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Riding Along The French Trail to Santiago

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 20 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Pilgrimage/Spirituality  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1650 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2050 Euro (EUR)

A seven day excursion (6 nights) departing from Cebreiro at 6:00 p.m. lying on the border between the provinces of Lugo and León - a medieval town surrounded by spectacular mountain landscape where you can still see the primitive dwellings known as "pallozas" and which resemble those built by Celtic settlers. The meeting point will be at Santiago's airport.

We will travel through an un-spoilt countryside of hills, rivers, mountain ranges and valleys with lush vegetation and visit sanctuaries, fortresses, manor houses and see a wide range of Romanic architecture to arrive in the evening of the sixth day in Santiago De Compostela where we will visit the city and the cathedral. Board and lodging in First Class Hotel. The itineraries include accommodation and full board, plus professional guides, escorts and insurance, fully-kitted horses and cross-country vehicles. This way was the oldest and most important cultural route of Europe. All the spiritual and cultural grounds are alive today so one thousand years after this pilgrimage way is still in use.

We shall ride along the final section of this route just starting at the point where this route reaches Galicia. As a horse-riding pilgrims we shall revive a part of the history of the old Europe. We shall cross along some of the best conservated natural environments of Southern Europe. Remote old villages and historic remains will be reached by us and we shall enjoy nature and wildlife as the ancients did.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Santiago De Compostela (Airport or City Hotel Transfer) - O Cebreiro.

We go for you at your hotel or airport. Meeting at Valiña's guest country house (O Cebreiro, Lugo). Welcome dinner and lodging in a warm atmosphere. Proprietress Ms María Pilar's kindness we make us feel at home. Includes: (D).

Day 2: O Cebreiro - Triacastela – Samos.

Visit to O Cebreiro where we'll visit some interesting Celtic historic remains. Horse trip to Triacastela across deep forest of centenarian walnut trees, oaks and chestnut trees. Country lunch at Triacastela, old village with an interesting Romanesque church. Horse riding to Samos across Oribio valley. We'll ride across a beautiful natural environment and we'll visit the pre-Romanesque chapel and monastery of Samos where monks pray and work.
Board and lodging at the Hostelry of the Benedictine monastery of Samos. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Samos - Sarria -Barbadelo - Mercado Da Serra – Portomarin.

Horse riding to Sarria across prairie and forest. We'll visit an old convent and a medieval castle. Ride down Miño valley. We'll enjoy lovely landscape and we'll visit an old temple at Barbadelo. Country lunch at Mercado da Serra by an old water mill. Horse riding to Portomarín across the reservoir of Belesar. Board and lodging at Portomarín Hotel (state-owned). Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Portomarin - Vilar De Donas – Portomarin.

Horse riding across Ulla valley in a pleasant river and country environment. We'll visit some Romanesque historic remains. Country lunch. Horse riding to Vilar de Donas. There we'll visit the outstanding Romanesque temple and we'll enjoy some medieval paintings. This temple was the seat of the military order of Santiago, knights that fought banditry in this pilgrimage route. Board and lodging at Portomarín Hotel (state-owned). Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Portomarin - Melide - Furelos - Pambre - Castañeda – Arzua.

Horse riding to Melide. We'll cross an old bridge at Furelos and we'll visit a medieval castle at Pambre. This is a well-known area for its old water mills.
Country lunch. Horse riding to Castañeda. There we'll visit some medieval lime kilns; many pieces made there were used in the construction of Santiago's Cathedral. Board and lodging at Arzúa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Arzua - Lavacolla - Monte Do Gozo - Santiago De Compostela.

Horse riding to Labacolla. Pilgrims washed themselves there in a brook before visiting the Sacred Sepulcre at Santiago's Cathedral. We'll reach Monte do Gozo (it means joy hill) from where a nice view of Santiago de Compostela can be seen. Country lunch. Visit to the Santiago's Cathedral, the end of a large pilgrimage route. Board and lodging in a three or four star Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Santiago De Compostela.

Breakfast in the morning and independent departure arrangements. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling.
- This tour is available for as little as 2 people, 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
No unused portion of the vacation can be refunded.
- Cancellation penalties apply and change fees after booking is confirmed, refer to our general terms.
- Please inquire for pre or post tour add-ons/hotel stays.

About This Supplier
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Location: Spain
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2001
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We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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