2022 SPAIN'S PICOS MOUNTAINS + RIOJA WINE REGION TOUR

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DATES: 10 DAY TOUR    2022 May 15th-24th  ( 10 days/ 9 nights )

COSTS PER PERSON: £2,650   based on two people, per car, sharing a ferry cabin and hotel bedroom

(a £950 reduction if no ferry is required). 

 

The price, in £ sterling, is based on conversion rates of £1 =1.15€ euros. In the event of changes to the conversion rate at the time of receiving fees from clients ( deposits and balances ), a premium will be charged or a refund made.

 

The costs include the following:

Accommodation in 4-star stylish hotels ( 7 nights )

    • Breakfast daily
    • 3-course dinners, ( 9 nights )
    • Overnight Brittany ferry from Plymouth to Santander with club class cabin and dinner on board
    • Return Ferry Santander to Plymouth with club class cabin and dinner on board
    • Rally plate
    • Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route notes
    • Highlighted  Michelin map of Northern Spain
    • DK Eyewitness guidebook, Northern Spain

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

  • Lunches, snacks, coffees, etc.
  • Drinks with dinner including bottled water and coffee
  • Entry to places of interest
  • Autoroute tolls

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

A 10-day tour to the stunning Picos Europa Mountains and the Rioja region in Northern Spain. Our tour starts with an overnight ferry from Plymouth leaving at 16.45 and arriving in Santander at 14.00 on Monday. We then drive southeast to the Rioja wine region where we spend two nights in a stylish hotel. The next day we explore the local area visiting wine caves and museums. On the third day in Spain, we drive northwest on a scenic mountain route to the Picos mountain region where we spend a night in a Parador hotel at the foot of a cable car with an option to take the cable car up the mountain. The following day we drive north up the eastern slopes of the Picos to Panes then turn west along the northern Picos to Covadunga, our lunch stop, before arriving in Cangas de Onis where our Parador hotel for the night is located. The next day we drive south on a scenic road down to Riano exploring the western slopes of the Picos mountains then driving into the heart of the Picos Mountains. We then drive north to Luce to our Relaix et Chateaux 5* hotel for the next 3 nights. The following day we drive to the coast to Ribadesella, our lunch stop, then in the afternoon, we return to Colunga, near the coast, to our hotel. The next day we relax around the hotel. On Monday, our final day, we drive east along the motorway to Santillana del Mar, our lunch stop and one of Spain's most beautiful villages, before arriving in  Santander to catch the 17.00 overnight ferry to Plymouth which arrives Tuesday at 14.00

Day 1 Sunday 15th May

Overnight ferry 16.45 from Plymouth to Santander, northern Spain

Our afternoon ferry leaves Plymouth at 16.45 and arrives tomorrow at 14.00 in Santander

Day 2 Monday 16th May 

Santander to Ezcaray ( 140 miles )

We leave Santander and head southeast on scenic motorways to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. From here it's just a few miles south to Ezcaray, a sleepy village in the Rioja wine region.

Here our hotel for the next two nights, the Echaurren, is located.

Opposite the hotel is a pretty church

Tonight we eat in the hotel's restaurant

 

Day 3 Tuesday 17th May 

Ezcaray, local excursion Rioja wine region ( 60 miles )

After a leisurely breakfast, we enjoy a local excursion in the Rioja wine region. We initially drive north for 10 miles to our morning coffee stop, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a pretty medieval town.

 

 

 

We then drive 20 miles to Laguardia in the Rioja wine region.

 

Next, we visit the nearby Bodegas Ysios housed in an amazing building designed by Santiago Calatrava


Here there is an option at 1.00 pm to enjoy a guided tour.

We then drive 15 miles east to Briones where we visit the Museum Vivanco dedicated to wine production.

 

 

 

 

 

Our afternoon coffee stop is 6 miles away in Estacion famous for its local bodegas where we can visit local wine producers.

 

 

Late afternoon we return 20 miles to Ezcaray.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel's a la carte restaurant

 

Day 4 Wednesday 18th May 

Ezcaray to Fuente De ( 105 miles )

We leave Ezcaray and drive east into the Sierra de Demanda mountains for 40 miles to Burgos where we then take the motorway north for 5 miles before joining a country road to our morning coffee stop, Montorio, a sleepy village nestling in the hills.

After coffee we continue north, deviating to drive through the pretty village of Urbel del Castillo.

 

 

Our route then takes us via Cervera de Pisguera into the Picos mountains then north to Potes where we turn west to Fuente De, in the heart of the Picos mountains. This is where our Parador hotel is based in heart of the Picos at the foot of a cable car

 

Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.

Day 5 Thursday 19th May 

Fuente De to Cangas de Onis (  80 miles ) 

Before leaving there is an option to take a cable car up to the mountain summit from where there are stunning views of the Picos Mountains.

We then return to Potes then turn north along the eastern slopes of the Picos to Panes.

Our route from Panes takes us west along the northern Picos towards Cangas de Onis deviating to Covadunga our afternoon coffee stop.

We then drive through the town of Cangas de Onis where our Parador hotel awaits us.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant

Day 6 Friday 20th May 

Cangas de Onis to Luces ( 145 miles)

Today we drive south on a scenic road down the western slopes of the Picos mountains to Riano, our lunch stop, overlooking a lake.

 

We then head northeast and then take a scenic mountain loop into the heart of the Picos driving anti-clockwise to Puerto del Ponton.

From here we retrace our route back towards Cangas de Onis and on to Luces where our new hotel for the next 3 nights is located.

Our 5* hotel is a member of the Relais et Chateaux group

 

 

Day 7 Saturday 21st May 

Luces, local excursion to Ribadesella ( 40 miles )

After a leisurely breakfast, we leave our hotel and drive east on a scenic coastal route to Ribadesella, an enchanting seaside town.

 

 

 

 

After lunch, we drive west along the coast to Colunga, then via Lastres to Luces.

 

 

 

We then return to our hotel

 

Day 8 Sunday 22nd May

 Luces, a day relaxing around the hotel

After 6 days of travelling we relax around the hotel

Dinner, tonight is in the Hotel's restaurant

 

Day 9 Monday 23rd May ( 90 miles )

Luces to Santander Ferry

We leave Luces and take the motorway towards Santander to catch the 5.00 pm ferry to Plymouth.

We stop at one of Spain's most beautiful villages, Santillana del Mar, our lunch stop, where we visit the pretty village.

After lunch, we continue east to Santander where we catch the 17.00 overnight ferry to Plymouth

Day 10 Tuesday 24th May 

14.00 Ferry arrives in Plymouth from Santander

Back on UK soil, the tour ends here and participants make their way home.