North Spain Discovery

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

4.6 out of 5 based on 34 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 27 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.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Open Arms. Donations help them safeguard the physical integrity and rights of migrant people in imminent danger who have fled their homes across the Mediterranean Sea.

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

Map of North Spain Discovery including Spain

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Metro, Cable Car

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Pamplona - Leader led walk
  • San Sebastian - Monte Igueldo Funicular (Igeldo Funikularra)
  • Logrono - Txikiteo of Pintxos (Tapas Crawl)
  • Logrono - Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
Add on activities
  • Barcelona - Barcelona Cathedral - EUR11
  • Barcelona - Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Ethnological and World Cultures - EUR5
  • Barcelona - Casa Batllo (advance booking required) - EUR29
  • Barcelona - Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Barcelona - National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR16
  • Barcelona - Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Barcelona - Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Barcelona - Cable car to Montjuic (one way) - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Contemporary Art Museum - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Tapas Tour in El Raval Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Pamplona - Gothic Cathedral - EUR5
  • Pamplona - Ciudadella Fortress - Free
  • Pamplona - Taconera Park - Free
  • San Sebastian - Catedral del Buen Pastor - Free
  • Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum - EUR16
  • San Sebastian - San Telmo Museum - EUR6
  • San Sebastian - Catamaran Boat Trip - EUR10
  • Logrono - Museo de la Rioja - Free
  • Logrono - San Bartolome Church - Free
  • Logrono - Cathedral - Free
  • Madrid - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR13
  • Madrid - Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Madrid - Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Madrid - Museo Reina Sofia - EUR10
  • Madrid - Royal Palace - EUR14
  • Madrid - Tapas Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • 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. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Cara · Traveled May 2024
This was my first time using Intrepid and it was fantastic! The group was small and our tour leader, Ana, was fantastic. I highly recommend using Intrepid for your next trip.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Nicole · Traveled May 2024
The Northern Spain trip provides a great opportunity to explore Spain and experience many different locations. Ana our guide was fantastic. Very organised, fun, great sense of humour, very knowledgeable and ensured everyone’s needs were understood. She made the trip so much more enjoyable.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Terri · Traveled April 2024
This trip provides a wonderful exposure to the beautiful northern parts of Spain. The environment, cities and food are very different to the south and I definitely recommend this trip for a fuller picture of this wonderful country.
Review submitted 15 May 2024

Michelle · Traveled April 2024
Highly recommend the North of Spain tour. It has a great balance of guided and self exploration of each city. The places, people and the food were exceptional. If you are visiting North of Spain for the first time this is the best tour to do. Excellent if you love exploring the cities by walking and trying Spanish food! I would highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

Belinda · Traveled April 2024
Northern Spain with Intrepid was amazing & so was our Leader Diogo. Would recommend tour & our fearless leader Diogo. AAA+++
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024
North Spain Discovery
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