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A little bit of all northern Spain - 21 days

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A little bit of all northern Spain - 21 days

This tours takes you from eastern to western Spain discovering the most important cities and some splendid small villages in your way, both coastal and inland. From tours in Natural Parks like the Picos de Europa mountains to big cities like Barcelona. Gastronomy, sceneries, local guides and culture all together in this great trip you cannot miss. Wonderful cathedrals, awesome views, charming cities, boutique hotels... All in one!!

Cataluña-Barcelona & the Penedés region

On day 1 get used to the spanish time. Walk the city of Barcelona and discover it at your own pace. In the guide book we'll send you there's lot of information on what to do and what to see on each of the areas you'll visit. Depending on your arrival time you'll get a guided tour to see the most impressive works of Gaudi including tickets skip the line for the sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. You'll also see the exteriors of Casa Batlló and Casa Milá, two other great works of this wonderful architect. For diner you'll visit the "spanish village" in Barcelona, a small corner where you'll see a little bit of all Spain where you'll find handcrafts, and buildings of each of the areas of Spain. I'll book one of the best Flamenco shows in the city for you. Read more

Barcelona - 2 nights
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Cataluña-Barcelona & the Penedés region

Today you'll enjoy a great private tour. Early in the morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel. He'll take you to Montserrat, a magnificent sanctuary located in the mountains where you'll get some great views. You'll be able to get the ZIP train and go into the sanctuary to listen the Boy's Choir. After this experience you'll be taken to a winery in Penedés where you'll visit the facilities and will taste some great wines/cavas. After the visit you'll be offered a traditional catalonian lunch, a wonderful way to finish this exclusive tour. You'll be taken back to your hotel after lunch. Read more

Barcelona - 2 nights
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Navarra - Pamplona

On the fertile plain of the river Arga sits Pamplona, a city full of history and deep-rooted traditions. The streets and squares of its historic quarter still preserve a significant collection of monumental buildings dominated by its churches and medieval walls. Pamplona is a city in which tradition and modernity live in harmony. Internationally famous for the San Fermín festivities, if dates coincide I'll get a balcony for you so you can see the bulls running. If you are interested I can also get tickets for a bullfighting. Read more

Pamplona - 2 nights
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Navarra - Pamplona

You'll enjoy a private tour through the town with a local guide, giving you a local point of view of the town and telling you some secrets and hidden places around. The pintxos (small portions of food) in Pamplona are not as popular as in the Basque Country but have nothing to envy to those there. Very elaborated and incredibly good!! Read more

Pamplona - 2 nights
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Basque Country

You'll get a train to San Sebastián, a manorial city you'll love. Its Concha beach and the old quarter will delight you. Today, after you do the check - in at your hotel you'll enjoy a "pintxos" tour. Your local guide will take you to the old quarter where he'll explain you what to see in the old quarter and give a local view of the city. Meanwhile he'll take you hoping from bar to bar, a we spanish people do, tasting different pintxos (small portions of food) that will let you try the local food in small bites. One of these days I'll arrange a diner at a michelin starred restaurant for you. Read more

San Sebastián - 3 nights
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The French Basque Coast

Today you'll be taken to Biarritz and some of the most beautiful coastal villages of the french Basque Coast including Hendaia, Saint Jean de Luz and Hondarribia. The traditional buildings called “caserios” and the lovely beaches and coastal paths around will delight you. Of course you'll be taken to a great local restaurant for lunch. Read more

San Sebastián - 3 nights
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Basque Country

Exclusive private tour: BASQUE WINE & CHEESE TOUR. Txakoli wine tasting in a family run winery and meet the cheesemaker of the Michelin restaurants. On the hills of the stunningly beautiful Txakoli wine region, are the vineyards of the charming family owned winery you’ll be visiting. Discover their famed Txakoli wines, made with local grapes varieties that grow on terraces overlooking the sea; After learning about the special production way of this wine, you will taste the wine accompanied by local tuna, chilli peppers and chorizo! Having set the mood with these savory visit, you’ll be just about ready for lunch. Today it will be by the sea, in one of the typical grilled fish restaurants at the harbor of the captivating fishing town of Getaria. Before lunch, go into town and take pleasure in a relaxing stroll with your guide through the enchanting Medieval streets of the center, and the picturesque color and charm of the fisherman’s houses with their beautiful wooden balconies. The town’s location, perched on the hills overlooking the sea, offers spectacular views that will stay in your memory forever. As dessert, you will savor the exceptional quality of another culinary icon of the area, Idiazabal cheese. You will visit a traditional artisan cheese producer high in the rolling Basque hills. The owner will show you around, you will take an intimate insight into the production, followed by a tasting of six artisan cheeses. Please understand this cheese factory is very small and some times they are producing so the visit is not possible. Should that happen, you’ll be taken to some villages in the area and will be offered a tasting of different local cheeses. Read more

San Sebastián - 3 nights
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Basque Country

In your way to next destination a visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a must. I'll rent a car for you to do so. This place located close to Bilbao is a must see when visiting the Basque Country. A little hermitage located in an island that can be reached by a long stair. Bilbao, an example of modernism is also a must see. The Guggenheim museum, the oldest hanging bridge still in use in Europe and the old quarter are all a must. Read more

Bilbao - 2 nights
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Basque Country

Today you'll have a private guided walking tour through the old quarter with a local guide. His local perspective will delight you. He'll also discover you some hidden places and secrets you'll love to know. Tonight a diner at a michelin starred restaurant will be arranged.

Bilbao - 2 nights
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Cantabria

Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the La Magdalena peninsula. A private guided walking tour with a local guide will be organized today. Read more

Santander - 2 nights
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Cantabria

Today we'll do a tour through some wonderful small villages close to this great manorial city: - Santillana del Mar: an amazing small pedestrian village, part of the northern Camino de Santiago, full of monuments. Outside this small village you'll find the Altamira caves, the first place in the world where the existence of rock art from the Upper Palaeolithic age was identified. A cave not to be missed. - Comillas: a small coastal village, a designated historic-artistic site. It has cobbled streets and squares with ancestral houses, towers and Modernist style buildings. Special mention should be made of: "El Capricho", a building designed by Antoni Gaudí. - San Vicente de la Barquera: An old fishermen's refuge, San Vicente de la Barquera offers one of the most picturesque sights on the Cantabrian coast, with its beaches, the old village and the exceptional backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Picos de Europa. The small chapel where the patroness of the sailors and the castle are also a must see. Read more

Santander - 2 nights
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Cantabria

This small and charming village (I mean small and charming) is located in the heart of Picos de Europa in Cantabria. The Picos de Europa National Park was the first one to be awarded that designation in Spain. Here it is time to relax and hike and eat and enjoy and relax. Did I say relax? You will overnight in a boutique and family-run hotel made of wood and stone. It offers high quality service and great food. All workers are dressed with the traditional Cantabrian costume. There are plenty of routes to hike for all kind of physical conditions. The sceneries are great and if you desire it you can go to Fuente Dé, another small village 8 miles away to get the funicular that will take you to the top of the mountains to get spectacular views of the valley. A visit to the main village of the Area, Potes, is also a must. Walking through the small and narrow pedestrian streets will delight you. Read more

Cosgaya - 2 nights
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Cantabria

Today we'll arrange an activity for you depending on your likes, age, and request: - From canyoning: descending the river inside it, jumping, sliding, rappelling (for all ages) - To guided hiking routes with a professional guide - To 4x4 routes through the Picos de Europa, getting to places you would not believe if you don't see them Read more

Cosgaya - 2 nights
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Asturias

Llanes has the appearance of a historic town. Not for nothing has its historic quarter been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and it preserves major examples of civil, religious and military architecture. This small coastal village full of life has the perfect location to visit both the beautiful mountains in Asturias and some of the best beaches in northern Spain. Small creeks around that have nothing to envy to the Caribbean for the color of its waters (of course not crowded at all) and some other different ones (for instance there is a beach that appears in the middle of a field only when it is up tide) can be found in the area. The village is full of small cider houses where the traditional local drink, the cider, is poured in the traditional way. You place the bottle over your head and let the cider fall to crash against a glass placed under your hip. Local food is fantastic and cheap, from the most traditional "fabada" (stew of white beans with bacon, chorizo and black pudding, to the renowned "cachopo" (a giant breaded fillet steak filled with ham and cheese). Also great fish, shellfish and meat can be found in Asturias. Read more

Llanes - 2nights
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Asturias

Today we'll have a tour to Covadonga, the sanctuary where the patroness of all Asturias is and the little chapel inside the cave. You'll also visit the Covadonga Lakes (you'll be delighted by the beauty of the environment in the Picos de Europa of Asturias) and Lastres, another small fishermen's village declared one of the most beautiful villages in Asturias. Read more

Llanes - 2nights
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Asturias

On the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, Gijón offers an attractive combination of maritime tradition, monumental heritage and modern urban planning right on the seashore. Its marina is a testament to its close links with the sea throughout its history. It was shortlisted in the European Commission's EDEN programme (European Destinations of Excellence), in recognition of its sustainable tourism proposal. The historic quarter of Gijón is formed by the hill of Santa Catalina and the fishing neighbourhood of Cimadevilla. The first settlers established communities on top of this hill and it has been chosen as the site for the “Elogio del Horizonte” (Eulogy of the Horizon), a monumental work by the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Read more

Gijón - 1night
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Castilla y León

León, a city with more than 2000 years of history and part of the Camino de Santiago. 5 great monuments are a must see, including San Isidoro (now holding which is believed the Holy Grail), Botines House (by prestigious architect Gaudí), San Marcos (old jail reconverted in one of the only two 5* great luxury hotels, Parador, in Spain) the modern MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum) and, of course, the magnificent Cathedral with its awesome windows that fulfill with colors the church inside on sunny days. Not to miss the FREE tapas (small portions of food) you get with each drink at any bar. Hop from bar to bar, as local people do, chatting with friends and having dinner with tapas!! Read more

León - 2nights
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Castilla y León

We'll have a tour to Las Médulas and Astorga. For lunch you'll be taken to a small pedestrian village to taste the most traditional meal in Leon, the Cocido, a stew of three courses including different kinds of meats, peas and cabbage and soup. Las Medulas: This small mountain town marks the natural beginning of the ascent towards Las Médulas, a unique cultural landscape that was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. The two centuries that this type of mining went on, caused the formation of the peculiar relieve of Las Médulas. Red-clay erosion gullies, towers, and underground galleries, all surrounded by chestnut trees, make up this cultural landscape. Peaks higher than 100 metres lead to the centre of the gold mine, the Cueva Encantada (Enchanted Cave) and Cuevona (the Huge Cave). Astorga: The capital of the county of Maragatería in the province of León offers a rich medieval legacy, the result of its location at the crossroads of: the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Road). Its walled town preserves churches, convents and hospitals which take travellers back to the purest tradition of the Pilgrim's Road. Another outstanding feature in the town's streets is a culminating work by the Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí: the Bishop's Palace. Astorga is, also, a good opportunity for enjoying the rich cuisine of this area. Read more

León - 2nights
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Galicia

The capital of the Region of Galicia. Millions of people from all over the world come to this city every year, many of them reaching the end of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Today you'll have a private guided walking tour through the old quarter. Read more

Santiago de Compostela - 3ni
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Galicia

Today you'll have a private tour to Finisterre, what it was believed the end of the world before Colombus discovered America. If you see it you'll know why. Terrific sceneries!! The tour passes through three villages of the southern part of the Coast of Death: Muros, Finisterre and Muxía. Before reaching Muros, there is a stop at the top of Paxareiras, a privileged viewpoint that allow you to admire the entire coast. Read more

Santiago de Compostela - 2ni
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Galicia

Today you'll be taken to A Coruña, the biggest town of the province. There you'll be able to walk through the wonderful beach promenade, see the oldest lighthouse in Europe, the Tower of Hércules, and visit the old quarter where you'll be taken to taste the best local food in town, from the simple spanish omelet (it will never be simple anymore after tasting this one) to some home made croquettes and a stew of meat, for instance. Read more

Santiago de Compostela - 3ni
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Passeig de Colom, 12, 08002 Barcelona
Day 3
Location Calle Nueva, 20, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra
Day 5
Location Zubieta Kalea, 2, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa
Day 8
Location Federico Moyúa Plaza, 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia
Day 10
Location Plaza de Italia, 1, 39005 Santander, Cantabria
Day 12
Location Barrio Areños, 2, 39582 Areños, Cantabria
Hotel Hotel El Oso
Day 14
Location Colegio de la Encarnación, 1, 33500 Llanes, Asturias
Day 16
Location Paseo Dr. Fleming, 37, 33203 Gijón, Asturias
Day 17
Location Plaza Santo Martino, 5, 24003 León
Day 19
Location Campillo de San Francisco, 3, 15705 Santiago de Compostela

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour (public and private)
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Local guides
  • Private tours and experiences
  • Information services
  • Entrances fee
  • Guide book with all the necessary information about the area, maps, schedules, tours and activities, accommodation... so you miss nothing

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Beverages and food (except expressly stated)
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • All the tours included in this trip can be adapted and/or modified upon your requests. This is not a closed pack, we are specialists in customizing tours so please let us know what you are looking for and we'll work on it until you get exactly what you are looking for. Accommodation will be different based on your likes, requests, budget and availability.
  • The accommodation stated in this trip is subject to be modified due to availability and other factors.

REVIEWS

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Stephanie Sadow, United States

Luis helped my family plan an amazing family vacation to the Basque region of Spain. Luis was incredibly patient and informative during the planning process. He was spot on with his recommendations and the trip was planned perfectly and was everything we had hoped for.

Jeri McGiverin, United States

Great time in Northern Spain, thanks to Luis and his detailed, professional, and friendly service. We were four seniors out for good food, wine, hiking, art, and "hidden" places. Luis surpassed our expectations, arranging all lodging and local transportation, including private drivers to take us to the out-of-the-way places. And all for a reasonable cost. Northern Spain is beautiful, and we were happy to have experienced its geographical and cultural diversity with Luis' guidance via all the information in his complete "personal guide book" he creates for his clients. Read more

Susan Leitchman, United States

Best trip ever! Seamless and fun.This agent is absolutely the best travel agent I have ever worked with. He was attentive to our ages and our needs and suggested some wonderful activities for our 2 week trip through Northern Spain. He used tour guides and drivers who were knowledgeable and fun. A big thank you from the 4 of us for sharing your wonderful country and it's special peole with us. I would recommend this agent and this travel company to anyone. Superb! Read more

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