Best of Northern Spain

16 Days


  • Barcelona
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Casa Mila
  • Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
  • Pamplona
  • La Concha
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Santillana del Mar
  • Cave of Altamira
  • Covadonga
  • Oviedo
  • Picos de Europa
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Galician Coast
  • Leon
  • Valladolid
  • Spanish Gothic San Pablo Church
  • Castle of La Mota
  • Salamanca
  • Wall of Avila
  • Madrid

Best of Northern Spain


Dates

  • 16 Days

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: $3,650
  • Discount: Returning Volant Customer: 5%

Best of Northern Spain

16 Days


Inclusions

  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • All meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions not listed in ‘Inclusions’
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.
  • Traveler’s insurance

Best of Northern Spain


DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY!

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona-Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) - not included. Your Volant guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening. Stroll through the streets to explore the nightlife or relax in your accommodations.

DAY 2-3: BARCELONA

Enjoy a scenic train ride along the coast to the capital and largest city of Catalonia. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Stroll through the streets to explore the nightlife or relax in your accommodations. ​Embark out on a full day walking tour of Barcelona. Stroll through the famous narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter. Explore the unique gardens of Park Güell. Tour the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Mila and any other of Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpieces. Discover Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, to get a taste of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Watch street performers, shop at the Boqueria Market and enjoy the many bars and restaurants along this iconic Spanish paseo. Scale Montjuic and visit the Palau Nacional. Make sure to experience the unique nightlife of this incredible city. ​

Spend your second full day in Barcelona visiting any number of the sights that didn't fit into the day before. Pop over to the Barceloneta for pristine sights of the Balearic Sea. Tour the Museu Picasso to learn about this incredibly famous artist. Visit the Barcelona Cathedral or just relax and explore the delicious food culture in the area.

DAY 4: ZARAGOZA - PAMPLONA - SAN SEBASTIÁN

Say goodbye to the Balearic Sea and climb aboard one of Europe's fastest trains. Spend time exploring Zaragoza and its many architectural wonders including the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, La Seo del Salvador or the Palacio de la Aljaferia. After lunch continues to Pamplona. Tour the city famously known for its Running of the Bulls Festival, visit the Plaza del Castillo, the Cathedral, and the Ciudadela de Pamplona. Transfer to San Sebastian for the evening.

DAY 5: SAN SEBASTIÁN

Enjoy a full day in San Sebastian. Stroll along the immaculate beaches of La Concha. Scale the Urgull Hill and witness sights of the Monte Igeldo mountains as well as the Bay of Biscay. Visit the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Plaza de Guipuzkoa, and the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro. For those who may be interested the Funicular de Igueldo offers sweeping views of the La Concha Bay and the city itself. In the evening head to Old Town to experience the best of San Sebastian's sizzling nightlife.

DAY 6: BILBAO - SANTANDER

After a morning transfer to Bilbao hop over to the shimmering titanium Guggenheim Museum for a spectacular display of modern and contemporary art. Known to be one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, this museum is also one of the largest in Spain. Use the remainder of the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure or head to the Basque Coast for picturesque cliffs and beaches. In the evening transfer to Santander.

DAY 7: SANTANDER

Set out for a full day tour of Santander. Explore the local beaches; Playa del Sardinero, Playa de Castaneda, and Playa de la Concha. Hike out to the lighthouse at El Sardinero for sweeping views of the coastline or explore the gorgeous Peninsula of Magdalena. The city itself offers intriguing cultural attractions but nothing compared to the picturesque beach scenes at Liencres.

DAY 8: SANTILLANA DEL MAR

Today will be dedicated to exploring a town known for containing some of the most well-preserved medieval villages in all of Europe. Discover the "prettiest village in Spain" by wandering though the Plaza de Ramon Pelayo. Tour the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar and visit the Cave of Altamira. As the day comes to its end return to Santander for one final night.

DAY 9: PICOS DE EUROPA - OVIEDO

​Transfer to Covadonga to discover the breathtaking Picos de Europa mountains. Declared a National Park in 1918 this area is centered around the Lakes of Covadonga. Witness the grand vistas and continue to Oviedo where you'll find yourself in the capital of Spain's Asturias region. Famous for its medieval old town, Oviedo contains gorgeous architecture and unspoiled scenery. Use the remainder of the day discovering the beauty in both the local culture as well as the local natural landscapes. Spend the evening at your leisure.

DAY 10 - 11: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - GALICIAN COAST

Rise early and drive through northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Tour the stunning cathedral and follow the great pilgrimage that ends there. This pilgrimage, known as the Camino de Santiago, follows the historic path of the Biblical apostle St. John to his final resting place within the cathedral. Use the day to get acquainted with this historic area and visit Old Town, Botafumeiro, Plaza del Obradoiro and the Monasterio de San Martin Pinario. Day two in the area will be dedicated to the exploration of the Spain's Galicia region. Visit the many villages and beaches of the Galician Coast and if time permits stroll along the white sandy shores for a glorious sunset over the Atlantic. In the evening return inland and be sure to try Santiago de Compostela's most iconic dish: octopus. The seafood doesn't stop there, the entire Galicia region contains arguably the best seafood in Europe.

DAY 12: LEÓN - VALLADOLID

Venture east of Santiago de Compostela and tour the city of Leon. Examine the local highlights such as the Leon Cathedral, the Basilica de San Isidora, Palacio Episcopal and the Arco de la Carcel. In the afternoon continue to Valladolid for a half day walking tour of the medieval religious landmarks such as the Spanish Gothic San Pablo Church.

DAY 13: CASTILLO DE MEDINA - SALAMANCA

Only a short drive south of Valladolid, the city of Medina del Campo is known for its Castle of La Mota. Tour the medieval fortress and continue to Salamanca for the night.

DAY 14: ÁVILA - MADRID

A short drive from here brings you to the city of Avila. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 this Spanish town is famous for its perfectly preserved medieval walls. Visit this 12-century masterpiece and tour the Avila Cathedral. Continue to Madrid in the afternoon for one last evening in Spain.

DAY 15: MADRID

Enjoy a full day walking tour of Madrid's highlights. Begin in the heart of this Spanish capital at Puerta del Sol. Heads towards Plaza Mayor to experience its iconic San Miguel Market. Wander through the green gardens at Buen Retiro Park. Tour the Royal Palace of Madrid, Palacio de Cibeles and the Prado National Museum to better grasp the history and culture of this city. Watch as the sun sets and locals emerge to celebrate life with great food, drink, music, and company. Revel in the the sizzling nightlife scene and stroll along the iconic Paseo del Prado.

DAY 16: TOUR ENDS -DEPART

Although no group activities have been scheduled today your Volant guide will ensure timely arrivals to the Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) where you will depart home. Thank you for choosing Volant and safe travels.

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Barcelona, Spain

Zaragoza, Spain

Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Bilbao, Biscay, Spain

Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain

Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain

Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain

León, Spain

Valladolid, Spain

Medina del Campo, Spain

Ávila‎, Ávila, Spain

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