Wessex Continental Travel

Spain The scenic Green regions

This year we are offering a series of short holidays to Spain which embody the cruise from England to Spain and back and two nights in one of our comfortable hotels on the coast . You’ll enjoy a relaxing sail across the ocean then some good food and wine and excellent leisurely excursions at our chosen destination. (Or you can stay at the hotel and relax-both sit right on a sandy beach). This programme is designed to offer those clients who enjoy the Minicruise but who’d like to stay longer in Spain a chance to do so and it also includes our Wildlife Tours. It will also appeal to anyone who would like a break from routine and have someone else do the work! We include meals on board the “Pont Aven” in this programme and we use a Spanish coach which meets us at Santander to keep costs down.

Asturias The golden coast and mountains 5 days

This Province is undoubtedly one of the most scenic regions in all Spain. Golden beaches are backed by meadows and orchards, criss-crossed by tumbling streams and rivers which bring down fresh , clear waters from the mountain range behind the coast known as the Picos de Europa. Dairy farming and fishing are major industries resulting in superfresh produce at all times. The newly refurbished 4* Hotel Mirador de la Franca is our base and we know you’ll be very comfortable here. The hotel sits on a secluded, sandy beach which gives out to the Atlantic Ocean beyond. All rooms have private facilities but there is no lift. Good food and wine can be taken for granted!
We are using a Spanish coach on this short break and combining the programme with our Wildlife Tour. The savings we make on this plan mean that we can offer breakfast and dinner on both ferry sailings.

We’ll set off from Plymouth’s Millbay Docks on Sunday at 1545 on the flagship cruise-ferry “Pont Aven” to sail to Santander on Spain’s north coast. When we land in Spain on Monday at 1215 we drive out of the city and westwards to the Province of Asturias. Our first sightseeing stop will be in the pretty port and resort of San Vicente de la Barquera. We resume our drive in the mid-afternoon and will reach the Hotel Mirador de la Franca after about 30 minutes and will check in for two nights on half-board terms . A buffet breakfast starts the day and dinner with wine ends it. There are pleasant walks in the surrounding woods and along the beach.
On Tuesday we set off for the stunning Picos de Europa mountain range and we travel through the Hermida Gorge on our way to the little mountain town of Potes. We’ll stop here and you can wander around its cobbled back streets or enjoy refreshment by the river. For those who are interested in a cable car ride, the coach will continue up the mountain to Fuente Dé where the cable car takes them to the plateau above.
We leave on Wednesday after breakfast and travel with the Wildlife group to Poncebos in the Cares Gorge where we leave them to go bird-watching. Our journey then continues to the historic site of Covadonga and afterwards we continue to Cangas de Onis, an old Roman town. We leave here and rejoin the Wildlifers at Poncebos and travel to Santander for final sightseeing. Take the opportunity to sample some “tapas” before we board the ship for the 2115 sailing to England.
Enjoy the cruise homewards on the “Pont Aven” and we’ll arrive at Plymouth on Thursday at 1615 and after disembarkation the coach will return to the original pick up points.

The cost includes: travel by executive coach; ferry crossing with cabin; breakfast and dinner on board; two nights 4* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner each day at the hotel with wine; excursions as detailed.

Departure dates

Sept 24th£365

Single room and cabin - £80 Seaview £40 per room

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Pick up point : Millbay Docks,Plymouth

Cantabria 5 days

Cantabria is one of the four Provinces that make up “Green Spain” and our destination is the small resort of Isla about 25 miles east of Santander. This scenic Province boasts golden beaches interspersed by rocky crags and behind the coastline is a land of meadows and rolling hills which ascend to the Picos de Europa mountains. Fishing, dairy farming and tourism are the main staples of the local economy. This visit runs in conjunction with out Wildlife Express and though you’ll travel together you will do your own thing whilst at the hotel whilst the Wildlifers go off on their bird watching.

Our hotel, the 4* Olimpo, sits on a small cliff overlooking the bay, has pleasant gardens, a small outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Good food, and plenty of it, is a feature of this friendly hotel. As we are fond of telling folks who complain about the quantity of food on offer – you don’t have to eat it all!!

Sunday - We’ll set off from Plymouth’s Millbay Docks at 1545 on the flagship cruise-ferry “Pont Aven” to sail to Santander on Spain’s north coast. A 2-berth cabin is provided for both sailings. We will have dinner together in Le Flora restaurant.
Monday - We land in Spain at 1215 the local coach meets us at the Ferry Terminal and we drive out of the city and eastwards to Isla. We check into the 4* Hotel Olimpo which sits on a hill overlooking a long sandy beach for two nights. We then have lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore the location. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Tuesday - You are free to continue exploring the hotel and the area. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Wednesday - You have another free day to relax before the coach will arrive in the late afternoon to bring you back to Santander in time for the 2115 sailing to England. Dinner on board is included.
Continue to enjoy the cruise on Thursday and we reach Plymouth at 1615.

(The cost includes: ferry sailing with 2-berth cabin; local coach transfer to and from the 4* Hotel Olimpo where we stay for two nights. Buffet breakfast and dinner with wine on two nights and lunch on arrival)

Departure date

October 15th £395

Single room and cabin £80
Seaview £40 per room

Online Booking click here

Pick up point : Plymouth Ferryport