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    Basque Country Discovery from Madrid

    Starting in Madrid, this itinerary immerses you in the rich art, history, and culture of Spain's Basque Country — including the distinctive cities and towns of Bilbao, Zarauz, San Sebastian and Vitoria

    DEPARTURES

    Tuesday Departures | April 1 to October 31, 2019

    Included:
    • Guided visits as per itinerary
    • Entrance fee (no guide included) to the Guggenheim Museum
    • Tour escort during the tour
    • Air-conditioned deluxe motor-coach
    • Train Madrid-Bilbao-Madrid (tourist class)
    • Accommodation and daily breakfast
    • Arrival and departure transfers to Bilbao station

    PRICING DETAILS

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    Pricing is based on Superior Plus A Class (4-star superior plus) accommodation category. Superior T Class (3.5-star accommodation) category available upon request.

    • Pre and post overnight in Madrid available on request with at an additional cost
    • All prices are per person
    • During your stay in Madrid, Bilbao and train journey tour escort service will not be available
    • Triple occupancy available upon request
    • The tour starts at Madrid Train Station and we would recommend arranging to arrive in Madrid the day before the tour begins
    • Children allowed from 8 years old (adult rate)
    • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
    • Drinks are not included with meals unless specified
    • Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued

    Bilbao
    MADRID • BILBAO • LOYOLA SANCTUARY • GETARIA • ZARAUZ • SAN SEBASTIAN • LA RIOJA ALAVESA • VITORIA • BILBAO • MADRID

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1: MADRID > BILBAO

    Call on Madrid “Puerta de Atocha” train station to depart by train to Bilbao. Arrival to Bilbao train station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bilbao.

    DAY 2: BILBAO > LOYOLA SANCTUARY > GETARIA > ZARAUZ > SAN SEBASTIAN

    We leave on a scenic drive through the green and mountainous Basque landscape passing by Eibar. Elgoibar and Azkoitia until the Sanctuary of Loyola. Visit this monument built during the XVII and XVIII century. Continue on via Azpeitia along the Basque Coast and Zumaia until Getaria, important fishing village and birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano. Pass by Zarautz, surfing epicentre of the area and longest beach of Gipuzkoa. Once in San Sebastián, walking tour of the old city and port as well the Dominican Convent (XVI C.), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (XVIII C.) and the Constitution Square. Accommodation.

    DAY 3: SAN SEBASTIAN > LA RIOJA ALAVESA > VITORIA

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure towards Vitoria via Lasarte, Andoain, Villabona and Tolosa. A short stop at Ordizia to visit its old historical center declared Monumental-Historic ensemble. Continue to Oñati and to the most important Sanctuary of Guipúzcoa, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aránzazu, in charge of the Franciscan Order. Continuation to the Rioja Alavesa to arrive at Laguardia, a famous town for its historical monumental set and mainly for its cellars. Guided walking tour. In the afternoon, departure to Vitoria. Panoramic tour for its main attractions. Accommodation.

    DAY 4: VITORIA > BILBAO

    Today we leave Vitoria travelling westward to the Salt Valley of Añana, where we will enjoy a guided tour of the site. We continue to Orduña, where ancient customs are still alive and follow through the Valley of Ayala to arrive in Balmaseda for a walking tour. Free time for lunch. Early afternoon departure to Bizkaia, Santurzi and Portugalete. We will cross the Vizcaya Bridge, World Heritage since 2006 towards Getxo and Bilbao area. In Bilbao, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour including the Artxanda Mountain followed by a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum. Accommodation.

    DAY 5: BILBAO > MADRID

    Free morning until meeting time for your transfer to the train station for your departure to Madrid.