Located in the interior of Spain, in the north of the Castile-León region. Its capital city of Burgos, the home of the only cathedral in Spain which has been individually awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.
Day 1: Journey to Burgos, with comfort/lunch stops on route arriving in Burgos late afternoon.
Day 2: Free day in Burgos to enjoy the tourist attractions of the area.
Day 3: Excursion to Santander
Day 4: Excursion to Logroño visiting the bodega
Day 5: Free day.
Day 6: Travel home.
Although it is predominantly Gothic, the cathedral also displays other artistic styles, given that it was built over a period lasting from 1221 to 1795. Its main façade is the Puerta del Perdón, with a starred rose-window and a gallery of statues of the Castile monarchs. On either side are its 84-metre towers, crowned by magnificent 15th century spires with open stonework traceries. Its most beautiful group of sculptures, however, is to be found on the Puerta del Sarmental façade, with the image of a Pantocrator surrounded by the apostles and evangelists. Inside, special mention should be made of the dome of the main nave, topped with a beautiful Mudejar vault. Beneath it lie the remains of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, known as “El Cid Campeador”, and his wife, Doña Jimena. Close by you will find the beautiful Escalera Dorada (golden staircase) by Diego de Siloé, built in the 16th century and inspired in the Italian Renaissance. In the side-naves of the cathedral there are 19 chapels, with the Condestable and Santa Tecla chapels standing out especially. There are also valuable works of art to be enjoyed: a unique collection that includes altarpieces, paintings, choir stalls, tombs and sculptures, amongst other objects. This cathedral is outstanding for the elegance and harmony of its architecture, and it is the only one in Spain which, for its cathedral building alone, has received the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Atapuerca is one of Europe's most important archaeological sites. It was declared a World Heritage site in 2000. The archaeological site of Atapuerca is one of the most important in Europe, because it has traces of hominid life in the area from a million years ago. The site lies in the small municipality of Atapuerca, about 20 kilometres north east of Burgos. The Sima de los Huesos is a cave where bones from over 32 bodies of people of all different ages and both genders have been discovered, and is one of the best known examples of a colony from that era. The site was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000. One of our excursions takes us to the city of Santander, on the northern side of Spain, extending over a wide bay with views over the Cantabrian sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of impressive buildings which are situated against the natural backdrop of sea and mountain. Main attractions are the Cathedral which is one of the oldest buildings in the capital, The Menendez Palayo Stateley Home which has been declared a historic artistic site. Visiting the heart of the Rioja wine making area, we cannot complete this excursion without visiting a Rioja bodega, learning about the process and enjoying the tasting session at the end of the visit. With time before to visit Logroño itself which in 2012 was Spains food capital, there will be many fabulous restaurants to have lunch and try the other local wines. One final day to relax and continue to explore Burgos before preparing for the journey home after an interesting visit to one of Spains beautiful regions.
"hotel was well situated --excursion well thought out -- thank you for such a lovely trip". BH July 2015