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Tastes of Northern Spain Holiday

Tastes of Northern Spain

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Taste wine and cheese in famous La Rioja

Madrid, Burgos, La Rioja, San Sebastian

Includes return Economy airfares

8 days adult price from £865pp including flights and hotels

Taste your way around Northern Spain on this exciting Journey, taking in the region’s beautiful countryside, Spain’s stylish capital city and of course, fine food and wine. more »
From tapas and sangria in the charming restaurants of Madrid to mouthwatering pinxtos in San Sebastian, all at your own pace, this dynamic trip has it all. Don’t forget, this itinerary is just a suggestion to help give you some ideas for exploring and seeking out the tastiest bites to try in the region. We are tailor-made holiday specialists with an award-winning reputation, so let us create a unique itinerary just for you.

What's included

  • International flights
  • 7 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 8 days' car hire
  • San Sebastian Grab Your Pintxos tour
8 days from £865pp
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What to expect

  • Explore the food markets of Madrid
  • Admire the Gothic architecture of Burgos
  • Taste wine and cheese in famous La Rioja
  • Embark on a foodie tour around the pintxos bars of San Sebastian

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Madrid Airport (MAD)
  • Time difference: GMT+1
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Spain, but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Flying time from UK: around 2 hours
  • Plug type: 2 round pins
  • Voltage: 230 volts

Your Example Itinerary

Day 0

Fly from the UK to Madrid.

Day 1


Pick up your hire car and check into your hotel. Spend the day exploring Spain’s captivating capital city. Stroll to Plaza Mayor, the perfect spot to stop for a chilled jug of sangria. Continue to Parque del Buen Retiro Park and perhaps rent a paddleboat and row over the pretty lagoon, or take in the grand Royal Palace. After working up an appetite, head to the Mercado de San Miguel, a historic 19th century indoor market which is bursting with food stands offering everything from paella in tomato sauce, to seafood and local wine. Finish the day with churros dipped in a mug of thick hot chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines, among Madrid’s most famous churro stops.

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Day 2


After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, hit the road and drive to Burgos. Admire the extraordinary Gothic cathedral on a stroll through the historic centre, and visit the Museum of Human Evolution, designed by award-winning architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg. This region is famous for three specialities; blood sausage, sheep’s cheese and Ribero del Duero wine. An hour north of Burgos is where you’ll find the Bodegas Portia winery, where you can taste tipples served with delicious tapas

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Days 3-4

La Rioja

Hop back in the car and make your way to La Rioja, which produces some of the best red wine in the country. Visit the hamlet of San Millan, situated deep in the green valley, where you’ll find two UNESCO-listed monasteries. Head to the small village of Briones for the best views over the vineyards, and explore the Bodego Ysios winery. There are plenty of unique dining opportunities to try here - perhaps enjoy pinxto inside a house built into the cave at Bodega la Petra, or dine in a 17-th century vaulted cellar at Los Calaos de Briones.

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Hotel Boutique Real Casona De Las Amas

Days 5-7

San Sebastian

Drive onto San Sebastian and spend the last two days of your Journey taking in art, architecture, and of course, the delectable small plates served at the pintxo bars. Join a foodie tour and eat and drink your way around the Basque region; wander through the old town and stop for plates piled high with freshly-grilled prawns, spicy padron peppers, patatas bravas and salted cod. You’ll also sample local wines, cider and craft beer.

Included Excursion:
Grab Your Pintxos tour
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Hotel Astoria 7

Day 8

Return to Bilbao Airport and fly home to the UK.

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