Basque, primarily the Northern part of Spain is quite different in terms of lifestyle, cuisine and culture. The cultural influences are slightly French as they share a border. From San Sebastian, the lovely seaside metropolis to Bilbao, the eternal art museum, the Basque country side is a delight to be on. The coastal route is one of the best driving routes in the country. Experience the North Spain, with a touch of difference.
Arrive at Madrid Airport, and take the rental car, drive to Zaragoza for 3 hours 10 minutes (314 km). Check in at hotel in Zaragoza. Zaragoza is the culminant point in the valley of Ebro, Spain's most water-bearing river, in an impressive landscape with picturesque villages and very old traditions and popular customs. Zaragoza is one of the great monumental towns in Spain.
Leave Zaragoza and drive to San Sebastian for 2 hours 40 minutes (264 km). San Sebastian has a glorious backdrop with a scallop-shaped bay framed by two hills (Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo) and the small island of Santa Clara. The vast sand beaches follow the curve of the bay: La Concha beach and beyond the promontory, the fashionable Ondarreta beach.
Head to Bilbao today, drive for 1 hour 10 minutes (100 km). Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country and maintains a beautiful historic quarter with a dominating gothic cathedral. While in Bilbao, check out the Guggenheim Museum, a structure that is considered to be an important piece of contemporary architecture, stop by the famous bridge Zubizri next to the museum as well,
Drive to Santander for an hour and 10 minutes (100 km). Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the La Magdalena peninsula.
Today takes you to Salamanca after a drive of 3 hours 30 minutes (364 km). Salamanca is in the central area of Spain, Universal, magnificent, wise, young and golden: this city is an inland destination well worth discovering for many reasons. Its historic center has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Today, drive to Madrid for about 2 hours 15 minutes (213 km). Check out the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, Habsburg old quarter, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo de la castellana and the Real Madrid Stadium, and Santiago Bernabéu. Stay overnight.
It's time to say goodbye to this beautiful, fantastic country!
- Accommodation based on bed & breakfast in 4* hotels
- standard class rental car during the whole program o car will be given with a full tank, delivery car required with full tank
- Services not described above
- Tips, porterage and tourist taxes
- Entrance fees for monuments
- lunches and dinners