Step out onto your private balcony as bulls thunder through the alleys below you at Spain’s famous Running of the Bulls.
This culturally decadent journey through the highlights of Madrid, Pamplona, and San Sebastian brings you to the best of Spain’s most famous fiesta. In the company of a former picador, gain an appreciation for bullfighting as you take in the spectacle in person. Meet up with a local historian and visit the Royal Palace which is housed in the building of the old Alcázar of Madrid, and contains many important pieces of art belonging to the Royal Family. Take to the streets of Pamplona and celebrate Saint Fermin along with a myriad of dancers, street entertainers, and people from all over the world. Treat your taste buds to a guided tapas tour through the neighborhood of Gros and enjoy “pintxos,” “cacuelitas” and many splendid wines.
The Running of the Bulls festival is held every year between July 6th and July 14th. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid.
A porter who will be waiting for you inside the baggage claim area with your name written on our sign board will look after your luggage.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
Journalist, author and playright, Ernest Hemingway loved his time spent living in Madrid and had a number of favourite restaurants that he used to be counted amongst his favourites that are still going strong today. Why not consider dining at one of them during your sojourn in the city...
Restaurante Botín. (Address: Cuchilleros, 17) is the oldest restaurant in the capital city loved the suckling pig here! Legend has it that one day Hemingway asked the owner Emilio (the current owners Grandfather) to teach him how to make paella. After a number of failed attempts he commented that perhaps it'd be better to keep at the writing! Fiesta, the novel which was to put him in the international limelight begins with a scene in this restaurant.
Enjoy half day private tour of the city with your own private vehicle and driver, and admire the principal sights of the city, and discover Madrid under its different historical periods. Drive through the Madrid of the Habsburg epoch, going past the squares Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Continue to drive through Madrid of the Bourbon period, gazing at the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), the Teatro Real (Madrid’s opera house), the Museo del Prado (El Prado Museum), Atocha railway station, the Puerta de Alcalá (triumphal arch) and the city’s beautiful fountains of Neptuno and Cibeles. Drive past squares such as Plaza de Colón, Plaza de Castilla, and Plaza de España, with its unmistakable monument to Cervantes. Visit the aristocratic quarter of Salamanca, where distinguished designers have their boutiques in Madrid and drive along the elegant avenue of La Castellana, which leads to the city’s financial quarter, with the Torre Picasso (tower) or the Estadio del Bernabéu (Real Madrid’s stadium), without forgetting the Plaza de Las Ventas (Madrid’s most important Bullring) and the Parque del Retiro.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride from Madrid to Pamplona. The train ride takes approximately three hours.
A private train station transfer will be arranged for you in Pamplona.
Everyone has heard of the running of the Bulls in Pamplona, but what is the history behind it, why does everyone dress in white with red scarves and what's the significance of letting lots of bulls run down city streets? Find out all as you meet up with someone in the know in Pamplona and all will be revealed over a glass of wine.
Your day starts very early in the morning: meet your escort at the hotel, who will accompany you to your selected balcony, from where you will watch the running of the Bulls. At 08.00 am madness starts! Be part of it and witness this unique experience.
After the run finishes, you continue with your escort to the public café where you will get a delicious Spanish breakfast: time to explore the city now. With the company of an official tour guide, discover the secrets of Pamplona; learn about the history and anecdotes of this International Fiesta. The tour finishes in the center and you can decide to rest in your hotel or continue along the day, as Pamplona never sleeps!
If you have selected to watch the bullfight, get ready for that. If not, for sure Pamplona will not let you get bored, as so much to see and experience along!
Optional: Later in the evening, your meeting is a popular restaurant, prepared for you to taste Spanish dishes in tapas style blended with good wines of the region (dinner not included). From the terrace of the restaurant you will be able to watch the fireworks taking place before midnight.
The night is not over: you will see the crowded streets burning with people and celebrating a great time.
Leave Pamplona and make your way to San Sebastian on Spain's northern coast in the comfort of a private chauffeur driven vehicle with a local guide. Spend the day making your way northwards at a leisurely pace, stopping off at three different wineries in the Rioja region en route, from the ultra modern complex built by Zaha Hadid to a family run business.
Enjoy lunch in local winery before continuing on to San Sebastian, arriving in the afternoon.
In every neighborhood you'll notice scores of establishments- some traditional, some offering original and innovative gastronomic jewels, some exhibiting tempting delicious counters. That's why selecting a limited number of bars and planning a tasty route is as difficult as taking your place at a counter and picking out one single pintxo! To help alleviate things, we'll take you on tour with your guide who knows all the best spots! Explore its old town between the sea and the River Urumea, the marina and the fishermen's district. Looking at the sea, is the old Casino, nowadays the City Hall from where an elegant promenade with railings and street lamps runs along beautiful La Concha Beach.
One of the best ways of experiencing a culture is through the cuisine. Enjoy your stay in San Sebastian and taste the exquisite Basque gastronomy in any of its excellent restaurants and don´t forget to taste "pintxos" and "cacuelitas" (different kinds of small dishes) which, accompanied by cider, "txakoli" or good wines - sure to satisfy the most demanding of palates. We will begin our guided tapas walking tour in the neighborhood of Gros, at the award winning Alona Berri bar. The establishment also stands out for its wine cellar. Near there you will also find the crowded Bergara Bar, a mix of tradition and innovation. Walking along Zurriola Avenue you can admire the beach and architect Rafael Moneo's Kursaal auditorium and congress center. Then taste the delicious specialities of Patio de Ramuntxo, also an award winning establishment. The next stage will lead you along the pedestrian Alameda del Boulveard Avenue. (Tapas not included as you can choose as much or as little as you like on your tour).
Avail of a private airport transfer.
Take a direct flight from San Sebastian to Madrid today (not included in trip price).
Hotel Atlantico Madrid (4*) located on Gran Via street is perfect to offer great potential for tourism and leisure in the main street in Madrid city center. Currently decorated in a neoclassic style with tapestries, furniture, sculptures and period windows, it offers its clients top notch facilities with all the technological mod-cons. Its iconic facade in stone up to the cantilevers of the mezzanine and in artificial ornamental stone above that up to the flat roof, forms a stately impression, culminating in a French-style cupola tower from which exceptional views of Madrid can be enjoyed. In Gran Vía street that never sleeps, guests can enjoy Madrid during the day visiting the main museums and shopping, and at night, discovering the leisure in cinemas, theaters and restaurants in the area.
Built in the 18th century by D. Sebastian de Eslava, Viceroy of New Granada (1685 – 1759), Palacio Guendulain (4*) is one of the most prominent buildings in Pamplona, located in the old part of town. After serving as a family residence for over two centuries – in 1845 Queen Isabel II stayed in the Palace with her entourage converting the house into a royal residence for a few days – Palacio Guendulain reopens as a magnificent hotel with 25 bedrooms and suites overlooking the Consejo Square and the Palace's inner courtyard. Its interior houses an extraordinary horse carriage built in the early 18th century as well as a beautiful porter's chair.
Villa Soro(4*) is a charming 25 bedroom hotel located in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian. Villa Soro is an outstanding new address, offering a harmonious balance between the warm and familiar atmosphere of a century-old home and the comfort and services of a luxury hotel. Tranquillity, warmth and courtesy are the main characteristics of Villa Soro. The property has a garden designed by the French landscape designer Ducasse in 1898, with pleasant living areas reminiscing the family atmosphere of this stately home, and a very professional team permanently at your service.
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