Friday, May 24, 2013

Northern Spain Parador Route - July 2013

Northern Spain Parador Route - Explore the beauty of the Pyrenees and some of Spain's most spectacular cities, July 15 - 22, 2013*
July 15: Arrival in Barcelona. Afternoon walking tour of old city (Ramblas, Plaza del Rei, et al) Night in Barcelona
 July 16: Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Montserrat (monastery and cave + l’escolania). Continue to Parador of Cardona (approximately 1.5 hours total driving time). Night in Cardona
July 17: Breakfast at hotel. Drive from Cardona to Barbastro (approx 2½ hours). Winery tour in Somantano and lunch. Continue to Parador of Bielsa in Monte Perdido National Park (approx 1½ hours). Night in Bielsa 
July 18: Breakfast at hotel. Monte Perdido excursion (with a local guide for a nature walk and picnic lunch in park). Night in Bielsa. 
July 19: Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Ainsa, a walled Medieval city. (approx. 35 minutes) Continue to Parador of Olite. (Approx 3¼ hours). Night in Olite. 
July 20: Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Pamplona. (approx. 30 minutes) Continue to Parador of Hondarribia (San Sebastian) (approx. 1½ hours). Evening Tapas meal in San Sebastian. Night in Hondarribia. 
July 21: Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure in San Sebastian. Afternoon visit to Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Evening Farewell dinner. Night in Hondarribia. 
July 22: Transfer to Bilbao Airport for return flight to Barcelona.
Price: $3,018.00 per person.
An optional 10-day tour is also available, with one extra day in both Barcelona and Bilbao. 

This tour includes:
Your personal, billingual Spanish Touch guide with 24 hour availability
All accommodation as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Guided visits as per itinerary
All winery visits and tastings
Meals as per itinerary

Pimientos de Padron - traditional tapas with a twist

Pimientos de Padron are a bit misleading. When most Americans see the small peppers they immediately think of various types of hot peppers which bear a striking similarity. However, these peppers are not necessarily hot. In fact, part of what makes eating them such an adventure is that you're never sure if you're going to be the one who gets the hot one! Found in almost every tapas bar in Spain, pimientos de padron arrived in Spain in the 16th century via missionaries coming back from the new world. The best and most traditional pimientos are grown in Galicia.

For information on tapas or for help creating your ideal itinerary for a guided tour in Spain, contact The Spanish Touch at 888-480-0013.