About the tour: Paradors of Spain – Cantabrian & Basque Treasures and La Rioja

Some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe is to be enjoyed on this stunning holiday packed with fascinating contrasts. Our first base, Cantabria, boasts a dramatic coastline, with picturesque fishing villages, the majestic Picos de Europa Mountains, and valleys dotted with houses, churches and monasteries – a feast of traditional Spanish architecture. We then head to La Rioja, a region, renowned for its wines, the La Rioja. It’s also a region of stunning landscapes, ancient towns and villages. Historic castles perch in picturesque valleys laden with vineyards. All based in two traditional and exclusive Paradores, situated in the heart of the mountains.

Tour Includes


  • 9 nights hotel with continental breakfast & 7 Parador evening meals plus 1 additional evening meal
  • Drinks package at the Paradors - ¼ bottle of wine (white or red), ½ bottle of mineral water, and tea or coffee - included with each of the seven evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Santander in a 2-berth en-suite inside cabin (meals at extra cost)
  • Regional joining points

11 days from $3908 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 020 171 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Evening arrival in Santander, then onwards to our Cantabrian Parador for three nights.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    We include a full day tour to the Picos de Europa, which constitutes one of the most outstanding mountain ranges on the Iberian Peninsula.

    Occupying part of the provinces of Cantabria, Asturias and Leon, the mountains rise to a spectacular 8500 feet. The surrounding valleys are dotted with small villages set in green, sheltered grasslands, with deep and narrow gorges through which flow fast-running rivers. Little churches and quaint monasteries dot the rolling landscape.

    In the heart of the Picos is the town of Potes, which is the main town of the area, with its ancient towers and squares with arcades.

    From Fuente De, there is the opportunity to take a cable car ride to an observation point offering unforgettable views of this spectacular mountain range.

    We later visit Santillana Del Mar, regarded as Cantabria’s showpiece of architectural beauty and one of the prettiest little towns in Spain. Once a famous place of pilgrimage, the town dates back to the 10th century and, despite its name, it is not situated on the coast. The mansion houses adorned with their coats of arms and the many quaint little shops all combine to rekindle the medieval past.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Picos De Europa
    Picos De Europa

    Included Highlights

    • Picos De Europa
    • Santillana Del Mar

    On today’s optional excursion, we head first to the university city of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. While there don't miss out on seeing the wonderful Gothic Cathedral, the San Tirso Church and Oviedo's Archaeology Museum.

    Oviedo boasts a splendid choice of restaurants and bars. Why not enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the typical cider houses?

    On our return, we follow the Costa Verde, heading inland to visit the pretty resort of Cangas de Onis.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Oviedo
    Oviedo

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Costa Verde & Oviedo
    $35
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave Cantabria and head to the Basque city of Bilbao. This cosmopolitan city has gone through a huge period of rejuvenation and is home to iconic Guggenheim Museum.

    The beating heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao boasts a wonderful Old Town, the Casco Viejo, with its elegant arcades.

    Continue to our Parador, near Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the heart of the wine-country, which will be your base for the next four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bilbao
    Bilbao

    Included Highlights

    • Bilbao

    Join our included excursion, as we explore the region of La Rioja, famous across the world for its rich red, fine white and crisp rose wines.

    During this tour we discover the numerous delights of this region and, of course, sample the world famous wine. Our first stop is in bustling Haro, the centre of the Rioja Alta, where'll we visit one of its historic bodegas for a wine tasting.

    Haro, is regarded as the wine capital of La Rioja. The Old Quarter has a maze of streets and arcades and, of course endless wine shops.

    We'll then continue to the town of Santa Domingo de la Calzada, a popular stop on the fabled Camino de Santiago pilgrims' trail that snakes its way through the vine-covered landscape.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Haro
    Haro with Wine Tasting

    Included Highlights

    • La Rioja & Wine Tasting

    Included excursion, as we travel to the foothills of the Pyrenees today to visit Pamplona, world-famous for the ‘Running of the Bulls’ that takes place every July.

    There’s time to explore the Old Town and wander the cobblestone streets to uncover the town’s history and simply enjoy the medieval centre.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pamplona
    Pamplona

    Included Highlights

    • Pamplona

    Why not join our optional excursion to Logroño, which is the perfect example of a wine country town. Its heart is a patchwork of tree-studded squares linked by narrow streets.

    The pedestrianised Old Town is a network of narrow alleyways, many full of pintxos, Basque style tapas bars. The town has a growing culinary reputation.

    While wandering through the picturesque place, perhaps cross over the Puente de Piedra – one of four bridges on the Ebro River in Logroño. One of the symbols of the city, it appears on its coat of arms.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Logroño
    Logroño

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Logroño
    $35
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave our Parador and head to the beautiful Basque town of San Sebastian, set on La Concha - a sweeping, shell-shaped bay.

    Explore the charming, old quarter and immerse yourself in the Belle Epoque style. The local tapas bars are a true delight. Explore the lively Old Town, which lies across the neck of Monte Urgull, the bay’s eastern headland.

    After free time we continue into France and stay overnight in the Ciboure/Biarritz area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Sebastian
    San Sebastian

    Included Highlights

    • San Sebastian

    We head north through France to reach our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Paradors of Spain – Cantabrian & Basque Treasures and La Rioja 11 days from $3,908pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 020 171

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga and for four nights at the 4-star Parador de Argómaniz. 


    Overnight stays in France will be in minimum 3-star hotels.


     

    Mercure Roissy Charles De Gaulle

    3, Allee du Verger Zone Hoteliere, 95700 Roissy en France,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Parador De Cervera De Pisuerga

    Ctra. de Resoba, 34840 Cervera de Pisuerga Palencia,

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Parador De Argomaniz

    Ctra. N-1, 01192 Argómaniz Álava,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan