Cantabria in Northern Spain, with its stunning countryside and spectacular coastline, is known as Green Spain. Our tour will explore some of the regions historic towns and villages, and the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains. We visit a unique wildlife park and one of the most spectacular caves in the world.
2 driver tour
Please note that meals on board the ferry are not included
Day 1 - Tuesday
You will be picked up from home by taxi early afternoon. Join your drivers and fellow passengers on the coach and drive to Portsmouth to board the Brittany Ferries cruise ferry service to Santander. The ship has a range of bars, restaurants and lounges with entertainment. The crossing to Spain takes approximately 24 hours.
Day 2 - Wednesday
Spend today relaxing and enjoying the facilities on board, before docking in Santander late afternoon. Rejoin the coach for the short 20km journey to our hotel in Mogro, where a welcome drink awaits before dinner.D
Day 3 - Thursday
We visit one of Cantabria's premier attractions set in a stunning landscape, the Caves of El Sopleo. Discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, these remarkable caves are a natural subterranean paradise of suspended ceilings, stalactites and stalagmites. The underground adventure begins with a short train ride into the former mine, followed by a walking tour through some of the galleries. Next we head back to the coast to spend time in San Vicente de la Barquera. The pretty fishing port has an Old Town full of ancient buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria de los Angeles, the Castillo del Rey and the 32-arch stone Maza Bridge.B, D
Day 4 - Friday
A full day to the Picos de Europa mountain range. We follow a scenic route to Potes, an attractive market town high up in the mountains. After a stop here we continue to Fuente Dé. Providing the weather is suitable, you will have the opportunity to take a spectacular cable car ride (cost payable locally). The gondola, which was opened in 1966, whisks you up to a height of 1823 metres in just four minutes.B, D
Day 5 - Saturday
This morning we head west along the coast to Santillana del Mar. The village is in the World Heritage list, and has cobbled streets and honey coloured churches. In the afternoon we continue to Comillas, one of the most beautiful towns in Cantabria. Among its many historic and modernist buildings is 'El Capricho', a fantastic creation by the architect Antoni Gaudi.B, D
Day 6 - Sunday
A little way inland from our Hotel is the Cabarceno Natural Park. Located amid lush green hills on the site of a former Roman iron mine, this amazing park is home to over 900 animals, with 120 different species from five continents. As we drive through the enclosures you can expect to see the biggest herd of elephants outside Africa, lions, tigers, giraffes, bears, gorillas, zebra, monkeys and birds of prey. Later, there will be time to explore Mogro and relax at the Hotel. Enjoy a farewell gala dinner this evening.B, D
Day 7 - Monday
After breakfast we will load the luggage and drive to Santander. There will some time to explore, find lunch or perhaps take an open-top bus sightseeing tour (cost not included) before boarding the afternoon ferry sailing.B
Day 8 - Tuesday
The ship is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth mid-afternoon and we will drive home to meet the taxis.
HOTEL MILAGROS GOLF SPA
A four-star hotel situated on the Cantabrian coast in the village of Mogro. The Hotel, which is located directly opposite a sandy beach, has 75 rooms, all with private facilities, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. There is a heated indoor pool with Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. The Hotel has a lift. Breakfast and dinner are both buffet style and water and house wines, tea and coffee are included with the evening meal.
The prices are based on an inside cabin with two lower berths (i.e. not bunks). Outside cabins may be available at a supplement please enquire for details.
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