Day 1: Overnight Flight
You’re headed to Barcelona where you’ll begin your journey through Northern Spain on an unforgettable Spanish holiday.
Day 2: Barcelona, Spain – Tour Begins
Welcome to Barcelona, a major global city that abounds with culture, architectural gems, and a world-class culinary scene. A welcome reception at one of the port of Barcelona’s historic buildings invites you to sip locally-crafted cocktails amidst views of one of the Mediterranean’s liveliest ports.
Day 3: Barcelona
Visit the famous La Sagrada Família Church and Towers* and explore the basilica where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city from 213 feet up. Next, embark on a guided tour of the city and experience sights including the Columbus Monument, the Parc de Montjuïc, and the exteriors of two of Gaudi’s classic constructions, the Casa Mila and the Batlló House. This afternoon you may decide to join an optional expedition to Montserrat for a guided tour of the monastery; or, stay behind to independently see more of the city. Tonight, venture to the city’s gourmet quarter where the best Catalan cuisine is right at your fingertips during a culinary workshop with locally-acclaimed chefs!
Day 4: Barcelona - Pamplona
This morning, voyage to the Basque region and Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls. Be part of a private conversation with a local expert regarding the sport’s long tradition and historical ties to Pamplona, and get inside information about the colorful San Fermin festival. The evening is yours to relax or explore the city’s lively neighborhoods full of culinary delights.
Day 5: Pamplona – San Sebastian
From Pamplona it’s on to charming San Sebastián. It’s your choice how you spend your day here! Join a locally guided tour of the old town and board a funicular to the apex of Monte Igueldo for breathtaking views of La Concha Bay; OR, take a walking tour along the farms, vineyards, and villages of the Coastal Camino; mingle with locals as you return to San Sebastián by local train. Afterward, dine on pinxtos, traditional Basque tapas, in one of San Sebastián’s local restaurants.
Day 6: San Sebastian
This morning, explore San Sebastián at your leisure. You may choose to join an optional tour to Bilbao where you can stroll the quirky riverfront landscapes along the Costa Verde and pay a visit to the Guggenheim Museum.
Day 7: San Sebastian – Santander – Burgos
Today it’s your choice how you spend your day in the port city of Santander. See the city via paddleboard or kayak;** OR, take the day to explore Santander independently, perhaps strolling the gardens of the Palacio de la Magdalena or exploring the historic district of El Sardinero. Later, we gather and continue on to historic Burgos.
Day 8: Burgos
A walking tour of medieval Burgos reveals rich religious architecture and glimmering streetscapes. Visit Burgos Cathedral, the UNESCO-protected relic of Spain’s religious architecture. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 9: Burgos – Salamanca – Madrid
Depart Burgos for Salamanca, perched on the tiered hills of the Tormes River. Choose a walking tour or bicycle tour through the city, and discover the Baroque architecture of the UNESCO-designated Old City and uncover the two cathedrals of Salamanca. Next it’s on to Madrid, the Spanish capital and the epicenter of art, culture and politics, as well as home to the Spanish Monarch. Seek out the treasures of the city and shop as a Spaniard would during a visit to one of Madrid’s bustling marketplaces.
Day 10: Madrid
It’s your choice how you spend your last day in Madrid. Unearth Madrid’s centuries-old city center and learn about the Habsburg dynasty’s reign over Spain during a walking tour of the city; OR, take a panoramic sightseeing tour ending with a visit to the Prado, Spain’s national art museum. This afternoon, perhaps you’ll join an optional walking tour to the city of Segovia and the storybook castle Alcázar of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening, savor Spain’s cuisine one last time over a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers to commemorate a Spanish adventure you’ll never forget.
Day 11: Madrid– Tour Ends
Your adventure ends today.