Small Group tour to Madrid and Northern Spain - Firebird Tours ®

Small Group tour to Madrid and Northern Spain

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Trip Overview

Spend an unforgettable time exploring the best sights of the Spanish capital as well as the ancient city of Toledo. Continue north to discover the beauty of San Sebastian and the Basque Country, then to top it all off, Bilbao and the Rioja wine region.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    standard rooms
    8 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private transfers
    1 train ride
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    Rioja wine tasting
  • MEALS
  • 8 buffet breakfasts
    wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Madrid

Welcome to the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Madrid! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport 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 at one of the authentic local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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 the visit to one of the world's greatest art galleries and Madrid's top cultural sight - the Prado Museum. This venue houses the unique collection of Spanish fine art displayed in the halls and rooms of the 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, rest of the day is free.

Day 4

Free Day in Madrid

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Madrid on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

Day 5

Toledo & Train to San Sebastian

In the morning, you check-out from the hotel and your private driver picks you up to take you to Toledo - the historical capital of Spain.

Upon arrival, you have a city tour around the mesmerizing landmarks of ancient Toledo. During the tour, you walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, explore the fortified city walls and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval architecture, including the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo and Synagogue (entrances included).

After the tour, you return back to Madrid and 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.

Day 6

San Sebastian City Tour

In the morning after breakfast, you have a sightseeing tour of San Sebastian. 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.

Day 7

Rioja Wine Tour & Visit to Laguardia

Following 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 will get a guided tour of each winery with tastings.

Later we will proceed through the vineyards to the medieval village of Laguardia for a guided tour and where you can enjoy the magnificent modern architecture of the most famous wineries in the area.

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

Day 8

Bilbao City Tour

In the morning after 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 of 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.

Day 9

Departure from Bilbao

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Spain's Northern cities! 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!


Hotels

8 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at exceptional hotels in Madrid, San Sebastian and Bilbao; 
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Small group touring: up to 14 travellers (group size may vary in different cities);
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Madrid - San Sebastian;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid
  • Guided tour of Prado Museum
  • Rioja wine tour
  • Bilbao sightseeing tour

What to Know

  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Mar 25 - Apr 02, 2018
$2,881
deposit
$577
$3,081
deposit
$617
$4,181
deposit
$837
Apr 14 - Apr 22, 2018
$2,881
deposit
$577
$3,081
deposit
$617
$4,181
deposit
$837
Jun 3 - Jun 11, 2018
$2,881
deposit
$577
$3,081
deposit
$617
$4,181
deposit
$837
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Mar 25 - Apr 02, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181
Apr 14 - Apr 22, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181
Jun 3 - Jun 11, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181
Sep 23 - Oct 01, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181
Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2018
$2,881
$3,081
$4,181

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