Not every holiday lets you follow in the footsteps of pilgrims. But on this very special tour we’ll trace one of the Middle Ages’ most important Christian pilgrimage routes in Galicia. Along the way we visit Pamplona and the cathedrals, palaces and medieval towns whose history intermingles with that of the pilgrimage. The tour concludes as you stand before the soaring Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, connecting with centuries of pilgrims who’ve travelled before you.
9 nights in paradors/hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Bilbao. We then transfer to the Parador de Argomaniz (4T), where you will stay for two nights. Dinner is included.
Pamplona - Puente La Reina - Estella
Today we have arranged a tour of Pamplona city. Spend time at leisure to enjoy lunch here before we continue to Puente La Reina to follow the Pilgrimage Route, and on to Estella. We take a beautifully scenic route back to Argomaniz.
Argomaniz - Logroño - Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Lerma
We travel to Lerma today, stopping en route in Logroño, capital of La Rioja region, where we have a walking tour. We enjoy some wine tasting and visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada where in the 11th century, a priest called Dominic - later Saint Dominic - built a paved causeway for pilgrims following the Way of St James. Later we arrive at the Parador de Lerma (4T), our hotel for tonight. Dinner is included.
Lerma - Burgos - Carrion de los Condes - León
After breakfast we depart for a visit to Burgos and its cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. We take a pleasant walking tour here with free time for lunch. This afternoon we stop in Carrion de los Condes where we visit the Zoilo Monastery, before continuing to León. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel Eurostars León (4T) or Hotel Conde Luna (4T). Dinner is included.
We have a half-day orientation tour of León, including the city hall, popularly known as the ‘Balcony of the City’, Basilica de San Isidoro and cathedral. The rest of the day is spent at leisure to enjoy the hotel and its surrounds.
León - Hospital de Orbigo - Astorga - Vilalba
We head north, stopping along the way at the town of Hospital de Orbigo, including its fabulous Gothic bridge. A further stop is made at Astorga, lying as it does at the crossroads of the Pilgrim’s Road and Ruta de la Plata (Silver Road), with lovely medieval architecture and the Episcopal Palace by Gaudi. Continue to the Parador de Vilalba (4T), our base for the next two nights with dinner included.
Take a morning excursion today to La Coruña, the largest city in Galicia, before spending the afternoon at leisure.
Vilalba - Santiago de Compostela
We reach the final destination on the pilgrim’s journey - Santiago de Compostela. Our walking tour through the lovely streets and squares includes the wonderful cathedral, which contains the tomb of the Apostle St James. We stay at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela (4T+) for two nights, located right next to the cathedral and considered one of the oldest hotels in the world. This quite stunning location provides a fitting final stop on a memorable tour.
Santiago de Compostela
Spend today at leisure to explore your surrounds and relax in your beautiful parador, or take an optional full-day tour to the city of Pontevedra, and the town of Combarro - the smallest old quarter in Galicia.
Day 10 Santiago de Compostela - Porto - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
• 29 May 2019 departure stays at Parador de Monforte de Lemos (4T) instead of Parador de Vilalba
• 19 June 2019 departure stays at Parador de Calahorra (4T) instead of Parador de Argomaniz