fabulous food, wine and travel experience and we are happy to recommend Winetours Spain to our fellow travellers"Geoff and Susan. Sydney, Australia.

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