Highlights of Spain Tour 2020: Cultural Legacies to Food & Wine

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Total Trip:

15 Days

Countries Visited:


Places Visited:

Bilbao, Madrid, El Escorial, Avila, Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Gibraltar, Nerja, Granada, Barcelona, Aranjuez, Acros

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Culinary capitals, cultural contrasts, charming cities, Spain’s 2020 highlights mean a journey through the ages, mixing the fiery vibrancy of today with the harmony of centuries past. Spanning 15 days and 15 distinctive destinations, this private journey celebrates everything that makes Spain such an evocative destination. You will revel in the art, architecture, beaches, food, flamenco, contemporary design, walled cities, whitewashed villages, and the beauty of discovery.

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Day 1

Bilbao – A World Culinary Capital for 2020

Land in Bilbao, the mystical capital of the Basque region and a very apt place to start a tour through 2020’s highlights. There is the old city, where church bells chime out, and small plazas are traditionally adorned by cafe terraces. Across the river, you will find the neoclassical architecture of the late 19th century, broad lanes and elaborate decoration a different insight into the past. Then there is the Guggenheim, Frank Gehry’s magnificent structure was the start of Bilbao’s contemporary, forward-thinking design. Like much of Spain, these three distinctive areas have their own ambience, yet all seem to create an idea of harmony.

Touch down at Bilbao International Airport, and you will be transferred to a hotel in the pedestrianized old city, where an al fresco terrace makes for a welcome lunch with your guide. Spend the afternoon on a walking tour, connecting the paradigms, including a 16th-century cathedral, grand townhouses, and the inquisitive interior of the Guggenheim. During the evening, you celebrate another side to 2020. Bilbao hosts the World’s Best 50 Restaurants this year and has recently been awarded as a national culinary capital. While you will not be at the awards, you have a night at Azurmendi (number 38 in 2017), a purveyor of traditional Basque cooking delivering on a fine dining scale. Azurmendi also took first place in Elite Traveler’s 2017 list of the top 100 restaurants in the world.

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Day 2

Bilbao – More Fine Dining with a Day in San Sebastian, Recent European City of Culture

Day 3

Madrid – Spain by Train: The Beauty of the Rural Northern Plateaus

Day 4

Madrid – Highlights of Madrid 2020, Including Art and Tapas

Day 5

El Escorial to Avila to Segovia – The Astonishing Legacy of the Ancient Centuries

Day 6

Aranjuez to Toledo – Royal Brilliance and the Harmony of Religion

Day 7

Cordoba – Dramatic Plains of the South and Moorish Wonder of Andalusia

Day 8

Seville – Relaxed Day in One of Europe’s Greatest Old Cities, Vibrant Evening of Local Flamenco

Day 9

Arcos – Andalusia’s Remarkable White Villages

Day 10

Gibraltar to Nerja – The Famous Rock and the Independent State

Day 11

Nerja – Free Day on the Southern Beaches

Day 12

Granada – The Lavish Final Stronghold of the Moors

Day 13

Barcelona – Catalonian Pleasures Including Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia

Day 14

Barcelona – Highlights of Barcelona 2020, Including Fine Dining and the Modernist Movement

Day 15

Barcelona – Departure
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