Head to Spain in September for this one-off tour with New Scientist expert Catherine Brahic

 

Step over 10,000 years back in time to discover how our ancestors played, lived and worked on an illuminating tour in Spain. This one-off trip, expertly curated by New Scientist editors, takes you on an exploration of the wine and gastronomy of Bilbao before discovering the caves of El Castillo, Las Monedas-Santillana del Mar, Peña Candamos, El Pindal and Tito Bustillo.

You'll see the oldest cave painting in the world in El Castillo, and experience the wonders of the caves by torchlight. Accompanied by New Scientist features editor Catherine Brahic and local archaeology experts, you’ll enjoy specialist talks along the way and discover everything there is to know about the fascinating human history of the region. Round off your trip by creating your very own Mesolithic art.

 

 

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Highlights

  • Sample some of Spain's most well- known red wine in LaGuardia
  • Enjoy the history and local cuisine in Bilbao
  • Visit the caves of El Castillo, Las Monedas-Santillana del Mar, Peña Candamos, El Pindal and Tito Bustillo
  • See the oldest known cave painting in the world at El Castillo
  • Enjoy some private viewings with experts as well as ‘make your own cave art’ masterclass with Catherine

Meet our expert

Catherine Brahic is a writer and features editor at New Scientist. She covers everything from the origins of life to mass extinctions, climate and archaeology. She has visited El Castillo by torchlight on a previous trip to Spain and recently shared her hands-on science challenge, “Do you want to be a cave artist?” at New Scientist Live.

Day to day itinerary

Welcome to Spain!

You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned.

Your tour leader will hold a welcome meeting in your hotel reception at 6pm, you will also meet New Scientist expert Catherine, who will give you an introductory talk before enjoying a Tapas

dinner in the old quarter. 

Accommodation: Hotel Silken Indautxu

Meals: Dinner

After breakfast, you will visit the Guggenheim Museum in the morning with your guide.

Afterwards, transfer to LaGuardia to visit the old city and a wine cellar for a tasting.

Laguardia is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain. It is also located right in Rioja wine country and is the perfect base to sample some of Spain's most well- known red wine. Laguardia is a medieval hill hamlet, reminiscent of Tuscan hilltop villages. It is surrounded by an ancient wall and has a delightful jumble of cobblestoned streets lined with "Tabernas", wine shops, palaces, and cafes.

Continue on to Burgos to visit the Museo de Evolución Humana before transferring on to Bilbao.

Check in and enjoy dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Silken Indautxu

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

This morning Catherine will give a morning talk before heading off to visit the Peninsula of La Madalena, its Palace and the Cathedral in Santander.

You will visit the caves in Las Monedas and El Castillo and will also visit Puente Viesgo.

Continue on to Santillana del Mar.

Enjoy dinner and relax for the evening.

Accommodation: Parador of Santillana

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

This morning you will visit the old city of Santillana and the replica of the Cave of Altamira.

This afternoon Catherine will hold a master class, where you can create your own Mesolithic art.

Enjoy a farewell dinner with Catherine, to reflect on your experiences to date.

Accommodation: Parador of Santillana

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today is a full day with your guide.  You will visit the caves of El Pindal and Tito Bustillo, before heading to Ribadesella and to the Cave el Buxu.

Transfer to Oviedo and visit the Gothic Cathedral before enjoying dinner at Sidrería (a local cider-house).

Relaxing in a cider house and gulping “culines” of the regional cider is a typical Asturian pastime that a visitor simply can’t pass up. Although the cider tradition also exists in the Basque country, Asturians claim to be the pioneers of the drink and take particular pride in its pouring and production.

One of the fascinating things about the drink is the pour. Cider pouring is an art and the waiters take special pride in it. Waiters hold the bottle high over their head with their arm at full extension and pour straight over their shoulder into glasses that they hold in their other fully extended arm below. All of this is done while looking straight ahead, right through the stream of liquid. A glance at the glass during the pour is a sure sign of a novice. It’s not hard to imagine the amount of cider that splashes all over the busy sidrerìa. Now imagine that the common form to clean out the shared glasses is to pour out a small remaining sip on the floor, and you will have grasped the cider house atmosphere.

Accommodation: Blue Longoria Plaza

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Transfer to Peña Candamos and visit of the cave. Visit of Cudillero and transfer to Oviedo.

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Blue Longoria Plaza

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Your tour ends after breakfast, there are no activities planned.

 

Price

From £1,685 per person
Single Supplement: £265 per person

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on a half board basis
  • City tour with local guide at Burgos, Santander and Santillana del Mar
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Visits & entrances as specified in the itinerary
  • Accompanied for 4 days by New Scientist expert Catherine Brahic

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers

To find out more about booking this trip, please call our New Scientist team on 0203 308 9917 or send an enquiry via the form below. Please note that places are limited, so we advise booking early.

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