Cantabria And The Highlights Of Castile And Leon
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Mixed Board
- Tour Ref: D2TSHEEGESACB
- Travel Type: Coach
- Explore Cantabria including the stunning Picos de Europa national park
- Stay in an old 14th century Palace in the beautiful walled town of Avila
- Visit Segovia, famous for its beautiful aqueduct
- Explore Madrid and enjoy a traditional lunch and Flamenco show
A superb tour taking in some of the most scenic regions of Spain and the fantastic cities and attractions within them. Visit the stunning region of Cantabria, famous for the Picos de Europa national park and picturesque coastal towns and villages. We continue to the historical walled town of Avila where you will stay in a renovated 14th century Palace whilst enjoying excursions to Segovia and Madrid. In Madrid you will sample a traditional lunch before enjoying a superb Flamenco show.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1: UK to Paris
We depart the UK and travel to the Paris area for our first overnight hotel, arriving in time for evening meal. (Dinner)
Day 2: Paris to Bordeaux area
We depart the hotel following breakfast and continue south through France to the Bordeaux area where we stay for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Bordeaux to Cantabria
We continue our journey south crossing the border into Spain and along the north coast. We stop in the beautiful coastal village of Castro-Urdiales, a small seafaring and fishing village where we have some free time and lunch. We then continue to Suances and the Gran Hotel, our base for the next 4 nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Free day in Suances
Today is a free day to enjoy your host resort of Suances. Relax by the hotel swimming pool or take a 10-15 minute walk into town and visit the beach.
Day 5: Picos de Europa
We are joined by a local tour guide today for a full day tour through the Picos de Europa. Home to some of the best scenery in Spain and 3 limestone massifs we will explore this fantastic mountain range. You will experience the Fuente De cable car rising over 753 metres and giving unparalleled vies across the mountain range. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Santilliana del Mar and Altamira Caves
Today we enjoy another fantastic excursion to Santilliana del Mar, a small medieval town sometimes thought of as a film set given the perfect state of its preservation. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets filled with picturesque stone buildings. We continue to Altamira Caves which features prehistoric paintings of bison, horses and deer. In order to preserve the paintings it was decided in 2002 that visitors would see replicas, but this is still worth the visit. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Cantabria to Avila
We leave the mountains and coastal resorts of Cantabria behind and continue to the region of Castile & Leon. Home to historic towns and cities we arrive in the beautiful walled town of Avila and an impressive former 14th century Palace which will be our base for the next 3 nights, the Palacio de Valderrabanos. Located in the centre of town, get to know your surroundings before your evening meal. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: Segovia & Avila
We make the short journey to the town of Segovia, famous for the magnificent Aqueduct. You will struggle to find as good an example of Roman grandeur anywhere else in Spain. You will have free time to explore the quaint squares and terracotta buildings all set against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama. We return to Avila in the afternoon where you will have the option of a guided walking tour of the town. Surrounded by a wall with 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets, it is a fine example of a preserved medieval bastion. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9: Madrid
Today we drive to the capital city of Madrid, famous throughout the world for its art galleries and museums including the Museo del Prado. You will have time to explore this magnificent city before enjoying a traditional lunch (included instead of dinner today) in one of the city’s most famous restaurants. In the evening you will watch a Flamenco show at the Teatro Flamenco allowing you to discover the essence of pure flamenco. Following the show we will return to our hotel in Avila. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10: Avila to Bordeaux
It is time to leave Spain behind and start our journey back towards the UK. We will cross the border into France and overnight in the Bordeaux area. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11: Bordeaux to Paris area
We continue our journey through France to the Paris area for our last overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12: Return to UK
We travel back to Calais and our return crossing to the UK and continue our journey home. (Breakfast)
Gran Hotel Suances
The four-star Gran Hotel Suances is 450m from the beach in Suances and offers fantastic sea views. The Gran Hotel’s stylish heated rooms come with a flat-screen TV, phone and work desk.Back to top
Full day: Picos de Europa and Fuente De cable car - Included
A full tour exploring the stunning Picos de Europa national park. A tour guide will join us to point out the main sights and attractions and we include a trip up the Fuente De cable car offering stunning views form the top.
Full day: Santilliana del Mar and Altamira Caves - Included
A tour guide joins us again today for a tour to Santilliana del Mar and Altamira Caves. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets filled with picturesque stone buildings. We continue to Altamira Caves which features prehistoric paintings of bison, horses and deer. In order to preserve the paintings it was decided in 2002 that visitors would see replicas, but this is still worth the visit.
Half Day: Segovia - Included
Enjoy a half day excursion to Segovia, famous for its stunning Roman aqueduct. Explore the narrow streets full with terracotta and sandstone buildings all against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
Full Day: Madrid - Included
Enjoy a full day to the Spanish capital, Madrid. We include free time to explore this famous city and include a traditional lunch in one of Madrid's famous restaurants. In the evening we have included a Flamenco show in the Teatro Flamenco before returning to Avila.
Half Day: Santander - Optional
Santander is the capital city of the Cantabria region. Enjoy walks along the Paseo de Pereda promenade and marvel at the Palacio de la Magdalena which was once the royal summer residency and lies at the mouth of the Bay of Santander. Visit atmospheric plazas, belle-epoque buildings and stunning beaches.Back to top