We offer the following options for Spanish touring holidays:- Take the ferry to Spain and then continue in your own car. View our suggested self-drive holidays in Spain. - Fly to Spain then collect a hire-car. View our suggested fly-drive touring holidays in Spain. - Fly to Spain then travel between destinations by train. View our suggested air and rail touring holidays to Spain.- Travel to and within Spain by train. View our suggested rail holidays to Spain. Your touring holiday can be as straightforward or as complex as you wish – you may choose to spend a few weeks travelling across Spain and visiting a number of hotels along your route, or to simply stay in a couple of excellent hotels within the same region. Follow one of the sample holidays which we have created, modify them according to your preferences or allow us to develop a whole new itinerary. Wherever you choose to go, we will use our experience to create a tailor-made fly-drive holiday which is perfectly suited to your requirements. Take inspiration from our suggested touring holidays below, find out more about rail holidays to Spain or view our full range of hotels throughout Spain. "Our Spanish holiday was really lovely, and the hotels were great and particularly well placed for all the things we wanted to see and do." - Mr & Mrs K, September 2016.Travel arrangements
We will tailor-make your touring holiday to suit your requirements, including the modes of transport that are most appropriate for you. The travel options we provide reflect the diversity of the range of holidays to Spain we are offering. Certain means of travel are more appropriate to certain destinations and the travel option you choose may depend upon where you’re travelling from in the UK. We can offer you holidays by air (with a hire-car in Spain), by train using Eurostar and then regional trains southward, or by ferry if you want to take your own car.
Spanish Expressions organises tailor-made touring holidays that allow you to discover the true flavour of Spain, staying in as many destinations as you like for as long as you like. Your touring holiday can be as simple or as complex as you wish – you can choose to follow one of the sample itineraries which we have created, you can modify one of these itineraries according to your requirements, or you can allow us to develop a whole new itinerary based on your preferences. We will use our expertise to create a bespoke touring holiday just for you, offering advice to ensure that everything runs smoothly. As we work with a large selection of hotels throughout Spain, you have the freedom to choose where you want to stay and how long for. We provide directions to each hotel that you are visiting during your touring holiday, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits.Our hotelsEach of the hotels that are featured by Spanish Expressions has been personally selected to offer exceptionally high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Most of the hotels we feature are four or five star, although we have also chosen some small, charming hotels that haven’t been officially categorised. In this programme you will find our hand-picked selection of characterful boutique gems, exclusive seaside resorts, modern hotels and rustic properties in a rural setting, some located on large countryside estates. We also feature a number of the renowned Parador hotels, a collection of state-run properties which occupy historic buildings such as former monasteries, mediaeval fortresses and hilltop castles.Holidays by airMost of our suggested touring itineraries are based on scheduled flights with British Airways, although we have used low cost airlines such as Easyjet where more convenient. British Airways operates a number of flight routes to mainland Spain and the Spanish islands, but none go to northern Spain so it is necessary to fly direct with a low-cost airline or to take a connecting flight within Spain. Low –cost airlines operate a large number of flights from regional airports in the UK to destinations throughout Spain. There are also flights within Spain making it easy to combine north and south without driving or spending all day travelling.Holidays by railRail travel to and within Spain is an increasingly popular option because it is a great way to see the countryside and to cover long distances in short times. You can travel all the way from the UK to Spain by taking the Eurostar to Paris, then continuing onwards by high-speed train via Catalonia or the Basque Country. It will be necessary to stay overnight in Barcelona or San Sebastian before travelling to your final destination, or you might choose to break your journey in Paris or another French town or city. High-speed AVE trains link Spain’s major cities, facilitating travel between regions.Holidays by ferryIt is possible to travel by ferry to northern Spain with your own car. Brittany Ferries offers weekly ferries from Plymouth to Santander (journey time around 20 hours), twice weekly ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao (journey time around 24 hours) and twice weekly ferries from Portsmouth to Santander (journey time around 24 hours). LD Lines offers weekly ferries from Poole to Santander (journey time around 26 hours) and Poole to Gijon (journey time around 25 hours).It is also possible to travel between destinations by ferry, particularly in the Canary Islands where a number of ferry companies run regular services between islands. Holidays with a hire-carA hire-car is essential for many of our hotels with Spain, so is usually included in the price of your holiday. Some of our hotels offer transfers, but it may be more convenient to take a taxi in some city hotels. Hire-car is a very cost-effective and convenient means of getting from the airport to your hotel and back, and also allows you to explore the area during the course of your stay. We work with Avis as they offer a variety of cars at a good range of offices throughout Spain, and have negotiated a number of benefits for you such as theft protection being included and no one-way drop off charge for most car types. It is possible to upgrade your hire-car if required – we include a basic hire-car which is adequate for just two people, a short break or if you don’t intend to do much driving, but you might want to up-grade to something larger and more powerful.
Spanish Expressions is a tailor-made destination specialist holiday programme, created by Expressions Holidays with 25 years’ experience as an independent, specialist tour operator, selling hotel holidays of quality. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.Personal and professional serviceSpanish Expressions has been researched and created by our Spanish speaking professionals who know Spain and its culture extremely well. Your holiday booking will be created and looked after by our Spanish-speaking sales team. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We pride ourselves on our speed of response, accuracy of information, answering the brief you give us and providing you with the level of detail you demand. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.Peace of mindExpressions Holidays offers you peace of mind from the moment you book until you come home. We make confirmed arrangements for you, with every element booked and nothing left to chance. In the unlikely event that you require assistance when you are abroad (unfortunately, unforeseen events can mean that sometimes clients have to return home), we are just a phone call away. We do not employ local representatives in Spain but all clients are issued with a 24-hour emergency contact number.
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CapitalMadrid Airportthe main gateway to Spain is Madrid’s Barajas airport, although many airlines serve other centres, particularly Barcelona, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. CurrencyEuro (£1=1.24 Euros) Size195,000 sq miles Population46 million Average temperatureClimate varies dramatically from region to region, with the meseta (high tableland of central Spain), Ebro basin and Andalucia scorching in summer (up to 45 degrees Centigrade), cold and dry in winter. The Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands get a little more rain than Madrid, and the south can be even hotter in summer. The Mediterranean, particularly around Alicante, also provides Spain’s warmest waters (reaching 27°C or so in August). Barcelona’s weather is typical of the coast – milder than in inland cities but more humid.
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