Northern Spain

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $2,266 per person

Your pilgrimage through northern Spain begins in the colorful Catalan 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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Trace the treasures of the north on this grand expedition from Barcelona to Madrid, easing yourself into la buena vida as only the Spaniards can. Delve into centuries of history and the cosmopolitan culture of Barcelona, rambling up Las Ramblas, people-watching in Plaza Catalunya and admiring the whimsical architecture of Gaudi before meeting up with your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening drive to see the city's iconic sights.
    meal(s):WR
    hotel:AC Som
  3. The unfinished La Sagrada Família is our first stop this morning. We join a Local Specialist to explore the Plaça de Catalunya and pay tribute to Christopher Columbus at the monument that bears his name. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta' or spend the rest of the day exploring the city's enchanting barrios.
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  4. The feisty former capital of Navarre takes center stage today. We follow in the footsteps of thousands of exhilarated runners and hot-blooded bulls, exploring Pamplona's ancient city walls and Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the city where markets, tournaments and even bullfighting have taken place.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Tres Reyes
  5. Today we journey to the sophisticated culinary capital of San Sebastian where we spend time exploring its splendor. See the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach or meander along la calle 31 de Agosto in the Old Town. Our next stop is Bilbao to view the modern Guggenheim Museum designed by talented architect Frank Gehry. We arrive in Santander later this evening for a two-night stay.
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    hotel:Santemar
  6. Spend the day at leisure in elegant Santander. Relax on the sun-kissed shores of one of the nearby playas, amble through the charming Old Town or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the coastal town of Comillas, with its charming cobbled streets and castle. Consider a visit to Gaudi's El Capricho, built in the late 19th century as a summer villa, and the museum dedicated to the Altamira Caves.
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  7. Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the dramatic Picos de Europa which sits between two main pilgrim routes along which you will encounter several quaint historic market towns. Visit the grotto of ‘Our Lady of Covadonga', a famous Marian pilgrimage site, and the pink-hued basilica made from the marble of the surrounding hills. Arriving in Oviedo, we enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner and cider tasting with the Castañón family at their Cider Mill.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Silken Monumental Naranco
  8. The Asturian fishing village of Luarca is our first stop today. Soak up its seafaring charm en route to the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, renowned as the end of the 'camino' pilgrimage route that has its origins dating as far back as the 9th century.
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    hotel:Tryp Santiago
  9. Join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the ‘Way of St James' and why thousands of people attempt the life-changing pilgrimage annually. Visit the vast Cathedral, reputed to be the final resting place of Saint James the Great, and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four architectural styles. Consider an Optional Experience to the Rias Biaxas for breathtaking views of the Galicia 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.
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  10. Meander through the lush Galicia landscape and Castile-Leon to Zamora, a veritable open-air museum of Romanesque art. See the 12th century Cathedral with its richly sculptured Bishop's Door and the scaled Dome before departing for Salamanca – its golden-hued façades providing an air of mystery and majesty. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including views of Spain's oldest University and the Cathedral as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor, built in the Spanish Baroque style.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Gran Corona Sol
  11. Traveling east, we arrive in the fiery Spanish capital, Madrid, for an afternoon of sightseeing with a Local Specialist. We'll visit the Prado Museum, which houses the largest collection of European art in the world, see the Plaza España, Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol and the neoclassical Cibeles Fountain that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine, toasting to a magnificent journey through northern Spain.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:AC Cuzco
  12. For now it's a sad hasta luego to your newfound friends as our Spanish adventure comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: from $520 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $30 p.p.

Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival at Barcelona Airport will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8:30 am and 11 am.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $107 per person.

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Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

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

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca, Madrid
  • Orientation of Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo
  • Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Cathedral and University of Salamanca
  • Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa

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