Get a taste of northern Spain's culture, cuisine and charisma
Come on a short but sweet tour through the north of Spain and get to know the people, landscapes, customs and cuisine that combine to 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 will be one eight-day adventure you won't forget.
It's easy to be filled up by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food on offer is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either; Barcelona is renowed for sparkling wine
The fortified medieval city of Pamplona is a great place to discover on foot. Weave through the city's winding alleyways to the immense Gothic Cathedral and walk down the street of the famous bull run
Logrono is bursting with delicious local produce and wine, just waiting to be enjoyed on an included pinxtos crawl. 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
It's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. It will make it easier when walking around metro or train stations with your bag. Sometimes lifts aren’t available and you would need to walk up and down some stairs carrying your luggage. Please make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please note that only selection of our hotels will have Air-Conditioning in all rooms.Rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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A single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions.
On the following departures we are unable to secure single supplement in San Sebastian at the time of booking, but it is likely it will be available when the group arrives at the destination. If you are planning to book a single supplement, we will charge a full price, but should the single room be unavailable in San Sebastian, you will be refunded the equivalent locally. Affected departures are: ZMSN170513, ZMSN170527, ZMSN170610, ZMSN170701, ZMSN170909, ZMSN170923
Our North Spain Discovery trips score an average of 4.59 out of 5 based on 87 reviews in the last year.
If you normally travel on your own, this is the perfect group tour for you. I felt like we had the freedom each day to do whatever we wanted (explore, sleep, tour, etc) but all of those pesky logistics like getting to the train on time, finding your hotel, dealing with any issues that come up, were taken care of by our leader. Basque country really wasn't on the top of my list, but after this trip, it's now my favorite region in Spain. A basic knowledge of Spanish would be useful for this trip (even just to learn "Do you speak English").
Review submitted 07 Oct 2017