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HEAD to Bil­bao in north­ern Spain for the fes­ti­val that at­tracts the big names, Bil­bao BBK Live. This year, head­lin­ing acts such as Fat­boy Slim, Kings of Leon and Green Day have been con­firmed and Con­tiki has made it easy to ex­pe­ri­ence this Span­ish mu­si­cal fi­esta with their BBK LIVE Time Out tour de­part­ing July 10 from $749 a per­son (land only). The price in­cludes four nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in a cen­tral city ho­tel, wel­come party in Bil­bao, three-day fes­ti­val ticket to BBK Live and reg­u­lar free shut­tles to the fes­ti­val groups. You will also re­ceive a city walking tour and the ser­vices of a pro­fes­sional Con­tiki tour man­ager. As well as get­ting among all the fes­ti­val ac­tion, the tour en­sures guests ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Bil­bao by in­tro­duc­ing them to the lo­cal food and wine, a visit to the con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum, Museo Guggen­heim, and a chance to ex­plore the quaint Old Town.

See con­tiki.com.au FES­TI­VAL-go­ers plan­ning to take in Croa­tia’s epic Sound­wave fes­ti­val this July can cruise their way there on a Sail Croa­tia trip that drops them at the fes­ti­val’s doorstep. Stu­dent Flights has mapped out an eight­day itin­er­ary aboard a vin­tage boat that sails the Dal­ma­tian coast­line from Split, be­fore end­ing in Tisno in time for Sound­wave from $1109 a per­son, twin share. Along the way, swim, snorkel, hike and bike ride dur­ing stops on the is­lands of Pak­leni, Brac, Ml­jet and Hvar, and soak up the cul­ture in the his­toric port of Dubrovnik. En­joy the lively nightlife in Split and sam­ple lo­cal beer at the har­bour­side bars in Trstenik. The package in­cludes seven break­fasts, lunches and din­ners, most port taxes and vis­i­tor fees. Valid for sale un­til June 30, un­less sold out prior, for travel on July 13. En­try to Sound­wave Croa­tia is not in­cluded, but can be ar­ranged by the team at Stu­dent Flights. Ph 1300 019 130 or see stu­dent­flights.com.au GET your fi­esta fix with the 12-day Span­ish Sun & Fi­es­tas tour which com­bines fes­tiv­i­ties in Pam­plona with the Haro Wine Fes­ti­val as well as vis­its to Madrid, Se­govia and San Se­bas­tian from $1245 a per­son. Held each year in the La Rioja re­gion of north­ern Spain, the Haro Wine Fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates in the ‘‘ Batalla del Vino’’ where rev­ellers dressed in white have one ob­jec­tive – to douse fel­low fes­ti­val-go­ers in as much red wine as pos­si­ble us­ing buck­ets, water pis­tols and bot­tles. The trip de­parts June from Bil­bao and also in­cludes the San Fer­min open­ing cer­e­mony and fire­works, sight­see­ing tours of all ma­jor cities, ac­com­mo­da­tion with daily break­fast, four din­ners, trans­port and ser­vices of a trip leader and driver. There’s also a free day in San Se­bas­tian to soak up the sun on its beau­ti­ful beaches or take op­tional surf­ing lessons. Ph 1300 886 332 or see topdeck.travel

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