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(Tour code: SJJ20)

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
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

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

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Days 1-2 Bordeaux

To Bordeaux

Meet your group and Tour Manager 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
Day 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. After brekafast on Day 12, make you way to the airport for your flight back home.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point. For this tour, we recommend departing from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), which is approximately 6 miles from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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)
  • 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

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


Vaugnel Fletcher
Dimitri Zgonis
Bordeaux, Rioja & The Pilgrim's Trail

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


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