The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela marks the end of the Way of St James, one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in the Middle Ages. Centuries later, people from all walks of life still make the journey on foot from as far as Arles and Paris. We journey by coach across northern Spain, to visit some of the most important rest stops on this sacred route. Along the way we’ll stay in lovely hotels - in historic and beautiful settings.
9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
This tour has an exclusive Trailblazer departure, only available for Travellers' Club members
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Fly from the UK to Bilbao and on arrival, transfer to Pamplona where we stay for two nights at the Hotel Maisonnave (4T).
Today’s morning tour of Pamplona city includes the medieval old town and Santa Maria Cathedral, where a neoclassical façade hides a beautiful Gothic interior. On your free afternoon you can perhaps explore the 16th century fortifications, lush parks, or maybe walk some of the path that many pilgrims have taken before you.
Oion - Logroño - Burgos
Our journey today takes us to a renowned bodega in Oion for a visit and wine tasting before travelling the short distance to Logroño, capital of La Rioja region, where we have a walking tour. This town became popular in the 11th century, as the Way of St James pilgrimage gained recognition, and sites like the pilgrim’s fountain and Santiago el Real Church highlight its importance. Later we arrive at our hotel for tonight, the NH Collection Palacio de Burgos (4T).
Burgos - Carrion de los Condes - Astorga
We’ll take a walking tour of Burgos and its extraordinary, UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral. The grand buildings reflect its time as a capital city, until Madrid took power in 1560. Enjoy some free time for exploration and lunch before we continue to Carrion de los Condes. On reaching Astorga, we’ll check in to the Hotel Spa Ciudad Astorga (4T), situated in front of Gaudi’s Bishop’s Palace.
Hospital de Orbigo - León
We’ll head to Hospital de Orbigo - a beautiful medieval village named for the hospital founded by the Knights of Malta for medieval pilgrims. Many of its medieval buildings, and its Gothic bridge which was part of the old Roman pilgrimage route, still stand today. We then continue to León, a city of grand heritage, which will be highlighted on a tour that includes the city hall, popularly known as the ‘Balcony of the City’, the beautiful, Romanesque Basilica de San Isidoro and the flamboyant Gothic cathedral. We’ll return to Astorga for the remainder of the day.
Lugo - Santiago de Compostela
Today we continue UNESCO-listed Lugo, where unusual Roman walls with 85 towers have stood since the 3rd century. Take some time to explore the beautifully preserved streets and maybe take lunch in one of the many tapas bars before we continue to the end of the road on this pilgrimage route - the fascinating Santiago de Compostela. We’ll stay four nights at the San Francisco Hotel Monumento (4T).
Santiago de Compostela
Today is free, or join an optional morning excursion to La Coruña, a port city with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Torre de Hércules, the only Roman lighthouse still in use today. The port is also linked to Sir Francis Drake, who was defeated here in 1589 by determined citizens led by heroic Maria Pita.
Santiago de Compostela
The cathedral in the heart of the city, containing the tomb of the Apostle St James, is the final destination on the pilgrimage route and a standout highlight. We’ll take a guided tour of the city that includes this fine building which also holds many artistic treasures, including 200 lifelike, Romanesque sculptures of important biblical figures. We also spend time in the Plaza de Obradoiro, where a large Renaissance-style hostel was built in the early 16th century to board exhausted pilgrims.
Santiago de Compostela
A day at leisure to relax or explore, with places to see like Pazo de Raxoi - the City Hall that was once the Archbishop's palace; or the verdant Alameda Park; or shop for home-made gifts at the vaulted Mercado de Abastos. Alternatively, take an optional full-day tour to the city of Pontevedra and fishing village of Combarro, both full of historic charm.
Day 10 Santiago de Compostela - Porto - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
• Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service is not included.
• 8 May 2019 departure is a dedicated ‘Trailblazer’ departure. Exclusively for Titan Travellers’ Club members, you’ll pioneer the tour and provide us with feedback that’ll let us fine tune every aspect of the trip. Please call for more information.