Galicia is known to be very rich historically and a popular tourist route in Spain. During the Northern Spain and Galicia tour, you will visit historical points in Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Santander, Castro Urdiales, Santillana, Oviedo and Bilbao as well as Covadonga. Your transport will be in a comfortable air-conditioned deluxe motor-coach, you will be provided with accommodation and breakfast on a daily basis. Your professional tour escort will give commentary in Spanish and English throughout the eight days.
What you can expect
Your Northern Spain and Galicia tour will last for eight days giving you a chance of seeing what these tourist destinations has to offer. On your first day you will head to Zaragoza in an air-conditioned tour bus with a Spanish and English speaking tour escort. From Zaragoza, you will proceed to San Sebastian where the International Film Festival is normally held. In every city that you will be spending a night, you have a hotel reserved and daily breakfast is guaranteed.
On your second day of the tour, you will have your breakfast before proceeding to Mount Igueldo and then to Bilbao where you will visit the Guggenheim Museum. You will then head to Castro Urdiales which is an old fishing village before heading to the port city of Santander the home of the Sardinero Beach.
Your third day after breakfast will involve a visit to Santillana where you will discover a variety of architectural structures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juiliana before proceeding to Covadonga to explore the city at your own pace. You will then proceed to Oviedo, the home of the Saint Maria de Naranco Church and a World Heritage Cathedral.
On the fourth day you will depart Oviedo for Gijon which offers some spectacular sightseeing. You will proceed to the fishing village of Cudillero which is one of Spain’s most picturesque. Depart for Lugo in the afternoon where you will see Roman ramparts measuring a perimeter of 2266 m in circumference. After a visit to this World Heritage Site, you will proceed to your hotel where you will have an overnight.
On the fifth day, drive through the main avenues of La Coruna after breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy panoramic views on the way as you pass the glass house galleries that depict the true Galician architecture especially along the Marine Avenue. You will then proceed to the “Tower of Hercules”. This is a Roman period lighthouse which stands as the oldest one working. You have the afternoon at leisure with several optional activities.
On your sixth day, you will explore the World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela which is quite important for Christian Pilgrimages as this is where the Camino de Santiago route ends. The route dates back to the Roman times. During your city tour here, you will discover the Obradoiro which is actually the city’s main square and also the Cathedral that is dedicated to Apostle Santiago. You will explore the interior of the cathedral. Exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of Santiago de Compostela is one of the activities that you can engage in the afternoon as you have the time at leisure. Overnight will be at your reserved hotel.
Today after breakfast you will head to Rias Bajas which is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas of Galicia. As you head to the spa famous La Toja Island, you will be rewarded with beautiful sights along the way. As you pass Pontevedra and Ria de Arosa you will head to the heart of Rias Baixas which is Vigo. You will spend the afternoon at leisure with several activities such as the Bayona and Santa Tecla tour to choose from. You overnight is reserved in a hotel.
You will check out of your hotel after breakfast since this is your last day of the tour before heading to the famous city of Salamanca via the Old Silver Route that was built during the Roman Empire. This is the home of one of the continent’s oldest university, the Shells House, the spectacular Plaza Mayor as well as the old and the new Cathedral. As you continue to Villacastin, you will pass through the Guadarrama mountain range as you head to Madrid.
Day: 1 Madrid – Zaragoza – San Sebastian
Early in the morning after your breakfast, you will explore Zaragoza at your own pace. As you stroll through the old streets, you will visit one of the most famous churches in the world which is the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pillar. You will then proceed to the home of the International Film Festival which is San Sebastian. This French style bourgeois city is a popular tourist destination and you will discover this as you enjoy a city tour. The Conchas beach and a bay dominate the magnificent landscape. You will spend an overnight at your reserved hotel.
Overnight: First class - Mercure Monte Igueldo
Day 2: San Sebastian – Bilbao – Castro Urdiales – Santander
Before proceeding to Bilbao from San Sebastian, you will first have your breakfast at the hotel then enjoy the spectacular views of the city from Mount Igueldo. You will explore The Guggenheim Museum at your own pace before heading to Castro Urdiales which is an old fishing village. You will then head to an area between the mountains and the sea where the port city of Santander and the home of Sadinero Beach is located. It is actually one of Spain’s most famous beaches. You will explore the best of Santander at leisure before an overnight at your reserved hotel.
Overnight: First class - Santemar
Day 3: Santander – Santillana – Covadonga - Oviedo
On your third day after breakfast, you will head to one of the country’s most significant historical artistic towns which is Santillana. This is the home of the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria. The moment that you arrive in Covadonga, you will explore the city at your own pace by heading to the Grotto to see the patroness of Asturias Our Lady of Covadonga and also the Sanctuary. From here you will head to Oviedo to admire the Saint Maria de Naranco Church which is a jewel of the pre-Romanic Asturian architecture. In the city of Oviedo, as you explore the city at leisure, you will discover the gothic asturian architecture Cathedral which is a World Heritage Site. Overnight at your reserved hotel.
Overnight: First class - Tryp Oviedo
Day 4: Oviedo – Gijon – Cudillero – Lugo
In the morning after breakfast, you will board the air-conditioned bus to Cudillero via the panoramic city of Gijon. The fishing village of Cudillero is one of the most beautiful in Spain. In the afternoon you will head to Lugo where there is a World Heritage Roman rampart which has a perimeter of 2266 m in circumference. You will later head to your hotel for an overnight.
Overnight: First class - Mendez Nuñez
Day 5: Lugo – A Coruña
On your fifth day, you will have breakfast at your hotel before boarding the air-conditioned bus to La Coruna. You will enjoy spectacular views of the city including glass house galleries that presents the typical Galician architecture as you drive along the avenues that include the Marine Avenue. You will stop at the “Tower of Hercules” which is considered as one of the world’s wonders that dates back to the Roman Empire. It is famous for being the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. You will spend the afternoon at leisure with an option of taking the Rias Atlas tour. You will then proceed to your hotel for an overnight.
Overnight: First class - Tryp Coruña
Day 6: A Coruña – Santiago de Compostela
After having your breakfast at the hotel in A Coruna, you will board the air-conditioned motor-coach to the World Heritage Santiago de Compostela where the end of the Camino de Santiago Route is. For this reason, this city is quite important for Christian Pilgrimages and all tourists at large. The route dates back to the Roman Empire. Your entrance to the Cathedral that is dedicated to the Apostle Santiago is included in the tour cost thus this is where you will stop next before heading to Obradoiro which is the main square in the city. Spending the afternoon at leisure, you have an option of several activities that include exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of the city.
Overnight: First class - Tryp Santiago
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela – Rias Bajas – La Toja – Vigo
After your breakfast in Santiago de Compostela you will depart for Rias Bajas which is considered to be one of Galicia’s most rewarding area when it comes to scenes. As you head to La Toja Island, you will enjoy spectacular views along the way before heading to Vigo while passing Ria de Arosa and Pontevedra. In the afternoon you can engage in several fun activities or spend the time at leisure while at the heart of Rias Baixas. You can opt to see the Celtic remains on Santa Tecla Hill when you choose the Bayona and Santa Tecla tour. You can also enjoy spectacular views of Portugal and Mino River before heading to your hotel for an overnight.
Overnight: First class - Ciudad de Vigo
Day 8: Vigo – Salamanca – Madrid
Today will be the last day of your tour. Before you check-out of your hotel, you will have breakfast as you will be headed for sightseeing enroute to Madrid. You will board the air-conditioned bus and drive through the Old Silver Route that dates back to the Roman Empire to arrive in renowned city of Salamanca. You will discover the Shells House, one of Europe’s oldest universities, the old and the new Cathedral as well as the beautiful Plaza Mayor. As you cross the Guadarrama mountain range you will head towards Villacastin on your way to Madrid. This marks the end of your tour.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change