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The Picos de Europa & The Pyrenees

Wednesday 6th to Wednesday 20th September 2017

Set in the main square in the beautiful Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar. Explore the charming town of Santillana del Mar, which was declared a national monument, and the origins of which date back to the eighth century. The Parador Gil Bas has its own restaurant, where you can sample local-style cuisine without leaving the hotel. After, you can enjoy a drink in the on-site bar, or explore the bars in the local town. There is also free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the hotel plus complimentary car parking with underground parking garage.

15 Day, 14 Night Package

MSCC Members Price £1899.00

Non-Members £1949.00

Return Ferry Brittany Ferries crossings from Portsmouth to Bilbao (Other routes available)

2 Berth Inside cabin on outward & return sailings

9 nights in Northern Spain & the Picos featuring Excellent Parador Hotels

1 Night at the Nordic Hotel, El Tarter, Andorra

Overnight stops in Pau & Bilbao

10 Dinners and 12 Breakfasts

Detailed Road Book featuring Maps, Directions Attractions etc.

Complimentary Parking at all Hotels

Commemorative MSCC Tour Rally Plate

Full Financial Protection in accordance with the EC Package Travel directive

All prices are per person and based on 2 persons occupying car and a twin/double room at the hotel. MSCC Members price applies to the member plus one guest.  

30% Deposit required to confirm your booking

Single Supplement - £950.00

What's Included

Parador Gil Blas, Santillana del Mar

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Book on-line or telephone 01732 879153 quoting MSCC/MOG PICOS

The Pyrenees, in Catalonia encompass some awesomely beautiful mountains and valleys. Above all, the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, in the northwest, is a jewel-like area of lakes and dramatic peaks. As well as the natural beauty of the mountains, the Catalan Pyrenees and their foothills have some amazing drives amongst a rich cultural heritage, notably the countless lovely Romanesque churches and monasteries, often tucked away in remote valleys.

Picos de Europa, on the borders of Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León, is probably the most stunning national park in Spain, or even Europe. The contrasts within these 300 square miles of spectacular natural beauty that link Cantabria and Asturias are amazing. Small mountain villages are tucked away in the higher slopes almost completely isolated. Deep gorges that plunge vertically down into deep river valleys, sparkling lakes, and magical forests make this an adventure playground just begging to be explored.

Parador Hotel, Cangas de Onis

A National Monument, this ancient monastery is believed to have been founded by King Alfonso I in the 8th century. It is surrounded by the Picos de Europa Mountains. The Parador de Cangas de Onís offers free Wi-Fi and free parking in a historic setting. All of the guest rooms feature; air conditioning, minibar, satelite TV and en-suite bathroom The restaurant at the Parador serves dishes from Asturias. The Parador de Cangas de Onís is set on the green banks of the River Sella. The Picos de Europa National Park can be reached on foot. The local area is home to a Roman bridge and the historic Santa Cruz Chapel. Many prehistoric caves are found nearby.

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Parador Hotel, Fuente De

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Located in the foothills of the Picos de Europa Mountains, Parador de Fuente Dé has free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and easy access to the Fuente Dé cable car. It has a picturesque setting in the Liébana Valley. The homely Alpine-style rooms in the Parador Fuente Dé have large windows offering mountain views. They also have wooden floors, leather furnishings, heating and air conditioning. The hotel has large gardens, outdoor and underground car parking. The restaurant serves typical Cantabrian dishes, such as Liébana stew and steak with Treviso sauce.The cable car next door takes visitors to the Áliva viewing point.

Parador Hotel, Santa Domingo de la Calzada

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Located on the main square in the centre of Santa Domingo, this impressive hotel is housed in a former hospital building dating from the 12th century. Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada has a number of magnificent lounges. The hotel's luxurious hall features original Gothic archways and wooden details. The hotels guest-rooms feature a TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. The Parador's restaurant serves traditional dishes such as La Rioja cod and stuffed peppers, as well as a good selection of local wines. There is also a bar and both outdoor and underground secure car parking facilities.

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Set in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, the Parador de Artíes is surrounded by forests, snow-capped mountains and green pastures. Many charming, original features of this typical local building remain today, including the sloping ceilings and exposed wood beams. These have been complemented by modern facilities such as the indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness suite. The heated pool is open from April until September, and it remains closed during October and November. Enjoy a meal or a light snack in the on-site restaurant, where you can enjoy local-style cuisine without leaving the hotel. The hotel offers car parking with a parking garage.

Parador Hotel, SOS Del Rey Cattolico

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The hotel is located in the centre of this charming Medieval town and has delightful interiors including a fantastic restaurant with a fine wine selection. The inviting lounge area has robust, wooden columns and decor that will remind you of the building’s history as a noble home. Relax on the open-air terrace with a refreshing drink and chat with friends. Dine in the elegant restaurant which serves a good selection if traditional dishes presented exquisitely and which you can accompany with a fine, Spanish wine. In the evening, enjoy a drink in the relaxing bar. The Parador Sos del Rey Católico boasts its very own tower and some charming gardens to help you make the most of the outdoors

TOUR ITINERARY

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Parador Hotel, Arties

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Perfect for a break in the Andorran Pyrenees, this charming mountain hotel lies right at the foot of the Soldeu-El Tarter slopes. Guests have free access to the indoor and outdoor pools and the hot tub. A beautiful garden surrounds the hotel’s traditional-styled but new buildings. During summer you can enjoy a refreshing fresh-air dip in the garden’s huge outdoor swimming pool, at the same time as admiring the magnificent mountain scenery. Find more relaxation within the hotel – in your own comfortable bedroom or in the extensive spa centre, where you can use the sauna for an extra cost or the hotels own 2 lane bowling alley. Complimentary garage car parking is available

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Nordic Hotel, El Tarter, Andorra

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DAY 1 (CO) - Overnight sailing from Portsmouth to Bilao (departs 11h45) with Brittany Ferries including accommodation in a 2 berth inside cabin with private facilities.

 

DAY 2 (HB) - Midday arrival in Bilbao followed by the drive along the coast to Santilla del Mar

Overnight Parador Gilblas (79 miles)

 

DAY 3 (HB) - Santillana to Cangas de Onis, Overnight Parador Cangas de Onis (64 miles)

 

DAY 4 (BB) - Full day at leisure in Cangas de Onis Overnight Parador Cangas de Onis

 

DAY 5 (HB) - Cangas de Onis to Fuente Dé via San Gloria Pass - Overnight Parador Fuente Dé

(88 miles)

 

DAY 6 (HB) - Fuente Dé to Santa Domingo via Potes - Overnight Parador Santa Domingo de la Calzada (160 miles)

 

DAY 7 (BB) - Day at leisure to explore La Rioja Region & Valley of the Dinosaurs - Overnight Parador Santa Domingo de la Calzada

 

DAY 8 (HB) - Santa Domingo to SOS del Rey Cattolico - Overnight Parador SOS del Rey Cattolico (130 miles)

 

DAY 9 (HB) - SOS del Rey Cattolico to Arties, Spanish Pyrenees - Overnight Parador de Arties

(160 miles)

 

DAY 10 (HB) - Arties to El Tarter, Andorra via Puigcerda & El Pas de la Casa - Overnight Nordic Hotel, El Tarter, Andorra (130 miles)

 

DAY 11 (HB) - Day at leisure to explore Andorra overnight Nordic Hotel, El Tarter

 

DAY 12 (HB) - Andorra to Pau, France Overnight Hotel tbc (180 miles)

 

DAY 13 (HB) - Pau to Bilbao

Overnight Novotel, Bilbao (160 miles)

 

DAY 14 (CO) - Hotel to Terminal for morning ferry (departs 10h30) back to the UK

 

DAY 15 (CO) - Am arrival in Portsmouth 09h00

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CO = Cabin Only / RO = Room Only

BB = Bed & Breakfast / HB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast