Unique Galicia

Northern Spain has been welcoming travellers since medieval times and pilgrims still make their way to historic Santiago de Compostela to this day. We follow the famous Camino de Santiago route from the comfort of our coach whilst admiring the natural beauty and diverse architecture of the area, before exploring the delightful towns along the Bay of Biscay. Expect to see Roman ruins mingling with Galician palaces amidst the beauty of this unspoilt region which is magnified by its peace and tranquillity.
PACKAGED ITINERARY
Day 1 Plymouth/Portsmouth to Santander
Today, we make our way to Plymouth/ Portsmouth for our overnight sailing to Santander.

Day 2 Arrival
We make our way to León and arrive at our hotel and have a late dinner.

Day 3 León
Today we take a guided walking tour of León which celebrates the best of Spanish drama and culture. Only Spain could make a bank interesting and Gaudi’s Casa Botines is testament to this, infused with a medieval air and numerous neoGothic characteristics. However, it is the 10th century cathedral with imposing towers and gothic influences that truly astounds.

Day 4 O Grove via Ponferrada
Today we make our way from León to O Grove via the Roman citadel of Ponferrada which is the last major town before Santiago de Compostela. We can learn more about its history in the Museum of El Bierzo, housed in the former prison. We also visit the 12th century polygonal castle Castillo de los Templarios which acted as a haven on the route for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 5 Santiago de Compostela
This morning we visit Santiago de Compostela, the jewel of Galicia. We enjoy a guided walking tour of the cobbled streets of this beautiful city and a tour of the glorious Romanesque cathedral, which soars above the main square, before enjoying time to explore at leisure.

Day 6 O Grove Driver’s Day Off
We spend time at leisure in our resort today. Once an island, O Grove now stands proudly on the mouth of the Arousa estuary. Brightly coloured boats bob on the Atlantic Ocean and the locals harvest mussels and scallops on the wooden platforms which balance on the water. The unspoiled beaches are wonderful for taking relaxing strolls.

Day 7 Pazo de Rubianes & Cambados
Today, we enjoy a guided tour of Pazo de Rubianes, where history meets nature in a Galician palace, surrounded by beautiful botanic gardens and vineyards. We finish our tour with a tasting of the fruity Albariño white wine and learn about its cultivation on the estate. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure in the town of Cambados, where we can stroll beneath the stone arches that once guarded the town and discover the plaza which is a proud part of Galician architectural tradition, as are the granite houses.

Day 8 Gijón via A Coruña
Today we travel from O Grove to Gijón following the coast along the Bay of Biscay. En route, we stop at A Coruña where we enjoy a guided step-on tour. Legends surround the soaring Greco-Roman Tower of Hercules which welcomes colourful boats into the bustling harbour. The site also features a sculpture park and the Monte dos Bicos rock carvings from the Iron Age.

Day 9-10 Spain to UK via Picos de Europa
From Gijón we will make our way to the Picos de Europa which are the highest peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains. We then continue on to Santander for our overnight sailing to Plymouth/ Portsmouth.
Legend

Abba Playa Gijón Hotel

Gijón, Galicia
AAA+ Beachfront Location Free Onsite Coach Parking
The 4 star Abba Playa Gijón Hotel is located opposite the main beach in Gijón with excellent views of the ocean. There is a contemporary restaurant, modern bar and a wonderful terrace adjacent to the swimming pool. The 80 air conditioned bedrooms are of a good size and each have a TV, hairdryer, minibar and safe. There is also a sauna, Jacuzzi and gym (outdoor swimming pool only open Jun–Sept). • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Hotel Bosque Mar

Reboredo, O Grove
AAA
This lovely, family-owned hotel is situated in a peaceful location, approximately 10 minutes' walk from a beautiful, quiet, sandy beach. The hospitality here is outstanding and the hotel is lovingly maintained. Stunning private gardens surround the outdoor pool and there is plenty of seating and sun loungers for relaxing on warm days. On rainy days, the indoor pool and hot tub provide a welcome retreat! The hotel has 48 simply furnished but comfortable rooms equipped with hairdryer and TV. The restaurant serves lovingly prepared, organic cuisine, and there is also a bar and snack bar available. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Tryp Hotel León

León
AAA+ Free Onsite Coach Parking
Located on the outskirts of León, just a short taxi journey into the centre, this modern hotel is ideally located for touring. The hotel has 127 bedrooms each equipped with TV, hairdryer, minibar and safe. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel bar (with external access) before having dinner in the restaurant. The hotel offers use of a sauna and gym. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Tryp Hotel León

León
AND

Abba Playa Gijón Hotel

Gijón, Asturia
AND

Hotel Bosque Mar

Reboredo, O Grove
7 Nights Half Board
2 Nights Room Only (Overnight Ferry)
2020 Twin from £674pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £144
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Inclusions
• Return overnight crossing with Brittany Ferries (based on lower bed inside cabin)
2 Nights Half Board at Tryp Hotel León
• Porterage
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• ¼ litre wine with dinner
• Guided walking tour of León
4 Nights Half Board at Hotel Bosque Mar
• Porterage & welcome glass of sangria
• Set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 3 nights
• Unlimited wine with dinner
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Castillo de los Templarios
• Guided walking tour of Santiago de Compostela & cathedral
• Guided tour of Pazo de Rubianes with wine tasting
• Guided step-on tour of A Coruña
1 Night Half Board at Abba Playa Gijón Hotel
• Porterage
• Set menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• ¼ litre wine with dinner
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