Windmills and Consuegra Castle - Castile

Windmills and Consuegra Castle - Castile

Skyline at sunset - Toledo

Skyline at sunset - Toledo

Cathedral and Skyline - Burgos

Cathedral and Skyline - Burgos

Bahia de la Concha - San Sebastian

Bahia de la Concha - San Sebastian

Castile & Northern Spain
Madrid, Old Castile, La Rioja, Basque Country

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Enjoy a different adventure: Go on the steps of El Cid into the heart of old Spain, walk with the St James’s way pilgrims from Cathedrals to Monasteries and discover the fun of an outstanding food & wine tour ending in the San Sebastian energy whirl!

  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Castile & Northern Spain
Madrid, Old Castile, La Rioja, Basque Country.

Madrid & Old Castile

Food, Wine and Culture in the footsteps of El Cid

A completely different way to discover Spain’s best-kept secrets ! A unique adventure, with a blend of the old and the new, from the most ancient historical roots to the latest trends of contemporary Spain. You will discover outstanding treasures of the old times which invite us to change the way we look at life, while you will enjoy the fun of one of the most attractive and dynamic regions of Western Europe. The Basque country awaits you at the end of this incredible journey with one of the highest levels of the world in food and wine creativity.

Take this sample itinerary across Old Castile as a template for crafting your own private luxury tour in northern Spain.
Contact us and let us know what your desires and expectations are, and we will do the rest for you, making your Spanish holiday one to remember.

See what our clients are saying

Jean–just wanted to thank you for having Joan lead our tour. He’s simply amazing with encyclopedic knowledge of history, politics and geography. Further, he is like-able and we’re enjoying his company. I feel privileged to have him share his knowledge with us. Best—Steve

Steve Caulfield California - USA

We had a wonderful time during our tour in Spain! All of us, the girls, my husband and I enjoyed every second of it. We saw so much, learnt so many little facts, and felt so incredibly well taken care of, the local guides you chose for us and the hotel's selection matched our style and attitude perfectly. I am definitively coming back next year, and I probably would like to spend more time in Barcelona, just on my own, and visit once more many of the sites that Joan showed us, specially Parc Guell, I would love to spend a whole day there. My husband and I fell in love with the north of Spain. The beauty of the Catalonian coast, the Costa Brava, we found that scenery really breathtaking and loved the ‘authenticity’ of Girona. The location and selection of the hotels were perfect. To sum it up, these holidays will stay with us for a very long time.

Anne Medina Texas - United States

The trip was great, we truly had a blast. The weather was quite bad in the Basque region, bad luck, not your fault. It was overall a fascinating experience, discovering new places and people on a daily basis. Besides the magnificent landscapes, breathtaking locations, great choice of hotels and activities, I want to give big thanks to the "Terra Traditions" team, especially to our guide, Trini, for the well managed time spent and all the laughs. We forgot his name, but the driver was very nice too 🙂

Peter Terbuyken Düsseldorf - Germany
Good time to go?

Northern Spain weather is quite unpredictable. A rule of thumb is the more in land you are the dryer the weather is, so you can get a cool and damp climate on the coast while in inland areas it becomes colder. The southern area of Castille is more continental and more arid.

Looking for selected experiences?

Suggested Standard Itinerary
• Experiential itineraries on request • 

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  1. Day 1 Madrid

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - Madrid - Cibeles

    Guided walking tour of old Madrid

    Lunch at San Miguel’s Gourmet market

  2. Day 2 Madrid

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - Flamenco Essence Madrid

    Sightseeing & Museums

    Tapas tour ( Creative Gastro Bars)

    Flamenco dinner & Show

  3. Day 3 Toledo

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - Toledo

    Full day tour

    Sightseeing and main monuments

  4. Day 4 Segovia - Lerma

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - Segovia

    Visit of the Riofrío Palace (royal hunting lodge)

    Segovian Lunch and guided walking tour

    Night at the Lerma Parador

  5. Day 5 Covarrubias - Burgos

    Luxury Northern Spain Private Tour - Burgos

    Visit of the historical Covarrubias

    Burgos and it’s Cathedral

    Typical lunch

  6. Day 6 La Rioja

    Luxury Northern Spain Private Tour - Rioja

    Visit of a winery with tasting

    Michelin starred Country restaurant

  7. Day 7 Bilbao

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - Guggenheim

    Visit of the Guggenheim Museum

    Old Bilbao best tapas & pinxos

  8. Day 8 San Sebastian

    Luxury Northern Spain Tour - San Sebastian

    Guided walking tour old city

    Old town’s best restaurant

    Light hiking in the coast with dramatic landscapes

  9. Day 9 San Sebastian - Biarritz - St. Jean de Luz

    Luxury Northern Spain Private Tour - Biarritz

    Basque home cooking workshop

    The French Basque Country: ST Jean de Luz & Biarritz

    Farewell dinner

  10. Day 10 Departure

    Airport Transfer

Insider Experiences

Embrace the passion of Flamenco dance. Learn the basic technique or improve any skills you desire. The goal is to connect with the sensuality of this dance and the power of its movement while having fun and learning a little bit of Flamenco history. With our professional teachers you will get to communicate with your inner energy so you can flow in this spanish tradition.

Take a private shopping tour in the Mille the Oro . This area is a temple of luxury in Madrid. The quarter is composed of a set of monumental streets, where designer shops, major fashion houses and fashion ateliers, featuring the fascinating beauty of the Made in Spain.

Sublimotion restaurant is overseen by lauded Michelin-starred Spanish chef Paco Roncero, and it is considered one of the most exclusive restaurants in the world. The restaurant’s communal table serves as a type of canvas upon which various light installations are projected throughout the evening. The 12 diners that will sit around its table each night immerse themselves in a sensory experience that combines food and a complex audiovisual show.

Wine and Tapas tour at Madrid Old Town and in the Retiro Quarter. Discover centennial Pastry Shops, Old Taverns, and modern Gastrobars while tasting the best traditional local gastronomy.

The Benedictine abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, is one of Spain’s greatest Christian monuments, and it is probably the finest Romanesque monastery in the world. Its main feature is a great double-storey XI Century Romanesque cloister, whose beautiful sculptural decoration is in many ways unique. After the visit you will be able to listen to the Gregorian chants by the monks of the monastery.

Enjoy what is considered by true connoisseurs as the best Lamb in the world, the “Churro” milk lamb from Castile, roasted in wood oven. We will taste it in a typical Castellan “asador” which has received a Michelin star for the extraordinary quality of its traditional cuisine.

Visit of a famous restaurant in Segovia which serves the best roasted suckling pig, the star of the regional cuisine. The owner of this restaurant grows an outstanding vineyard in Ribera del Duero, Pago de Carraovejas, from which he has created a Hidalgo Spirit Signature wine considered by Robert Parker as the most perfect pairing for suckling pig.

Beyond the culinary experience, a true human and cultural sharing which begins by shopping at the market with one of the most endearing characters you’ve ever meet

Always included...
  • Ground transportation according to the program
  • Accommodation in the chosen hotels (bed & breakfast) and in Premium rooms
  • Porterage of 1 luggage p person
  • Guided visits and entrance to main monuments
  • Tour director
  • Meals according to the program
  • All taxes