Elegance of Spain: Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplona & Barcelona

Embrace the ideal blend of charming, undiscovered villages and lively, art-infused cities
Immerse yourself in the regal capital of Madrid, where grand open squares and Baroque-style palaces await exploration. Venture to Toledo, an ancient and exceptionally unique city, distinguished as one of Spain's most awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue your journey to the Basque Country, discovering quaint towns and the vibrant hub of Bilbao. Explore Pamplona, renowned for the exhilarating Running of the Bulls tradition. Conclude your adventure in Barcelona, where you'll be captivated by Gaudí's masterful creation, the Sagrada Família
9 Days from $4499/person CAD
Food & Wine
Guided
Off The Beaten Path
Premium
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

Spain, Europe

Departures

2024 Departures: April 13, May 18, July 13, September 28 & October 26

Included:

  • First-class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Arrival transfer from Madrid airport to the hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome reception in Madrid (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink)
  • Tasting of local tapas called “pintxos” in Bilbao
  • Dinner in Pamplona Compostela (coffee or tea included)
  • Farewell dinner in Barcelona (coffee or tea included)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour director
  • Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
  • Admission included at the Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa María in Toledo, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Cathedral Sagrada Familia, and Park Güell in Barcelona
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Luggage handling at the hotels
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Barcelona airport
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be booked with the Tour Director

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO MADRID

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin exploring. Later, join your fellow travelers and your tour director for a welcome reception. Meals: WR

Accommodation at the Catalonia Goya, Madrid, or similar

DAY 2: MADRID SIGHTSEEING

We begin with a guided half-day city tour of Madrid. Our drive takes us through the Gran Vía and the Passeo de Castellana, past the Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, the fountain of Neptune, Cibeles fountain, the Bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium, and many more. The afternoon is for leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Catalonia Goya, Madrid, or similar

DAY 3: TOLEDO EXCURSION

We visit Toledo, a city with a wealth of monuments. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs, and Jews lived there together for centuries. During our guided tour we visit the Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa María. From Toledo, we return to Madrid where the afternoon is at leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Catalonia Goya, Madrid, or similar

DAY 4: MADRID TO BILBAO VIA BURGOS

We Depart for Bilbao. On the way, we stop in Burgos. Upon arrival S/S of Burgos with a local guide including the visit to the Cathedral. There is time for lunch on your own. From there, we continue to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called pintxos. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao, Bilbao, or similar

DAY 5: BILBAO SIGHTSEEING

On our visit to Bilbao, we see the vibrant old town with many shops, squares, and typical Basque tavernas. We enter the Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. The collection includes large-scale and site-specific art by such contemporary artists as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning. The remainder of the day is free. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao, Bilbao, or similar

DAY 6: PAMPLONA, BASQUE VILLAGES & SAN SEBASTIAN

After breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. En route, we visit Getaria, a charming Basque coastal village. Upon arrival in San Sebastian, we see the Maria Cristina Hotel. It is here, at the Kursaal, that the film festival takes place. We also see La Concha beach, a crescent-shaped urban seaboard. In the afternoon we arrive in Pamplona. Dinner is served later that night. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Maisonnave, Pamplona, or similar

DAY 7: PAMPLONA TO BARCELONA VIA ZARAGOZA

After breakfast, we have a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Pamplona featuring the Ciudadela, the City Walls, parks, and gardens. We will hear about the ‘Running of the Bulls’ race, part of the San Fermin festival. From Pamplona, we continue to Zaragoza for lunch on your own. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Barcelona and the rest of the day is at leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Catalonia Gracia, Barcelona, or similar

DAY 8: BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes Barcelona’s most important artistic jewels of Gaudi’s Batlló, Casa Milá, the Cathedral Sagrada Familia, and Guell Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s heritage by UNESCO. In the afternoon you are free to explore more on your own. Join your fellow travelers and your tour director for the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Catalonia Gracia, Barcelona, or similar

DAY 9: BARCELONA DEPARTURE

Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. Meals: B

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