Green Spain: From Galicia to the Basque Country staying in Paradores

 
 
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11 Days / 10 Nights

Santiago de Compostela

Price from: 1460.00 euros

 
Explore Green Spain starting in Galicia´s capital Santiago de Compostela and ending in the Basque city of Bilbao, home of the famous Guggenheim Museum. On this self-drive tour, you will experience the charm of Northern Spain´s Paradores...
 
Highlights
 
  • The Rias Baixas of Galicia will offer you unique experiences in a privileged and idyllic environment
  • Visit Baroña,  the best-preserved Castro of  Galicia and probably the closest to the sea
  • Amaze yourself with the views of The Picos de Europa National Park, the 1st National Park in Spain., in 1918. 
  • Optional private local guides can be added on
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Type: Self Drive Tour
Theme: Route of Paradors, Pousadas, and Charming Manors
Group Size: 2 - 6 People
Price from: 1460.00€
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Introduction

Explore Green Spain starting in Galicia`s capital Santiago de Compostela and ending in the Basque city of Bilbao, home of the famous Guggenheim Museum.

On this self-drive tour you will experience the charm of Northern Spain´s Paradores and savor the fine wines and cuisine of each region you visit...Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Asturias, and the Basque Country.

The landscapes of these Rias Baixas form broad areas of sand. Temperatures are mild a large part of the year. The rainy season would be autumn and winter, causing the greenness of Galicia,  and that travelers see when they first arrive. The richness of these landscapes is complemented by the wide range of products of the sea or land, fish, shellfish and wines that delight any food-liver.

Also, Rías Baixas is the place to be for art lovers who will find many interesting places full of cultural value to stop: fortresses, Romanic, gothic and baroque churches, manors and magnificent museums.

Furthermore, Galicia is known for the festivals and processions throughout the year, particularly in the summer, which will allow visitors to really immerse into the traditions and beliefs of this land

Cantabria, also part of Green Spain, is also a place full of beautiful scenery, excellent gastronomy and unique heritage. This northern region boasts a complex of 10 prehistoric caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008, including Altamira, the renowned “Sistine Chapel” of cave paintings. 

Its towns and villages contain a large number of beautiful monuments such as the Magdalena Palace in Santander or Gaudí’s “Capricho” house in Comillas. Further inland no one should miss visiting the Picos de Europa National Park. 

This trip will end in Bilbao, in the Basque Country. Euskal Herria (‘the land of Basque Speakers’), how they call it, is a place like no other, with a pre-romanesque language and with its own culture.

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1:
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

  • Arrival to Santiago de Compostela the end of the Pilgrims` way
  • Upon arrival pick up your car rental (See Transport section)
  • Drive to your hotel
  • Check-in* Parador (*After 2:00PM)
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Santiago


DAY 2:
SANTIAGO

  •  Breakfast
  • Visit on your own the Ethnographic museum of the Galician people, plaza de Abastos market, cathedral & old quarter (See Addons)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Santiago

B

DAY 3:
SANTIAGO - NOIA - BAROÑA - CORRUBEDO - CATOIRA - CAMBADOS

  • Breakfast
  • Follow down the Upper Rias Baixas coastline passing by many small fishing villages.
  • Visit the Celtic Hill-Fort of Baroña 
  • Visit the ancient Dolmen of Axeitos 
  • Lunch on your own
  • Visit the Dunes of Corrubedo a nature beach park with large sand dunes, wild flora & fauna
  • Entering into the Rias Baixas O Salnes, visit the remains of the 17th-century defense towers in  Catoira
  • Then visit Cambados village, the heart of Albariño wine country
  • Walk around the Plaza de Fefiñanes and quaint streets of this noble village and visit the winery of the Palacio de Fefiñanes
  • Check-in Parador
  • Free time before dinner
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Cambados

B

DAY 4:
CAMBADOS - LA TOJA - SANXENXO - COMBARRO - PONTEVEDRA - VIGO - BAIONA

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning you can drive to visit the Island of La Toja with the famous Spa hotel
  • Then continue along the coastline passing Sanxenxo and make a stop to visit the village of Combarro with a quaint port and Horreos (Stone Granaries) lined along with the port.
  • Then visit Pontevedra city´s Archeology & Art Museum, also the old quarter
  • Lunch on your own
  • Then we drive by highway down toward Vigo and when arriving you will have views of the Bay of San Simon
  • Then you could also make a stop in Vigo city & its picturesque bay
  • Visit the Quiñones de Leon Manor Museum
  • Then drive to Baiona village stopping to visit the America beach where Europe first got word of the discovery of America
  • In the harbor, we will also see the replica of the Caraval Pinta which brought the word of the discovery of America
  • Then off to the Castle of Monterreal
  • Check-in Parador
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Baiona

B

DAY 5:
BAIONA - RIBADAVIA - OURENSE - MONFORTE DE LEMOS

  • Breakfast
  • Today we drive by highway to the historic Jewish quarter of medieval Ribadavia village, the heart of the DO Ribeiro
  • Then a scenic drive passing by vineyards stopping in Ourense city
  • Visit: As Burgas Fountain, Plaza Mayor, Pilgrimage Cathedral & Old Quarter
  • Walk across the old Roman Bridge to the new part of the city
  • Lunch on your own
  • Then in the afternoon drive to Monforte de Lemos, where we will visit the remains of the Tower and a monastery.
  • Check-in Parador
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Monforte de Lemos

B

DAY 6:
MONFORTE DE LEMOS - LAS MEDULAS - PONFERRADA - ASTORGA - LEON

  • Breakfast
  • Driving through the mountains leaving Galicia and entering into the region of El Bierzo
  • Visit Las Medulas, extensive Roman Empire gold mines
  • In Ponferrada visit the Templar Castle
  • Lunch on your own
  • In Astorga visit the Cathedral and Episcopal Palace which houses the pilgrimage museum de los Caminos
  • Check-in Parador upon arrival to Leon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Leon

B

DAY 7:
LEON

  • Breakfast
  • In the Morning visit on your own Leon´s important sites: Cathedral, Monastery & old quarter (See Addons)
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Leon

B

DAY 8:
LEON - FUENTE DE

  • Breakfast
  • Drive up to the Picos de Europa and make your way to Fuente De
  • Lunch on your own
  • Check-in Parador
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Fuente De

B

DAY 9:
FUENTE DE - ALTAMIRA - COMILLAS - SANTILLANA DEL MAR

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning drive to visit the Replica Caves of Altamira  with a museum
  • Drive along the coast of Cantabria making a stop in Comillas ending the day in the noble village of Santillana del Mar
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Santillana del Mar

B

DAY 10:
SANTILLANA DEL MAR - SANTANDER

  • Breakfast
  • Today you could way around Santillana as well visit the city of Santander (See Addons)
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Santillana del Mar

B

DAY 11:
SANTILLANA DEL MAR - BILBAO

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning drive to visit the Guggenheim Museum (NOTE: If you do not have time today you could do it the day before as an excursion from Santillana) (See Addons)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Drive to Bilbao Airport, Upon arrival drop off your car rental (SEE CAR RENTAL DETAILS)
  • Board Plane and return to Point of Origin City

B

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1460.00€
(Price per person)
 
 

Included

  • 10 nights accommodations in Double or Single room in Paradores (See Lodging section)
  • (B): Breakfast Daily except for day of arrival
  • 11 Days Transportation in an intermediate car or minivan rental (See Transportation section)
  • Detailed final itinerary with recommendations, etc..
  • Local Taxes 

Excluded

  • Optional guided tours (See Add-On Section) 
  • Any Transportation not specified.
  • Meals not specified
  • Any other items not specified in the itinerary or What’s Included

Pick up

  •  Santiago de Compostela Airport

Drop off

  • Bilbao Airport

Cancellation policy

  • Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions for full details as to cancellation penalties, etc...

Lodging

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Transport

Car Rental Details: (2 - 3 people)


Rental Type:
VW Touran Aut., Peugeot 5008 Aut. or similar (Premium-Minivan | IVAR)

Pickup: 
Santiago Compostela Airport

Return:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Rental Period:
11 days
 
Vehicle Features:
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic transmission
  • 4 Doors
  • Capacity: 5 Passengers 2 Suitcases + 1 Bags
  • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
  • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
 
Rental Rate Includes:
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
  • Third-party insurance
  • Additional driver
  • Premium location fee
  • Local Taxes

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Car Rental Details: (4 - 6 people) 


Rental Type:
Peugeot Traveller, VW Caravelle, Citroën SpaceTourer or similar Minivan | FVMR)

Pickup:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Return:
Santiago Compostela Airport

Rental Period:
11 days
 
Vehicle Features:
  • Air conditioning
  • Manual transmission
  • 5 Doors
  • Capacity: 9 Passengers 3 Suitcases + 1 Bags
  • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
  • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
 
Rental Rate Includes:
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
  • Third party insurance
  • Additional driver
  • Premium location fee
  • Local Taxes

Add-ons

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