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Northern Spain 2014

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Cibiles FountainRoyal Palace of Madrid, SpainPrado Museum
Cibiles Fountain
Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Prado Museum
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Our new north Spain trip showcases the ultra-modern urban treats of Bilbao, like the landmark Guggenheim museum, and rural spots, like Covadonga and the Picos de Europa national park. It's Insider moments like… staying the night in a real Renaissance palace, where Napoleon's troops once rested before they attacked nearby Vitoria. Stepping into the grand sandstone structure, you see it has been polished into a modern retreat but still feel the history in its wooden floors and hamlet setting. In Oviedo, it's in the icy cider your Travel Director hands to you as you relax together in a bar. Sipping the cool nectar, they share the town's love of the drink – a passion obvious from its many 'sidrerias', or cider houses.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Madrid

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid's tomb in the vast Gothic Cathedral. Passing through the northern wine regions of Spain, enjoy a Local Speciality wine tasting at a typical bodega. Tonight stay in a historic Spanish Palace, once used as the headquarters of Napoleon's army during the Peninsular war. Dinner is included tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Parador

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Arrive in the city of San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach. San Sebastian is known as the culinary capital of Spain so why not enjoy the local pinchos? Perhaps see the City Hall, once the home of the casino, or the Baroque Basilica of Santa Maria. In Bilbao, view the modern Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. Later, arrive in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Santemar Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    The whole day is free to relax and unwind either with a day at the beach or a walk through the historic centre. Alternatively why not join an optional experience visit to the coastal towns of Comillas and see the cobbled streets and squares or visit Gaudi’s Capricho, and then visit the fishing village of San Vincente de la Barquera, which was once a fisherman’s refuge. Later visit the museum dedicated to the Altamira Caves.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the Picos de Europa, a mountain range rich in flora and fauna. The region sits between two main pilgrim routes and has numerous historic market towns. Visit the grotto of 'Our Lady of Covadonga'. Here you also have the chance to visit the Basilica made from the pink marble of the surrounding hills. Arrive in Oviedo, and enjoy a Local Speciality glass of the famous cider which comes from this region. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner where you sample some delicious Asturian cuisine.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Ayre Oviedo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet village and has managed to preserve its seafaring charm. Stop in the hilltop cemetery for views of the rugged coast and over the fishing port. Arrive in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This, for many people, will be the end of their 'camino'.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Tryp Santiago

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Your Local Expert will explain the 'Way of St James' and why hundreds of people walk here as part of a pilgrimage on a daily basis. Visit the vast Cathedral and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four distinct architectural styles. Why not enjoy an optional experience to the Rias Biaxas for breath-taking views of the Galician coast. The region has long waterways stretching inland which are said to be the mark left by God's hand when he cleansed himself after creating the world.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    A drive through Galicia and the region of Castel-Leon to Zamora, known as a 'museum of Romaesque art'. See the 12th century cathedral with its richly sculptured Bishop's Door and the scaled Dome. Later arrive in Salamanca where a Local Expert will take you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Spain's oldest University as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Visit an outlet shopping mall for designer clothes and gifts before arriving in Madrid where you visit the Prado Museum which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. See the Plaza Espana, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Madrid

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Today is free to enjoy this wonderful capital city and your chance to shop or visit museums or galleries. Why not consider joining an optional experience to the city of Toledo. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11


    Say 'adios' to Spain and your new found friends as your Spanish holiday come to an end.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest At a Cider Mill close to Oviedo.
  • Local Expert in Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid.
  • Local Speciality Wine Tasting in a typical bodega.
  • Local Speciality Cider tasting at a bar in Oviedo.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Parador Hotel, Argomaniz - A Renaissance palace in the hamlet of Argomaniz is often our home here – as it was for Napoleon’s troops before they attacked nearby Vitoria. Authentic Accommodation, you can still feel history in Parador Hotel’s stone walls.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid.
  • Orientations of Burgos, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo.
  • Visit the Cathedral of Burgos, the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the University of Salamanca and the Prado Museum in Madrid.
  • Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa.


  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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