Elegance, Culture and Reconquista in Spain

A new and exciting tour of Spain. This 12-night tour brings you the best of Spain; Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilboa, Pamplona and Barcelona. Enjoy a special seafood dinner with Albariño wine and a tasting of pintxos (local tapas) to complete your experience.

Elegance, Culture and Reconquista in Spain

A new and exciting tour of Spain. This 12-night tour brings you the best of Spain; Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilboa, Pamplona and Barcelona. Enjoy a special seafood dinner with Albariño wine and a tasting of pintxos (local tapas) to complete your experience.

Tour Highlights

  • Welcome reception
  • Guaranteed departures
  • See Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilboa, Pamplona and Barcelona
  • Seafood dinner accompanied by Albariño wine
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

Your Elegance, Culture and Reconquista in Spain Tour Includes

  • Arrival transfer from Madrid airport to the hotel*.
  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities.
  • Service charges and hotel taxes.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Welcome reception with hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink.
  • A dinner in Santiago de Compostela (coffee or tea included).
  • A dinner in Pamplona.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Tapas tasting in Bilboa called pintxos.
  • Visit: Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa Maria, Cathedral and Cathedral Museum in Santiago de Compostela, Altamira Caves, Guggenheim Museum, Cathedral Sagrada Familia and Guell Park.
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Professional Tour Director throughout.
  • Luggage handling.
  • Whisper technology for enhanced touring.
  • Return transfer from Porto to Porto airport*
*Note: Transfers are offered on day of arrival and day of departure. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, transfers are additional.

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Madrid, Sunday

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin exploring. Later, join your fellow travelers and your tour director for a welcome reception. (WR)

Day 2, in Madrid, Monday

We begin with a guided half-day city tour of Madrid. Our drive takes us through the Gran Vía and the Passeo de Castellana, past the Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, the fountain of Neptune, Cibeles fountain, the Bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium, and many more. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 3, in Madrid: Excursion to Toledo, Tuesday

We visit Toledo, a city with a wealth of monuments. It is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived here together for centuries. During our guided tour we visit the Santo Tome Church and the Synagogue of Santa María. From Toledo we return to Madrid where the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 4, to Santiago de Compostela, Wednesday

We Depart for Santiago de Compostela. On the way, we stop in Salamanca, an ancient city famous for its university founded by Alfonso IX in the early 1200’s. There is time for lunch on your own and thereafter, we continue to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino. Many pilgrims follow this ancient route also known as the Way of St. James. In Santiago de Compostela, the evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 5, in Santiago de Compostela, Thursday

Santiago de Compostela’s center is called “Casco Histórico” (old town), an area once surrounded by walls in the 11th-century. We visit the Cathedral and the Cathedral museum, and view the tomb of St James the Great. In the afternoon we visit Cap Finisterre where pilgrims ceremoniously burn their boots. The day finishes with an early seafood dinner accompanied by Albariño wine. (B, D)

Day 6, to Oviedo, Friday

After breakfast we head to North Galicia. Our scenic drive takes us past the Cabo Ortegal and the Asturian coast to Oviedo. (B)

Day 7, in Oviedo, Saturday

A half-day guided city tour of Oviedo takes us to the Cathedral, the Palacio de Valdecarzana, the ruins of the San Tirso Church, and the Porlier Plaza which is flanked by the El Conde de Toreno and Camposagrado Palaces. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 8, to Bilbao, Sunday

After breakfast we continue our journey towards Bilbao. On the way, we stop in Santillana del Mar, one of the North Coast’s most picturesque villages. Its architecture dates to the Middle Ages. In its vicinity we visit the famous Altamira Caves where prehistoric art is well preserved. After our visit, we proceed to Santander where we have free time for lunch on your own. From there, we continue to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called pintxos. (B)

Day 9, in Bilbao, Monday

On our visit of Bilbao, we see the vibrant old town with many shops, squares and typical Basque tavernas. We enter the Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. The collection includes large-scale and site-specific art by such contemporary artist as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning. The reminder of the day is free. (B)

Day 10, to Pamplona, Tuesday

After breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. En route, we visit Getaria, a charming Basque coastal village. Upon arrival in San Sebastian we see the Maria Cristina Hotel. It is at here, at the Kursaal, that the film festival takes place. We also see La Concha beach, a crescent shaped urban seaboard. In the afternoon we arrive in Pamplona. Dinner is served later that night. (B, D)

Day 11, to Barcelona, Wednesday

After breakfast, we have a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Pamplona featuring the Ciudadela, the City Walls, parks and gardens. We will hear about the ‘Running of the Bulls’ race, part of the San Fermin festival. From Pamplona we continue to Zaragoza for lunch on your own. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Barcelona and the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 12, in Barcelona, Thursday

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes Barcelona’s most important artistic sights: Gaudi’s Batlló, Casa Milá, the Cathedral Sagrada Familia, and Guell Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s heritage by the UNESCO. In the afternoon you are free to explore more on your own. Join your fellow travelers and your tour director for the farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 13, depart Barcelona, Friday

Transfer to Barcelona airport after breakfast. (B)

Rates & Hotels

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.

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Accommodation Details

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Hotel Agumar, Madrid

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Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked online or via our call center. A max of 6 passengers can be booked online. If you have more than 6 passengers, you must contact reservations in our call center. Single rooms are solely on request and cannot be booked online. Triple rooms offer a reduction.

This tour does not include:
  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • City Tax to be paid locally

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one begins in Portugal. Air date should be booked one day prior to allow for overnight flights to Portugal.