Highlights
  • Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals
  • Indulge in the tapas lifestyle
  • Wander through gaudí's wonderland in barcelona
  • Live like a local in a "casa rural" in the pyrenees
  • Experience the basque way of life

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick eight-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture, and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

Trip Description
Best of Northern Spain
 
Travel Theme
Destinations
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Barcelona/Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

Day 3 Pyrenees (1B, 1D)

Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.

Day 4 Pyrenees/Bilbao (1B)

Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.75 hour(s))

Day 5 Bilbao/San Sebastian/Bilbao (1B)

The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebastián didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer. Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat! Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebastián without trying the famous jamon iberico. The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo — half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

Day 6 Bilbao/Logroño (1B)

With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city. Included Activities: Rioja Region Wine Tasting Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))

Day 7 Logroño/Madrid

Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city. Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)

Day 8 Madrid (1B)

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

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Apr-20-2019Apr-27-2019$ 1,799Yes3 spots left Reserve
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Jun-20-2020Jun-27-2020$ 1,899Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jul-04-2020Jul-11-2020$ 1,999Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jul-18-2020Jul-25-2020$ 1,999Yes16 spots left Reserve
Aug-01-2020Aug-08-2020$ 1,999Yes16 spots left Reserve
Aug-15-2020Aug-22-2020$ 1,999Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-12-2020Sep-19-2020$ 1,899Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-19-2020Sep-26-2020$ 1,899Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-26-2020Oct-03-2020$ 1,899Yes16 spots left Reserve
Oct-03-2020Oct-10-2020$ 1,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Oct-10-2020Oct-17-2020$ 1,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Your Foodie Moment: Rioja Region Wine Tasting
  • Logroño
  • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas
  • "Casa rural" stay with traditional meals
  • San Sebastián day trip
  • Madrid orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, walking.
Local Flights If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 16, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts).
Start City
Barcelona
End City
Madrid
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. RESERVE TICKETS IN ADVANCE Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of your CEO, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice. We recommend advanced ticket-purchase for the following sites and activities: Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia Park Guell Casa Battlo Casa Mila

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, cereal, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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