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Madrid and Barcelona then Cava and La Rioja wine regions ending in Bilbao and the Northern Coast of Spain


 

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ProductID: 1105

Type: Self Drive Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures

Region: Catalonia

Group Size: 2 - 6 People

Start City: Madrid

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights

Lodging: City Centre and Costal Hotels 4*/ Paradores


 
Introduction:
Madrid and Barcelona city stays and then explore Cava, Rioja and the Basque Country´s food & Wine ~ Vines of La Rioja
Starting off in Madrid, the city that never sleeps and rich in art and monuments. Spend time visiting the museums, shopping and of course to go out at night for tapas and wines.

From Madrid you will fly over to Barcelona, the cosmopolitan and modernist city of Spain. Here you will admire the works of Antonio Gaudi and walk along the famous street La Rambla. On the outskirts of Barcelona you will have time to visit a Cava winery in the heart of the wine region D.O. Cava.Madrid and Barcelona city stays and then explore Cava, Rioja and the Basque Country´s food & Wine ~ Burgos Cathedral

Then driving through Aragon you will make a stop in Zaragoza while en-route to the wine region of D.O. La Rioja. In this region you will have time to spend touring quaint wine towns and wineries.

Continuing on you will drive up to the Cantabrian coast stopping en-route to visit the old quarter and Cathedral of Burgos and then arriving in the noble village of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria. Then you will visit Bilbao with its world renowned Guggenheim museum and follow further along the coast to San Sebastian.

Ending the trip you will drive back to Barcelona making a stop in Pamplona en-route.

 
Day by Day Itinerary:
14 Days / 13 Nights


DAY 1:
MADRID AIRPORT - MADRID
- Arrival to Madrid, Barajas Airport
- Take a taxi to your hotel in the centre of Madrid (NOTE: We can provide private transfers, see Addons section for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Relax today and walk around the city as you please (NOTE: Or you could even take an evening tapa tour of the city, see our Addons for prices)
- Overnight in Madrid


DAY 2 :
MADRID
- Breakfast
- Visit on your own the important sites eg: PLAZA MAYOR, PUERTA DEL SOL etc (NOTE: Or you could take a scheduled group or private half-day tour see our Addons section for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Madrid
B


DAY 3:
MADRID
- Breakfast
- Spend the day visiting sights you didn't see the days before and shop the streets (NOTE: Or you could even take an excursion to Toledo, Avila/Segovia, etc... in group or private, see our Addons for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Madrid
B


DAY 4:
MADRID (Fly) - BARCELONA
- Breakfast
- Take a taxi to Madrid, Barajas Airport (NOTE: We can provide private transfers, see Addons section for prices)
- *Flight to Barcelona (*Not included, leaving approx. every hour)
- Upon arrival to Barcelona, Prat Airport take a taxi to your hotel in the centre of BARCELONA (NOTE: We can provide private transfers, see Addons section for prices)
- Visit on your own the important sites eg: LA RAMBLA, GOTHIC CATHEDRAL & OLD QUARTER etc(NOTE: Or you could take a scheduled group or private half-day tour see our Addons section for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Barcelona
B


DAY 5:
BARCELONA
- Breakfast
- Visit on your own Gaudi´s work eg: CASA BATLLO, CASA MILA, LA SAGRADA FAMILA, GUELL PARK etc(NOTE: Or you could take a scheduled group or private half-day tour see our Addons section for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Barcelona
B


DAY 6:
BARCELONA - SAN SADURNI DE NOYA - BARCELONA
- Breakfast
- 09:30-10:00AM:Pick up your Car Rental in the morning from the Europcar city centre office
- Take a morning trip on your own to visit the Cava Winery of Cordorniu located outside of Barcelona in San Sadurni de Noya. (NOTE: Or you could take a private half-day wine tour see our Addons section for prices)
- Return to Barcelona
- Explore Barcelona the rest of the day on your own
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Barcelona
B


DAY 7:
BARCELONA - ZARAGOZA - SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
- Breakfast
- Drive to ZARAGOZA visit the PLAZA MAYOR & CATHEDRAL (NOTE: Or you could take a private half-day walking tour of the old quarter see our Addons section for prices)
- Continue on to SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA in the LA RIOJA wine region
- Check into the Parador
- Visit on your own Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a famous village on the Pilgrimage Route with a 13th century cathedral
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
B


DAY 8:
SANTO DOMINGO CALZADA - HARO - (DRIVE AROUND LA RIOJA WINE COUNTRY) - SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
- Breakfast
- Drive to HARO, wine capital of La Rioja, visit on your own the town & one of the many wineries (NOTE: Or you could take a private walking wine and tapa tour with an expert wine guide in Haro see our Addons section for prices)
- Take a driving tour on your own around La Rioja wine region visit wine towns eg: LAGUIARDIA, ELCIEGO, etc..
- On you way back to Santo Domingo de la Calzada stop in SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA
- Visit the Human Heritage monasteries of SUSO (X century) and YUSO (XI century), birthplace of Castilian language
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
B


DAY 9:
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA - BURGOS - SANTILLANA DEL MAR
- Breakfast
- Drive to BURGOS visit the PLAZA MAYOR & CATHEDRAL (NOTE: Or you could take a private half-day walking tour of the old quarter see our Addons section for prices)
- Continue to SANTILLANA DEL MAR on the Cantabrian coast
- Check in Parador
- Explore this noble village
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Santillana del Mar
B


DAY 10:
SANTILLA DEL MAR - PICOS DE EUROPA or COSTAL BEACH TOWNS - SANTILLANA DEL MAR
- Breakfast
- Drive around the PICOS DE EUROPA visiting towns and sites like: ALTAMIRA CAVE, FUENTE DE, COVADONGA etc..
- Or visit the costal beach towns like: COMILLAS, SANTANDER etc..
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Santillana del Mar
B


DAY 11:
SANTILLANA DEL MAR - BILBAO - SAN SEBASTIAN
- Breakfast
- Drive to BILBAO visit the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM & OLD QUARTER (NOTE: Or you could take a privately guided tour of the museum see our Addons section for prices)
- Lunch on your own
- Then after visiting Bilbao drive on to San Sebasitan.
- In the evening you could try tapas on your own in the old quarter or book a table at the famous Arzak restaurant (NOTE: Or you could take a private tapa/wine tour or a cooking class with a Basque Chef, see our Addons section for prices)
- Overnight in San Sebastian
B


DAY 12:
SAN SEBASTIAN - EXPLORE THE BASQUE COAST - SAN SEBASTIAN
- Breakfast
- Spend the day on the beach LA CONCHA, exploring the city or as well the coastal towns like Hondarribia, etc.. (NOTE: Or you could take a private Basque wine tour, see our Addons section for prices)
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in San Sebastian
B


DAY 13:
SAN SEBASTIAN - PAMPLONA (OPTIONAL STOP) - MADRID
- Breakfast
- On your way down to madrid by highway you could make a detour to visit PAMPLONA city
- Leave Pamplona when desired, drive by highway down to Madrid
- Upon Arrival to Madrid drop car rental at the Europcar office in the Atocha train Station
- Last minute shopping & sightseeing
- Lunch & Dinner on your own
- Overnight in Madrid
B


DAY 14:
MADRID - MADRID AIRPORT
- Breakfast
- Take a taxi to Madrid, Barajas Airport (NOTE: We can provide private transfers, see Addons section for prices)
- Return to Point of Origin city
B

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