Your Tour Itinerary - Highlights of Northern Spain

Day 1 Barcelona - Girona - El Puerto de la Selva

Our Spanish odyssey begins with a tour of Barcelona’s highlights. Leaving the city buzz behind, we arrive at El Puerto de la Selva and make a stop via Girona. A welcome dinner in this secluded town is the perfect way to make ourselves at home for our two-night stay. (D)

Day 2 El Port de la Selva - Cadaques - El Port de la Selva

Morning takes a turn for the surreal as we visit the Salvador Dalí housemuseum in Port Lligat. A labyrinthine home built using fishermen’s cabins, it’s fascinating to peer into the artist’s workshop and library, and wander through the gardens. Next up is free time in Cadaques. This elegant, arty town is ideal for a leisurely stroll before we return to El Port de la Selva. (B)

Day 3 El Port de la Selva - Besalu - Ripoll - Cardona

Today we climb from the shores of the Costa Brava to the northern mountains. Besalu, a medieval  village with Romanesque architecture, makes an intriguing gateway to this rural region. We  ontinue upwards, stopping at Ripoll before arriving in Cardona. (B)

Day 4 Cardona

Cardona has our full attention today. First up is the remarkable Salt Mountain, where we take an underground tour of one of the world’s most important salt mines. Then it’s back to the surface for free time in the town centre, whose origins trace back to the 11th century. As we wander ramparts and climb towers, we learn about the dukes of Cardona – known as the ‘kings without crowns’ because of their wealth and power. (B)

Day 5 Cardona - Jaca

It’s back on the road through the mountain passes of the Spanish Pyrenees. Soulstirring views wait around every turn. Next, we reach Jaca, known as the ‘Pearl of the Pyrenees’ and spend the night here. (B,D)

Day 6 Jaca - Olite - Pamplona - Laguardia

What better place to begin our exploration of this historic region than Olite, the medieval town that was once the seat of the Navarre court. Seek out hidden walkways and courtyards before we drive to Pamplona. Then, we follow the road to Laguardia. (B)

Day 7 Laguardia - Rioja - Laguardia

While in La Rioja, we pay homage to the region’s winemaking heritage in the best way possible: sampling local wines. We’re lucky enough to visit a distinguished winery, accompanied by authentic pintxo snacks. Then it’s back to Laguardia where we dine for dinner at a Michelinstarred restaurant, renowned for its creative recipes. (B,D)

Day 8 Laguardia - Getaria - Bilbao

Our first stop is the village of Getaria where we learn more about a favourite fixture of tapas menus at an artisan producer. We continue our drive until we reach Bilbao where our tour comes to an end. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 Highlights of Northern Spain - Tour code BAR

Back-Roads Brochure Price: twin/double room £2395 - single £2995

Travel 55 Discount Price: twin/double room £2276 - single £2846 

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 code T55BR + Tour Code BAR

March 21

June 6g, 13, 20, 27g

Sept 5, 12g, 14, 19, 26g

April 18

July 25 

October 3

May 2g, 9, 16g, 23, 26, 30g

August 29

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Back-Roads Touring
Highlights of Northern Spain

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2776

Cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains. Visit Cadaques, a fishing town where SalvadorDali formed his surrealist vision, and discover the artist’s workshop, library and gardens. Experience Michelin starred cuisine with a farewell dinner at an inventive restaurant in the Basque Country.

To book this pictureque 7 day Highlights of Northern Spain tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Enjoy free time in Cadaques, a fishing town where Salvador Dali formed his surrealist vision, and discover the artist’s workshop, library and gardens
  • Experience Michelin starred cuisine with a farewell dinner at an inventive restaurant in the Basque Country
  • Visit the salt mines in Cardona

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: Salvador Dali House, Salt Mountain Cultural Park, Parador de Cardona,
    Olite Castle

Small groups of up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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