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Group tour St James' Way    

Group tour St James’ Way, it’s a unique experience for those who can and wish to do a foot trip to share their experiences with the worldwide pilgrims.  For those who choose the bus, the villages and landscapes on this tour will not leave you indifferent.

(To choose: by bus, on foot, or a combination of both)

Group tour St James’ Way in 17 days - 16 nights 2017

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Day 1: Arrival in Madrid
Arrival at Madrid airport, capital of Spain, at the end of the afternoon - Welcome to the group by our tour guide - Coach - Transfer to the city - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Aperitif and Welcome dinnerat a restaurant near hotel - Overnight stay

Day 2: Madrid and the Prado Museum
Breakfast - Morning, sightseeing of the city. Discovery of the capital of Spain with a panoramic tour to the most tourist corners such as the Spain Square and its 2 skyscrapers from the 1950s, the Gran Vía, the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol or the Plaza de la Cibeles. Visit of the "Museo del Prado” (with guide), one of the most prestigious in the world. It contains the main pieces from the royal collection. The Spanish school distinguishes itself with paintings by Goya, El Greco and Velasquez - Lunch and dinner at leisure, free time for afternoon and evening - Overnight stay

Day 3: Madrid - Burgos walk - 250 Km
Wheels up - Depart for Burgos - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Lunch at leisure and free time for afternoon to discover the City of Burgos, stopping stage on Saint James' way to Compostela. It is often presented as an arrogant city, proud of its past. Free time to spend in this old profoundly Castilian, lively and welcoming city, always vigilant to respect the environment and protect its architectural heritage. Its Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, consecrated in 1221. It is a jewel of Spain’s Gothic art - Dinner at leisure and overnight stay

Day 4: Bodegas Arlanza - Santo Domingo de Silos
Breaksfast - Wheels up - Depart for a day trip. Morning, Arlanza cellars visit situated in Villalmanzo, recently built and situated in the heart of the "Ribera d'Arlanza". It has a capacity of 600,000 liters, in stainless steel vats and the wine storehouses are fitted out with modern equipment for the elaboration of Designation of Origin Arlanza wines. Continue through Villa Ducal de Lerma, dating from the 12th century, views from the Collegiate and from the Ducal Palace. Wheels up. Depart for Santo Domingo de Silos, to visit the Cistercian monastery, a remarkable Spanish Christian monument. Visit to its jewel, its Roman cloister and its legendary hundred year old cypress (planted in 1882, measures more than 25 meters high) - Return to Burgos - Lunch and dinner at leisure, free time for afternoon and evening - Overnight stay

Day 5: Burgos - Castrojeriz, Frómista and León - 190 Km
Breakfast -

By bus: Wheels up - Depart for Léon passing through landscapes and visiting the villages of the Castillian Plateau. Castrojeriz, the last village in the area of Burgos. This little village has a very complete historical-artistic heritage, such as the Collegiate "Nuestra Señora del Manzano" or the ruins of the convent of San Antón. Frómista, a village in Palencia, with a visit to its well-known church of Saint Martin.

On foot: 20 Km stage, around 5 hours, from Castrojeriz to Boadilla del Camino. Quite a flat route except at the start where the hill of Mostelares must be climbed. The route: Castrojeriz, with a rich monumental heritage, Itero del Castillo, last village in the province of Burgos and where the fields begin. Itero de Vega, already in Palencia, where the landscape becomes greener and stretches out on a large plain arriving in Boadilla del Camino, which welcomes pilgrims with its emblematic monument "Rollo Jurisdiccional" and its Santa Maria church – Then by coach to meet the rest of the group in Fómista - Lunch at leisure - By coach from Burgos to Castrojeriz (40 Km) and from Boadilla del Camino to Léon (7 Km).

Entire group: Lunch at leisure – In the afternoon, we will continue to Carrión de los Condes, important place in the medieval period. One of the most important monuments is the church “Santa Maria del Camino”. Then we will continue to Léon to visit with a local guide the Cathedral, very impressive, with its stained glass ornament. Time at leisure to enjoy a little walk around the historic district, the ancient Jewish quarter or the "húmedo" district to get a feel of how the "Leoneses" really live. The tapas are free of charge with a drink.
Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 6: León - Astorga - Ponferrada - 115 km - Las Médulas
Breakfast
By Bus: Pass through Hospital de Obrigo, famous for its 22 Arks Bridge and then way to Astorga. Visit of the city that belongs to the province of León and one of its most outstanding features is that it is head of one of the largest and oldest dioceses of Spain, whose jurisdiction includes the half of the province of León and part of those of Orense and Zamora. In addition, it is place of passage of the St James Way and the Vía de la Plata, which makes it, receives many tourists attracted by its historical and artistic heritage. Then we will go over Montes Leon by a beautiful mountain road. Passage through one of the most emblematic places on St. James' way, "La Cruz de Ferro" (the iron cross), monument elevated at 1.504 metres of altitude and descent to Ponferrada, admiring the denuded and mysterious countryside that this region of high mountains has to offer. Visit to Ponferrada, small town and capital of El Bierzo. Tour of the old town to discover the monuments such as the basilica of "Nuestra Señora de la Encina", patron saint of El Bierzo, the Town hall, the "torre del Reloj" and the Templar fortress.

On foot: 16 Km stage, about 4 hours and a half, from El Acebo to Ponferrada. After arriving at the top of the Iron Cross and after having done a part of the descent with the coach, the journey on foot starts in El Acebo. A picturesque village of the region of El Bierzo, then Riego de Ambros with the hermitages of Saint Fabian, Saint Sebastian and Molinaseca, where the steep descent finishes. Two hours of route are left sometimes on paths and sometimes on the roadside until arrival at Ponferrada, the town of the Templars - By coach from Leon to El Acebo (95 Km)

Entire group: Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Lunch at leisure - Afternoon: Excursion to Las Médulas, a natural and cultural park made up of spectacular remains of what were once the largest Roman gold mines. The magnificent views of reddish countryside made up of peaks, rocky crags, galleries and ravines are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. From the lookout point "del Orellan", you have the best general view to observe this splendid gold mine. Access to a gallery to contemplate the excavations from Roman times - 50 Km - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 7: Ponferrada - O Cebreiro, Samos - Lugo - 140 Km
Breakfast

By Bus: Wheels up – Departure to O Cebreiro, charming village with its houses in dry stones and covered with thatch. Then we will continue to Samos to visit the Monastery, one of the oldest in Spain. This imposing place, Renaissance and Baroque style offers us, among other wonders, two cloisters and a beautiful church in neoclassical style - Road to Lugo – Check in at a 3 *** or 4 **** hotel - Lunch at leisure - Afternoon, visit Lugo that was founded by the Romans under the name of Lucus Augusti, the city of Lugo more two thousand years of history, making it the oldest city in Galicia. Visit the cathedral, located on the original church of Santa Maria. Built between 1129 and 1273, this temple has different styles.

On foot: 21 Km stage, about 4h30 / 5h30, from O Cebreiro to Triacastela. Route: After several steep climbs up and then down, we arrive at San Roque (1.270 Km) where we find the statue of a Pilgrim looking out onto the valley. Further on, the Alto do Poio, the highest point on the way. Going through the hamlets of Fonfría and Viduelo we come to a steep but beautiful path downwards to Triacastela - Lunch at leisure - (By coach from Ponferrada to O Cebreiro, 55 Km and from Tricastela to Lugo 65 Km) - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel.

Entire group: Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 8: Lugo - Santigo de Compostela - 120 Km
Breakfast

By Bus: Wheels up - Arrive mid-morning to Saint Jacques de Compostela. Walk in the Alameda Park, you will discover its stately alleys populated with trees, fountains, sculptures and buildings (Santa Susana chapel, music pavilion, dovecote, etc ...). Enjoy the great panoramic views of the city. Then visit to the Pobo Galego (Museum of the People of Galicia).

On foot: Last stage by foot of 10 km, about 3h, from Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela. On leaving Lavacolla, the path passes the Ermita de San Roque, then Monxoi, the hill where in 1989 Pope John Paul II brings together 500 000 young people. From this Monte del Gozo, many of the pilgrims discover for the first time the city. The entrance to the capital: through modern avenues and neighborhoods to the door of the Way, that shows access to old quarters and finally the Cathedral. Ultimate stage rich in emotion and crowned by the arrival in Santiago, declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 by the beauty of its monuments – (by coach from Lugo to Lavacoola – 110 km).

Entire Group: Lunch at leisure - Afternoon, visit with a local guide to Saint Jacques de Compostela, third pilgrimage city in the world in the Middle Ages, after Jerusalem and Roma, Santiago de Compostela is today one of the most remarkable cities of Spain. Enjoy a City tour:  with the Plaza of Obradorio and visit the cathedral (free) which contains the eleventh century the "king of censers." Time at leisure throw the old quarters, to live and feel the devotion of this third Christian city, and also to fell the atmosphere of this open, modern city. As simple as delicious, octopus is served with olive oil and paprika. A typical gourmet recipe from Galicia to taste served on a wooden plate.
Check in at 3*** or 4**** hotel – Dinner at leisure – Overnight stay.

Day 9: Rias Altas
Breakfast – Wheels up - Departure for a day trip in Rias Altas. Morning: Noya, called the "small Compostela" is a port town with medieval charm that preserves some beautiful buildings. Then we will continue to Muros. Discovery of this town of fishermen emblazoned houses. Walk in the narrow streets - Lunch "Fideos" in a restaurant - Afternoon, drive to the village of Carnota, where you will discover the stone granary "horreo" the longest of Galicia which measures no less than 38 m in length and is based on 22 pairs of pillars. Then Cape Fisterra – 200 km – Return to the hotel – Dinner – Overnight stay.

Day 10: Rias Baixas
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart for a day trip around the Rias Baixas: Discovery of the Rias Baixas coast, panoramic view of the Ria de Cambados, considered the capital of Albariño, small fishing port and seaside resort. Seafood route allows to know the process of fishing seafood, precious tradition of Galicia, and how working women who are involved in fishing. Then on to O'Grove- Fish lunch in a restaurant- Afternoon, we will continue to the seaside resort of La Toja, the liveliest in the region. You will discover the outside of a curious church with its walls entirely covered by scallops. Then last stop at Combarro a charming fishing village. You will discover something unique in Galicia, the "Horreos" (granary) that go right up to the edge of the river - 170 Km - Return to the hotel - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 11: Saint James de Compostela - Oviedo - 330 Km
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart from the hotel towards Asturias. Journey along the "Costa Verde", one of the prettiest coast of the entire Spanish coastline: Ribadeo, Navio and Oviedo - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Lunch at leisure - Afternoon visit with alocal guide of this modern cultural city situated in the heart of Asturias. You will discover its Gothic Cathedral which can be considered one of the most beautiful in all Spain and the Camara Santa. On with a sightseeing tour of its streets filled with monuments: the House of Llanes, the Palace of la Rua and the Park of San Francisco, with 60.000 square meters - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 12: Oviedo - Covadonga - Picos de Europa - Santillana - 300 Km
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart from the hotel towards Cantabria, passing through the Picos d'Europa. Cangas d'Onís, former residence of the first Monarchs of Asturias and rich in monuments such as the Chapel of the Concepcion, the Hermitage of the Santa Cruz, the Palace of Cortés or the Tower of Soto de Cangas. Then on to Covadonga for the visit to the sanctuary, situated on a promontory and in a narrow valley. For Spaniards it is a sacred place. Wheels up - Depart for the Peaks of Europe. 40 Km of mountainous area with its highest point at 2,648 meters. Passage through the Hermida gorges - Climb to Fuente De - Optional: possibility to take the cable car to the lookout point at 1,800 meters height to discover the whole mountain chain of the Peaks of Europe. Continuation to Potes for a typical lunch at the restaurant "Cocido Montañés" - Wheels up - Depart for Santillana del Mar. Considered a historical and artistic ensemble and classed as a National Museum - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 13: Santillana del Mar - Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Bodega D.O Rioja - Logroño - 300 Km
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart from the hotel for Logroño. At the end of the morning, visit to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a very beautiful town which forms part of Saint James' Way. Visit of its magnificent Cathedral. Then the Bodega Marques de Riscal situated in Elciego, a region that forms part of the Wine route of La Rioja Alvaesa. Discovery of all the premises with white and red wine tasting - Lunch at leisure - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Free time for afternoon in Logroño with the possibility of a free walk around the old parts where you will find the Redonda church, the old Town Hall and the typical street with wine and tapas bars - Dinner at leisure and overnight stay.

Day 14: Logroño - Zaragoza - 210 Km
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart from the hotel to Zaragoza - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Lunch at leisure - Afternoon visit around Zaragoza with a local guide to the richest of historical heritage followed by a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar where we can find the well-known statue of the Patron Saint of Spain - Return to the hotel - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay

Day 15: Zaragoza - Barcelona - 310 Km
Breakfast - Wheels up - Depart for Barcelona - Check in at a 3*** or 4**** hotel - Lunch at leisure - Afternoon visit to Barcelona with a local guide: Plaza Catalunya and discovery of the gothic district, the oldest inhabited part of Barcelona which has preserved its medieval charm. Visit to the Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Eulalia. Walk on the Ramblas where the locals stroll, down to Barcelona's harbor - Dinner at leisure - Overnight stay.

Day 16: Barcelona
Free day in Barcelona in bed and breakfast

Day 17: Depart
Breakfast - Depart for the airport - End of our services

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This Group tour St James’ Way includes:

Transport by coach throughout the whole trip
VSJ English speaking tour guide service(from 1st to 17th day). For the trips on foot, there is no guide planned.
Stays at 3*** or 4**** hotels in twin rooms
16 continental buffet style breakfasts
4 meals included:
1 aperitif & welcome dinner the first evening (includes ½ water and ¼ wine)
3 lunches at restaurant on days 9, 10 and 12 (includes ½ water and ¼ wine)
Baggage handling at the hotels (1 piece per person in/out)
Aperitifs and tasting underlined in the program
All admissions to the museums and visits to places underlined in the program
Local English speaking guides for ½ days in Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Zaragoza and Barcelona.
Local guide in the Prado Museum
1 free of charge for every 25 participants
 

En Option:
Radio-guide system
Cable car ascent (Peaks of Europe)
                                                                                           
Catalonia Tourist tax: Obliged, payable directly to the hotel (except minors under 16 years)
-          Accommodation 3 * hotel: 0.72 € / person / night
-          Accommodation 4 * hotel: 1.21 € / person / night
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