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A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

28 APRIL–11 MAY 2020 (14 DAYS)

Explore the beautiful towns and interesting and varied landscapes on Camino Frances (the French Way on the Camino de Santiago) and attend talks and concerts by St James’ Church and Choir, Sydney, as we travel through Spain on the historic pilgrimage route from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela.

AUD$7,500 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit: AUD$1,000 per person
Single supplement: AUD$750
Final payment due: 28 January 2020

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Overview | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Overview

Overview | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Concerts by The Choir of St James’ in ancient and beautiful churches along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

  • Talks by your tour leaders, The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Christopher Waterhouse, about the spiritual significance of the pilgrimage and the history of the Camino.

  • A local Spanish guide will accompany the group throughout the tour and talk about the customs and the history of the area.

  • Visit some of the most beautiful and historic churches and cathedrals in the world.

  • Enjoy ancient picturesque towns and villages that are dotted along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

  • Lunches and dinners specialising in Spanish regional foods, accompanied by local wines.

  • The opportunity to join pilgrims of many nationalities and walk along sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

  • The chance to follow the ancient pilgrimage route, the Camino Frances, across the fascinating landscapes of northern Spain.

tour leaderS

The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Christopher Waterhouse from St James' Church, Sydney.

Hotels

HOTEL TRES REYES, PAMPLONA

The 4-star Hotel Tres Reyes, is conveniently situated just outside the old town centre, between the old fortress, La Citadel, and the park, Jardines de la Taconera. It is the ideal place to relax and be within walking distance of all the main Pamplona sites.

HOTEL MERCURE CARLTON RIOJA, LOGROÑO

The Mercure Carlton Rioja, a 4-star hotel conveniently located on the city’s main boulevard, Avenida Gran Via Juan Carlos, is just a short walk from the old medieval town centre.

HOTEL REAL MONASTERIO DE SAN ZOILO, CARRION DE LOS CONDES

The beautiful and atmospheric 4-star Hotel Real Monasterio de San Zoilo, used to be a monastery and has been converted into an albergue. Founded in the 10th-century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist, it was renamed in 1047 when the relics of the Cordoban martyr, San Zoilo, were brought here.

HOTEL PUERTA DE SAHAGUN, SAHAGUN

The Hotel Puerta de Sahagún is a 4-star hotel set on the edge of the small village of Sahagun.

HOTEL CONDE LUNA, LEON

The 4-star Hotel Conde Luna, a modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Leon, is named after the Palace of Conde Luna, which is just around the corner from the hotel.

HOTEL AROI BIERZO PLAZA, PONFERRADA

Aroi Bierzo Plaza is a 3-star hotel situated on the main local square, Plaza Ayuntamiento. The main attraction of the town, the Castillo de los Templarios, is close by.

HOTEL ALFONSO IX, SARRIA

Hotel Alfonso IX is a 4-star hotel located on the banks of the river Sarria. The old town with its many restaurants can be easily reached by crossing the river.

HOTEL CARLOS 96, MELIDE

Hotel Carlos 96 is a 2-star family-run hotel, conveniently located just 10 minutes from the 18th-century Capela de San Roque and the ancient Roman Bridge over the Río Furelos.

HOTEL COMPOSTELA, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Hotel Compostela, a beautiful 4-star hotel, located in a monumental old building, is positioned on Galicia square, between the old city centre and the new part of town. The famous Cathedral is less than 10 minutes walking distance, as is the Park of Alameda, with its great views of the city.

28 APRIL–11 MAY 2020 (14 DAYS)

AUD$7,500 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Single supplement AUD$750

PLACES AVAILABLE


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Itinerary | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Itinerary

Itinerary | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 | TUESDAY 28 APRIL 2020

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS IN PAMPLONA

ARRIVE IN PAMPLONA:

Guests arrive at our centrally located hotel in Pamplona, from where we will begin our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

In the evening we meet one another and our Tour leaders, The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Christopher Waterhouse. We have a talk about the pilgrimage and its history before enjoying a delicious dinner featuring specialities of the region.

DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 2020

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS IN PAMPLONA

FULL DAY IN PAMPLONA:

This morning we tour the Cathedral de Santa María of Pamplona, a city famous for its annual running of the bulls, for its excellent tapas, and for its geographical position at the start of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. The cathedral is where centuries of pilgrims began their Camino and so it is appropriate that we start our own pilgrimage here. The current 15th-century Gothic cathedral replaced a Romanesque church and archaeological excavations have revealed two earlier churches. The neoclassical façade, contrasts dramatically with the Gothic interior, and the hand painted features on many of the stone carvings around the chapel arches are beautiful and unusual. We will also visit the mausoleum, the museum with its large collections of religious treasures, and the cloister, considered one of the most beautiful in the Gothic world.

The afternoon is free to explore Pamplona. You might try some delicious tapas for lunch, and you could investigate the Fortress and Walls of Pamplona. Originally constructed in 1571 and improved regularly throughout the centuries, the five-kilometre walls around Pamplona are well-preserved and fascinating military structures. You can start your walk along the path on top of the walls by visiting the Interpretation Centre of the Fortifications of Pamplona situated in the leafy green haven of Media Luna Park.

In the evening we attend a concert by The Choir of St James’ in one of Pamplona’s stunning churches.

DAY 3 | THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN LOGROÑO

PAMPLONA TO LOGROÑO:

This morning we depart Pamplona by private coach and travel along the Camino Frances route. Our first stop will be to see the famous pilgrim sculptures on Alto del Perdón, the Hill of Forgiveness. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the city of Pamplona and its surroundings. We then travel to the small medieval town of Puente de la Reina with its narrow, cobbled streets, Romanesque and Gothic churches and its beautiful, historic bridge over the Arga River. The bridge is crossed each year by thousands of pilgrims. Constructed during the 11th-century, it is said to be one of the best examples of a Romanesque bridge in Europe.

After leaving Puente de la Reina by crossing its magnificent bridge, we continue on the Camino de Santiago through beautiful hilly vineyards and ancient villages where the needs of pilgrims have been tended for centuries. We join other walkers for 5km which will help us to understand the Camino experience and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Navarra. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by coach to our next stop for the day.)

In the afternoon we visit the Romanesque Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Irache, a medieval monastery church and cloister, built in the 11th-century, and once an important pilgrim´s hospital. Nearby there is a wine fountain, owned by Bodegas Irache which produces wine from the surrounding vineyards for the pilgrims.

Our final stop for today is at the village of Los Arcos which has a very large and imposing church for the size of the village. We visit this church, the Church of Santa Maria which is richly decorated and was built and renewed between the 12th and 18th centuries, consequently featuring a range of styles, including late Romanesque and proto-Gothic through to Renaissance and Baroque.

We continue on to Logroño, where we stay overnight. Logroño, the capital of the region of La Rioja, is a small, picturesque city, and its old quarter is famous for the bars that cluster around two narrow streets, Calle Laurel and Calle San Juan. The bars serve delicious La Rioja wines and local tapas.

We come together this evening for dinner where we enjoy specialities of the region.

DAY 4 | FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN BURGOS

LOGROÑO TO BURGOS:

This morning we set out from Logroño and travel by coach on the Camino Frances.

We visit Navarrete, a 12th-century town built by the “Knights of the Holy Sepulchre”. There we visit the Baroque Church of La Ascensión, a blend of Renaissance and Plateresque, design. The church is said to have one of the most stunning Baroque retables in Spain.

Our next visit is to Nájera, founded in 1044, and from there we can see panoramic views of the entire region. We visit the monastery and Church of Santa Maria la Real, founded in 1052. The outside of the church looks like a fort, but the real jewel is the interior, where there is a Baroque retablo and a Plateresque pantheon which houses the tombs of Navarran Kings. Dona Blanca’s tomb is the best preserved. The choir, with its 15th-century wooden choir stalls, is decorated with wonderful carvings. The galleries in the cloister stand against the cliff face. We will have the unique opportunity of hearing a concert by The Choir of St James’ in Santa Maria la Real.

We enjoy lunch together and in the afternoon we visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada, named after St Dominic who dedicated himself to supporting pilgrims. The town has a wonderful cathedral which was started in the 12th-century, and inside the cathedral there is a living cockerel, honouring the legend of a miracle. Something to discover while you are there! This pleasant town, full of medieval palaces and monuments, and cobbled streets, is a good place for a stroll, and a coffee or glass of wine.

After this visit we walk a 5km section of the Camino between Belorado to San Juan de Ortega, a peaceful walk along quiet paths and nature trails. As we get closer to “Villafranca Montes de Oca”, we start heading into beautiful forests of oak and pine trees. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by coach to our next stop for the day.)

We then travel to Burgos, known in Spain as the country’s Gothic capital, where we will spend the night. After settling into our accommodation, we attend a service at Burgos Cathedral. Built between 1221 and 1260, its main façade and towers are breathtakingly beautiful. El Cid, the Spanish popular folk-hero and national icon, with his life and deeds remembered in plays, films, folk-tales and songs, is buried here. We will explore the possibility of The Choir of St James’ singing in the evening service.

DAY 5 | SATURDAY 2 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES

BURGOS TO CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES:

Time is allowed this morning to explore the town of Burgos.

We then depart for Castrojeriz, a picturesque town with a ruined castle as a backdrop on the hill behind the town. In Castrojeriz, we will visit the 13th-century Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Manzano which was remodelled in the 18th-century. It contains an 18th-century retable of the Annunciation, an imposing statue of St James dressed as a pilgrim and a 14th-century stone statue of the Virgin. Time will then be allowed for those who would like to walk up the hill to visit the 9th-century castle from where you can see panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

We then continue in our coach until we arrive at Itero Del Castillo. From there we enjoy a 3km walk along the Camino to the next small town, Itero de la Vaga. On the way we visit the Hospice of San Nicolas, built in the 12th-century, next to the 11th-century, eleven arch bridge, Puente de Itero, which crosses the River Pisuerga. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by coach to our next stop for the day.)

Our next stop will be Frómista, a medieval town. Time will be allowed to explore the town including the 11th-century Romanesque Iglesia de San Martin, the Gothic-Renaissance Church of Santa Maria del Castillo and the Canal de Castilla. This canal, which is 207 km long, was constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries to transport grain to ports on the north coast from where it was shipped overseas. The arrival of railways put an end to the canal’s usefulness in transportation, but parts of it are still used for irrigation.

Our final visit for the day is to Villalcazar de Sirga. Construction of the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria la Blanca, built in the shape of a Latin cross, was started in the 12th-century by the Templars and finished in the 14th-century. It is a fortress church, with a tall porch and richly carved portal. Inside is a retable portraying the life and death of St James and a 16th-century figure of him in pilgrims’ clothes.

We then travel to Carrión de los Condes, where we stay in Hotel Real Monasterio de San Zoilo, which was a monastery and is now an albergue (Pilgrim’s hostel). Founded in the 10th-century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist, it was renamed in 1047 when the relics of the Cordoban martyr, San Zoilo, were brought here.

This evening we attend a concert by The Choir of St James’.

DAY 6 | SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN SAHAGÚN

CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES TO SAHAGÚN:

This morning time is allowed to explore the Monasterio de San Zoilo. Together we visit Iglesia de Belen, the Church of Bethlehem, in Carrion de Condes. The town was first settled by the Romans, later the Visogoths held the city, and the Moors conquered the area in around 713. They built the first castle which has been replaced by the Iglesia de Belen, Church of Bethlehem.

We then walk a 5km stretch of the Camino between Villotilla and Calzadilla. The walk travels along an old Roman Road, the Via Traiana, which linked Astorga back to Bordeaux. All the stones and rocks needed for the road and foundation had to be transported here as this was marsh land with no available building materials. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by coach to our next stop for the day.)

Following the walk we enjoy lunch together. We then travel to Ermita de la Virgin del Puente, an example of Sahagun Mudejar architecture and decoration. It is directly after the medieval bridge over the Río Valderaduey. In medieval times there was a pilgrim’s hospice and cemetery here. The hermitage is considered by the Spanish as the halfway point on the Camino Frances.

This evening we stay in Sahagun, a small market centre on the Meseta, now with a population of less than three thousand, a shadow of its former past. Sahagun, due to its position on the pilgrimage route and centred within a rich farming area, was once a wealthy town. Many of the buildings in Sahagún were built in the Mudejar style, which can be easily recognised in towers as they often have elaborate and geometric design.

DAY 7 | MONDAY 4 MAY 2020

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS IN LEÓN

SAHAGÚN TO LEÓN:

We have a free morning to allow time to explore Sahagún. The town has many beautiful churches including the Romanesque Mudejar Church of San Tirso built in the 12th-century, one of the oldest Mudejar churches in the province of León, the 13th-century Romanesque Church of San Lorenzo which contains a 1730 retable by Juan de Juni and the Neoclassical Chapel of San Juan de Sahagún which houses the urns with the remains of Saints Primitivo and Facundo. A stroll around Sahagún will reveal the Clock Tower-San Mancio, the only tower that remains standing from the Abbey of San Benito. It demonstrates Moorish, Romanesque and baroque styles, all evidence of reforms carried out over the centuries. Another relic of the old Benedictine abbey is the beautiful Arch of San Benito. Worth seeing is the Puente Canto, the bridge used by pilgrims to cross the River Cea as they left Sahagún. Commissioned in 1085, it is a solid bridge consisting of five, barrel medieval vaults. You may also like to visit the Santuario de Virgen Peregrino, which sits on the highest point of Sahagún. There you can visit the museum and walk around the restored convent. The church restoration was completed in 2011 and the building is now an education and cultural centre for the Camino de Santiago.

We depart Sahagún and on our way to León we cross the heart of the Meseta (plateau) 900 meters above sea level and some of the flattest country on the Camino. It is a rich agricultural region which is reflected in the beautiful landscapes typical of this area of the plateau. Our 5km walk today along the Camino begins from El Burgo Ranero. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by coach to our next stop for the day.)

Following our walk we continue onto León where we spend two nights. León has been on the Camino de Santiago for centuries and its lively historic centre has narrow cobblestoned streets and plenty of restaurants where we can enjoy tapas, Spanish cuisine and local wines.

This evening we have dinner together enjoying the local cuisine.

DAY 8 | TUESDAY 5 MAY 2020

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS IN LEÓN

FULL DAY IN LEÓN:

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of León. The tour includes a visit to the remarkable, Gothic, 13th-century Catedral de Léon, known as the Pulchra Leónina, with its towers and flying buttresses and its spectacular 1800 square metres of stained glass windows. We visit the Romanesque 10th-century Basílica de San Isidoro, located on the site of an ancient Roman temple, and known for its frescoes and royal tombs.

We see Gaudí’s Casa de los Botines, built in a neo-Gothic style unusual in Gaudí’s work, and one of only three works completed by Gaudí outside of Catalonia. Our tour finishes at the Convento de San Marcos, one of the most important monuments of the Spanish Renaissance. Once a convent, today it is an operating luxury hotel, which contains a consecrated church and museum. The building’s plateresque style façade was begun in 1515, and is decorated with Greco-Latin motifs and characters from Spanish history.

This afternoon is free to explore León or to relax.

In the evening we attend a concert by The Choir of St James’ in one of León’s beautiful churches.

DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN PONFERRADA

LEÓN TO PONFERRADA:

This morning as we depart León we travel past La Virgen del Camino. Competed in 1961, the church front faces westward to Santiago and has gigantic bronze statues of the twelve Apostles, with St James raised just above, and the Virgin at the top. Each statue measures 6 meters and weighs 700 kilos. We travel on to Hospital de Órbigo, one of the most beautiful villages on the Camino Frances, with its well-kept medieval buildings, charming streets, background of the mountains of León and the impressive, well-preserved 19 arch long, 13th-century bridge over the river Orbigo. It is on the old Roman route that went from León to Astorga, which was the capital of the Roman province Asturica Augusta. Next we visit the beautiful hilltop town of Astorga which has been an important cross road and city since Roman times. We visit Astorga’s cathedral, an amazing mixture of Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, Neo-Classicist and Baroque elements, evidence of construction spanning several centuries. We see the Episcopal Palace designed by Antoni Gaudí, in a Catalan Modernisme style, and see the remains of the Roman constructions and the city walls. Time is allowed to do some exploration on your own. You might like to try some chocolate. Astorga is the place where chocolate was introduced from The Americas to Europe, and much artisan chocolate is still produced here.

As we travel from Astorga to Ponferrada we stop for a walk which takes us to the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross). At nearly 1,500m it is the highest point of the Camino. Since the 11th-century there has been a tradition that pilgrims carry in their backpack from home, or pick up along the pilgrimage, a little stone which symbolizes “something” they want to leave behind. They leave the rock at the foot of the cross and the act of leaving the rock is supposed to absolve them of the sins, or help them forget their grief, or problem.

In the early evening we arrive at Ponferrada dominated by the Knights Templar Castle which overlooks the river on the entrance to the town. Tonight we meet for dinner and try some wonderful local cuisine that comes from the surrounding mountains, such as the ‘botillo’ (meat-stuffed pork intestine) and some of the best meats in Spain.

DAY 10 | THURSDAY 7 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN SARRIA

PONFERRADA TO SARRIA:

This morning, time is allowed to explore the beautiful old town of Ponferrada and the Templar Castle.

In the late morning we travel to Villafranca del Bierzo, a village full of churches and monasteries. We visit the Church of Santiago which was built with the “Forgiveness door”. Those pilgrims unable to continue onto Compostela, due to illness, are granted the same indulgences as if they had reached their destination in Santiago de Compostela, if they enter by this door, take communion, and are pardoned for their sins. In Villafranca del Bierzo we will attend a concert by The Choir of St James’. This will be followed by lunch together.

In the afternoon we continue onto O Cebreiro, a very small mountain village at 1,300 metres. It is home to traditional mountain dwellings of pre-Roman origin, called ‘pallozas’, which are only found in this region of Galicia. Built in a circular or oval shape, with granite or slate walls up to 1.7 metres high and with a thatched roof, a ‘palloza’ gives a unique insight into the lives of local residents for many centuries in the past. In the first half of the 20th-century, when the church and ‘inn’ of O Cebreiro were almost in ruins, and locals still lived in the ‘pallozas’, the priest of O Cebreiro obtained funding to restore the church and village, building new houses for the locals, rehabilitating the ‘pallozas’ and transforming one into a folk museum.

We drive along the scenic road through the ‘Serra de Rañadoiro’ mountains, cross Alto do Poio, descend to the village of Triacastela, and continue to Samos, to visit the Benedictine Monastery which was built by 500 monks during the 5th and 6th centuries. We visit the monastery and see the 16th-century Gothic Cloister, the 12th-century Romanesque doors, and the 16th-century Church. This is an active monastery, and they also offer 70 beds for pilgrims.

We continue onto Sarria, where we spend the evening. Sarria is the town many pilgrims use as their starting point, because to receive a “Compostela” one has to walk at least the last 100km of the Camino. In the evening you might like to stroll through Sarria town centre, enjoy the ambience caused by the cluster of beautiful churches, chapels, monasteries and pilgrim hospitals, and possibly try some tapas, or coffee in Sarria’s main street, Rea Maior.

DAY 11 | FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT IN MELIDE

SARRIA TO MELIDE:

This morning we leave Sarria to enjoy the second last day of our pilgrimage.

The day begins with a relaxed walk through beautiful towns and quiet villages walking along country roads under the shade of oak trees. The road to the hamlet of Ferreiros is quiet and attractive, passing through stands of oak trees.

After our walk, we continue by coach and our first stop is the town of Barbadelo where we visit the impressive Romanesque church devoted to St. James. It is a wonderful example of Galician Romanesque, with capitals and sculpted tympanums and one of the few Romanesque towers that remain in Spain. From there we travel to Portomarin, perched on green hills beside the Mino River. The entrance to Portomarin over the long, high bridge stretching over the river is impressive. In 1956, construction of the Embalse de Belesar Dam was begun and it was completed in 1962 when the valley was flooded. During the construction period major historical monuments were moved block by numbered block to the new town of Portomarin. We visit one of these historic buildings, the 12th-century church of San Juan, with its preserved murals and spectacular rose window, which is today named the parish church of San Nicolás. It is an unusual church as the structure was designed as both a church and a fortress. Next we visit two very beautiful, unmissable Romanesque churches, one in Castromaior and one in the hamlet of Eirexe.

As we travel along this final part of the Camino, it is interesting to note the “horreos”, small haystacks and granaries elevated about a metre above the ground on circular stone pillars, which keep the grain safe from the rain and humidity of the ground in wintertime. Normally the haystacks and granaries have crosses on the top of their roofs.

We stay overnight in Melide, a busy market town, where two major Camino routes, the Camino Primitivo and the Camino Frances merge and become one which continues to Santiago. If you are strolling in the town in the evening you might visit the Church of San Pedro, in front of which there is a 14th-century cross that is one of the finest in Galicia. We have dinner together this evening. Melide is a famous town for “pulperias”, bars and restaurants specialising in octopus dishes, and you might like to try one of these dishes at dinner.

DAY 12 | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2020

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

MELIDE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA:

This morning we drive from Melide to Monte do Gozo, a hill on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. It is known for being the place where Christian pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago get their first views of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In 1989, Pope John Paul II came here to celebrate the World Meeting with Youth, one of the events that helped to promote the pilgrimage to Santiago throughout the modern world. In 1993, the view of the Cathedral was marked by two sculptures of Jacobean pilgrims, by Galician sculptor Acuña. In 1992-1993 a monumental and controversial structure of ceramic, steel and stone was placed here by the Brazilian artist Yolanda d’Absburg.

From here we walk approximately 5km to the Cathedral in Santiago where we attend the midday pilgrim mass. We will explore the possibility of The Choir of St James’ singing in the service. Pilgrims who have walked the whole of the Camino or the last 100km will present themselves in the Pilgrim’s Office upon completion of the Camino, to receive their “camino”, or Certificate. As we will not walk the full 100km we will not receive the Certificate but we will have our passport stamped in as many places as possible as our memento of our journey. (Please note: Guests who would prefer not to walk can be taken by our coach to Santiago de Compostela).

This afternoon is free to rest or to explore the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela.

DAY 13 | SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

FULL DAY IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA:

This morning we have a guided walking tour of the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela.

The early afternoon is free and you might like to visit the Cathedral Museum or walk to Mirador Parque da Alameda. There are many parks and gardens in Santiago but Alameda’s Park is the oldest and most entrenched in the history and culture of the city. It is only a 10-15 minute walk from the cathedral so it is an easy walk. The park provides visitors with a beautiful view of the old town and the cathedral.

In the late afternoon we attend a concert by The Choir of St James’ in one of Santiago’s stunning churches. This is followed by a farewell dinner.

DAY 14 | MONDAY 11 MAY 2020

TOUR ENDS

Following our final breakfast of the tour, the tour concludes.

Please note: There may be some changes to the itinerary until concerts and church services have been finalised.


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Inclusions | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Inclusions

Inclusions | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

28 APRIL–11 MAY 2020 (14 DAYS)

AUD$7,500 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit: AUD$1,000 per person
Single supplement: AUD$750
Final payment due: 28 January 2020

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: attending concerts by The Choir of St James’ throughout the tour.

  • Tour Leadership and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Christopher Waterhouse and an expert Spanish Tour Guide.

  • Tour Manager: A Hayllar Music Tours Tour Manager to accompany the group throughout the tour.

  • Hotels: 13 nights’ accommodation in 2 to 4 star hotels including.

    - Two nights in 4-star Hotel Tres Reyes in Pamplona;

    - One night in 4-star Hotel Mercure Carlton in Logroño;

    - One night in a 2-3 star hotel in Burgos;

    - One night in 4-star Hotel Real Monasterio de San Zoilo in San Zoilo;

    - One night in 4-star Hotel Puerta de Sahagun in Sahagun;

    - Two nights in 4-star Hotel Conde Luna in Leon;

    - One night in 3-star Hotel Aroi Bierzo Plaza in Ponferrada;

    - One night in 4-star Hotel Alfonso IX in Sarria;

    - One night in 2-star Hotel Carlos 96 in Melide;

    - Two nights in 4-star Hotel Compostela in Santiago de Compostela.

    Please note: listed hotels may be substituted for a different hotel of similar standard. In Ponferrada, Sarria and Melide the tour group may need to be split across two hotels, depending on the final group size.

  • Single supplement: In the majority of hotels we stay in those who have purchased the single supplement will stay in double or twin rooms for single use. There are some cities where the rooms will be single rooms for single use.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.

  • Meals/Drinks: Breakfast each morning. 10 lunches/dinners with wine, water and tea/coffee.

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for cathedrals, churches, museums, art galleries etc. as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites.

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and meals included in your itinerary.

  • Pilgrim Passport: Each guest will receive a Pilgrim’s Passport. Please note: Pilgrims who have walked the whole of the Camino or the last 100km receive “camino”, or Certificate. As this tour will not include walking the whole of the Camino or the last 100km we will not receive the Certificate but guests will have their passport stamped in as many places as possible along the journey.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on the tour. Please note: Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Spain.

  • Travel Insurance: You are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 30 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 40 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 2

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 2–3 hours, standing for long periods of time in cathedrals, churches, museums, art galleries etc. and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please note that booking terms and conditions apply. Click here for the booking terms and conditions.


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Booking | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


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Booking | A St James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


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A ST JAMES' PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DEPOSIT ONLY | AUD$1,000 PER PERSON

28 APRIL–11 MAY 2020 (14 DAYS)

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