Explore the north of Spain through its history and learn how it survived invasions by Celts, Romans, Moors, Iberians and others. Visit handsome cities, such as Oviedo and Santander, see spectacular coast and country, and feast on a diversity of food.
What to Expect
One of Spain’s most popular regions, the north of the Iberian peninsula has a long and rich history of invasion and settlement. The Celts, Visigoths, Romans, Moors, and Iberians have all left their mark, with beautiful cities and historic sites.
Take this 8-day tour of the north of Spain to discover a treasure-chest of sites and see spectacular coastline and countryside as you drive. Departing Madrid, you will head north for Zaragoza and San Sebastian, stop off in the energetic city of Bilbao, travel through the mountains of the Picos de Europa, go on a panoramic tour of Asturias and Galicia, and much more.
Accommodation each night will be in centrally-located 3 or 4-star hotels, providing comfort and convenience throughout your journey.
Day 1: Madrid - Zaragoza - San Sebastian
Depart Madrid for Zaragoza. Stop for a while to explore the city, noted for its Cathedral and the Aljaferia Palace. It combines splendid examples of Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic architecture. Continue to San Sebastián for dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Silken Amara Plaza or equivalent hotel.
Day 2: San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santillana - Santander
Depart for Bilbao, where you will take a short panoramic tour to admire the striking architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. Continue to the popular city of Santillana del Mar, a picturesque town considered a national monument for its many historic buildings. Explore the city before heading in the afternoon to Santander and overnight at hotel at the sea front.
Day 3: Santander - Covadonga - Oviedo
Depart from Santander after breakfast and travel to Covadonga, driving through the Picos de Europa mountains and passing splendid landscapes. You will have free time to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga at the mountainous basilica. Head to Oviedo for dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Gran Hotel Regente or alternate accommodation.
Day 4: Oviedo - Gijon - Lugo
Travel to Gijón after breakfast and explore the second capital of the Asturias region. You will get a short panoramic tour before heading to Luarca, Ribadeo, and Lugo in the lush green region of Galicia. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Gran Hotel Lugo or alternative accommodations.
Day 5: Lugo - La Coruña
Depart for La Coruña and go on a short panoramic tour. See the lighthouse Tower of Hercules, and the characteristic glazed window balconies of the houses. In the afternoon, there is an optional excursion to the Rías Altas that takes you through typical villages, such as Pontedeume, and Betanzos. Dinner and accommodation is at the 4-star Tryp Coruña in La Coruña.
Day 6: La Coruña - Santiago de Compostela
Leave for Santiago de Compostela after breakfast and take a city tour of the legendary pilgrimage town. Visit sites such as Plaza del Obradoiro and the imposing Cathedral, said to be the burial site of one of the apostles of Jesus. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. You will have dinner and spend the night in Santiago de Compostela at the 4-star Gran Hotel Santiago.
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela - Rias Bajas - Vigo
After breakfast head to the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), passing through splendid landscapes, such as La Toja Island, Ría de Arosa, and Pontevedra. Continue to Vigo for dinner and accommodation in the 4-star Hesperia Vigo.
Day 8. VIGO - MADRID (Sunday)
Breakfast. We will begin our journey through the Galician Mountains to return to Madrid crossing the Castilian region.
- Transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned motor-coaches with panoramic windows
- Experienced multilingual tour conductors
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated with expert local guides
- Entrance fees unless indicated
- Accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Transportation and porterage of 1 item of baggage per person
What's Not Included
- Meals and drinks (unless specified)
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
Know Before You Go
• Children under 4 years old travel free of charge provided no seat is occupied. All their expenses will be directly paid by their parents
• For triple room rates, please inquire
• For the list of hotel accommodations, please inquire. Hotels are subject to availability and may be substituted with similar accommodations if not available