Madrid & The Basque Country Explorer

Explore the historic monuments, lush landscapes, and sunlit beaches that make Northern Spain the perfect destination
Explore the historic monuments, lush landscapes, and sunlit beaches that make Northern Spain the perfect destination. Discover the stunning landscapes of the vineyards of La Rioja and indulge in the delicious wine of the region. Tour the Basque Country's jewel of San Sebastian including the capital of Bilbao, the famous pilgrimage site Santiago de Compostela and more
10 Days from $3099/person CAD
Food & Wine
Guided
Off The Beaten Path
Premium
Rail & Train
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Departures

Guaranteed Thursday departures from April 2023 to March 2024

Included:

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with panoramic windows
  • High-speed train travel from Madrid to Bilbao and vice versa in tourist class
  • Multilingual tour escort throughout the tour
  • Round-trip private transfers between the airport and the hotel
  • Guided city tours with local guides as per the itinerary
  • Tastings of authentic Basque Country treats as per the itinerary

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:

  • Upgrade to 4-star premium accommodation
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be pre-booked prior to departure or booked with the Tour Escort

Travel Privately

You can request to book this tour privately, travelling only with people you know.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO MADRID

Welcome to Madrid! After your arrival at the airport, meet and greet your driver where you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure.

Accommodation at the Princesa Plaza, Madrid, or similar

DAY 2: MADRID

After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid and journey through the history, art, and culture of Madrid through its streets, icons, and monuments. Discover the essence and avant-garde of historic and modern Madrid. See the places that no visitor should miss on a tour that runs through the historical and cosmopolitan areas of Madrid including the Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium of Real Madrid, and much more! Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and explore majestic Madrid on your own. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Princesa Plaza, Madrid, or similar

DAY 3: MADRID > BILBAO

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Madrid train station and board a high-speed train to Bilbao. Arrive late morning and transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore Bilbao on your own. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Ilunion Bilbao, Bilbao, or similar

DAY 4: BILBAO & THE BASQUE COAST

After breakfast, explore the Bilbao estuary to discover the interesting industrial past of the city. Once on the coast, we will stop to see the Bizkaia Bridge, a World Heritage Site. Passing by the majestic Butron Castle we will arrive at the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. From the remote viewpoint, we will discover the secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a scene from the famous television series, Game of Thrones.

In Bermeo, a fishing village, we will stop to discover its charms. Special pintxo tasting included. Finally, in Gernika, we will visit the interesting Casa de Juntas and the famous Tree of Gernika. Completion around 14:30 in Bilbao. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of Bilbao including the city center with the most important monuments and the old town. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Ilunion Bilbao, Bilbao, or similar

DAY 5: BILBAO > BIARRITZ > ST. JEAN DE LUZ > SAN SEBASTIAN

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Biarritz in the French Basque Country. You will discover the best views of the city and its most famous corners. San Juan de Luz will be our second stop, where we will walk in this charming coastal town and taste a special typical sweet. We continue the route to San Sebastian. Later, we will take a walking tour and enjoy the spectacular views from Mount Igueldo. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Sercotel Europa, San Sebastian, or similar

DAY 6: SAN SEBASTIAN

Today explore the resort town of San Sebastián on your own. Discover the golden beaches, the beautiful scenery, and the marvelous culinary treats. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Sercotel Europa, San Sebastian, or similar

DAY 7: SAN SEBASTIAN > BILBAO

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer towards Bilbao. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Ilunion Bilbao, Bilbao, or similar

DAY 8: BILBAO > LA RIOJA > VITORIA

After breakfast, transfer to Vitoria, a city full of rich culture and history that makes it one of the most interesting places to see in Northern Spain. Enjoy a walking tour of its interesting center and historic quarter including a tasting of traditional Basque chocolates.

Continue to the Rioja wine region, and enjoy magnificent views over a sea of vineyards. We will pass through typical little towns and countless wineries of all kinds. In Laguardia, we will take a walking tour of its historic center. It is one of the most beautiful and charming towns in La Rioja. You will have free time to explore on your own before returning to Vitoria. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Abba Jazz, Vitoria, or similar

DAY 9: VITORIA > BILBAO > MADRID

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Bilbao train station and board a high-speed train to Madrid. Arrive in Madrid, and transfer to the hotel. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Princesa Plaza, Madrid, or similar

DAY 10: MADRID

Final breakfast followed by check-out and transfer to the airport. Meals: B

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