Madrid and North of Spain

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Madrid; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana Del Mar; Santander; Bilbao;

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Europamundo! Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will be provided with the information required for the beginning of the trip in the afternoon; otherwise, the information will appear on the information panels at the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT: -Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
-OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: During your trip, it´s likely that your guide will offer you optional activities. If these activities are available in the Europamundo app or through your "My Trip" link, we strongly recommend that, if interested, you book them well in advance to ensure availability. Waiting until the last minute often means missing out on the opportunity to participate (due to lack of tickets, coach seats, etc).
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Total distance covered: 460 km.

Scenery: Plains in Castile; spectacular mountain scenery crossing the Cantabrian Range.
N ote: If there are fewer than five travellers from Madrid to Leon, this section might be carried out by high-speed train. In this case you will be transfered to the railway station, but the trip will be made without a guide (you will meet our main group from Galicia in Leon). In this case the stop in Tordesillas will be cancelled.
08:30 hrs. - Madrid - Departure (the time may changed slightly depending on the departure points). We travel through Castilla y León, passing through the Guadarrama mountains and over the plains of Castile.
10:45 hrs. - Tordesillas - Arrival in this small town, where in the 15th century the treaty that divided America between Spain and Portugal was signed. Time for a coffee at its Plaza Mayor.
11:45 hrs. - Tordesillas - Departure.
13:30 hrs. - Leon - Time for lunch and a walk around this historic capital of Leon, located on the Way of St. James. Its Gothic cathedral stands out with its magnificent stained glass windows.
16:45 hrs. - Leon - Departure. Magnificent scenery along our trip to Asturias.
18:30 hrs. - Oviedo - Arrival. We include (sometimes the next morning) an hour-and-a-half city tour with a local guide. We will see the 9th-century cathedral, the Calatrava palace, the Campoamor theatre, and the Calle de la Rúa. Night in the capital of the Principality of Asturias. A city with a great atmosphere.
Total distance covered: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful scenery: mountains, views of the sea, little villages scattered along the way.
08:30 hrs. - Oviedo - departure from the capital of Asturias.
09:45 hrs.- Covadonga - Time to see the sanctuary nestled among the mountains, the place where the Reconquista of Spain began.
10:45 hrs. - Covadonga - departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery along the way.
12:30 hrs. - Santillana - Arrival. Time in this beautiful medieval village, its stone streets, its blazoned houses, the Collegiate. Time to have a stroll and lunch. In the vicinity of the town we will see (tickets included) the Museum of the Altamira Caves , a reproduction of the fantastic rock paintings preserved here.
16:00 hrs. - Santillana/Altamira - departure.
16:30 hrs. - Santander – Arrival in the regional capital, a maritime city with impressive views between mountains and beaches. We include the city tour of a little over 2 hours with a local guide to discover this elegant coastal city and its beautiful bay. During the tour we will stroll around the Pereda Gardens, we will climb to the Centro Botín and reach the Cathedral Square. Then, in the bus, we will continue to the Magdalena Peninsular, the Sardinero Beaches, the Grand Casino, Piquío Gardens and Cabo Mayor Lighthouse with the beautiful views of the city and its spectacular cliffs.
Arrival at a hotel at around 18:45 hrs.
Total distance covered: 525 km.
Scenery: Great views over the sea, mountains and green landscapes before entering the Castilian Plateau.
09:00 hrs. - Santander - departure. Magnificent scenery. We travel to the Basque Country.
10:30 hrs. - Bilbao - Arrival, we are in the largest city of the Basque Country. Upon arrival we include a cable car to the Artxanda viewpoint for the great views of the whole city. After this with a local guide we will make a short city tour: the Guggenheim area, Old Quarter, Cathedral and etc. At the end of the tour there will also be time to try one of the famous “pintxos” and have lunch.
14:15 hrs – Bilbao. Departure. We travel to Castile (in some occasions the buses change en route).
20:30 hrs. - Madrid - Arrival.
Note: In case the group of passengers is limited, the trip from Bilbao to Madrid might be carried out by train or regular transport.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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