Accommodations are based on two different classes: A - Deluxe or B - Moderate refer to the lodging for further details. Along the way you will sample fine local cuisine and wines, with a winery visit in the famous region of La Rioja. When you are on your own for meals our guide will be able to recommend restaurants, taverns, bars, etc. An enjoyable way to travel along the Ancient Pilgrimage Way to Santiago de Compostela!
Day 1: Bilbao - Haro - Laguardia (Rioja wine country)
This morning your Specialist English-Speaking Guide will pick you up from Bilbao airport or from a city centre hotel if you have opted to stay overnight in Bilbao (Note: Pick up time will be from 09:00AM - 10:30AM. You must advise your flight times if you will be arriving this morning to Bilbao Airport. If you will be staying at a hotel other than what we have offered for a pre-tour stay you must advise hotel name). Departure from Bilbao to Haro, the Heart of Rioja Alvesa wine country.
Enjoy a visit of the old quarter of the town and a tour/tasting of a Rioja winery. Free time for lunch on your own in Haro (Recommend: try a few Tapas in the many bars/taverns along Barrio de la Herradura). After lunch meet up with your guide and continue on thru Rioja wine country arriving at Laguardia another charming wine town. Check-in Hotel. Free time to relax and you could also take a stroll around the old quarter of town if you wish. Group "Welcome Dinner" in the restaurant of the hotel with fine Riojan cuisine and wines. Overnight in Laguardia. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Laguardia - Santo Domingo De La Calzada – Burgos
Breakfast. Before leaving La Rioja we will visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada Cathedral and old quarter. Then Continuing on we following along the French Pilgrimage Way To Santiago In Castilla Y Leon. This morning we will start by walking between Belorado and San Juan de Ortega. We have selected the most scenic portions to walk which will be around 6kms (Duration: 1h30 approx.) for this stage. You will cross the Montes de Oca in the forest trails with Chestnut trees, etc.. and ending the day in Burgos. Walking today you will have the opportunity to meet other pilgrim walkers from many different countries around the world.
Before lunch our mini-bus driver will pick us up and take us to Burgos. Check-in Hotel and free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon enjoy a guided visit of Burgos, with its impressive cathedral and old quarter. Rest of the day at your own leisure to explore the city. Dinner tonight will be in a traditional restaurant offering Castilian cuisine. Overnight in Burgos. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Burgos - Carrion De Los Condes - Sahagun – Leon
Breakfast. Today we will walk through the "Tierra de Campos" where you will see the wheat and cereal fields that are so characteristic of the Castilian Plains. During the walk you will see different types of traditional architecture of the homes, villages, etc. We have selected the most scenic portions to walk which will be around 8kms (Duration: 2h00 approx.) for this stage from Burgos to Castojeriz. Continuing on passing through many small pilgrimage villages stopping in Carrion de los Condes for lunch (Recommend: Having lunch in the restaurant of a Pilgrimage Monastery). After lunch continue to Sahagun. Upon arrival to Leon Check-in hotel. In the afternoon you enjoy a guided visit the cathedral & old quarter of the city. Dinner tonight will be in a unique underground wine cellar restaurant serving traditional Castillan cuisine & fine wines. Overnight in Leon. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Leon - Astorga - Molinaseca - Ponferrada
Breakfast. Leaving Leon we will make a stop at the Virgen del Camino (The Virgin of the Way). Then we continue on stopping in Astorga to visit the Cathedral and Episcopal Palace which houses the Pilgrimage Museum de los Caminos. Free time for lunch in the medieval town of Castrillo de los Polvazares (Recommended: For lunch you could try ordering in one of the local restaurant the traditional dish, "Cocido Maragato"). After lunch we will start our walk in the beautiful region known as the "Valle del Silencio" (Valley of Silence). The picturesque walk today will take us though old mountain villages in an area of profound valleys of the Rivers Sil and Duero.
We have selected the most scenic portions to walk which will be around 10km (Duration: 02h30 approx). In Foncebadon stop at La Cruz de Ferro (The Iron Cross). After this we cross the Pilgrims Bridge to the village of Monlinaseca. Ending the day in Ponferrada, where you will visit the Templar Castle and the Iron Bridge. Check-in Hotel. Dinner tonight will be in a unique restaurant constructed as a Celtic thatched-roofed house offering local cuisine and Mencia wines. Overnight in Ponferrada. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Ponferrada - Villafranca Del Bierzo - O Cebreiro - Samos - Portomarin - Santiago De Compostela
Breakfast. In the morning we will make a stop in Villafranca del Bierzo to visit the old quarter. Now leaving Castilla y Leon we following along the French Pilgrimage Way To Santiago In Galicia. Our first stop in Galicia will be to visit the Celtic mountain village of O Cebreiro. After this we visit the Monastery of Samos. Free time for lunch on your own. Continuing on the way we pass through many villages making selected stops until in Portomarin. Now we make the final stretch to Santiago de Compostela the end of the Pilgrims' way! We will admire the typical Galician Countryside while walking through the forest trail with eucalyptus trees and passing by cows and "Horreos" which are stone granaries used to store the corn and wheat, and are a cultural symbol of Rural Galicia "The Land of the Apostle St. James".
Passing Melide we are getting in the proximity of Santiago. For this last stage we have selected the most scenic portions to walk which will be around 5kms (Duration: 01h00 approx.). Arriving to Santiago we enter into the old quarter ending our journey with a visit to the tomb of the Apostle St. James inside the Magnificent Cathedral. Dinner on your own (Recommended: For fine cuisine Restaurante Toñi Vicente, for tapas try many of the bars/taverns in the old quarter). Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Santiago - Walking Day Tour In The Historic Quarter Of The Ancient Pilgrimage City
Breakfast. This morning enjoy a further detailed visit of the Cathedral, old quarter and ethnographic museum of the Galician people. Lunch on your own in the old quarter. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. "Galician Goodbye Dinner" in the restaurant of the Parador de Santiago - Hostal dos Reis Catolicos. Overnight in Santiago. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Santiago - Santiago Airport
Breakfast. Morning departure (10:00 AM) from the hotel transfer to Lavacolla, Santiago's International Airport. Those who will be continuing on by other means of transportation will be dropped in Santiago city center. Includes: (B).
Notes: Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice.
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