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Spain St. James' Way

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Alfonso II, King of Asturias, ordered the construction of a church in the place where, according to oral tradition, the body of Saint James the Apostle had been buried. From the 15th century onwards, this church became one of the main Christian pilgrimage shrines and so gave rise to the current Saint James’ Way. The new European architectural styles spread all along this way. Through this tra...

Alfonso II, King of Asturias, ordered the construction of a church in the place where, according to oral tradition, the body of Saint James the Apostle had been buried. From the 15th century onwards, this church became one of the main Christian pilgrimage shrines and so gave rise to the current Saint James’ Way. The new European architectural styles spread all along this way. Through this traditional route, which goes from Eastern to Western Spain, you will come across beautiful and varied landscapes and will explore a great architectural heritage, either through impressive cathedrals such as that in Burgos or very well preserved remains from old civilizations such as the Roman Empire.

​Along the way, you will also taste the gastronomy of Northern Spain and, through anecdotes about medieval battles and crusades, you will learn about the history of an area which once was the main Kingdom of Spain. Get ready for this adventure whose final goal is to reach Saint James’ Cathedral, where you will obtain the scallop shell that all pilgrims receive when they end up the way.

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This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival In Barcelona

Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Visited:
Barcelona
Accommodation
Night at Yurbban (Barcelona)

Day 2: Discovery Of Jaca city

After breakfast, you will visit the natural park of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky mountain with weird shapes located close to Barcelona and visible from a great distance. On its top, you will visit the Montserrat's Benedictine monastery, a nearly 1000-years-old religious pilgrimage destination for over one million visitors every year. There is a basilica where the Virgin of Montserrat is venerated. It is one of the black Madonnas of Europe. After the visit, you will continue your way to Jaca, a city near the border with France in the midst of the Pyrenees mountains surrounded by beautiful landscapes. It was a fortified city out of which the Kingdom of Aragón developed and a key point for Medieval routes such as St. James' way. 

Visited:
Barcelona Jaca
Accommodation
Night at Jacetania (Jaca)

Day 3: The Monastery Of San Juan de la pena

After breakfast, you will see the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, one of the most important and superb monasteries in Aragón in the Middle Ages. It is located beneath an enormous crag in a protected area which has been declared Natural Monument. It is a jewel of Romanesque architecture and pantheon of many Aragonese Kings. After lunch, you will continue your trip to Logroño, capital of La Rioja, Spain's most popular wine area. On the way, you will pass by Pamplona, where you will visit its cathedral, which combines different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical. After arrival in Logroño and check in, we suggest that you go for a dinner at the popular Laurel Street, where you will be able to taste thousands of different tapas.

Visited:
Jaca Logroño Pamplona
Accommodation
Night at Calle Mayor (Logroño)

Day 4: Transfer From Logroño To Burgos

After breakfast, you will visit the Cathedral of “Santa María la Redonda”. When you finish the visit, you will depart for Burgos. On the way, you will visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada, one of the most important points on the Way of St. James. Its name refers to its founder, Dominic de la Calzada, who built a bridge, a hospital and a hotel here for pilgrims of the Way of St. James. After lunch and visiting this town, you will continue to Burgos. Upon arrival, hotel check in.

Visited:
Logroño Burgos
Accommodation
Night at Mesón del Cid (Burgos)

Day 5: Transfer From Burgos To Leon

After breakfast, you will go for a sightseeing tour of Burgos, one of the most monumental cities along the Way of St. James. It has many historic landmarks: the Cathedral of Burgos, Las Huelgas Reales monastery and the Cartuja of Miraflores. A large number of churches, palaces and other buildings from the medieval ages remain. After lunch, you will depart for Leon which is the fourth biggest city on St. James’s way. It used to be an important Roman cityand was later conquered by the Muslims and remained under their control for over 100 years. Among its numerous architectural jewels, the Santa María Cathedral stands out 12th - 13th century). It’s a city for strollers and, so, you will take a walking tour around La Calle Ancha, Burgo Nuevo, La Pícara Justina, La Plaza de San Marcos and the streets surrounding the Cathedral. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the historic part of this millenary city.

Visited:
Burgos León
Accommodation
Night at Real Colegiata San Isidoro (León)

Day 6: Enjoying Astorga And Ponferrada Leon's Towns

After breakfast, you will depart for Astorga, one of the most popular towns in the province of León due to its impressive historical and artistic heritage. Located on top of a hill, Astorga is a city of Roman origin. You will visit the remains of the splendor of that time (large and small thermal baths, Aedos Agusti, a temple dedicated to the Emperor, the Roman drain, an old Roman House -Domus- with floor tiles…). You will also visit the Medieval buildings such as Fatima Shrine, some churches and the convent. After lunch, you will continue your tour to Ponferrada, where you will explore its impressive Templar Castle, which is declared Artistic and historical national monument. Hotel check in.

Visited:
León Astorga Ponferrada
Accommodation
Night at Bierzo Plaza (Ponferrada)

Day 7: Departure To ​Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, you will depart for Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of St. James' way. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, which became the final destination of a Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was entitled as UNESCO world heritage site. Upon arrival, hotel check in. In the afternoon, tour of the historical heritage of the city, which includes the cathedral and surroundings, the Obradoiro Square and the main monuments. This tour is also available with an audio guide so that anyone can freely walk around for as long as desired.

Visited:
Ponferrada Santiago de Compostela
Accommodation
Night at Altair (Santiago de Compostela)

Day 8: The End Of The Trip

At the appointed time, transfer to the airport for taking a flight back home.

Visited:
Santiago de Compostela

Barcelona Jaca Logroño Pamplona Burgos León Astorga Ponferrada Santiago de Compostela

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $790 / 8 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax 6 pax
Price per person in double room $1,050 $790 $780

Included in price:

  • 7-night accommodation at 3/4-star or boutique hotels
  • 7-day car rental with GPS
  • Private Guide Tour in Burgos
  • Private Guide Tour in Santiago de Compostela
  • Tickets for Montserrat monastery, San Juan de la Peña Monastery, Burgos Cathedral and Ponferrada Castle

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  • International and national flights

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