Itineraries

THE WHOLE ST. JAMES’ PATH WAY

10 days/9 nights – Pamplona/Burgos/Leon/Ponferrada/Santiago/Madrid
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The route of art which begun more than nine centuries ago

DAY 1 MADRID-PAMPLONA

Airport Arrival in Madrid airport and departure to Pamplona (410 kms, approx. 5 hours) PAMPLONA Dinner and overnight at hotel (here we connect with St James’ Path way)

DAY 2 PAMPLONA-RONCESVALLES-PAMPLONA

Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Hotel. Morning guided city tour we will visit its cathedral and specially the exceptional cloister. Afternoon we will drive along the nice mountainous landscape till RONCESVALLES where there is a Collegiate, Church and the abbey XIIIth century ensemble.

DAY 3 PAMPLONA-PUENTE LA REINA-ESTELLA-NAJERA-STO DOMINGO AND SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA-SAN JUAN ORTEGA-BURGOS

Breakfast at hotel. PUENTE LA REINA XIth century nice Romanesque stone bridge. ESTELLA It was created by the kings to become commercial point in the route to Santiago in XIth century. NAJERA XV and XVIth century Santa Maria la Real remains when it was capital a middle age Navarra´s kingdom. STO DOMINGO C. XII-XVIIth century cathedral. S MILLAN COGOLLA Splendid Monastery. First written words in Spanish appeared, it is considered the birth place of Spanish language S. JUAN ORTEGA Excellent place to live the atmosphere of the medieval traveler BURGOS Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 4 BURGOS-COVARRUBIAS-STO DOMINGO DE SILOS-BURGOS

Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Hotel. Morning guided city tourWe will visita medieval village, which still maintains its original structure andin particularits cathedral, perhaps the best of Gothic Spain. Evena visit to the Cartuja (Charter house). Afternoon excursion to COVARRUBIAS nice village, with middle age atmosphere in its streets. After we will visit Monastery… STO. DOMINGO SILOS (very important in middle age as center of wisdom and culture). Presently it is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy Gregorian Chants, a ‘must’ for classic music lovers (timetable depends on season and day of the week). Return to the hotel.

DAY 5 BURGOS-FROMISTA-CARRION DE LOS CONDES-LEON

Breakfast at hotel. FROMISTA Pure Romanesque style church in the route. Splendid! CARRION CONDES Santiago Temple and its Romanesque façade is worthy of a stop LEON In the middle years of the Christian kingdom, this city became the capital. It is full of historical remains. In the afternoon, guided tour, with its splendid Gothic cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass Windows and superb chapel of St.Isidoro. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 6 LEON-ASTORGA-CASTRILLO DE POLVAZ-PONFERRADA

Breakfast at hotel. ASTORGA Time to visit the cathedral and Bishop Palace built by Gaudi –modernist genial architect CASTRILLO POLVAZ. Little village but very well preserved local architecture,. It has been declared National Monument. PONFERRADA Remains of Castle of Temple, the enigmatic medieval warrior-monks. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 7 PONFERRADA-VILLAFRANCA-O’CEBREIROS-SAMOS-SARRIÁ-MONTE DE GOZO-SANTIAGO

Breakfast at hotel. VILLAFRANCA Small Romanesque churches, step on the path of Santiago. O’CEBREIRO There are still some Celtic houses, pre-roman, where animals and people used to live together to keep themselves warm and a hospital for pilgrims during the Middle Age it was shelter from the snow and the wolves. SAMOS Important and majestic Benedictin Monastery. SARRIÁ.Little medieval ensemble MONTE DE GOZO First hill where Cathedral of Santiago can be seen. Here, we will understand medieval traveler’s emotion. SANTIAGO (End of St James’ Pathway). Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 8 SANTIAGO

Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Hotel. The city grew at the shadow of the cathedral, and the different bishops filled with churches in all art styles to compose a unique art ensemble declared ‘World Heritage Site’ by Unesco. Morning guided city tour, we will visit the extraordinary Cathedral, its museum and concluded with a panoramic tour. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 9 SANTIAGO-MADRID

Breakfast at hotel. MADRID (650 kms, about 8 hours) Dinner and overnight at Hotel

DAY 10 MADRID

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport.

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