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Santander: 1-Hour City Cruise Around the Bay

1. Santander: 1-Hour City Cruise Around the Bay

Make your visit to the city an unforgettable experience by embarking on this 1-hour cultural highlights tour of Santander Bay, considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Beginning and ending at the pier in Santander, you'll pass along the coast, towards the interior of the bay, through Puertochico. Observe, among other points of interest, Magdanela Palace, the Sardinero, Loredo, Somo, and El Puntal Beaches, until you reach the Botín Center, an internationally renowned art center and meeting place in Santander. Listen to your live guide, who will provide information about the history and the local culture, in English and/or Spanish. Move between the sheltered part of the boat to the uncovered section where you'll have amazing panoramic views of the bay from the top of the boat.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

2. Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Discover the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia on a guided day tour from Madrid. Admire the imposing Alcázar of Segovia, the Cathedral of Toledo, as you stroll through both cities learning about their fascinating history. Depart Madrid and journey first to the city of Segovia. See the UNESCO World Heritage Roman aqueduct. Marvel at the iconic 1st-century monument, considered the most important example of Roman-era civil engineering in Spain. Visit the royal palace of the Alcázar of Segovia, built on a rocky crag above the confluence of 2 rivers near the Guadarrama mountains. Continue to the imperial city of Toledo. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour and learn why it is called the City of Three Cultures. Depending on the option selected, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

3. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

4. Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Depart from Santander towards Fuente Dé at 8:30 AM. Arrive at 10:30 AM where you will be able to take the cable car to the upper station, if you wish, price not included. The ride lasts 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. Spend about an hour at the top to take in the breathtaking views and explore the station surroundings. If you do not wish to go up, you can walk around. Afterward, visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio, a holy place for Christians which houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you will have free time to eat and shop if you wish in one of its many souvenir shops.

From Santander: Cabarceno Natural Park Half-Day Trip

5. From Santander: Cabarceno Natural Park Half-Day Trip

Visit Cabarceno Natural Park with a guide to understand and see what makes this park so unique. Once an open-cast iron mining operation, the park was reclaimed and turned into a conservation and also provides environmental education. The park is home to almost 150 species of animals from the five continents that live in a semi-freedom and are distributed in large enclosures. Explore the park by minivan and also have the opportunity to see it from the air as you take a short trip on a cable car. During your visit, see a large variety of animals including, but not limited to gorillas, tigers, bears, and elephants. Depending on the season and weather conditions have the chance to see flight demonstrations of raptors, as well as a demonstration of sea lions.

From Madrid: Tour of Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial

6. From Madrid: Tour of Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial

Begin your tour with an afternoon drive from Madrid to Segovia. See the famous Roman Aqueduct, then enjoy a guided walking tour through the city’s medieval streets. Visit the outside of the Gothic Cathedral, and the inside of the Alcazar Fortress – one of the most spectacular castles in Spain. Complete your experience with an optional visit to Toledo or El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. An optional lunch is available as well. The Toledo option begins with a panoramic view from the outside of the city and then a walking tour through the old town. The El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen option begins with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built as a residence for the Spanish kings. Continue to the Valley of the Fallen to see the monument built as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War, before returning to Madrid.

From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

7. From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

Sail through the air over Segovia on a hot-air balloon tour, and take in the colorful Spanish landscape below. Enjoy the adventure knowing you'll be driven worry-free to and from your hotel. After being picked up at your accommodation in Madrid, sit back and enjoy the short drive to Segovia. Relax in a modern luxury vehicle with wi-fi onboard. When you arrive your pilot will be ready to take you into the atmosphere. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of the Alcázar, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop. Take pictures of the old city and the ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the year 118. Listen to your pilot talk about the landmarks, and see why Segovia was designated World Heritage City for its unique beauty. After a smooth landing, break for a typical Spanish breakfast. Celebrate with a glass of Cava and a flight certificate personally signed by your pilot. Finally, transfer to Madrid Center, or if you prefer, stay and discover Segovia and return to Madrid on your own.

From Santander or Torrelavega: Soplao Cave Excursion

8. From Santander or Torrelavega: Soplao Cave Excursion

Start with pickup in Santander or Torrelavega and travel to El Soplao Cave in the Cantabrian mountains. Admire the scenery of valleys, forests, and mountain peaks throughout the journey. Upon arrival, take a one-hour guided tour of the different chambers, or "galleries", of the cave. First, learn more about its discovery in the early 20th century. Be amazed by a natural geological wonder of spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, washes, columns, cave pearls, and other interesting features. After visiting the cave, continue the trip towards the beautiful viewpoint of Tina Menor located outside the town of Pechón. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Cantabrian Sea and the beaches below.

Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Picnic and Activity Video

9. Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Picnic and Activity Video

Experience adventure flying in Segovia, a World Heritage City, on a hot air balloon excursion in the hands of experienced, safety-conscious professionals who'll show you the most beautiful landscapes of the area. You will take off right next to the city of Segovia and enjoy spectacular views of its main monuments, including the historic Alcazar, the impressive Cathedral, the 2000-year-old aqueduct, and the Sierra de Guadarrama, the beloved mountain range. After enjoying the gorgeous views from the sky, you will return to land to enjoy a toast with Spanish cava, a picnic with high-quality Iberian products, and a very well-deserved diploma to commemorate your adventure. Receive exciting HD footage of your experience via email in the following days.

Cantabria: El Castillo Caves & Pasiego Valleys Day Trip

10. Cantabria: El Castillo Caves & Pasiego Valleys Day Trip

Discover the jewels of Cantabria with a visit to the fascinating caves of El Castillo and Las Monedas. Drive through the picturesque villages and rivers of the Pasiegos Valleys. Learn about the region's history at the ethnographic Museum of Vega de Pas. Explore the famous Caves of El Castillo and Las Monedas, both World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 2008 for their cave paintings. Visit an authentic cave with paintings from the Paleolithic era. Marvel at the legacy our ancestors left us thousands of years ago. Next, take a walk through the town of Puente Viesgo, enjoying views over the Pas river. Make the most of your time in the area by eating at a local restaurant. Then, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive around the Pasiego Valleys crossing valleys, rivers, and mountains until you reach the Mountain Pass of Estacas de Trueba. The landscape on the way is spectacular and will leave you enchanted. Conclude the drive at the waterfall that forms the source of the Yera River. Make your way to Vega de Pas, a small town nestled between mountains, known for being one of the authentic Pasiego villages. Visit the Ethnographic Museum of the Tres Villas Pasiegas. Understand how the Pasiegos used to live from your guide. On the back to Santander, make a stop to soak in the magnificent views over the Cantabrian Mountains offered by the Mirador de la Braguía.

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based on 1,048 reviews

This is a great day trip, helped by the fantastic weather (a bit too hot for me, but better than rain and low cloud in the mountains). Jairo was friendly and informative, particularly on nature and ecology. We had an all English-speaking group and there were 6 of us plus Jairo in a 7 seater vehicle. The cable car ride is an extra cost but absolutely worth it and the highlight of the day. Good value for money.

It was an incredible experience, everything was great, our driver Emanuel made the experience even better being very friendly all the way. The balloon with Daniela and the pilot were great!! made the flight smooth enjoyable and for sure we would do it again!

The tour was really interesting and informative! Rocio was an amazing guide and we really loved her stories.

Rosio was amazing!! Loved her funny smart and super friendly. Loved her!!

Great one hour boat trip. Interesting commentary. Perfect duration