This short break to Spain which embodies 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. It is run in conjunction with our Wildlife tour. 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.
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 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! You do not have to join the excursions. If you prefer to laze on the superb beach, take a coastal hike, or just meander around the hotel area instead then you can do so.
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.
Sunday - We’ll set off from Plymouth’s Millbay Docks at 1745 on the flagship cruise-ferry “Pont Aven” to sail to Santander on Spain’s north coast.
Monday - We land in Spain on at 1615 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.
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.
Wednesday - We leave after breakfast and travel with the Wildlife group along the Cares Gorge to the historic site of Covadonga. After a break here, we continue to Cangas de Onis, an old Roman town. We leave here and rejoin the Wildlifers and travel to Santander for final sightseeing. Take the opportunity to sample some “tapas” before we board the ship for the 2015 sailing to England. Enjoy the cruise homewards on the “Pont Aven”.
Thursday - We’ll arrive at Plymouth on Thursday at 1645 and after disembarkation the coach will return to the original pick up points.
The cost includes: travel by 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; optional (free) excursions as detailed.
Single room and cabin - £90 Seaview - £30 per room
Pick up point : Millbay Docks, Plymouth