Land Journey

Northern Spain, The Rioja Valley and Madrid


Year, Departure Type

Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

Journey Type
Time of Year
Apr - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, San Sebastián, La Rioja
Paradors of Northern Spain Escorted Tour
Marqués de Riscal Elciego


Tour Overview



TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Cultural charms and spectacular scenery entice during stays in a Frank Gehry masterpiece, an authentically restored castle, a former palace and a historic parador




Explorations, winery tours and tastings in the famed Rioja Valley wine region


At El Castell de Ciutat, a choice of a spa treatment, cooking demonstration of Catalan cuisine, or a round of golf


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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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A rich cultural legacy is waiting to be discovered on our Northern Spain tours.

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Step back in time on a journey that spans centuries and borders... and creates an authentic sense of place. Northern Spain captivates with a diversity of landscapes and cultural riches...

Nature lovers revel in the majesty of the spectacular Pyrenees and Picos de Europa. History buffs marvel at San Sebastián, and art and architecture aficionados find paradise in Barcelona and Bilbao. Pilgrims seek miracles along the Camino of Santiago; visitors, Hemingway included, have been invariably moved by the traditions of Pamplona; and lovers of food – and fun – savor the taste of tapas in neighborhood bars and cafés tucked in narrow medieval lanes from little rural towns to the modern metropolis that is Madrid. Linking people and places with history and charm, Spain’s unique historic paradors and elegant resort hotels offer a legacy of genuine hospitality and service along the way. Read Less

Seven-course feast in a medieval castle

Day 4

Indulge in a sumptuous seven-course feast at a medieval castle in La Seu d'Urgell

Nestled in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees about a kilometer from the historic town of La Seu d’Urgell, the medieval fortress of Castell de Ciutat has borne witness to the region's history since the 9th century. After serving as home to the Counts of Urgell in the 11th century, it was used for military purposes in subsequent centuries; the marks left by French invasions can be seen on its walls. In the 1960s, the castle and its grounds were purchased from the Spanish government; a hotel was built nearby, and the fortress itself was renovated to host events like the seven-course wine-tasting dinner you’ll feast upon here…

Marqués de Riscal in the Rioja Valley

Explore La Rioja from Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Explore Spain’s celebrated Rioja Valley wine region with a two-night stay at the remarkable Marqués de Riscal hotel in Elciego. Designed by Frank Gehry (famed architect of Bilbao’s contemporary Guggenheim Museum), the hotel, the centerpiece of this “city of wine,” built in 2006, is awe-inspiring inside and out, and renowned for its architectural splendors – spectacular ribbon-like curves, titanium roof and asymmetrical walls – as well as for its locally produced wines and Michelin-starred restaurant. Highlights include a private tour of the on-site winery with a tasting; time at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s signature “vinotherapy” spa and the scenery; and a walking tour of the well-preserved medieval village of Laguardia en route to seaside San Sebastián.

Parador de Santiago de Compostela

An overnight stay at one of the oldest hotels in the world

The luxurious Parador de Santiago de Compostela – where you'll spend a night of your journey – originated in 1499 as a royal hospital to give shelter to pilgrims making their way to Santiago along the "Way of St. James"... making it one of the oldest hotels on Earth. In the Middle Ages, the city of Santiago de Compostela was the third most important place of pilgrimage after Rome and Jerusalem. It continues to draw visitors from around the world to view and honor the memory of the Apostle James at the Cathedral that bears his name.

Whether it was the gastronomy, the paradors, fellow travelers, geography, tour director, or pacing, this tour is as close to heaven as I can imagine.

Jonathan Weil




Your Journey

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Book Your Air

International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in the UK (subject to availability).

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection

Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.