World-renowned cuisine and striking geography paint Northern Spain’s beautiful backdrop. Taste artisanal pintxos and sangria while gazing over inspiring hills in a Mediterranean climate. Experience what beckons filmmakers, writers, and food critics to come and glimpse at the jubilee and pride that stirs in the natives. The diversified palette will bring you to think that you are traveling through multiple countries all the while remaining in the same locale. The best of Northern Spain is felt...
Santiago de Compostela - Exploring Galician Territory and the Mecca of Spain
Your flight will arrive at Santiago de Compostela Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs.
At Santiago de Compostela, hundreds of pilgrims will also be accompanying your arrival from their hike through Northern Spain. These backpackers have just walked through the Camino de Santiago, which is a route that was first trekked by pilgrims during the middle ages to pay homage to St. James, who was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Visitors from all over Europe continue to walk this path for spiritual growth. You can gaze at the faces of the newly arrived as they will have a look of contentment and awe after finally reaching their destination. You will now be able to see the gorgeous landscapes and areas from where they just ventured. After settling into your accommodation, you will enjoy the Galician greenery around the town and see modern art at the Galicia Contemporary Art Center.
The Galician region has a deep history with strong connections to Celtic roots that you may see in the decorations of businesses and hear the Gaita, which is the Galician bagpipe that is played on the streets. The region here also has its own language, Gallego, that is somewhat similar to Spanish and Portuguese.
Santiago de Compostela - Visit the Cathedral Holding the Remains of Jesus’ Apostle
Oviedo - Unveil the Beauty and Style of the Asturian Capital of Oviedo
Oviedo - Gaze at the Beautiful Scenery of the “Pinnacles of Europe”
Bilbao - Visit the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao
La Rioja - Discover the 600-Year-Old Wine Region of La Rioja
Pamplona - Walk the Streets Where Others Run During Running of The Bulls
San Sebastian - Discover the Jewel of the Basque Country, San Sebastian
San Sebastian - See San Sebastian Sights and Landmarks
San Sebastian - Departure for Home
- Go on a private tour of the Spanish wine country of La Rioja
- See Oviedo’s Castillo de Priorio and visit the charming shrines that dot the city’s landscape as well as scenery that was used for Vicky Christina Barcelona
- Visit one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks of Los Picos de Europa, a mountain range that signaled to sailors their arrival from the Americas
- Visit the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, known as being one of the most striking architectural feats in the contemporary age.
- Try the time-tested cuisine of Galicia, Asturias, and the Basque Country
- Dine in a three-star Michelin restaurant in San Sebastian, which is the culinary capital of Spain
- Visit and attend mass at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is rumored to hold the remains of one of Jesus’ apostles
- Walk along the famous streets of Pamplona, which was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises, in addition to the running of the bulls
Northern Spain’s distinct regional pride speaks for itself with cuisine and traditions that are unique to each region and distinct from the rest of the country. This 9-day tour will show you the beauty of Northern Spain and its many offerings. This luscious region is characterized by scenic mountains and shimmering grasslands. On day one you will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, beginning your journey where pilgrims are ending it. This city marks the final destination for the people that walk the Camino de Santiago from northeastern Spain to the west.
On day two, you will visit the Cathedral of Santiago, which was named after the apostle of Jesus, and see the sights of the city. On day three, you will then travel to Oviedo, which is the capital of the Asturian region, where you will enjoy a tour of the shrines, saving the night for an exquisite dinner that is complemented by the region’s famous apple cider. The next day, you will then be taken on a tour of Los Picos de Europa, which is a Spanish national park that is complete with a stunning mountain range.
On the fifth day, you will enter the Basque Country, which is known as the most independent region of Spain and one of its most prideful. You will arrive in Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim Museum. On the next day, travel to Haro, the wine country capital of Spain’s La Rioja region, and tour the many wineries located here, ranging from contemporary to rustic settings. On the seventh day, you will make your way to Pamplona, which is a festive city that is known for the running of the bulls as well as the setting of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
Conclude the rest of your trip in San Sebastian, or as the Basques call it, Donostia. This beautiful city has the second highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the world, marking it as a perfect end to your gastronomic trip of Northern Spain. Gaze at one of the most stunning beaches in Europe and up at the statue of Jesus that looks over the city from a hill. This spectacular setting will be an ideal ending to your once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Make sure your vacation is an unforgettable one by seeing additional Spain travel ideas.
$3,115 per person (excluding international flights)
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