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Cantabria & The Picos de Europa

Cantabria in Northern Spain is often known as ‘Switzerland by the Sea’ for its magnificent sandy beaches and dramatic mountain peaks.

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Based in Suances, famous for its stunning beaches, this tour takes in the highlights of Cantabria. Located in the more unspoiled north of Spain, this region is the proud home to some of the jewels of Spain – amazing landscapes, charming beaches, exciting cities, cultural treasures and one of the most wonderful natural parks in Europe


At a glance:

    • Welcome drink and tapas on arrival

    • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily

    • ¼ litre of wine with dinner (at main hotel)

    • 1 x Bingo Night

    • 1 x Live Entertainment – Pianist & Dance

    • Disco and glass of cava on final night

    • Excursions as detailed


This tour is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.

Day 1

This morning we join the coach and travel to Plymouth for the afternoon Brittany Ferries mini cruise to Santander in Northern Spain. Evening free to relax and enjoy the many on board facilities of this superb cruise ferry (meals payable on board).

Day 2

After a lunchtime arrival in Santander, we make the short journey to the Grand Hotel, Suances where we enjoy a glass of sangria and traditional tapas on arrival.


Day 3

This morning we head west along the coast to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar, where we spend time at leisure exploring its cobbled streets and admiring the honey coloured churches. We enjoy a lunch stop at the visitor centre at the Cave of Altamira, which boasts a spectacular reconstruction of its remarkable prehistoric cave paintings. In the afternoon we continue to Comillas, home to many types of neo classical buildings and a beautiful cemetery declared a Site of Cultural Interest

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Day 4

We spend today at leisure relaxing in our resort, perhaps heading to the lovely sandy beach for which Suances is famous for.

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Day 5

We spend today at the wonderful Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno. A naturalised area of 750 hectares, our coach takes us across more than 20 kilometres of roads, crossing the beautiful and primitive landscape of the park, which is home to various species from five continents. Free to roam wild, it's home to those as diverse as bears, elephants, lions and giraffes!

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Day 6

Today we travel to the engaging capital city of Cantabria, Santander. Full of fine beaches, shops, cafés and some intriguing cultural attractions, there is plenty to take in here. The Palacio de la Magdalena, once the royal summer residence, lies at the mouth of the Bay of Santander on the rocky La Magdalena Peninsula, whilst the city centre is home to Santander Cathedral, with its octagonal cupola and Gothic cloister. We can enjoy exploring and strolling along the nearby Paseo de Pereda promenade which runs along one side of the Jardines de Pereda gardens.

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Day 7

Enjoy a full day excursion taking you through the Hermida Gorge along rushing rivers to reach the town of Potes in the heart of the stunning Picos de Europa Mountain range "little Switzerland in Spain", stopping at Fuentes De. Here we allow time for a spectacular cable car ride that allows you to experience the magnificent heights of this mountain range. (Cable car not included)

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Day 8

A free day to relax in Suances with the chance to purchase some last-minute souvenirs or to enjoy the beach. This evening we enjoy a disco and a glass of cava.

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Day 9

We depart our hotel after breakfast and journey to Santander with free time to explore this picturesque coastal resort. Later we board the Brittany Ferries sailing for Plymouth (meals payable on board).


Day 10

On arrival in Plymouth at breakfast time (not included), we rejoin our coach for the return journey to East Anglia where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included, L=Lunch Included

Brittany Ferries ‘Pont Aven’


This 40,000 tonne vessel represents the very latest in cruise ferry technology and offers unrivalled levels of comfort. Accommodation in two-berth inside cabins (bunks) equipped with private shower, WC and washbasin is included. two-bedded cabins are available at a supplement. Meal arrangements are at your own expense.


The Gran Hotel Suances


The hotel is located 700 metres from the beach and is an impressively grand, brilliant white Victorian style building. This elegant hotel is incredibly fresh and bright throughout, with marble flooring and decorated in stylish fabrics. The 99 air conditioned bedrooms are decorated in light colours and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and safe. All bedrooms have views either of the sea or of the beautiful countryside. The hotel has a lift.



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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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