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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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Cantabria in Northern Spain is often known as ‘Switzerland by the Sea’ for its magnificent sandy beaches leading to green meadows, river valleys and dramatic mountain peaks. Included in this tour is the chance to see the world famous replica Caves of Altamira, featuring prehistoric cave drawings.


At a glance:

  • Replica Caves of Altamira

  • Feve narrow gauge railway

  • Cabarceno Natural Park

  • Free bar on selected drinks –11.00 – 23.00 daily (hotel only)

  • Tapas and tea-time buffet daily

  • Traditional activities including cookery demo and folklore show

  • Home pick up


This holiday includes Sapphire Star travel and is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.

Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Plymouth for the afternoon Brittany Ferries mini cruise to Santander in Northern Spain. The evening is 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, make the short journey to the hotel Juan de la Cosa near Santona for the seven night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.


Day 3

Today is a full day excursion to the Picos de Europa mountain range. Take a scenic journey to the market town of Potes, before continuing to Fuente Dé where, subject to good weather, there will be an opportunity to take a spectacular cable car ride into the mountains (cost approx. £10.00 payable locally).

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Day 4

This morning is at leisure in Santona with the chance to buy local souvenirs. Later, take the boat acorss to Larendo for the afternoon, then drive back along the coastal road to the hotel.

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Day 5

A free day to relax in Santona with the chance to enjoy the beach or stay at the hotel and take part in their daily activities.

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Day 6

A half day excursion to the Cabarceno Natural Park, one of the major attractions of Northern Spain. Set amidst the most spectacular scenery, this is an ideal setting for the wildlife park, where the animals have an exceptionally large area to roam. This afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel facilities.

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Day 7

Departing the hotel after breakfast, we drive to nearby Cicero where we board the FEVE narrow gauge railway for a spectacular journey through the Cantabrian Hinterland to Bilbao. This lively city is the capital of the Basque region and, more recently, home to the amazing Guggenheim Museum, as famous for its incredible architecture as for its wide range of modern art exhibits.

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Day 8

After a leisurely breakfast, head to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Santillana is famous for its medieval buildings and cobbled streets and is best described as a living museum. This afternoon visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the replica Caves of Altamira, containing some of the world's finest examples of prehistoric rock art.

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Day 9

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


Day 10

On arrival in Plymouth at breakfast time (not included), join the coach for the return journey to East Anglia where the door to door collection 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.



Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona (7 Nights)


Situated in a fabulous position within private gardens, with lovely terraces and delightful sea views of the unspoilt beach at Playa de Berria. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with en suite facilities, satellite TV, radio, hairdryer and telephone.


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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