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Basque Country

DAY 1 PLACE OF ORIGIN – MADRID Departure from our point of origin on a regular flight bound for Madrid. Arrival in Barcelona and meeting with the attendant. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation meeting and free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 MADRID Breakfast. Guided panoramic tour through the city of Madrid, capital of Spain since Philip II selected it in the 16th century. During the visit we will see the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Oriente, location of the Royal Palace, The Cathedral, the Church of San Franciso the Grande, the Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, Street and Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo de the Castellana, Paseo of the Prado, Retiro Park, Plaza de España, Columbus Square, Bullring, Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune, etc. Then, we will visit Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, which belongs to the Real Madrid Football Club. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 MADRID – EXCURSION TO TOLEDO Breakfast and departure for Toledo, known as the city of three cultures, for having been inhabited for centuries by Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as “The Imperial city,”for having been the principal seat of the court of Charles I of Spain. Panoramic tour of the city where we will contemplate the Cathedral, which we will visit, the Alcázar, the Synagogue of the Tránsito, and the Church of Santo Tomé, which we will also visit. Return to Madrid. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 MADRID – LOGRONO – PAMPLONA Breakfast. Departure at the designated time for Logroño where we will have time to visit the Cathedral. Tour of a Rioja Alavesa winery. Continuation to Pamplona. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 PAMPLONA – BIARRITZ – SAINT SEBASTIAN Breakfast. Departure for Biarritz, to stroll through what is without a doubt the tourist destination par excellence in the Basque Country, and, to tell the truth, it is not without reason: the Rock of the Virgin, the Old Port, the Museum of the Sea, the Fishermen’s Port, the Rough Rock, the Grande Plage, the Hôtel Du Palais, Clemenceau Square, the Casino, castles and palacesEverything is beauty, glamour and luxury in Biarritz. Continuation to San Sebastián. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 SAN SEBASTIAN – EXCURSION TO ZARAUTZ AND ZUMAIA Breakfast. We will visit the city in which we will see the famous Concha Promenade bordering the bay of the same name and arrive to Ondarreta Beach. We will continue the city tour traveling through the Cathedral or Church of the Good Shepherd, in historicist neoclassical style. Finally we will go to the Old Part where we will see The Virgin of the Choir Church, Patron saint of the city, The Romanesque Church of Saint Vincent. Lunch of Pintxos. In the afternoon excursion we will continue on to Zumaia, situated in a privileged location on the Guipuzcoan coast, on the banks of the sea and of the bay at the confluence of the Urola and Narrondo Rivers. Its origin is an ancient monastery: In the Middle Ages the inhabitants, dispersed throughout the Sehatz Valley and fed up with suffering constant pirate attacks and pillaging, fortified an urban nucleus. Hence the church preserves its defensive poise. Once inside the urban center we find The Basque Gothic Church of Saint Peter. Last we will visit Zarautz. This Guipuzcoan locale combines a splendid beach with an intersting historic center. Its gastronomy is one of the most exquisite and famous of the entire Basque Country. It is home to a tranquil maritime promenade, on the edge of the Cantabrian Sea, adorned with numerous vanguard sculptures. Its waves make Zarautz into a paradise for surfing lovers. Its town center holds important surprises in store for the vistor such as the Gothic Luzea Tower, the Medieval Church of Royal Saint Mary and the Renaissance Narros Palace. Return to San Sebastian. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 SAN SEBASTIAN – LEKEITIO – ORDIZIA – BILBAO Breakfast. Departure for Lekeito, which brings together Gothic jewels, a marine hamlet and ample beaches. In Ordizia whose old town is replete with interesting buildings (palaces, houses, tower…). Transfer to Bilbao. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 BILBAO – MADRID Breakfast. Departure for Bilbao where we will take a city tour, not forgetting to visit the old part where we will find the Arriage Theater, founded in the year 1900, the Cathedral of Saint James, the Ribera Market, and leaving Old Town arrive at the Basilica of Begoña. We will continue the visit through the restored area that housese the Guggenheim Museum and the Nervión River. Ascent in the funicular to Mount Artxanda. Departure for Madird. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 MADRID – PLACE OF ORIGIN Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to our point of origin. End of services.