8 days,Barcelona to Madrid

Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, indulge in the tapas lifestyle, wander through Gaudí's wonderland in Barcelona, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick 8-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

What's Included

  • Barcelona orientation walk including Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. 'Casa rural' stay with traditional meals (Pyrenees). Bilbao day trip. Wine tasting in the Rioja region. Madrid orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow EUR240-300 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts).
  • Public bus, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

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Day 1 Barcelona

Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this vibrant city.

Days 2-3 Pyreness (2B, 2D)

Morning orientation walk of Barcelona including the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. For two nights, stay in a 'casa rural', or converted farmhouse, in the Pyrenees. Enjoy home-cooked meals and some optional hiking in the area.

Day 4 San Sebastián (1B)

Take a public bus to San Sebastián, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the different food, dialect and culture of the area.

Day 5 Bilbao/San Sebastián (1B)

Take a day trip to Bilbao, known for the stunning Guggenheim Museum.

Day 6 Logroño (1B)

Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.

Day 7 Madrid

Travel to Madrid by bus and enjoy an orientation walk before some free time in this capital city.

Day 8 Madrid (1B)

Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

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