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Northern Spain Express - 6 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Discover the natural beauty of Northern Spain on this 6 day escorted group tour starting in Barcelona and ending in Madrid. Explore the historic town of Lleida and wander the medieval streets of Huesca and Tarazona to find their cathedrals and palaces. Uncover the Basque Country, a region of unique traditions, stunning shores, and delectable cuisine. Take in San Sebastian, then journey through Haro, La Rioja, and Burgos to Madrid, with included wine tasting on the way.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Montserrat Monastery - Discover this famous mountain and opt to ride the cable car or visit the Benedictine monastery
Lleida - Explore one of the most ancient towns in all of Catalonia, with examples of Roman heritage everywhere you look
Zaragoza - Marvel at the mixture of Islamic and Gothic architecture at Aljaferia Palace and enjoy some free time to further explore
La Rioja - Taste the famous family made wine that has been produced here for generations at an included wine tasting
Monte Perdido National Park - Hike amongst lush pine forests and rugged cliffs, and soak up views over the Pyrenees
Jaca - Admire this towns fascinating star shaped fortress, the only one of its kind anywhere in Span
San Sebastian - Roam the streets and iconic promenade of this picturesque beach city and food haven
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso - Wander around the stunning grounds of this royal palace, known as a 'mini Versailles'

Included

5 breakfasts
Escorted by an English-speaking guide
Entrance to Aljafería Palace
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso
Tourist taxes
5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach with a local driver
Visit and tasting at a Rioja winery
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities & additional attractions unless specified above
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Montserrat Mountain, Lleida & Huesca

Barcelona – Montserrat – Lleida – Huesca. Leaving Barcelona this morning, we journey to the dramatic Montserrat mountain. This unique landscape is home to a Benedictine Monastery and Spain's revered Madonna and Child statue. We enjoy leisure time for lunch, and you can join an optional visit to the monastery or ride the cable car to the top of the mountain for panoramic views over Catalonia.

We continue our journey, making a stop in the quiet town of Lleida, renowned for its Roman heritage. There's free time for you to discover its ancient castle and cathedral independently. As day turns to evening we reach Huesca. The evening is free to wander the hilly town's medieval streets, discovering numerous churches and picturesque facades.

Please note: Pick up for this tour is at 8:45 on day 1 (tour departs at 9:00) - Barcelona Pick Up, Abba Sants Hotel, Barcelona.
Overnight: Huesca

Day 2

Monte Perdido National Park & Jaca

Huesca – Monte Perdido National Park – Jaca – Huesca. Today we'll be outdoors and there will be some walking involved, so wear a good pair of shoes! Our first stop is Torla-Ordesa, the gateway to Monte Perdido National Park. Here we take in stunning cliffs, lush oak and pine forests, and stunning 1,700-meter-high views over the Pyrenees.

Journeying through the mountains to Jaca, we discover the only surviving Spanish star-shaped fortress. There is also time for you to savour some of Aragon's regional cuisine before we return to Huesca for the evening.
Overnight: Huesca  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Huesca to Haro

Huesca – Zaragoza – Haro. Arriving in enchanting Zaragoza in the morning, we take an included visit to the 11th-century Aljaferia Palace. After admiring its beautiful porticos, we have some free time to explore. Art lovers can search for Goya paintings, history enthusiasts can discover Roman remains, and foodies can savour chireta, a delicious local dish.

Our next stop is Tarazona, known for its stunning medieval Mudejar style architecture, blending Muslim and Christian elements. Moving on to the village of Haro, the evening is free to enjoy a glass or two of local La Rioja red wine.
Overnight: Haro  |  Breakfast

Day 4

The Basque Country

Haro – San Sebastian – Pamplona – Haro. Today we explore the Basque Country, a region of unique traditions, stunning shores, and delectable cuisine. We begin in San Sebastian, a food lover's paradise that boasts the highest Michelin star density per capita. Enjoy lunch and stroll along the picturesque La Concha beach.

We then journey inland to Pamplona, known controversially for ‘the Running of the Bulls'. There is free time for you to stroll along the impressive walls of the town fortress before we return to Haro for the evening.
Overnight: Haro  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Cathedrals, castles & wine tasting

Haro – La Rioja – Haro. Today we embark on a scenic morning drive through La Rioja's gentle hills to Santo Domingo de la Calzada where there is free time to wander its medieval streets or explore the cathedral. Then we travel to a family run winery to savour the local flavours of its wine and snacks with an included wine tasting.

In the afternoon we visit San Vicente de la Sonsierra. We cross the medieval Ebro River bridge for stunning valley views from the castle on the other side. We return to Haro in the afternoon, with plenty of time to relax in the hotel, or head out for a final dinner in northern Spain.
Overnight: Haro  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Journey to Madrid

Haro – Burgos – Real Sitio de San Ildefonso – Madrid. Say goodbye to La Rioja and journey to the region of Castile and Leon today. Our first stop is in Burgos, where we have a few hours to explore. You'll want to check out the cathedral, one of Spain's most spectacular.

After lunch in Aranda de Duero, a haven for wine and food enthusiasts, we head south to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, often called Spain's 'mini-Versailles.' We explore its opulent rooms and stunning grounds with an included ticket. We reach Madrid in the evening, where our tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour finishes at 18:15 - Madrid Drop Off, Hotel Porcel Ganivet, Madrid.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 1 person. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The Single Room price applies for solo travellers who require their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
16 Sep - 21 Sep 20% off
CAD $3,795
CAD $3,036
CAD $4,595
CAD $3,676
30 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
CAD $3,795
CAD $3,036
CAD $4,595
CAD $3,676
14 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off G
CAD $3,695
CAD $2,956
CAD $4,445
CAD $3,556
28 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
CAD $3,695
CAD $2,956
CAD $4,445
CAD $3,556
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
14 Apr - 19 Apr 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
28 Apr - 03 May 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
12 May - 17 May 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
26 May - 31 May 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
09 Jun - 14 Jun 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
23 Jun - 28 Jun 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
07 Jul - 12 Jul 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
01 Sep - 06 Sep 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
15 Sep - 20 Sep 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
29 Sep - 04 Oct 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
13 Oct - 18 Oct 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
27 Oct - 01 Nov 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340
10 Nov - 15 Nov 20% off
CAD $4,605
CAD $3,684
CAD $5,425
CAD $4,340

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Pedro I de Aragon, Huesca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the centre of Huesca, the Hotel Pedro I de Aragon is the perfect gateway to the beauty of northern Spain. Ideally situated near Huesca's historic centre and within easy reach of attractions such as the Cathedral de Huesca and the picturesque city gardens, this hotel offers a prime location for exploring both the city and the region. Rooms are well-appointed and each is thoughtfully designed for comfort and relaxation. You'll enjoy modern amenities and a peaceful feel. The hotel also features a restaurant serving delicious Spanish cuisine, a bar for relaxing, and an outdoor pool. With its convenient location and comfortable amenities, Hotel Pedro I de Aragon is the perfect base for a memorable stay in Huesca.

Hotel Eurostars Los Agustinos, Haro

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Haro, the Hotel Eurostars Los Agustinos offers a charming escape in the heart of Spain's renowned La Rioja wine region. Situated within a historic 14th-century monastery, this hotel seamlessly blends history with modern comfort. Featuring a selection of inviting rooms, each uniquely designed to provide a calm and relaxing feel. Many rooms feature rustic architectural elements that pay homage to the building's heritage. The hotel also boasts a delightful restaurant offering local cuisine, a bar for relaxation, and event facilities for special occasions. With its central location in Haro, Hotel Eurostars Los Agustinos is the perfect base for wine enthusiasts and travellers seeking a delightful Spanish getaway.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Barcelona
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
Countries
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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