North Spain Discovery

8 Days | Taste your way through northern Spain's culture, cuisine and charm

4.5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Come on a signature tour through northern Spain and get to know the people, landscapes, customs and cuisine that make this part of the country so fascinating. From sipping delicious Rioja in Logrono and delighting in the seaside charms of bustling Barcelona to enjoying the lively tapas bars of San Sebastian and pulling up a seat in an atmospheric square in Madrid – this is an eight-day adventure that packs the essentials of Spain into one. Spain is full of culture, charisma and extraordinary cuisine, and this tour up north is no different.

Trip overview

Map of North Spain Discovery including Spain
Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Madrid, Spain
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Spain
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSN
This trip generates 24.83 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Begin in Barcelona, sporting fabulous food, stunning coastline and a vibrant atmosphere that has attracted worldwide acclaim. You’ll want to spend more time here beforehand!
  • The fortified medieval city of Pamplona is a great place to discover on foot. Weave through the city's winding alleyways to the Gothic Cathedral and walk down the street of the famous running of the bulls.
  • Logrono is bursting with delicious local produce and wine, just waiting to be enjoyed on an included pinxtos crawl and winery tour. Delicioso!
  • Take a long siesta on the golden beaches of San Sebastian, one of Spain's most scenic coastal destinations. As the sun goes down, join the crowds as they come out to play among the city's exciting nightlife.
  • The Art Walk in Madrid is every art lover's dream. In one small stretch you can browse the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Prado, one of the world's most celebrated galleries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The majority of travel on this trip is done by trains and public buses. It's a good time to sit back, relax and let the scenery roll past your window. Please read the Itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in this region (over 40C/104F). It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Many hotels in Europe have fans, not air conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of North Spain Discovery including Spain

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Metro, Cable Car

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Hostal (2 nights)

Activities
  • San Sebastian - Monte Igueldo Funicular (Igeldo Funikularra)
  • Logrono - Txikiteo of Pintxos (Tapas Crawl)
  • Logrono - Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
Add on activities
  • Barcelona - Barcelona Cathedral - EUR9
  • Barcelona - Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Barcelona - Casa Batllo - EUR24
  • Barcelona - Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Barcelona - National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Barcelona - Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Barcelona - Cable car to Montjuic (one way) - EUR8
  • Barcelona - Contemporary Art Museum - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Tapas Tour in El Raval Urban Adventure - EUR70
  • Pamplona - Gothic Cathedral - EUR5
  • Pamplona - Ciudadella Fortress - Free
  • Pamplona - Taconera Park - Free
  • San Sebastian - Catedral del Buen Pastor - Free
  • San Sebastian - Grab Your Pintxo Urban Adventure - EUR73
  • San Sebastian - Hiking the St James Way (Camino de Santiago) Urban Adventure - EUR63
  • Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum - EUR16
  • San Sebastian - San Telmo Museum - EUR6
  • San Sebastian - Basque by Bike Urban Adventure - EUR43
  • San Sebastian - Catamaran Boat Trip - EUR10
  • Logrono - Museo de la Rioja - Free
  • Logrono - San Bartolome Church - Free
  • Logrono - Cathedral - Free
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Museo Reina Sofia - EUR10
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR11
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR82
  • Madrid - Museo Taurino - EUR15

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 5 and 6 (Hostal) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Megan · Traveled August 2023
Really enjoyed the tour and especially liked the time spent in Logrono. Please read the trip notes so you do not overpack or become surprised by travel on buses and trains.
Review submitted 01 Sep 2023

Madelon · Traveled August 2023
Desire was a brilliant host on this trip she kept the energy high and gave us amazing food and wine recommendations. The highlight of the trip was the beautiful Sans Sebastian.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023

Georgia · Traveled August 2023
This was an great overview of a few places in Northern Spain. The old towns of Pamplona and Logroño were favourites, as was spending time in San Sebastian at the beach. If free time in each location is what you are after, then this is the trip for you - make sure you plan activities to fill this time. Desirè was an excellent tour leader!
Review submitted 18 Aug 2023

Mari · Traveled June 2023
This was my first Intrepid trip and it was amazing! Everything was well-organized and I met some new life long friends from around the world. Our trip leader, Ainhoa, was very knowledgable of the cities we visited in Spain so it made the experience that much more authentic!
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023

Allan · Traveled June 2023
This is a great 'shorter' trip with each destination offering something new and different. The food was great as was the scenery. I enjoyed the use of public transport but be aware there is a lot of walking and many stairs. Pack lightly! The Tapas Crawl in Logrono is a must.
Review submitted 11 Jul 2023
North Spain Discovery
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