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Spanish Adventure Self Drive: Madrid to Madrid

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11 Days
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Discover the delights and historic sites of Northern Spain in a leisurely self drive preplanned itinerary. See old walled cities, attractive beach resorts, medieval streets and buildings, stunning mountain scenery and enjoy taking a trip through time in this fascinating region.


Pick up your rental car at Madrid airport and then stay in Madrid for 2 nights. Enjoy the sights and major landmarks in the morning followed by an included lunch at a well known local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to nearby Toledo, the Imperial centre of European medieval history. This fortified walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site is located on a hill and once you step inside, it is like going back in time. Worth visiting are the Cathedral dating back to the 13th Century, the Alcazar or Roman Palace and the house of the painter El Greco. Return later to Madrid.

The following day, drive 244 kilometres/150 miles to Burgos, the historical capital of Castilian Spain. Burgos has a magnificent Gothic cathedral. Also worth visiting are the Carthusian Monastery of Miraflores and the Monastery of Las Huelgas. Stay overnight here
The next morning, drive 120 kilometres/75 miles to Vitoria, the medieval capital of the Basque Autonomous Region. Take in the Parliament and the Government headquarters.

Continue to Bilbao, a further 65 kilometres/40 miles away where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

During your time in Bilbao, visit San Sebastian, a journey of 100 kilometres/62 miles. This stunningly attractive city, known as the “Pearl of Northern Spain, is renowned for its breathtaking beaches and also its historic old town. After exploring San Sebastian, drive back to Bilbao by way of the pretty beach resorts of Zarautz and Getaria.

Drive next to Santander a distance of 195 kilometres/120 miles, a city of interesting historical neighbourhoods. Here take in the Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor, the 12th Century cathedral, the attractive Pereda Gardens and the Royal Palace of Magdalena. Then continue to Gijon, a further 176 kilometres/110 miles where you will find the largest building in Spain, the Laboral University modeled on the Parthenon in Paris. Finally head to Oviedo, another 30 kilometres/18 miles where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Oviedo has an old town district rich in architecture dating back to the early medieval period. From Oviedo, visit the town of Covadonga with its many interesting churches and nearby awe-inspiring local scenery including the breathtaking Picos de Europa range of mountains with its attractive lakes. On the way back to Oviedo, stop at Congas de Onis with its Roman Bridge.

The following morning, drive 290 kilometres/180 miles to La Coruna in Galicia with its Roman Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse dating back to the 2nd Century AD and enjoy the beach at the Playa de Riazor. Drive 70 kilometres/40 miles to Santiago de Compostela for overnight.

Millions of people from all over the world come to this city every year, many of them reaching the end of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The next day, you have the morning free to explore the city. The cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro, the tomb of the apostle and the square are all noteworthy attractions. Then drive to Segovia, 537 kilometres/360 miles away. Segovia is an old walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage site located on rolling hills. Make sure to see the Roman Aqueduct and the Alcazar/Royal Palace. Stay overnight here.

Your final drive today is back to Madrid, a journey of 90 kilometres/55 miles for one more night’s accommodation there. The next day return your rental car back to Madrid airport.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,197

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Day 1

Arrival in Madrid

Upon arrival at Madrid Airport, make you way to the car rental depot to pick up your rental car. You are then free to make your own way to the hotel. Overnight in Madrid.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ayre Gran Hotel Colon

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    Ayre Gran Hotel Colon



    Business areas such as Mendez Alvaro are just minutes from the hotel as well as key locations such as the Hospital Gregorio Maranon, sports complexes such as Madrid's Sports centre, the M82 competition pools, the headquarters of the Spanish Swimming Federation and the offices of ...

    Business areas such as Mendez Alvaro are just minutes from the hotel as well as key locations such as the Hospital Gregorio Maranon, sports complexes such as Madrid's Sports centre, the M82 competition pools, the headquarters of the Spanish Swimming Federation and the offices of Radio Television Espanola in Torre Espana, the popular 'Piruli', are all examples of important buildings situated in the vicinity of the hotel. The nearest metro station is Sainz de Baranda. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, safety box, satellite TV, hairdryer. The hotel offers room service, a garden, restaurant, parking, laundry, a gym and currency exchange.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Currency Exchange
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • TV

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Day 2

Madrid and Toledo

Today you can enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking yourself on a tour Madrid. It is recommended that you visit some famed tourist attractions like Paseo de la Castellana, Gran Cia, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. Enjoy lunch at La Capilla de la Bolsa (included). In the afternoon, drive to city of Toledo (approx. 70km) to take in the sights. Toledo is one of the most important centers of European medieval history. The first one to report about it was Roman author Titus Livius, who describes it as a "small fortificated town", and fortification has always been an important parameter in its history. Toledo was capital of Spain from the Gothic epoch until 1560, fact that explains its really impressive medieval architecture. Walking through its streets one feels like having stepped back into the Middle-Ages, but in the best sense of it, and perhaps you will search your pockets for a few gold-ducats to buy some of Toledo's fine artisany or just to enjoy of its highly recommendable cuisine. Overnight in Madrid.

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Day 3

Madrid to Burgos

Today, after breakfast, you will drive to Burgos (approx. 244km). Things to see in Burgos are the Home of the Miranda, House of Angels and the impressive gothic cathedral. Burgos was founded in 884, and its historical heritage is always evident to the visitor. It is a monumental town, charming for that so typical 4medieval northern castilian ambience. The gothic cathedral is all dominant, but there are many more important monuments such as the Cartuja de Miraflores or the Monastery of Las Huelgas. Generally the town is quiet and clean, and after your sightseeing-tour or a walk through one of the parks you may want to try out Burgos' exquisite cuisine. Overnight in Burgos.

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Duration1 Night
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Corona de Castilla

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    Corona de Castilla



    The Corona de Castilla Hotel is a magnificent and elegant hotel in downtown Burgos. Located in the heart of Burgos, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Burgos Cathedral, and Paseo del Espolon. Burgos Castle and Monasterio de las Huelgas are also within 1 ...

    The Corona de Castilla Hotel is a magnificent and elegant hotel in downtown Burgos. Located in the heart of Burgos, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Burgos Cathedral, and Paseo del Espolon. Burgos Castle and Monasterio de las Huelgas are also within 1 mile (2km). The hotel is also near the Museum of Human Evolution, with extensive information of the cave paintings found at the archaeological site of Atapuerca. Both Burgos Cathedral and Atapuerca have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Elevator
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • TV

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Day 4

Victoria and Bilbao

Yuor day begins with breakfast at your hotel in Burgos, and then head out on your drive towards Victoria (approx. 120km). Here you can stop for a brief visit in Victoria, the capital of Basque country. With an art gallery whose contents frequently surpass those of the more famous Bilbao galleries, a delightful old quarter, dozens of great pintxo bars and restaurants, a large student contingent and a friendly local population, you have the makings of a perfect city! Then you will continue to Bilbao (approx. 65km) for the night. Overnight in Bilbao.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sercotel Gran Bilbao

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    Sercotel Gran Bilbao



    The Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel is strategically located in the restored Miraflores neighbourhood, 500 metres from the historical centre and very well connected to the historical town. Their facilities are very close to the Euskalduna shopping and financial centre. It is situated a 15-minute walk ...

    The Sercotel Gran Bilbao Hotel is strategically located in the restored Miraflores neighbourhood, 500 metres from the historical centre and very well connected to the historical town. Their facilities are very close to the Euskalduna shopping and financial centre. It is situated a 15-minute walk from Bilbao Cathedral and the popular Seven Streets district. Buses to the city centre stop outside the hotel, and Atxuri Train Station is just 750 metres away.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • TV

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Day 5

Bilbao and San Sebastian

After breakfast at your hotel, it's time to head out to San Sebastian (approx. 100km), famous for its bay, beach, port and historic old town. Lying on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, being surrounded by hills, and offering a lively beach front means San Sebastien is a city that boasts a range of natural beauty, but the fabulous architecture, plazas and parks dotted throughout the city adds to its well-deserved label as the "pearl" of the North of Spain. On your drive back to Bilbao in the afternoon, stop in Zarauzt and Getaria. Overnight in Bilbao.

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Day 6

Bilbao to Santander, Gijon and Oviedo

Today you will drive to Santander (approx. 195km) and check out the Pereda gardens, cathedral, lighthouse and royal palace. You will then continue to Gijon (approx. 176km) to see the largest building in Spain, the Universidad Laboral. The neighbourhood of Cimadevilla and the beach in Gijon are other noteworthy attractions. Finally head to Oviedo (approx. 30km) where you will be staying overnight.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

AC Hotel Oviedo Forum

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    AC Hotel Oviedo Forum



    Enjoy a fully-equipped bedroom with all the facilities of a high-quality urban hotel in Oviedo Spain. There is a restaurant open for 3 meals and a bar. The AC Hotel Oviedo Forum by Marriott is located in the commercial area of the city, just minutes ...

    Enjoy a fully-equipped bedroom with all the facilities of a high-quality urban hotel in Oviedo Spain. There is a restaurant open for 3 meals and a bar. The AC Hotel Oviedo Forum by Marriott is located in the commercial area of the city, just minutes from the historic center of Oviedo, the Cathedral, and the train station. This luxury hotel offers a full range of excellent facilities and easy access to the city's delightful restaurants, bars, and shopping centres.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Computer Station
    • Health Club
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lobby
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Oviedo and Covadonga

Today we suggest you take a walking tour of Oviedo's old town after a hotel breakfast. An ancient, noble city surrounded by unbelievable nature, Oviedo provided a wonderful base for hiking, sight-seeing and culture. Head to Covadonga in the afternoon to see the area and walk by the lakes. As its location suggests, Covadonga pretty much targets every button on the scenic tourist's hit list and offers breathtaking scenery and close access to the famous Picos de Europa and some stunning mountain lakes. But possibly even more importantly, Covadonga also possesses a religious sanctuary with a splendid and historic basilica, a mythical grotto, a museum and both a statue to, and the tomb of, Asturian and Spanish hero, Pelayo. Stop in Congas de Onis before returning to your hotel in Oviedo. Overnight in Oviedo.

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Day 8

Oviedo to La Coruna and Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast at your hotel, the first part of your drive takes you to La Coruna (approx. 290km). Here you can see the tower of Hercules, Playa di Riazor and City Hall. La Coruna is part of the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia, a region of vast green landscapes with a rich Celtic and Roman heritage which keeps, still today, a mystic and magic allure. Drive to 70km to Santiago de Compostela. Millions of people from all over the world come to this city every year, many of them reaching the end of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Gran Hotel Santiago

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    Gran Hotel Santiago



    Explore the innovative hotel-garden concept designed for the comfort and enjoyment of the senses of our guests. We believe that the small details make the difference and in that spirit we have natural plants in our yard that bloom throughout the whole year. In addition, ...

    Explore the innovative hotel-garden concept designed for the comfort and enjoyment of the senses of our guests. We believe that the small details make the difference and in that spirit we have natural plants in our yard that bloom throughout the whole year. In addition, our elevators have panoramic views of the hotel and in the main lobby a cascading fountain greets visitors in an atmosphere of serenity. One of the most important values at Gran Hotel Santiago is the location; a ten-minute walk separates the cathedral and the historic centre.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lobby
    • Lounge
    • Parking

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Day 9

Santiago de Compostela to Segovia

Today you have the morning free to explore the city. The cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro, the tomb of the apostle and the square are all noteworthy attractions in Santiago de Compostela. Lunch is included today, and then you will head out on the drive to Segovia (approx. 557km). UNESCO World Heritage-listed Segovia has always had a sense of legend about it, not least in the myths that the city was founded by Hercules or by the son of Noah. It is a city of warm terracotta and sandstone hues set amid the rolling hills of Castilla and against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Overnight in Segovia.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Los Arcos Segovia

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    Hotel Los Arcos Segovia



    Across from the Hotel Los Arcos is the old town, its famous monuments, and the commercial area. Its strategic location makes it the perfect accommodation choice for the visitors to this beautiful town declared Mankind Heritage by the UNESCO. Within a short walking distance you ...

    Across from the Hotel Los Arcos is the old town, its famous monuments, and the commercial area. Its strategic location makes it the perfect accommodation choice for the visitors to this beautiful town declared Mankind Heritage by the UNESCO. Within a short walking distance you will find the old town with its famous monuments and the commercial area. The hotel's restaurant "La Cocina de Segovia" is known as one of the best restaurants in Segovia by the most prestigious gastronomic guides.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Day 10

Segovia to Madrid

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Segovia, followed by time to explore the city and its famous Roman aqueduct. It will then be time to return to Madrid (90km). This evening you will have the chance to experience a Flamenco show (included). Overnight in Madrid.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ayre Gran Hotel Colon

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    Ayre Gran Hotel Colon



    Business areas such as Mendez Alvaro are just minutes from the hotel as well as key locations such as the Hospital Gregorio Maranon, sports complexes such as Madrid's Sports centre, the M82 competition pools, the headquarters of the Spanish Swimming Federation and the offices of ...

    Business areas such as Mendez Alvaro are just minutes from the hotel as well as key locations such as the Hospital Gregorio Maranon, sports complexes such as Madrid's Sports centre, the M82 competition pools, the headquarters of the Spanish Swimming Federation and the offices of Radio Television Espanola in Torre Espana, the popular 'Piruli', are all examples of important buildings situated in the vicinity of the hotel. The nearest metro station is Sainz de Baranda. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, safety box, satellite TV, hairdryer. The hotel offers room service, a garden, restaurant, parking, laundry, a gym and currency exchange.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Currency Exchange
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • TV

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Day 11

Departure

Today marks the end of the trip. After breakfast you will check out and return your rental car to the airport. You are then free to make your onward journey!

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Car rental from the first to the last day (Category A, includes basic insurance, All risk insurance surcharge direct payment to the collection of the car)
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Madrid, 2 nights in Bilbao, 1 night in Burgos, 2 nights in Oviedo, 1 night in Santiago, 1 night in Segovia
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunch in Madrid
  • Buffet lunch in Santiago de Compostela
  • Ticket to a Flamenco show in Madrid

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • All other meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Local payments for car rental
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if required

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include all taxes. The driver must be over the age of 25 and hold a valid driver's licence, plus have a credit card for the security deposit. An International Drivers Permit is also required. Subject to availability at the time of booking. 

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