Madrid - Santiago via the Rias Altas in "Paradores"


Day 1  

Madrid After arrival in Madrid, transfer to the “Parador” of Segovia, stopping on the way for lunch (not included). Free afternoon in Segovia to visit the city: the impressive Aqueduct, Cathedral and Alcázar.

Segovia You are also recommended to visit, in the surroundings, the 18th-century Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, famous for its gardens, and the Palace of Río Frío. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Segovia.

Day 2  

Segovia Breakfast. Departure for León, a city linked to the Way of St. James, with numerous sights such as the Cathedral of Santa María, Basilica of San Isidoro or Hostal of San Marcos, which houses the “Parador”.

León After free time for lunch, the recommendation for the afternoon is a guided tour of the Palace of Los Guzmanes, Casa de Botines, designed by Gaudí, Church of San Marcelo and other city sights and monuments. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of León.

Day 3  

León Breakfast. In the morning, departure for Monforte with a stop in Astorga, where the Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral stand out. On the way, an optional stop in Villafranca del Bierzo, where the Way of St. James’ influence is reflected in buildings such as the Church of Santiago, Collegiate Church, Convent of San Francisco or Convent of La Anunciada.

Monforte de Lemos Once in Monforte de Lemos, you are recommended to visit the Museo de las Clarisas, which houses one of Spain’s most important sacred art collections, the Torre del Homenaje (keep) or Colegio de los Escolapios, known as the “small Galician Escorial.” Possibility of a catamaran trip through the Ribeira Sacra region to discover the impressive River Sil canyons. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Monforte.

Day 4  

Monforte de Lemos Breakfast.

Villalba In the morning, departure for Vilalba, which stands out due to its impressive medieval Tower, now a National “Parador”. Optional visits from Vilalba to Mondoñedo (25 km), with its Cathedral and Diocesan Museum, or Lugo, with its Cathedral and World Heritage Roman Walls. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Vilalba.

Day 5  


Ferrol Breakfast. After Vilalba the trip continues towards Ferrol, in the province of A Coruña, Galicia’s most famous naval and shipbuilding city. This neoclassical city of the Enlightenment stands out due to such emblematic sights as the Neighbourhood of La Magdalena, the Castle of San Felipe, which dominates the entrance to the “ria”, or the 18th-century Arsenales Militares (naval dockyards).

A Coruña The optional visit to the nearby city of A Coruña is recommended, featuring sights such as the Roman Lighthouse of Hercules, Promenade, Plaza de María Pita and many more. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Ferrol.

Day 6  

Ferrol Breakfast. Departure for Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage City and the capital of Galicia.

Santiago Transfer to hotel and free time for lunch; in the popular streets of O Franco and A Raíña there are numerous restaurants and bars that serve the typical dishes of Galicia’s gastronomy, such as “pulpo á feira” (Galician style octopus), Galician pie, Santiago’s typical almond cake, washed down with the best wine and eau-de-vie. Apart from the not-to-be missed visit to the Cathedral, featuring the Pórtico de la Gloria, the Apostle’s Tomb or the Santo ‘dos Croques’, a guided tour of the surrounding four squares is recommended: Praterías, Quintana, Inmaculada and Obradoiro. This fourth square is the site of the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, now a National “Parador”, Pazo de Raxoi and the university building Pazo de San Xerome. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Santiago.

Day 7  

Santiago Breakfast. During the morning, a visit to other emblematic sights in the city, such as the Collegiate Church of Sar, or outstanding museums such as the Museo do Pobo Galego and Galician Contemporary Art Centre. Free afternoon for shopping and enjoying this dynamic and magical university city’s wide range of cultural and leisure activities. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Santiago.

Day 8  

Santiago Breakfast. Free time until departure for place of origin. End of Compostur services.

Madrid - Santiago pelas Rias Altas com Alojamento em Pousadas




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