Camino de Santiago: Pilgrims, Cathedrals & Castles
17 Apr — 26 Apr 2020 | Tour Director: Martin Locker
• Trace the stories of generations of pilgrims along one of the world’s most ancient routes
• Discover fascinating myths and legends that have grown up around the Camino over the centuries
• Experience the tastes, smells and sounds of northern Spain with its unique combination of history, awe-inspiring landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine
runs an on-going research project focusing on the archaeology, history and folklore of the Pyrenees
Depart London Stansted 1405 on Ryanair, arriving Biarritz 1700. Transfer to Roncesvalles for two nights at Hotel Roncesvalles. Optional orientation walking tour of Roncesvalles (church and museum), followed by introduction and optional pilgrimage mass at Santa María de Orreaga.
Whole day excursion to Pamplona: walking tour, Navarre Museum, medieval city walls, interpretation centre, cathedral.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada (medieval streets, cathedral, museum) followed by the UNESCO-listed monasteries of San Millán Yuso and Suso. Continue to Burgos for two nights at Hotel Palacio de los Blasones.
Morning lecture followed by Burgos walking tour including Santa Maria Arch and cathedral. Afternoon: San Lesmes Abad (14th century Gothic church).
Morning: Santa María Real de las Huelgas (monastery). Afternoon: Transfer to León for two nights at the Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro. Visits in León: Basilica of San Isidoro, cathedral and museum.
Morning lecture followed by whole day excursion to Astorga: Gaudí’s Episcopal Palace (pilgrim museum), Roman history, city walls, cathedral. Free evening.
Transfer to Villafranca del Bierzo via Ponferrada (Templar Castle) for overnight at Parador de Turismo. Visits in Villafranca del Bierzo: Parador, churches, medieval bridge, castle (exterior).
Morning lecture followed by transfer to Lugo for visits to the cathedral and excellent Domus Mitreo exhibition. Continue to Santiago for two nights at the Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos. Free evening.
Santiago: orientation walking tour of old quarter, including Church of Santa María Salome, Praza da Inmaculada, Monasterio de San Martino Pinario, cathedral and Collegiate Church of Santa María do Sar.
Depart Santiago 1315, arriving Stansted 1420.
17 Apr — 26 Apr 2020
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Journeys between towns and cities will be taken by private coach, with five separate hotel stays. We will enjoy several walking tours, taken at a relaxed pace and interspersed with visits and coffee breaks. Participants should be comfortable spending time on their feet and occasionally experiencing dimly lit interiors in some of the churches. Traditional Spanish restaurants usually serve dinner from 2000 or 2030, so participants should expect slightly later meal times than on other tours.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2895 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £365.