3 of the Best Tours of Northern Spain

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published March 31, 2024

Northern Spain is a perfect destination for a multi-day tour, with vineyards, epic ocean towns, sprawling metropolises and incredible culture. 


Few places on earth are as varied and captivating as northern Spain. The area that touches the Pyrenees to the north, the Mediterranean to the east and the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic ocean to the West, has almost everything you could wish for in between. This is a place where you can surf big waves, walk through forests and mountains, explore vineyards, or just walk the streets of big cosmopolitan cities. The best way to explore northern Spain is to take a tour, many taking in big cities, natural wonders and historic landmarks as they go. Here are three of the best tours of northern Spain. 

11 Day Northern Spain Tour from Barcelona to Madrid

This is a big one, spanning ten days and eleven nights and taking in the very best that the north of Spain has to offer. The tour starts in Barcelona and takes in Pamplona, with its famous bull ring, through culinary San Sebastián, Bilbao with the modern Guggenheim Museum, passing quaint towns, stunning scenery before reaching stylish Madrid. You get an expert travel director and professional driver as well as cherry-picked hotels that are all tried and trusted. This tour includes 10 breakfasts, one welcome reception, one lunch, and two dinners. From €2,423.

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Northern Spain – End Madrid Classic Group

This tour takes a mostly similar route to the above and has a choice of different starting points – Madrid or Barcelona – with options to take a small group tour for a few hundred Euros more. The starting point for the Madrid version allows time to explore the capital before travelling on to the Guadarrama Mountains and on to Santiago for wine tasting. The tour then heads along Costa Verde to Oviedo, through picturesque Santillana del Mar and on to Santander, before finishing with Pamplona and Barceolna. Included are personal radio headsets for visits to famous highlights and also breakfasts, along with some lunches and dinners. From €2,886.

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Highlights of Northern Spain

Another eleven-day epic, this tour starts from Bilbao and finishes in Barcelona. Along the way there are amazing experiences built in, from a traditional cooking class in Pamplona to seeing the rolling vineyards and discovering the magnificent Olite Royal Palace, the medieval seat of the Court of Navarre. The emphasis is avoiding the classic touristy experiences along the way, with an eclectic array of stops that reflect the true culture of the Basque, Navarre and Catalonia regions. This is is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others. From EUR 3.314.

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