Santander Cruises

View of Santander city, Spain
View of Santander city, Spain
Cathedral Basilica in Santander

Located between Gijon and Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, Santander is an elegant city with impressive buildings set against a natural backdrop of sea and mountains. The belle-époque elegance of Estadio El Sardinero underlines the engaging qualities of Cantabria’s capital.

The Palacio de la Magdalena, once the royal summer residence, sits on the rocky peninsula, while the city centre is home to the octagonal cupola and Gothic cloisters of the Catedral de Santander. Inside is the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho, and under the main chapel lies the crypt of El Cristo, a vaulted chamber with artefacts from the Roman era.[ReadMoreMob]

Nearby, the Paseo de Pereda promenade runs along one side of the Jardines de Pereda gardens; the houses with their miradors (balconies) are a favourite feature of this lively boulevard. The beaches in Santander are protected from the wind by the bay, resulting in wonderful, calm waters. Many visitors also come to discover the region's prehistoric caves, situated a few miles from the city, which contain some of the most important cave paintings of Quaternary art.

For seafood lovers, the local fried squid or breaded whitebait are a treat, while the popular cocido montañés (stew made of beans, meat and cabbage) is symbolic of this region of Spain.

Cruises to Santander

French, Belgian & Spanish City Overnights

French, Belgian & Spanish City Overnights

Departs: Southampton • Sun 24 Nov 2019
9 nights • Braemar • M1928

  • In just nine nights, you’ll visit three different European countries; enjoy overnight stays in engrossing cities; and experience hours of memorable scenic cruising, all on one captivating cruise on board
  • In Belgium, you can unearth the treasures of Antwerp, including the Cathedral of Our Lady and the famous Diamond District; before Santander in northern Spain serves as your gateway to the breathtaking Picos Mountains and a remarkable replica of the Altamira Caves.
  • Scenic cruising of the Gironde and Garonne rivers and a stop at beautiful Bordeaux brings a French flavour to your cruise – highlights such as Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cité du Vin will be the length of the gangway away from your ship’s docking location in Bordeaux.

From £649pp

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Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 18 Apr 2020
10 nights • Black Watch • W2011

  • Discover the delights of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture-rich regions as Black Watch takes you closer to a string of stunning cities in northern Spain and Normandy.
  • Straying off Spain’s ‘beaten track’, you’ll visit the gorgeous Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions for unspoilt coastal scenery, fascinating history, authentic flavours, legendary landmarks and much more.
  • Your time in France’s beautiful Normandy region will be spent exploring the River Seine, visiting historic Honfleur and Rouen, laden with historical and architectural treasures, and revelling in picturesque countryside scenes.

From £1,349pp

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Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Sat 16 May 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2012

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,099pp

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Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 28 May 2020
10 nights • Black Watch • W2015

  • Discover the delights of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture-rich regions as Black Watch takes you closer to a string of stunning cities in northern Spain and Normandy.
  • Straying off Spain’s ‘beaten track’, you’ll visit the gorgeous Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions for unspoilt coastal scenery, fascinating history, authentic flavours, legendary landmarks and much more.
  • Your time in France’s beautiful Normandy region will be spent exploring the River Seine, visiting Rouen, with its rich history and spectacular architecture, and revelling in picturesque countryside scenes.

From £1,469pp

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Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Departs: Dover • Thu 11 Jun 2020
9 nights • Boudicca • D2014

  • Step on board Boudicca for this nine-night French and Spanish city discovery and you’ll unravel the rewards of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture rich regions.
  • Visiting northern Spain’s Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions, you can marvel at unspoilt coastal scenes, learn about prehistoric caves, sample traditional regional flavours, see famous landmarks and much more.
  • Two visits to France’s beautiful Normandy region include a call at historic Honfleur; an unforgettable meander along the River Seine; and an overnight stay in Rouen, laden with historical and architectural treasures.

From £1,199pp

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Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Mon 20 Jul 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2018

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,199pp

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Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Wed 19 Aug 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2021

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,199pp

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Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Sat 03 Oct 2020
8 nights • Braemar • M2026

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,099pp

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Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

Departs: Dover • Thu 08 Apr 2021
9 nights • Boudicca • D2107

  • Step on board Boudicca for this nine-night French and Spanish city discovery and you’ll unravel the rewards of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture rich regions.
  • Visiting northern Spain’s Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions, you can marvel at unspoilt coastal scenes, learn about prehistoric caves, sample traditional regional flavours, see famous landmarks and much more.
  • Two visits to France’s beautiful Normandy region include a call at historic Honfleur; an unforgettable meander along the River Seine; and an overnight stay in Rouen, laden with historical and architectural treasures.

From £1,249pp

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Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Thu 20 May 2021
8 nights • Braemar • M2111

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,149pp

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