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Duration: 14 days | April to October 2015
Location: Starts Barcelona | Spain, Catalonia, Pyrenees, Basque County, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Gothic León, Santiago de Compostela, Portugal, Porto, Lisbon
Price: From USD$5,290* pp twin share
  • tauckExplore the mosaic of diverse regions and cities of the north on this most unique of Spain tours that includes a taste of Portugal. Discover Catalonia’s distinct culture and proud traditions; the fiercely autonomous Basque region, with its own unique culture and language; and Castile, central to Spain’s medieval history.

    Enjoy overnight stays in historic paradors – restored palaces, monasteries and castles – and special Tauck experiences including a choice of spa treatment or cooking demonstration at El Castell de Ciutat; a 7-course feast set within a medieval castle; a visit to the monastery atop Montserrat; a wine tasting and dinner at a Porto winery, and a cruise aboard a Rabelo boat.

    • Day 1 – Welcome to Barcelona and Spain

      Tauck’s most unforgettable of Spain tours begins at 6:00 PM at Le Méridien Barcelona. A transfer is included from Barcelona Airport to Le Méridien Barcelona. At a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight, we invite you to meet those who will join you to discover the cultural diversity of Spain’s northern regions and Portugal. (D)

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      Le Méridien Barcelona

    • Day 2 – Art and architecture in beautiful Barcelona

      Barcelona, capital of the unique Catalonia region of Spain, beguiles at every turn of your walking tour with a local guide. Highlights include the Barrio
      Gótico, which dates from medieval times, and la Sagrada Familia, architect Antonio Gaudí’s famous Gothic-yet-modern cathedral. A drive through Montjuïc takes you past the 1992 Olympic Stadium, high above the city, then spend the rest of the day as you wish in Barcelona. (B)

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      Le Méridien Barcelona

    • Day 3 – Montserrat & Cardona in Catalonia & on to the Pyrenees

      Admire delightful rural vistas of Catalonia when you travel along the Yellow Roads to the amazing mountaintop monastery at Montserrat; see the shrine of Moreneta, the Black Madonna, presiding over the basilica. Next stop is Cardona, where you’ll savor a taste of Catalan cuisine when lunch is served in the medieval ambiance of the dining room of the Parador de Cardona, a 9th-century castle. Journey on to the small towns of Castellciutat and La Seu d’Urgell in the Pyrenees, where you’ll spend the next two nights at an elegant resort. Enjoy dinner à la carte at your hotel tonight; most dinners at the paradors will be full à la carte on this ultimate of northern Spain tours. (B, L, D)

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      El Castell de Ciutat

    • Day 4 – Enjoy the pleasures of the Pyrenees in La Seu d’Urgell

      On a walking tour along the historic main street in La Seu d’Urgell, you’ll be inspired by your visit to the 12th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria d’Urgell, the only Romanesque cathedral that has been preserved in the Catalonia region of the Pyrenees. After lunch, choices of activities for the afternoon include a cooking demonstration focusing on Catalan cuisine, a round of golf, or a spa treatment. A highlight of Tauck’s most memorable of Spain tours awaits this evening at a special 7-course dinner at the hilltop 9th-century castle located on the grounds of your hotel. (B,L,D)

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      El Castell de Ciutat

    • Day 5 – Pamplona & San Sebastián in the beguiling Basque country

      Today takes you through the marvelous mountains of the Basque country to Pamplona, the city best known for the annual “running of the bulls,” where you’ll walk the route followed by this longstanding tradition. Continue on to the charming seaside town of San Sebastián; feast your eyes on this popular resort for the first time from the summit of Mount Igueldo, offering perfect vistas of the town. Your home for the next two nights is the Hotel Maria Cristina, among the most fabulous Belle Époque hotels in all of Spain. (B,D)

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      Hotel Maria Cristina

    • Day 6 – A day in seaside San Sebastián

      Join your local guide on a walking tour of the Old Town of San Sebastián; the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please in this lovely town set on a shell-shaped bay. Further explore Old Town’s medieval streets while sampling some tasty Basque specialties, or enjoy the city’s many waterfront attractions – not the least of which is the famous beach popular with the international surfing set. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.(B)

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      Hotel Maria Cristina

    • Day 7 – Bilbao, the Guggenheim and Fuente Dé

      Modern art is flourishing at the spectacular Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, as you’ll see during a visit to this extraordinary achievement by architect
      Frank Gehry and its eclectic collection. Continue on to medieval Santillana del Mar, then up into the magnificent Picos de Europa (“Peaks of Europe”); admire the scenic views of rural villages, gorges and valleys en route to Fuente Dé. Enjoy dinner à la carte this evening at your parador, set in the foothills of the Picos mountains. (B,L,D)

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      Parador de Fuente Dé

    • Day 8 – From the mountains & across the plains of Castile to Gothic León

      Take a cable car up to a viewpoint nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, then make your way through the Cantabrian Cordilleras en route to central Spain’s Meseta Plateau, leaving the mountains behind and journeying across the flat lands of Castile. Once the capital of the Kingdom of León, the city of León was an important pilgrimage site. A guided city tour, a visit to its magnificent Gothic Cathedral, and an overnight stay in at the Parador de León, one of the most luxurious in Spain, reveal the fascinating history of this venerable city. (B,L,D)

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      Parador de León

    • Day 9 – In the footsteps of pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela

      When the grave of Saint James was discovered in this region in the ninth century, hundreds of thousands began making the arduous pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. James – on foot to visit it and the cathedral dedicated to the saint in Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town’s historic quarter and a visit to the world-famous cathedral – home to the relics of the saint – prior to an overnight stay at a remarkable parador that began accommodating travelers in the 15th century; set on the same square as the cathedral, it’s one of the oldest hotels in the
      world, and a highlight of your most intriguing of northern Spain tours with Tauck. Enjoy dinner tonight at your choice of restaurants in the parador. (B,L,D)

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      Parador de Santiago de Compostela

    • Day 10 – Prosperous Porto on the Atlantic in Portugal

      After a morning at leisure and lunch in Santiago de Compostela, cross the border from Spain into Portugal, bound for the ancient port city of Porto,
      nestled on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, with a long history that dates back to the Roman era. Today, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city and offers much to interest visitors; enjoy dinner à la carte this evening. (B,L,D)

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      Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

    • Day 11 – A Rabelo cruise & a taste of port, the pride of Porto

      In Porto, port wine is at the heart of the matter; the city that gave this libation its name has long been known for the quality of its port, an economically important export for centuries. Your locally guided exploration of the city’s intriguing sights includes the Gothic Church of São Francisco and a visit to Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Learn firsthand how barrels of port have been transported for centuries on a cruise along the Douro River aboard a traditional Rabelo boat, before spending the afternoon exploring on your own. This evening, sample Porto’s pride on a visit to
      Taylor’s winery for a tour followed by a wine tasting and dinner at their Restaurante Barão de Fladgate. (B,D)

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      Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

    • Day 12 – To Coimbra & Fátima en route to Lisbon

      Delve into Portugal’s history today as you explore Coimbra, liberated from Moorish occupation in 1064 and the site of the oldest seat of higher learning in Portugal, founded by King Dinis in 1210; join your local guide on visits to the university and historic St. Michael’s Chapel. Journey on to Fátima, home to the famous pilgrimage shrine commemorating the reputed appearances of the Virgin Mary to three children in 1917. Arrive in legendary Lisbon early this evening for a two-night stay. (B,L)

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      Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

    • Day 13 – It’s all about discoveries in Lisbon

      Everywhere you look in Lisbon, Portugal’s beguiling capital city, you’ll see reminders of the “Great Period of Discoveries” – when Portuguese mariners
      set sail to explore the then-unknown world and found what is now Brazil, among other notable places. During a sightseeing tour, visit Mosterio dos Jerónimos and the unique National Coach Museum; view the Tower of Belém, commemorating Vasco de Gama’s expedition; and the Discoveries Monument, set at the point of departure of many 15th-century voyages. Explore and enjoy more of Lisbon at your leisure before joining us tonight to share memories of your journey with your traveling companions at a farewell cocktail reception and dinner. (B,D)

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      Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

    • Day 14 – Homeward bound

      Your most extraordinary of Portugal and Spain tours comes to an end in Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon to Lisbon International Airport. Please allow 3 hours for airport check-in formalities. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home.
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  • Included:

    • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Cultural charms and spectacular scenery entice during overnight stays in historic paradors, authentically restored castles, palaces and monasteries
    • Choice of spa treatment or cooking demo at El Castell de Ciutat
    • A seven-course feast in a medieval castle featuring cultural entertainment and regional cuisine
    • Port wine tasting and dinner at Taylor’s in Porto, one of Portugal’s most famous port houses
    • Cruise on a Rabelo boat, used for 200 years to transport port wine, along the Douro River
    • A self-guided visit of the beautiful Benedictine enclave atop saw-toothed Montserrat
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • 30 meals (13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 10 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

 

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    All prices are quoted in USD per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated) & are correct as at 01 May 2014. Single supplement and child costs supplied on request. Offers are subject to availability & can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges & currency. Valid for sale until sale date specified with each deal. Valid for travel in low season, unless specified. A deposit must be paid at time of booking & full payment must be received by Book by date where a date is specified. Credit Card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact Fine Travel on 0800 000 3463. Have a Fine Holiday!