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Bordeaux and Basque Country

London to Madrid

Trip Code: RJTSJJ13
13 Days
22 Meals
3 Countries
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • 12 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 22 meals – 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers and tipping

Travel & Accommodation

Multi coloured building at sunset, Spain

Dine at Marques de Riscal

Be treated to lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Marqués de Riscal in northern Spain, designed by Frank Gehry.

Rows of trees in a vineyard with mountains in the background, France

Visit a Bordeaux Wine Estate

Learn about local wine-producing techniques and enjoy a lunch of local specialties at a wine estate in Bordeaux.

Steepled building with several large peaks with cloudy sky in the background, Spain

Explore Santiago de Compostela

Tour Santiago de Compostela, a medieval town that marks the end of the famous Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James).

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Porterage is not included
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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London to Madrid

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

On arrival in London, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is yours at leisure before dinner this evening.

Stay: London, Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel

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  • Dinner

Meet your Tour Escort and fellow guests this morning at London’s St Pancras railway station. Board the Eurostar and travel in Standard Premier class to the Paris-Nord terminus in the French capital. From here, a coach will whisk you to Paris-Montparnasse station, where you’ll board another train for a journey south to the city of Bordeaux, gateway to the famous wine region of the same name.

Stay: Two Nights, Bordeaux, Mercure Bordeaux Château Chartrons

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View across green vineyards towards a village, France

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Venture into the countryside for a visit to one of Bordeaux’ esteemed wine estates. Learn about local wine-producing techniques during a tour, then indulge in a delicious lunch with the owners.


After a city tour, venture into the countryside for your Insider Experience. This afternoon, travel to Saint-Émilion and enjoy a guided walk through this medieval village before free time.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departing Bordeaux, travel by train to Hendaye. From here, a coach will take you across the border into Spain and on to the resort town of San Sebastián, set on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque Country. During time at leisure, perhaps go for a stroll along the waterfront or head to a pintxo bar to sample the Basque Country version of tapas. Then continue to Bilbao and settle in to your hotel before dinner.

Stay: Three Nights, Bilbao, selected premium four-star hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today commences with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Housing a range of contemporary and modern art, this is not only an incredible museum, it’s also an architectural wonder in its own right, designed as it was by famous North American architect Frank Gehry. After ample time to explore, ride the city tram to the Ribera Market, set next to Casco Viejo – the city’s atmospheric old quarter. Enjoy a guided walk around this beautiful riverside district before the afternoon is yours to further explore at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
City of colourful buildings set aside a river, Bilbao

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Experience a Frank Gehry creation – the Marqués de Riscal. This unique Michelin-starred restaurant overlooks its own vineyard and is a perfect setting for lunch.


You’ll spend most of today exploring the Basque countryside and visiting vineyards in La Rioja wine region. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Laguardia, a typical Rioja wine village. After lunch, continue on to the town of Haro, home to many of the great bodegas in La Rioja. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the intriguing alleyways of the compact old quarter, before returning to Bilbao.

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  • Lunch

A wonderful rail journey takes you today from Bilbao to León, a city set along the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago - The Way of St James. During a tour, you’ll see the brass scallop shells that mark the route of the Camino through the city, as well as a number of historic sites including the Gothic 13th-century Catedral de Léon. After, check in to your hotel before dinner.

Stay: León, selected premium four-star hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Following a free morning, you’ll depart León by train, passing through Ponferrada and Ourense, among other cities, on the way to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, settle in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Three Nights, NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

During a guided tour today, you’ll start to become familiar with Santiago de Compostela, the walled medieval cathedral town that marks the end of the Camino de Santiago. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to further explore the city’s grand plazas and back alleys.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In O Grove, board a catamaran for a cruise on the Ria de Arousa, a salt-water estuary and one of the richest mussel-producing waterways in the world. Naturally, you’ll stop to visit a mussel farm, before returning to land.


Explore the towns and villages of the Galician coast during a full day excursion today. Call in at Pontevedra, with its well-preserved old town, and visit the fishing village of Combarro. Then it’s on to the peninsula town of O Grove for your Insider Experience. After enjoying free time in Cambados, indulge in a special dinner at one of the restaurants at Parador de Santiago de Compostela.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rise early this morning and set off on your last rail journey, this time taking you to the bustling Spanish capital of Madrid. Heading south-east, farewell the lush green landscapes of the north and pass through the dry rocky landscapes of central Spain. On arrival in Madrid, check in to your hotel freshen up before an afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel NH Madrid Príncipe de Vergara

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  • Breakfast

This morning brings with it a guided sightseeing tour of Madrid, taking in the city’s elegant boulevards and vast parks by coach and on foot, visiting a selection of the city’s most intriguing attractions. Look out for the Palacio Real and Retiro Park as well as two of the city’s most famous squares – Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Cibeles. This evening, farewell your travelling companions during a Farewell Dinner at a local Spanish restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning after breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Congratulations overall a fantastic trip. We were blessed by having Cheryl as tour leader. If there is a better tour leader in the world, then I would have my money on her.