Sep 15, 2023 to Sep 27, 2023
Lighthouse Tour of Northern Spain - Sep 2023
Join us for a lighthouse, cultural and historical tour of northern Spain. We will start in the northeast, in San Sebastian, near the border with France, in the heart of the Basque region and head west along the
shores of the Cantabrian Sea through Vizcaya, Cantabria, Asturias and into Galicia and see roughly 35 lighthouses. We’ll spend nights in cities such as San Sebastian – enjoying “pintxos”, the local version of
tapas -, Bilbao – where we will visit the Guggenheim Museum, Santander, Oviedo and La Coruña, home to the Tower of Hercules, the oldest light station in continuous use in the world. We will also have a few
“detours” through some of the interior to visit historic sites such as Covadonga – birthplace of the Reconquista in the mountains of Asturias, Guernica – site of German aerial bombings during the Spanish
Civil War, and Santiago de Compostela – the end point of the Camino de Santiago. We will also enjoy culinary delights for lunch, savoring the variety of local flavors along the way, matched with great wines
everywhere and “cidra” (alcoholic apple cider) in Asturias. This will be roughly a 12-day tour using a minibus, so it will be limited to probably 16 members. The tour guides will be Henry Gonzalez, our
Society Vice President, and his wife Chris. They have traveled extensively throughout Spain and knows these lighthouses well as his great-great grandfather was a lighthouse keeper at nine lighthouses along
NOTE: Due to the dynamic and fluctuating world financial markets the price per person quoted on this tour is an approximation. The actual cost may change after all of the tour elements have been negotiated and finalized.
Tour Cancellation / Refund Policy / Trip Insurance
Up to 180 days prior to departure $150.00 processing fee will be charged
179 – 90 days prior to departure Deposits become non-refundable
89 – 60 days prior to departure 25% of tour price becomes non-refundable
59 – 30 days prior to departure 50% of tour price becomes non-refundable
1 - 29 days prior to departure 100% of tour price becomes non-refundable Exceptions will be addressed on a case by case basis.
Day 1 - Arrive in San Sebastian and relax until the Welcome dinner.
Day 2 - This day we will visit Higuer Lighthouse, La Plata Lighthouse and Igeldo Lighthouse. We return for leisure time in the afternoon and pintxos at dinner with wine or beer.
Day 3 - Today we leave San Sebastian and head for Bilbao. On the way we will see Zumaia Lighthouse, Santa Catalina Lighthouse, Matxitxako Lighthouse and Punta Galea Lighthouse. Night one in Bilbao.
Day 4 - We have a city tour of Bilbao in the morning to see the sights and visit to the Gugenheim Museum. Free time in the afternoon or we may be able to visit Gorliz Lighthouse and Arriluze Lighthouse.
Day 5 - We start this day with a visit to Castro-Urdiales Lighthouse and castle. Then we have a boat ride to see Caballo and Pescador Lighthouses. Before lunch we visit Cabo de Ajo Lighthouse. After lunch we go to Cabo Mayor Lighthouse then on to our hotel in Santander.
Day 6 - Today we visit 3 lighthouses before lunch - San Emerito, Llanes and Ribadesella. We then go to Covadonga Sanctuary before going to our hotel in Cangas de Onis.
Day 7 - We will take taxis to Lastres Lighthouse and then move on to Tazones Lighthouse. Before lunch we visit Cabo Torres Lighthouse then head for lunch. After that we visit Candas Lighthouse, Cabo Penas and Aviles Lighthouse. Then on to our hotel in Oveida.
Day 8 - This morning is free and relax time. Then we head on a scenic drive to Puerto of Pajares. Back to second night in Oveida and dinner on your own.
Day 9 - Our first stop today is to view Mirador del Espiritu Santo. Next, we visit Cudillero Lighthouse, then Cabo Vidio Lighthouse and Cabo de Busto Lighthouse. After lunch we see one more lighthouse, Luarca. Then on to our hotel in Navia.
Day 10 - Today is filled with lighthouses. First is San Agustin Lighthouse, then Tapia Island Lighthouse and then Illa Pancho Lighthouse. After lunch we see Punta de Alalaia Lighthouse, Roncadoira Lighthouse, and then Estaca de Bares Lighthouse. We then head to Viveiro and our hotel.
Day 11 - Another day of lots of lighthouses. In the morning we see Cabo Ortegal Lighthouse and Punta Frouxeria Lighthouse. After lunch we see Cabo Prio Lighthouse and Priorna Lighthouse. We end the day with a visit to the Tower of Hercules Lighthouse, one of the most historic and ancient lighthouses in the world. We end up at our hotel in La Coruna.
Day 12 - In the morning we visit Cabo Vilan Lighthhouse and Tourninan Lighthouse. After lunch we visit Finisterre Lighthouse and then on to Santiago de Compostela for a city tour with an entrance into a cathedral. We stay here and have our farewell dinner this evening.
Day 13 - Breakfast and flights home.
- Higuer Lighthouse
- La Plata Lighthouse
- Igeldo Lighthouse
- Zumaia Lighthouse
- Santa Catalina Lighthouse
- Matxitxaco Lighthouse
- Punta Galea Lighthouse
- Caballo Lighthouse
- Pescador Lighthouse
- Cabo de Ajo Lighthouse
- Cabo Mayor Lighthouse
- San Emerito Lighthouse
- Llanes Lighthouse
- Ribadesella Lighthouse
- Lastres Lighthouse
- Tazones Lighthouse
- Cabo Torres Lighthouse
- Candas Lighthouse
- Aviles Lighthouse
- Cudillero Lighthouse
- Cabo Vidio Lighthouse
- Cabo de Busto Lighthouse
- Luarca Lighthouse
- San Agustin Lighthouse
- Tapia Island Lighthouse
- Illa Pancho Lighthouse
- Punta de Atalaia Lighthouse
- Roncadoira Lighthouse
- Estaca de Bares Lighthouse
- Cabo Ortegal Lighthouse
- Punta Frouxeria Lighthouse
- Cabo Prior Lighthouse
- Priorna Lighthouse
- Tower of Hercules Lighthouse
- Cabo Vilan Lighthouse
- Tourinan Lighthouse
- Finisterre Lighthouse
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