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7 days

Dates: 28th October 2018 – 3rd November 2018

Tour Organiser: Heather Potter

Itinerary Highlights

  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Finisterre
  • Santa Maria das Areas Church

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday 28 October 2018

santiago de compostela cathedral 3

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Manchester to A Coruña via Madrid.

A private coach and driver will transfer us to our accommodation.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the third-largest holy city of the Christian world, a university town and a marketplace. A pilgrimage to the tomb of the beheaded apostle St James is a high point for the faithful who journey here from all over Europe. Santiago de Compostela is also considered to be one of the most romantic and historic of Spain’s great cities.

Our base for the next 5 nights will be Santiago De Compostela, where breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Day 2 Monday 29 October 2018

Santiago de Compostela - arcade

Walking Tour of Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy a walking tour of Santiago de Compostela, featuring many of the city’s most impressive buildings and monuments. Highlights of the walk will include: the Plaza del Obradoiro; the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, which was formerly a royal hospice and a pilgrims’ hospice during the 15th century; and the Monasterio de San Martín Pinario.

Praza de Abastos Market

We will be immersed into the Spanish culture the moment we step into the market, the aroma of food, especially the sea foods are bound to awake your senses. Apart from the food, the architecture of the market place deserves admiration.

Enjoy Lunch in Local Restaurant

Museo de las Peregrinaciones

This museum had been divided into three floors and was made in honor of Saint James. It is a mono-graphic museum which highlights the importance of Santiago culture and development. You will be told about the Jacobean cult, and how the pilgrimages initiated and evolved over time. Here, you will also know the gradual configuration of different roads, which informs you about how the city was crafted.

Day 3 Tuesday 30 October 2018

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Visit Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral, a crowning achievement of Spanish Romanesque architecture. It has three naves in cruciform shape, and several chapels and cloisters. The visit includes the Cathedral Museum, which displays tapestries and archaeological fragments.

Casco Historico

The atmospheric Old Town of Santiago is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the middle, it has two parallel streets of Rúa Nueva and Rúa del Villar, along with 18th-century Casa del Deán towards the end. The two arcaded streets are the hub of city life. They are filled with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The pedestrian streets are enjoyable to walk through.

Today we will have a packed lunch.

Parque de la Alameda

A great place to view the Cathedral. It rises up majestically over the mass of old buildings and is loved as a photographing area. The origin of the park goes back to the donation of the grounds to the city by the Counts of Altamira around the middle of the 16th century.

Walk along Paseo de la Herradura, the gardens southwest of the old town, where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the cathedral and the old city.

Day 4 Wednesday 31 October 2018

Santiago de Compostela - mass pilgrim - small        Santiago de Compostela- Gian Botafumiero

 

We will have use of a private coach.

Finisterre

Cape Finisterre was the destination of those pilgrims who continued their route, after visiting St James' Tomb, until they could go no further. Finisterre was considered during the period of Classical Antiquity to be the end of the known world. In fact, its geographical location and impressive sunsets led Decimus Junius Brutus (the Roman general who conquered Galicia) to believe that this was indeed the place where the sun died at dusk.

Finisterre Harbour

We can explore the harbour of Finisterre and watch the fishing boats come in and out. Known as @Costa da Morte' or the 'Coast of Death', the area is famous for being the location of many shipwrecks.

Today we will have a packed lunch.

Santa Maria das Areas Church

The Church is home to the much-worshipped figure of Christ, known as the Cristo da Barba Dourada (literally, ‘Christ with the Golden Beard’). According to legend, it was thrown overboard from a boat in difficulties and was washed up on the beach in the town.

Day 5 Thursday 01 November 2018

Santiago de Compostela- city

We will have use of a private coach.

Lugo

Located on a hill on the banks of the river Miño, the city of Lugo preserves major remains of its Roman past, among them its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inside the walls, the city conserves quiet pedestrian streets, wide squares and spacious gardens, where buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace, and the City Hall stand out.

Lugo Cathedral

Also known as Saint Mary's Cathedral, the Lugo Cathedral is one of the more impressive Cathedrals along any road to Santiago. It is located just inside Lugo's old Roman wall and you can descend a flight of stairs from the wall that delivers you directly into the cathedral's main forecourt. It is also from the Roman wall that you can get the best view of the cathedral's frontal elevation, particularly from a photography perspective.

Today we will have a packed lunch.

San Francisco Church

Today, the Chruch is one of the sites of the Provincial Museum of Lugo. It is suspected that the convent was created by San Francisco on the road to Santiago. The Church now acts as the provincial museum.

Lugo Roman Baths

The Roman baths are found inside the spa in Lugo and are in good condition. Some rooms still survive from the original buildings, including the changing room and the room used for the cold baths, which was subsequently converted into a Christian chapel. The thermal baths are located on the lower level of the spa.

Day 6 Friday 02 November 2018

We will have use of a private coach and driver.

A Coruña

Situated beside the Atlantic Ocean, A Coruña is a historic city whose history has maintained close links with its old fishing and commercial port. The peninsula on which the Old City stands also contains the Tower of Hercules, one of the symbols of the city, which is an interesting Romanesque collection of streets, squares and medieval churches.

Santiago Chruch

This is the oldest church in A Coruña. Built in the 12th century in Romanesque style, it was remodelled in Gothic style. The outstanding features of the façade are the brackets with grotesque figures.

Enjoy Lunch in Local Restaurant and get acquainted with the sociable nature of the local people in this city.

Archaeology and History Museum

The exhibition is divided into three sections. The Archaeology section contains items that illustrate the different periods of prehistory and the ancient history of Galicia, including the outstanding Leiro helmet, the Torques (Celtic necklace) de Xanceda and Cícere precious metalwork. There is another area dedicated to Medieval Sculpture and heraldry, while the section on the upper floor deals with the main historic events related with the town.

Santa Maria del Campo Collegiate Church

The Church dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and was once the second most important parish church in the area. Building was completed in the year 1302 and it became a collegiate church in 1411. It is Romanesque in style and its plan includes three naves without a transept. There are wonderful works of art in the church from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.

Tower of Hercules

The Tower of Hercules is located between the cove of Orzán and the Gulf of Ártabro. It is a Roman lighthouse from ancient Brigantium dating from the 2nd century AD, in the time of Trajan, which was refurbished in 1788 by order of King Charles IV of Spain. It has a square ground plan, measures 68 metres and the light that it casts is visible at sea from a distance of 32 miles. There are a total of 242 steps leading to the top of the lighthouse, but the effort is well worthwhile for its magnificent views of the city of A Coruña and its coastline.

Our base for the next 1 night will be A Coruña, where breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Day 7 Saturday 03 November 2018

Commercial airplane flying above clouds in dramatic sunset light.

Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as we journey home on our final day.

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from A Coruña to Manchester via Madrid.