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8 Day Northern Spain Fly & Drive


Independent Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Madrid, Bilbao-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 3 nights Madrid
    • 3 nights Bilbao
  • 7 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Theft Protection (T.P.), Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily


Vehicle Options
Economy - Chevy Aveo or similar

Mini Manual - Fiat Panda or similar

  • 1-2 passengers
  • 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission
Intermediate - Hyundai Elantra or similar

Compact Manual - Ford Focus or similar

  • 1-3 Passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission
Full Size - Chevy Malibu or similar

Standard Manual - Ford Mondeo or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Standard Automatic - Ford Mondeo or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
Full Size SUV - Ford Explorer or similar

Minivan Manual - Mitsubishi Grandis or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Spain. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Madrid
Arrive in Madrid and pick up your vehicle at the airport. Drive to your hotel in Madrid and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Drive Time: 20 minutes
Distance: 12 miles*
Overnight: Madrid

DAY 3 - Madrid
Enjoy the day at leisure in Madrid or join an optional tour to get acquainted to the city. Perhaps take the day to relax in Parque del Retiro, the most popular public park in Madrid which is filled with many sculptures and monuments and was once a place for royalty only. You could also visit the Prado Museum and view the many famous works of art by aritists like Ribera, Velázquez and El Greco
Optional: Half Day Panoramic Madrid 9:00 (AM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Explore Toledo
Enjoy the day at leisure or head south to Toledo - a UNESCO world heritage sight. Known as the “Imperial City” this quaint city consists of small winding pedestrian streets filled with local restaurants and shops as well as many cultural sights. Visit the Toledo Cathedral which is filled with many gold reliefs and impressive oil paintings as well as its own art gallery. Visit Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, one of only 3 remaining synagogues in Spain from before the 16th century
Optional: Half Day Escorial from Madrid 8:45 (AM)
Optional: Illuminations of Madrid 8:00 (PM)
Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance: 50 miles*
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Drive to Bilbao
This morning, check out of your hotel and head to Bilbao. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or visit the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim Museum displays an ultra modern exterior designed by Frank Gehry and incredible exhibitions that are continuously changing, making each visit unique. For contrast visit the Old City to see St. James' Cathedral or Church of San Anton to admire these intimidating Gothic style buildings
Drive Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Distance: 210 miles*
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Experience Santander
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Bilbao or head west along the coast to Santander. In Santander visit the Santander Cathedral, a historical complex that has survived considerable damage from a dynamite explosion as well as extensive damage from the Great Fire of 1941 and still stands after some restoration. There are a number of interesting squares and Gardens to visit throughout the city including Plaza de Pombo and Piquio Gardens, named after the breathtaking views at the end of the Gardens
Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance: 65 miles*
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Drive to San Sebastian
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Bilbao or travel east towards San Sebastian, a unique city on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Only 20 km from the French border this city offers visitors everything from the impressive architecture of the San Sebastian Cathedral to sprawling beaches and blue waters
Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance: 65 miles*
Overnight: Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart for the USA
Drive to Bilbao airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
Drive Time: 15 minutes
Distance: 8 miles*
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Car rental fees, optional car rental insurance and parking.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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