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Highlights of Northern Spain Back Roads: Barcelona to San Sebastian

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,262

This outstanding region of Spain offers amazing contrasts from quaint medieval towns, exceptionally attractive resorts, important wine producing areas and spectacular mountains. A highlight will be a visit to Salvador Dali’s House-Museum. The scenery plus the history and culture make this a very special tour.


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Depart from Barcelona and travel north to the historical city of Gerona situated on a steep hill surrounded by old city walls. Take in the 19th Century Placa de la Independencia and the cobblestone meandering streets. Then continue to the spectacular medieval coastal village of El Port de la Selva where you will spend the next 3 nights.

Using El Port de la Selva as a base, travel to Port Lligat where you will visit the Salvador Dali House-Museum, a series of fishermen’s cottages, with its workshop, library and gardens. Later continue to Cadaques, the charming attractive resort favoured by artists. Explore the resort with its many boutiques and galleries.

The next day is at leisure to enjoy the resort. Consider the walking trails in Cap de Creus National Park with its astoundingly beautiful views of the Bay of Cadaques and also of nearby France.

The next morning, head west through the mountains with stops at the medieval village of Besalu with its Romanesque architecture and Ripoli with its Benedictine monastery, Santa Maria de Ripoli, one of the most famous medieval monasteries in Catalonia. Eventually arrive in the town of Barbastro for overnight.

Continue the following day through the rolling hills of Navarre to the medieval town of Olite with its fairy tale 15th Century castle affording magnificent views of the surrounding area. Then continue to the fortified town of Estella before eventually arriving in the La Rioja wine region with a 2 night stay in the old walled city of La Guardia surrounded by vineyards.

While here, you will have a day visiting some of the wineries in the region including the famed Marques de Riscal winery.

Leaving La Guardia, head north to the “Jewel of Northern Spain’s Basque Country”, San Sebastian, a very sophisticated picturesque resort with a very attractive shoreline. En route, you will stop in Gatara for a tasting of Txakoli, the local sparkling wine. In San Sebastian, you will have free time to explore the old section of the resort. Overnight in San Sebastian.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,262

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Barcelona - Cadaques - Girona

After meeting in Barcelona, you'll kick off the tour with a visit to the Salvador Dalí Museum-House in Port Lligat, where you'll see the artist's workshop, library and gardens. Tonight, you'll gather for a welcome dinner in Girona.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Girona

After a walking tour of Girona, it's time to roll up your sleeves for an included Spanish cooking class with a local expert. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Girona - Siurana - Besalu - Cardona

First today: a cheese tasting session at a farm in Siurana. Then, it's onwards to the medieval village of Besalú. After you've explored its Romanesque architecture, you'll continue to Cardona, where a tour of the imposing Castle awaits.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Cardona - Alquezar

This morning you'll visit Salt Mountain, where you'll take an underground tour of the famous salt mine. Then it's onwards to Bodega Sommos for an included wine tasting session. The beautiful village of Alquézar is where you'll rest your head tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Alquezar - Jaca - Olite

The first destination of the day will be Jaca. You'll have the chance to stroll around the old town before you move on to the Monastery of Leyre this afternoon. Your last stop of the day will be Olite.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Olite - Pamplona - Laguardia

What better place to begin your exploration of the historic region of Navarre than Olite, the medieval town that was once the seat of the Navarre court? You'll have a look around the castle before moving on to Pamplona. Later this afternoon, you'll follow the road to Laguardia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Laguardia - La Rioja - Laguardia

After a walking tour of Laguardia, you'll make tracks to La Rioja, where you'll be lucky enough to visit two distinguished wineries and enjoy tasting sessions accompanied by authentic tapas. Then, it's back to Laguardia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Laguardia - Astigarraga - San Sebastian - Hondarribia

You'll have some free time to explore and enjoy some pintxos in San Sebastián before the group stops off at the Mirador del Monte Igueldo for some panoramic views. Then, it's on to Hondarribia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Hondarribia - Getaria - Bilbao

Today you'll visit Getaria, where you'll visit an artisan anchovy producer. After a tasting, you'll continue to Bilbao, where you'll enjoy one last tour (and a trip to the Guggenheim Museum). Tonight you'll enjoy a three-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Bilbao

There's time for one last breakfast before your tour ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 16; May 3, 17, 28; Jun 11, 21, 25; Aug 23; Sep 3, 13, 20, 25; Oct 4   

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader, driver and mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 4 evening meals
  • Wine tastings in La Rioja
  • Entrance fees (Salvador Dali house-museum, Crypt at Monastery of Leyre and Olite castle)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Meals not listed in the Itinerary
  • Social drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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4 Oct 2019
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