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.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
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.
Hotel Isla Bella Spa
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.
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.
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.
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.