A beautiful car trip through the north of Spain, which also offers the beauty of places such as Burgos, Salamanca, Avila and Segovia to visit. You will see the treasures for which Spain is famous Visit the wild coast of the north with beautiful beaches and rock formations and you will see many historic towns on the Pilgrim Route.
Day 1: Madrid
Your first night begins in Madrid. We have reserved for you a hotel, close to the center or metro. You can spend this day in Madrid visiting El Prado, opposite the Thyssen e Museum and then visiting and / or exploring the city.
Day 2: Madrid
In Madrid it’s difficult to know where to start. This city has so much to offer. Highly recommended are the Retiro Park, the Royal Palace of the Bourbons and the Plaza Mayor. If you want to just relax, walk around or go shopping you can go to the Gran Via or the trendy Chueca district with its small shops and narrow streets. You can also choose to go to a museum, or for a tour of the Bernabeu Real Madrid.
Day 3: Madrid – Burgos (ca. 240 km)
Today you will be heading north towards Burgos. This city is a major staging post for pilgrims to Santiago. The huge and impressive Gothic cathedral was built in 1221 and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church has many wings and chapels from the 16th century.
Day 4: Burgos – San Sebastian * / Irun (ca. 215 km)
San Sebastian is often called the most beautiful city in Spain, and that is not a word said too much. Beautiful historic buildings, bridges, narrow streets and churches make your heart beat faster. In the afternoon you can order some “pintxos” in the many tapas bars. These are delicious and you should visit at least 4-5 tapas bars.
Day 5: San Sebastian
The Basque name of the city is “Donostia” in the Basque Autonomous Region. The city has about 185,000 inhabitants and is the crown jewel of the north. Enjoy the beautiful buildings, squares, the harbor and the many picturesque streets of this city.
Day 6: San Sebastian – Bilbao – Santander (Santillana del Mar) (ca. 195 km)
Santander is the capital of the province of Cantabria in northern Spain. The old town with its beautiful elegant boulevards and beaches, offers many attractions. The coast is rough with beautiful sandy beaches. The city has a rich history and has been inhabited since the times of the Roman Empire. In the 7th and 8th centuries there was a demographic shift within the high walls of the city, in which the inhabitants of the city were divided into two groups. All of this can be seen in the museums of this majestic city.
Day 7: Santander (Santillana del Mar) – Oviedo (ca. 195 km)
From Santander drive to the picturesque old town of Santillana del Mar, a car-free town with a rich history and small shops, restaurants and cobbled streets. You will feel like you have travelled back in time to the era. The houses are all renovated in the original style and shops have special handmade products. Afterwards you will drive through to Oviedo. Take a beautiful drive through the Picos de Europa and Covadonga to reach the sanctuary. This dates back to the 8th century, when the Reconquista (reconquest) started from the Moorish, who invaded Spain in 1711. Later, you come to Oviedo, the capital of the former Asturias, where you will spend the night.
Day 8: Oviedo – Santiago de Compostela (ca. 330 km)
Get up early because today Santiago de Compostela is on the program. This day is dedicated to the Apostle James (Santiago),who, after the death of Christ, came ashore here with two close disciples to preach. Since the Middle Ages, the city has been a world famous place of pilgrimage, and pilgrims come from afar to the tomb of the patron saint of Spain.
Day 9: Santiago de Comp Estela – Leon (ca. 330 km)
You will drive across the famous Camino de Santiago which runs through the interior, but in reverse order. You drive through the beautiful countryside of Galicia and will leave at the pass Piedrafita del Cebrero. Then via Astorga Episcopal Palace, Leon can be reached for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Leon – Salamanca (ca. 200 km)
Today you will drive through Zamora to Salamanca, a beautiful and famous historical university town rich in culture. The city, of course, has a vibrant nightlife and a cozy atmosphere because the citizens are predominately students.
Day 11: Salamanca
Because of the many (language) students it is always very jovial in Salamanca. The Battle of Salamanca in 1812 marked the end of Napoleon’s time in Spain. The damage was enormous and the remaining buildings are Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance style. Find the Frog (La Rana) in the oldest university in Spain and visit the cathedrals. Since 1988 it is also the oldest city centre on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 12: Salamanca – Avila and Segovia (ca. 100 km)
Avila is a beautiful old walled town with 88 towers and 9 gates. This town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Enjoy this beautiful city full of history, narrow streets and cozy squares. You will stay 2 nights in Avila or Segovia.
Day 13: Segovia (ca. 70 km)
The charming city of Segovia with its old walled city is on the program for today. There are a lot of Roman and medieval monuments to see, such as the Aqueduct of Trajan and the cathedral “La Dama de las Catedrales” in the lively Plaza Mayor. Furthermore, there are plenty of other sights, such as churches and monasteries. You can also visit the impressive Royal Palace “La Granja” with its beautiful fountains and gardens, just outside the city.
Day 14: Segovia – Madrid (ca. 90 km)
Today you can still visit the town of Pedraza 40 km northeast of the city. Afterwards, you can drive back to Madrid for your last night.
|Daily arrival||Price per Person|
- 15 days Self Drive Tour according to program
- 14 nights in double room in 3/4 star hotels incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
- directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
- prices are always per Person
- your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
- your carhire /Choose & Book here Low Cost Car Rental
- entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
- local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
- other meals
- supplement single room (on request)
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
- upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations
- Stay in fine and well located 3 – and 4 star hotels according to the schedule below or near the cities
- San Sebastian has very few and therefore very expensive hotels. We reserve hotels in the area (max 20 minutes by car) from San Sebastian. If you want to stay in the city of San Sebastian (Donostia) then the surcharge is € 25 pppn
- 2 nights Madrid
- 1 night Burgos
- 2 nights San Sebastian
- 1 night Santander
- 1 night Oviedo or Gijon
- 2 nights Santiago de Compostela
- 1 night Leon
- 2 nights Salamanca
- 1 night Avila or Segovia
- 1 night Madrid
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted, to suit
- when booking you will receive your reserved hotels confirmation