Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel, meeting with the other participants and dinner at 20:30. Overnight stay.
Madrid - Covarrubias - Burgos
Breakfast. Continuation to Covarrubias, for a short walk, immersed in the traditional architecture of Castile, between arcaded avenues and houses with wooden structure. Departure for Burgos, in the afternoon guided tour of the medieval town, which still retains its original structure and in particular its spectacular Cathedral, perhaps, the best Gothic building in Spain. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Burgos - Fromista - Sahagun(*) - Leon
Breakfast. Departure by bus to Fromista where we stop to visit one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of the entire route. We will continue to the gates of Sahagun, a typical Castilian village that we will cross on foot, a good example of a town that grew up thanks to the passage of pilgrims along the "Way" century after century. Continuation to Leon. In the afternoon, guided tour of the city including the Gothic Cathedral, with its two high towers covered in beautiful sculptures and the wonderful stained glass windows typical of the style. Then we visit San Isidoro (12th century), considered a masterpiece of the early Romanesque period. Along the tour, we can admire other places of interest, such as Gaudi's Casa Botines and the Hostal San Marcos. Arrival in León, dinner and overnight stay.
Leon - Astorga - Castrillo Polvazares - Cruz de Ferro(*) - O' Cebreiro - Lugo
Breakfast. Departure for Astorga, short visit from the outside of the Bishop's Palace, built by Gaudi, a brilliant modernist architect, and the adjacent Cathedral (XI to XVII century). We will continue to Castrillo de Polvazares, a small village that well preserves its valuable popular architecture, considered a National Monument. We continue to Foncebadon, where we can walk to the Cruz de Ferro (2.5 kms, 45 minutes); here, following the ancient tradition of pilgrims, we can throw a small stone brought from our village onto the hill of stones that has formed over time at the base of the cross. We then continue by bus to Molinaseca. Free time in this characteristic village and then on to O'Cebreiro, where you can still see Celtic and pre-Romanesque houses where animals and people slept together for warmth and a hospital for pilgrims that during the Middle Ages was a refuge from snow and wolves, we are about 1,300 m above sea level. Arrival in Lugo, dinner and overnight stay.
Lugo - Portomarin(*) - Melide - Boente de Riba (*) - Monte do Gozo - Santiago
Breakfast. Free time in Lugo, where we suggest a walk to admire the best preserved Roman walls in the world, declared a World Heritage Site. Departure by bus along the Pilgrim's Way to Portomarin, where you will cross on foot. At the end, continue by bus to Melide for lunch, where you cannot miss the opportunity to taste the best "octopus Galician style" in its bars and "meson" (restaurants). Here you can take another walk of around 75 minutes along one of the most beautiful parts of the Way, under a beautiful wood, to Boente de Riba, from where you will continue by bus to Monte do Gozo, the first hill from where you can see Santiago and the towers of the Cathedral; its name (mount of joy) comes from the emotion felt by pilgrims at the sight of the finish line. Once in Santiago, we will walk through its wonderful centre to the beautiful Obradoiro Square. For some it will be time to follow tradition: to go to the Portico de la Gloria under the figure of the seated Apostle to make three wishes. Behind the same column is the figure of Master Matthew (the builder), to whom three heads should be given "so that he may transmit his wisdom and talent". Then we go to the crypt where Santiago's tomb is located and, according to tradition, we embrace the Saint. Dinner and overnight stay.
Santiago - Finisterre - Santiago
Breakfast. Early in the morning we will have a guided tour of the city that owes its name to the Apostle Santiago, whose remains were found here in the 9th century. This discovery quickly turned the place into a place of pilgrimage from all over Europe. The whole city grew up in the shadow of the cathedral built on the site of the discovery. This is where the visit ends, at around 11.30am. Time at leisure to admire the interior and, for those who wish, to attend the Pilgrim's Mass. Free time to stroll through the streets of the historic centre. We leave at 2 p.m. for the final stage of the medieval pilgrimage, Finisterre (where the earth was believed to end until the 16th century), to see a spectacular seascape. Return to Santiago. Dinner and overnight stay.
Santiago - Avila - Madrid
Breakfast and departure by bus to Avila, free time for lunch. Here too we suggest a walk around its splendid, perfectly preserved medieval walls, which enclose an equally well-preserved and valuable historic centre. It is also the birthplace of Santa Teresa, a character of great religious and literary transcendence. Continuation to Madrid, dinner and overnight stay.
Madrid - Italy
Breakfast, transfer to the airport and end of services.