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Bordeaux, Rioja and The Pilgrim's Trail

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

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2021 Tour code: SJJ21

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Day 1 - London and Bordeaux

We meet at London St Pancras for the Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival, we change trains for Bordeaux, home for two nights.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2 - Bordeaux

On Day 2, we set out on a guided tour, seeing the Place de la Bourse and the cathedral. Later, we head to the famous Saint-Emilion wine-making region, visiting a traditional wine château for lunch with the owners of the estate. We continue to the village and vineyard of Saint-Emilion for a tour and time to explore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - 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. 

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Bilbao

We visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum on Day 4 before enjoying a tour taking in the historic heart of beautiful Bilbao. 

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Rioja

On Day 5, we discover the spectacular viticulture of Rioja. The towns here produce world-famous wines, and we enjoy tastings at La Guardia and Marques de Riscal, winner of a Michelin star, alongside a lunch of local specialties.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - León

We take the train to León, checking into our hotel on arrival. After settling in, we set off on a guided walking tour of the Old Town, seeing the city's architecture, from the stained-glass windows of the Gothic cathedral to the vibrant frescoed ceilings of its Romanesque basilica. 

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Santiago de Compostela

On Day 7, we travel to historic Santiago de Compostela for three-nights at a 5-Star hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Santiago de Compostela

We uncover the 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.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - The Galician Coast

On Day 9, we head out into the countryside on an excursion to discover the Galician Coast. We visit Pontevedra, Combarro, and O Grove, where we enjoy a catamaran cruise. We continue to Cambados before returning to Santiago for dinner at a traditional parador.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Madrid

Boarding the train to Madrid, we check into our centrally-located hotel in the Spanish capital for two nights.

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

 A guided walking tour on Day 11 introduces us to the city's main sights, including the beautiful Royal Palace and 17th-century Plaza Mayor. With free time afterwards, a visit to one of the city's celebrated museums or art galleries is a must. The most famous is the Prado Museum, regarded as Spain's leading art gallery and featuring one of the best collections in the world. Amongst its exhibits, you'll find works by leading Spanish artists such as Goya, Velázquez, Tizian, Rubens, and Bosch. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - London

On Day 12, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London Heathrow.

*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.

  • Breakfast