- An evening exploration of Basque small plates (pintxos) with our culinary expert (San Sebastian).
- Hotel de de Londres y de Inglaterra, San Sebastián
- Marques de Riscal, Elciego
- Parador de Léon, Léon
- Palacio de Canedo, el Bierzo
- Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, Santiago de Compostela
- 2 Nights – San Sebastián
- 2 Nights – Elciego
- 2 Nights – Léon
- 1 Night – el Bierzo
- 3 Nights – Santiago de Compostela
Day 1: San Sebastián
Arrival San Sebastián.
Tonight we will make you reservations for dinner at one of San Sebastián’s many quaint seaside restaurants.
Day 2: San Sebastián
Highlights of your day: walk along the seaside promenade, view the picturesque fishing harbor, and stroll the Alamada Boulevard, where you might do some shopping.
Tonight your food expert will introduce you to the traditional pintxos (small plates) of this region—enjoy them with some of the effervescent white wine called txakoli.
Day 3: Bilbao
On your way to Elciego, stop in Bilbao.
Your expert guide will take you through the renowned Guggenheim Museum. It is as wonderful inside as it is outside. The exterior was designed by the unparalleled Frank Gehry.
Day 4: La Rioja
Highlights of your day: tastings at wine estates of the region, historic and up-and-coming; lunch at the acclaimed Marques de Riscal Restaurant.
Day 5: Burgos
On your way to Léon, stop in Burgos.
Highlights of your day: visit Burgos’s many monuments to its Catholic heritage, including Queen Isabelle’s memorial to her mother.
Explore the two fascinating museums in the Parador de Léon, documenting its history as a stop along the Camino.
Day 6: Léon
Highlights of your day: you will be amazed by the Pantheon of the Kings, where rare frescoes pay tribute to the centuries-long rule of the kingdom of Léon; for some more modern sight-seeing, visit Gaudí’s Casa de Botines.
You won’t want to leave Léon without trying the local recipes for suckling pig and lamb, roasted in wood-burning stoves.
Day 7: Bierzo
Enjoy your ride to Bierzo.
En route, enjoy the panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains, and stop to see the Cross of Iron, significant because it marks the Camino’s highest point.
Dinner at your hotel will include a wine tasting—we will tell you our favorite wines from this region.
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
Highlights of your day: explore the picturesque town of Villafranca del Bierzo and the ancient village of O’Cebreiro, where pilgrims are believed to have visited since the 9th century.
You will have dinner reservations this evening at the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos. It is absolutely the best in town.
Day 9: Santiago de Compostela
Highlights of your day: discover the Cathedral, considered to be one of the finest achievements of Romanesque architecture; you might also stop at the Museum of Pilgrimage, located in a Gothic mansion.
Day 10: Santiago de Compostela
Highlights of your day: you won’t be able to get enough of the wine you taste at the Ribera del Ulla—it’s known for its Albacino; later, take a walk through the Gardens of Pazo de Oca.
Day 11: Madrid
Drive to Madrid.