Cities of Castile – Madrid, Salamanca & Segovia plus San Sebastian

11 days from £1049pp.


Toledo

Visit: Toledo, Spain

Salamanca

Visit: Salamanca, Spain

Avila

Visit: Avila, Spain

Segovia

Visit: Segovia, Spain

San Sebastian

Visit: San Sebastian, Spain

About the Tour

Witness the breathtaking scenery of Spain and its unique culture on this holiday by coach. Enjoy exploring historical cities including Madrid and Segovia, before heading to the stunning resort of San Sebastián, in Spain’s Basque Country. Plus, savour the sights of beautiful Salamanca, with its Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures on this classic tour of Spanish delights. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 9 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 8 or 9 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Santander in a 2-berth en suite inside cabin
  • Travel from regional joining points
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  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight 24-hour crossing to Santander. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. Enjoy the facilities on board.

Evening arrival in Santander, then continue to our overnight hotel in northern Spain.

  • Included meals: Dinner
Salamanca

Salamanca

Head to Salamanca for our overnight stay. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city, with its splendid Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Wander the elegant arcades of the Plaza Mayor and see Puente Romano.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Avila

Avila

Spend the morning in Salamanca. After lunch we head to Madrid via a stop in the medieval walled town of Avila, a World Heritage Site, with a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and Renaissance churches and palaces. We continue to Madrid where we stay for four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid is a truly cosmopolitan city with a wealth of cultural attractions. The splendid Plaza Mayor provides the perfect starting point to explore Old Madrid, lined with beautifully muralled buildings. See the huge Palacio Real (Royal Palace), a landmark of the city, explore the Paseo del Prado of Bourbon Madrid and enjoy a stroll around the magnificent Retiro Park. Our optional sightseeing tour will show you the best of the city.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Toledo

Toledo

Free day in Madrid or join our optional excursion to Toledo, often regarded as the Spanish city with the greatest wealth of monuments and known as the ‘city of the three cultures’, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived there for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves its artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Segovia

Segovia

Join our included excursion to Segovia spectacularly situated on a high rocky spur. Its old quarter and Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites. In addition numerous Romanesque churches, the cathedral and fortress create a magnificent city that presides over this part of Castile.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Burgos

Burgos

We head north to Burgos, situated on the Pilgrim’s Road. The cathedral and old quarter are masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture. We stay overnight in the Burgos area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
San Sebastián

San Sebastián

We leave Burgos and head to the stunning city of San Sebastián set on a sweeping, shell-shaped bay with its charming, old quarter and Belle Epoque style. The local tapas bars are a true delight. Continue into France and to the Bordeaux area for one night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We head through France to Paris area for one night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Zamora (13 day itinerary only)
  • Avila
  • Salamanca
  • Madrid
  • Segovia
  • Burgos
  • San Sebastián
  • La Rochelle (13 day itinerary only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Toledo
  • Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £299.00 (11 days), £359.00 (13 days).

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight 24 hour crossing to Santander. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. Enjoy the facilities on board.

Evening arrival in Santander, then onwards to our overnight hotel in northern Spain.

  • Included meals: Dinner

En route to Salamanca for a two-night stay, we visit the fortified town of Zamora, which featured prominently in the legend of El Cid. The town boasts many beautifully preserved Romanesque churches and a stunning Byzantine cathedral.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Salamanca

Salamanca

Spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Salamanca, with its splendid Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Wander the elegant arcades of the Plaza Mayor and see Puente Romano.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Avila

Avila

We head to Madrid, via a tour of Castile, with a stop made in the medieval walled town of Avila, a World Heritage Site, with a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and Renaissance churches and palaces. We continue to Madrid where we stay for four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Madrid

Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid is a truly cosmopolitan city, with a wealth of cultural attractions. The splendid Plaza Mayor provides the perfect starting point to explore Old Madrid, lined with beautifully muralled buildings. See the huge Palacio Real (Royal Palace), a landmark of the city, explore the Paseo del Prado of Bourbon Madrid and enjoy a stroll around the magnificent Retiro Park. Our optional sightseeing tour will show you the best of the city.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Toledo

Toledo

Free day in Madrid or join our optional excursion to Toledo, often regarded as the Spanish city with the greatest wealth of monuments and known as the ‘city of the three cultures’, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived there for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves its artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Segovia

Segovia

Join our included excursion to Segovia spectacularly situated on a high rocky spur. Its old quarter and Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites. In addition numerous Romanesque churches, the cathedral and fortress create a magnificent city that presides over this part of Castile.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Burgos

Burgos

We head north to Burgos, situated on the Pilgrim’s Road. The cathedral and old quarter are masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture. We continue into France to the Biarritz or Ciboure area for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Enjoy our included excursion into Basque Spain, visiting the stunning city of San Sebastián set on a sweeping, shellshaped bay with its charming, old quarter and Belle Epoque style. The local tapas bars are a true delight.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We head through France to the pretty resort of La Rochelle for one night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

Morning in La Rochelle, with its picturesque harbour and pretty arcaded streets with half-timbered houses. Early afternoon, we head to the Paris area and our overnight hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Zamora (13 day itinerary only)
  • Avila
  • Salamanca
  • Madrid
  • Segovia
  • Burgos
  • San Sebastián
  • La Rochelle (13 day itinerary only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Toledo
  • Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £299.00 (11 days), £359.00 (13 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay in 3-star and 4-star hotels throughout your time in Spain. On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in two-berth en suite inside cabins.

Your overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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