Santillana del Mar in the Cantabria region of Spain

Northern Spain Tour of Historic Paradors

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Places Visited

Bilbao, Rioja, Leon, Asturias...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Beautiful historic buildings speak the language of enchantment. They tell poetic tales of former glory, they whisper secrets of the past, and they inspire elegance in every day living. Each historic monument is unique and has a story to tell. You will listen to the narratives as you step back in time on this special vacation in Northern Spain. Visit some of Spain’s most charming medieval cities as well as lovely seaside and mountain destinations. For a truly unforgettable experience, you’ll stay...

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Trip Highlights

  • Take a tour of off-the-beaten-track cultural and historical attractions
  • Enjoy luxurious accommodations in elegant and monumental buildings
  • Experience the magical ambience of quaint medieval villages
  • See fascinating sites along the “Way of Saint James" pilgrims’ route
  • Explore La Rioja, known for its lovely vineyards and fine red wine
  • Discover the natural beauty of Cantabria, a region called “Green Spain”
  • Visit several UNESCO sites, classified for their historical importance

Detailed Description

Northern Spain is one of Europe’s most well-kept secrets. This spectacular region has a wealth of cultural and historical sites, most of which are joyously off-the-beaten tourist track. The lovely coastline, the dramatic mountains, the pleasant hills, and valleys offer breathtaking scenery. Spaniards appreciate the beauty of Northern Spain and come here on their holidays to enjoy the relaxed pace of life, the pleasant climate and the outstanding gourmet cuisine.

This customizable tour allows you to discover Northern Spain, while staying in some of the loveliest accommodations. You’ll travel along the ancient “Way of Saint James” pilgrims’ route and into Cantabria, the mountainous region known as “Green Spain.” Highlights of the itinerary include the medieval pilgrims’ stop of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, winery visits in La Rioja, a UNESCO-listed 6th-century monastery, the ancient capital city of León, hiking in the Picos de Europa Mountains, and seaside relaxation in Santillana del Mar.

Enjoy wonderful accommodations at paradors: government-owned monuments that have been converted into charming luxury hotels. Located in extraordinary natural surroundings and in the most beautiful historical buildings, the Paradors of Northern Spain include former palaces, medieval castles, ancient convents and monasteries. You’ll enjoy the utmost comfort as well as the attentiveness of a friendly staff.

Starting Price

$1,915 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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