Portraits of Green Spain, Cantabria, the Basque Coast & Andorra

11 days from £969pp.


San Sebastian

Visit: San Sebastian, Spain

Santillana del Mar

Visit: Santillana del Mar, Spain

Picos de Europa

Visit: Picos de Europa, Spain

Santander

Visit: Santander, Spain

Barcelona

Visit: Barcelona, Spain

Andorra La Vella

Visit: Andorra La Vella, Andorra

About the Tour

A stunning tour combining the mountain country of Andorra and the dramatic scenery and coastline of Cantabria and the Basque region. See the spectacular natural scenery of Spain from the sweeping, shell shaped bay of San Sebastian, to Andorra’s picturesque countryside, and the breath taking mountain range of Picos de Europa. In contrast, we visit the bustling Barcelona, where you can explore the city’s most famous sights, and stroll along the lively Las Ramblas. Why not also join us on a visit to the coastal city of Santander and to the quaint villages of Comillas and Santillana del Mar, on this unforgettable holiday. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 9 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 8 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Santander in a two-berth, en suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost)
  • Travel from a regional joining point
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

    Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to Santander.

    Evening arrival in Santander then travel to Suances, northern Spain, for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Comillas

    Comillas

    Today’s included excursion takes us first to the picturesque village of Comillas, with its medieval square and quaint old churches, then to Santillana del Mar, one of the prettiest little towns in Spain. The mansion houses, adorned with their coats of arms, and the many quaint little shops, all combine to rekindle the medieval past.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Picos De Europa

    Picos De Europa

    Join our optional full-day tour to the Picos de Europa, one of the most breath-taking mountain ranges on the Iberian Peninsula, with peaks rising to a spectacular 8500 feet. There is an abundance of wildlife within this mountain range and Cantabrian Brown Bear and also Wolves live in the remoter regions and have often been sighted. We pause at Potes, a small ancient village with old balconied houses lining the river. It is situated in the broad Valle de Liébana, whose fertile soil yields prime crops of walnuts, cherries and grapes. The traditional village cuisine includes game stews and Cocido Lebaniego (chickpea casserole). There is also a potent spirit called Orujo, which is made in the town. To make the most of your visit into the Picos de Europa why not take a ride aboard the Fuente De cable car (at extra cost, approx €17 per person). The cable car takes visitors into the mountains to an altitude of 1450 metres in just 4 minutes. Overcoming a drop of 750 metres, the cable car travels at approximately 10 metres per second! At the upper station you will be able to see the fantastic scenery of the surrounding area (weather permitting).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Santander

    Santander

    Our optional excursion takes us to the beautiful city of Santander, with its wide boulevards and stunning waterfront promenade. This beautiful seaside city has a lot to offer its visitors. It is a modern city and is regarded as one of the loveliest on the Spanish Coast. Santander is a very popular destination for tourists due to its cultural heritage, exceptional buildings, cosmopolitan style and seaside attractions. There is plenty to keep you occupied. Perhaps take a stroll along one of the sandy beaches, explore the lively city centre or visit one of the interesting museums. The choice is yours.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Sebastian

    San Sebastian

    We leave Cantabria and head east to the beautiful Basque town 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 to Andorra for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Andorra La Vella

    Andorra La Vella

    Included leisurely day in Andorra La Vella, the country’s capital, where you will find bargains on all kind of goods. Visit the city's Old Town characterized by its stone streets and houses. Visit the Casa de la Vall (House of the Valley) where the Andorran parliament has met since 1702 or stroll down the main street lined with duty free shops.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Barcelona

    Barcelona

    Today we travel into the centre of Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports. It is also the capital of the province of Catalonia. During the day, be sure to join our optional sightseeing tour, taking you past many of the famous sights of the city to ensure that you see all the important places of interest. You can admire the unusual scenery of the Eixample district as well the huge Olympic stadium, scene of the great athletic achievements in 1992. We finish the tour on the bustling Las Ramblas, the iconic street in the centre, which runs from the Plaza de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus monument near the harbour at Port Vell. Here you can explore the cafes and market stalls, see the mime artists, and from here you will be ideally situated to explore independently the “Barri Gotic”, or Gothic Quarter in the centre of the Old Town, where some of buildings date back to medieval and Roman times.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Encamp

    Encamp

    Enjoy an included countryside tour of Andorra. The rugged landscape of towering peaks, lush green meadows and deep gorges is dotted with remote mountain villages. Visit the timeless villages of Encamp, La Massana and Escalades.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head north to our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Comillas & Santillana Del Mar - Cantabria's showpiece of architectural beauty
    • San Sebastian - Wonderfully picturesque setting
    • Barcelona - Catalan capital
    • Andorra Countryside Tour - Explore the principality

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Picos de Europa - Breathtaking mountains and valleys
    • Santander - Elegant boulevards and promenade
    • Barcelona Sightseeing

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £239.00 (11 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

    In Cantabria, you will stay for four nights at the 4-star Gran Hotel Suances. This beautiful hotel, situated within walking distance of the beach, has a lobby bar, restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool (open subject to season). May 9 2017 Silver Service departure will stay at the adjacent sister hotel, the 3-star Hotel Suances.

    You will stay for four nights at the 5-star Holiday Inn Andorra La Vella. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, small indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.

    Overnight stays in the Paris area will be in a city-style hotel.

    On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in two-berth, en suite cabins. Meals are not included on board ship.

     

    Spain

    Gran Hotel Suances

    Gran Hotel Suances

    Andorra

    Holiday Inn Andorra - Dining Room

    Holiday Inn Andorra

    Gran Hotel Suances


    This beautiful Victorian hotel is situated with walking distance of the beach with views across the Cantabrian Sea. The hotel combines classic architecture with modern facilities. All 34 bedrooms are bright and spacious and come equipped with T.V., telephone, wifi and safe. The hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar and outdoor swimming pool (open subject to season). The resort of Suances can be reached by a walk down the hill or a short taxi ride.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Holiday Inn Andorra


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    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 transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. 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. interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros 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. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, 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 Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
    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.
    It could be either - this will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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