Upon arrival at Bilbao airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted during a short transfer to your hotel in Bilbao, an impressive design hotel just in front of Bilbao’s landmark: the Guggenheim Museum.
After some time to freshen up and relax from your long flight you will enjoy a traditional dinner with local delicacies in a signature restaurant next to your hotel.
Once you have recharged your batteries with a good sleep, and after a sumptuous breakfast with views over the impressive Guggenheim Museum, you will be guided to visit this spectacular building.
After the visit, you will immerse yourself into the vibrant atmosphere of this charming city with a walking tour of the historic centre as you sample the traditional “pintxos” in a “pintxos bar crawl”. “Pintxos” are the Basque version of the Spanish Tapas.
You will enjoy a bar crawl to the most unique local bars to sample these delicacies. After lunch, you will enjoy some time at your own leisure with time to relax at your hotel.
For dinner, you will enjoy a traditional a-la-carte Basque restaurant where you can sample one of the Basque specialities like kokotxas, croquettes, steak or cod Basque style.
After a sumptuous breakfast with views over the Guggenheim museum, your driver and your guide will pick you up from the hotel to drive you to San Sebastian (1h 15min).
San Sebastian is the pearl of the Cantabrian sea, an elegant coastal town with influences of the French Riviera. You will enjoy a walking tour of the most interesting spots starting with the central farmers' market where you can feel the freshness of the produce they sell in a lively market where locals gather every day to buy local food. This is slow food at its best.
For lunch, you will be guided to the most interesting spots to sample “pintxos” during a pintxos bar crawl. You will taste innovative pintxos made with local ingredients as well as the most traditional bites.
After lunch you will enjoy a stroll along San Sebastian beach where you can stop in a bar for a coffee or a drink enjoying a beautiful sunset.
At the end of the afternoon you will be picked up by your driver to continue the journey up to Pamplona (1h 15 min), the capital of the Navarra region and a remarkable stop in the "Camino de Santiago". A charming city which owes most of its fame to its adopted son, Ernest Hemingway, who spent a considerable amount of time in Navarra during the Spanish Civil War and was a big fan of the San Fermín Festival where the exhilarating “Running of the Bulls” takes place. But Pamplona has more to offer such as its beautiful Old Town.
Your hotel for tonight will be the Gran Hotel La Perla, a historic building, which is highly committed with its history dated from the 19th century. It has has witnessed part of the local, regional and even national history. People such as Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin and Imperio Argentina, have contributed to make this hotel a unique spot.
For dinner, you will indulge yourself in a fine dining experience in probably the best restaurant in the city. At Restaurant Europa, awarded with a Michelin star, you will discover the freshness of the local produce this region offers in a beautiful setting.
Your morning will start with a mouth-watering breakfast. Recharge your batteries because today you will start walking "The Camino". You will have some time in the morning to discover the cobblestone streets of Pamplona and you can follow the steps of the "Running of the Bulls" festival up to the Bullfighting Arena.
Later on, your driver will pick you up from the hotel to take you to a designated point in the Camino de Santiago where you will join the pilgrims on their way to Santiago for around 5 miles / 8 km of beautiful landscape through small villages and pastures.
You will enjoy lunch in a traditional local restaurant in a small village just before visiting a special place where you will travel back in time to the Middle Ages.
Have you ever slept in Castle with more than 600 years of history? Today will be be your chance. After a short drive (45 min) you will arrive to Olite, a small town in the centre of Navarre just 42 kilometres south of Pamplona that was the seat of the Royal Court of the kingdom in the Middle Ages, the town will take you back to an era of tournaments, kings and princesses, wizards and jugglers, falconers and archers.
The sleek and harmonious silhouette of the Castle-Palace stands out against the skyline of Olite. The thick walls and crenellated towers of the Palace were home to monarchs and princes. Declared a national monument in 1925, it is the best example of civil Gothic architecture in Navarre and one of the most notable in Europe.
A walk through the narrow streets of Olite will take you past noble stone houses with coats or arms on their facades and grandiose wooden eaves, medieval galleries and splendid churches, and the Roman wall surrounding the town.
You will enjoy an guided afternoon visit to the Castle-Palace before relaxing in the comfort of your room.
Tonight, you will sleep in the Parador de Olite, a hotel located within stone walls that conceal medieval treasures, in a section of the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite. The hotel common areas and some of the guest rooms are located inside the palace, where the interior offers amazing stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features.
For dinner, you will enjoy a traditional meal in the hotel's restaurant. The brick columns and arches in the dining room are an excellent showcase for local ingredients and dishes such as Navarre asparagus, piquillo peppers, cordero al chilindrón (lamb in tomato and pepper sauce) and bacalao ajoarriero (cod in garlic pepper sauce). You can savor fresh produce from the farms of Navarre, including artichokes, asparagus and pocha beans.
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for your castle-hotel to drive you to the Rioja region (1h 30 min). La Rioja is without a doubt Spain’s most beautiful wine region and an absolute treat for the food and wine lover! The landscapes are of gentle rolling vineyard-covered hills, pretty medieval hamlets and the backdrop of the majestic Cantabrian Mountains.
You will enjoy a guided visit of Lopez de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery, one of the oldest in La Rioja. The strategic situation of their vineyards, the exceptional quality of the plantings, and the varieties used are essentially complemented by a magnificent winery, whose creation process was similar to the planting of the vineyards: slowly, with maximum care and attention. Among other features, the R. López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery is noted for being one of the few bodegas in the world with its own traditionally crafted cooperage with 3 master coopers constructing and repairing a hundred percent of the barrels they use. Their wines are internationally recognised as one of the most unique of the region. You will sample them in a beautiful setting inside the winery.
After an unforgettable visit for the wine aficionado, you will be escorted to Haro's old town for an intimate lunch surrounded by the old walls of an imposing Augustinian monastery. The Claustro de Los Agustinos restaurant will offer to you a varied selection of products: from a casual meal of tapas and morsels prepared on the spot to the most elaborate dishes of modern cuisine.
The afternoon drive to your next hotel provides a perfect opportunity for your next experience of local culture, the siesta! 1h 30 min later, you’ll arrive at the Hotel Viura, in the picturesque stone village of Villabuena de Álava This unassuming hamlet sits in the heart of La Rioja and has barely 300 inhabitants — yet over 40 wineries. Before dinner, you can pop into the wine shop in Hotel Viura and taste some of the incredible local selections. The hotel will impress you with its modern rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.
For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the hotel's a-la-carte restaurant and you will try some of the most delicious wines Rioja produces in the area.
After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, your driver will pick you up to drive you to your next step along the Camino. Today you will walk across rolling hills full of vineyards, a jaw-dropping landscape that will make you feel connected to the earth while you join the pilgrims along this beautiful part of the "Camino". After walking around 5 miles / 8 km and with time to freshen up and enjoy some drinks, your driver will pick you up to drive you to probably the most beautiful town of the Rioja region, LaGuardia.
Built at the beginning of the 13th century, the whole urban centre of Laguardia is enclosed by walls. Enjoy a peaceful stroll around the town centre as it constitutes an interesting historic and artistic site. As you walk you may stop in any of its numerous cellars to taste or buy some of the magnificent local wines.
You will enjoy lunch at one of the most traditional restaurants in town with delicious delicacies from the fertile surroundings.
After lunch, you will be driven to Elciego to visit probably the most spectacular winery in the region: Marqués de Riscal. Founded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de Riscal is steeped in tradition, being one of the proudest and oldest wineries in Spain, yet it has never rested on its laurels, always keeping an eagle eye on the future; an outlook arguably exemplified no better than its stunning, Frank Gehry-designed winery – a ground-breaker of its time.
You will enjoy a visit of the winery and wine tasting of its world-famous wines. After the wine tasting you will transfer back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day. For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.
Enjoy a full breakfast overlooking the vineyards. You may sleep in today or enjoy a relaxing stroll around the vineyards in the morning. At midday, you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Burgos (1h 15 min).
Burgos, with its stunning gothic Cathedral, the resting place of El Cid is one of the highlights of the Camino de Santiago. A spectacular town full of history and with one of the most stunning buildings in Europe.
You will arrive on time to enjoy a Spanish aperitif before lunch. Today you will have the opportunity to sample the signature dish of the Burgos region, the delicious "Lechazo": roast lamb slow-cooked using a centuries old technique. Of course, your meal would not be complete with an accompanying red wine from the region.
After lunch you will visit Burgos’ 13th-century gothic Cathedral, generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of Europe.
After enjoying a light stroll around Burgos, it’s time to retire to your hotel to continue your journey through time. A magnificent 14th-century medieval castle awaits you. Sensitively renovated, its stone staircases, opulent ceilings, and luxurious rooms will make you feel like royalty.
You may enjoy the pleasures of some of the most beautiful indoor pools you've ever seen inside a castle-hotel just before enjoying a feast for your senses during a dinner at the hotel's impressive restaurant.
After a delicious full breakfast, your driver will pick you up to drive you to the starting point of your next walking stage of the "Camino".
From Burgos to León, the landscape changes, you will forget the rolling hills full of vineyards and you will welcome vast terrains of pastures. You wil also find the biggest concentration in Spain of Romanesque architecture dated from the 10th century. After walking for 3.8 miles / 6 km, you will have time to relax in Frómista, one of the most beautiful villages in the Camino before heading to Carrión de los Condes. After a short drive from Frómista you will arrive to the Monastery of San Zoilo, a cluniac monastery from the 11th-12th centuries. The monastery of San Zoilo was very appreciated by the ancient pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, mostly due to its hospital, and it keeps the sepulchres of the Infantes de Carrión.
Enjoying a delicious lunch in such a beautiful setting will be one of the highlights of your trip.
After lunch you will be driven to your next important landmark along the "Camino", León. Spain’s Gastronomy Capital 2018, a lively historic town. You will check in a stylish boutique hotel at León’s Main Square just metres away from Gaudí’s “Casa Botines” and León’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral, one of the greatest Cathedrals in Europe.
For dinner, you will be part of a unique and highly personal experience: a Jamón Ibérico private tasting hand carved by knife in front of you by a Master Ham Carver.
You will learn how to distinguish all the different types of Hams in Spain and you will taste Jamon Ibérico directly from the knife of a qualified professional. Every paper-thin slice of this delicacy has a unique flavour you will have the chance to enjoy as they melt in your mouth.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a relaxing stroll around Leon’s city centre and a guided tour of Leon’s Gothic Cathedral, a masterpiece dated from the 13th century that will take your breath away. You’ll be transported back in time inside a magical place where you will be touched by the beauty of the sunlight crashing through one of the finest stained-glass windows in the world.
Enjoy this spectacular display of light and colours with the company of hundreds of pilgrims that arrive to this place every day after walking along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.
The world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí designed one of the few works he made outside Barcelona in this town, the impressive palace called “Casa Botines”, an architectural masterpiece at the centre of this charming town in Northern Spain and just a few metres away from the Cathedral.
At noon, you will be picked up from your hotel an after a short drive (50 min) you will arrive at Bodega El Capricho, a family-run farm house and grill restaurant acclaimed by the international press like Time, the Guardian, Stern or New York Times be the best place in the world to eat the perfect steak.
The film Steak Revolution proclaimed the “Galician Blond” steak from Bodega El Capricho as the best in the world. This will be the most intense meat experience of your life in a remote village on the back roads of Northern Spain
El Capricho’s owner José Gordón raises his own oxen from different Iberian native breeds in a piece of land where you can touch these enormous animals with up to seven feet tall, 1.400 kgs and up to 15 years old.
Then the meat is dry-aged in temperature-controlled refrigerators to enhance its flavours up to 180 days.
After a visit to the farm to admire the oxen you will immerse yourself into an unforgettable experience of intense flavours at the restaurant, placed in a cave used hundreds of years ago as a wine cellar.
After the feast, you can take a Spanish “siesta” while you will be driving north to Asturias for about 1 h to your next hotel along the Camino, Palacio de Canedo. It is the most important wine estate in Bierzo, where you can enjoy a spectacular palace made of wood & stone, beautifully restored and turned into a rustic-chich luxury hotel surrounded by vineyards.
Discover the secrets of the wine making process at one of the most promising wine regions in Europe: “Bierzo”. Its primary grape, Mencia, is found nowhere else in the world.
A stroll through the vineyards and a wine tasting of their famous wines paired with delicious local food while you contemplate a spectacular sunset over the vineyards will be the cherry on the cake to a visit to this magical region.
Because there are few greater experiences that to simply enjoy a glass of wine looking out over the Spanish sunset…
After enjoying breakfast overlooking the vineyards, you will be driven to a place that combines fine wines, history and monastic elegance.
You will be welcomed to the Ribeira Sacra, an area in inland Galicia which is home to spectacular natural features such as the canyons of the Miño & Sil rivers –the mark of identity of the region– and a valuable artistic heritage. Here you'll find a dozen medieval monasteries to remind you of this region's importance in the Middle Ages. A genuine journey back through history. It is also the hidden gem of the wine world: a paradise for wine lovers and the 4th wine region you will discover during your Spanish adventure.
A visit to these vineyards, home to the region’s artisan wines, will see you walk among centuries-old vines. Dating back 2000 years to Roman times, these slopes are home to the Mencía (red) and Godello (white) grape varieties.
You will walk long the river Miño surrounded by terraces full of vineyards, a jaw-dropping landscape will guide you along the way for about 5 miles / 8 km. For lunch, you will enjoy a feast of local produce in a traditional restaurant in a tiny village in a spectacular setting.
At the end of the day, it will be time to retire to the contemporary elegance of your hotel for the next two nights, a converted monastery that dates back to the 7th century. This peaceful retreat combines ancient beauty with luxury hotel service and stunning boutique rooms surrounded by a lush green forest by the river.
For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.
Today, you will have some free time to sleep in or enjoy a stroll around this beautiful hotel after a full breakfast of local specialities.
Later on, you will be driven to a magical place to enjoy one of the most unique experiences in the region: a private boat tour along the Miño river with a lunch by the river and a visit to one of the most traditional wineries in the Ribeira Sacra.
A magical boat trip along the river where you can admire first-hand the beauty of this vineyards perched on the cliffs by the river. As you journey along the river, you will learn about how the wines are produced from the vineyards that stretch along the terraces above you, and then transported by boat to be transformed into wine.
You will be transferred back to your hotel in the afternoon where you will enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure. You may want to book some of the Spa treatments available at the hotel.
For dinner you will indulge yourself at the hotel's signature restaurant.
After enjoying a relaxing and delicious breakfast overlooking the courtyards of this spectacular hotel, you will be picked up by your driver and you will enjoy a scenic drive to the start of the final walking stage of the "Camino de Santiago".
You will join all the pilgrims during the last 6. 2 miles / 10 km of the "Camino" from the outskirts of Santiago to the final point, the Plaza del Obradoiro where its magnificent Cathedral and your hotel will be waiting for you at the end of the stage.
Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Galicia region, Northern Spain’s most iconic city. This UNESCO Heritage Site is the final stop on the epic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail; its unique atmosphere, history and cobbled streets will be waiting for you.
After some time to relax and enjoy the views of the Cathedral, you will enjoy a traditional Galician tapas lunch in a traditional restaurant right in the historic town centre.
After lunch you will check in your magnificent hotel. You will have the privilege of staying in a historic building in Spain. Probably the oldest hotel in the country, it is now a 5-star hotel and no other can beat its location, just right at the “Plaza del Obradoiro” overlooking Santiago’s stunning Gothic Cathedral. There is even a guided tour inside the hotel for the curious travellers who want to know all the history of this spectacular building.
You will be wrapped in opulent luxury as you cross any of its four-arcaded courtyards. That’s the perfect backdrop to round off a incredible gastronomic adventure around Northern Spain.
You will enjoy a full afternoon at your own leisure to relax or discover your impressive hotel and all the surroundings.
For dinner, you will experience a unique and highly personal dining experience that takes you behind the scenes. Taking your seat in the Chef’s kitchen, you’ll relish this Michelin-starred culinary treat. Enjoy a conversation with your Chef as he prepares and cooks your tailored tasting menu in an open kitchen in front of you.
After sumptuous breakfast with breath-taking views of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral, you will experience an early morning culinary tour of the central farmers' market where colours and aromas combine to create an intoxicating gastronomic experience.
There you will find only the most succulent fruit and vegetables, freshest seafood, Galician octopus and the world famous dry-aged Galician Blond Beef.
Your morning will continue with a tour inside Santiago's world famous Gothic Cathedral, and the culmination of the Camino de Santiago for hundreds of pilgrims who arrive every day to hug Apostle Santiago. You may attend mass if you wish where you could enjoy the swinging of the Botafumeiro, a beautiful display during the Pilgrims' mass.
For lunch, you will be driven out of the town to a real hidden gem. Lush forests, creating a peaceful haven away from the bustle of the city, surround this luxury boutique hotel. With first class service at its restaurant, you will instantly feel at home savouring delicious traditional Galician food.
After lunch, you will enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure, with some time to relax at your hotel or enjoy the beautiful historic centre on your own.
Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel signature restaurant “Restaurante dos Reis” in a historic space housed in what was once the stables for the Royal Hospital, where you will sample traditional Galician cuisine in a unique atmosphere.
Today, it is time to say goodbye to your adventure in Spain. With some time to do some shopping or relaxing at your hotel in the morning, a transfer to Santiago's airport on time for your flight will be the saddest experience of your memorable stay in Spain.
- about the tour
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This is a Private Tour available all-year-round
2- 12 people (Private Tour: only you & your group travelling together)
Santiago de Compostela's airport
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.
In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: Our tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.
- All hotel accommodation
- 2 nights -- BILBAO - Gran Hotel Domine 5*
- 1 night -- PAMPLONA -- Gran Hotel La Perla 5*
- 1 night -- OLITE -- Parador de Olite 3*
- 2 nights -- RIOJA -- Boutique Hotel Viura 4*
- 1 night -- BURGOS -- Hotel Landa 5*
- 1 night -- LEON -- NH Collection Plaza Mayor 4*
- 1 night -- BIERZO -- Palacio de Canedo 4*
- 2 nights -- RIBEIRA SACRA -- Parador de Santo Estevo 4*
- 2 nights -- SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA -- Parador de los Reyes Católicos 5* GL
- Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
- All meals at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (12 lunches & 13 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste).
- Guided walking routes along the most beautiful stages of the Camino de Santiago. You choose how far you want to walk each day, all walking routes will be tailored to your physical condition from a few miles every two days to 15 miles every day.
- All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle: Mercedes Class E, V or luxury minibus. Your safety and comfort are paramount. You will enjoy touring Northern Spain in safety, comfort and style.
- English speaking guide during the whole trip. Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels & experiences. We will break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.
- All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
- 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
- All baggage transportation.
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
- All currently applicable taxes.
What’s not included?
- International Flights
- Medical Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses
What to expect
- A laid-back pace with free time to relax
- Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience
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