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8-Day Madrid & Basque Country Tour

8-Day Madrid & Basque Country Tour

8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$2,694 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-MPV5M
  • Operating Days
    Mon
8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$2,694 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-MPV5M
  • Operating Days
    Mon
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide MealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Guided tour and panoramic sightseeing tour of Madrid and the Basque CountryTransportationTransportation Train tickets - Madrid - Bilbao - MadridTransfersTransfers Transfers from/to station and your hotelTransportationTransportation Air-conditioned luxury coach

Summary

Discover Spain's best hidden gem, the Basque Country, and the vibrant capital city of Madrid during this 8-day escorted tour. Explore Madrid's most popular landmarks and buildings and learn its origin with a city tour. After Madrid, your next stop is the charming Basque Country. Drive through the region's green and mountainous landscape and explore the city of Bilbao.

This tour departs on Sunday from April 7 to December 29.

Itinerary

Day 1, Madrid
Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2, Madrid
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to explore the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3, Madrid – Bilbao
Call on Madrid “Puerta de Atocha” train station to depart by train to Bilbao. Arrival to Bilbao train station and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 4, Bilbao – Loyola Sanctuary – Getaria – Zarauz – San Sebastian
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the green and mountainous typical Basque landscape to the province of Gipuzkoa, pass Eibar, Elgoibar, Azkoitia, and reach the Sanctuary of Loyola. Visit the shrine of harmonious proportions, built in XVII & XVIII C. Continue via Azpeitia, to the coast by Zumaia, reach Getaria, birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano with its arch Catrapona, Parish Church of San Salvador (XV C.), a Gothic gem, fishing port and village. Afterwards, continue passing by Zarautz, tourist reference since the XIX C. Its 2500 meters long magnificent beach, the longest of Gipuzkoa, and the old town with its picturesque streets of cosmopolitan ambiance. Later, arrive to San Sebastian. Walking tour into the historic old city and port, Dominican Convent (XVI C.), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (XVIII C.) and the Constitution Square. Accommodation.

Day 5, San Sebastian – La Rioja Alavesa – Vitoria
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the green and mountainous typical Basque landscape to the province of Gipuzkoa, pass Eibar, Elgoibar, Azkoitia, and reach the Sanctuary of Loyola. Visit the shrine of harmonious proportions, built in XVII & XVIII C. Continue via Azpeitia, to the coast by Zumaia, reach Getaria, birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano with its arch Catrapona, Parish Church of San Salvador (XV C.), a Gothic gem, fishing port and village. Afterwards, continue passing by Zarautz, tourist reference since the XIX C. Its 2500 meters long magnificent beach, the longest of Gipuzkoa, and the old town with its picturesque streets of cosmopolitan ambiance. Later, arrive to San Sebastian. Walking tour into the historic old city and port, Dominican Convent (XVI C.), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (XVIII C.) and the Constitution Square. Accommodation.

Day 6, Vitoria – Bilbao
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Salinas de Añana, one of the most surprising corners of the Basque Country. Here, you will enjoy an interesting guided tour to learn the history, architecture, archeology and biodiversity of the salt. We follow the route to Orduña, ancient customs, and start a guided visit to this historical village. We continue the route through the Valley of Ayala to arrive in Balmaseda in order to make a walking tour. Free time for lunch and afterwards, we follow the route through the mining area of Bizkaia to reach the coast; Santurtzi and Portugalete. From here we cross the Transporter Bridge Bizkaia (world heritage by UNESCO) to reach Getxo and then finish back in Bilbao. There, we start a sightseeing including the ascend to the Artxanda Mountain and continue with a walking tour around the Old Quarter. We have included as well the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum with its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions; we will be able to visit freely (guide is not included just the entrance fee). Accommodation.

Day 7, Bilbao – Madrid
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to rail station to depart by train to Madrid (please expect a later arrival in Madrid). Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 8, Madrid
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of tour.

Inclusions

  • Guided visits and panoramic city sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee for free visit (no guide included) to the Guggenheim Museum
  • Tour escort
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • Train tickets -  Madrid – Bilbao - Madrid (tourist class)
  • Accommodation at selected class
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers as per itinerary

Important Notes

  • During your stay in Madrid, Bilbao and train journey, tour escort service will not be available.
  • In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons, it will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.
  • This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

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