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Experience the wonders of Northern Spain during this 16-day journey, where cultural exploration, stunning landscapes, and delightful gastronomy await. This off-the-beaten-path trip can be tailored for a self-drive adventure, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Discover the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela, wander along the breathtaking Coast of Death and Rias Baixas, and immerse yourself in the final stage of the Camino. Explore the beauty of the Ribeira Sacra, the picturesque coastline of Asturias, and the medieval charm of Oviedo and Santillana del Mar.
Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, explore charming coastal towns in the Basque Country, savor the renowned cuisine of San Sebastian, and indulge in the flavors of La Rioja’s wines. This Northern Spain adventure promises an unforgettable blend of culture, landscapes, and culinary delights, creating cherished memories of a truly unique journey.Less
Upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela, you'll receive a warm welcome from our private transfer service, ready to whisk you away in a luxurious vehicle to your exceptional hotel located conveniently in the heart of the city.
Once you've settled into your accommodation, the rest of the day is yours to explore Santiago at your own pace.
If you're eager to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in the city's culinary delights, we highly recommend joining an evening tapas tour. Led by an expert local guide, this gastronomic adventure will take you on a delightful journey, allowing you to savor a variety of these marvelous typical bites while discovering the charming essence of the city.
Discover Santiago de Compostela's captivating heritage on a private walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Visit the majestic Cathedral, the culmination of the famous Way of St James pilgrimage, and explore its interior, Museum, and Cloister showcasing Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque marvels.
Immerse yourself in the city's monumental squares, like Obradoiro with its grand Cathedral façade, Raxoi Palace, and Hostal of the Catholic Kings. Admire the ancient Romanesque façade at Platerias Square and the impressive San Martin Pinario monastery at Azabacheria Square.
Wander through the historic city, encountering magnificent monasteries, splendid palaces, and charming medieval streets adorned with noble coat of arms. Conclude the tour at Mercado de Abastos, a renowned food market featuring vibrant seafood stalls and local produce. Upgrade your experience with a guided wine tasting to further indulge in the delights of Santiago de Compostela.
Embark on a captivating day excursion from Santiago de Compostela, guided by a local expert, to the renowned "World's End" and the dramatic "Coast of Death." Discover the sacred pilgrimage route to Finisterre, where pagans believed in the convergence of the living and the dead.
Experience breathtaking landscapes along Costa da Morte, visit the fishing village of Muxia with its legendary Sanctuary of Virxe da Barca, and reach Finisterre's iconic lighthouse.
Enjoy a scenic drive, marvel at landmarks like the stunning Ezaro waterfall, explore charming Muros, and savor authentic Galician cuisine. Immerse yourself in legends and miracles at Pontemaceira, a medieval stone bridge, before returning to Santiago.
Indulge in a full-day exploration of Rias Baixas, the captivating estuarine inlets along Galicia's southwestern coast. From Santiago de Compostela, your expert local guide and chauffeur will transport you to this region that possesses pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, charming fishing villages, and vineyards producing Albariño grapes.
Experience breathtaking coastal and rural landscapes while savoring the authentic flavors of the region. Visit O Grove, the Island of La Toja, and the historic town of Cambados, known for its stone architecture and renowned Albariño wine region.
Delight in wine tastings at Palacio de Fefiñanes and Mar de Frades vineyards, and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Pazo de Rubianes, a centuries-old manor with magnificent gardens adorned with thousands of camellias.
Indulge in a delectable seafood lunch at one of the region's esteemed eateries, taverns, or Michelin-starred restaurants, recommended by your guide.
Experience the culmination of the French Way, a profoundly emotional journey that leads pilgrims and travelers to the revered destination of Santiago de Compostela. Begin the final stage with a private transfer from your hotel in Santiago to Pedrouzo. Embark on a walk through enchanting eucalyptus forests, accompanied by your guide.
Reach Monte de Gozo, known as the Mount of Joy, where pilgrims are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Santiago's Cathedral towers. Descend towards the city and arrive at the iconic Plaza del Obradoiro, where the majestic Cathedral's façade has drawn pilgrims for centuries, creating a sense of reverence and awe.
Embark on a captivating day trip from Santiago de Compostela to Ribeira Sacra. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore its stunning landscapes, deep canyons, lush forests, and terraced vineyards.
Discover the Roman origins of winemaking and the monastic tradition carried on today. Visit the impressive Santo Estevo de Ribas monastery with its beautiful cloisters and diverse architectural styles.
Pause in the historic town of Monforte de Lemos, known for its medieval tower, the San Esteban monastery (now a Parador hotel), and remnants of the old Jewish quarter. Take in breathtaking views of the Sil Canyon and witness vineyards clinging to stone terraces.
Experience a family-owned wine cellar, learn about the meticulous winemaking process, and taste the renowned Mencia grape wine. If possible, enjoy a tranquil boat ride on the Sil River for a unique perspective.
Savor authentic regional cuisine at recommended restaurants before returning to Santiago de Compostela.
Experience the convenience of a private transfer from your Santiago de Compostela hotel to your accommodation in Asturias. En route, marvel at the captivating Beach of the Cathedral, adorned with stunning rock formations and picturesque coastal landscapes.
During low tide, witness the awe-inspiring arches, reaching a height of 30 meters, resembling the elegant buttresses of Gothic cathedrals along the Atlantic Ocean.
In Asturias, take the opportunity to explore the charming fishing villages of Luarca and Cudillero. Indulge in the delectable traditional Asturian cuisine, crafted from the bounties of the ocean and the lush green pastures of the mountains.
Immerse yourself in the delightful flavors before concluding your journey with a comfortable arrival at your Asturias accommodation.
Join an expert local guide on a comprehensive tour of Oviedo, where you'll explore its Gothic cathedral, pre-Romanesque temples, and lively city center. Enhance your experience with a delightful cider and cheese tasting.
Immerse yourself in the iconic architecture of Asturias' capital during the immersive "Oviedo in Full" tour. Discover the depths of the Gothic cathedral and the captivating world of pre-Romanesque art. Step into the Holy Chamber, home to significant Christian relics, and marvel at the cathedral's remarkable exterior and interior.
Visit the magnificent San Julián de los Prados, San Miguel de Lillo, and the Palace of Santa María del Naranco—gems of Asturian pre-Romanesque architecture.
To conclude this enriching journey, indulge in a cider and cheese tasting, savoring the authentic flavors of Asturias.
Experience the alluring wonders of Eastern Asturias in a day, immersing yourself in its coastal towns, the renowned Tito Bustillo caves, picturesque viewpoints, and a special visit to the El Gaitero cider factory. Unveil the hidden treasures of this captivating region with your expert local guide.
During the tour, explore the charming towns of Ribadesella, Lastres, and Tazones along the Cantabrian coast. Delve into the Tito Bustillo Caves and marvel at the extraordinary Paleolithic rock collection at the Cave Art Centre. Alternatively, embark on a scenic walk along a section of the Way of St. James, known as the Northern Way.
The day concludes with an exclusive visit to a traditional cider factory, where you'll discover the secrets behind the region's esteemed cider brand.
While journeying from Asturias to the Basque Country, take a delightful pause in the charming medieval town of Santillana del Mar. Here, marvel at the Santa Juliana Collegiate Church, a significant Romanesque masterpiece in Northern Spain, featuring a stunning cloister from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance as you wander through the cobblestone streets, explore artisans' workshops, and perhaps indulge in a coffee accompanied by a local favorite snack, "milk with bizcochos".
Cantabria's authentic cuisine is a treat for the taste buds, combining the finest ingredients from the Atlantic Ocean and the lush surrounding mountains. Take the opportunity to savor a delightful lunch at your own pace.
Embark on a captivating day excursion , immersing yourself in the rich diversity of the Basque region. Your private guide and driver will accompany you as you explore must-see highlights, including the iconic Guggenheim Bilbao, the medieval hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, and the symbolic town of Guernica.
The journey begins in Bilbao, where you'll visit the renowned Guggenheim Museum. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this architectural masterpiece stands as a tribute to Bilbao's historical connection to the river, with its abstract ship shape and titanium panels resembling fish scales.
Continuing the adventure, you'll make a detour to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a medieval hermitage perched on an island in the Bay of Biscay. Capture stunning photos of this enchanting location from two scenic viewpoints.
In the heart of the region, you'll explore Guernica, a city that symbolizes Basque nationalism and inspired Picasso's famous antiwar painting. Learn about its historical significance, as it was devastated by German aircraft during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting charm of San Sebastian alongside your knowledgeable local guide. This private experience encompasses a panoramic drive to breathtaking locations, a leisurely walk through the old part of the city, and, of course, an indulgence in delectable pintxos at carefully selected bars.
Travel in luxury and convenience aboard your private vehicle, allowing you to reach iconic landmarks such as Igueldo Mount, where you'll be treated to mesmerizing views of the city and bay.
Explore the city center and Old Town at a leisurely pace, visiting notable sites like Constitution Square, La Concha Bay, the Cathedrals, and La Bretxa Market.
San Sebastian's renowned dedication to exceptional cuisine is a highlight of the tour. To truly experience the vibrant spirit of the city, the journey concludes at handpicked bars in the old city, where you can savor the flavors of Basque pintxos while sipping on local wines, immersing yourself in the local gastronomic culture.
Experience a private day excursion from San Sebastian to the enchanting fishing village of Getaria and its scenic countryside. Your knowledgeable guide and driver will collect you from your hotel, guiding you along the breathtaking Cantabrian coast.
Discover a charming sheep farm nestled in rolling hills, where you'll learn about and taste the renowned Idiazabal cheese. Engage in the cheese-making process using fresh milk and indulge in a tasting of four cheeses paired with cider or wine.
Immerse yourself in the local wine culture with a visit to a family-run txakoli winery, situated on terraces overlooking the ocean. Uncover the secrets of crafting this sparkling and subtly briny wine, complemented by tuna, chorizo, and chili peppers.
In the captivating fishing village of Getaria, stroll through cobbled streets with your guide, admiring the traditional fishermen's houses adorned with wooden balconies. Delight in a satisfying lunch at a restaurant specializing in grilled fish, savoring the essence of the sea.
Immerse yourself in the culture of La Rioja region during this captivating day excursion. Your private guide and driver will pick you up from your San Sebastian hotel, embarking on a scenic two-hour drive to the heart of La Rioja.
Explore a traditional boutique winery in the charming city of Haro, where you'll gain insight into the production process, visit the barrel room, and indulge in tastings of 3 to 4 exceptional wines paired with charcuterie.
Experience delightful tastings at two other small, family-owned cellars, savoring their genuine wines, each receiving over 90 Parker Points. Along the way, discover picturesque medieval villages and captivating rural landscapes adorned with prestigious vineyards.
Visit the fortified city of La Guardia, nestled atop a high hill, where stone houses stand above underground cave wine cellars. Capture external views and photos of iconic wineries like Marques de Riscal and Ysios, designed by renowned architects Gehry and Calatrava respectively.
For lunch, relish a traditional Riojan-style meal featuring hot and cold tapas, perfectly paired with the region's exquisite wines.
Conclude your stay in San Sebastian by checking out of your hotel and enjoying a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
We sincerely hope that you have had a delightful experience exploring the finest attractions that Northern Spain has to offer!