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9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1 - Barcelona - Gerona - El Port De La Selva
Our Spanish odyssey begins with a tour of Barcelona's highlights, including the jaw-dropping Sagrada Família cathedral. Gothic Gerona comesnext, where you may wish to sipcoffee on the 18th century Placade la Independencia before discovering the Old Quarter.Leaving the city buzz behind,we arrive at El Port de la Selvaon the Costa Brava. A welcome dinner in this secluded townis the perfect way to make ourselves at home for our two night stay. (D)
Overnight: Hotel Porto Cristo (or similar)

Day 2 - El Port De La Selva - Cadaques - El Port De La Selva
Morning takes a turn for thesurreal as we visit the SalvadorDalí house-museum in PortLligat. A labyrinthine homebuilt using fishermen's cabins,it's fascinating to peer into theartist's
workshop and library,and wander through thegardens. Next up is free timein Cadaques. This elegant, artytown is ideal for a leisurely stroll,with plenty of boutiques andgalleries to drop into before wereturn to El Port de la Selva. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Porto Cristo (or similar)

Day 3 - El Port De La Selva - Besalu - Ripoll - Cardona

We plot a course inland - climbing from the shores of the Costa Brava to the northern mountains. Besalu, a medieval village with Romanesque architecture, makes an intriguing gateway to this rural region. We continue upwards, stopping at Ripoll with is Benedictine monastery before arriving in Cardona. Lastly, take in the views of Cardona Castle, a medieval fortress set on a hilltop above the town. (B)
Overnight: Parador De Cardona (or similar)

Day - 4 Cardona
We give Cardona our full attention today - and discover this historic town has hidden depths. First up is the remarkable Salt Mountain, where we take an underground tour of one of the world's most important salt mines. Then it's back to the surface for free time in the town centre, whose origins trace back to the 11th century. A guided tour of the castle follows. As we wander ramparts and climb towers, we learn about the dukes of Cardona - known as the ‘kings without crowns' because of their wealth and power. (B)
Overnight: Parador De Cardona (or similar)

Day 5 - Cardona - Jaca - Leyre
It's back on the road as we take a meandering drive through the mountain passes of the Spanish Pyrenees. Soul-stirring views wait around every turn, as our path winds between deep valleys and towering peaks. We pause in Jaca, known as the ‘Pearl of the Pyrenees' and an important waypoint on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. We take time to explore the centuriesold citadel, clock tower and cathedral. Then we travel on towards a shared dinner and our peaceful sanctuary for the night - a converted 9th century monastery in Leyre. (B,D)
Overnight: Hospederia de Leyre (or similar)

Day 6 - Leyre - Olite - Laguardia
We swap rocky peaks for the rolling hills and plains of Navarre, a gentle landscape of rippling wheat fields and vineyards. And what better place to begin our exploration of this historic region than Olite, the medieval town that was once the seat of the Navarre court? Seek out hidden walkways and courtyard gardens at the 15th century castle, and take in sweeping views across the countryside from the towers. Afterwards, we continue to Estella where you can choose where to have lunch from one of the many welcoming local restaurants. Then we follow the Camino de Santiago into the world-famous La Rioja wine region, arriving in Laguardia in time to share an authentic Spanish dinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 7 - Laguardia - La Rioja - Laguardia
While in La Rioja, we pay homage to the region's winemaking heritage in the best way possible: sampling local wines. The roots of La Rioja's vineyards stretch back to the French pilgrims of the 11th century. We're lucky enough to visit two distinguished wineries to taste their wines, accompanied by authentic pintxo snacks, giving us the chance to explore the subtleties of the different grape varieties. Then it's back to Laguardia where the evening is your own. (B, L)
Overnight: Hotel Eguren Ugarte (or similar)

Day 8 - Laguardia - Getaria - San Sebastián
Today we travel to the Basque Country for a taster of its culinary scene. Our first stop is the village of Getaria where we learn more about a favourite fixture of tapas menus, anchovies in oil, at an artisan producer. And, for a perfect complement, we follow this up with a wine tasting at a typical Txakoli winery. But this is just an appetiser. The highlight of our day is lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Elkano, renowned for its creative recipes. Later we continue to San Sebastián, a cosmopolitan city on Spain's northern coast, where we take a leisurely wander along the seafront and through the streets, and see some of the city's highlights. (B, L)
Overnight: Hotel Codina (or similar)

Day 9 - San Sebastián
There's just time for one last breakfast this morning before bidding each other farewell. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from Gallery Hotel Barcelona, Carrer del Rossello, 249, 08008, Barcelona at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
The tour finishes at 10.00am at Hotel Codina, Av de Zumalakarregi, 21, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa San Sebastian.

         
    2017    
         
    Departure : April to October, 2017  
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Apr 20, 27 CAD 5,523 CAD 6,706
    May 04, 11, 18, 25, 28 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
    Jun 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
    Aug 31 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
    Sep 07, 14, 21, 28 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
    Oct 05 CAD 5,523 CAD 6,706
         
         
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 3 x evening meals (D)
  • Two lunches (L)
  • Three Wine tastings
  • Anchovy factory visit & tasting
  • Included Entrances: Salvador Dali House, Salt Mountain Cultural Park, Parador de Cardona, Monastery of Leyre, Olite Castle, Maisor anchovy factory.
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