With Sr. Otero and Don Jose, you will have the unique opportunity to immerse in Northern Spain’s landscape, culture, art, history, and cuisine with two teachers who are dedicated to passing on their love and knowledge of Spain to students and their families. The trip has been designed to introduce families to the most important sites in Northern Spain, while also offering a personal “insider’s” view of some of Sr. Otero’s and Don Jose’s favorite small villages.
The trip is uniquely organized to consider the needs of families, offering an enjoyable pace and set of activities that engage children and adults alike, and a good balance between planned events and free exploration.
Embark on a truly exciting, enjoyable, and educational immersion for the whole family!
*Please click on each day to view daily itinerary.
Fly from the USA to Bilbao, Spain.
After your arrival in Bilbao, you'll be picked up and transfer to your hotel. There, you’ll have a few hours to relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome drink. Sleep in Bilbao.
Today you will enjoy Bilbao, the most important city in Basque Country. Just a few miles from the Bay of Biscay, Bilbao has a large harbor and an oceanic climate. Due to its privileged position, there is an awesome culinary tradition, which is considered the most inventive in Spain. Fish, mostly cod and hake, is the star ingredient in the cuisine here. This morning, we will visit the famous Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. With more than ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums! After lunch in the museum café, we will visit the coastal village of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe to enjoy some amazing views. Sleep in Bilbao.
This morning we will head to the city of Donostia-San Sebastian, were we will enjoy a walking tour followed by the “not to be missed” tapas-like appetizers called pintxos. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful beach of the area, La Concha. Time permitting, we will make a stop to visit Monte Igueldo before returning to Bilbao. Sleep in Bilbao.
Today we will experience how the Basque region influences extends into France. We will start the day on the Spanish side of the border with a visit to the coastal town of Hondarribia, before taking a boat ride along the coast and crossing the border to arrive in the charming fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz at the mouth of the Nivelle river. Sleep in Bilbao.
Today you will explore the countryside of the world-famous La Rioja wine region. You will pay a visit to Laguardia, the region's most enchanting village and sample wine at Marques de Riscal’s innovative City of Wine. Designed by Frank Gehry, the titanium-covered building displays the colors of Marques de Riscal: pink like the wine, gold like the mesh on the Riscal bottles, and silver like the bottle top. You will enjoy a delightful meal overlooking the vineyards and countryside at Vivanco, and will then also visit its amazing city of wine museum. Sleep in Haro.
Today you will hike on the world-famous Camino de Santiago in the area of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and enjoy its beautiful landscapes. After we have worked up an appetite from our hike, we will enjoy a special lunch and wine tasting at winery Bodegas Muga where you will be regaled with stories of Don Jose’s youth in Spain by his family members who own the winery. Sleep in Haro.
This morning we will start our trek into the Castilla y Leon region to arrive in Leon, the ancient capital of an important, historic kingdom. You will be blown away by Leon's great plazas (Plaza Mayor and Plaza St. Martin), its imposing cathedral and its lively historical center. Sleep in Leon.
This morning we will make our way to the Galicia region of Spain with a stop en route to visit the Castillo del los Temparillos (Templar’s castle) in Ponferrada, built to protect the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, one of the true jewels of Spain! It is hard to explain how special this little city is. Hundreds of years of history, pilgrimages, hopes, prayers and energy have molded its beautiful stone buildings, vivacious squares and colorful corners into a vibrant place that has no equal. Visitors today mostly reach Santiago by foot, on a journey of approximately 500 miles, or by bike. We will not do that, but will nonetheless experience the city’s traditions, music, and history while taking in some of its most important sights. Sleep in Santiago de Compostela.
Today we will visit one of the most beautiful areas in Spain – the Rias Baixas in the Galicia region. A beautiful green area, Rίas Baixas is characterized by rίas – deep, wide inlets encroaching many miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The southern group of these rίas is known as Rίas Baixas (the lower estuaries). You will explore the small fishing village of Combarro, and will taste some of its amazing shell fish specialties. Sleep in Santiago de Compostela.
Your journey ends this morning after breakfast. Fly out to the US.
Main Trip Details:
3 nights in Bilbao
2 nights in Haro
1 night in Leon
2 nights in Santiago de Compostela
Total: 8 nights / 9 days