Cornisa Cantabrica

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2022 / March 2023

Cities to visit: Madrid; Ciudad Rodrigo; Porto; Bom Jesus Do Monte, Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; ; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana Del Mar; Santander; Bilbao, Vizcaya Province

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Total distance: 270 km.

Scenery: Beautiful green landscapes and views over the Rías Bajas .
Note: We will take a boat trip by the sea. Should you wear a warm coat to enjoy it?

08:00 hrs .-Porto-Departure.
09:00 hrs.- Braga we will get on the  world’s oldest cable car moved only with water to go up to the  Santuário do BOM JESÚS , where we will enjoy its gorgeous vistas. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway and gardens.

10:15 hrs Departure-. We enter to Galicia, views over the Galician Rías. We will know the Ría de Arosa.

13:00 hrs (12.00 hrs in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. Historic city and seafaring. We  include a glass bottom boat trip  where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters.  Wine and mussel tasting included . Time later to walk in Cambados and to have lunch.

16:00 hrs -Cambados.- Departure.
16:45 hrs -Santiago de Compostela. - Arrival to this town that was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide where we will talk about how Santiago attracted pilgrims throughout the centuries, stroll through the medieval streets of the center and admire its cathedral.

Note: On some dates (like the day of the Patron day of the city) our groups can be hosted in a city near Santiago.
Total distance: 475 km .
Scenery: Attractive green landscapes, villages. Spectacular mountain landscapes crossing the Cantabrian Mountains.

08:00 hrs. - Santiago. Departure. Following the ancient road of Santiago between picturesque landscapes we travel to Lugo.
09:30 hrs. Lugo - Free time,to visit its historic centre and Roman walls, built more than 2000 years ago which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

11:00 hrs. Lugo -Departure. We travel to Castile. We will make a stop on route in  O ??CEBREIRO, a small stone Galician village that shows us the traditional way of life of this region. 
14:15hrs. -Leon .- Time to have lunch and stroll through the historic capital of León, located on the Camino de Santiago; Stands out its gothic cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows.

16:45 hrs. -Leon.- Departure. We will cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. 
18:30 hrs. -Oviedo - Arrival.   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...

Night in the capital of Asturias. City with lots of atmosphere. Optionally you can enjoy the atmosphere in a typical Asturian cider house.
Total distance: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes: mountains, views of the sea, small villages line the road.

08:30 hrs Oviedo-Departure of the Asturian capital.
09:45 hrs Covadonga. - We will visit Basílica which is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

10:45 hrs Covadonga -Departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery on the way.
12:30 hrs Santillana. -Arrival to one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. We will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter with its embalzoned houses, the Collegiate church, its cobbled streets. Time to walk and have lunch.. We visit the  National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA   (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town where we can find reproduction of the fantastic rupestrian paintings of the cave.

16:00 hrs Santillana / Altamira-Departure. 
16:30 hrs Santander - Arrival to  the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing vistas and beaches. We will foloow the coast of the port to arrive to the beaches of Sardinero.  We include a tourist train tour of the Magdalena Palace gardens , where we will enjoy their magnificent vistas.
Free time in Santander.

NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from July to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.
Distancia total realizada: 525 km.
Paisajes: Grandes vistas sobre el mar, montañas, paisajes verdes. Cruzamos la meseta castellana y el Sistema Central español.
09:00 hrs Santander -Salida. Magníficos paisajes. Paso al país Vasco.
10:30 hrs Bilbao . -Llegada, nos encontramos en la mayor ciudad vasca. Tiempo para conocer (si lo desea) el museo Guggenheim y pasear por su casco viejo. Tiempo para almorzar.
14:15 hrs Bilbao - Salida. Viaje hacia Castilla (en ocasiones cambio de autocar en ruta). 20:30 hrs Madrid - Llegada .
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