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A little bit of the north & the south of Spain

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6,899

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  • 18 Days

A little bit of the north & the south of Spain

This trip is perfect to visit the capital of Spain and a little bit of the north and the south of the country, from the Basque Country to the south of Spain. You'll taste the local food and wine and enjoy cultural cities and activities. Sightseeing is also an important part of the trip. A mix of public transportation and car rental to discover a little bit more in depth some of the areas you will visit.

Madrid

Arrive in Madrid where Pascual, your local Chauffeur, will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel, a 4* superior hotel beside the Plaza del Sol square that makes it very convenient to reach the old quarter walking but far enough not to listen the noise of the popular square. That evening you'll have arranged a private guide walking tour through the old quarter, Madrid of Augsburg’s. Your local guide will be able to show you not only the touristy places but also those hidden corners you wouldn't discover if no one tells you about them. He'll also tell you how local people live. Read more

Madrid - 3 nights
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Day trip to Toledo

Overnighting in Madrid, I'll arrange roundtrip high speed train tickets to Toledo. Toledo, the city of the Three cultures since muslims, jews and christians lived there together and that can be noticed in the buildings, traditions and even the food. A private guided walking (and partially driven) tour will be arranged there with Maria Jesús, your local guide. She will be able to show you not only the touristy places but also those hidden corners you wouldn't licosver if you don't go with a local plus the local way of living. Read more

Madrid - 3 nights
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A Flamenco experience in Madrid

After spending the day walking and visiting Madrid helped by the complete and comprehensive personalized guide book that I'll send you with info about the area, maps, recommendations on what to see and do, etc… I will have arranged for you a very special experience. A local guy, expert in Flamenco, will pick you up at your hotel to take you to a special Flamenco show. Before it starts, the expert will talk to you explaining the different kind of “palos” (kinds of Flamenco), what the artists express with each one, the artists you'll be about to see and a very good introduction to flamenco. While the show is happening the expert makes explanations and tips to what you are seeing and after the show he summarizes everything and solves all the questions you have about Flamenco and the show. Later you are taken back to your hotel. Read more

Madrid - 3 nights
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San Sebastián & a pintxos experience

You'll get to San Sebastian by train. It is a long trip, around 5 hours and 30 minutes, but trains in Spain are comfortable, seats are wide and you can stand up and walk to the cafeteria, see the sceneries from the wide window in the wagons and even see a movie on the tv. You'll check in at your hotel, a 4* superior hotel in la Concha beach, one of the most traditional ones. Your double deluxe room with sea views will delight you. After the check in, my good partner in the are, Jon, will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the old quarter for a pintxos tour as we spanish people do, hoping from bar to bar asking for a wine / beer while enjoying different pintxos (miniature creations of food). Later you will be taken back to your hotel. Read more

San Sebastián - 3 nights
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The local white wine "txacoli" & the loc

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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Wine experience at Rioja

My good partner in the Basque country and his wife, Jani will take you in a private tour to the prestigious Rioja wine area. You'll be taken to 2 different special wineries (one is the largest underground cellar existing in Spain) and visit one but taste different wines in both and walk through the vineyards where you you'll have arranged a small aperitif of spanish food. Then you will be taken to take pictures of the exteriors of modernist wineries, some of them designed by prestigious architects such as Frank Gehry, the Marques de Riscal and the Ysios wineries. Later you'll be taken to have a special meal of local food at a local restaurant. Before going back to San Sebastian you'll be taken to Laguardia, a small village of the area, to have a short guided walking tour of its medieval old quarter. Read more

San Sebastián - 3 nights
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The coastal road toward Bilbao

I will arrange car hire for you for today. It is a great way of visiting the coast between San Sebastian and Bilbao at your own pace. You'll visit some coastal villages like Zarautz, Zumaia (where flysch formations can be visited in the beach) and the splendid San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an hermitage built in an island in the middle of the ocean that can be reached through a long stair, one of the most beautiful places in the northern coast of Spain. To end you will visit the hanging bridge in Getxo (a neighborhood of Bilbao). It is the oldest hanging bridge os Europe still in use. Finishing the tour you'll get to your 4* superior hotel in front of the Guggenheim. In fact your double deluxe room has views to the museum. After the check in you will be taken in a private guided walking tour through the old quarter. Read more

Bilbao - 2 nights
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The Guggenheim museum & Michelin starred

I'll arrange tickets for the Guggenheim for you with a guide to go along with you inside the museum. After having lunch and having spare time for yourself you'll end the day in a michelin starred restaurant for diner.

Bilbao - 2 nights
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Sevilla

I will arrange a domestic flight to Sevilla for you. You'll get to their 4* boutique hotel (a quaint 18th century building with a traditional andalusian patio) and rest for a while in your double superior room with balcony. This afternoon I will have arranged a private guided walking tour through the city with a local. He'll show you the most touristy spots but also those hidden places you wouldn't find if a local doesn't show them for you. Read more

Sevilla - 3 nights
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White villages, equestrian show & Jerez

I will arrange a special private tour departing from your hotel in Sevilla. Carlos, my partner in the area, a local guy, will pick you up and take you to visit the famous so called “white villages” before going to an equestrian show with andalusian horses in the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Later you will be taken to a winery in Jerez to taste the popular sherry wines. You can have lunch at the winery before returning to your hotel in the evening. Read more

Sevilla - 3 nights
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Sevilla

Spare day to enjoy the city of Sevilla. In the guide book I personalize for you, you'll have tens of options to visit the city at your own pace. However, if you want some other tours to be organized, there are a wide variety of them available, from a visit to the roofs of several buildings in town to a tapas tour with a local in the popular district of Triana to bars where only locals go or special cooking classes. Horse riding or bike riding in the outskirts, visit a serrano ham factory or an olive oil factory, a day tour to Cadiz and many more. Read more

Sevilla - 3 nights
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Córdoba

I'll arrange high speed train tickets to Córdoba. You'll check in at your 4* elegant hotel comprising a pair of 18th-century Moorish mansion including an andalusian patio. Your superior room is excellent. A private guided walking tour through the jewish quarter will be organized for you. Your local guide has a tremendous expertise of the city. You'll visit the synagogue, the Alcazar, the arab baths and of course the great and magnificent Mosque-Catehdral unique in the world. Read more

Córdoba - 2 nights
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Medina Azahara

A half day tour will be arranged for you to visit Medina Azahara, the city of the Caliphs. The city of Medina Azahara has a practically rectangular floor plan. It was built on raked terraces which made use of the slope of the mountainside. Each terrace was separated from the others by walls, which divided the city into three parts. The Alcázar Real palace is located on the highest and intermediate levels, while the lower part stood outside the walls and was used for dwellings and the mosque. There are still remnants of tiled borders, paintings and columns in the composite and Corinthian styles. Visitors should not miss a visit to the two recently restored rooms. It was declared a National Monument in 1923. Read more

Córdoba - 2 nights
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Granada - Albayzin and Sacromonte distri

I'll arrange train tickets to Granada where you will have a booking at a 3* boutique hotel dedicated to Juan Ramon Jimenez, the spanish poet, and located in the Albayzin neighborhood. Your deluxe superior room includes views to the Alhambra. This afternoon a private guided walking tour through two of the most emblematic neighborhoods, that is Albayzin and Sacromonte, will be organized. Read more

Granada - 2 nights
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Granada - Alhambra

Another private tour with your local guide expert in history. This time visiting the Alhambra. It is one of the experiences you won’t want to miss if you visit this city but be careful!!, tickets must be booked in advance, sometimes more than 3 months in advance. Don’t leave this for the very last moment or you won’t be able to visit it. The Alhambra ("The Red One") is a palace and fortress complex. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. Read more

Granada - 2 nights
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Málaga - The city and the Picasso museum

I will arrange a car hire for you to drive toward Malaga. Your 4* boutique hotel in the main street off the city and your room with views to this street is excellent. This evening a private guided walking tour through the city (you'll be given the opportunity to drive up to the Gibralfaro to get great views over the city) will be arranged. Your local guide, Jose Manuel, is able to give you a great view of the local life while he explains you all the city like an expert guide. Tickets for the Picasso museum will also be arranged as part of this tour. Read more

Málaga - 2 nights
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Ronda

Drive to Ronda, a small village about 1,5 hours from Málaga but that well deserves a visit. Its new bridge over a gorge is amazing, its old quarter and the oldest bullring in Spain are all must see. Jose Manuel will meet you there to have a complete private guided tour with a resident, since he lives there. Read more

Málaga - 2 nights
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Back to Madrid and end of trip

After dropping off your car, take a high speed train to Madrid where a private transfer will be waiting for you to take them to the airport and fly back home

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Calle de Preciados, 37, 28013 Madrid
Day 4
Location Zubieta Kalea, 2, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa
Day 7
Location Mazarredo Zumarkalea, 77, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia
Hotel Hotel Miró
Day 9
Location Calle Trajano, 15, 41002 Sevilla
Day 12
Location Plaza Maimónides, 3, 14004 Córdoba
Day 14
Location Carrera del Darro, 13, 18010 Granada
Day 16
Location Calle Molina Lario, 20, 29015 Málaga

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

10 Reviews

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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