- Feast your eyes on the countryside beauty of Spain.
- Experience Spanish local living in the Pyrenees.
- Taste the culinary wonders of Basque cuisine in San Sebastian.
- Share the Spaniards’ passion for good wine with a hands-on wine tasting session.
- Experience the variant authentic flavors of Tapas.
- Get in with the unique cosmopolitan vibe of Madrid.
- Get awestruck by Bilbao’s architectural wonders.
- Learn the basic of Spanish mixing with the locals.
Take it slow on this 8-day fast-paced trip and explore the best of Northern Spain starting right from the Catalonian Capital of Barcelona all the way to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Madrid. Northern Spain is truly a hub of bombastic gastronomic delights that are sure to make the foodie-gapper in you ‘be trippin’. When you’re done with your munch fest, give your gut some rest and head out to exercise your sensory nerves exploring the beauty of Spain’s Basque region. Straight from the cultural potbelly in Bilbao to the San Sebastian’s food madness, from tasting the amazing wines of Logroño to experiencing an all-out rural homestay in the mighty Pyrenees. Yes, we have done all this and much more in just over a week! Crazy right?
Day 1 - Kickoff from Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona at any time and get down on exploring this amazing city. There’s plenty to do and see in Barcelona so we suggest you arrive early to make the most of it! Hurry back in the evening for the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet and greet with all your fellow wanderlusters.
Day 2 - Head to Pyrenees
Rise and shine! It’s a new day in Spain and it is perfect for you to explore Barcelona a little. Then come afternoon you’ll start your journey north and travel up to Pyrenees (yay, road trip!). Gear up for a fun day in Pyrenees as you’ll be staying in a Casa Rural or a converted farmhouse and enjoying delicious local meals.
Day 3 - Open Day in Pyrenees
Enjoy the scenic beauty of Pyrenees with some exciting hikes or simply explore around your Casa Rural in Ainsa. You have the entire day open to spend as you like so get your list of places going and have a blast!
Day 4 - Make your way to Bilbao
Travel to Bilbao on a private vehicle and arrive in style into the unique Basque region of Spain. After reaching Bilbao in the afternoon you’ll be having the entire day free to explore as you like. Places like the Guggenheim Museum or the Mallona Stairs should be right at the top of your list today! Get out and explore!
Day 5 - Day trip to San Sebastian
Hop aboard a bus for an exciting road trip to San Sebastian and prepare for a day of gastronomic indulgence! Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and delve deeper into the fascinating food culture of the area.
Do try the Jamon Iberico and also the specialty drink of the area which is nothing less a mix between table wine and coca-cola called Kalimotxo. Unique right!take your gut on a trip of a lifetime wandering through the artistic city of San Sebastian. Head back to Bilbao for the night.
Day 6 - Goodbye Bilbao, Hello Logroño
You’ll be traveling to Logroño today and later will be enjoying an exclusive wine tasting in a local restaurant in the Rioja region. The city of Logroño is dotted with beautiful churches, Roman Bridges, plazas and ancient buildings there’s plenty to keep you on your toes and keep you wandering about!
Day 7 - Off to Madrid!
Today you’ll be traveling to the cosmopolitan city of Madrid. You’ve all the time you need to explore the amazing highlights of the capital city on this day. So, get up and out and wander about!
Day 8 - Depart from Madrid or embark on another adventure
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight from Madrid. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips in Spain or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
Dates & Cost
- Accommodation in multi-share hostels.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Meals included are 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
- Wine tasting in Rioja region, Logroño.
- Orientation walk in Barcelona including visits of Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas.
- Casa Rural stay with traditional meals in Pyrenees.
- Day trip to San Sebastian.
- Madrid orientation walk.
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts).
On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.
Meals Included - 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. Go Discover Abroad understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, cereal, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.