october 18th - 27th, 2024

An Inspired travel Adventure Spain

Spain is often seen not merely as a singular nation but as a mosaic of diverse mini-nations, each boasting its unique identity, traditions, and even dialects. This ten-day journey is designed to immerse you in the rich tapestry of Spain’s Basque and Catalan regions, offering a deep dive into their distinctive flavors, artistic heritage, cultural vibrancy, and engaging interactions with locals. Experience the lively streets of Barcelona, the relaxed pace of San Sebastián, the architectural wonders of Bilbao, the renowned culinary scene of Logroño, the dynamic atmosphere of cosmopolitan Madrid, and the majestic beauty of the Pyrenees mountains.

Barcelona

Anthony Bourdain

"Any reasonable, sentient person who looks at Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they're going to fall in love. This is the dream of all the world."

Package Includes

9 Nights of Accommodations at these locally owned hotels or similar

  • 2  night at Hotel AA Viladomat Barcelona
  • 2 nights at Casa Rural Ruben, Pyrenees
  • 2 nights at Hotel Bilbao Plaza, Bilboa 
  • 1 night at Hotel Condes de Haro Logrono
  • 2 nights at Hotel Europa, Madrid 

Rioja Region Wine Tasting

San Sebastián day trip

Casa Rural stay with traditional meals

Orientation walks in Barcelona and Madrid

Local guide throughout most of the trip

Our Itinerary

Inspired Travel Adventure to Spain Itinerary

October 18

Barcelona

Upon your arrival in Barcelona, embrace the opportunity to explore this vibrant city at your own pace. With its blend of Catalan culture, iconic architecture, and Mediterranean charm, Barcelona offers a wealth of experiences.

October 19

Barcelona

Discover Barcelona at your leisure, starting your day in a quaint café with a café con leche, before wandering through the historic Gothic Quarter or admiring Antoni Gaudí's whimsical architecture. Stroll down La Rambla, explore the vibrant Boqueria Market, or relax on Barceloneta Beach. As evening arrives, dive into the lively local dining scene, sampling tapas and Catalan wine at bustling bars. This day offers a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and culinary delights, allowing you to experience Barcelona's rich culture and vibrant atmosphere at your own pace.

October 20th

Barcelona to Pyrenees

Embark on a journey starting with a brief exploration of Barcelona's treasures before setting off northward in the afternoon. Make your way to the majestic Pyrenees via local bus and van, culminating in your arrival at a charming 'casa rural'—a beautifully converted farmhouse—nestled near the quaint town of Ainsa. Here, you'll have the opportunity to savor mouthwatering local cuisine and dedicate time to wandering through the stunning natural scenery that surrounds you.

October 21st

Pyrenees

Spend a delightful day immersed in the picturesque landscapes of the Pyrenees. Choose to embark on some of the scenic hikes offered in the vicinity, each promising breathtaking views and the serene beauty of nature. Alternatively, venture into Ainsa for a day of exploration, where history and charm converge in this enchanting town. Conclude your day with a restful evening back at the 'casa rural', where the tranquility of the countryside promises a peaceful night's rest.

October 22nd

Pyrenees to Bibao

Journey next to Bilbao, marking your entrance into the distinct and captivating Basque region of Spain. Arriving in the early afternoon, you're presented with the opportunity to dive into the cultural heart of this vibrant city. Choose to marvel at the architectural masterpiece that is the Guggenheim Museum, a beacon of modern art and a symbol of Bilbao's revitalization. Alternatively, embrace a more physical adventure by ascending the Mallona Stairs to reach Parque Etxebarria, where you're rewarded with stunning panoramic views over the city's unique landscape.

October 23rd

San Sebastian Day trip

Embark on an enticing day trip to the gastronomic paradise of San Sebastian, renowned for its vibrant food scene and picturesque coastlines. Opt for a captivating pintxos (tapas) tour to delve into the rich culinary culture of the area. This unique experience not only offers a taste of the local cuisine but also unfolds the fascinating story behind the Basque region's culinary fame. After a day of exploration and indulgence, return to Bilbao for the evening..

October 24th

Bilbao to Logrono

Travel to Logroño, the heart of the prestigious Rioja wine region, where an exquisite wine tasting experience awaits you. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the rich viticultural traditions of one of Spain's most celebrated wine-producing areas. Logroño itself is a treasure trove of historical and cultural sights. The city boasts an abundance of churches, Roman bridges, parks, plazas, and ancient buildings, each with its own story to tel

October 25

Logrono to Madrid

Journey to Madrid and immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Spain's capital city as the evening unfolds. Upon arrival, let the energy of Madrid's streets captivate you, with its lively squares, exquisite dining, and pulsating nightlife. Explore the historic heart of the city, where ancient architecture and modern vibrancy meet. Dine at one of the many renowned restaurants, sampling delectable Spanish cuisine and local wines. As night falls, consider a stroll through the illuminated Plaza Mayor or along the bustling Gran Vía, witnessing Madrid's iconic landmarks aglow.

October 26th

Madrid

Embark on a leisurely exploration of Madrid, where the day unfolds with the promise of cultural richness and vibrant street life. Begin with a leisurely breakfast at a sunlit plaza café, soaking in the lively atmosphere of Spain's capital. Venture through the grand boulevards and discover the majestic Royal Palace, or lose yourself in the art-filled corridors of the Prado Museum, home to some of Europe's most revered artworks. Stroll through the Retiro Park, an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city, before exploring the bustling Mercado de San Miguel, where gourmet Spanish delicacies await. As dusk falls, Madrid's streets come alive with the energy of nightlife; join the locals in a tapas crawl, savoring small bites and experiencing the city's culinary diversity. Madrid offers a seamless blend of historical grandeur, artistic splendor, and lively urban culture, all waiting to be discovered at your own pace.

October 27th

Departure Day

Depart at any time

Your Hosts

Michelle Gaudet

Michelle Gaudet, CTC

 Michelle is an award-winning Canadian independent travel advisor, as well as a published writer and photographer. As the founder of Inspired Travel Adventures, she specializes in curating trips that are not only fun and culturally rich, but also promote personal growth, wellness, and connection. Michelle’s mission is to create unforgettable journeys that empower and inspire people to explore the world and discover themselves, all while forming lifelong friendships.

Kim Laraby

Kim Laraby is a busy IT & business professional. She’s also a certified Vipassana meditation instructor, a plant-based Chef, food stylist & extensive world traveller. She believes in women empowering each other and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

Pricing & Additional Information

Rates

Double Occupancy – $3195 CAD per person (sharing a room)*

Single Occupancy – $3895 CAD per person (your own room)*

*If do not have a roommate, we can match you with a suitable roommate and there will not be a single supplement charge.

*Single occupancy room option is limited.

A deposit of $700 is due at the time of booking.

Final payment of $2395 due July 20th, 2024. Flexible payment plans available,  Please ask for more details.

Deposit is non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled by Inspired Travel Adventures.

Tour Supplier: G Adventures. G Adventures’ Terms and Conditions.

Group Size

Minimum of 8 people

Maximum of 16 people

Activity Level

Light walking,  suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Exclusions

  • International Airfare
  • Meals Not Listed
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Optional Tours & Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Out of country medical insurance is required by all travelers. Proof will be required. We strongly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance as a way to protect your travel investment. We would be happy to provide a quote through Manulife at your request.

Flights

Flights can be book through Inspired Travel Adventures or on your own.  Please do not book any flights until the tour is confirmed. 

About the Accommodations

On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations.

Passport and Entry Requirements

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Changes in entry requirements toSpain are subject to change.  A Visa is not required for Canadian or US citizens.

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