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Spain's spectacular northern shores, rising proudly from the Atlantic Ocean

Spain's spectacular northern shores yield a beautiful stretch of untouched coastline rising proudly from the Atlantic Ocean. This tour takes you to some of the fantastic highlights of the region, beginning in the refined wine city of Bordeaux before curling down across the border into the natural paradise of northern Spain.

  • City tour Bordeaux
  • City tour Bilbao
  • City tour Leon
  • City tour Santiago
  • City tour Madrid
  • Visit to the Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit to a Bordeaux wine estate
  • Wine excursion through the Rioja wine region
  • Excursion to the coastal towns of Galicia
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    2 Lunches
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Except where highlighted in interary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Bordeaux, Rioja & The Pilgrim's Trail 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Bordeaux

To Bordeaux

We meet at London St Pancras for the Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival, we change trains to travel to Bordeaux in southern France. On Day 2 we are treated to a comprehensive tour, seeing the Place de la Bourse and the cathedral. Later we head to the famous Saint-Emillion wine-making region where we pay a visit to a traditional wine château, sitting down to enjoy a lunch with the owners of the estate. We continue from here to the village and vineyard of Saint-Emillion for a tour and time to explore.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch
Days 3-5 Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum

On to Bilbao

Departing Bordeaux today, we cross over the border to Spain where we travel by coach to San Sebastian. After some time here to explore, we head on to Bilbao and check into our hotel before dinner. We visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum on Day 4 before enjoying a tour taking in the historic heart of beautiful Bilbao. On Day 5, we discover the spectacular viticulture of Rioja. The towns here produce world-famous Rioja wines and we stop first at La Guardia, before continuing to Marques de Riscal. Here, we enjoy a sublime lunch before heading to the charming town of Haro.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch
Days 6-7 Leon Cathedral
Leon Cathedral

Exploring León

We carry on to León (Standard Class) where we check into our hotel. We take a guided tour of the fascinating Old Town, seeing the classic architecture and bustling squares. On Day 7, our tour takes us across to Santiago de Compostela (Standard Class), a city full of history.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela and the coastal towns

We uncover the reverent elegance of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour. The iconic cathedral here is of enormous importance, with its steps being the final destination on the pilgrimage of St James. On Day 9, we head out into the countryside with an excursion to discover the Galician Coast with the travel between each revealing the astonishing natural beauty of northern Spain at its finest. We visit Pontevedra, Combarro and O Grove, where we enjoy a catamaran cruise. We continue to Cambados before returning to Santiago for dinner at the historic parador.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-12 Plaza Mayor in Madrid
Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Madrid and return home

Leaving Santiago today, we travel to Madrid and check into our hotel. On Day 11, we embark on a city tour by coach and foot of the Spanish capital, before a farewell meal together. On Day 12 sees us travel to the airport for our flight back to London.

*Please Note: You will need to take your luggage back to the UK with you on your flight, rather than it travelling via our luggage transfer service.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • Return flight from Madrid to London
  • All coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' accommodation including 2 nights at the 4-Star Mercure Chateau Chartrons in Bordeaux, 3 nights at the 4-Star Ercilla Hotel in Bilbao, 1 night at the 4-Star NH Collection Plaza Mayor in León, 3 nights at the 5-Star NH Collection Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, and 2 nights at the 4-star Hotel Catalonia Gran Via in Madrid

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals including 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners, including a farewell dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursion to the coastal towns of Galicia including visits to Pontevedra, Cambarro, O Grove and Cambados as well as a Catamaran cruise
  • Visit to a Bordeaux wine estate for lunch with the owners, and a wine excursion through the Rioja wine region
  • City tours of Bordeaux, Bilbao, Leon, Santiago and Madrid
  • Visit to the Guggenheim Museum

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfer

  • Inclusive luggage transfers except where highlighted in itinerary 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking. View more information.

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Bordeaux, Rioja & The Pilgrim's Trail

Spain's spectacular northern shores, rising proudly from the Atlantic Ocean


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