01 SUN. Madrid.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
02 MON. Madrid- Tordesillas- Leon- Oviedo.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Leon, city tour of Oviedo.
We will leave in the early morning, crossing Castilla y León. Stop in TORDESILLAS to see the history of this small town and have a coffee in its main square. Continuation to LEÓN, time for lunch and to see the fantastic Gothic cathedral of this historic city on the Way of St James. We will later cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. Arrival in OVIEDO at mid-afternoon. We include (occasionally on Tuesday mornings) an hour-and-a-half visit of the city with a local guide. We will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre, Calle de la Rua.
03 TUE. Oviedo- Covadonga- Santillana- Santander.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Fantastic landscapes. Altamira National Museum. Panoramic city tour of Santander.
We will travel to Picos de Europa. We will visit Basílica de COVADONGA which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. We will resume our journey following the coastline to SANTILLANA, one of Spain’s most beautiful towns, and we will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter. We visit the National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town. We will later travel to SANTANDER, the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing views and beaches. We include panoramic city tour to discover this elegant city and its beautiful bay.
04 WED. Santander- Bilbao- Madrid.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Bilbao tour- Funicular climb to Artxanda viewpoint.
We follow the motorway along the Cantabrian coast; some of the scenery between the mountains and the sea is very beautiful. BILBAO, arrival in the largest city in the Basque Country. On arrival we include a funicular climb to the Artxanda viewpoint, where we have a great view of the city, and after which, with a local guide, we make a short tour of the city: Guggenheim area, old quarter, Cathedral… then there will be free time for some “pintxos”. After lunch, we leave Bilbao for Madrid. Arriving at around 21.00 hrs.
NB: If the number of travellers from Bilbao to Madrid is very small, the trip may be done by train or regular transport.
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