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Paradors of Northern Spain – 14 Days Barcelona to Lisbon with Tauck

  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Cultural charms and spectacular scenery entice during overnight stays in historic paradors, authentically restored castles, palaces and monasteries
  • At El Castell de Ciutat, a choice of a spa treatment, cooking demonstration of Catalan cuisine, a round of golf, or a guided visit to Andorra
  • A seven-course feast in a medieval castle featuring cultural entertainment and regional cuisine
  • Port wine tasting and lunch 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, 8 lunches & 9 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Explore 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 lunch at a Porto winery, and a cruise aboard a Rabelo boat.

Paradors of Northern Spain

Day One

Welcome to Barcelona and Spain

Tauck’s most unforgettable of Northern 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, take a chance to meet those who will join you to discover the cultural diversity of Spain’s northern regions and Portugal.
Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Le Méridien Barcelona


Day Two

Art & architecture in Barcelona

Barcelona, capital of the unique Catalonia region of Spain, beguiles at every turn of your walking tour with a local guide. Highlights include Las Ramblas and the Cathedral in medieval Barrio Gótico. A drive through Montjuïc takes you past the 1992 Olympic Stadium, high above the city, then on to a visit inside la Sagrada Familia, architect Antonio Gaudí’s famously unfinished, Gothic-yet-modern cathedral. Spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish in Barcelona.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Le Méridien Barcelona


Day Three

Montserrat, Cardona & 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: El Castell de Ciutat


Day Four

Pyrenees pleasures 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, a spa treatment, or a guided visit to Andorra, a tiny, sovereign principality bordering Spain and France in the Pyrenees. A highlight of Tauck’s most memorable of Northern Spain tours awaits this evening at a special 7-course dinner at the hilltop 9th-century castle located on the grounds of your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: El Castell de Ciutat


Day Five

Pamplona & San Sebastián in Basque country

Today takes you through the marvellous 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.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Maria Cristina


Day Six

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. The remainder of the day and evening are yours to spend as you wish.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Maria Cristina


Day Seven

Bilbao, the Guggenheim & 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Parador de Fuente Dé


Day Eight

Across mountains & plains to Gothic León

Enjoy a morning at leisure, 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Parador De Léon


 Day Nine

In pilgrims’ footsteps on the way to Santiago

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 travellers 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Parador de Santiago de Compostela


Day Ten

Prosperous Porto on the Portuguese coast

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 at your hotel this evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: intercontinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas


Day Eleven

A Rabelo cruise & a taste of port in 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 travelling to Taylor’s winery to sample Porto’s pride with a tour followed by a wine tasting and lunch at their Restaurante Barão de Fladgate. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you wish in Porto.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Intercontinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas


Day Twelve

To Coimbra 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. After lunch in Pombal, continue on to legendary Lisbon, arriving early this evening for a two-night stay.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon


Day Thirteen

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 impressive Maritime Museum in its west wing; 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 the group tonight to share memories of your journey with your travelling companions at a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon


Day Fourteen

Homeward bound

Your most extraordinary of Portugal and Northern 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.
Meals included: Breakfast

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