Day 1 – Barcelona
Day 2 – Barcelona
Day 3 – Arrive in Rioja
Day 4 – Rioja
Day 5 – Arrive in San Sebastián
Day 6 – San Sebastián
Day 7 –Arrive in Bilbao
Day 8 – Bilbao, end of journey
After arriving in Barcelona you will be taken to your hotel, located in a beautiful area of the city, to relax. Afterwards, whether you wish to wander through the Mediterranean streets or discover Gaudi´s distinctive buildings, our local experts will provide you with recommendations according to your personal preferences. The first dinner will be at a restaurant which is reputable for its tasty, wonderfully textured paella and other dishes.
After a nutritious breakfast, you will have quite the choice of gastronomic activities to choose from. You can enjoy the day with a wine and cultural tour in the scenic area of Montserrat (approximately 1 hour from Barcelona) and visit a winery within the vicinity or explore a lively food market in Barcelona and attend a culinary class. Once again, our local expert will make sure your day is spent in the best possible way.
After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel´s buffet restaurant, you have the choice of going straight to the train station to depart for Logroño or enjoying a couple more hours in the vibrant city of Barcelona.
Upon your arrival in Logroño, the calm capital of La Rioja, a private driver will be at the station to take you to your hotel located in Laguardia – an ancient medieval stone-walled town with a rich history to it. Your first night will be spent having a traditional dinner in an echoing castle (vegetarian options included).
After finishing up breakfast you will be picked up for a private wine tour of three of Rioja´s wineries. In this part of the tour you will witness the astonishing green and red hilly landscapes as you drive to the wineries. A delicious Riojan meal will be served and the tour will end roughly at 6pm in Laguardia. You can then enjoy a well-deserved rest afterwards in the hotel with an eventual wander around Rioja Alavesa for the spectacular mountainous views.
Whenever you are ready after breakfast, a private driver will arrive and take you to San Sebastián – a seaside resort for the Spanish Kings; San Sebastián is sprinkled with elegant charms to it. After settling in your hotel, you can explore the heart of San Sebastián including its spacious, turquoise-blue Playa de la Concha beach, the Kursaal auditorium and stylish shops. The evening´s agenda involves a tasting menu (with wine pairing included) at a top San Sebastián restaurant.
On this day our local expert will recommend a number of things to do in San Sebastián depending on your mood. If requested, we can organize a half day tour to the splendid fishing village of Getaria nestled slightly west of San Sebastián or even a full day trip over to France.
A list will be given to you with all the taverns and bars worth visiting to try the local tapas.
After breakfast, a private driver will pick you from the hotel and head towards Bilbao. On the way to Bilbao the driver will take a special route so you can take in the breathtaking costal views of Gestaria and surrounding untouched greenery of the Basque country.
Once you have arrived at the hotel we booked you at, surrounded by the city and enchanting monuments, you can take a rest. Bilbao is considered to be a major cultural hub with strong gastronomic and artistic ties, thus making it a place with lots to see and do. Let us know about what interests you the most and we give you all our recommendations to make the day unforgettable.
The evening will consist of eating at Michelin star restaurant and drinking some of the finest wines.
After finishing your morning meal, your trip comes to an end. You may either travel to another destination in Spain or stay longer in Bilbao. If you want to continue the adventure, we could recommend travelling further on to Galicia (Northwest Spain). We can also highly advise to stop at Asturias on the way – a beautiful mountainous region, and end your trip in the city of Santiago. Our travel expert can advise you further on this.
Barcelona and Northern Spain
A fabulous tour which exposes you to two very different parts of Spain all in one go. This carefully tailored trip includes exploring Barcelona, staying at some of the very best hotels and experiencing the finest cuisine and wine in Northern Spain
- A wide range of luxurious accommodation to choose from
- Visiting San San Sebastián´s most alluring beach
- No self-driving involved
- Rioja´s vineyards and breathtaking scenery with a private tour
- Stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea
- Discovering some of Bilbao´s and Barcelona´s (Gaudi) uniquely designed and impressive buildings
- Eating at Barcelona´s top local paella restaurant
- Dining at a Michelin star restaurant in Bilbao and drinking some of the finest wine in Rioja
- A private driver that takes you from the airport in Barcelona to your hotel
- 7 nights at astounding hotels (breakfast included each day)
- An excellent dinner in Barcelona at one of the best local restaurants
- A choice between : a cooking class and visit to a local food market or spending the full day touring Montserrat and a winery near Barcelona
- The train ticket for your Barcelona – Logroño (Rioja) journey
- Private driver that picks you up from the station in Logroño and takes you to your hotel in Laguardia
- A traditional dinner at a castle in Rioja
- Private tour which lasts the full day in Rioja with visits to 3 wineries and a Riojan meal (with a local wine expert)
- Private driver that takes you from your hotel in Rioja to San Sebastián
- Tasting menu at a top restaurant in San Sebastián
- Private driver that takes you from San Sebastián to Bilbao
- Dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Bilbao
- An exciting itinerary with proposals of things to see and do during your free time
- A total of 3 customizable hours (according to your preferences)
- Travel insurance
- Items from the hotels minibar and drinks/wine which are absent in the section above
- Anything else not listed in the section above
PRICE OF THE TOUR
95% of the time the price quoted for the tour will be as on the tour page. However, in Spain there are a number of special festivals and holidays which may raise the price of certain local services, such as Easter, the Festival of San Mateo or San Fermines, etc. If you would like to make your reservation over some of these dates, this may mean that the given price may change. It would be a good idea to check your dates with us first or make your reservation in advance.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
To make your reservation contact us. We will require a 15% deposit to hold your reservation and begin working on your itinerary. The remaining amount can be paid when we send you your trip itinerary.
A change in the itinerary may be necessary due to availability or restaurant opening days (for example, many restaurants in Spain close on Sundays and Mondays). If this is the case, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary and will book the best alternative option for you
I would like to do this trip, but I would like to make some changes
Absolutely, we would be happy to incorporate your preferences. Your reservation already includes 3 hours of extra ´personalised tour design´ work by one of our advisors, which should be enough time to make reasonable changes to the itinerary (see Included/Not Included sections above)
I would like to extend the trip and add another tour of yours that I like
No problem! Simply contact us with your request. Additionally, if you add another Multi-day tour to this one, you will receive a 5% discount on the second tour.
Cancellation and changes policy
If cancelled more than 30 days before the trip starts, 15% of the total trip price will be deducted to account for tour organisation and administration costs. If cancelled less than 30 days to the trip start date, a 30% fee will be deducted. Trips cancelled 7 days or less before the trip start date are non-refundable. We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.
Any change request made by the customer after already having booked and confirmed the dates of the trip may imply an additional administration fee of 5% and may also impact the overall trip price due to provider price changes. Cancellation of the trip may be necessary if date changes impact availability (in which case, the cancellation policy will apply).
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