Paradors of Northern Spain Tauck Tours

Paradors of Northern Spain

The Paradors of Northern Spain tour is a 14 day tour that includes northern Spain and Portugal. You’ll embrace the charms of Northern Spain on this luxury tour, getting to know the unique cuisine and culture of cities like Barcelona, Cardona, Oviedo and more.

On this Tauck tour you'll see it all. From mountain monasteries to the Running of the Bulls you’ll hit all the hot spots and dive in deeper with cities further removed from popular culture. The Paradors of Northern Spain tour starts in Barcelona where you can take in the whimsy of this fantastic city on the Iberian peninsula. From there, your tour kicks into high gear with an action-packed agenda that makes the most out of this 2 week tour. You’ll see the big cities, travel in the old country, mingle with locals, enjoy fine art and wine and that’s just some of the outstanding agenda on this Tauck tour to Northern Spain.


14 Daysfr. $5,790

Tour Highlights & Offers

  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Cultural charms and spectacular scenery entice during overnight stays in historic paradors, authentically restored and offering modern-day comforts
  • Two nights in Barcelona with guided sightseeing
  • Visits to the Benedictine enclave atop Monserrat and medieval Cardona
  • Choice of activities during a two-night stay El Castell de Ciutat, including a spa treatment, golf, cooking demonstration and more
  • A seven-course feast in a medieval castle featuring cultural entertainment and regional cuisine
  • Two nights in San Sebastián with a guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • An overnight in Oviedo at a luxuriously restored 18th-century hospice
  • Guided exploration of Santiago de Compostela during a two-night stay at one of the world’s oldest hotels
  • Port wine tasting 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
  • Guided sightseeing in Coimbra with a visit to the University’s Library and Chapel
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Le Méridien Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain (2 nights)
  • El Castell de Ciutat in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain (2 nights)
  • Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain (2 nights)
  • Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo, Spain (1 night)
  • Parador de Santiago de Compostela in Santiago del Compostela, Spain (2 nights)
  • InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas in Porto, Portugal (2 nights)
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal (2 nights)

Welcome to Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Tour begins: 5:30 PM at Le Méridien Barcelona. A transfer is included from Barcelona Airport or the Barcelona Franca Train Station to Le Méridien Barcelona, ideally located on Las Ramblas. Join us for a private welcome reception and dinner tonight at the hotel as you get your first taste of life in Northern Spain.

Dinner

LE MÉRIDIEN BARCELONA

Gothic sights & whimsy in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Walk along the tree-lined pedestrian promenade of Las Ramblas this morning with a local guide who leads you through the cobblestone lanes of its 14th-century Gothic quarter, Barri Gòtic, a medieval warren of Roman relics, hidden courtyards, shops and alfresco cafés, to the Plaça de la Cathedral. Set apart from other churches, Barcelona’s Catedral was built between 1298 and 1460 although its richly decorated façade, guarded by gargoyles, was added in 1870. Go inside to see its medieval origins, from its exquisitely sculpted choir stalls and elegant pillars to the fine workmanship depicted on the pulpit and the alabaster sarcophagus of the crypt of Santa Eulàlia. Your city tour continues with a drive through hilltop Montjuic, rewarding with panoramic views, and a visit to Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral, la Sagrada Família, artistically and architecturally unique, and awe-inspiring in every detail. Spend the rest of the day exploring Barcelona as you wish.

Breakfast

LE MÉRIDIEN BARCELONA

Montserrat, Cardona & on to the Pyrenees

Monserrat, Spain

Venture into the mountains today, stopping at the saw-toothed mountain of Montserrat, just northwest of Barcelona, to visit the Benedictine monastery and see the shrine of la Moreneta, the Black Madonna. According to the legend, the statue was discovered in the year 880 by shepherds who saw a strange light in the sky and heard music coming from a cave in the mountain. Since then, it has become one of the most famous pilgrimage sights in Spain.

Cardona, Spain

Continue on to Cardona for a visit to the Romanesque Church of Saint Vicenç, consecrated in 1047. Enjoy lunch in the medieval dining room at 9th-century Parador de Cardona, holding court over the countryside from its hilltop perch.

Lerida, Spain

Drive through the snow-capped Catalonian Pyrenees to your hotel in La Seu d’Urgell for a memorable two-night stay. Dinner tonight is at the hotel, with wine included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EL CASTELL DE CIUTAT

Pyrenees pleasures in La Seu d'Urgell

Lerida, Spain

A morning walking tour on the cobblestone lanes of La Seu d’Urgell brings you to the 12th-century Romanesque Cathedral, renowned as the finest in the Pyrenees. Following a traditional paella demonstration at lunch, you have a choice of a hike with a local guide, a Catalan cooking demonstration or a 30-minute massage in the hotel’s on-site spa. Feast on a seven-course wine-tasting dinner in a medieval 9th-century castle tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EL CASTELL DE CIUTAT

Pamplona & San Sebastián in Basque country

Pamplona, Spain

Drive to Pamplona this morning, immortalized in Hemingway’s famous book, The Sun Also Rises; walk the route followed during the running of the bulls as you visit here today.

San Sebastian, Spain

Then it’s on to coastal San Sebastián in Basque Country, where your first view of this popular oceanfront town is from the top of Mt. Igueldo. Regarded by many as Spain’s culinary capital, this ancient town also boasts great surfing beaches, stunning architecture and myriad pintxos bars tucked into the maze of medieval lanes in its old town of Parte Vieja.

Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL MARIA CRISTINA

A day in seaside San Sebastián

San Sebastian, Spain

Join a local guide for a walking tour along the cobblestone streets of the historic Old Town (Parte Vieja) before exploring San Sebastián on your own. Sample typical Basque food and enjoy the many waterfront activities, including world-class surfing.

Breakfast

HOTEL MARIA CRISTINA

Bilbao, the Guggenheim & Oviedo

Bilbao, Spain

Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao this morning, discovering its collection of modern art as you wish. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the museum is a showcase for large-scale, site-specific contemporary works of art by international and Basque artists, as well as exhibiting a selection of modern art from the Guggenheim Foundation’s collection.

Oviedo, Spain

Continue on to the Cantabria region, stopping for lunch and time at leisure in the perfectly preserved medieval town of Santillana del Mar. Wind your way through hills and valleys to Oviedo this afternoon for an overnight stay at a restored 18th-century hospice that was featured in the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Enjoy an artisan cheese tasting and wine pairing tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HOTEL DE LA RECONQUISTA

A pilgrimage centuries old to Santiago

Oviedo, Spain

Explore Oviedo on a walking tour this morning, seeing a mix of historic and artistic monuments, including two acclaimed churches built in the Astorian pre-Romanesque architecture when the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Stop for lunch in a picturesque fishing village on the coast en route to your historic parador in Santiago de Compostela. Considered to be one of the oldest hotels in the world, it has welcomed travelers since the 15th century. Dine tonight at your choice of restaurants in the parador.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Sights of Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

When the grave of St. James the Greater 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. Legend has it that a bright star led a shepherd boy to the forgotten tomb of the apostle; today your local guide leads the way on a guided walking tour of the town's historic quarter and a visit to the world-famous 11th-century Romanesque Cathedral of St. James, home to the relics of the saint.

The rest of the day is free to spend as you like, walking in the footsteps of pilgrims who have made their way here from around the world for centuries.

Breakfast, Lunch

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Prosperous Porto on the Portuguese coast

Porto, Portugal

Turn your clocks back one hour on a drive along the coastal route from Spain to Porto, Portugal. This ancient port city is nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Douro River with a rich port-wine trading history. Enjoy a private visit and tasting dinner at one of Porto’s oldest port houses, learning about the history and processing of this prized fortified wine produced exclusively in Portugal’s Douro Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL PORTO – PALACIO DAS CARDOSAS

A Rabelo cruise & more in Porto

Porto, Portugal

Explore Porto on a walking tour, a panoramic drive along Avenida da Boavista and the coast where the river meets the sea and aboard a traditional rabelo boat on the Douro River. Look for Portugal’s iconic blue tiles (azulejos ) on the façades of many churches, buildings and inside the Sao Bento train station, once a convent. Visit the Church of Sao Francisco, built in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, where the interior is literally gilded in gold, and enjoy time at leisure to stop in Livaria Lello, considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. On your cruise along the Douro River, your local guide will point out the sights you will see, including the six bridges that span the Douro, one of which was designed by Gustave Eiffel In 1877. The remainder of the day is yours to experience the delights of Porto as you like.

Breakfast, Lunch

INTERCONTINENTAL PORTO – PALACIO DAS CARDOSAS

To Coimbra en route to Lisbon

Coimbra, Portugal

Journey to the riverfront city of Coimbra today, the medieval capital of Portugal for over one hundred years and home to the historic University of Coimbra. A walking tour of the hilltop University campus includes a guided visit to the Baroque King John University Chapel. Home to some 60,000 ancient volumes in the study of law, philosophy and theology, the interior is a picture book in itself with rosewood, ebony and jacaranda tables, elaborately frescoed ceilings and gilt chinoiserie bookshelves. A look inside the ornate Baroque St. Michael’s Chapel, dating back to the 16th century and recently restored, reveals a brightly painted ceiling, stunning tilework on the floor, Manueline features and an 18th-century gilded organ with some 2,000 pipes which is still operational today.

Porto, Portugal

Stop in Pombal for lunch en route to Lisbon, where your evening is free.

Breakfast, Lunch

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RITZ LISBON

It's all about discoveries in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

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. Guided sightseeing today includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mosterio dos Jerónimos, commissioned by Manuel I to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498; today it houses da Gama’s remains in an ornately sculpted tomb inside the chapel and the Maritime Museum in its west wing. See the Tower of Belém, built on the bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520, and the Discoveries Monument, honoring world explorers in stone, before spending an afternoon at leisure. Join us tonight for our farewell reception and dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RITZ LISBON

Homeward bound

Lisbon, Portugal

Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon to Lisbon’s International Airport or Santa Apolonia Train Station is included. You should allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Fri, Apr 05, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, Apr 19, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Apr 26, 2019
$7,590.00
Fri, May 03, 2019
$6,590.00
Mon, May 06, 2019
$7,190.00
Wed, May 08, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, May 10, 2019
$7,190.00
Mon, May 13, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, May 17, 2019
$6,590.00
Mon, May 20, 2019
$7,190.00
Wed, May 22, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, May 24, 2019
$7,590.00
Mon, May 27, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, May 31, 2019
$6,590.00
Mon, Jun 03, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, Jun 07, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, Jun 14, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Jun 21, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, Jun 28, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Jul 05, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Jul 19, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Aug 02, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Aug 16, 2019
$5,790.00
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
$6,690.00
Fri, Aug 30, 2019
$6,590.00
Mon, Sep 02, 2019
$7,190.00
Wed, Sep 04, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Sep 06, 2019
$7,190.00
Mon, Sep 09, 2019
$6,590.00
Wed, Sep 11, 2019
$7,190.00
Fri, Sep 13, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Sep 20, 2019
$7,190.00
Mon, Sep 23, 2019
$6,590.00
Wed, Sep 25, 2019
$7,190.00
Mon, Sep 30, 2019
$7,190.00
Wed, Oct 02, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Oct 04, 2019
$7,190.00
Wed, Oct 09, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Oct 11, 2019
$7,590.00
Wed, Oct 16, 2019
$6,590.00
Fri, Oct 18, 2019
$7,590.00
Mon, Oct 21, 2019
$6,590.00

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Special Rioja Valley Small Group Departures – April 26, May 24, June 7, October 11 & 18. These five exclusive departures will venture off the beaten path to Spain’s Rioja Valley for a two-night stay at the remarkable Marqués de Riscal hotel in Elciego, a Frank Gehry designed hotel renowned for its architectural splendors – spectacular curves, titanium roof and asymmetrical walls – locally produced wines and Michelin-starred restaurant. Highlights include a private tour of the on-site winery with a tasting, time at leisure to enjoy the spa and the scenery or a walk to the neighboring town with your Tauck Director.
  • This small group itinerary begins on Day 3 as follows:
  • Day 3. Barcelona to the Rioja Valley From Barcelona, head to Spain’s renowned wine region, the Rioja Valley, boasting fairy tale scenery of olive groves and wineries, medieval villages with hilltop castles and a necklace of mountains. Stop at a parador for lunch en route before arriving at your Frank Gehry designed hotel in late afternoon, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that invite sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and an architectural profile that celebrates the setting. Dinner tonight is at leisure in the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant. Meals BLD
  • Day 4. Wine Tasting Treats Wake up to the scenic delights of your storied hotel, visually inspiring inside and out, for a morning at leisure. Wine has been the draw in this region for centuries, with a vineyard and wine cellars located right on the hotel property. Enjoy a private tour of the historic wine cellars designed over 150 years ago, and sample its award-winning wines during a tasting. The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and activities, from its signature “vinotherapy” spa, hot tub and swimming pool to bicycle rides and walks through the vineyard. Dine tonight in the hotel’s modern winery. Meals BLD
  • Day 5. Explore Laguardia and to San Sebastián Admire the scenery on your drive to seaside San Sebastián, stopping for a walking tour in the medieval village of Laguardia. Founded in 908 to stand guard over the medieval Basque kingdom of Navarra in the heart of wine country, Laguardia is renowned as one of the country’s most perfectly preserved medieval villages. Arrive at your hotel in San Sebastián late afternoon where dinner is at your leisure. Meals BD
  • Marques de RiscalSpecial Departure Hotel, Nights 3 & 4: Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego
  • Designed by Frank Gehry, architect of Bilbao’s contemporary Guggenheim Museum, the hotel Marqués de Riscal, the centerpiece of the city of wine built in 2006, is awe-inspiring inside and out. Nestled amidst a lush landscape of centuries-old vineyards in the Rioja Valley, the hotel is artfully designed with tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and a host of bespoke details that make the accommodations a work of art in themselves. Each of its 43 rooms & suites have marble bathrooms, high ceilings, and fully loaded technological offerings. The Caudalie Vinotherapie, its signature wine therapy spa, offers treatments such as baths with extracts of red grapevines (good for your circulation), massages with grape seed oil and facials that involve elements of grapes as well. The hotel property includes an on-site winery and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Other Tour Exceptions: Tours of April 5; May 8, 13, 20, 22; June 5, 14; August 28; September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 25; and October 2 will stay at the Brasileira Hotel in Porto nights 10 & 11. Tours of May 6, 13, 27; June 3, 10, 17; July 5; September 2, 9, 16, 18, 23, 30; October 7, 14 and 21 will stay at Gran Hotel Domine in Bilboa nights 5 and 6; these departures will not visit San Sebastian.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $1500.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $600 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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