Day 1 - From your local joining point drive via the interchange to Dover for the short ferry crossing to Calais. Continue along the autoroutes of France to your overnight stop. Bed & breakfast
Day 2 - After breakfast continue through France crossing over the border into Spain arriving early evening at Castro Urdiales for your 6 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - 7 - At leisure in Castro Urdiales with two included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
The best of both worlds here as you can simply relax in the peaceful environment of this lovely resort or take one of the many picturesque walks along the three main beaches. The town centre, with its rows of balconies, is medieval in origin and earned recognition as an historic jewel.
Picos de Europa Mountains
After breakfast travel along the coast to the Principality of Asturias. During the trip it is already possible to see the mountains of Picos de Europa close to the sea. On arrival in Cangas de Onís you will meet your official Asturian guide before entering the National Park of the Picos de Europa. Visit Covadonga, set in a very small valley, where the Reconquest began. In Covadonga it's possible to see the basilica and the cave where the Virgin appeared to King Pelayo. Return to Cangas de Onís for a visit to the original capital of the Kingdom of Asturias and its so called Roman Bridge. After free time for individual exploration return to the hotel via the panoramic River Casaño Gorge.
Santander & Cantabrian Coast
Travel through the Cantabrian countryside to Santander, a wonderful city set on a large bay on the Atlantic Coast. In the 19th century the city was a renowned tourist resort for Spanish politicians, aristocrats and for the upper class. El Sardinero promenade and beach is one of the most elegant places along the coast, full of glamour and belle époque charm. A local guide will show you the very best of Santander with its wonderful palaces, gardens, promenades, bay type architecture with white buildings, old cafés and its famous casino. There are several beaches and the old town in the south of the city still retains the atmosphere of a small fishing village.
Santillana del Mar
Situated on the northern route of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar is a beautiful medieval town which was developed around the collegiate church of Santa Juliana. Its various defence towers and Renaissance palaces make Santillana a virtual 'living museum' and one of the most important historical areas of Cantabria. (Small entrance fees apply).
Day 8 - Retrace your steps through Spain and France, stopping for lunch opportunities en route before continuing to your overnight hotel. Bed & breakfast.
Day 9 - After breakfast, continue through France to Calais for the return to England.