Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick eight-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture, and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid, and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.
Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city.<p>There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.</p><p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel AA Viladomat (or similar)
Meals: ,No Meals,
Location: Barcelona, Pyrenees
Take the morning to explore beautiful Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for 2 nights in a 'casa rural'. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.<p>Explore a bit of Barcelona before an afternoon departure north. Travel to the Pyrenees by local bus and van to reach a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, near the town of Ainsa. Indulge in delicious local meals and time to explore the beautiful landscape.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: AFTERNOON</strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>
Accommodation: ,Casa Rural Ruben (or similar)
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'. <p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Nature is calling — head out and explore.</p>
Accommodation Name: Casa Rural Ruben (or similar)
Location: Pyrenees, Bilbao
Travel to Bilbao, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Arrive in the early afternoon. Opt to visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum, or climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note that, due to limited availability in Bilbao during the UEFA Euro 2020, if you are on one of the May 30, June 13, or June 20 departures in 2020, you will travel to San Sebastian and enjoy an orientation walk and free time in the city. Then, you will stay in San Sebastian for the night.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore.</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel Bilbao Plaza (or similar)
Location: Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Bilbao
Take a day trip to San Sebastian. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the fascinating culture of the area. Return to Bilbao for the night.<p>The real treat in this part of the country is the eating. Basque cuisine is famous in Spain and around the world, with many believing this is the best food in the country. While San Sebastián didn't invent tapas, they are well-acknowledged to have perfected them. Wander through the streets before lunchtime or in the evening and check out what each bar has on offer. Stop in each place for some wine or beer and sample their tapas (pintxos in Basque) selection. Move on to the next bar and repeat! Delicious seafood abounds here as well. Looking for more than just pintxos? Head to the harbour and hole up in a traditional simple tavern. Don't leave San Sebastián without trying the famous jamon iberico. The specialty drink in this area is called the Kalimotxo — half wine (usually red table wine) and half Coca Cola.Take some time to wander through the plazas, marvel at the buildings, and spot the art sprinkled throughout the city. And, as always, try the pintxos.</p><p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note that, due to limited availability in Bilbao during the UEFA Euro 2020, if you are on one of the May 30, June 13, or June 20 departures in 2020, you will depart from San Sebastian on this day for a day trip to Bilbao. Upon arrival, you will enjoy an orientation walk of the city and be able to take advantage of the opportunity to see famous sites like the Guggenheim or Mallona Stairs. You will then return to San Sebastian for the night.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Explore all San Sebastián has to offer.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel Bilbao Plaza (or similar)
Location: Bilbao, Logroño
Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.<p>With tons of churches, roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, there's no shortage of sights to be seen when wandering around this city.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy an included wine tasting at a local restaurant and indulge in the local specialties like Tempranillo. Try some pintxos with the local vintages for a true culinary delight.</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel Condes de Haro (or similar)
Location: Logroño, Madrid
Travel to Madrid and enjoy free time in this capital city.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Explore the capital city. Free time is yours to use any way you want!</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel Europa (or similar)
Depart at any time. <p>We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.</p>
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