Northern Spain Tour

Embark on a captivating 13-day guided holiday exploring the vibrant cities of Madrid and Bilbao, the picturesque regions of northern Spain, as well crossing over the Portuguese border to experience Oporto (Porto). In Madrid, discover the rich history and culture of this bustling metropolis, from iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace to the lively streets of La Latina. Journey to Bilbao and immerse yourself in the unique architecture of the Guggenheim Museum and indulge in the region's renowned culinary scene. As you venture into northern Spain, marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Basque Country and Galicia, from rugged coastlines to charming villages tucked in the mountains. This unforgettable trip offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, making it an ideal way to experience the diverse and enchanting regions of Spain.

Throughout this carefully curated journey, you will have the opportunity to delve into the local traditions and immerse yourself in the authentic Spanish way of life. With local guides leading the way, you will gain insights into the history, art and cuisine of each destination, ensuring a truly enriching experience. Whether you're strolling through Madrid's bustling streets, savouring pintxos in Bilbao, or admiring the architectural wonders of northern Spain, this 13-day guided holiday promises unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for this captivating region.

Tour Highlights:

  • Spain's magnificent capital, Madrid
  • Medieval Santillana Del Mar's artistic treasures
  • Wine tasting at Ria de Arosa
  • Bilbao & The Basque Country
  • Cross the border into Portugal to visit Porto

  • Duration:

  • 13 Days, 12 Nights

  • Tour Type:

  • Shared Guided Tour

  • Guide Price:

  • 4-Star Package from £Enquire
  • Price Based On: Based on departure from London Gatwick flying with EasyJet, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) including transfers. See More

  • Star Rating:

  • Superior

  • Accommodation:

  • 4-Star Tour Package
  • 4 Hyatt Regency Madrid
    4 Barceló Nervión
    4 Santemar
    4 AC Oviedo Forum,
    4 Eurostars Hotel
    4 Vila Galé Porto
    4 Catalonia Plaza Mayor
  • 4-Star hotels will be as specified above or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Board Basis:

  • Bed and Breakfast (plus selected dinners as per itinerary)

  • Departures:

  • Guaranteed Departures on Sundays between April - October

  • Start / Finish:

  • Madrid - Madrid

  • Extensions:

  • Contact us if you would like to extend your Spanish Tour holiday.

Note: Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 7 years old

What's Included:

  • Tour:
  • Madrid And Anadalusia TourView Full Itinerary

  • Flights:
  • Return flights from chosen UK airport

  • Transfers:
  • Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure. Our local representative will meet you at the airport.

  • Accommodation:
  • Accommodation in standard double occupancy rooms in 4* hotels as specified above or ones of a similar standard

  • Meals Included:
  • Breakfasts & selected dinners according to itinerary

  • Vehicle:
  • Transportation in modern, air-conditioned vehicles

  • Guide:
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

  • Entrance fees:
  • Entrance ticket included for Santiago Cathedral

  • Excursions & Activities:
  • Guided city tours in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago & Porto (including Douro River Cruise and Port wine tasting) • Welcome dinner in Madrid; Pintxos Dinner in Bilbao; Farewell dinner in Salamanca • Wine tasting in La Rioja; Dinner and cider tasting in traditional cider house in Oviedo; Mussels and wine tasting on a Rias Baixas cruise

  • ATOL:
  • ATOL Protection

What's Not Included:

  • Fees:
  • Admission/entry fees to museums and other sites as per itinerary unless stated above

  • Tips:
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel staff

  • Taxes:
  • Local city/tourist taxes where applicable

  • Cancellations:
  • Trip and tour cancellations and no shows

  • Insurance:
  • Please purchase suitable travel insurance

Full Itinerary

Arrival in Madrid

Day 1

Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Spend two nights at the Hyatt Regency Madrid (or similar).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the beauties of the city with a guided city tour. Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Join your fellow travelers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your chosen hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - Burgos - La Rioja - Bilbao

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart towards Burgos. Free time to visit the 13th century gothic Cathedral, the third largest in Spain after Seville and Toledo. We will continue to Haro, in the heart of La Rioja, one of the most famous Spanish wine regions. Among the vineyards, we will visit a traditional and family run wine cellar. Take a taste of the world famous Rioja Reds. Depart to Bilbao and check in for two nights stay in your hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bilbao - San Sebastian

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a Bilbao city tour and discover its most recent developments. Time at leisure for you to explore the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located in order for you to admire this modern architectural building. Continue to San Sebastian in the afternoon, one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvelous views of the city. Free time to stroll through this elegant city. Back in Bilbao, enjoy dinner at local restaurant to taste the famous typical “pintxos”, Basque name for tapas. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bilbao - Castro Urdiales - Santander

Day 5

Breakfast at hotel. Bound for Asturias, famous Green Spain, we will proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Time at leisure. Depart to Santander, a port city located between the sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach. Overnight in your Santander hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santander - Santillana Del Mar - Covadonga - Oviedo

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Santillana del Mar, one of the most important historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Architecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see the patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre Romanic Asturian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of their streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic Asturian architecture. Join your fellow travellers to dine at a traditional cider house. Overnight in Oviedo.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Oviedo - Mondonedo - Lugo - Santiago De Compostela

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Bound for Galician lands. On the way to Lugo, take a short stop at Mondoñedo. Time at leisure to visit the 13th century Cathedral and try the delicious “Mondoñedo cake”. Continue to Lugo. Time at leisure to explore the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared World Heritage. We finally approach Santiago de Compostela´s holly land, declared World Heritage, as it is the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago. Spend two nights in Santiago De Compostela.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santiago De Compostela

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Join a Santiago city tour where you will see the main square called Obradoiro and the Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets. Overnight at your selected hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Santiago De Compostela - Rias Bajas - Porto

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Continue to the Ria de Arosa, where we will do a cruise, with tasting of the typical wines and mussels. Bound the Portuguese border to reach Porto. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European towns, and proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Spend two nights in Porto.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a guided sightseeing tour of Porto. Admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, enjoy a Douro River Cruise and discover famous Port Wine Cellars with a wine tasting experience. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Porto.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Ciudad Rodrigo - Salamanca

Day 11

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart back to the Spanish border to arrive into Salamanca. Shortstop and free time in Ciudad Rodrigo, surrounded by medieval walls and dominated by the Alcazar. Continue to Salamanca, University City and World Heritage Site of great architectural and artistic wealth. Farewell dinner and overnight at your Salamanca hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Salamanca - Avila - Madrid

Day 12

Breakfast at the hotel. Bound for Spanish Capital, Madrid, we visit one more historical breathtaking destination, Avila, an atmospheric walled old town. Soak up the town's character and contemplate its thousands of years of history as you enjoy some time at leisure before reaching our final destination. Overnight in Madrid.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Day 13

After breakfast at the hotel it's time to extend your stay or transfer to the airport for your return flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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