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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 8-day trip introduces you to Spains Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture, and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastin, Bilbaos fabulous architecture, Logroo's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141557
Starts: Barcelona, Spain Finishes: Madrid, Spain
You will visit
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid

Itinerary

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Day 1: Barcelona

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

03

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'.

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Day 4: Pyrenees/San Sebastián (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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: San Sebastián (1B)

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))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: San Sebastián/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 (2.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Logroño/Madrid

Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.

Transport:
Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)

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Day 8: Madrid (1B)

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

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas
    • 'Casa rural' stay with traditional meals (Pyrenees)
    • Bilbao day trip
    • Wine tasting in the Rioja region
    • Madrid orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals
  • Indulge in the tapas lifestyle
  • Wander through Gaud's wonderland in Barcelona
  • Live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees
  • Experience the Basque way of life