This break is run in conjunction with our Wildlife tour to the same destination. By sharing the transport costs we are able to create a viable holiday. (Except July 5th). Our hotel is the 4* Mirador de la Franca which sits on a secluded beach at Ribadedeva in the Province of Asturias. The main feature of this region is its magnificent scenery ranging from sandy beaches and rugged coves on its superb coastline to rolling fields of maize and apple orchards which stretch into the Picos de Europa, the western end of the Pyrenees mountain chain. Woods and forests compete with tumbling streams and larger rivers for your attention and the absence of crowds enhances the experience. You’ll travel with the Wildlife group throughout though you will part with them at certain stages as they go off to search for the local wildlife. If you prefer, you can stay at the hotel and enjoy the beach and the local area and miss the excursions entirely.
Sunday - Meet our local Escort at Plymouth Ferryport where he’ll assist the boarding process. A 2-berth cabin is provided but upgrades are available as detailed below.
The ship sails at 1630 and there is a wide range of diversions on board such as – swimming pool; two cinemas; piano bar; live entertainment; quizzes; bingo; observation deck. There is a fine dining restaurant, a self-service restaurant and a coffee shop.
Monday - We arrive in Santander at 1500 and meet the Spanish coach outside the Terminal. Our initial drive takes us to the fishing port and resort of San Vicente de la Barquera where we’ll halt for a while. From here it is a short ride to the Hotel Mirador de la Franca where we stay for two nights. Buffet breakfast and dinner with wine are provided during your stay.
Tuesday - The excursion travels to Covadonga , one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. Here the Wildlifers separate and go off to do their thing whilst the rest of the group continue to the old Roman town of Cangas de Onis. Later in the afternoon, the groups join up and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday We set off on a spectacular drive through the foothills of the Picos de Europa and along the Hermida Gorge to Potes and then Fuente Dé where an almost vertical cable car ride is available to the plateau above. (If you prefer to remain at the hotel to enjoy the beach and relax, the rest of the group will rejoin en route to Santander.) In the late afternoon we descend to the coast and Santander where we catch the 2100 sailing to England. The ship sails at 2115 and once again, make the most of the voyage home.
ThursdayWe arrive in Plymouth at 1700.
The cost includes – ferry crossing with cabin; coach travel in Spain as detailed; two nights accommodation in a 4* hotel with breakfast and dinners with wine; excursions as detailed.
|April 26th||Cost £460|
|(NB British coach with pick ups between Bath and Plymouth. Also, entertainment at the hotel by the Panama Jazz Band.)|
|September 13th||Cost £349|
Single supplement £90 (cabin and hotel room)
Joining point : Millbay Docks, Plymouth