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Land Journey

Northern Spain, The Rioja Valley and Madrid


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$6,990 USD
Journey Type
Time of Year
May - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, San Sebastián, La Rioja
Paradors of Northern Spain Escorted Tour
Hotel Marqués de Riscal


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS – Cultural charms and spectacular scenery entice during stays in a Frank Gehry masterpiece, an authentically restored castle, a former palace and a historic parador




Explorations, winery tours and tastings in the famed Rioja Valley wine region


At El Castell de Ciutat, a choice of a spa treatment, cooking demonstration of Catalan cuisine, or a round of golf





Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Step back in time on a journey that spans centuries and borders... and creates an authentic sense of place. Northern Spain captivates with a diversity of landscapes and cultural riches...

Nature lovers revel in the majesty of the spectacular Pyrenees and Picos de Europa. History buffs marvel at San Sebastián, and art and architecture aficionados find paradise in Barcelona and Bilbao. Pilgrims seek miracles along the Camino de Santiago; visitors, Hemingway included, have been invariably moved by the traditions of Pamplona; and lovers of food – and fun – savor the taste of tapas in neighborhood bars and cafés tucked in narrow medieval lanes from little rural towns to the modern metropolis that is Madrid. Linking people and places with history and charm, Spain's unique historic paradors and elegant resort hotels offer a legacy of genuine hospitality and service along the way. Read Less

Seven-course feast in a medieval castle

Day 4

Indulge in a sumptuous seven-course feast at a medieval castle in La Seu d'Urgell

Nestled in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees about a kilometer from the historic town of La Seu d'Urgell, the medieval fortress of Castell de Ciutat has borne witness to the region's history since the 9th century. After serving as home to the Counts of Urgell in the 11th century, it was used for military purposes in subsequent centuries; the marks left by French invasions can be seen on its walls. In the 1960s, the castle and its grounds were purchased from the Spanish government; a hotel was built nearby, and the fortress itself was renovated to host events like the seven-course wine-tasting dinner you'll feast upon here…

Marqués de Riscal in the Rioja Valley

Explore La Rioja from Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Explore Spain's celebrated Rioja Valley wine region with a two-night stay at the remarkable Marqués de Riscal hotel in Elciego. Designed by Frank Gehry (famed architect of Bilbao's contemporary Guggenheim Museum), the hotel, the centerpiece of this "city of wine," built in 2006, is awe-inspiring inside and out, and renowned for its architectural splendors – spectacular ribbon-like curves, titanium roof and asymmetrical walls – as well as for its locally produced wines and Michelin-starred restaurant. Highlights include a private tour of the on-site winery with a tasting; time at leisure to enjoy the hotel's signature "vinotherapy" spa and the scenery; and a walking tour of the well-preserved medieval village of Laguardia en route to seaside San Sebastián.

Parador de Santiago de Compostela

A two-night stay stay at one of the oldest hotels in the world

The luxurious Parador de Santiago de Compostela – where you'll spend two nights of your journey – originated in 1499 as a royal hospital to give shelter to pilgrims making their way to Santiago along the "Way of St. James"... making it one of the oldest hotels on Earth. In the Middle Ages, the city of Santiago de Compostela was the third most important place of pilgrimage after Rome and Jerusalem. It continues to draw visitors from around the world to view and honor the memory of the Apostle James at the Cathedral that bears his name.

Whether it was the gastronomy, the paradors, fellow travelers, geography, tour director, or pacing, this tour is as close to heaven as I can imagine.

Jonathan Weil


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This was an excellent trip and a great value. Our tour director did a terrific job of informing, entertaining, and paying careful attention to all details and all guests. We were quite impressed with how hard the director work to "congeal" the group. We were impressed with his knowledge of history and culture. Excellent hotels/paradores and food.

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For those who had never been Sagrada Familia is worth the entire trip. We had done that before and found Montserrat and the Pyrenees incredible. The visits to Bilbao, Porto and Lisbon were outstanding. All of this was memorable, but Monserrat takes the cake.

Being my first trip with Tauck, I didn't know what to expect. What we got far surpassed anything I imagined. First, our guide was the heart and soul of the adventure. He was superb! As for the trip, the places visited and the hotels we stayed in all exceeded expectations. I never imagined that Spain had such a diverse geography and populace.Thanks!

Most Memorable Moment:

There were so many memorable moments it would be difficult to identify only one. So here goes: Barcelona - the Sagrada Familia, going to Andorra, 12th century cathedral in La Seu d'Urgell, where the bulls run in Pamplona, Guggenheim in Bilbao, Picos d'Europa (alps in Spain, really) Pilgrims Way and Santiago de Compostella, Porto Winery, Coimbra

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