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Bilbao, San Sebastian & the Vineyards of Rioja

8 days from £799*
Departing: June - October 2018
* Price shown: 23 September 2018 from Manchester - MAN
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  • 17th June

Explore Spain's Basque Country

Based in the charming blue flag resort of Isla, on the pristine Cantabrian Coast, this very special holiday takes in some of northern Spain's greatest treasures. Visit San Sebastian's spectacular beachfront and beguiling old quarter, enjoy a day in Bilbao and visit its iconic Guggenheim Museum, and take a trip into the ancient region of La Rioja to sample the local wines. You'll also enjoy opportunities to discover elegant Santander and French treasure Biarritz on a duo of optional excursions.

Bilbao Holiday Highlights

  • Spend seven nights in Isla on the stunning Cantabrian Coast
  • Sample San Sebastian's legendary pintxos tapas
  • Explore the great Basque city of Bilbao and visit its glittering Guggenheim Museum
  • Explore La Rioja, Spain's famed wine-producing region
  • Visit Haro, with its historic bodegas, and enjoy a wine-tasting
  • See Santo Domingo de la Calzada, situated on the famed Camino pilgrims' trail
  • Discover elegant Santander and fashionable Biarritz, on optional excursions

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation in the three-star Hotel Isla Bella Spa (four-star upgrade available for a supplement)
  • Guided tours of San Sebastian and Bilbao
  • Entrance to the Guggenheim Museum
  • A day trip to La Rioja
  • Return flights to Bilbao
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Bilbao Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Bilbao

Fly to Bilbao, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to Isla and your hotel.

Day Two: Explore San Sebastian

Visit San Sebastian on today's included guided tour. See La Concha - a sparkling, crescent-shaped bay considered one of the world's finest urban beaches - then wander along the lively, narrow streets of the Old Town and across the river to see the marvellous belle-epoque buildings of the elegant Gros district.

Day Three: Relax on Isla Playa's beaches

Enjoy a restful free day at the hotel or head out to explore the famous bays that make up Isla Playa. The stunning beaches of Playa El Sable and Playa de los Barcos are both located close to the hotel and boast golden sands, clear water and are surrounded by the lush green landscape that characterise this attractive region of Spain.

Day Four: Visit Bilbao

Discover the great Basque city of Bilbao on today's fascinating included excursion. Set astride the River Nervion, this vibrant city has transformed itself from industrial metropolis to a leading centre of arts and culture. You'll have the chance to stroll through the Casco Viejo - the old town of elegant arcades and quirky architecture - before we make our way to the remarkable Museo Guggenheim, the vast futuristic edifice that gives the city its status as an arts cente. Entrance to the museum is included, and inside you'll discover one of Spain's finest collections of modern art.

Day Five: Join our optional excursion to Biarritz, in the French Pyrenees

On today's optional excursion we'll cross the border into southwest France, passing through the pretty foothills of the Pyrenees to reach Biarritz. This glamourous seaside resort attracts pleasure-seekers and surfers to its famous beaches, many of which are backed by glitzy hotels, villas and casinos. Stroll the gilded shoreline, and perhaps take a seat in an elegant cafe or salon de the to soak up the charm of this seaside gem.

Day Six: Journey into La Rioja wine region

Travelling south, we'll delve into the marvellous countryside of northern Spain to visit the region of La Rioja, famous across the world for its rich red, fine white and crisp rose wines. Our first stop is in bustling Haro, the centre of the Rioja Alta, where'll we visit one of its historic bodegas for a wine tasting. We'll then continue south from Haro to the town of Santa Domingo de la Calzada, a popular stop on the fabled Camino de Santiago pilgrims' trail that snakes its way through the vine-covered landscape.

Day Seven: Join our optional excursion to Santander

Choose to enjoy your final day relaxing in Isla Playa, or join our optional tour to the regional capital, Santander. A long-time favourite haunt of Madrid's discerning holidaymakers, this delightful city boasts the superb El Sardinero beach resort, as well as a beautifully-restored old town and the stunning peninsula of La Magdalena, offering glorious views of the bay, the golden beaches and the coast beyond. After a a short introductory tour you're free to explore under your own steam - don't miss the fishing port and pavement cafes and tapas bars that dot the tree-lined avenues.

Day Eight: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to the Basque Country, and transfer to Bilbao Airport for your return flight.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 17 June 2018 £1009
Bristol
Bristol 24 June 2018 £959
Bristol
Bristol 23 September 2018 £819
Bristol
Bristol 30 September 2018 £929
Bristol
Bristol 07 October 2018 £899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 June 2018 £1029
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 October 2018 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £1019
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 September 2018 £819
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 September 2018 £929
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 October 2018 £969
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 June 2018 £999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 October 2018 £939
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 June 2018 £989
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 June 2018 £1039
London Stansted
London Stansted 23 September 2018 £829
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 September 2018 £939
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 October 2018 £869
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2018 £1059
Manchester
Manchester 24 June 2018 £939
Manchester
Manchester 23 September 2018 £799
Manchester
Manchester 30 September 2018 £939
Manchester
Manchester 07 October 2018 £879

Hotel Olimpo 

The Olimpo is a family run hotel, and offers guests magnificent views of the sea or surrounding mountains from almost every area of the hotel. The centre of Isla is a short and pleasant walk away.

Hotel Isla Bella Spa 

The family run Isla Bella Spa enjoys an enviable location in the centre of Isla with direct access to the beach, and affords wonderful views of the dramatic Cantabrian coast.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

**This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 17th June 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

***Low deposits of £79pp apply to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes: Lapland; Andre Rieu in Maastricht; Andre Rieu in Vienna; Deep South Rhythm, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Canada's Rocky Mountaineer; Seychelles Island Cruise; Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom; Classic South Africa; Victoria Falls to Cape Town - Under African Skies; Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safari; Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu; and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Santander & Green Spain reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Santander & Green SpainScores 7.5 out of 10 based on 30 reviews
(8 out of 10)

ROBERT

Couple
Hotel clean and bedroom comfortable. Meals limited. Good location. Facilities limited.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

LYNNE

Billericay Couple
We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday apart from the hotel staff at the hotel. Apart from one receptionist, no one made you feel very welcome. As part of a guest I would expect this to be honest.

Apart from hotel issue, the holiday was excellent, as always. Thanks again Newmarket Holidays.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

ANGELA

Ashford Middx Family
The holiday was overall very good but the hotel and particularly the food was not so good.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 12 October 2016
(10 out of 10)

ANN

Macclesfield Single traveller
Most enjoyable holiday. Although the group was large, 50, it seemed to work well, all very pleasant. A lovely area of Spain. An excellent tour guide, Lynda. The down side was the food in the hotel. Breakfast was OK, can't really go wrong with that, but the evening meals , except the soup, which was good, left much to be desired!! Hotel in a lovely position.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 11 October 2016
(7 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Cambridge Couple
A pleasant few days let down by cattle truck boarding on to plane on both occasions - called to board before the incoming plane had even arrived - everyone left standing with very few seats - no proper departure lounge
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 11 October 2016
(7 out of 10)

Elaine

Potters Bar Friends
I enjoyed the holiday very much but the hotel needs to put into place a few minor things which make the stay better. Hot plates at breakfast instead of a microwave. A choice for the dinner menu. Larger bath towels and at least one English speaking station on the television be it BBC World News. A comfortable lounge area so as one can sit and read etc and a happier barman. The coach would have been better if it had a toilet but overall it was a good trip to see the part of Spain that has not yet been ruined by tourists. Ryanair would not be my first choice to fly with.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 10 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

RAYMOND

stoborough Couple
Hotel food could have been better and needs tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer in bedroom. Rep and driver were excellent. Trips really good.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 09 October 2016