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ProductID: 1038

Type: Chauffeur Driven Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Customized Tours and Trip Ideas

Region: Euskadi (Basque Country)

Group Size: 2 - 6 People

Start City: Madrid

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Lodging: Paradores/Historic Hotels


 
Introduction:

Reaching from the spurs of the Pyrenees as far as the Galician Rias, the north of Spain is probably one of the most multifarious areas from the point of view of scenery and culture in the peninsula. The common features of Green Spain are a mild, humid climate with areas of remaining untouched natural beauty. The crafts, traditional cuisine, music and dance accompanying the local fairs deeply rooted in each of the historical regions of Green Spain.

It would be a big mistake to imagine Green Spain as a huge extension of pastures, here the visitor will discover rugged mountain scenery in the Picos de Europa and the rural scenery, relaxing silence, and abundance of attractions in Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. The coast consisting of magnificent beaches -some very well known, others virgin- and it´s cliffs of wild, breathtaking beauty... Green Spain is a mosaic of natural purity and historic village, each with its own personality. Art is intertwined with nature in Green Spain for example, the famous world-renowned Guggenheim Museum. An important architectural structure designed by the North America Architect, Frank Gehry, inaugurated in October 1997. Inside demonstrates Contemporary Art of the 20th century; it is a Titanium Architectural masterpiece.

 
Day by Day Itinerary:
8 Days / 7 Nights


DAY 1:
SAN SEBASTIAN
- Breakfast
- Arrival to SAN SEBASTIAN Airport
- Your Private English-Speaking Chauffeur will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre
- Rest of the day free to explore the old quarter of the city & enjoy the beaches
- Lunch on your own
- Meeting in the lobby before dinner
- "Welcome Dinner" in a elegant restaurant offering BASQUE COUNTRY cuisine.
- Overnight in San Sebastian
B, D


DAY 2:
SAN SEBASTIAN - EXPLORE THE SPANISH/FRENCH BASQUE COASTLINE
- Breakfast
- Today we will enjoy an excursion along the Spanish and French sides of the Basque Coast.
- We will stop to vist place like Hondarribia, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz
- Free time for lunch on your own in Biarritz
- Return to San Sebastian
- Tapa tour tonight along the old quarter of San Sebastian
- Overnight in San Sebastian
B, D


DAY 3:
SAN SEBASTIAN - BILBAO - SANTILLANA DEL MAR
- Breakfast
- In the morning enjoy a panoramic tour of BILBAO city
- Then we take a guided visit of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
- Free time for lunch on your own
- Drive along the coast of CANTABRIA ending the day in the noble village of SANTILLANA DEL MAR
- Transfer to hotel
- Free time before dinner
- Dinner in hotel
- Overnight in Santillana del Mar
B, D


DAY 4:
SANTILLANA DEL MAR - ARENAS DE CABRALES - COVADONGA - CANGAS DE ONIS
- Breakfast
- In the morning visit the Replica CAVES OF ALTAMIRA with a museum
- Passing through ARENAS DE CABRALES famous for Cabrales cheese
- Drive through the picturesque countryside of the PICOS DE EUROPA
- In a small Asturian village stop to visit a traditional factory of CABRALES CHEESE with a natural cave where the cheeses are aged, and also visit a APPLE CIDER cellar with an old-press and see the traditional way of pouring cider including a tapa lunch with products of the area inside the Cider Cellar
- Stop in COVADONGA to visit the Basilica
- Ending the day in CANGAS DE ONIS
- Transfer to hotel
- Free time before dinner
- Dinner in Parador
- Overnight in Cangas de Onis
B, L, D


DAY 5:
CANGAS DE ONIS - OVIEDO - COAÑA - RIBADEO
- Breakfast
- In the morning visit OVIEDO city the capital of ASTURIAS
- Free time for lunch on your own
- In the afternoon visit the Celtic Hill-fort remains of CASTRO DE COAÑA
- Then Crossing over into GALICIA
- If it is low ocean tide, stop to visit the interesting rock formation on the BEACH OF THE CATHEDRALS
- Ending our day in RIBADEO village
- Transfer to Parador
- Free time before dinner
- Overnight in Ribadeo
B, D


DAY 6:
RIBADEO - VIVEIRO - CERVO - A CORUÑA - SANTIAGO
- Breakfast
- Today following along the beautiful A MARIÑA & AS MARIÑAS COSTLINES OF LUGO & A CORUÑA
- Make the 1st stop of the day in Cervo to visit the SARGADELOS CERAMIC FACTORY & MUSEUM
- Then stopping in A CORUÑA city
- Free time for lunch on your own
- Then before leaveing we will visit A Coruña´s important monuments: TOWER OF HERCULES & CASTLE MUSEUM OF SAN ANTON
- In the late afternoon leave by highway for SANTIAGO
- Free time before dinner
- Dinner in Michelin star restaurant in the old quarter of the city
- Overnight in A Coruña
B, D


DAY 7:
SANTIAGO - WALKING DAY TOUR IN THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF THE ANCIENT PILGRIMAGE CITY
- Breakfast
- Morning visit of the Ethnographic museum of the Galician people, plaza de Abastos market, cathedral & old quarter
- Lunch on your own
- Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city
- Enjoy a "Galician Goodbye Dinner" in the Parador
- Overnight in Santiago
B, D


DAY 8:
SANTIAGO - DEPARTURE DAY OR TOUR ADD-ON
- Breakfast
- Transfer to Santiago Airport or extended your vacations down the Galicia coast or to Northern Portugal (See Tour Addons)
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