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Northern Spain (Premium) - Small Group

11 Day Spain Tour to Madrid, Barcelona & Oveido

Northern Spain (Premium)
11 Days
1 Country

Spain

11 Cities

Madrid, Rueda, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Covadonga, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Pamplona, Barcelona

14 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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See spectacular Spain on this 11-day guided tour. Meet a local on the Green Coast of Asturias — a verdant beach along the wild Cantabrian Sea — for a lunch made of locally sourced ingredients and cider. In Oviedo, join a Local Expert for a tour of the town’s 9th Century churches and the Cathedral of the Holy Savior. See the most beautiful village in Spain, Santillana del Mar, where you can wander cobblestone streets until you reach its scenic town square. Relax at your luxury beach resort in Santander, taking in views of the bay below. In Barcelona, allow a Local Expert to lead you through the city’s Gothic Quarter, through the Roman Gate and to the Sagrada Família, a spectacular basilica with towers that seem to touch the sky and stained-glass windows that are works of art.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for dinner in a local restaurant and enjoy an evening of delicious food and wine.

Arrive Madrid Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana
Included Meals Dinner with Wine
Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Welcome Dinner in Madrid, Spain
Madrid Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of del...

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Day 2

Madrid of the Bourbons

Enjoy sightseeing with your Local Expert as they take you along the main historical areas in the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, discovering the origins of the city. Learn about the growth of this city, from humble beginnings to a thriving European metropolis. A highlight of your escorted journey will be to visit the Prado Museum. Discover countless works by Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Rubens and others as you are guided by a local art historian. Gain new perspective on classic artworks as your art historian shares historic anecdotes and provides new insights into the Prado's collection. The afternoon is free for you to relax at a café or shop in the boutiques.

Madrid, Spain
Accommodation Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana
Included Meals Breakfast
Insight Experiences Guided tour of Madrid Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

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

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Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with iconic marble sculptures with fountains Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit The Segovia World Heritage Site in Madrid, Spain
Excursion to Segovia

Drive to the fortified city of Segovia where a Local Expert leads you through the medieval streets from the Roman aqueduct to the magnificent Alcaz...

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Optional Experiences Madrid by Night, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Madrid by Night with Dinner, Madrid, Spain
Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

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Day 3

Through the Guadarrama Mountains to Santiago

Journey through the Guadarrama Mountains to the infinite horizons of Old Castile and pass the impressive Castillo de la Mota. Continue past historic Tordesillas, and on to Santiago de Compostela.

Sun sets over Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Spain.
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

About the Hotel

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The NH Collection Santiago de Compostela delivers modern luxury in a timeless setting, just minutes from the historic Plaza del Obradoiro.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Chateau wine tasting on the Cote d’Azur in Nice, France
Rueda Wine Tasting

Some of Spain's finest wines hail from the Rueda region. During your tasting, learn about the Verdejo grape and what to look for in a fresh white.

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Authentic Dining

Day 4

Saintly Santiago de Compostela

Explore Santiago de Compostela with Insight Choice. Choose to join a city tour with a Local Expert and visit the cathedral, festooned with architectural frills. Alternatively, embark on a scenic walk along the Way of St. James, through scenic parks and gardens. Relax during your free time, or explore the narrow streets and old city squares.

City Exploration Santiago De Compostela, Spain
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

About the Hotel

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The NH Collection Santiago de Compostela delivers modern luxury in a timeless setting, just minutes from the historic Plaza del Obradoiro.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Choice The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Santiago de Compostela City Tour

Join a city tour with a Local Expert and visit Praza do Obradoiro to admire the cathedral facade festooned with architectural frills.

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice St James Walk Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Way of St. James Scenic Walk

Embark on a scenic walk on part of the Way of St. James with a Local Expert, through parks and gardens that transform with the seasons.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Optional Experiences
Rías Baixas

Visit a Galician Grand Manor House known as a "Pazo", home to an aristocratic family and its garden. The journey with our Local Expert will also ta...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner, Galicia, Spain
Dinner in Galicia

Tonight we'll have the chance to sample a wonderful variety of Galician dishes, complemented with fantastic locally-produced wine. Discover the Cel...

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Day 5

Along the Costa Verde to Oviedo

Pass through the ancient forests of Galicia and cross to the Green Coast of Asturias - one of Spain's most beautiful, named after the color of the sea and the pine and eucalyptus trees that line the shore. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience for lunch. Very popular with locals, enjoy a homemade meal and learn about traditional cider product, including a tasting. Your route reveals glorious coastal vistas before turning inland to travel through old villages and deep valleys en route to Oviedo.

Continue on to Oviedo where a Local Expert will show you the 9th century churches built when the city was the capital of Christian Spain. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior in the stately square of Plaza Alfonso II. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the finest in Europe.

Guests enjoy a Dine-at-Home experience in Oviedo, Spain
Barceló Oviedo Cervantes View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Barceló Oviedo Cervantes

About the Hotel

Oviedo, Spain

The Barceló Oviedo Cervantes is situated in the heart of Oviedo, 10 minutes from the Old Town and cathedral. This striking and stylish designer hotel is restored from an early 20th century mansion.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Cloister at the Oviedo cathedral, Oviedo, Spain
Oviedo City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, see 1,000-year-old wall paintings in some of Europe's oldest churches. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the fines...

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Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Cider pouring at the Dine-at-Home meal in Gijon, Spain
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Gijón

Meet Flor, a local of Gijón, for a delicious meal of locally sourced produce that she has prepared just for you. This experience supports United Na...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 6

Picturesque Santillana del Mar and on to Santander

Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, a shrine to Pelayo, who achieved the first Christian victory over the Moors in 722. See the unique Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís as you head into the foothills of the Picos de Europa, a national park boasting spectacular mountain and gorge scenery.

Enjoy views of the Costa de Cantabria while traveling 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.

Continue on to the sophisticated beach resort of Santander where you have free time in the evening to enjoy this luxurious hotel. 

Roman bridge on the Sella River in Cangas de Onis, Asturias, Spain
Eurostars Hotel Real View Hotel Details
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Eurostars Hotel Real

About the Hotel

Santander, Spain

The luxury 5-star Eurostars Hotel Real is at the heart and soul of Santander and is a hallmark of excellence and prestige, facing the Playa de los Peligros beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Covadonga Cave in Picos de Europa, Spain
Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga in Picos de Europa

Visit the holy cave of Covadonga and see the tomb of Pelayo who is celebrated for winning the Battle of Covadonga against the Muslim Moors in 722 a...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Orientation Picos De Europa, Spain
Visit Picos de Europa National Park

Venture into this magnificent national park to admire the stunning picturesque scenery and rocky trails.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights City orientation Santillana Del Mar, Spain
Santillana del Mar Village Visit

Step back in time when you visit this perfectly preserved and 'most beautiful village in Spain.'

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

Bilbao, Costa Vasca and San Sebastián

In nearby Bilbao, admire the striking modern architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world's most spectacular buildings. Enjoy the views as you are driven along part of the Costa Vasca, dotted with small coastal fishing villages and pause in the seaside city of Getaria to see 'El Ratón', the mouse-shaped rock. Continue to San Sebastián and admire its beauty as you walk with your Local Expert through the Old Quarter to see the Plaza de la Constituction. 

San Sebastian guided city tour, San Sebastian, Spain
Barceló Costa Vasca View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Barceló Costa Vasca

About the Hotel

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao Orientation

See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry and sites of this Basque region gem during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights El Raton in Getaria, Spain
See the El Ratón Rock in Getaria

See the rock known as El Ratón or the mouse.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights  A guided city tour of San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Donostia at Night with Dinner, Donostia, Spain
Donostia by Night with Dinner

View the beach 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 resta...

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Day 8

San Sebastián, Pearl of the Cantabrian Coast

Enjoy a day at leisure to stroll along San Sebastián's boardwalk and with the city harbor filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, you can enjoy several sporting activities on its large sandy beach. Perhaps you'll want to explore the nearby French villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, also known as Little Paris and Biarritz? Maybe stroll the promenade of the famous La Concha bay or enjoy the boutiques of the Old Town? 

Eating ice cream with a view of La Concha Bay, San Sebastian, Spain
Barceló Costa Vasca View Hotel Details
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Barceló Costa Vasca

About the Hotel

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

The Barceló Costa Vasca hotel is located close to La Concha bay and offers modern, comfortable rooms with excellent facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences Saint-Jean-de-Luz Visit from San Sebastian, Biarritz, Spain
Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

With your Local Expert, today we head to Basque France (don't forget your passports!). First stop is Biarritz, home to the rich and famous, with it...

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Day 9

Pamplona and on to Barcelona

Journey to the famed town of Pamplona, known for its Running of the Bulls festival. With time free for you to explore, take a stroll to the famous Estafeta Street or visit Café Iruña, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his novel 'The Sun Also Rises.' Your travels continue to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, a land that retains its own distinctive language, culture and traditions.

Town Square and bandstand, Pamplona, Spain
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Hilton Barcelona

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

The Hilton Barcelona is ideally located on one of Barcelona's main streets, Avenida Diagonal, meaning key sights of the city are easily accessible during your stay. Rooms feature stylish interiors, drawing inspiration from local Catalan architect, Gaudí, and are designed with comfort and convenience in mind.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Monument of Encierro Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Pamplona at Leisure

The city is home to Cafe Iruna, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

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Day 10

Barcelona, the City of Gaudí

Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert and drive along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own. In the evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends at a local restaurant. Raise your glass and toast your travels during your delightful dinner.

View over Barcelona from Park Guell by architect Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
Hilton Barcelona View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hilton Barcelona

About the Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

The Hilton Barcelona is ideally located on one of Barcelona's main streets, Avenida Diagonal, meaning key sights of the city are easily accessible during your stay. Rooms feature stylish interiors, drawing inspiration from local Catalan architect, Gaudí, and are designed with comfort and convenience in mind.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Inside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Street with arch in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture as you journey through the E...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Barcelona Celebration Dinner

At a typical Catalan restaurant, savor a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

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Day 11

Depart Barcelona

Today, bid farewell to your journey along Spain and Portugal as you transfer to the airport.

Depart Barcelona, Spain
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Insight Experiences
Madrid Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Santiago de Compostela City Tour

Join a city tour with a Local Expert and visit Praza do Obradoiro to admire the cathedral facade festooned with architectural frills.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Way of St. James Scenic Walk

Embark on a scenic walk on part of the Way of St. James with a Local Expert, through parks and gardens that transform with the seasons.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Oviedo City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, see 1,000-year-old wall paintings in some of Europe's oldest churches. Admire the incredible altarpiece, one of the fines...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Gijón

Meet Flor, a local of Gijón, for a delicious meal of locally sourced produce that she has prepared just for you. This experience supports United Na...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga in Picos de Europa

Visit the holy cave of Covadonga and see the tomb of Pelayo who is celebrated for winning the Battle of Covadonga against the Muslim Moors in 722 a...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Picos de Europa National Park

Venture into this magnificent national park to admire the stunning picturesque scenery and rocky trails.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Santillana del Mar Village Visit

Step back in time when you visit this perfectly preserved and 'most beautiful village in Spain.'

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bilbao Orientation

See the spectacular modern Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry and sites of this Basque region gem during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the El Ratón Rock in Getaria

See the rock known as El Ratón or the mouse.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
San Sebastian City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter including Plaza de la Constitucion.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pamplona at Leisure

The city is home to Cafe Iruna, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Barcelona Sagrada Família Visit

Venture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like p...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Expert, drive along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture as you journey through the E...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Madrid Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.

Rueda Wine Tasting

Some of Spain's finest wines hail from the Rueda region. During your tasting, learn about the Verdejo grape and what to look for in a fresh white.

Barcelona Celebration Dinner

At a typical Catalan restaurant, savor a delicious Celebration Dinner that incorporates classic cooking with the freshest produce.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
Barceló Oviedo Cervantes
Eurostars Hotel Real
Barceló Costa Vasca
Hilton Barcelona

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Excursion to Segovia

Drive to the fortified city of Segovia where a Local Expert leads you through the medieval streets from the Roman aqueduct to the magnificent Alcaz...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Madrid by Night

An evening drive to the most historic area of Madrid including stops for wonderful views of the city and a walk through the lively streets and squa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Madrid by Night with Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in the nation's stately capital city. Tonight we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town in a carefully chosen venue, acco...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rías Baixas

Visit a Galician Grand Manor House known as a "Pazo", home to an aristocratic family and its garden. The journey with our Local Expert will also ta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Galicia

Tonight we'll have the chance to sample a wonderful variety of Galician dishes, complemented with fantastic locally-produced wine. Discover the Cel...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Donostia by Night with Dinner

View the beach 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 resta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

With your Local Expert, today we head to Basque France (don't forget your passports!). First stop is Biarritz, home to the rich and famous, with it...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gaudi's Parc Guell and the Maritime Front

Enter a strange fantasy world at Parc Güell, Spain's most impressive public park which we'll visit with our Local Expert. Here Gaudí designed mushr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montserrat & The Black Madonna

We'll enjoy a stunning drive to Montserrat, the mystical sacred serrated mountain, with its unique formations and spectacular views. It's home to t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Spain

  • Official Language in Spain: Catalonian Spanish
  • Currency used in Spain: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Spain: Madrid
  • Time Zone(s) in Spain: Central European Time Zone, Central European Summer Time

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Spain
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Paul Bartlett
Review date: Sunday, October 8, 2023
Service
When I called GET, the person that helped us was super informative, answered all of our questions and made the booking process clear and concise
Vacation
Our norther Spain vacation exceeded our expectations. Tour director and coach driver were great as well as all local experts. hotels were excellent. Finally all places on itinerary were wonderful and very interesting.
Cesario Gentallan
Review date: Sunday, May 28, 2023
Service
My trip to Northern Spain was amazing seeing those interesting places and tasting delicious food.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your lovely comments and pictures!
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Vacation
Amazing , beautiful and interesting
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
Service
My first trip ever using a Tour Company. Contacting GET was very easy. Once I got established with my personal travel consultant, I received emails confirming my trip, and if I had any questions, they were dealt with in a very timely manner.
Vacation
First off, tour bus was so comfortable and spacious. Very big windows to see the beautiful countryside, and the temperatures in bus well suited for the temperatures outside. Tour guides were fabulous and very, very knowledgeable. First time in Spain, and we were given such an awesome view of this lovely country. Loved all our activities and tours that were planned. My only complaint was the first day we arrived (we arrived in the morning), and had to wait till afternoon to check into the hotel. It made for a very long day. Couldn’t something be done to insure we had immediate access to our hotel?
Ignacio Lopez Merino
Review date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Service
It was very easy. They were always very helpful. We did the booking nine months before the trip and we were informed all the time about any changes.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your vacation to Northern Spain. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Vacation
Everything run perfectly. Our tour director (Dominick W) was excellent, always very helpful and made the rides on the coach entertaining with music, jokes etc. We were in a small group (19 people). We love all the experiences.
Sandra Orr
Review date: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Service
Booking was a little confusing as I did not understand the different pricing options at first. And it cut close to the time to leave to get the details.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are glad everything worked out with your booking and you were able to enjoy your trip to Northern Spain. We appreciate the time you took to leave us a review. Happy Travels!
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Vacation
Everything was great. The tour director, especially was fantastic. Overall, the hotels were good, with a few quirks. The coach was wonderful@
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Service
I have traveled with Insight over the past 10 years. This trip was great as have been those in the past.. in addition to beautiful sights, we had a fantastic Travel Director. Brad gave us “insight “ into Spain’s history, its people, culture. Every travel director I’ve traveled with has been wonderful. Brad is the best of the best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love having you as part of our travel family. Thank you for allowing us to make these trips possible for you and your repeat business.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Vacation
Beautiful sights, lovely hotels.
Brian Buroker
Review date: Monday, November 12, 2018
Service
First class attention to keeping us informed and knowing what to expect in the next few hours and next day.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so great to hear! Our Travel Directors do an amazing job and we appreciate you acknowledging that. Thank you!
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Vacation
Good value for what we paid for.
Bernadotte Loomis, 2nd
Review date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
Virtually everything about this trip to Northern Spain was great. The service was wonderful and the hotels were very very nice. GET supplied four included dinners with this tour and the only one that was good was the last one, the farewell dinner. Our tour guide and the local guides were wonderful as was our driver. I would never be able to get that big bus through all those narrow streets. He drove very safely and was always on time.
Vacation
Very nice tour. Just needs better included dinners.
Ingrid Moore
Review date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Service
The tour director was superb. The electives were great, except they started too soon in the trip. Also it would be nice to have a little down-time in the middle of the trip. I appreciate the geographic and the historical information provided by the tour director as well as the local guides, the best of them was in Barcelona.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear you loved your Spain vacation! The Tour Directors and local specialists really do add so much to your experience. We'll be sure to share your comments with our team and the Quality and Planning teams for future trips. Thank you for sharing your experience. Happy travels!
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Vacation
The informaation entered above was intended for the NORTHERN TOUR ONLY.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Service
Quick and professional service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad you enjoyed your Northern Spain trip! Thank you for sharing and happy travels. 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Vacation
Great itinerary. Excellent tour guide.
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