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Northern Spain

Pamplona, Spain
12 Days from $2,494 per person

Discover the scenic delights and delicious cuisine of this forgotten part of Spain. Compare Oviedo's ancient churches and resting relics of St James with Barcelona's captivating Sagrada Familia.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Madrid Airport, your airport transfers leave for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00. Relax and settle in. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Hesperia Madrid/Barcelo Torre, Madrid (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, a Local Expert will guide you along the noble avenues past the Cibeles Fountain and down the Gran Vía to the statue of Don Quixote in the Plaza de España. Cross the Puerta del Sol and continue to the Prado Museum, housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and others. You will then have free time to relax at a cafe or shop in the boutiques.
    hotel:Hesperia Madrid/Barcelo Torre, Madrid
  4. Venture through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile. Some of Spain's most fashionable white wines are produced in the Rueda region, so stop for a tasting. Continue past the impressive Castillo de la Mota, conquered by Queen Isabella and on to Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of the Apostle St James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:NH Collection, Santiago de Compostela (2 nights).
  5. In the morning, become acquainted with some of Europe's finest historical buildings with a Local Expert. The monumental square, Spanish Plaza del Obradoiro, is pure grandeur in granite. Look up from the steady trickle of present-day pilgrims to the cathedral façade - an ensemble of soaring towers, arches and windows, festooned with architectural frills. Once through the ‘Gateway of Glory', you're privy to the same vision that has greeted pilgrims since the Middle Ages. The faithful can pass behind the ornate high altar to touch the giant 13th century gilded effigy of St. James. Follow the steps of the pilgrims on The Way of St. James, then indulge in some free time to explore the narrow streets and old squares.
    hotel:NH Collection, Santiago de Compostela.
  6. Get your cameras ready for a scenic drive along the Costa Verde. This Green Coast of Asturias is one of Spain's most beautiful, named after the colour of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to the modern town of Oviedo. A Local Expert will show you the 9th century churches built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain. Visit the church of San Julian covered with 1,000-year-old wall paintings and the cathedral in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. Round off the day with an introduction to Northern Spain's drink of choice in the ‘Boulevard of Cider'.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Barcelo Cervantes/NH Oviedo Principado, Oviedo.
  7. See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís as you head into the foothills of the Picos de Europa, a National Park encompassing spectacular mountain and gorge scenery. Visit the holy cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while journeying to Santillana del Mar, arguably ‘the most beautiful village in Spain.' Stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets admiring stone houses decorated with carved, heraldic symbols and reach the delightful church square. After time to explore, drive to the sophisticated beach resort of Santander.
    hotel:Eurostars Real/Eurostars Santander.
  8. In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world's most spectacular buildings. Now a pleasant drive along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small coastal fishing villages. Pause in Zumaia, at the mouth of the Urola, where you can see El Ratón, the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San Sebastián, pearl of the Cantabrian coast, set on its shell-shaped bay. The city harbour is filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, so you can enjoy a number of sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Spain's northern Basque country has evolved into the best place to eat in the Western world. Discover the city's rich gastronomic tradition in the old city's pintxos (tapas) bars and be sure to try the local Txakoli wine.
    hotel:Barcelo Costa Vasca/Mecure Igueldo, San Sebastián (2 nights).
  9. In the morning, admire the beauty of San Sebastián on a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. See the numbered balconies of the Plaza de la Constitución, a reminder of the days when bullfights were held in the square. Ascend Monte Igueldo for beautiful views of the town and La Concha Bay. The afternoon is free to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk. Maybe partake in an excellent dinner with drinks in a restaurant in the heart of Lo Viejo (Old town)?
    hotel:Barcelo Costa Vasca/Mecure Igueldo, San Sebastián.
  10. Your first stop is in Pamplona, famous for the 'Running of the Bulls' festival. Perhaps take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street before moving on past the famous Rioja wine producing region? Continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions.
    hotel:Hilton Barcelona (2 nights).
  11. Wake up ready to embrace the city's artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and walk through the Roman gate to tour the narrow lanes and old squares. Next, head along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Church. See its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, raise your glass at your finalé Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hilton, Barcelona.
  12. After breakfast departure transfers arrive at Barcelona Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.

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10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.

Santiago de Compostela:

  • The Romanesque interior of the cathedral is magnificent. Let a Local Expert take you through the Gateway of Glory to witness the final stage of one of the world's most ancient pilgrimages.


  • See 1,000-year-old wall paintings in some of Europe's oldest churches and relax in a cider house with a glass of Asturia's famous ‘Sidra'. Watch the waiters demonstrate the art of Cider pouring.

Santillana del Mar:

  • Step back in time at this perfectly preserved and ‘most beautiful village in Spain.'


  • Visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

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.


Excursion To Segovia

Adult Price: € 45.00

Drive to the fortified city of Segovia where a local expert leads you through the medieval streets from the ancient aqueduct to the magnificent Alcazar, one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's Cinderella castle. Inside this 14th century palace, experience the paintings, tapestries, weaponry and armoury of the Spanish medieval era. Then take a panoramic drive outside the walls to admire stunning views over the Eresma valley, the Roman aqueduct and picturesque buildings of this medieval jewel.

Dinner With The Tenors

Adult Price: € 61.00

Spain is known for its incredible music and tonight this music is brought to life whilst we dine to a wonderful three-course menu with included wine. An amazingly talented group of singers, trained at a local academy, take you on a musical journey around Spain without leaving the comfort of your seat. A truly memorable experience.

Madrileno Dinner & Fountains

Adult Price: € 61.00

Tonight, we drive to a Traditional "meson" to be tempted by dishes for which the capital is famous. Our dinner includes regional wines, beer or soft drinks or you may like to try Spain's signature "Sangria". During your meal a local "Tuna de Madrid" will be playing your favourite Spanish songs while dressed in 18th-century costumes. Afterwards, we drive the grand avenues and boulevards to see the spectacular fountains that remind us of the glory of Madrid.

Santiago De Compostela

Dinner in Galicia

Adult Price: € 59.00

Tonight we have the chance to sample a wonderful variety of typical Galician dishes, all complemented with fantastic locally produced wine. Later in the evening, we'll listen to local musicians and experience the Celtic influences in their traditional music - played using authentic Galician Instruments. A truly wonderful evening.

Rias Baixas

Adult Price: € 34.00

Southward to the RIA DE AROUSA one of the deep fjord-like estuaries of GALICIA. Beautiful coastal scenery with beaches, vineyards, palm trees, grand villas and old stone houses. Visit a typical Galician granite 'Pazo' grand manor house of the old aristocracy, the island of A Toxa and the port of O Grove.


Cantabrian Dinner & Bay of Santander Cruise

Adult Price: € 61.00

This evening, we cruise the beautiful Bay of Santander to admire the magnificent stately manor homes and palaces with the wonderful backdrop of the Cantabrian mountains We then head to an authentic Cantabrian restaurant where we'll try many of the local dishes for which this region of ‘mountains and oceans’ is known. Local wines are included.

San Sebastian

Donostia by Night with Dinner

Adult Price: € 58.00

View the beach and fishing port as we head to the lively heart of the old town of Spain's gourmet capital for a sumptuous supper in one of the city's boutique restaurants. Wine and soft drinks included.

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

Adult Price: € 37.00

With your local expert, explore St. Jean the Luz, jewel of the Basque Country and visit the church where Louis XIV "The Sun King" married the Spanish princess Maria Teresa. An extra surprise awaits us next as we drive to the famous Biarritz summer residence of Napoleon III with its sophisticated spa resort.


Gaudi's Park Guell and Port Olympic

Adult Price: € 38.00

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Guell, Spain's most impressive public park! Here Gaudi designed mushroom-like houses, "bird nest" pillars and a stunning mosaic dragon. The huge central terrace is enveloped by a ceramic-encrusted serpentine bench (reputedly the world's longest seat) and offers panoramic views of Barcelona and the bay. We then head to the coast and Port Olympic, built for the athletes of the 1992 Olympics, where we'll have free time to try one the numerous waterfront restaurants.

Montserrat & The Black Madonna

Adult Price: € 40.00

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia's most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basilica Real” and climbing the stairs to the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.

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These departures will stay at the Hotel Bahia in Santander. 

There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement charge for  March 31st, May 12th and October 27th departures, 25% reduction for June 2nd, June 8th and September 8th, subject to availability.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $430 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain.

  • The currency in Spain is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream.

    Lunch is the largest meal of the day in Spain, with many restaurants offering multi course menus at a fixed price.  For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café, outdoor market, or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese. 

    Tapas are small bites served in bars and restaurants that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. Try a variety of marinated olives, potatoes, croquettes, grilled octopus, and toasted bread with various toppings.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in Spain’s different climates. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : Grand EuropeanTravel is great and have had pleasant experiences until now. We had been spoiled and did not expect discourteous guide
Vacation : Need more time between towns, Could have stayed at same hotel more than one day. Our guide was very rude first 3 days, did not formally intruduced to us until 3rd day. Initial contact was meeting us at hotel lobby and harshly asking group "Are you with this group then come to front now we need to check in." then gave his name. Blamed our group for been late when it was bus driver that over slept, and as result missed first optional tour. last night we were moved to a different hotel that was less the desirable.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : Pick up at Madrid airport very confusing, two different spots were mentioned and we were waiting at the first one with no check in by any person...We had to look for her at other place and then saw no identifying badge sign or hat to signify she was the one... We almost missed the hotel transport because of this, and it was negative😳
Vacation : Just wish there was more time in the Basque Country...
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : Tour leader was very knowledgeable and sensitive to group needs. Extremely well organized and anxious to share knowledge
Vacation : Beautiful region with many interesting sites and a fascinating history
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : Your company makes planning a trip a hassle free experience, taking care of all the logistics of flight bookings, hotel accommodations, getting from place to place, and seeing to all the details of sightseeing. In other words, you cover all the bases so that the traveler can concentrate on enjoying being in a new place.
Vacation : The itinerary was well organized and included some really interesting small coastal towns that I previously had no knowledge of. The seafood was excellent . It was eye-opening to see how fish/ shellfish farming is done on the Rias Baixas optional excursion. It was a thrill to walk the route of the running of the bulls in Pamplona. No doubt a major highlight was the tour of the Sagrada Familia - an amazing structure to behold. I would encourage anyone to put Northern Spain on their bucket list!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : No one at airport with Insight sign when we arrived.The rest was excellent.
Vacation : Learned about an area of the world that is a well kept secret. Our group leader and the hotels were excellent. Some of the optional tours were(especially dinner included) were overpriced, Tour of Barcelona and Guell Park should have been included.
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a central meeting point at the Madrid airport, therefore there would not have been someone waiting with a sign when you arrived. We do apologize if this information was not explained thoroughly for you. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your trip overall despite the confusion upon arrival. Thank you for writing.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : Insight Tour Guide was excellent, professional and very well informed. Pace of trip was a bit grueling. GET could have done a better job with info on areas/optionals to be visited prior to trip.
Vacation : Optionals were over-priced not always quality and some should have just been included in main itinerary. Especially the dinner options. Tour guide (Dan) excellent/outstanding. Accommodations excellent.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Northern Spain
Service rating : GET agent informed me and I received a voucher to go back from Barcelona to Madrid by coach at the end of the tour since my flight was from Madrid to DFW. However, there was no coach going from Barcelona to Madrid. When I was told there was no coach going to Madrid I began to panic. However the most efficient tour director made al the arrangements for me to go to the airport in Barcelona and to fly to Madrid.
Vacation : I encountered one of the most efficient tour directors for Insight Vacations. He sent emails before my trip concerning weather, what to pack, transportation to the hotel in Madrid, and other important very helpful details. All throughout the trip, he informed us of all details that left no room for wondering about anything.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry about the oversight with your transfer back to Madrid. We appreciate you letting us now so that we can improve on our procedures going forward. We're happy that despite this glitch you enjoyed your trip and your Travel Director. We will be sure to share your comments with him.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016

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