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Basque-Northwestern Spain, from € 1600

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3 Gerasimou Markora , Nicosia , Nicosia
26 June 2017 - 1 August 2017
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Basque-Northwestern Spain
10 Days from € 1600
Departures: 16.07, 16.07, 30.07, 06.08, 13.08,04.08 & 9/13/17
 
1st & 2nd Day: Larnaca - Bilbao

Departure from Larnaca to Bilbao via connection overnight. Departure early in the morning the second day via connection Bilbao, Spain. In Basque, is the financial capital of the autonomous province of the Basque Country. Arrival at the airport with the impressive terminal, the "dove" in the form of a bird ready to fly, one of the works of leading Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Pickup from our dealers and our acquaintance with the Basque Country will begin with the suburb Geci (Getxo) in the port area on the right bank of the Bilbao river near the mouth of the Bay of Biscay. Top attraction is the famous crane Vizcaya connecting regions of Las Arenas / Areete and Portougkalete, the Eiffel student project engineer Alberto Palacio, which was constructed in 1893 is the oldest surviving of its kind in the world bridge, grouped together since 2006 on protected by the UNESCO monuments.
Then crossing the lush Basque mountains will be transferred in Vitoria / Gaston, the 1980 capital of the autonomous province of the Basque Country, which in 2012 was named European Green Capital. Our tour will focus on medieval center that occupies the hill above the square of the White Virgin. The extremely friendly visitor town utilizing the best modern technological progress has made the rise and tour the medieval fabric a pleasant walk. Going hilltop browse among Renaissance palaces of the 16th century, to the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the "Portal", the inn of the 15th century on the northern edge of the medieval city. Before we go down the twin squares of the White Virgin and Spain (Plaza de Espana) with the City Hall, where beats the heart of the city, visit the church of Agiou Michail, the facade of which adorns the statue of the patron Virgin of the White City. Transfer to our hotel in Bilbao and free time for the first tour in the charming city, which is the largest urban center in the Basque Country. Explore Ensantse, a district created on the left bank of the river of Bilbao in the late 19th century, when the city, like other Spanish, began to grow outside the boundaries of the historic core of helmets Viejo. Today it is the administrative and commercial heart of the city and is adorned with many elegant eclectic buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century end, among which stands out the impressive Art Nouveau Theater des Champs Elysees (Teatro Campos Eliseos). Walk from the main square Mogioua until Thirkolar square along the main avenue Gran Via and crossing the bridge of Sand (Puente del Arenal) Bilbao river lost in graphics full of life the old town (helmets Viejo), the entrance to which decorates the imposing eclectic theater Arriagka. Alternatively you can walk along the idyllic right bank of the river enjoying the beautiful view of the amazing Guggenheim Museum, top attraction of our next tour. Overnight.

3rd Day: Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum

In the morning our tour of Bilbao will have the opportunity to appreciate the breadth of active rehabilitation interventions received in recent decades the region. Thanks to them the once deeply depressed industrial city literally transformed and converted into a leisure travel destination while having become the world's model of urban renewal. The impressive modern buildings that adorn the banks of the namesake river have included the city in the forefront of modern architecture creation. Our tour will begin from Artsanta wooded hillside on the northwest outskirts of the city. The panoramic views you enjoy from the top will help us to have supervision of urban structure, the gradual development and transformation of the city's central core. Then heading to the historic center stop in the Basilica of Our Lady of Begonia, protector of the city and the whole province of Vizcaya and great pilgrimage on the road of the pilgrims of Saint James (Santiago). Retain valuable Basque statue of the 14th century the Begonia Lady, whose name the sailors used to give their ships. Then we head to the old town, helmets Viejo, where we will walk in the picturesque alleys to the gothic cathedral of St. James, stop for pilgrims on the way of St. James, around which the medieval city of Bilbao developed and columned lively Plaza Nueva. The tour will end in Ensantse with eclectic of mansions, including some iconic contemporary works stand out, revealing the dynamic city momentum for the future: "Fosteritos" futuristic canopies of the metropolitan railway stations, works of famed British architect Norman Foster, the glass tower Imperntrola and monumental Guggenheim Museum, building a landmark of modern architecture, designed by famous Frank Gehry and is covered with titanium plates u body of the city's landmark. Back at our hotel. At the free rest of the afternoon you can take a last stroll in one of the renovated districts Ensantse or relax in one of the dozens pintso bars of the old town or visit the very interesting Museum of Fine Arts with works by El Greco, Ribery, Murillo, Thourmparan, Goya, Gkogien and many other artists. Dianykteresysi.

Day 4: Bilbao - Santander - Altamira - Santillana ntl March - Oviedo

Morning departure for our excursion to the province of Cantabria. The breathtaking drive along the southern coast of the vast Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic will bring us to the heart of the province, in the stately capital, Santander. Although the devastating fire of 1941 wiped out the medieval historic center of the city but maintains the aristocratic aura that gave her the choice of Alfonso 13th to build in the late 19th century palace, the palace Magdalene (Palacio Magdalena), in most beautiful part of the city considering its unique location and its unique beaches. Our brief tour will focus on the area around the romanogotthiko cathedral, the only building conserved medieval historic center and the impressive mansions of the town hall and Santander bank. Then traversing the western coastline of the majestic bay of Santander and the wooded hill of the royal palace will cross the exclusive neighborhood developed on the outskirts of the most beautiful and longest beach of the Cantabrian Sea, the Playa Sarntinero with noble villas among which stands the Gran Casino .
Then going west in the hilly area at the ends of the Cantabrian mountain range will be transferred to the medieval village of Santillana del Mar, which Jean Paul Sartre's Nausea in work has identified as the most beautiful village in Spain. Locals making a pun with the name they call the city of the three false because it is neither holy (Santi) or flat (Jana), nor seaside (Del Mar). The series of amazingly preserved imposing mansions adorned with the coats of arms of their owners gives special charm to the area transporting the visitor back centuries. The settlement crowns the impressive Romanesque complex of La Kolegkiata with the tomb of the patron of the village St. Juliana. Our tour in Kantafria will close with a visit to the famous Museum of the Cave of Altamira, which include the opportunity to admire life-size replicas of unique colorful prehistoric rock paintings of the closed to the general public will be our cave.
Continuing we visit Gijon, the largest urban center of Asturias, despite the modern nature preserves a remarkable small historic center. In our brief tour we will focus on two squares in the heart of the historic center, the Plaza de Marche, with the statue of the hero saint Pelagia already by the 8th century began the recovery of the Iberian by the Arabs, and the Plaza Mayor to the City Hall and the vast beach of San Lorenzo. Arrival in the afternoon in Oviedo, the capital of the historic principality of Asturias, where we spend the night. Evening Walk in the atmospheric historic center will put us in first contact with the monumental wealth. Overnight.

5th Day: Oviedo - La Coruna - Santiago de Compostela

Oviedo, a city with a special color and a long history from its foundation in 761 AD, had the privilege, unlike the rest of the Iberian peninsula, never conquered by the Arabs. During our morning tour in the picturesque historic center with its elegant mansions mansions will visit including the famous Gothic Cathedral of the Savior, the university, the Constitution Square (Plaza de la Konstitouthion) with the town hall and the Basilica of San Isidoro. On the outside of the historic center area will see the medieval fountain La Fonkalada and super-chic Basilica of St. Julian prairie (San Julian de los Prado) with its Romanesque frescoes recall the frescoes of ancient Roman villas. On the outskirts of the city in an idyllic landscape we will have the opportunity to visit the unique Romanesque basilica of Santa Maria del Naranko monument which first implemented the features of Romanesque architecture. Leaving then the Principality of Asturias are heading in the autonomous province of Galicia and in particular we will drive to the historic capital of the Kingdom of Galicia, the historic port of La Coruna, where Angloispaniko sailed during the war of 1585-1604 the famous invincible Spanish Armada in 1588 led to disaster. Our visit will start from the impressive Tower of Hercules in the northern end of town, lighthouse 18th century Roman background is considered as the only Roman lighthouse in the world still in operation and since 2009 is classified by the protected by UNESCO monuments . Then we will move to the historic center in the northwest of the large port. The series of six-storey building in Avenida da Marina with its impressive windows, element occurring in many other buildings of the historic center, gives a special style to the harbor and old town in general. In the center the great square of Maria Rita, dominated by the imposing City Hall tour the heart of the old town, the area around Syntagma Square (Plaza de la Konstitouthion) and elegant Romanesque church of St. James. Late in the afternoon we reach the jewel city, the legendary Santiago de Compostela, which will host our next two nights. In the evening we propose dinner at a restaurant with typical cuisine of the Galician countryside, with all sorts of fish and seafood for which is famous throughout Spain. Overnight.

Day 6: Santiago de Compostela

The city of Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage is a world-class center of the Roman Catholic world. The image of a large crowd of pilgrims since the 9th century, when it was discovered in this place the remains of St. James, flock having odoiporisei hundred kilometers from many parts of Western Europe caused to any visitor very strong impression. Architecturally, the city is an unparalleled masterpiece, incorporated in 1985 in the world heritage monuments protected by UNESCO. The historic center with its magnificent Square Omprantoiro, dominated by the magnificent Cathedral of St. James with its unique treasures, the neighboring Quintana and Platerias squares with magnificent and imposing public buildings, narrow streets and picturesque medieval houses, the building University, built in 1495, and of course dozens of different rhythms impressive churches, among which stands the Monastery of San Martinho Pinario, constitute an unparalleled set, an outdoor museum development European architecture that will be etched indelibly in our memory, in our morning tour.
Then we can move to the neighboring Monte do Gozo (hill of joy), the point from which the pilgrims having usually odoiporisei for hundreds of kilometers looked up for the first time the towers of the cathedral in the city and screams of joy to complete the laborious the hiking. Those who wish will have the opportunity to stroll in one of the nearby trails of St. James, by joining somehow the atmosphere of the area. The afternoon of our touring itinerary will bring us to the picturesque river front Pontevedra Lereth. The city by a local tradition founded by the Trojan War hero Teucer, son of King Telamon of Salamis in Cyprus. This impressive tradition is reflected in one of the central squares of the historic center, the Plaza do Teoukro, one of the charming squares in the monumental area of the city that we visit during our tour. These small squares that embellish the historic city center are small ornaments with the particular style of each creates a very pleasant atmosphere you enjoy exploring. During our tour we will see the unique baroque church of Our Lady Proskynitrias (Santuario da Virche da peregrina) in clam (signal pilgrims of St. James Street) as a reminder of the location of Pontevedra the pilgrim road coming from neighboring Portugal . The tour of the charming squares and alleys of the old town will conclude with a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady (Santa Maria la Mayor) and the Alameda park with stately government buildings around. Back in Santiago de Compostela. Overnight.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela - Leon

We conclude our journey in the region of Galicia with a surprising city. The picturesque Lugo is the only city in the world that keeps intact Roman walls of the 3rd century AD The fortified wall with a length of 2117m., Height of 10 to 15m. protected 71 towers. Our comprehensive tour in this unique city will start from Castello Campo door that leads to the Plaza Mayor in the Town Hall, 18th century typical Galician Baroque. Then we will visit the romanogotthiko Cathedral of Our Lady (Santa Maria) and the square of Pius IB opened west of the devil will ascend the walls and will run through a part thereof. Arrive early afternoon in medieval Leon will meet today, one of the first cities that revolted during the War of Spanish Independence and in 1833 became the capital of the homonymous province. In our tour we will see the historic center, which is dominated by the cathedral, the best sample French-style Gothic architecture in Spain. Other monuments that we visit the basilica of Agiou Isidorou, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and burial place of medieval monarchs of León, the Renaissance impressive palace not Gkouthmanes los and Casa booties, a modernist creation of Antonio Gaudi. Overnight.

Day 8: Leon - San Sebastián / Donostia

Check with final destination San Sebastian after pausing in the historic town of Castile Burgos, at an altitude of 800m., The city of the legendary El Cid, the station pilgrimage route of St. James, where we spend the night. In the historic center, we will discover, imposing historical monuments including impressive imposed by the size and rich architectural decoration of the Gothic cathedral, duly registered since 1984 on the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. A large number of medieval churches, monasteries as the Monastery de Las Ouelgas Real, palaces and other buildings, such as the impressive Arch of Santa Maria in the homonymous bridge, and parks, such as those along the Arlanthon river that crosses the city, creating a unique atmosphere. Arrival in the afternoon in San Sebastian, which in the language of Baskon referred to as Ntonostia, a city famous for its beaches in the Bay of Biscay, the famous cuisine of who the Celebrity chefs have honored the region and gletzediko character of its inhabitants. On our tour of the main attractions of the beautiful city will start from Monte Igkeldo with stunning views of La Concha bay to the island of Santa Clara and Monte Ourgkoul over the old town. Then we will explore sculpture composition Edward Tsigida with fanciful entitled "comb wind" to the end of the beach Ontareta and traversing the quay along the long beach La Concha, will arrive in Tsentro romantic region with the elegantly buildings and Take atmospheric Vieja, ie old town. At night we suggest you do what the residents of the city to visit that some of the dozens pintso bar in the old town, to enjoy imaginative these small delicacies made famous Basque cuisine worldwide. Besides from here begun "mythical" names in contemporary gastronomy like Martin Berasategui and Juan Mari Arzak !!! Do not forget to try the local white wine Tsakoli and fresh grilled fish (pescado a la brasa). Overnight.

Day 9: San Sebastian - Chontarimpia - Bayonne - Biarritz

The historic area of the Basque Country is in 1659 with the Treaty of the Pyrenees, which established the Franco-Spanish border, divided between Spain and France. So today we head towards ispanogalliki border. Before crossing the border we stop in picturesque Chontarimpia in the estuary Bintasoa the medieval walls and the particular historic center, which stands the imposing fortress-palace of Charles V in the main square of Tank (Plaza de Armas).
Crossing the river we enter Bintasoa French region of Basque bound for the metropolitan center of picturesque Bayonne, the Basque Baiona. Stately town built at the confluence of the rivers Adour and Neve praised by the famous American writer Ernest Chemingouei in his novel "The Sun will rise forever." Inside the well-preserved fortifications lies the charming historic center, we visit with the characteristics of Bayonne buildings with wooden frames, among which stands out the impressive majestic cathedral, a building protected by UNESCO. Then we will find ourselves in the cosmopolitan resort of Biarritz, which since the mid-19th century when it became a place of summer holiday of the imperial family, acquired aristocratic character and preferred by many families crowned and many other important personalities of the continent, maintaining a lighthearted charm that fascinates even today. We will stop in the stunning coastline with its long beach, rock formations and the aristocratic villas, which stand out the building of the casino, the impressive Hôtel du Palais, the summer residence of Empress Eugenia, and the rock of the Virgin in the sea. Back in San Sebastian.

10th Day -11: San Sebastian - Zaraouts - Getaria - Larnaca

Having completed our tour mature in this very special region of the Iberian peninsula full of rich images and strong memories transferred to Bilbao Airport for our return via intermediate stations. In our path, and if time permits we will see a panoramic view of the seaside resort of Zarautz, famous for its long beach of the small fishing village of Getaria to the harbor and narrow streets. Arrival in Larnaca on the 11th day.

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26 June 2017 1 August 2017

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