15D/14N - 2020 Iberian Landscapes of the North

    Iberian Landscapes of the North       English spoken only - small group

    Barcelona-Zaragoza-Rioja-Pamplono-Bilboa-San Sebastian- Picos de Europa-Plentzia Bay -Castro Urdiales- Covadonga-Rivadesella- Santiago de Compostrela-Ribadeo-Porto-Vigo-Lisbon-Tomar

    15days/14 nights, Barcelona/Lisbon

    2020 departs: May 31. Jun 14. Aug 16, 23.

    Cost from: $7280 per person twin share  May
    Cost from: $7536 per person twin share Jun & Aug

    Highlights North

    Private cooking class at Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
    Private welcome diner at a local kitchen
    Catalan local producer’s experience
    Rioja wine tasting at legend wineries such Marques de Riscal
    Rioja BBQ lunch at vineyard
    Visit a traditional market for a cheese and pacharan tasting experience in Pamplona
    Stroll Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian
    Visit the first underwater winery in the world at Plentzia Bay
    Discover northern seaport towns such Castro Urdiales, Ribadesella, Ribadeo & Vigo
    Private Douro River cruise with Porto Wine tasting at wine cellers
    Visit Tomar
    Farewel dinner in Lisbon

day 1 Sun Barcelona

Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Dinner is at leisure. Your tour director will suggest a local restaurant close to the hotel.

day 2 Mon Barcelona-Cooking Class

Stroll Barcelona´s Gothic quarters’ cobble streets with a local expert.

Meet with a local chef at the market to discover the secrets of Spanish ingredients, which you´ll use to cook your own dinner this evening. Welcome dinner will be served after the cooking master class. (BD)

day 3 Tue Barcelona-Experience

A day to discover Catalan local producers. Explore the flavours of Catalan cuisine through wine cellars, artisan food producers, fishermen and renowned local chefs.
Remainder of the day is at leisure back in Barcelona. (BL)

day 4 Wed Barcelona-Zaragoza-Rioja

We depart today bound for Rioja, capital of Spain wine making. Stop in Zaragoza and visit Ancient Roman ruins, the first Marian church in Christendom, and fabulous art Museums. Continue to Rioja. Enjoy a degustation dinner at your hotel with pairing wines. (BD)

day 5 Thur Rioja

Today we discover the wine region of Rioja. Visit one of the most beautiful towns of Rioja, La Guardia, where we´ll stop to taste a traditional pintxo. Continue to Bodegas Bilbainas, a centennial Winery with historical buildings and boasting 3,000m of underground cellars. Taste their varieties followed by a BBQ lunch amongst their vineyards, a unique experience you´ll enjoy with your fellow travellers. In the afternoon, we´ll visit one of Rioja´s wine Temples, Marques de Riscal. A private visit of their installations will certainly impress. (BL)

day 6 Fri Pamplona

Visit the old town of Pamplona on a historical walk. Stroll through Saint James Way, San Fermines’ paths and finish at a traditional market for a cheese and pacharan tasting experience. We suggest a Pintxos lunch amongst the locals. Dinner will be at leisure. (B)

day 7 Sat Bilbao-San Sebastian

We discover today one of the most elegant European cities, San Sebastian. Stroll the old town of Donisti, San Sebastian in Bask, and Playa de la Concha. Discover and taste the sophisticated Pintxos in Casco Antiguo. Once in Bilbao, we suggest a visit to the Guggenheim. (BL)

day 8 Sun Picos de Europa-Plentzia Bay-Castro Urdiales

Visit first underwater winery in the world with over 8 years research in underwater wines. The results at Bahia Plentzia are limited-edition underwater wines of extraordinary quality. Take a boat trip to discover where the winery is located while tasting their wines. Stop in the old fishermen village of Castro Urdiales for a slow pace walk. Dinner will be at Parador Cangas de Onis, your accommodation for the next 2 nights. (BD)

day 9 Mon Picos de Europa-Covadonga-Rivadesella

Visit Monasterio de Covadonga, where history, spirituality and nature become a universal symbol. After some quality time at leisure, continue to Ribadesella. The route consists of six ceramic murals, in blue and cuttlefish, which will tell the viewer the story of Ribadesella from Prehistory to the present day. Dinner will be served at your Parador this evening. (BD)

day 10 Tue Santiago de Compostela-Ribadeo

We farewel Picos de Europa and continue through the Northern Spanish coast. Stop in Ribadeo and visit the impressive Playa de las Catedrales and the Porcillán's marina. Arrive to Parador de Santiago, our home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Parador. (BD)

day 11 Wed Santiago de Compostela

Today some 300,000 Camino pilgrims venture here each year, giving Santiago a greater international dimension than ever. Yet this is also the capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Galicia, with a strong local character – a place where the skirl of bagpipes wafts across plazas and the countless restaurants and bars specialise in fine Galician seafood and local wines. Dinner at a Parador after an afternoon at leisure. (BD)

day 12 Thu Porto-Vigo

We farewell Santiago bound for Porto in Portugal. Stop in Vigo and visit Castro Fortress. Lunch will be at a local restaurant to taste Galician outstanding seafood. Arrive in Porto in the late afternoon. (BL)

day 13 Fri Porto

Visit the heritage town of Porto, best European destination in 2017. Set by the Douro River and with an old tradition in wine making, Porto has dramatic landscapes which made it World Heritage by the UNESCO in 2001. Discover the town and take a cruise along the Douro. Stop by the hill vineyards and enjoy Port wine tasting. Afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy its cobble streets. (B)

day 14 Sat Lisbon-Tomar

Bound Portuguese capital, Lisbon, we will stop at Tomar. Founded by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and UNESCO sight, we will visit its Aqueduct, Castello and Old Town. Continue to Lisbon, European door to the Atlantic Ocean. Attitude, dramatic architecture, great cuisine and cobble streets full of action, Lisbon is without a doubt, one the most exciting destinations in the World. Enjoy a walking tour along Avenida Liberdade. Farewell dinner will be served at local restaurant. (BD)

day 15 Sun Depart Lisbon

After a beautiful experience traveling the Iberian Landscapes, we farewell Lisbon and our fellow travellers. Take a transfer to the airport.

Inclusions: arrival and departure transfers, 4* luxury hotels & paradors, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 7 dinners, (drinks not included), porterage service in all hotels , professional local tour guides for city tours and experiences, tastings in Rioja & Pamplona, Douro River cruise with Porto Wine tasting, all entrance fees included as per itinerary, English speaking tour director, luxury mini coach.

Hotels: 4* luxury Barcelona: Catalonia Ramblas, Rioja: Palacio Tondon, Bilbao: Barcelo Bilbao, Picos de Europa: Parador Cangas de Onis, Santiago: Parador Santiago, Oporto: Bessa Porto, Lisboa: Bessa Liberdade (or similar)

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