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Northern Spain (2019 Preview)

11 Days from $2,318 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

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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Overview

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Santemar
  5. 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.
    meal(s):BB
  6. 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
  7. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Tryp Santiago
  8. 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.
    meal(s):BB
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
    meal(s):BB
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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.

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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  • 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.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • 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 24 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.

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  • Preview 2019

    Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2018 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2019 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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