Saint James’ Way I

DAY 1 PLACE OF ORIGIN – MADRID Departure from our point of origin on a regular flight bound for Madrid. Arrival in Barcelona and meeting with the attendant. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation meeting and free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 MADRID Breakfast. Guided panoramic tour through the city of Madrid, capital of Spain since Philip II selected it in the 16th century. During the visit we will see the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Oriente, location of the Royal Palace, The Cathedral, the Church of San Franciso the Grande, the Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, Street and Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo de the Castellana, Paseo of the Prado, Retiro Park, Plaza de España, Columbus Square, Bullring, Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune, etc. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 MADRID Breakfast. We will visit the Prado Museum, the art gallery of Madrid that holds the most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting from the 11th to the 18th centuries, and many of the masterworks of the greatest painters of universal importance, like El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Bosch, Tiziano, Van Dyck or Rembrandt. Then, we will visit Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, which belongs to the Real Madrid Football Club. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 MADRID – EXCURSION TO SEGOVIA AND ESCORIAL Breakfast. Departure for Segovia and panoramic tour of this ancient Roman city rich in historic monuments. The aqueduct, built in the time of Emperoror Augustus, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Alcázar stand out. Continuation to the Escorial to see the Monastery built by Philip II, World Heritage Site and location of the pantheon of the kings of Spain. Afternoon free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 MADRID – EXCURSION TO TOLEDO Breakfast and departure for Toledo, known as the city of three cultures, for having been inhabited for centuries by Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as “The Imperial city,” for having been the principal seat of the court of Charles I of Spain. Panoramic tour of the city where we will contemplate the Cathedral, which we will visit, the Alcázar, the Synagogue of the Tránsito, and the Church of Santo Tomé, which we will also visit. Return to Madrid. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 MADRID – SANTO DOMINGO DE SILOS – BURGOS Breakfast. At the designated time, departure in coach for Santo Domingo de Silos to visit the Monastery. It is a Benedictine abbey located in the eastern part of a small valley, in the province of Burgos that had its origins in the 12th century in honor of its Abbot Domingo, who died in 1073. Fifteen years after his death they 12th centurya temple similar to that of Saint Peter of Arlanza, which was replaced by the current Neoclassical style (1751-1792), work of Pedro Machuca, based on plans by Ventura Rodríguez. In the Visigothic era there was already a monastery dedicated to Saint Sebastian, which was legally connected to the noble family. After the visit we will continueon to Burgos. In the afternoon we will tour the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of Gothic art and worthy of the designation of World Heritage Site (1984). But more than a monument, the Cathedral is a living temple, dedicated to worship and prayer, which throughout history has taken on the artistic movements of every period, in order to dignify and solemnize ceremonies, praise of God and Christian life. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 BURGOS – CARRION DE LOS CONDES – SAHAGUN – LEON Breakfast. Departure for Carrión traveling through Frómista and Town lcázar de Sirga. Arrival to Carrión, center on St. James’ Way. Visit to the Church of Saint Mary of the Way, the Church of Saint James, and the Monastery of Saint Zoilo. Continuation to Sahagún, one of the most prosperous and boisterous towns on the Way. Departure for León, an obligatory stop on St. James’ Way. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 LEON – ASTORGA – LUGO Breakfast and tour of the Gothic Cathedral. We will contemplate the Collegiate Church, the Convent de San Marcos, etc. Continuation to Astorga. Brief stop to see the Shrine to the Virgin of the Way. Arrival in Astorga and tour of the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace, by Gaudí. Continuation to Lugo. Tour featuring the 2266 meter long wall that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000. It is the only Roman fortification in the world today that conserves intact the entire perimeter, and it surrounds the city center, the Cathedral, the provincial museum, the city hall and other buildings of interest. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 LUGO – ARZUA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast. Transfer to the city of Arzúa, and from there we will walk St. James’ Way on foot to arrive in Santiago de Compostela where afterward we will retrieve the Compostelana, pilgrimage credential attesting to having done the Way. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 10 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast and full day panoramic tour with lunch of the city. Santiago de Compostela is one of the most indisputable patrimonial assets of humanity. This city, due to its monumental integrity, unites specific and universal values in an ideal city that overflows History and timelessness at the same time. We will visit the Obradoiro Square, its famous Cathedral and the Portico of Glory, the Old Neighborhood, etc. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 11 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – MADRID Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to board a flight bound for Madrid. Arrival in Madrid. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 12 MADRID – PLACE OF ORIGIN Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to our point of origin. End of services.