Madrid - Santiago via the Rias Baixas in Paradores

Day 1  

Madrid After arrival in Madrid, transfer to the “Parador” of Segovia, stopping on the way for lunch (not included).

Segovia Free afternoon in Segovia to visit the city: the impressive Aqueduct, Cathedral and Alcázar. 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. In the morning, a visit to Pontevedra, whose monumental quarter, declared a Historical Artistic Site, is one of the best preserved in Galicia. Possibility of visiting the gothic Church of Santa María la Mayor and the Basilica of La Peregrina, featuring a surprising scallop-shaped ground plan.

Pontevedra Free time for lunch and exploring its beautiful arcaded streets and countless small squares. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Pontevedra.

Day 5  

Pontevedra Breakfast. Departure for the Monastery of Poio. The trip continues in the fishing village of Combarro, declared a Historical Artistic Site, where the countryside and sea meet, full of “hórreos” (stone granaries) and “cruceiros” (stone crosses). Free time for lunch.

Cambados In the afternoon, a visit to the stately town of Cambados, capital of the Albariño winemaking region, whose historicalartistic quarter is renowned for its many “pazos” (ancestral homes) and houses bearing coats of arms, especially Pazo de Fefiñáns. Accommodation and dinner in the “Parador” of Cambados.

Day 6  

Cambados 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.


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