Highlights of Northern Spain
Bilbao to Barcelona

11 Day Guided Holiday

From AU$5,015*
per person, twin share

With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Discover awe-inspiring sights, tantalising flavours and fascinating culture as we leave the traditional tourist trail behind on our journey through the mesmerising Basque, Navarre and Catalonia regions.

Tour Highlights:

  • Master the art of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Girona
  • Explore the magnificent Olite Royal Palace – the medieval seat of the Court of Navarre
  • Experience the coastal charm and gastronomical delights of San Sebastián

This tour can be combined with:

Price Per Person, Twin Share
Please enquire for solo pricing  and more departure dates
Tour Departure Date From Price
8 April – 18  April 2023 # 5% off AU$5,015**
6 May – 16 May 2023 # AU$5,480*
3 Jun – 13 Jun  2023 # AU$5,480*
12 Aug – 22 Aug 2023 # AU$5,480*
23 Sep  – 3 Oct 2023 AU$5,425*
7 Oct – 17 Oct 2023 # AU$5,275*
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Bookings are subject to availability. Valid for sale until sold out. Departures marked with# are guaranteed departures.  Offer discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  • 10 Nights in handpicked accommodation
  • 16 Meals – 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners
  • Experienced Tour Leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation

Itinerary

Day 1 – Bilbao (Spain)

Architectural allure, natural beauty and rich culture – we’ll meet the group in Bilbao and get to know each other over a sumptuous welcome dinner. Here’s to the incredible adventure ahead! Accommodation: Catalonia Gran Vía Bilbao Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 – Bilbao – San Sebastián

After breakfast, we’ll kick things off with a locally guided city tour. A hub of contemporary architecture – we’ll wander Bilbao’s lively Old Town and receive an authentic insight into this industrious city. Then, it’s time to visit the captivating exhibitions of the Guggenheim Museum for an education in art. After some free time for lunch, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we continue on to San Sebastián. As one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to discover the array of bars and restaurants this charming coastal town is famous for. Accommodation: Catalonia Donosti Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 – San Sebastián – Laguardia

Before setting off for Laguardia we’ll make a scenic stop at the Monte Igueldo Mirador lookout, which offers breathtaking views of San Sebastián. Timing dependent, we may have the opportunity to sample some local pintxos before arriving at our hotel in the heart of the Basque country. Finding ourselves surrounded by acres of vineyards and breathtaking landscapes, here we’ll settle in for an included dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 4 – Laguardia – La Rioja – Laguardia

This morning, we’ll make the short drive to the medieval city of Laguardia. Here, we’ll wander the ancient walled quarter with our expert Tour Leader and uncover the fascinating history behind the town’s underground tunnels. We’ll continue our journey to La Rioja – where we’ll be lucky enough to visit a distinguished winery to enjoy a tasting session. Back at our accommodation, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure enjoying the scenic vistas from the hotel’s terrace or exploring the surrounding area on one of the nearby hiking trails. Accommodation: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 5 – Laguardia – Olite – Pamplona

Our road leads to enchanting walled town of Olite this morning. Here we’ll explore magnificent Olite Royal Palace: the medieval castle that was once the seat of the Court of Navarre. Afterwards we’ll have time to stroll the cobbled streets and settle in for lunch – the town’s local restaurants boast exceptional Spanish fare, so we’ll be spoiled for choice! Later we’ll continue on to Pamplona, where an included dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hotel Maisonnave (or similar)

Day 6 – Pamplona

The capital of Navarre is ours to discover today! We’ll spend some time admiring historic landmarks such as Pamplona Cathedral and the Plaza del Castillo on a stroll with our Tour Leader. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Spanish cooking class – with our very own creations on today’s lunch menu. Later it’s time to delve into this handsome city at our own pace. Explore the atmospheric lanes, verdant parks and grand Gothic churches. Or indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the Old Town, lined with buzzing shops and cosy taverns. Accommodation: Hotel Maisonnave (or similar)

Day 7 – Pamplona – Jaca – Boltaña

Our first stop of the day will be the Monastery of Leyre; one of the most historic religious complexes in Spain. Here we’ll delve into the fascinating history of the region as we explore St Virila Abbey, the ‘porta speciosa’ doorway and the coffer – which holds the remains of the first kings of Navarre. We’ll then continue our journey to Jaca – where we’ll have the chance to stroll around the charming old town and lay eyes on the 11th-century Romanesque cathedral. The picturesque hilltop village of Boltaña is our home for the night – and setting for this evening’s delicious included dinner. Accommodation: Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña (or similar)

Day 8 – Boltaña – Lleida – Cardona

Today, we’ll turn back the hands of time with a visit to La Seu Vella – a magnificent hilltop fortress-cathedral that looms over the city of Lleida. Here we’ll discover the medieval chapel, 14th-century Gothic cloister and bell tower with a local guide, before returning to the charming Old Town for some free time. Later, we’ll continue to Cardona – where we’ll explore the imposing castle that stands watch over the town. This evening is ours to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Hotel Bremon (or similar)

Day 9 – Cardona – Besalú and Siurana – Girona

Before departing Cardona, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Salt Mines – where we’ll explore the old mine shafts and underground museum with a local guide. Afterwards, we’ll set our sights on the medieval village of Besalú – a hidden treasure filled with Romanesque architecture. And this afternoon? A unique insight into the rural culture of Catalonia awaits at a traditional farm in Siurana. We’ll be shown around before having the opportunity to sample some of the farm’s delicious cheeses. Our last stop for the day is Girona, where we’ll have the evening to explore at our own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona (or similar)

Day 10 – Girona

This morning we’ll seek out the likes of Girona’s landmark Cathedral, the Esglesia de Sant Feliu and the medieval Sant Pere de Galligants on a locally guided walking tour, before having the remainder of the day to spend as we please. There’s plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and a wander along the ancient city walls. Tonight, we’ll regroup and reflect on our unforgettable journey with a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona (or similar)

Day 11 – Girona – Cadaqués – Barcelona

Before we say our final goodbyes, we’ll pay a visit to the Salvador Dalí Museum-House in Cadaqués – where we’ll see the surrealist artist’s workshop, library and gardens. This afternoon, we’ll make our way along the sun-kissed Costa Brava to Barcelona – where our tour will come to an end.

*Terms & Conditions:

  • Bookings subject to availability.
  • Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
  • Pricing correct as at 4 January 2023 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes and currency fluctuation.
  • Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
  • This tour is offered and managed by Back-Roads Touring and their terms and conditions apply.
  • No airfares are included in the featured package, but assistance with booking can be provided.
  • Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.