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 . There’s a large space in the dining room behind which is a stage for the Band to perform after dinner each evening. Good food and wine can be taken for granted!
On Sunday - We’ll set off as shown below and sail from Plymouth’s Millbay Docks at 1745 on the flagship cruise-ferry “Pont Aven” to Santander on Spain’s north coast. During the crossing, the Band will perform on board.
Monday - When we land in Spain on Monday 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. After dinner, the Band will play for your entertainment.
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. The coach will continue up the mountain to Fuente Dé where the cable car ascends to the plateau above. If you prefer to stay in the town we’ll leave you there and pick you up later. We return to the hotel for dinner and afterwards the Band will play for your entertainment.
Wednesday - We leave on Wednesday after breakfast and travel up to the small town of Reinosa at the entrance to the local ski slopes. We stop for refreshment then travel across the Ebro Dam to the stunning Pas Valley to begin our spectacular descent. We make a refreshment and leg stretching stop at the pretty Spa town of Puente Viesgo and then continue to the coast. Our final stop is at the local Hypermarket and then we’ll make our way to the ferry. 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” and the Band will play again during the crossing.
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; two nights 4* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner each day at the hotel with wine; excursions as detailed.
Single supplement (Room & 2-berth cabin) - £90
Shipboard options; 4-berth cabin for 2 persons - £90 per cabin(return)
Seaview - £30 per room
4-berth cabin for 2 persons with porthole - £140 per cabin (return)
Pick up points : Bath - Bristol - Gordano - Taunton - Exeter - Newton Abbot - Plymouth
Immensely popular playing to full houses almost everywhere they go. A band packed out with personality and infectious bonhomie, nevertheless produces some very fine New Orleans jazz from its hugely experienced and talented musicians.
“Simply the best good-time jazz band on the scene today”
PEK Sound website 2016
Roger Marks Leader, Leader, trombone. “One of our foremost jazz musicians”, Barry Clare – Just Jazz Magazine Mach 2018. “World Class” Humphrey Lyttelton Radio 2 Dec 2002; “World Class” Jim Denham – Just Jazz Magazine August 2018
Graham Trevarton Trumpet, cornet, vocals. Very popular brass band trained musician with a clean-cut economical style and engaging personality now making a name for himself in the jazz world
Gordon Stafford Clarinet. Wonderfully lyrical player whose fascile technique has earned him national acclaim after 7 years with the Eagle Jazz band. Founder member of both the Smokey City Jazz Band and Savannah Jazz band.
Pete Sumner Sumner Banjo, vocals. Banjo virtuoso, former member of Rod Mason Jass Band before forming The Banjo Bone Band. Talented songwriter
Dave Holdsworth Souzaphone. Built his reputation as a trumpet playing leader of his own quartet with numerous radio broadcasts. Also as a member of Mike Westbrook’s band. Former tutor at Dartington School Jazz Course
Dave Cawse Drums, vocals. Band leader active in the area of Western Swing music with “Medicine Bow” and five years as leader of “Saraband”. Toured opposite Jerry Lewis with an appearance at the London Palladium