Spain Pre-Cruise Trip

 

4 night land package before the cruise

Just $1200 pp

Includes Motorcoach tours with Cruise Manager

Tours listed below

2 nights Bilbao

2 nights hotel in San Sebastian

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Day 1

BILBAO, SPAIN

Arrive in Bilbao and check-in to your hotel

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Day 2

BILBAO

Bilbao is a city of contrasts as it successfully blends its traditional Basque culture with a new vision for the future, which you’ll discover on your tour. Superb architecture includes the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum; a timeless Metro system designed by Sir Norman Foster; Zubizuri, a stunning suspension cable footbridge; the Torre Iberdrola by Cesar Pelli; and Vizcaya Bridge, a World Heritage site built in 1893 and the first of its kind. The medieval part of the city, Casco Viejo, is also locally known as “las 7 calles” in Spanish or “Zazpi Kaleak” in Basque (the seven streets), since these were the seven streets that formed the original medieval town. The beautiful narrow streets are mostly pedestrian-only and are filled with an abundance of taverns offering many opportunities to sample the local fare. (B)

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Day 3

BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN

After checking out of the hotel, you’ll visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, representing a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. Of the 24,000 square meters occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. Once inside the museum, visitors access the Atrium, the real heart of the Museum and one of the signature traits of Frank Gehry's architectural design. With curved volumes and large glass curtain walls that connect the inside and the outside, the Atrium is an ample space inundated with light and covered by a great skylight. The three levels of the building are organized around the Atrium and are connected by means of curved walkways, titanium and glass elevators, and staircases. The museum houses prominent modern and contemporary works. After visiting the museum, transfers to the seaside resort of San Sebastian and check into your hotel. Enjoy an evening walk through San Sebastian’s Old Town, Parte Vieja, which is the heart of San Sebastian. Pedestrian-friendly streets are lined by centuries-old buildings that house numerous restaurants, shops and bars. Its main square, Plaza de la Constitución, is an old bullring converted into the perfect place to relax and absorb the city’s colorful atmosphere. (B)

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Day4

SAN SEBASTIAN

San Sebastian has the longest history in the Basque Country, and proudly reigns as its capital – a “small country with a big identity,” whose language and traditions are some of the oldest in Europe, and still thriving today. On your tour, you’ll discover why San Sebastian is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. In addition to it culinary excellence, it’s home to breathtaking natural wonders, including the “shell beach,” Playa de la Concha, one of the city’s three beaches, and one of Europe’s most beautiful urban shorelines. It’s also home to an abundance of eclectic architecture with some of the finest located in the area called the New Town. Laid out on both sides of the broad Avenida de la Libertad are enchanting buildings with sprout towers and turrets, domes and steeples. Styles range from Neoclassical to French Revival to Art Nouveau—especially notable along Prim and Reyes Católicos Streets—with elaborately carved wooden doorways, stunning stained-glass panels and unusual ceramic-tile touches. (B)

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Day 5

SAN SEBASTIAN – ARCACHON, FRANCE – BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION

Check-out of your hotel and board a motorcoach to the legendary land of wine, Bordeaux. En route to the ship, you’ll stop in the resort town of Arcachon, one of the gems of the French Atlantic coast, offering a mix of beaches, extensive Belle Époque architecture, great atmosphere and its famous oysters. Cap the day off with a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast(B,D)