Via de Plata Tour IC1

Asturias to Andalucia – the Roman Way

Based on 14 nights self-drive independent tour in Spain

Following the ancient, Via de Plata, trading route – literally the ‘Silver Path’ – this epic journey crosses Spain from north to south. Few tours offer such extreme contrasts, from the lush green valleys of Asturias to the arid plains and high sierras of Castilla-León and Extremadura, finally reaching the orange groves of Andalucia; from the bedrock of Christian Spain to the heart of the one-time sultanate, here you truly get a sense of Spain’s rich and turbulent history…

The full route takes two weeks but you can do as little, or as much, as you like

Tour Highlights:

  • Picos de Europa & the dramatic north coast
  • León & Astorga – crossroads with the Camino de Santiago
  • Salamanca – monumental university city
  • Dehesa landscapes – Jamón Iberico
  • Historic Caceres, Trujillo, Guadalupe
  • Sevilla – full of Andalucian ‘alegría’
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£900 - £1050 per person*

* Indicative prices (including car hire – flights not included).

Lastres, Asturias

Day 1 & 2 – Asturias: Picos & Dinosaur Coast

  • Picos de Europa soaring directly from the coast
  • Cider country – the Spanish Cornwall?
  • Beautiful beaches with fossil dino-footprints
  • Canoe down the Sella or get out on a fishing boat
  • Oviedo’s fine Pre-Romanesque architecture
Astorga Gaudi Palace

Days 3 to 5 – León & Astorga

  • Leon’s cathedral & lively old town
  • Maragato culture in Astorga
  • Lunar landscape of Las Medulas
  • Great wines from Toro, El Bierzo & Rueda
  • Gaudi’s fairytale palace in Astorga
Dehesa

Day 6 & 7 – Salamanca

  • Monumental Salamanca – a World Heritage Site
  • Spain’s oldest university – Europe’s fourth
  • Savour the delicious Gijuelo cured ham
  • Casa de las Conchas – Dali’s inspiration?
  • Stroll on the Roman bridge or in the lovely gardens
Valle del Jerte in Spring

Day 8 & 9 – Hervás

  • Explore the high Sierras of Gredos and Salamanca
  • Lose yourself in the Jewish Quarter of Hervás
  • Valle del Jerte cherry trees by the million – a real treat in Spring!
  • Visit Candelario & Béjar – two true beauties
  • Plasencia – key staging point on the Via de Plata
Pizarro statue, Trujillo

Day 10 & 11 – Trujillo

  •  Monfrague National Park – a lesser known gem
  • Historic Cáceres & Trujillo with its imposing castle
  • Take a pilgrimage to Guadalupe
  • 2nd century Roman bridge at Alcántara
  • Excellent local cheese and game dishes
Mérida, Roman column

Day 12 – Llerena

  • Mérida, some of Spain’s finest Roman ruins
  • Paintings of Zurbarán and much more in Zafra la Bella
  • Jerez de Los Caballeros – town of  the Conquistadores
  • .Discover the “dehesa” grazing for the Iberian pigs
  • Sample the local jamón at Monesterio – simply the best
Sevilla, Plaza de España

Day 13 & 14 – Sevilla

  • Gateway to the New World & all its riches
  • 3 World Heritage Sites in the Old Town!
  • Magnificent Cathedral & Archive of the Indies
  • Moorish Alcázar Palace & Giralda Tower
  • Thriving Flamenco culture in Triana

What’s included

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Guide book to Spain
  • Restaurant guide covering regions en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Travel information

Getting there

A point-to-point itinerary, this route is best enjoyed flying in to the north and back from the south of Spain – or vice versa – the best options are:

Northern Connections:

  • From Stansted: Easyjet to Asturias or Ryanair to Santander
  • From Gatwick: to Asturias with Vueling (Iberia)
  • From Heathrow: to Asturias with BA
  • From Edinburgh or Dublin: Ryanair to Santander

Southern connections:

  • From Sevilla: Ryanair to Stansted, Glasgow or Dublin
  • From Jerez: Ryanair to Stansted
  • From Malaga: Easyjet to Stansted, Glasgow, Manchester, Luton + others, Ryanair to Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester + others

NB: Flights are not included

If these flights don’t suit the route can be adapted to suit many different options including, for example, starting or finishing in Madrid. Please contact us for advice.

Getting around

For passengers travelling by air we will include a hire car as part of the package. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

For those coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle but in either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at each hotel, complete with GPS, as well as a map of the area

Via de Plata in images

What our clients say…

Sevilla Plaza de España lake

We enjoyed a 10 night tour taking in Salamanca, Seville, Grenada etc covering nearly 2000 miles.
Everything went fantastically and the itinery proved spot on for us as first time visitors and the hotels were all well located and each a little bit special. Added bonus includes advice on each area, hotel upgrades etc. and we had a super holiday.

-client 2017

We enjoyed the different experiences and learnt a great deal about that part of Spain.

– client 2017

Just to say a big thank you we had a brilliant holiday

– client 2016

Absolutely fantastic holiday in Spain couldn’t have gone better.
– client 2016

Salamanca