With its awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful coastline and some of the world’s best food and wine, Spain is as exciting as it is utterly romantic. You will head to the Basque region and the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian, via Bilbao and Frank Gehry’s space-age Guggenheim museum. The Spanish are passionate about their food and nowhere more so than in the north, so dive in and out of San Sebastian’s pintxos bars trying a few mouthwatering morsels in each one. Great food deserves great wine and in La Rioja you’ll enjoy exploring the vineyards of this famous wine making region.
Barcelona – Bilbao – San Sebastian – Barcelona
Travel Style: Private Guided
Meet and greet at Barcelona airport and private transfer to your hotel in Barcelona. The rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: El Palace Hotel
In Spain’s northwestern corner sits the proudly independent comunidad autónoma of Catalonia, with the charismatic city of Barcelona as its capital. Meet your private guide and enjoy the highlights of Barcelona.
In the evening, enjoy a sidecar adventure. Barcelona is a city that comes alive at night, and you’ll experience the bright lights and the buzz with an evening sidecar tour. Whizz through the streets, taking in sights such as the Columbus Monument, Barceloneta Beach, El Born, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic Hill and much more. The city’s buildings and avenues take on a different personality at night and you’ll enjoy seeing a whole new side to Barcelona.
Today, you will have the day to explore the vibrant city .
Optional Tour: Scenic helicopter flight over Barcelona and Montserrat
A stunning scenic helicopter flight over Barcelona for a view of the city like no other. Have fun spotting the Olympic Port, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Barcelona football stadium. You’ll also fly over Montserrat with incredible views of the mountains of Catalonia.
Today, check out and private transfer to airport for your flight to Bilbao.
Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver and head into the city. Start with a tour of the Guggenheim – Few fail to be impressed by the Guggenheim’s other-worldly appearance, a silver space-age construction dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is located on a former wharf and made from approximately 33,000 extremely thin titanium sheets. Inside is just as impressive with three floors centred around the atrium by means of curved walkways and titanium and glass elevators.
Transfer to San Sebastian and check into hotel.
Overnight: Maria Cristina
The sophisticated and shimmering city of San Sebastian in the north of the country sits at the mouth of the River Urumea, looking out on to the Bay of Biscay, with the natural beauty of Mount Urgull, Mount Ulia, Mount Adarra and Mount Igeldo at its back. Its covetable position has given rise to a lively beachfront that includes Playa de la Concha, renowned as one of the best beaches in Europe, and Playa de la Zurriola, a champion surfing destination.
Today, enjoy a walking Pintxos tour. San Sebastian has every right to be incredibly proud of its culinary heritage, and going out for pintxos is a fun and delicious experience
Return back to hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, you will have the day at leisure. We can arrange an optional adventure and kayaking
Today, a private transfer to your hotel in La Rioja Wine Region. Internationally famous for the quality of its produce, the wines that bear its name, La Rioja showcases more than 500 wineries nestled in vast vineyards. While you’re here, you can discover tiny family owned and operated bodegas alongside huge industrial producers.
Overnight: Hotel Viura
Today, check out and enjoy a panoramic drive through La Sonsierra, where modern winemaking originated, through quaint villages such as Labastida and Briones en route to Haro. As well as containing many of the region’s legendary bodegas, Haro houses the Museo del Vino de Rioja which chronicles the history, evolution and creation of Spanish wines. It also has a pretty old town with several palaces and every years hosts the Batalla de Vino, where participants douse each other in red wine during a mock battle. The tour finishes in Laguardia where you’ll visit the Casa Primicia winery.
Continue to Bilbao for your onward flight back to Barcelona.
Today, you will free time at leisure before your private transfer to Barcelona International airport.