1. Green Spain

Departure point: Barcelona
Kicks off every Sunday till Oct 27, 2019
Duration: 4 days

Price from: €475
Duration: 4 days

Tour starts on every SUNDAY between March 31st and Oct 27th.

 

Tour Code: C-742

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort 

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board 

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

A four-day tour to the northern corner of Spain, starting from its second largest city - Barcelona – this is ideal for those who are visiting the Mediterranean Sea and enjoying Barcelona's beautiful architecture, amazing beaches, and relaxed atmosphere. Explore the green, cool, fresh, and probably, underestimated corner of Spain: The North, with its unforgettable colors. The simple truth is that Northern Spain has the ''full package'' – perfect, sandy Atlantic Ocean, green forests, high mountains and a very delicious and rich cuisine.

On your way you'll pass the exotic provinces of Aragon, Navarra, Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Castilla & Leon - the ''upper'' northern provinces of Spain, before finishing your trip in Madrid, the capital of the country.  

If you'll need to get back to Barcelona for your flight out, the bullet train from Madrid to Barcelona takes only 3 hours.

Day 1. Barcelona - Zaragoza - San Sebastian (575km ~ 357 miles)

Departure from Barcelona at 08.00 in the morning towards Zaragoza. 

On your way you will pass through the ancient cities of Lleida (Lerida) and Zaragoza.

Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period.

In Zaragoza you will have free time to visit the local sights, such as the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar or the bridge ''Puente de Piedra''.

Later, we continue on to San Sebastian.

Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 2. San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santander (205km ~ 127 miles)

Breakfast.

Departure to Bilbao, where you will have a brief panoramic tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. The Guggenheim Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Although it has a very impressive collection of art some might say that it is more famous for its architecture than its content.

Continue on to Santander, one of the most gorgeous northern towns, where you can enjoy its beautiful beaches, such as Playa de la Magdalena and “El Sardinero”, as well as a historic city center with the Cathedral.

Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 3. Santander - Santillana - Covadonga - Oviedo (320km ~ 199 miles)

Breakfast.

Departure towards Santillana del Mar, a small village considered one of the most ancient in Spain.

After a short stop in Santillana del Mar, you will continue to Covadonga. Once you reach this beautiful town, you have some free time to explore the Santa Cueva de Covadonga (the Holy Cave of Covadonga), which is a Catholic sanctuary within the cave. The meaning of ‘Covadonga’ is derived from the Latin Cova Dominica, which means ‘’Cave of the Lady.’’ The place is dedicated to the cult of the Virgin of Covadonga. We continue onward to Oviedo.

Dinner and accommodation upon arrival.

 

Day 4. Oviedo - Salamanca - Madrid (526km ~ 327 miles)

After breakfast you will leave Oviedo behind and make your way to the medieval city of Salamanca. Whether floodlit by night or bathed in the sunset, - there's always something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone, overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions; an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles.

Here you will have free time to visit the Old Town, the University and the central square - Plaza Mayor.

Afterwards continuation to Madrid.

Arrival and end of the tour.

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Please click here to see the route on a map.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 475€

Single Supplement: 145€

Supplement July to Oct.: 35€

 

Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a triple room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined. 

San Sebastian

Silken Amara Plaza**** is the hotel in a modern building, the work of renowned architect Peña Ganchegui. Its bold exterior and advanced technology contrast with an interior in harmony with the elegance of San Sebastián City. Located near the beginning of stunning walk to the Concha Bay and to the old part of the city, where you can try some of the best ’pintxos’ (local tapas) made with typical products from the region. Hotel’s restaurant offer a perfect mix between local Basque Cuisine and international dishes. 

 

Santander

Hotel Santemar**** enjoys a perfect location, just couple minutes away from the long Sardinero beach and its fine sand and very close to La Magdalena, - the old residence of King Alfonso XIII. Spacious and elegant rooms with parquet floor have all necessary for a comfortable stay: air conditioning, free wi-fi, television, hair dryers, safe boxes, magnifying mirrors and much more. Gym, currency-exchange point, restaurant and room-service are all at your disposal for a perfect stay.

 

Oviedo

Gran Hotel Regente****: conveniently located at the very center of the city, this hotel will not disappoint you. It is very close to numerous museums, and also Bulevar de la Cidra - street, where many famous ‘‘cidrerias’’ are located (cidra of Asturias - sort of light alcoholic beverage, very popular in northern Spain).

 

In some cases hotels can be substituted with the ones of the same category and level.

Here you will find commonly asked questions regarding our tours. Although you can find most of the information under the ''Overview'' ''Itinerary'' and ''Prices'' sections, we decided to lay it out below:

 

 Are the tours for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group.

 

How many people are normally included on a tour?

- We cannot guarantee an exact number per tour. Normally it ranges from 10-20 people per group, but these numbers can vary greatly depending on the season in question. In summer, groups tend to be larger as this is a popular time of year while the Winter season usually attracts smaller groups. There are certain tours that combine travelers if the destinations follow the same routes, e.g., you may be on a 10-day tour package with companions travelling on a 5-day package. The tour will cover the same areas and the 5-day package guests will break off thereafter.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) usually travels with the group during the entire tour. An exception may occur when there are minimal numbers signed up for a particular tour. These small groups will travel with an experienced, English-speaking driver/guide. For the city tours, we use local professionals and licensed guides.

 

What languages do the guides use?

- English and Spanish. All our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If a tour group consists of an English-speaking group only, the tour will run in English.

 

Do your tours run during certain times of the year?

- Most of our tours run all year long. Some tours, e.g., those running to the northern regions of Spain, only run from March till October. Each tour’s description provides all the relevant information needed For example: ‘’Sundays all year’’ means that a tour will start on every Sunday of the year, regardless of the numbers.

 

What cities do the tours start from?

--The first four tours start in Madrid and the rest start in Barcelona, however the description for each tour is listed.

 

Where are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, right off Plaza España.

- In Barcelona, it is in the reception of the Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’, Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022, Barcelona.

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, no. We do not pick up from hotels because that would delay the tour launch time.

However – if your hotel is enroute, using the same bus route on launch day, we will pick you up. A week before travel, we require the name of your hotel in Madrid, and will inform you if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or need to head over to the meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, the meeting point is always in the reception of the ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included anywhere that's mentioned in the itinerary (section ‘’Itinerary”). Buffet breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels our guests occupy during their tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

- No problems at all. Inform the tour leader and he will assist you. On a side note, many dinners are of the buffet-type, so you can simply choose what you prefer. For those with allergies, if in doubt, please remind tour leader during mealtimes. Alternatively, ask the restaurant staff about the content of the dishes. 

 

What time do you depart for Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of the excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on the same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible events may delay your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to the airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know when.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour must be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed, though we recommend booking even earlier, if possible. Requests received with less than 2 weeks to go prior to launch date, usually work out 80% of the time, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please contact us regarding the terms and conditions.

 

What is the booking process?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, there are 6 steps:

   a) you confirm the tour by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names,

    b) we send you an invoice,

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour,

    d) we issue the confirmation,

    e) 2 weeks before the starting date, you pay the rest of the monies due, and

    f) you show up for the tour on the appointed date and time.

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require a 10% deposit during reservation, and the remaining 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the tour commences.

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. Our banking details are included on the invoice that you receive,

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we charge an additional 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (the front) to verify ownership,

3) Western Union (normally for short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently), and

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing the transfer of funds. There is a small commission attached.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable. The other 90% is fully refundable if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (e.g., if you paid 100% upfront during reservation). There are no refunds for cancellations made with less than 2 weeks to go before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ‘’Prices’’.

 

Are taxes included in the tour prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for the Tourist Tax in Cataluña (the region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro/person and per night.

 

Most of the multi-day tours start and ends in Madrid. What are the options for a “Day Tour” and excursions in Madrid on my own/o, if we have a few days in the Capital before or after a multi-day tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to the surrounding areas. If you have time before or after your multi-day tour, please check our website for options. If you wish to start in Barcelona, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the visa information on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain. The visa requirements for Morocco can be found here. Please note that all trips to Morocco will require your Schengen visa to be of an ´´multiple entry´´, as you will enter Spain for the second time.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need a Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we do help our customers to get their Visas, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit has been paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, after the deposit paid, we can issue the confirmation, which you later bring to Spanish Embassy/Consulate. In this letter we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid for a tour with us. Please note, we do not guarantee the issue of visa and cannot influence the process. The decision is up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country. At the same time, we do our best to ensure we provide assistance where possible.