Mar. 22 to 29, 2020
Supplier: Hidden in Spain
This trip will take you through the most unknown part of Spain, the northern coast, where great sceneries, small lovely coastal and inland villages, amazing food and wine, and natural landscapes can be found.
Far from the most touristy areas, you’ll discover how local people live in their small towns and taste local specialties, such as fish that has just been caught by one of the locals and sold to the neighborhood restaurant.
Agents will also taste the best haute cuisine at a Michelin starred restaurant, visit Spain’s oldest National Park, the Picos de Europa.
Spring 2020 FAM – Northern Spain
• Dates: March 22-29, 2020
• Price: $2,342 per person, based on double occupancy (€2100)
Price includes accommodations in 3- and 4-star boutique hotels, domestic transportation, guided tours, admission fees per itinerary, and some meals. It also includes all taxes and fees. Rates are based on current exchange rates for the Euro and subject to change.
Arrive in Santander. Ride the bus to Llanes, a small fishing village in Asturias. On your way there you’ll stop at Puente Viesgo to visit two prehistoric caves. You’ll then head to Santillana Del Mar for a short walk to the town of Comillas, to visit the El Capricho, a villa designed by Antoni Gaudí, and to San Vicente de la Barquera for another short walk.
You’ll have free time for lunch at any of these towns, depending on the schedule. Then it’s on to Llanes, where you’ll be hosted at a 3-star boutique hotel, a restored 17th-century convent. A private guided tour through the city will be arranged before going for dinner at one of the restaurants in the old quarter.
Let’s move to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, for a guided tour of the city. Then you’ll visit 2 pre-romanic churches in the surroundings of the city. Then onto Gijon, where lunch of traditional food will be arranged.
Guided tour of the city afterwards. On the way back you’ll visit Lastres, a small fishing village and the lighthouse of Luces to get amazing views over the coast. Then back to Llanes to have some free time before having diner (free).
You’ll head to a tiny village in the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains, Spain’s oldest national park, to stay at a family-run boutique hotel where the food is fabulous and service is exceptional. All the employees wear the region’s traditional outfit. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll enjoy an incredible view of the Picos de Europa just in front of you.
On your way to the mountain top, you’ll head to Covadonga to visit the monastery of Covadonga and the little chapel inside the cave, which houses the patroness of all Asturians. Later you’ll stop in Potes for free time, during which guests can have lunch. Potes is the main village of the area and worth exploring briefly. Dinner at the hotel.
You’ll be taken to a nearby village called Fuente De to take the funicular (a car pulled up the slope on by cable) to the top of the mountains, where you’ll be treated to awesome views of the mountain peaks. You’ll then enjoy a 3-4 hour private guided tour before taking the funicular down again.
Then you’ll head to Potes for lunch in a local restaurant, visit it and then head onto the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana and another tiny village called Mogrovejo, one of those villages you love to see with the mountains in the background. Then you will head back to the hotel to spend free time before having dinner at the hotel.
Head to San Sebastian. On your way there, you’ll visit the hanging bridge on the outskirts of Bilbao, the oldest in Europe still in use. Later you’ll go to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that many “Game of Thrones” fans will recognize as the setting for “Dragonstone.” It has a little hermitage that can be reached by a long set of stairs.
Then on to Getaria along the coastal road, to a fishing village with a medieval old quarter, where you’ll enjoy a short walk. You’ll then head to Zarautz for another short walk. You’ll be at San Sebastian early afternoon for a guided pintxos tour in the old quarter, where you’ll hop from bar to bar, drinking beers/wines and tasting different pintxos, which are traditional small snacks. Later in the afternoon you’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the city before having dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.
A private Rioja area wine tour. You’ll visit a family-owned boutique winery and taste four of its wines paired with four pintxos. Then you’ll go to the top of a hill where the vineyard is located, where a chef will cook in an open fire as you are treated to glasses of Rioja wines. You’ll enjoy a full lunch.
Afterward, you’ll head to Laguardia for a short guided tour of its medieval old quarter, and then you’ll visit the exteriors of Ysios and Marques de Riscal to take photos of the modernist architecture style of these wineries. Then you’ll head to San Sebastián to rest for a while before heading to a traditional cider house to taste local food and cider.
You’ll head to Bilbao for a private guided tour through the old quarter. After breaking for lunch around the old quarter, where you can again taste some pintxos, you’ll take a guide tour of the famous Guggenheim Museum, a building that many consider one of the finest examples of groundbreaking 20th century architecture. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest and dinner those willing to do so.
Transfer to Bilbao airport and end of trip.
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