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Detailed Itinerary

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.
(WR)

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 at leisure. (B)
Optional tour: Prado Museum

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 here 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. (B)
Optional tour: Flamenco show with dinner

We Depart for Santiago de Compostela. On the way, we
stop in Salamanca, an ancient city famous for its
university founded by Alfonso IX in the early 1200’s. There
is time for lunch on your own and thereafter, we continue
to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino. Many
pilgrims follow this ancient route also known as the Way
of St. James. In Santiago de Compostela, the evening is
at leisure. (B)

Santiago de Compostela’s center is called “Casco
Histórico” (old town), an area once surrounded by walls
in the 11th-century. We visit the Cathedral and the
Cathedral museum, and view the tomb of St James the
Great. In the afternoon we visit Cap Finisterre where
pilgrims ceremoniously burn their boots. The day finishes
with an early seafood dinner accompanied by Albariño
wine. (B, D)

After breakfast we head to North Galicia. Our scenic
drive takes us past the Cabo Ortegal and the Asturian
coast to Oviedo. (B)

A half-day guided city tour of Oviedo takes us to the
Cathedral, the Palacio de Valdecarzana, the ruins of the
San Tirso Church, and the Porlier Plaza which is flanked by
the El Conde de Toreno and Camposagrado Palaces.
The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Optional tour: Visit of the cider house with dinner

After breakfast we continue our journey towards Bilbao.
On the way, we stop in Santillana del Mar, one of the
North Coast’s most picturesque villages. Its architecture
dates to the Middle Ages. In its vicinity we visit the famous
Altamira Caves where prehistoric art is well preserved.
After our visit, we proceed to Santander where we have
free time for lunch on your own. From there, we continue
to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called
pintxos. (B)

On our visit of 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 artist as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning.
The reminder of the day is free. (B)
Optional tour: Visit of the Basque coast

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 at 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. (B, D)

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. (B)
Optional tour: visit of Montserrat

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes
Barcelona’s most important artistic sights: Gaudi’s Batlló,
Casa Milá, the Cathedral Sagrada Familia, and Guell
Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s
heritage by the 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. (B, D)

Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. (B)

Inclusions

Arrival transfer from Madrid airport to the hotel
13 day/12-night guided tour featuring:
Centrally located first class hotels:
3 nights in Madrid
2 nights in Santiago de Compostela
2 nights in Oviedo
2 nights in Bilbao
1 night in Pamplona
3 nights in Barcelona
Buffet breakfast daily
A welcome reception in Madrid (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)
A dinner in Santiago de Compostela (coffee or tea included)
A dinner in Pamplona
A farewell dinner in Barcelona (coffee or tea included)
Hotel taxes and service charges
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
Professional English-speaking tour director
Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
Admission included where indicated in bold letters
Luggage handling at the hotels
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Departure transfer from Barcelona to Barcelona airport

Tour spotlights:
Madrid: grand open squares, late dinners
Toledo, crafts, marzipan, captivating monuments
Sandstone architecture, prolific university and the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
Santiago de Compostela, a major pilgrim destination
Altamira caves, prehistoric art
Bilbao, Frank Gehry’s designed Guggenheim museum
Pamplona, legendary "Running of the Bulls" festival, gothic style churches
Barcelona, fantastical Sagrada Familia, modernist landmarks by Gaudi

Special features:
Seafood dinner with Albariño wine
Tasting of pintxos (local tapas)

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotels:
Madrid: Santos Agumar (F) or similar
Santiago de Compostela: Tryp Santiago (F) or similar
Oviedo: Gran Hotel España (F) or similar
Bilbao: Ercilla (F) or similar

Trip Highlights

Madrid - Santiago de Compostela - Oviedo - Bilbao - Pamplona - Barcelona

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