Day 1 To Portsmouth where you will join the 17.15 hours Brittany Ferries sailing to Spain. The Pont Aven offers three bars, restaurants, cinema, open deck space and live entertainment. Your comfortable two berth inside cabins (bunk beds) have shower, washbasin and toilet.
Day 2 Arrival in Santander is scheduled for 18.15 hours. On joining your coach you will travel to Castro Urdiales (approx 1 hr) for your five night stay. Admire the beautiful coastal views whilst sipping your welcome drink.
Day 3 Today is free to explore the beautiful medieval town and beaches of Castro Urdiales at leisure.
Day 4 Your guide joins you for the day excursion to San Sebastian which is known as the "Queen of Resorts". The lively street of the Old Town are full of traditional Spanish bars, restaurants and shops, and the views along its broad sandy bay to the summit of Monte Igueldo are simply lovely. On your return, the coach will drive along the dramatic coastline to pretty Getaria before returning to Castro Urdiales.
Day 5 Today a drive southwards with your guide to the Rioja vineyards where you will visit the Bodegas Muga. You will discover the imposing wooden tanks, the calmness of the aging rooms, the heat and smell in the cooperage and take part in a unique tasting experience. Afterwards a visit to the hilltop town of Laguardia (accessible by lift) before returning to your hotel.
Day 6 Again your guide will join you for a full day in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country, where the language and traditions are very different to other regions of Spain. Visit the wonderful Guggenheim Museum, perhaps as famous for its modern architecture as for its art collections, before taking a stroll along the river to the quaint historic district and boarding the Artxanda Funicular railway to enjoy panoramic views from the Artxanda Mountain's summit.
Day 7 Leaving your hotel after breakfast and travel the short distance to Santander for some free time to explore this magnificent bustling city with its majestic buildings and squares before joining the 15.15 hours Brittany Ferries departure to Portsmouth. Look out for the dolphins and sometimes whales as you sail through the Bay of Biscay.
Day 8 Arrival in Portsmouth is scheduled for 14.15 hours, then homeward to your pick up point.
Single room supplement including sole use of a two berth inside cabin £160
Larger inside cabin supplement for 2 persons sharing
a 4 berth inside cabin (lower berths) £40 per person
Larger outside cabin supplement for 2 persons
sharing a 4 berth outside cabin with window
(lower berths) £60 per person
This grand 4 star hotel is located at one end of Castro Urdiales promenade and has a welcoming atmosphere. With the beach a stone's throw away and the harbour a pleasant stroll away, it is a great location to stay. All spacious bedrooms are en-suite with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The bar is a great place in which to relax and the restaurant is classically decorated and comfortable. This hotel does have a lift to access all rooms.
Holiday insurance £26
(70 years and over £44.50)