Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
9 Day Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
Our journey will begin by making our way to the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Santander. On arrival in Spain we will join the ancient Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in the old Spanish town of Fromista. Here we will visit the church de San Pedro, the first of many peaceful places of reflection in small towns and major cities as we head west. Our destination is the spectacular Cathedral of St James in Santiago, the goal of millions of pilgrims for thousands of years. After spending two free days taking in the amazing sites of Santiago de Compostela we will head for the seaside town of Gijon, before heading back to Santander and the ferry home. Effort has been made to keep the amount of time on the road to the minimum and plenty of time has been built into the schedule to rest in interesting places on free days.
Proposed Itinerary for our Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
Day 1 – Leave Preston for Portsmouth with pick-up places along the route. The ferry has excellent restaurants, bars and cinemas for your entertainment, before you take to your comfortable cabin.
Day 2 – Arrive in Santander at and book into the hotel, which is just a couple of hundred yards from the port. We will have plenty of time for our first Spanish dinner and to take in the city.
Day 3 – Leaving the hotel at 9am, we will head south to join the pilgrimage route in Fromista and the ancient church of San Pedro. We will then head to the small, but ancient town of Astorga, where we will stay at the impressive Hotel Gaudi, on the main square and next to the Cathedral and the Episcopal palace, by Gaudi. This is as great opportunity to experience Spain well off the tourist path, whilst remaining on the pilgrimage route.
Set 1. Pictures of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
Day 4 – We will have the morning in Astorga to explore the wonderful ancient buildings, architecture and carvings, before following our pilgrimage route further west to the Knights Templar town of Ponferrada, with its Templar castle, which covers approximately 16,000 square meters. Ponferrada also has several attractive medieval churches and many of the municipal buildings and churches are topped with the local blue slate. The town was donated to the Templar order in 1178, by Fernando II of Spain, for protecting the pilgrims who passed through on their road to Santiago de Compostela, as are we. In fitting with the status of the town we will be staying at the Hotel Los Templarios for two nights.
Day 5 – Leaving Ponferrada after Lunch, we will head over the mountains, following the age old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, where we will check into the Hospedería San Martín Pinario, an historic building in itself.
Set 2. Pictures of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
Day 6 – We will be free to take Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the pilgrimage. This large town with its charming narrow streets and fantastic restaurants and shops, is a real gem. The centre piece is of course, the magnificent plaza with the Cathedral of St James towering over it, creating an unforgettable scene. But have an early breakfast and prepare for two busy days, because this small town is packed with important historical monuments and sites of great interest.
Set 3. Pictures of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Tour
Day 7 – Today we leave Santiago, but this is by no means the end as we are heading to the coast, to spend time reflecting on our pilgrimage by the sea in the town of Gijon.
Day 8 – Head back to Santander and our ship, the Pont Aven, for the overnight luxury cruise back to Portsmouth.
Day 9 – Arrive in Portsmouth and head home.
11 day Pilgrimage tour – £1,500 – (supplement of £150 for single hotel rooms in Spain)
Return ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with cabin (sharing with one other) on a room only basis and all Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis & transport whilst in Spain.