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Northern Spain

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,273 per person

Countries Visited

Spain ...more Spain

Locations Visited

Barcelona, Madrid, Pamplona, Santander, Oviedo, Covadonga, Santiago De Compostela, Salamanca ...more Barcelona, Madrid, Pamplona, Santander, Oviedo, Covadonga, Santiago De Compostela, Salamanca
  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 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 Senator Spa
  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 see 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 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 has taken place.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    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 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. 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 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 Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Exe Centro
  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 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 explain 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 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 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'. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the Prado Museum, which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. Then, see the Royal Palace, 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 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 Breakfast
Northern Spain
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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

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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.

Barcelona

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

Santander

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

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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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
Great flights, although didn't care for letters of airports instead of airport names. Appreciated fact my trip date was canceled but was moved to the last group departure with same great flights, and no charges.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is amazing to hear and we thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We are very happy that you were able to see Northern Spain and it enjoyed it so much.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Vacation
Desired to travel to N.Spain for over 30 years since I used to book my boss to San Sebastian and Bilbao there on business. Not many tours to the north. Extra excursions were worth every cent.
Brian Traub
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Service
Booking was easy with minimal problems. Customer support was easily accessible when needed.
Vacation
Trip was well coordinated with a large group. Sites visited were interesting and explained by local specialists. Event, lodging and convenience stops were timely with minimal waits. Great overall experience and will recommend for any first time visit to Spain!
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