9-Nights Human History: Northern Spain and Southwest France - Signature Land from $7,995

National Geographic Expeditions

Trace the footsteps of early humans as we explore the cradle of civilization in southwest France and on Spain’s northern coast. On an expedition designed with paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, examine carvings and cave paintings that illustrate life up to 40,000 years ago. From the Dordogne to Basque Country, stay in beautiful medieval towns that dot these long-inhabited landscapes.

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  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • All gratuities except the Expedition Leader

  • 9 nights from $7,995 per person
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Santillana del Mar has been called by many writers ‘the most beautiful village in Spain.’ Stroll through the rustic cobblestone streets that are lined with stone houses decorated with carved heraldic symbols and enjoy the delightful church square. It is located in the western coast of Cantabria, and is one of the biggest cultural treasures in the region. The other treasure, the Altamira Caves, are located just 2 kilometres away. Santillana del Mar is an “alive museum” of a medieval village developed around the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church, the most important religious monument of the Romanesque in Cantabria. Most of the houses were built between the XIV and XVIII century. The whole Santillana can only be visited on foot. But the genuine flavour of this stony and millennial museum, which is the village, is its own move of people, its always flowered balconies, the charm of its nooks and traditional shops, where you can have a glass of milk with “bizcocho” (the typical product of the local confectionery).

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Vacation Details

Valid Date Ranges:
04/20/2023 - 10/19/2023 from $7,995 per person
Prices Start At: $7,995
Nights: 9
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Vacation Rating: Luxury
Remarks: All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability and change without notice and do not include international or internal airfare. All prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Prices listed for each offer may pertain to specific departure dates. Single supplement applies. Other restrictions, blackout dates and holiday surcharges may apply. Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Not included: Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable; Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance; Visas; Expedition Leader gratuities.
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