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Highlights of Northern Spain Back Roads: Barcelona to San Sebastian

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 3,092

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
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,092

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Day 1

Barcelona to Gerona and El Porte de la Selva

Our Spanish odyssey begins with a tour of Barcelona's highlights. Leaving the city buzz behind, we arrive at El Puerto de la Selva and make a stop via Girona. A welcome dinner in this secluded town is the perfect way to make ourselves at home for our two-night stay.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Porto Cristo

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    Hotel Porto Cristo



    The Hotel Porto Cristo will be the ideal accommodation if you are looking for a relaxing holiday on the Spanish Costa Brava. This cozy hotel is located in the lovely fisherman town of El Port de la Selva, in the province of Girona. This village, ...

    The Hotel Porto Cristo will be the ideal accommodation if you are looking for a relaxing holiday on the Spanish Costa Brava. This cozy hotel is located in the lovely fisherman town of El Port de la Selva, in the province of Girona. This village, situated under Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, is one of the starting points for the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage road. Guests arriving will have the opportunity to enjoy the numerous activities offered in the area such as bike riding, kayaking, trekking, horse riding, ballooning and diving. Guests searching for relaxation will also have a pleasant stay in El Port de la Selva walking along the beautiful beach or just staying at the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 2

El Porte de la Selva to Cadaques

The morning takes a turn for the surreal as we visit the Salvador Dali house-museum in Port Lligat. A labyrinthine home built using fishermen's cabins, it's fascinating to peer into the artist's workshop and library, and wander through the gardens. Next up is free time in Cadaques. This elegant, arty town is ideal for a leisurely stroll before we return to El Port de la Selva.

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Day 3

El Port de la Selva to Besalu, Ripoll and Cardona

Today we climb from the shores of the Costa Brava to the northern mountains. Besalu, a medieval village with Romanesque architecture, makes an intriguing gateway to this rural region. We continue upwards, stopping at Ripoll before arriving in Cardona.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Premsa

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    Hotel Premsa



    Guesthouse La Premsa is rustic and cosy, an ideal place to spend your family holidays. Located in the centre of Arenys de Mar, all amenities are within walking distance; beaches, port, restaurants, the market, shops...

    Guesthouse La Premsa is rustic and cosy, an ideal place to spend your family holidays. Located in the centre of Arenys de Mar, all amenities are within walking distance; beaches, port, restaurants, the market, shops...

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    • Bar
    • Bar

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Day 4

Cardona

Cardona has our full attention today. First up is the remarkable Salt Mountain, where we take an underground tour of one of the world's most important salt mines. Then it's back to the surface for free time in the town centre, whose origins trace back to the 11th century. As we wander ramparts and climb towers, we learn about the dukes of Cardona -- known as the 'kings without crowns' because of their wealth and power.

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Day 5

Cardona to Jaca

It's back on the road as we take a meandering drive through the mountain passes of the Spanish Pyrenees. Soul-stirring views wait around every turn, as our path winds between deep valleys and towering peaks.
We pause in Jaca, known as the 'Pearl of the Pyrenees' and an important waypoint on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. We take time to explore the centuries old citadel, clock tower and cathedral. Then we travel on towards a shared dinner and our peaceful sanctuary for the night -- a converted 9th century monastery in Leyre.

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Duration1 Night
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El Caserio de Fatas

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    El Caserio de Fatas



    An ideal place to enjoy with family or with friends everything that nature offers us, accompanied, of course, a well-deserved rest, relax and disconnect in the garden of home when the sun goes down. We have rooms, suites with kitchen and family apartments , so ...

    An ideal place to enjoy with family or with friends everything that nature offers us, accompanied, of course, a well-deserved rest, relax and disconnect in the garden of home when the sun goes down.

    We have rooms, suites with kitchen and family apartments , so that everyone can find their space in El Caserío de Fatas - Casa Rural Jaca.

    Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Jaca to Olite, Pamplona and Laguardia

What better place to begin our exploration of this historic region than Olite, the medieval town that was once the seat of the Navarre court. Seek out hidden walkways and courtyards before we drive to Pamplona. Then, we follow the road to Laguardia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Eguren Ugarte

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    Hotel Eguren Ugarte



    Hotel Eguren Ugarte is set within a winery and offers guests a free tour, including a tasting of 3 wines and one pintxo. The on-site Vitorino Eguren Restaurant offers a range of traditional cuisine and a gourmet dinner. There is also an on site wine ...

    Hotel Eguren Ugarte is set within a winery and offers guests a free tour, including a tasting of 3 wines and one pintxo. The on-site Vitorino Eguren Restaurant offers a range of traditional cuisine and a gourmet dinner. There is also an on site wine shop, a terrace and a business centre. This design hotel is surrounded by 130 hectares of vineyards and fields in Alaves, in La Rioja.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Garden
    • Lift/elevator
    • Luggage Storage
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Terrace

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Day 7

Laguardia to La Rioja and Laguardia

While in La Rioja, we pay homage to the region's winemaking heritage in the best way possible: sampling local wines. We're lucky enough to visit a distinguished winery, accompanied by authentic pintxo snacks. Then it's back to Laguardia where we dine for dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, renowned for its creative recipes.

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Day 8

Laguardia to Getaria and Bilbao

Our first stop is the village of Getaria where we learn more about a favourite fixture of tapas menus at an artisan producer. We continue our drive until we reach Bilbao where our tour comes to an end.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct 5
2018: Mar 21; Apr 18; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; Jul 25; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 14, 19, 26; Oct 3

 

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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