Loop the heart of Spain in 11 days! Begin from the top attractions of Barcelona, its old town and Gaudi creations. Continue north to immerse yourself in San Sebastian treasures. Then move on to the Rioja region to sample finest wines and visit the medieval village of Laguardia before making your way to Bilbao. As a grand finale arrive to the sunny capital of Spain, Madrid.
City:
Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid
Duration:
11 days
Type:
Private tour
From:
$4,281
Next date:
Flexible

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Barcelona

Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona! Your driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfers you to your centrally located hotel.

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Day 2
Tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.

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Day 3
Gaudi Tour & Train to San Sebastian

Following breakfast you meet your private guide and private driver and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi.

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Day 4
San Sebastian City Tour

After  breakfast you have a sightseeing tour of the city. During the tour you see the Kursaal Palace area, the historic Cathedral area and one of the most-visited tourist sites - Santa Maria del Coro's Basilica, an 18 century baroque church.

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Day 5
Free Day in San Sebastian or Optional Day Trip to Pamplona

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore San Sebastian on your own. Alternatively, you can join our carefully planned optional day trip to Pamplona.

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Day 6
Rioja Wine Tour & Visit to Laguardia

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and have a day trip to Rioja region to visit a couple of traditional wineries, producing the world famous Rioja wine under the local wine appellation in La Rioja Alta and La Rioja Alavesa.

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Day 7
Bilbao City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your experienced guide who takes you on a fantastic sightseeing tour around the city's most interesting landmarks. During the tour you see the Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum and explore the Casco Viejo - Old Town

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Day 8
Train to Madrid

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and a private driver takes you to the train station for your train ride to Madrid. Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

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Day 9
Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating walking sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital.

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Day 10
Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum

After breakfast your guide meets you and takes you on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum.

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Day 11
Departure from Madrid

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Spain! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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Price

$4,281
Deposit $857
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$6,981
Deposit $1,397
Single traveler

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao & Madrid; 
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport / railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Barcelona - San Sebastian, Bilbao - Madrid;
  • Private transfer San Sebastian - Laguardia - Bilbao;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Barcelona

Welcome to the lively capital of Catalonia - Barcelona! Your driver meets you at the exit gates of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfers you to your centrally located hotel.

The rest of the day is free so you can either explore the fantastic center of Barcelona on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest before the rich sightseeing program planned for the following day.

No meals included.

Day 2: Tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a wonderful half-day walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Barcelona.

Barcelona obtains one of the biggest and architecturally diverse Medieval districts in Europe. During the city tour you get to see Barcelona's Old Town called "Casc Antic" and its medieval landmarks.

You walk through the maze of old narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter that was formed around the Roman forum. Then you see the Barcelona Cathedral both from the outside and the inside, pass the former Jewish District "Call", the Sant Jaume Square, see the Generalitat Palace and City Hall from the outside, pass the Square of the King and the former Royal Palace.

You then proceed to the Ribera shore district where you see the Santa Maria del Mar church - the former residence of sailors, traders and craftsmen who lived and worked there in the Middle Ages. The tour finishes on the most vivid street in Barcelona La Rambla, where you can take a rest at one of the open air terraces.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3: Gaudi Tour & Train to San Sebastian

Following breakfast you meet your private guide and private driver and enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour dedicated to the world-renowned architectural works of Antonio Gaudi.

You start with a visit to the colorful Park Guell, where you spend some time strolling through its mosaic paths and enjoying the great city views.

The day is crowned with a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia Basilica - the most brilliant masterpiece of Gaudi that is rightfully considered the most recognizable symbol of Barcelona.

After the tour you have a transfer directly to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to San Sebastian (first class tickets are included).

Upon arrival you are transferred to your downtown hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4: San Sebastian City Tour

After breakfast you have a sightseeing tour of the city. During the tour you see the Kursaal Palace area, the historic Cathedral area and one of the most-visited tourist sites - Santa Maria del Coro's Basilica, an 18 century baroque church built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. You then proceed to the local market and shopping area, see the Old Town, the port and the bay of La Concha.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5: Free Day in San Sebastian or Optional Day Trip to Pamplona

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore San Sebastian on your own. Alternatively, you can join our carefully planned optional day trip to Pamplona.

Optional tour: Day Trip to Pamplona
Set off on an exploration of Pamplona, famous worldwide for its bull-running San Fermin Festival, described by many authors including Ernest Hemingway. Your private driver takes you to Pamplona set on an elevated terrace that stands in the midst of the Arga valley crowned by mountains. During your private walking tour with a local guide see the well-preserved Old Town and enjoy Pamplona's Plaza del Castillo, the Plaza de Toros bullring, the oldest part of Pamplona to its Roman foundations that date back to 75 B.C., the Camino de Santiago, and the 1756 Town Hall.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6: Rioja Wine Tour & Visit to Laguardia

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and have a day trip to Rioja region to visit a couple of traditional wineries, producing the world famous Rioja wine under the local wine appellation in La Rioja Alta and La Rioja Alavesa. You have a guided tour in each winery with tastings.

Later you proceed to the region through the vineyards stopping at the medieval village of Laguardia for a guided tour. You get to enjoy the magnificent modern architecture of the most famous wineries in the area.

After the tour you are transferred to your Bilbao hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7: Bilbao City Tour

Following breakfast you meet your experienced guide who takes you on a fantastic sightseeing tour around the city's most interesting landmarks.

During the tour you see the Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum (from the outside), explore the Casco Viejo - Old Town made up by the city's 7 calles - streets that are the origins of Bilbao, pass the beautiful Cathedral of Santiago, and enjoy the views of the Yohn's Palace or the Arriaga theater - named in honor of the "Spanish Mozart".

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Train to Madrid

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and a private driver takes you to the train station for your train ride to Madrid.

In 5 hours you arrive to one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent old town on your own, dine in one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9: Madrid Old Town Tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and enjoy a fascinating walking sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Madrid de los Austrias - the amazing old town of the Spanish capital that treasures historical monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain was ruled by the House of the Hapsburgh.

During the tour you take a walk around Plaza de Oriente, enter the gorgeous Royal Palace called Palacio Real, see the beautiful exteriors of the Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena and stroll through Major Street.

Next you proceed to Plaza de la Villa, stop by St. Michel's Market and walk down the picturesque Cava de San Miguel. Your tour finishes at iconic Plaza Mayor and breathtaking Puerta del Sol.

After the touring is over you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

 

Day 10: Madrid of the Bourbons & Prado Museum

After breakfast your guide meets you and takes you on a walking tour to discover Madrid of the Bourbons - the historical area around the Prado Museum.

During the tour you pass the Parque del Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza Cibeles, and three monumental fountains: Cibeles, Apolo and Neptuno. Next you proceed to the Spanish Parliament building, see the Atocha train station and explore the area of the Golden Triangle of Art made up of three most important art museums of Madrid - the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemitza and the Reina Sofia.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses a unique collection of Spanish fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of this 18th-century Neo-Classical building. You see the most significant gems of the museum's collection, including the famous masterpieces of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Raphael and Rubens.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11: Departure from Madrid

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Spain! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao & Madrid; 
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport / railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Barcelona - San Sebastian, Bilbao - Madrid;
  • Private transfer San Sebastian - Laguardia - Bilbao;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Pablo Picasso and Gaudi, a mixture of what is Spanish and Catalan, of modernity and history: all harmonize and describe Barcelona, the city that has always strived to be modern.

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell is an ensemble of outstanding stone structures, remarkable mosaic tiling and beautiful buildings that is one of the most visited places in Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia inside , Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona and is an absolute must-see. The building is a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882.

Cibeles Palace and Fountain, Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Capital and largest municipality of Spain located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

El Oso y El Madroño, Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

Puerta del Sol is a bustling square located in the very heart of the capital of Spain. Many historic sights and popular landmarks on the renowned square have made it to our days and are major Madrid tourist attractions.

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

The Buen Retiro Park meaning the "Park of the Pleasant Retreat" is one of the biggest parks in Madrid and is among its main attractions

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum, considered one the greatest museums of art on the globe, is Spain's main national art museum and the proud owner of the best single collection of Spanish art on the planet. 

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Package type Price
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$4,281
Deposit $857
Single traveler
$6,981
Deposit $1,397