5-Day Route Discovering Northern Spain, its Wine Regions and Historic Hotels
Private Tour & Guide
4 nights staying in Historical hotels
Visit the Basque Country, Navarra, Rioja & Cantabria
Visits to three wine cellars with wine tastings
High end luxury transport
5 Days - 4 Nights
Spain’s Paradores hotels are housed historic and emblematic buildings across the country, such as former monasteries, convents and palaces. These stunning buildings give travellers a chance to stay in historic places and experience fine gastronomic cuisine. All of this adds up to a complete sensory experience, which is totally unique.
In 1928, the Marques de la Vega Inclán had the idea of setting up state hotels in different parts of Spain, in order to generate wealth, whilst regenerating historic and emblematic buildings at the same time. These Paradores Hotels are testament to the history of the country – places where the passage of time is so palpable.
At Northern Spain Gastronomy, we have created this private tour around some of the best Paradores, combining our deep knowledge of Northern Spain with gastronomy and viticulture. Exploring Northern Spain through our eyes while staying at Paradores, will enable you to experience a more local side the region.
* This private tour is a possible itinerary that can be adapted to your specific preferences and requirements.
Day 1: San Sebastian & Hondarribia
Our Northern Spain tour begins with a pick up at the airport or your hotel in Northern Spain. Depending on your starting point we will customise the tour for you to maximise your time with us.
We will take you to a family winery to taste the Txakoli wine, the most representative white wine of Basque Country. These wineries are at the top of the Basque mountains facing to the Cantabric sea.
For lunch you can either enjoy some pintxos (Basque Tapas) in the Old town of San Sebastian or visit one of the incredible cider houses of Astigarraga. Cider, T-bone steak and a lot of fun guaranteed.
In the afternoon, we will take a walk through the beautiful city of Hondarribia, considered one of the most beautiful Basque villages, where you will stay in the wonderful Parador, which was once the Castle of Carlos V. The Parador still retains its fortress appearance, with thick stone walls, earthy, yet elegant decoration, and rooms which were occupied by notorious characters such as Philip III of Spain and Maria of Austria.
Day 2: French Basque Country & Navarra
We will pass over into the French Basque Country. Here, you will visit the charming red and white village of Saint Jean de Luz and its picturesque houses from the 17th century. And of course you will not leave without tasting the famous macarons (they started here) and chocolate that makes the city so famous and delicious.
Next, our Northern Spain tour enters the historic city of Pamplona, where every year, thousands of people join the running of the bulls at the fiesta of San Fermín. We will also enjoy sampling the local cuisine on the revered Calle Estafeta.
Stay in the Guendulain Palace, a 18th-century building which has been beautifully transformed into a magnificent hotel with a garden exhibiting vintage cars and an elegant restaurant.
Day 3: The Rioja Region
Discover the celebrated wine region of La Rioja. We will drive through vineyard-covered landscapes, nestled below the mountains, which protect the region from the winds.
Here, we will visit three family wine producers and enjoy a fascinating introduction to wine, whilst tasting several varieties, paired with local cheeses and chorizos.
We will enjoy lunch in Laguardia, one of the most picturesque towns in Rioja Alavesa, with its fortified wall and narrow cobbled streets, where the vineyards meet the mountains.
Stay in Hospederia Los Parajes, a beautiful converted house from the 16th century in the main square of Laguardia. Completely dedicated to the wine world. It counts with its own underground cellar dated from the 15th century and spa with wine and grapes treatments.
Day 4: Burgos & Santillana del Mar
We will visit a breath-taking village, sitting between the green mountains and gushing waterfalls, where we will enjoy good traditional Castilian food.
Visit the extraordinary gothic Cathedral of Burgos. For lunch enjoy the traditional baby lamb cooked in the popular wood ovens.
Our next visit it is he acclaimed Cantabrian village of Santillana del Mar, well known for its beauty, has been declared a National Monument. Here, we will learn all about the three lies behind its name.
You will stay in the residence to the "Marquis of Santillana" from the 15th century which has been carefully renovated into a delightful 5-star hotel.
Day 5: Castro Urdiales & Bilbao
Day five of our Northern Spain tour takes us to discover a beautiful fishing village in Cantabria, where we will take a step through its port and Gothic enclave. You will discover the history of the town and the associated stories of the Celts. You will also be able to try their famous anchovies.
We will finish our Northern Spain tour visiting the artistic and architectural city of Bilbao. We will visit the city with a wonderful walk around the Guggenheim museum, the Nervion river, The Ribera market (the biggest covered market in Europe) and the charming 13th century Old Town.
For lunch we will take you for the best food of Bilbao with our walking food tour.
We take you to your airport or your next destination in the north of Spain.
We are a small fully-licensed family business, conducting Northern Spain tours.
We aim to offer the best quality, from food and wine to transport and service.
We have more than five years' experience in the travel & tourism industry.
Our Northern Spain tours are conducted in a 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano for your comfort.
We accept all types of debit/credit cards.
We partner with these historic Parador hotels because they maintain a respect for history and authenticity.
Each of these hotels have been hand picked because of their excellent restaurants and wine lists.
Most of them aim to use seasonal and sustainable products.
During our Northern Spain tour, we will visit small towns & villages that you won't be able to find on your own.
We are a team of four, who all have experience in wine and gastronomy.
Our team are locals, who know all about North of Spain and its historic hotels.
Whilst we have a carefully planned itinerary, we aim to cater to our clients, and can adjust accordingly.
We want you to feel like you are on a road trip with friends, rather than a tour.