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Spain - Northern Highlights
Includes a FREE full and comprehensive pre-holiday car check, carried out by the team at Willow Sportscars as well as One 2 One Travel Consultation with your own personal Travel Counsellor.
Think you’ve done Spain, well think again ...
A 13 day self drive tour to Northern Spain.
Departing Plymouth on the overnight crossing to the port town of Santander, giving you time to experience the many delights of this mini cruise with Brittany Ferries, take time to shop, relax on the sun deck, take a swim in the on-board pool or watch a movie in the cinema. Connect to the web with free wi-fi, enjoy the on-board evening entertainment or just relax in your en-suite outside cabin.
Arrive fully refreshed and take the drive to Castro Urdiales, which will be your home for the first 2 nights.
Spend 2 nights at the 4* Sercotel Las Rocas, this sea front hotel is the perfect spot to explore not only the town, but also the local area as well.
Castro Urdiales, take time to wander the towns narrow streets or take a drive to one of the many beaches in the area, such as Urdiales, El Fraile or Brazomar.
Time to leave the Castro Urdiales area and head off to your next stop in the heart of San Sebastian.
Spend 2 nights at the 4* Wyndham TRYP San Sebastian Orly Hotel
Immerse yourself in the culture of the city by soaking up the rays on one of the three beaches the city has to offer. Take a walk through one of the most beautiful parks in the whole of Spain, the Alderdi Eder Park. Or take a drive to any number of coastal villages in the area.
Your next stop, is in the Basque Country’s hidden forgotten gem Vitoria Gasteiz.
On the way you will have the chance to pull over and view one of the many and most breathtaking scenes in the entire Basque Country. These small pull outs are only available for southbound traffic. Make sure you snap the Basque village of Berastegi, because this is one picture that will make all your friends at home jealous.
Spend 2 nights at the 4* Hotel Boulevard.
The Boulevard Hotel is located only 1km from the Santa Maria Cathedral in the old town, so the perfect location to explore either on foot or by car.
Take a day trip to the village of Logrono, the roads are small and extremely curvy, so perfect for driving, plus, as you are in the heart of wine country why not treat yourself to the local brew.
Old Town Vitoria Gasteiz
Onwards again and this time we head further inland to the town of Burgos.
Spend another 2 nights at the 4* Corona de Castilla Hotel.
This magnificent and elegant hotel is in the downtown area of this Castilian city. Take a walk through the 13th Century and enjoy the famous hospitality of the locals. Visit the cathedral or museum of human evolution.
Heading North for your final 2 night stop in the town of Comillas. On the way drive the route which is not to be missed, drive high into the Cantabrian Mountains where you can witness the skills of the farmers who grow crops on the sides of virtual cliffs. Be sure to stop to take in the views.
The Asturias area is the home of Spanish Cider, this famous cider is poured rather differently to any other ciders, as the pourer must hold the bottle over their heads and pour into the glass which is held below the waist. If in doubt just watch how the locals do it, buy a few bottles and amaze your friends when you return home.
Another great drive that you will want to do is also on the way to Comillas, but depending on time you may want to do this from Comillas. (detailed below).
Spend your final 2 nights at the 4* La Solano Montanesa Hotel.
This hotel is just 150 metres from the centre of Comillas and offers mountain views. The town is said to be the place where every picture is worth a thousand words. It has some of the most important art Nouveau buildings in Spain.
Some of the drives you can take from this area are set to be amongst the highlights of your whole trip.
The road to and from the village of Gijon remains hidden from most tourists and will leave you thinking that you have discovered lost civilizations as you explore some of the coastal villages and gaze at the ocean scenery.
Desfiladero de la Hermida, is a spectacular gorge that goes on for more than 20kms, with its steep slopes that go up to 600 metres, take time to appreciate the villages that run through the canyon. But, beware, get your camera ready as brown bear have been spotted in the area.
It’s said to be nerve wracking the first time you drive through, so, we say DO IT TWICE !
This road, also has a minimum speed limit as you twist and turn along the 21km of breathtaking beauty.
Desfiladero De La Hermida
Head back to Santander for your return crossing to Plymouth, where once again enjoy the facilities on-board this ship. Sit back and relax in your en-suite outside cabin and remember the views, the drives and the incredible time you have had in Northern Spain, where the land is green, the food is from the sea and the road is wide in front of you.
Some of this trips highlights (Incredible drives that include) :
* Vitoria to Logrona.
* Leon to Aviles.
* The roads to Gijon.
* The beauty of Pamplona.
* Plus the gorge at Desfiladero De La Hermida.
* Cider pouring.
* Great local wines.
* Quality Accommodation in the best locations.
* Freedom to do as you please.
What’s included :
* Return ferry crossings Plymouth to Santander, for car and 2 passengers.
* En-suite outside cabin both outbound and return.
* Sercotel Las Rocas, Castro Urdiales, 2 nights.
* Wyndham TRYP San Sebastian Orly Hotel, San Sebastian, 2 nights.
* Hotel Boulevard, Vitoria Gasteiz, 2 nights.
* Corona de Castilla Hotel, Burgos, 2 nights.
* La Solano Montanesa Hotel, Comillas, 2 nights.
* All hotels are based on room only.
13 days from only £915 per person
This trip is based on a departure date 8th September 2015, all prices and hotels are subject to availability and price change.
Other hotels, meal basis and departure dates are available.
Even though we have laid out a great itinerary, which everyone would enjoy, we don’t insist that you stick to it, unless it is 100% right for you, this is why all our trips are completely changeable. All our trips can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
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