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Northern Spain

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,575 per person
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Santander, Pamplona, Barcelona ...more Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Santander, Pamplona, Barcelona
  1. Day 1 Arrive Barcelona (2 Nights)

    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 Plaça de Catalunya and admiring the whimsical architecture of Gaudí. Later, you'll meet up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening drive to see the city's iconic sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel AC Som
  2. Day 2 Barcelona Sightseeing and Free Time

    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, spend the rest of the day on your own to explore the city's enchanting barrios, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as La Moreneta.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Barcelona – Pamplona

    The feisty former capital of Navarre takes centre stage today. We follow in the footsteps of thousands of exhilarated runners and hot-blooded bulls, see Pamplona's ancient city walls and Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the city where markets, tournaments and even bullfighting have taken place.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Tres Reyes
  4. Day 4 Pamplona – San Sebastián – Bilbao – Santander (2 Nights)

    Today, we journey to the sophisticated culinary capital of San Sebastián. See the beautiful Bahía de la Concha beach or stroll 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Santemar
  5. Day 5 Santander Free Day

    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 cobbled streets and castle. Here you will explore Gaudí's El Capricho, built in the late 19th century as a summer villa, then the museum dedicated to the Altamira Caves.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Santander – Picos de Europa – Covadonga – Oviedo

    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. Later we’ll 'Connect With Locals' and enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch and cider tasting with the Castañón family at their Cider Mill. This evening is free for you to explore Oviedo at leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Silken Monumental Naranco
  7. Day 7 Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights)

    The Asturian fishing village of Luarca is our first stop today. Soak up its seafaring atmosphere 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Tryp Santiago
  8. Day 8 Santiago de Compostela Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the 'Way of Saint 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 Rías Baixas for soul-stirring 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca

    Journey through the lush Galician 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Gran Corona Sol
  10. Day 10 Salamanca – Madrid Sightseeing

    Travelling 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 de España, Gran Vía 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel AC Cuzco
  11. Day 11 Depart Madrid

    For now it's a fond hasta luego to your newfound friends as our Spanish adventure comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • 3 dinners

First class 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 Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid
  • ORIENTATION of Pamplona, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo
  • VISIT the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • VIEW La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Cathedral and University of Salamanca
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Picos de Europa

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Mystical Montserrat

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.
Adult Price: €40

Gothic Quarter and Dinner

Work up an appetite with a walking tour of the old Gothic Quarter, where Barcelona was born. Meander through the beautiful medieval streets and century-old architecture with your Local Specialist. Then we’ll take you to the marina of Port Olympic, where you'll enjoy Mediterranean food in one of our favourite local eateries.
Adult Price: €60


Culinary Treasures of Cantabria

Crossing the bay of Santander by ferry, you’ll enjoy marvellous views of the city and the surrounding beaches. We'll also pass the birthplace of famous golfer Seve Ballesteros. Our dinner tonight will be held in a hidden corner of Cantabria in a local restaurant specialised in the finest seafood from the Cantabrian Sea surrounded by a wild coast and cosy beaches.
Adult Price: €65

The Neo Caves of Altamira, Santillana del Mar and Comillas

Discover the Neo Caves of Altamira - often called the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art - and enjoy the architectural treasures of Medieval Santillana del Mar. In Comillas, you’ll tour the Modernist Art treasure, Gaudí’s El Capricho, and take in the breathtaking scenery of Cantabria.
Adult Price: €45


Santiago de Compostela by Night with Galician Dinner

This evening, you’ll travel back in time to the city where medieval pilgrims flocked. You’ll get to marvel at the illuminated historical buildings of Santiago de Compostela, before relaxing at a local restaurant we know and love - where you’ll sample the delicious local Galician cuisine.
Adult Price: €60

Explore Rías Baixas and the Mussel Beds

Join us on a visit to Ría de Arosa, one of the deep fjord-like estuaries of Galicia, as well as a stop-off at O Grove Port and the village of Cambados. Enjoy a boat trip to the mussel and oyster farms, where you’ll sample mussels and Ribeiro wine while enjoying regional music.
Adult Price: €45

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