Carefully crafted to maximize your pleasure and stimulate your sense of adventure, our tours are inspired by our own love and knowledge of Northern Spain. Each journey to the places we offer can be explored through the motion of your most-loved avocation. Elect to go on foot, by road bike, mountain bike or let us chauffeur you from place to place. Whether walking or cycling, or simply enjoying the food and wine, expect authentic experiences that immerse you in the four essential elements of history, culture, gastronomy and landscape.
Northern Spain Travel sprang from an outpouring of deep admiration and awe for the northern region of Spain. Its unsurpassable beauty, rich gastronomy and active travel opportunities provide something wonderful for everyone at any level. We design journeys that are immersive, inspiring and unforgettable. We combine adventure travel with hand-selected ingredients that make every element of your adventure fit like a glove – spectacular accommodation, activities with a cultural edge, and regional food and wine. Experience the true beauty and character of the North of Spain whilst enjoying great comfort and top-notch care among fun-loving, like-minded people.
A perfect adventure in a true jewel of nature in Navarra. The experience in the Bardenas with the Northern Spain Travel team was excellent. Every detail was seamless, their knowledge of the terrain in a nature reserve desert was impeccable, permitting us to experience an incredible trip that can only be done with experts like them.
We went with my two daughters of 10 and 8 years old and they experienced a true adventure. They loved it and received 100% attention from Northern Spain Travel and viewed this trip as a great challenge that they loved. NST adapted to the group level, they are very positive people and they know how to create a very pleasant atmosphere for you.
I would definitely repeat and continue to sign up for the trips and plans they offer because they are quality and experience!
I’ve travelled several times with Northern Spain Travel and have found their indepth knowledge of this area to be second to none. The enthusiasm of this organisation, coupled with the best local contacts and years of research in this region (and beyond), leave me in no doubt that I’d recommend Northern Spain Travel to anyone!
We stopped in Pamplona during our walk along the Camino from Saint-Jean to Santiago. We booked in advance of the walk to ensure we had the opportunity on opening day to watch the bull run, a bull fight, and have accommodations in Pamplona. Stephanie Mutsaerts from Northern Spain travel made this possible and went out of her way to ensure that we had our bags transferred correctly from our previous stay into our apartment in Pamplona, because the travel services for luggage do not typically transfer luggage into Pamplona unless there is 24-hour reception. We also enjoyed a walking tour (tasting samples from various locations) following the bull run. The company was accommodating and answered all of our questions in advance. Stephanie was so patient to ensure that our dream bucket list items were fulfilled and that we enjoyed our experience. I would highly recommend this event and travel company.
Not being one who willingly dives into crowded unfamiliar settings, I put my faith into Steph to get that Pamplona insider experience that just can’t be found during a short visit to a strange new place. Steph knows the best and most creative tapas chefs and local food critics, and they all know and greet her as a welcome friend. This was a memorable experience both meeting people and sampling dishes and wines that I would never have thought to try on my own. This was a fun informative evening and time well spent.
It was my first time in Spain and I only knew the country through its magnificent wines from La Rioja. The tour Stephanie and Oliver provided was not only educational, it was extremely entertaining. The first bodega (winery) we visited was Lopez Heredia and was truly awe inspiring. It was a traditional winery in which there were no modern tools or equipment, and they practiced the traditional ways of wine making. And of course, their wine was magnificent.
Next, we travelled to a more modern winery called Bodegas Franco-Españolas; one that was frequently visited by none other than Ernest Hemingway. But, don’t let that convince you; their wines will. After a great tour of their facilities, we were treated to the most entertaining drinking game I’ve ever played. Accompanied by some bread and cold cuts, we had a blast playing this game in which there were quizzes, and drinking tests where we tried to identify different things about the wines.
Our visit was made unforgettable mainly because of Stephanie and Oliver. From the moment we made our reservation they treated us like family. They made our departure unbearable and left us making plans for our next visit.
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We had such an amazing time with Deidre. Not only was she knowledgeable on all things Spain, far beyond food but she also had many personal accounts and stories that were fantastic. This intimate tour was full of mind blowing flavors. From modern takes on traditional foods to the beautiful basics you will not be disappointed!
We came to Pamplona and Stephanie of Northern Spain Travel took us under her wing. We did two tapas tours with her and one tour outside Pamplona to Roncesvalles. The tapas tours were both great. Stephanie is very personable and knows everybody. She knows Pamplona inside out and knows all the best places, as well as what to eat there, so you’re in good hands. The trip to Roncesvalles was a little less successful but that was only because of the horrible weather that suddenly erupted. And maybe because we would have liked to know more about the romantic history of Roncesvalles than about the World War I bunkers we visited also. But Stephanie’s guide, Koldo, made largely up for the bad weather with his stories of the surrounding area and what he finds in nature, to which we listened with fascination and warmed with glasses of Vermut. Overall, we think you cannot go wrong with Stephanie and Northern Spain Travel. They give you the feeling you’re out with local friends rather than with an organized tour! We learned also that Stephanie has enlisted the expertise of a Hemingway scholar to give even more depth to the Pamplona experience.
We booked a balcony for the chupinazo and the first run as well as bull fight tickets. Stephanie and her team welcomed us with open arms and made us feel very comfortable. The San Fermin festival is a little overwhelming with how many people are there but they made it so simple. The balconies were better than advertised and gave us great views as well as great food and drink. The guides were all extremely informative and friendly. Aitor was extremely helpful texting us details ahead of time and even helped us with cabs. We highly recommend northern Spain travel and will definitely use them again if we ever decide to come back to the area.
Absolutely great trip to San Sebastian, San Juan and San Jose — sailing, walking, a drive through beautiful farm lands, and a magnificent seafood lunch at Casa Camara in San Jose, which has been serving guests since 1884. If you like lobster and beautiful harbor views, this is the place to be. Our guide, Steph, was a delight — fun, knowledgeable and tireless. She started with us at 9 in the morning, and stayed with us until 10 that evening. Beautiful country, beautiful people, beautiful day — Hemingway style.
My wife and I and our 10 year old daughter combined the final 3 days walk into Pamplona from the Camino with the San Fermin celebrations. This was possible with the help of the travel agency “Northern Spain travel” based in Pamplona. Their attention to detail and bespoke customer service ensured our hotel and access to the festivities were seamless, we only wished we had more time to experience all that was on offer from them. At all stages Steph and her English speaking staff guided us through the excitement of the running of the bulls and a non-violent bull fight (Taurine) – both of which I would highly recommend.
Pamplona was truly magical – our first but not last taste, thanks to Northern Spain Travel !!
I admit that my experience was Fantastic, but because of the VIP package handled by Steph… no doubt about it. She put an enthusiasm in every event and reservation that it’s contagious. Her team is very kind and professional and they make us feel special all the time !!
Definitely I will recommend to do San Fermin program ALL THE WAY.
What a wonderful 5 days in Pamplona beginning with the opening ceremony viewed from a premier location on a balcony overlooking city hall to front row seats at the bullfight. Stephanie is the perfect hostess with just the right amount of attention without overwhelming the guests. We were traveling with our 17-year old grandson and Stephanie went out of her way to be sure he had the best and most unique experiences even providing her own teenage son to keep him company and show him some of the local color. Our lovely apartment in old town was in a perfect location and within a short walking distance of all the festivities. We had been to Pamplona several times before but only passing through. We knew we loved it but didn’t know how much. Now, after Stephanie showed us all the wonderful things it has to offer, it is one of our most favorite spots in Spain. Thank you Stephanie for your hospitality, for all of the special arrangements allowing us a front row seat for San Fermin, for lending us your son, and, of course, for the wonderful tour you arranged for us. We hope to see you again and to stay in one of your properties as we pass through Pamplona again in late August, 2019.
“I used Northern Spain Travel to organise a private tour guide for Pamplona. Our guide Odei was awesome. He personalised the tour for our interests. We walked around Pamplona and was shown all the amazing places. Odei is born and raised in Pamplona so had a wealth of knowledge. He also took us to the best bars for pintxos. Worth every euro. If you are in the area you definitely need to get in touch with Northern Spain Travel before you do anything”
“I can not even begin to express how grateful I am for Steph and her sincere generosity! I reached out to her for a question, and she was extremely kind, helpful, friendly, and helped solve the problem! Though I have not actually met her in person, just via email, she went above and beyond to help me out. Her positive vibes were felt across the ocean, and restored my belief in the basic human believe in kindness and empathy. I would 100%, hands-down recommend Steph as a host. I owe her, big time! 🙂 Much love from New Orleans, Louisiana. Cheers to a wonderful 2017, Steph!!”
“This company was able to set me up with the best balcony/viewing area of anyone else I had spoken soon. The price was very reasonable considering the limited options. Once I reached the designated area, our hosts could not have been friendlier or more welcoming. Heart of Pamplona ultimately provided one of the most memorable San Fermín experiences and photo opportunities that exist during fiesta”
“I went here last year during the Bull Run with my family and it was really good fun. The hosts were amazingly nice and hospitable and the food they served at the balcony was really good. We had a great view of the festival from the balcony. We got to fully participate in the festival and even dress the part, which provided us with a super unique experience. The festival was really wild but it was a very cool and very cultural experience that everyone MUST have when you visit Pamplona…
Thanks for the amazing day! Highly recommend to anyone travelling to Pamplona. “
“I came here with some friends from the US, Stephanie was such a delightful host and made sure we were always comfortable. She arranged a tour for us the second day we were there so we knew what was going on in the city during San Fermin, this city is such a gem and she is a rose amongst thorns so to speak I cannot recommend this place anymore, if you have the opportunity to stay here please know you are in great hands also we was greeted immediately by the downstairs neighbors for a drink and treated as if we had been friends for years.”
“Stephanie did a wonderful job coordinating ALL of the details of this experience! Everything was made easy for us and we very much enjoyed our opening ceremony experience and hope to have a repeat experience! Highly recommend!”
“I booked a balcony for the bull run through Northern Spain Travel. Stephanie was great to work with – communication was excellent throughout the process and everything ran smoothly on the day of the run. I would definitely recommend all of her services!”
We use premium hotels, which are normally best 4 star hotel in the area that offer an exceptionally comfortable stay. An example of this hotel type are the National Paradores, which are often once monasteries or castles presently transformed into beautiful hotels.
This historic accommodation is located in a stately historic Aragonese building converted into a luxury hotel. The elegant décor with its interior columns, views of the pre-Pyrenees and its Castilian-style furnishings takes you on a journey into the past: Step into the Middle ages as you stroll this exceptionally well preserved historic village with its the city walls, churches, Plaza de la Villa and Palacio de los Sada.
The Hotel de Londres is a pretty boutique hotel in San Sebastián with a La Belle Epoque feel. It has views to the Concha Bay and the city center. Luxury, modern facilities and a high level service make this historic building one of the best hotels in San Sebastián.
Steeped in history, this majestic hotel in in the capital of Rioja Wine, Haro. Since 1373, the lifetime of this historic hotel is intriguing. It was once a convent, a military garrison, a jail and a hospital. Since 1989, the building is a magnificent 4-star hotel. In the evening, the magnificent cloister of the Hotel Los Agustinos is where we enjoy fabulous food and wine.
This hotel is located within the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite, declared a national monument. The interior offers beautiful stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. The palace is the most significant example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarra, and one of the most outstanding examples in Europe.
This hotel is located in the cinco villas region, surrounded by valleys and mountains, it is nestled in one of Navarra’s prettiest landscapes. Their mantra is Water, Nature and Silence, making this hotel the perfect reward after a morning of exercise. Its natural springs contain with the highest salinity in Europe and the thermal circuit and massage hit the spot.
Since 1898, this remodeled stagecoach post is family establishment passed from parents to children, making Echaurren a centenary building. The hotel has widened their culinary and experiential offer, which includes a traditional cuisine bistro and a two Michelin stars restaurant, which is among the best in Spain.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, this 5-star hotel is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to savor a one-of-a-kind experience including a Vinothérapie spa session and Michelin-starred meal overseen by Chef Francis Paniego. The hotel has exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of Elciego or the striking architecture.
At the gates of the Irati forest, the second largest beech tree forest in Europe, this quaint pre Pyrenee hotel is in the heart of the commencement of the Camino de Santiago. It is a charming oasis from the cities and town and an excellent base from which to visit numerous attractions in the Orreaga – Roncesvalles valley.
This pretty Navarra Palace Hotel is an emblematic building, cataloged by the Prince of Viana Institute as an Historic Heritage Building. Maintaining its characteristic red stone, this hotel has an air of holding within its stately walls rich stories of the past.
Alma Pamplona is an active travel friendly hotel. Modern and avant-garde, has its own personality, which seeks to surprise. This quiet enclave is where we luxuriate in the Spa and Treatment center, and chill at the gastro bar after a morning of activity.
With views to the Bay of Biscay coast, this hotel is a 10th century castle fortress. Also known as the Castle of Charles V, you will feel as if you are in an authentic medieval fortress. The imposing entrance and its thick damages stone walls by cannon fire set the tone. The inner patio crowned by adorned arches, wrought iron and coffered ceilings make this hotel unique.
AC Hotel Ciudad de Tudela is in part an 18th century historic building once called Casa de Beneficencia. This hotel is in the historic quarter of charming Tudela. We are in walking distance to the Muñoz Sola Modern Art Museum and a visit to the Marqués de San Adrián Palace. After a great ride, the sauna and Turkish bath hits the stop.
This exquisite and very unique hotel is within the National Park Bardenas Reales which is Navarra’s wonderland desert. This is an oasis from the desert terrain with a chance to lean back, relax and watch a zillion stars, a brighter moon and the spectacular Architecture of this outstanding hotel.
Hotel Palacio Tondón is a four star hotel that combines the Riojan traditional warm stone and authenticity with a modern interior. This charming hotel is in the town of Briñas by the Ebro, surrounded by elegance, in fully equipped, bright and spacious rooms, with all the facilities for maximum comfort. Start your days on the right foot, take your time and enjoy local products while admiring the beauty of the Tondón meander. The hotel offers a dinner menu that is adapted to seasonality and that is of course, accompanied by one of the most incredible wine lists you will ever encounter.
This four star hotel + spa personalized and sophisticated for maximum comfort, making this hotel the quiet oasis from the city of Pamplona. A decorative symphony of elegance and exclusivity. The fusion of stone, wood, velvet, works of art and furniture of exclusive design create a warm unique atmosphere. At the foothills of the Pyrenees, we can begin to peddle from the moment we step out the door.
This quaint palace combines the historical building charm of the 16th century and the comfort of a modern hotel. It is located within the town of Viana (Navarre), at the foot of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in the historical part of the town.
This charming hotel is within an authentic Benedictine monastery and forms part of a complex that is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture and art. The Monasterio de Leyre is one of the most important monuments in Navarra. It is an outstanding out-of-the-box destination and one of the treasures of our adventure into the Kingdoms of the North.
This spectacular 19th century hotel is situated in the main square of the city has a rich history of well-known guest, figures like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charles Chaplin who have contributed to making this hotel an icon and bekon for many travellers. Dedicated to historical personalities, you can choose to stay in Hemingway’s room, that of the international acclaimed Pablo Sarasate, or others. You are in the heart of this Navarran culinary capital.
This hotel is on the main avenue of Logroño city, steps away from the bubbling historic center. For those who love the culinary arts, architecture and diving into a rich culture, spending time in Logroño is ideal.
Marques de Vallejo is both a boutique hotel and an art gallery. The proximity to the city center allows our guests to enjoy the myriad of charms of Logroño, one of the jewels of the Rioja province. Known for its innovative cuisine, Laurel Street pintxo experience and the quality and diversity of its shopping this hotel is in the heart of the action.
This 13th century unique jewel to Euskadi, the Castillo de Arteaga was remodeled by Empress Maria Eugenia de Montijo in 1856. Today it is a four star Relais & Chateaux hotel that preserves its 13th century presence, maintaining its ornamental and decorative style throughout the castle retaining the essence and atmosphere of forgotten times. The landscape surrounding the castle is none other than that of the Urdaibai Biosphere Nature Reserve, declared by UNESCO. This natural jewel in the heart of Bizkaia has an extraordinary landscape and ecological diversity, and is a haven for birdwatchers.
This majestic castle hotel in the heart of the Salamanca province, right by the Camino de la Plata and a true luxury in all senses. Castillo de Buen Amor is both a boutique hotel and a magnificent castle for the Medieval Ages. The proximity to the city center of Salamanca allows our guests to enjoy the myriad of charms of the historic city of Salamanca while relaxing in an oasis from the traffic and busy streets of a city. This castle is one of the jewels of the Salamanca province.
One of the best hotels in Estella is the charming four star Hospedería Chapitel. In the heart of the historic quarter in Estella, this boutique hotel is located in the Jewish neighborhood right by San Miguel de Estella church and is surrounded by historic monuments. Famed for its original and cozy feel, this regional hotel will meet all your expectations.
Hotel Miró is located in the center of Bilbao about 170 meters from the Museum of Fine Arts and 900 meters from the Zubizuri Bridge. The historic quarter, where you will find the Arriaga Theater and the Plaza Nueva among other points of interest, is in walking distance.
Hotel Tayko is located in the center of Bilbao, about 70 meters from Arriaga Theater and the Plaza Nueva, among other points of interest, is in walking distance. But, best of all is that Tayko Hotel is a lifestyle hotel with 54 rooms with prime views of the Ria (estuary) or Merced Street.
This enchanting and fascinating territory and our immersive adventure tours are well worth the discovery, but if you really want to find out how to make your vacations unique, special and memorable, you will have to join us on one.
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