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Spain: Basque Country and Barcelona

$2145 $1995

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This trip takes you from historic Basque Country to cosmopolitan Barcelona. You’ll experience the contrast between the distinct Basque culture, stunning beaches, and world-renowned gastronomy, and the vibrant, artistic, and historic allure of Barcelona in Catalonia. Bilbao is home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum. San Sebastian was once a favorite destination for Spanish royalty and is famous for its pintxos (small snacks) and culinary innovation. Barcelona is renowned for Gaudí’s architecture (Sagrada Familia, Park GΓΌell, and Casa BatllΓ³), relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle and delicious tapas.

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9 Days, 8 Nights:Β Bilbao, San Sebastian, Barcelona

β“˜ Semi-Guide Tour Includes hotels, daily breakfast, tour guide, driver, admission fees, Bilbao-San Sebastian Transfer and private airport/train station transfers

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⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ Hotels + Bilbao Walking Tour + San Sebastian city Walking Tour + Barcelona Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour + Bilbao-San Sebastian Transfer + Private Airport & Train Transfer
β“˜ Optional Add-ons
Bilbao Pintxos, Food And History Tour + San Sebastian Walking Food Tour with a Secret Dish + Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour + French Basque Countryside Tour + Barcelona Tapas and Wine Walking Tour + Paella Cooking Class with Dinner + Montserrat With Cog-Wheel Train & Black Madonna Tour
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Ribera market on river Nervion, in Bilbao

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

Pintxos, Basque Style Tapas


Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona

Montserrat Monastery

Park Guell, Barcelona


8 Night Accommodation
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DAY 1: BILBAOΒ 

Arrive at Bilbao Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Bilbao is the largest city and the gateway to Basque Country in northern Spain. It has a rich architectural heritage including the iconic Guggenheim Museum.Β  Delicious Basque cuisine abounds in this city.

πŸ›οΈ.Β  2 Nights in Bilbao 🍴  Meals: None

β“˜Β Add-On: Bilbao Pintxos, Food And History Tour (Small group, 3 hours @5:30 pm)

Follow your local English-speaking guide to their favorite best pintxos (tapas) bars. Including a number of local bites enough for a full meal, paired with red and white wine, local drinks, cider and bottled water. Learn all about what makes the Basque Country’s culinary offerings unique.

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DAY 2: BILBAO WALKING TOURΒ 

Today you will join a guided Bilbao city Walking Tour (group, 2 hours @10 am/4 pm).

Enjoy Bilbao’s most interesting spots by walking across its historic area. Starting from the border of Old Town and Downtown we pass through the serpentine Old Town streets. Visit the β€œgenuine seven streets”, the churches of San Anton and Santiago, and Market of La Ribera.

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 3: BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN

Transfer from the hotel to San Sebastian by bus (included, 1.5 hours), then transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

San SebastiΓ‘n (Donostia) is situated on the breathtaking La Concha Bay. It is book-ended by twin peaks, and a cute little island in the bay. This popular town features a beach front promenade, an intriguing Old Town, plazas, little shops, pastry stores and colorful pintxos (tapas) bars.

πŸ›οΈ.Β  3 Nights in San Sebastian 🍴  Meals: Breakfast

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β“˜Β Add-On: San Sebastian Walking Food Tour with a Secret Dish (Small group, 3.5 hours @6:30 pm)

Enjoy the best Pintxos in the Basque Country in the heart of San Sebastian’s neighborhood pintxos bars.Β  Visit a classic Basque restaurant on this walking feast. Taste 6 different Pintxos, wine, cider and a sweet bite. Enjoy the renowned Basque gastronomy, including a delicious Secret Dish. Discover an utmost foodie experience and enjoy the unique way locals eat out.

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DAY 4: SAN SEBASTIAN WALKING TOURΒ 

This morning you will join the guided San Sebastian city Walking Tour (group, 2 hours @10 am).

Explore the serpentine Old Town streets. Visit the two main churches and the pintxo streets. Gaze at the influence of the Spanish Queen Maria Cristina on the construction of many of San Sebastian’s most characteristic buildings, such as Hotel de Londres and Maria Cristina Hotel, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Tabakalera Museum, and Victoria Eugenia Auditorium.

Enjoy a delicious round of pintxos and a drink in a traditional bar in the Old Town (at your own cost).

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 5: SAN SEBASTIAN

Free day.

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

β“˜ Add-On: Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour (small group, 4 hours @9:30am)

Txakoli is a white wine made from local green grapes.Β  It has been produced in the Basque Country long before the 16th century. Visit two coastal towns which produce txakoli: Getaria and Zarautz. Explore a β€œtxakoli degi” (winery) in Getaria to learn about its vineyards and taste its wines alongside pintxos and other local delicacies.

 

β“˜ Add-On: French Basque Countryside Tour (small group, 8 hours @9am)

Experience the best of the French section of the Basque Coast on this trip. Visit the French city of Biarritz to learn about its history as a surfer mecca and enjoy a walk along the seaside promenade.

Stop by Les Halles market to experience the best of French cuisine including its cheeses, charcuterie, bakeries and patisseries. Continue to Guethary, a charming and tranquil seaside village.Β Visit the birthplace of the macaron at the Maison Adam patisserie in Saint Jean de Luz, and also learn about the town’s pirate history. Travel along the Route de la Corniche back to Spain, to reach Hondarribia a city at the forefront of world cuisine.

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DAY 6: SAN SEBASTIAN – BARCELONA

Transfer from the hotel to airport or train station for your flight (1 hour) or train (6 hours) to Barcelona, then transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Note: Your choice, flight or train, airfare and train ticket to Barcelona is not included.

Barcelona offers a colorful urban quarter, stunning architecture (iconic landmarks like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the historic Gothic Quarter), charming plazas and mouthwatering cuisine.

πŸ›οΈ.Β  3 Nights in Barcelona 🍴  Meals: Breakfast

 

β“˜Β Add-On: Barcelona Tapas And Wine Experience Walking Tour (small group, 3 hours @6 pm)

Admire the beauty of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter as you enjoy a delicious variety of local food and drinks.Β Visit 4 local hot spots & sample a number of classic tapas dishes accompanied by a selection of wine, cava, and vermouth.

 

DAY 7: BARCELONA HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS TOUR

Make your own way to the nearest pick-up point and explore Barcelona aboard a double-decker tour bus. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. Or stay aboard to enjoy 360-degree views of the sights.

Visit the iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral – the largest Roman Catholic Church in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit Parc Guell in upper Barcelona and enjoy beautiful views out over the city. This is GaudΓ­’s surrealistic park where nature and art blend harmoniously featuring colorful mosaics, twisted columns, dragon fountains and amazing views.

See Barcelona Cathedral, Casa Batllo and many other famous attractions.

Note: Attraction admission tickets are not included.

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

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β“˜Β Add-On:Β Paella Cooking Experience with Professional Chef: Four Course Dinner (group, @5pm 2.5 hours)

Enjoy a fully-immersive culinary experience in the heart of El Raval in Barcelona. Learn the secrets to cooking an authentic Paella from a team of experienced professionals!

The class begins with a brief introduction of the space over a glass of Cava.Β Enjoy cooking at your own individual cooking station through 10-steps to a delicious paella!Β Get to try your paella as well as a variety of other Spanish delicacies at the Dinner Table

The four-course Paella Experience includes: Cava welcome drink, introduction to β€œPa amb tomΓ quet”, Seasonal EntrΓ©e, Foundations of Paella workshop, Spanish Wine Pairing and Dessert.

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DAY 8: BARCELONA

Free day.

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

β“˜Β Add-On: Montserrat With Cog-Wheel Train & Black Madonna Tour (Group, 5 hours @8am)

Visit Montserrat Basilica located on Montserrat mountain 4,055 ft above sea level. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The basilica is dramatically set into the rocks with famous attractions like the Black Madonna and Santa Cova grotto. Entry to the basilica and audio-visual museum is included

 

DAY 9: END OF TOUR

Check-out after breakfast and transfer to El Prat Airport (BCN) for your flight home to the USA or Canada.

🍴  Meals: Breakfast

*Hotel check-out time is generally aroundΒ 11 am.Β If your flight departs in the evening or past midnight, we suggest you consider adding aΒ post-tour hotel night during booking, to be comfortable and well rested before your flight home.


Fixed Date Departure (Land Only)

Guaranteed Departure with 2 Persons

  • Tour Dates
  • Thursday – Friday

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Year 2024 Β 
  • Jan 11 – Jan 19
  • Jan 18 – Jan 26
  • Jan 25 – Feb 2
  • Feb 1 – Feb 9
  • Feb 8 – Feb 16
  • Feb 15 – Feb 23
  • Feb 22 – Mar 1
  • Mar 7 – Mar 15
  • Mar 14 – Mar 22
  • Mar 21 – Mar 29
$2,145 $1,995 + Airfare
  • Mar 28 – Apr 5
  • Apr 11 – Apr 19
  • Apr 18 – Apr 26
  • Apr 25 – May 4
  • May 2 – May 10
  • May 9 – May 17
  • May 16 – May 24
  • May 30 – Jun 7
  • Jun 6 – June 14
  • Jun 13 – June 21
  • Jun 20 – Jun 28
  • July 11 – July 19
  • July 18 – July 26
  • July 25 – Aug 2
  • Aug 1 – Aug 9
  • Aug 8 – Aug 16
  • Aug 15 – Aug 23
  • Aug 22 – Aug 30
  • Sep 5 – Sep 13
  • Sep 12 – Sep 20
  • Sep 19 – Sep 27
  • Sep 26 – Oct 4
  • Oct 3 – Oct 11
  • Oct 10 – Oct 18
  • Oct 17 – Oct 25
$2,610 $2,460 + Airfare


Premium Tour Optional Add-Ons

  • β€£ Pre-tour hotel night
  • β€£ Post-tour hotel night
  • β€£ Day 1: The Authentic Bilbao Pintxos, Food & History Tour with a Local (group, $240)
  • β€£ Day 3: San Sebastian Walking Food Tour With A Secret Dish (group, $240)
  • β€£ Day 5: Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour (group, $320)
  • β€£ Day 5: French Basque Countryside Tour (group, $680)
  • β€£ Day 6: Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Walking Tour (group) $140
  • β€£ Day 7: Paella Cooking Experience with Professional Chef & Four Course Dinner (group) $275
  • β€£ Day 8: Montserrat with Cog-wheel train & Black Madonna (group) $150
  • β€£ Note: must be booked with your tour reservation

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Hotels We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.

Destination
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Bilbao
San Sebastian
Barcelona
  • * Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.
  • *Β Standard double room is included with your tour. Room upgrade available in the same hotel.

Accommodation Classification

  • CLASSIC ⭐⭐⭐-Β 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • DELUXE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

Hotel Check-in and Check-out

Hotel check-in time is generally 3 pm or later. Check-out time is around 11 am. Hotels usually allow early arrivals and late departures to store your luggage in their luggage room for a few hours.

Pre-Tour HotelΒ Add-onΒ and Post-Tour Hotel Add-on

Depending on your flight arrival and departure times we may suggest you consider aΒ pre-tour hotel night and/or post-tour hotel night during booking.Β  Β The additional night allows you to be well rested before your tour or your flight home.

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Fixed Date Semi-Guided Departures (Land Only)

Guaranteed Departure with 2 Persons
  • Tour Dates
  • Thursday - Friday
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Year 2024 Β 
  • Jan 11 – Jan 19
  • Jan 18 – Jan 26
  • Jan 25 – Feb 2
  • Feb 1 – Feb 9
  • Feb 8 – Feb 16
  • Feb 15 – Feb 23
  • Feb 22 – Mar 1
  • Mar 7 – Mar 15
  • Mar 14 – Mar 22
  • Mar 21 – Mar 29
$2,145 $1,995 + Airfare
  • Mar 28 – Apr 5
  • Apr 11 – Apr 19
  • Apr 18 – Apr 26
  • Apr 25 – May 4
  • May 2 – May 10
  • May 9 – May 17
  • May 16 – May 24
  • May 30 – Jun 7
  • Jun 6 – June 14
  • Jun 13 – June 21
  • Jun 20 – Jun 28
  • July 11 – July 19
  • July 18 – July 26
  • July 25 – Aug 2
  • Aug 1 – Aug 9
  • Aug 8 – Aug 16
  • Aug 15 – Aug 23
  • Aug 22 – Aug 30
  • Sep 5 – Sep 13
  • Sep 12 – Sep 20
  • Sep 19 – Sep 27
  • Sep 26 – Oct 4
  • Oct 3 – Oct 11
  • Oct 10 – Oct 18
  • Oct 17 – Oct 25
$2,610 $2,460 + Airfare
Fixed Date Tour Price Details
  • β€£ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
  • β€£ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rate for single travelers is available on request - please inquire.

Flex Date Tours (Land Only. Choose Your Dates)

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Flex Date Tour Price Details
  • β€£ Daily departure.
  • β€£ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
  • β€£ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
  • β€£ Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. 2024 blackout dates: Easter, Dec 16-31 andΒ major holidays.
  • β€£ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

Flight Add-On

  • β€£ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
  • β€£ The nearest airport is Bilbao Airport (BIO).
  • β€£ The nearest airport is Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN).
  • β€£ Contact us for more detail and pricing.

Inclusions

  • β€£ Private Airport & Train Station Transfers
  • β€£ Bilbao – San Sebastian Bus Ticket
  • β€£ Hotel Accommodations
  • β€£ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
  • β€£ English-speaking Local Guide
  • β€£ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

Exclusions

  • β€£ International Air Fare
  • β€£ San Sebastian – Barcelona Flight/Train Ticket
  • β€£ Tourism Tax per room per night paid directly to the hotels (for example between 3-4 Euros)
  • β€£ Visa (if applicable. Free visa on arrival for American and Canadian)
  • β€£ Travel Insurance
  • β€£ Medical Expenses
  • β€£ Gratuity
  • β€£ Personal Expenses

Deposit

  • β€£ A deposit of $600 is due within 3 days of booking confirmation. Full payment to be made 70 days prior to the departure date.
  • β€£ The airfare is due upon flight booking. Airfare and flight schedule shown are indicative only. Actual prices and schedule will be available at flight booking. All airfares are subject to change until paid in full at time of ticketing.
  • β€£ Credit card fee for American Express and non-US issued credit card is 1%. No charge for most other credit cards.

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Premium Tour Optional Add-Ons

  • β€£ Pre-tour hotel night
  • β€£ Post-tour hotel night
  • β€£ Day 1: The Authentic Bilbao Pintxos, Food & History Tour with a Local (group, $240)
  • β€£ Day 3: San Sebastian Walking Food Tour With A Secret Dish (group, $240)
  • β€£ Day 5: Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour (group, $320)
  • β€£ Day 5: French Basque Countryside Tour (group, $680)
  • β€£ Day 6: Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Walking Tour (group) $140
  • β€£ Day 7: Paella Cooking Experience with Professional Chef & Four Course Dinner (group) $275
  • β€£ Day 8: Montserrat with Cog-wheel train & Black Madonna (group) $150
  • β€£ Note: must be booked with your tour reservation

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