Natural wonders and ancient history mark this delightfully filled region with enchantments at every corner. Stupendous feats of nature stand alongside century-refined traditions in this land that occupies Northern Spain. Behold sights atop sky scraping mountains, gaze onward at breathtaking seas, and marvel at millennia-old cave paintings in this family-friendly excursion that is sure to open your imagination. Uncover hidden gems that will leave you ready to discover more in this fun-filled and...
Santiago de Compostela – Land in the Town People From All of Europe Walk to
Your flight will arrive at the Santiago de Compostela Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs. You are now in the Galician region of Spain, which is a proud culture with its own identity and encompassing Celtic, Portuguese and Mediterranean influences.
You will arrive in this pleasant and quaint town that has served as a destination for pilgrims for centuries. The locals here are accustomed to greeting people of all countries, and you will be able to sense the welcoming air as you arrive along with the many travelers that are concluding their trip of Northern Spain. They have just finished the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James, which is a route that leads to the tomb of St. James from here in Santiago de Compostela. It is widely believed in Europe that this route that spans 475 miles is an opportunity to experience a sense of spiritual oneness. Young and old backpackers alike are now taking in the town just as you and your family will. Santiago will greet you with its granite architecture, Galician hospitality, and deeply rooted Christian influence.
After checking into your hotel, you will take a stroll through the town and local plaza, Praza do Obradoiro. You will marvel up at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and look to your sides as the new arrivals from Northern Spain will give you a sense of place and also an idea of what is yet to come.
Santiago de Compostela – Visiting the End of the World and the Coast of Death
Lugo – Travel to the World’s Last Standing Roman City
Oviedo – Walking Under Nature-Made Arches
Oviedo – Climbing Atop North Spain’s Tallest Mountains
Ribadesella – The Perfect Setting for a Discovery Oriented Day
San Sebastian – Driving Through Caves and Arriving in the City of San Sebastian
San Sebastian – Unveiling the Hidden History and Art
San Sebastian - Departure for Home
- Discover well-preserved cave paintings that date back 10,000 years
- Take a private tour to the highest mountains of Northern Spain’s Los Picos de Europa
- Visit San Sebastian, the beautiful jewel city of the Basque Country and all of Northern Spain
- Walk on top of the last intact Roman city wall that dates back to the third century
- Stand alongside pilgrims at the “end of the world” in Cape Finisterre and gaze at the ocean beyond
- Drive along the scenic Costa da Morte or Coast of Death and make stops along this enthralling route
- Learn why Praia de Catedrais or Beach of Cathedrals gets its name as you walk underneath its cliffside arches
- Enjoy the local and endless and authentic supply of food from Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country
On day one, you will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, a city that brings spiritual discovery to the minds of many around the world. The vibrant and green environment you will see before you is a beckoning site as you travel throughout Northern Spain. On day two, go on a short road trip to Cape Finisterre, which is a region in Western Spain that includes a visit to a magnificent lighthouse along the stunning coast. Your family will get to know why the treacherous seas here have led the Spaniards to call it the Coast of Death. Day three will consist of getting to know the Lugo, a town that is surrounded by a Roman-constructed wall with a walkway on the top. On day four, you will travel to Oviedo, capital of the Asturian principality, where you will go on a day excursion to a beach with mesmerizing cliffs that are shaped like the buttresses of gothic churches. The following day, you will take you on a trip to Northern Spain’s highest and most beautiful mountain range, Los Picos de Europa, where you will see the Lakes of Covadonga.
On day six, you will travel to the charming and sophisticated small city of Ribadesella. This town has served as a getaway for Asturians, and while you are here, you will get to see the wonders that have been preserved, including cave drawings from the paleolithic era. On day seven, you will finish your tour around Ribadesella with a drive through mysterious caves that will then continue into the Basque Country and your crowned destination of San Sebastian. You will be able to explore more of this city on day eight as you go to the Aquarium of San Sebastian and Museum to learn about the Basque peoples’ long maritime tradition. In the afternoon, you will visit many sights and landmarks as you ride on a tour bus, stopping at the Spanish Royal Family’s retreat home, Monte Urgull, and the city plaza, Plaza de Guizpokoa.
As day nine arrives, you will take your time to reflect on your breathtaking journey through Northern Spain and prepare for your flight back home. Consider learning more about the Spain tour companies whom we partner with, who seek to create a customized experience just for you.
$2,155 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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