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Highlights of The Basque Country

Travel to historic towns, sleepy villages, taste wine, cheese and local cuisine

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Travel to historic towns, sleepy villages, taste wine, cheese and local cuisine and soak up the unique atmosphere of the beautiful Basque and Rioja Country.

Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Portsmouth/Plymouth for the afternoon Brittany Ferries mini-cruise to Santander in Northern Spain. The evening is free to relax and enjoy the many on board facilities of this superb cruise ferry. (Meals payable on board.)

Day 2

After a lunchtime arrival in Santander, meet the guide and transfer to the Sercotel Villa de Laguardia in Laguardia for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.


Day 3

A day out in the world-famous wine region of La Rioja, passing through extensive vineyards and making stops on the Pilgrim Road, the first being at the town of Najera. Later, head for Santo Domingo de la Calzada, for more stories of the 'Camino' and free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour one of the local bodegas and learn about the production and tasting of the wine.

B, D

Day 4

Travel to Burgos, the birthplace of the Kingdom of Castile and home to a beautiful 15th Century palace, once visited by Columbus. Stroll alongside the river to the unique city gate and on to one of the most impressive gothic cathedrals in Spain, the final resting place of El Cid. In the afternoon enjoy the optional walk along the river to Miraflores.

B, D

Day 5

Pamplona is famous for the running of the bulls, but it also has a long and interesting history, impressive historic buildings and the best fortifications in Spain. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic quarter and, after free time, travel to Idiazabal for a tour and a tasting of the famous cheese.

B, D

Day 6

Say farewell to Laguardia and travel to San Sebastian, a pretty resort on the Bay of Biscay, surrounded by mountains and well-known by the rich and famous. Take a guided walking tour to see the beach in the town centre, the beautiful 19th Century French inspired architecture and the old quarter where all the 'pixto' bars are located. Later transfer to the Hotel Abando in Bilbao for a three night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

B, D

Day 7

Today is free to enjoy the sights of Bilbao, or join the guide for a walk into the city in the morning. Bilbao is home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, a fine gothic-revival cathedral and the compact Casco Viejo, Bilbao's atmospheric old quarter, is full of charming streets, pleasant cafés and plenty of independent shops.

B, D

Day 8

A full day excursion beginning with Gernika, the historic and symbolic centre of Basque Country and known throughout the world due to the painting by Pablo Picasso. Purchase lunch in the fishing town of Bermeo, with its beautiful old port. Later, travel to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, reputed to be a 10th Century hermitage, to enjoy a coffee or glass of 'patxaran' before returning to the hotel.

B, D

Day 9

Depart after breakfast and travel to Santander with a little free time to explore before boarding the Brittany Ferries overnight sailing. (Meals payable on board.)


Day 10

On arrival in Portsmouth/Plymouth, travel back to East Anglia where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included

Hotel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia, Araba

Located among gardens and vineyards, the Hotel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia boasts plenty of health and fitness facilities and is ideally located to explore the Basque region.


Hotel Abando, Bilbao

Located in the centre of Bilbao, close to the shopping streets and old quarter, the Hotel Abando stands at the meeting point between tradition and avant-garde, in keeping with the present-day spirit of Bilbao. 


Brittany Ferries

The Brittany Ferries vessel is comfortable and represents the very latest in cruise ferry technology.  Accommodation is in two-berth inside cabins (bunks) equipped with private facilities. Two-bedded cabins are available at a supplement (see below).


At a glance:

  • Burgos Cathedral

  • La Rioja wine tasting

  • Idiazabal cheese tasting

  • Burgos guided tour

  • Pamplona guided tour

  • San Sebastian guided tour

  • ¼ bottle wine each evening

  • Home Pick Up


This tour is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel


Please note: Meals on board Brittany Ferries are not included.


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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
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