03-13 MAY 2012
Day 1: Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona. Transfer on your own to our hotel Avenida Palace or similar, in the city centre. After time for a little relaxation, we will our guide at 17.00 at the lobby and enjoy a walk down the famous pedestrian street called La Rambla before dinner at Fonda España.
Day 2: Barcelona
After breakfast we will have an overview of Barcelona beginning with visit to the Picasso Museum in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The museum houses the best works of Picasso’s youth and his famous interpretation of the Velazquez series of Las Meninas. We will have lunch in La Venta a restaurant high on a hill with wonderful views of the city below. Our next stop is Gaudi’s Park Güell, a fanciful housing community that didn’t catch on in its day because of its distance from the city centre. Today it is swallowed up by the city and makes a lovely park. Dinner on your own.
Day 3: Barcelona – Sitges – Barcelona
This morning we’ll visit the Miró Foundation on Montjüic. Miro’s friend, architect Josep Sert, designed the stark white building to house his collection of graphics, paintings, sculptures and tapestries. Lunch on your own. You’ll have some free time today before our late-afternoon visit to the seaside village of sitges where we’ll visit the Maricel Palace Museum and If possible, enjoy a glass of the local Cava (champagne) before a memorable dinner at Al Fresco, one of our favourite restaurants.
Day 4: Barcelona – Púbol – Figueres – Barcelona
Our day will be spent exploring the fantasy and absurdity of Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala. We’ll start with the medieval castle that Dalí bought for Gala in the 1970s near the tiny village of Púbol. The castle contains their unusual furnishings and some of his paintings. We’ll have lunch in Mas Pau, a more conventional but ancient house in the nearby countryside, surrounded by gardens, decorated with antiques, and known for fine regional cuisine.
Our afternoon is spent in the Dalí theatre-Museum in Figueres, home to his most bizarre works and his last remains. This building defies description inside and out. Enjoy! Dinner on your own.
Day 5: Barcelona – San Sebastian
In the morning we’ll visit more of Gaudi’s famous architecture including his most ambitious and final endeavour, the yet unfinished Sagrada Familia. We’ll have one last Catalan lunch at Brasseri Flo before enjoy the Palau de la Música. The music palace is a celebration of modernist tile work, sculpture, and stained glass designed by Lluís Domenech i Montaner. A short flight will take us to San Sebastían, a lovely city on the Cantabrian Sea in the Basque Country. Dinner on your own.
Day 6: San Sebastián – Fuenterrabía – San Sebastián
San Sebastián, the “jewel of Euskadi”, is a graceful, dynamic city, embraced by hills, with an incomparable shell-shaped bay that opens out to the sea. The old city, or “La Parte Vieja”, will be the focus of our morning walk. This small area features pedestrian-only streets, sidewalk cafes, and family-owned shops.
We’ll board the bus mid-day for a short drive to the sea faring town of Fuenterrabia, and its well-preserved walls. After our lunch at Beko-Errota we’ll visit the town and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the scenic slopes of Mt. Jaizkibel returning to San Sebastián. Dinner on your own.
Day 7: San Sebastián
Free morning. Lunch on your own. Even though this is officially a free day in San Sebastián, we have some exciting options for you Perhaps a walk to Chillida’s Comb of the Winds sculpture or the highly acclaimed aquarium. A private Basque gastronomic society will prepare our dinner, and a cooking show.
Day 8: San Sebastian- Gernika – Bilbao
Continuing on, we drive west to Gernika. This once-devasted village is famed for its “Tree of Gernika”, the symbol of Basque heritage, law, and freedom that inspired the haunting Picasso masterpiece of the same name. We’ll visit sculptural monuments by Henry Moore and Eduardo chillida and enjoy the natural beauty of the Urdaibai Nature Reserve. We’ll have lunch in a caserio (Basque farmhouse) called Leizka before making our way to Bilbao where we’ll have an orientation walk in the modern part of this exciting city. Dinner on your own.
Day 9: Bilbao
We have set aside this morning for exploring Bilbao, the once industrial hub that also has so many wonderful offering just now being discovered by travellers. Our morning walking tour will introduce us to the Casco Viejo or old town of the medieval city centre. Lunch is on your own and this afternoon we will take a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the talk of the art, architecture, and travel communities since it opened. To top off a wonderful day, we’ll have dinner in one of Bilbao’s finest restaurants.
(Note: this is our official farewell dinner even though our tour is not complete. Our last day is full and our departure morning will come very early. The last night is yours to pack and pick up last minute gifts)
Day 10: Bilbao
In the morning we’ll follow a picturesque road that unveils the riverside scenery along the Nervión. We’ll travel through garden suburbs of elegant mansions and a series of beaches and cliffs as the estuary opens onto El Abra Bay. One of the interesting man made attractions along the way is the unique transporter bridge, the oldest of 20 in the world and popularly known as the handing bridge. Its gondola has been updated to carry passengers and vehicles. We’ll have lunch at the Gran Hotel Puente Colgante in Portugalete and return to Bilbao with time for you to explore on your own. You might enjoy the Basque impressionist collection at the Fine Arts Museum in the centre of a peaceful park or shopping on the Gran Via. Dinner on your own.
Our plans are now dictated by airline schedules. When we arrive at the Bilbao’s airport, we will help you check your luggage through to its final destination and get your boarding passes. Then it’s time to say farewell!!
*With a minimum group of 4 people
Single supplement: 606€
Includes domestic flight from Barcelona to Fuenterrabia during tour. Tour members must purchase international air to Barcelona and from Bilbao
Terms and Conditions:
Scheduled Tours Include: Full-time multi-lingual guides, baggage handling, most admissions. Modern roomy motorcoaches or vans depending on group size.
All hotels, breakfast and the main meal each day, and local wine with meals. Barcelona to Bilbao tour includes flight form Barcelona to San Sebastián.
Not Included: International air and connecting flights, single room supplements, customs fees, some meals, telephone charges, hard liquor, mini-bar charges, laundry, excess baggage charges, and medical expenses.
Reservations: A deposit of 200€ per person is required to confirm the reservation. Full payment required 60 days before the beginning of the selected tour.
• After confirmation: 200 €
• Up to 60 days prior to departure date: 50% €
• Less than 30 days prior to departure date: 100% €
• In progress: no refund
Hotels: Romotur does not use big chain hotels. We stay in deluxe lodgings that reflect de culture and that are located centrally to give you opportunities to walk and explore on free time. All rooms have private baths.
Land transportation: Modern roomy motorcoaches or vans depending on group size. Smoking is not permitted on the bus.
Activity Level: Good physical and mental health are necessary for the enjoyment of our tours. Most days we probably spend a couple hours total on our feet, the time divided among leisurely strolls through pedestrian-only centers, of ancient towns and climbing a fer castle stairs. Our walks are mostly over level ground, but often include some uneven or cobblestone terrain. The pace is leisurely and includes time for the guides to describe what you are seeing, but you really do need to be able to walk unassisted by others. We ask that you be honest in assessing your abilities so as not to inconvenience other members on the tour. More active participants will have plenty of opportunities for higher levels of activity. Please call our office if you have any questions.
Single supplements: Travellers who pay single supplements for private rooms should understand that the additional cost does not imply that private rooms are of higher quality than doubles, only that they are private.
Shared rooms: we will attempt to match you with a compatible roommate if you desire, but if it doesn’t work out of any reason (even if at the last moment or while the tour), each of you must pay the pro-rated single supplement
Cost: Price of land arrangements are based on the Euro
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Credit Card Payments: You may use your credit card to make your deposit by telephone, mail or securely online. We prefer final payment in the form of Bank Transfer to Romotur. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Changes: If services or accommodations cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond our control, we will substitute comparable services and accommodations. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change any part of the itinerary without notice. Uncompleted portions of the itinerary are not cause for refund.
Group Size: Romotur travels with as few as four and as many as 21
Air Reservations: Passage contract in use by the airlines shall be the sale contract between the purchaser of this tour and/or passenger. Rules governing air tickets and refunds are applied by the airlines your guide will meet our designated flight at the airport. All other flight arrivals must arrange to meet up with the group at their own expense.
Agreement: In an honest endeavour to insure a happy and compatible tour, Romotur reserves the right to refuse the application of anyone or expel any member whose conduct is, in our judgement, incompatible with the interest of the group. No refund will be made for the unused portion of any tour.
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