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Bordeaux, Rioja & The Pilgrim's Trail

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

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2020 Tour code: SJJ20

About the tour

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch
Bordeaux
Days 3-5 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch
Guggenheim Museum
Days 6-7 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Leon Cathedral
Days 8-9 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Santiago de Compostela
Day 10-12 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast
Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Additional information

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.

Airport waiting room
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.

Hotels

Ercilla Hotel, Bilbao

Ercilla Hotel, Bilbao

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Mercure Chateau Chartrons

Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Bordeaux

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NH Collection Leon Plaza Mayor

NH Collection Leon Plaza Mayor, Leon

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Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Madrid

Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Madrid

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NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela

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Trains

Eurostar
TGV