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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