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9 Day Northern Spain Fly & Drive

9 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, tueday - Arrive in Madrid
Arrive in Madrid, Spain’s energetic capital. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day at Leisure in Madrid

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Madrid on your own or join the half day optional Panoramic Madrid tour. View the famed Gran Via, modern buildings, the Bullring, gardens and classical and modern squares. You can choose to enjoy the rest of the day in Madrid on your own, or join the optional which will take you to medieval Toledo, former capital of Spain. Visit the church of St. Tome with its El Greco masterpiece "The Burial of Count Orgaz." and the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, considered one of the oldest synagogues in Spain. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Panoramic Madrid (AM)

DAY 4, Thursday - Drive to Bilbao
This morning, check out of your hotel, pick up you car rental in Madrid's city center, and head to Bilbao. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or visit the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim Museum displays an ultra modern exterior designed by Frank Gehry and incredible exhibitions that are continuously changing, making each visit unique. For contrast visit the Old City to see St. James' Cathedral or Church of San Anton to admire these intimidating Gothic style buildings. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Distance: 210 miles*

DAY 5, Friday - Drive to San Sebastian
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Bilbao or travel east towards San Sebastian, a unique city on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Only 20 km from the French border this city offers visitors everything from the impressive architecture of the San Sebastian Cathedral to sprawling beaches and blue waters. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance: 65 miles*

DAY 6, Saturday - Drive to Zaragoza en route to Barcelona
This morning, check out of your hotel and head to Barcelona. Make a stop in the historical town of Zaragoza along the way. Here you can visit some of the city's famous landmarks, such as the Basilica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral, and Aljaferia Palace. This evening return your car rental in the Barcelona city center** and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 6 hours
Distance: 400 miles*

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day at Leisure in Barcelona
Spend the morning at leisure or choose to take the full day optional Barcelona Highlights tour. Experience the highlights that the beautiful city of Barcelona has to offer. Begin with the most famous works of Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi and experience the whimsical and fantastical world of Gaudi's designs. Travel down the Passeig de Gracia, a broad street lined with trees, shops and houses. The street is home to some of the most renowned of Gaudi's buildings - la Casa Mila and la Casa Batllo. Continue with a visit to the Sagrada Familia, the inspiring and still incomplete work of Gaudi. Afterwards, head to the waterfront and the Old Port and continue to view the Columbus Monument, Gothic Drassanes shipyard and the World Trade Center. Visit Montjuic hill and enjoy outstanding views of the city from Mirador de Miramar lookout. Next, view the 1992 Olympic sports complex. Finally, arrive at the Poble Espanyol for some time to explore on your own. (Breakfast)

Optional: Full Day Barcelona Highlights Tour (AM)
Optional: Barcelona Flamenco Show & Drink (PM)

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day at Leisure in Barcelona
Enjoy the day to explore Barcelona independently or choose to take a half day optional Montserrat tour. It includes a visit to the famous Royal Basilica, where you will view the 12th-century Romanesque sculpture of "Virgen Moreneta". Return to Barcelona and enjoy the afternoon exploring the city independently. Some major attractions to visit include the Eixample District and the Parc Guell, Gaudi's unique take on a public park has become one of the city's most iconic sights. Don't forget to take a stroll down the historic avenue of Las Ramblas, the most famous and lively street in Barcelona. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Montserrat Tour 3:00 PM

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Spain
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

Map
All This Included
  • 7 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
  • 3 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Theft Protection (T.P.), Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily


Accommodations
Madrid: Hotel Ganivet
Bilbao: Occidental Bilbao
Barcelona: Abba Sants Hotel
Notes
  • This is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.
  • Please note that there is a one time fee of 50 Euro when vehicle is not returned to the same location as collected
  • This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1-4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program’s unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information. 
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.