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Cantabria & Picos de Europa

Cantabria & Picos de Europa

Cantabria, Rioja & The Picos de Europa

Cantabria, Rioja & The Picos de Europa 


Northern Spain offers a stunning coastline, wonderful, historic villages and towns and the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains, Cantabria has it all! We shall be based in the village of Isla, close to the port of Santander, from where we explore the region.


Our Resort Hotel: The Hotel Olimpo, Isla

Situated on a small peninsula in the town of Isla, this modern hotel has a restaurant with a nautical theme, large bars, quiet lounges and leisure facilities with outdoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium.  The gardens are lovely and provide access to 2 beaches and terrace. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities and include TV, piped music, air-conditioning, heating, mini-bar, free safety deposit box and hairdryer. This hotel has a lift.


Your holiday includes return sailings with lower berth cabin from Plymouth aboard Brittany Cruise Ferry 'Pont Aven', dinner with wine, bed & breakfast throughout, plus five excursions.

We journey Plymouth on day one, arriving in good time to relax and settle into your inside lower berth cabin aboard Pont Aven, before your evening meal. The ship provides an array of on-board attractions, including a leisure area, cinema, casino, live entertainment, a wraparound promenade for pleasant deck strolls and a dramatic five deck high atrium.

We arrive in Santander mid-day on day two and make the short journey to Isla, our base for seven nights where we are welcomed with drinks and canapés.

Enjoy a free morning before an afternoon excursion to Santillana de Mar. This wonderful medieval village is a "living museum", developed around the "Santa Juliana" collegiate church and you can enjoy a stroll through this World Heritage Site before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.

An early start as we take a full day excursion to the Rioja wine region. We will spend time in the largely undiscovered, walled town of Laguardia. This beautifully preserved town offers traffic free streets and is built on wine cellars, a perfect spot to enjoy some lunch (payable locally). No visit to the area would be complete without some wine tasting and a vineyard tour, which we have arranged before we return to Isla.

Enjoy a half day excursion to pretty Santona and a pleasure cruise around the harbour.

The scenery is simply breath-taking on our full day excursion to the Picos De Europa mountain range. We head to San Vincente for some free time and then journey through the beautiful River Deva's Valleys and Canyons onto Potes. You can then enjoy some free time exploring this lovely market town, set high in the mountains before we return to the hotel.

You can then enjoy a half day visit to the old fishing port Castro Urdiales and free afternoon at leisure in Isla.

Day nine takes us back to Santander for some free time discovering the port. We then join our overnight cruise to Plymouth and again, lower berth inside cabins, dinner and breakfast are included.

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B=Breakfast included, D=Dinner included

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