Basque Country Northern Spain Tour
Asturia, Galicia with Basque Land
nights from Euro 910
Departures from Barcelona on Saturdays
between 9 Apr - 15 Oct 2016
Tour does not operate between Nov and April
1 ST DAY Saturday – BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA – SAN SEBASTIAN
In the morning meet at our bus Terminal located in Gran Vía 645.
Depart at 10.00AM. towards
Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of
Hispanity and to stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon continue to San Sebastian, one of the most famous tourist destinations, city of the International
Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this
French style bourgeois city, see its elegant promanade around the circle bay and the magnificent Conchas beach. Overnight.
2ND DAY Sunday – SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER
Breakfast at hotel. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to enjoy the
unforgettable views of the city and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic driving
through Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The Guggenheim Museum is located
in order to admire this modern building of unique architecture.
Proceed to the old
fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time,then continue to Santander, a port
city located between the sea and the mountains with lovely seaside
promenade and well known for its Sardinero
Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free time to stroll through the beautiful shoreline or other activities. Overnight.
3 RD DAY Monday SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana, its one of the most important
historical artistic towns in Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as
the Collegiate of Santa Juiliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in
Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the
Sanctuary and the Grotto with the patroness of Asturias, our Lady
of Covadonga. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a
series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de Naranco Church, jewel of the
pre-Romanic Austrian architecture. Free time to explore Oviedo.
Many of the
streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like
The Cathedral, a splendid example of gothic Austrian style. Overnight.
4TH DAY Tuesday OVIEDO – GIJON – CUDILLERO – LUGO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Gijon, panoramic city tour and then proceed to
Cudillero, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Spain where we
have free time for lunch at one of the fresh fish restaurants on our own or you
can walk uphill to the top of the village for excellent view of the sea and the
village below built in a theater style with houses sloping down. In the
afternoon depart to Lugo, which holds one of the most impressive roman ramparts
with a perimeter of 2266 meters in circumference a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of the walls are open so if you feel like it, you can stroll on top of the over 2000 year old walls. Overnight.
5TH DAY Wednesday – LUGO – A CORUÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Coruña. Brief panoramic drive through
the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to admire
the elegance of this city with the typical Galician architecture of glass house
galleries. Brief stop at one of the wonders of the world, the oldest working
lighthouse the “ Tower of Hercules” dating back to the Roman period. Afternoon
at leisure in the city. Those interested, can take an optional tour to
the nearby villages of Rias Altas. Overnight.
6TH DAY Thursday – A CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage
town as it is one of the most important center of Christian Pilgrimages in the
the end of the Camino de Santiago route built during the Roman Empire. City tour
where we will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the Cathedral (
entrance included ) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Afternoon free at leisure
to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and soak up the
medieval atmosphere. This heritage site is only second in importance to Rome's St. Peter's Basilica. Overnight.
7TH DAY Friday – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most picturesque areas of
Galicia, the Rias Bajas, the lower rivers delta area where 4 rivers meet
the Atlantic. They are famous for beautiful views and rich marine life. Marvel
the stunning view of the river estuaries at the Atlantic seashore. Driving through this magnificent landscape we will
arrive to la Toja Island, known for its spa. Free time,
to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to the city of
Vigo, situated in
the middle of the Rias Baixas. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy this lively city or
take an optional tour to the seaside fishing
village of Bayona and Santa Tecla to see the remains
of the the old pre-Roman settlements of Celtic people, the original
inhabitants of Galicia and Portugal. From the hill we will also have
impressive views of the Miño River
and on its other shore, Portugal. Overnight.
8TH DAY Saturday – VIGO - SALAMANCA – MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Salamanca following The Old Silver Route
built during the Roman times. On arrival free time in this world renowned city
with one of the oldest universities in Europe, the magnificent Plaza Mayor, the
Shells House, the old and the
new Cathedrals. Continue towards Villacastin crossing
through the Guadarrama mountain range to arrive at Madrid. Overnight.
9TH DAY Sunday – MADRID – BARCELONA by AVE train
Breakfast at hotel. Free time to continue visiting the city until
time of train back to Barcelona in the afternoon. End of trip.
Extensions in Madrid or Barcelona can be added.
PRICES IN EURO 2016 ($ rate depends on the exchange
rate of the payment date)
Apr-June plus Oct 2016
||Jul-Sep 2016 departures
|C First class - 4star hotels
Discount to the third person sharing double room.
Children under 12:
25% discount when sharing room with 2 adults. Babies under 2 are free
but have no bus seat or hotel bed reserved - cot is possible on
HOTELS or similar
USED FOR TOUR:
||Mercure Monte Igueldo****
||Ciudad de Vigo****
Included in the
Tour is bilingual conducted in English
Accommodation in the listed hotels or similar with breakfast
Escorted tour with English and Spanish speaking guide (tour is
bilingual and conducted in two languages)
Transportation by air conditioned deluxe motor coach
AVE Madrid - Barcelona on the last day
taxes, luggage handling at hotels, entrance fees
Guided visits in Santiago, Panoramic tour as per
itinerary Bilbao, Gijon, Coruna,