Cantabria, Madrid & La Rioja

Cantabria, Madrid & La Rioja

Here's a new concept - a European tour that starts at your home station! Sail with us across the Bay of Biscay to 'Green Spain', staying in cultural Burgos and relaxing, coastal Isla, with visits to Madrid, Rioja vineyards, quaint coastal villages and the Picos de Europa mountains.

12 days from £1695



Saturday 5 May 2018



  • Relax on board Brittany Ferries to Spain

  • Stay in Burgos with its magnificent cathedral

  • Visit Madrid, Spain’s proud capital

  • Excursion to La Rioja vineyard with winetasting

  • Relaxing break at a 4* coastal resort hotel

  • Visit the harbour resort Castro Urdiales

  • Enjoy the Picos de Europa mountains

  • Soar high into the peaks on the Fuente Dé cable car

  • UNESCO World Heritage village of Santillano del Mar

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Standard Class Rail in Spain

  • Hotel Porterage in Spain




We arrive in Plymouth for a night at the Travelodge Hotel.



Today we visit England's oldest working gin distillery, Plymouth Gin. Formerly a monastery, the Pilgrim Fathers even spent their last night in England here in 1620. It was from the distillery they made the short walk down to the harbour to set sail on the Mayflower on their epic voyage to start a new life in America, where they founded a new Plymouth. This afternoon we board the Brittany Ferries cruise ferry service to Santander in northern Spain. Relax and enjoy a night on board ship with dinner and breakfast provided.

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After arriving in Santander we depart inland to Burgos, a city that offers many masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture and whose cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After checking in to the Rice Reyes Catolicos Hotel for a 3 night stay we enjoy an introductory guided tour.

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Our rail excursion is to the world-renowned wine region of La Rioja, stopping first at Haro for an included vineyard visit with tasting. After taking time to explore Haro we continue to the wonderful hilltop town of Laguardia, returning to Burgos via Santo Domingo and a drive along part of the Pilgrims' Route towards Santiago de Compostela

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Today we head onto the Spanish rail system again to visit Madrid, Spain's proud capital. On arrival a guided sightseeing tour takes in the Royal Palace, Plaza de España, Teatro Real and Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña for panoramic views of the city followed by a little leisure time before our return by train.

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Leaving Burgos, we head northwards by train into the Basque region to Bilbao. Here a coach awaits to transport us along the Cantabrian coast, stopping for a while in the old harbour town of Castro Urdiales before arriving at the Hotel Olimpo in Isla for four nights.

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DAYS 7-8

After a first relaxing day at leisure we venture on day 8 to the Picos De Europa mountain range. Stop in San Vicente before joining the River Deva Valley, passing through a canyon, and on to Potes, a lovely market town set high in the mountains, before we continue to Fuente Dé for a cable car trip on the longest single span cableway in Europe.

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A half-day excursion heads westwards along the coast to Santillana del Mar, a village on the UNESCO World Heritage List and best described as a living museum.

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DAY 10

After a final relaxing morning at the Hotel Olimpo, we make the short journey to Santander. After a little free time to explore, we board the evening Brittany Ferries cruise ferry, with dinner and breakfast provided on board.

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DAY 11

Arriving in Portsmouth, we check in for a final night at a local hotel.

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DAY 12

Our tour concludes as we we bid farewell to new found friends.


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Hotel Rice Reyes Catolicos, Burgos

An elegant, recently refurbished 4 star hotel, centrally located in Burgos. Rooms are tastefully furnished and the hotel has a comfortable bar and restaurant.


Hotel Olimpo, Isla

A 4 star hotel with a fantastic location in the village of Isla. From the hotel's lush gardens there is direct access onto the sandy beaches. Relax by the hotel’s outdoor pool or in its gardens. Bedrooms all have a balcony and a view of the beach or gardens.


Brittany Ferries

Return sailings are included on Brittany Ferries’ cruise ferries, with inside cabins with two lower berths or inside two berth cabins (one lower berth, one upper berth) for single occupancy. Dinner and breakfast are provided on board as you sail.



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Join at the Plymouth Hotel & Leave from the Portsmouth Hotel - £1,695


Single Room Supplement - £350


11 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Standard Class Rail in Spain

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage in Spain



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