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Trip Overview

Basque Country is a region that demands exploration, especially the destinations of San Sebastian and Bilbao. From the golden metropolis of Madrid, you’ll travel by train to the seaside resort of San Sebastian. Surrounded by rolling green hillsides and mountains and the gorgeous Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque Country, it is a must-visit destination. When you reach Bilbao, discover all the crowd-pleasing landmarks and attractions you came here for, such as Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim museum and the Euksalduna Palace. Return to Madrid for an additional night before continuing with your travels.

Highlights

  • Explore the golden metropolis of Madrid
  • Relax along San Sebastian’s beautiful beaches while enjoy pinxtos
  • Discover beautiful architecture, world-class dining, and impressive landscapes in Bilbao

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per itinerary (apart from Hendaye to San Sebastian)
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Madrid
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in San Sebastian
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bilbao
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in San Sebastian
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in Bilbao
  • Flight from Madrid to the UK
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – LONDON TO PARIS
Travel by Eurostar train from London to Paris. There’s an abundance of exciting attractions to explore in France’s capital city. Spend the afternoon strolling the banks of the River Seine, which are a UNESCO-listed gem and a fantastic gateway to the architecture of the city or check out the Champs Elysees. For dinner, treat yourself to steak frites and fine cheeses at an authentic Parisian bistro. (Overnight in Paris)

DAY 2 – PARIS TO SAN SEBASTIAN
Travel by train from Paris to Hendaye and Hendaye to San Sebastian (payable locally). Surrounded by rolling green hillsides and mountains and the gorgeous Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque Country, it is a must-visit destination. (Overnight in San Sebastian) B

DAY 3 – SAN SEBASTIAN
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to explore the best of the city, such as Miramar Palace, Playa de la Concha beach, and much more! See Basque art at Museo de San Telmo the Combo of the Winds sculpture, and stroll through old town. (Overnight in San Sebastian) B

DAY 4 – SAN SEBASTIAN
Why not ride the funicular railway to the top of Monte Igueldo on your own for sweeping views of the city and surrounding landscapes? Then, enjoy some pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) and continue exploring this beautiful town on your own. (Overnight in San Sebastian) B

DAY 5 – SAN SEBASTIAN TO BILBAO
Travel by train from San Sebastian to Miranda de Ebro then Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao Abando station. Featuring beautiful architecture, world-class dining, and impressive landscapes just outside the city center, Bilbao is one Basque Country’s treasures. (Overnight in Bilbao) B

*There is a direct Eusko train between San Sebastian and Bilbao which can only be purchased locally. Please speak to one of our Rail Experts for more information.

DAY 6 – BILBAO
Use your included hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to discover all the crowd-pleasing landmarks and attractions you came here for. Visit Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim museum, the Euksalduna Palace, bustling Plaza Ensanche, and much more. In Bilbao, you’ll find Michelin-starred eateries as well as quaint pinxto bars and family-run restaurants. (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 7 – BILBAO
Continue exploring on your own today. Stroll around Casco Viejo (Old Town) and Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar with its tree-lined paths and ornamental pond. Take an elevator to the top of Vizcaya Bridge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With so much to see and experience, Bilbao will surprise you. (Overnight in Bilbao) B

DAY 8 – BILBAO TO MADRID
Travel back to Madrid from Bilbao today and continue discovering the city. Why not visit the Plaza de Cibeles and admire the grand architecture of its buildings and be entertained by live musicians and street performers? There’s even an Egyptian temple right in the heart of the city: the Temple of Debod. It was gifted to Madrid by Egypt in 1968. (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 9 – DEPART MADRID
Check out of your hotel and travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Louison Hotel Paris

Treat yourself to an authentic getaway in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. In the 6th arrondissement, a short walk from Luxembourg Gardens, the Hôtel Louison reserves a thoughtful and courteous welcome for you: in this old royal family residence, you will feel at home.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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