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Basque Country: Explore the Golden Triangle (Bilingual Small Group)


This seven day tour is guaranteed to re-energize you! Enjoy the nature, architecture, and wine of Basque Country.

Basque Country is a home to breathtaking architecture, blending the historical and modern, all the while being a haven for landscape and nature lovers. Your tour will include a diverse number of activities, designed to help you relax, enjoy yourself, and learn about this beautiful Spanish region. Start your journey with an exploration of Bilbao and its surroundings, then continue onto the La Rioja region for Spain's most exclusive wine tasting, and finish off with visits to San Sebastian and Getaria. 

Pintxos are being served
Picturesque Vineyards in La Rioja

Itinerary


Small groups departing only on July 15, August 26, and October 28 of 2018.

Cities Covered Bilbao

Upon arrival to the Bilbao airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will enjoy a relaxing glass of wine at the terrace. The rest of your day is then filled with activities bound to make you fall in love with the city, including a visit to the Guggenheim Museum and a walking tour of the Old Quarters, a home to the perfect blend of Renaissance, Baroque, and Modernism. See the marvelous Cathedral of Santiago, the arcaded square Plaza Nueva, as well as the Bridge and the Church of San Anton.

In the evening, our guides will introduce you to Poteo, the long-standing Basque tradition, which involves drinking small glasses of wine, known as txikitos and munching on a variety of tapas, or "pintxos", miniature versions of Basque delicacies. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing at the hotel, or continue your Bilbao exploration. 




Cities Covered Bilbao

We will start the day with a visit to Urdaibai, one of the most diverse landscapes in the region. Its combination of intriguing forest and sandy areas, which are a shelter to many flora and fauna species, makes it one of the most diverse landscapes in the region. Then we pay a visit to Guernica, where you will visit Casa de Juntas and the petrified trunk of the symbolic oak tree which survived the bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War. 

We will also go on a guided tour of Bermeo, the charming fishing port on the Cantabrian coast. Then, we will make a photo stop at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the 10-century-old chapel at the top of a small rocky island, which gained popularity through the HBO series "Game of Thrones". In the early afternoon, see the Bizkaia Bridge, and take a chance to capture some photos - the view here is absolutely spectacular. Go back to Bilbao, where you're free to rest or walk around town one more time before you leave next morning.




Cities Covered Laguardia

In the morning we bid farewell to Bilbao, and continue our journey with a guided visit to Vitoria, where you can admire the medieval city layout, the historical buildings, temples, and mansions. Our Vitoria visit will end with a tour of Cathedral Santa Maria, a marvel of Gothic architecture. 

In the early afternoon, we will head to the Rioja wine region and check in at the hotel in Laguardia, where you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the spa facilities. Overnight in Laguardia.


Cities Covered Laguardia

After a morning tour of Laguardia and its walls, ramparts, towers, and fortified gateways, we continue our exploration of the Rioja region. First stop is the Baigorri winery, whose whole production programme is hidden underground the zinc and glass surface building. After wine tasting, we continue on to Amezola de Mora winery, a French château-style winery surrounded by vineyards with cellars dating from 1816. Engage in vineyard activities and enjoy a picnic in nature.

Upon return to the hotel, rest and take a complementary relaxing massage.



Cities Covered San Sebastián

Our day will start with a tour of San Sebastian, after which we will enjoy lunch at a traditional Cider House, surrounded by apple orchards. Some of the delicacies served include T-bone steak, cod-fish omelette, cheese with quince preserve and walnuts. Naturally, you can drink all the cider you want - directly from the barrel. You are free to enjoy the rest of your day in San Sebastian, where you will spend the night.



Cities Covered Getaria ,  San Sebastián

In the morning we will head to Getaria, a georgeous fishing port and marina, also famous for its wine produced in vineyards grown on the arbores which line the green slopes of the entire territory, swaying gently in the sea breeze. You will be taken on a Txakoli winery tour, where you will taste different txakolis - slightly sparkling, dry white wines which Getaria prides in. We then head back to San Sebastian, where you can spend the final day of your tour exploring and relaxing.



Cities Covered San Sebastián

In the morning, you will be transferred out to the Bilbao airport, leaving behind the beautiful San Sebastian and Basque Country.


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Oct 201828

All Rates in EUR per person including ALL taxes and surcharges. Your reservation will be processed in US$ at the exchange rate upon booking.

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Luxury Class
For departure October 28,2018 EUR 2,320 EUR 1,900 CALL US

Your price includes:

  • Accommodation at 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Minibus transfers and rides
  • Winery entrances and wine tasting
  • Guide service
  • Entrances to Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Cathedral Santa Maria in Vitoria, Balenciaga Museum in Getaria
  • One spa circuit and relaxing massage in La Rioja
  • Picnic in Amezola de Mora winery
  • Pintxos dinner
  • Lunch at Cider House
  • Special rates for children under 12

Your price excludes:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Travel insurance or visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and souvenirs
  • Any additional hotel accommodations pre- or post-tour
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as "included"
  • Lunch and dinner, unless otherwise specified
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS

  • 30% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
  • 70% or balance no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date

CANCELLATION FEES 

  • Up to 60 days before departure: refund less 30% total official price.
  • Between 60 and 30 days: refund less 50% of the total price.
  • Less than 30 days or failure to turn up: No refund, 100% of the total is payable.

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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