From there it meanders south to visit Muxia and Santiago - both famous for the pilgrimage known as The Camino de Santiago and ending in the lovely World Heritage - Listed city of Segovia.
Once we collect your group at the airport in Madrid, we will travel to Astorga to start the tour.
Astorga, is a city rich in Roman history and chocolate! From a Gothic Cathedral to the Gaudi palace and historic museums there’s a lot to see and learn all within a short walking distance. Impressive Roman walls surround parts of the city. The Puerta del Sol and Puerta del Postigo used by the Pilgrims to gain access to Astorga, lead to the old part of the city.
As the birthplace of chocolate production in Europe, Astorga prospered manufacturing it during the 18th & 19th centuries. We will tour the Museo del Chocolate, a museum that is dedicated to chocolate and how the confection was produced back in the day! (2 nights Astorga)
We will spend two days exploring all that the Ortegal area has to offer. With the mountains, rivers, and the sea combining to form the largest estuary in all of Galicia, there is much to see and explore.
There are amazing lighthouses, hikes near the highest cliffs in southern Europe and walks along the beach for picturesque views that are simply amazing! We will see the jagged rocks of the Cape of Ortegal where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Cantabrian Sea as well as the seaside village, church and sanctuary of the pilgrimage site San Andres de Teixido.
Of course, there is also interesting food and delicious wine to give you an authentic culinary experience of this region. We will share our favorite scenic view restaurants where we will be treated with regional specialty menus. (2 nights Ortegal)
We travel south to Muxía, stopping along the way in La Coruña to visit the Tower of Hercules. As legend has it, Hercules built the lighthouse himself after burying a giant there. Whether you believe in folklore or not, this Roman built lighthouse is rich in historical significance as it dates back to the 2nd century and is the world’s oldest working lighthouse.
When we arrive in Muxia we will visit the seaside sanctuary of Senora da Barca (Our Lady of the Boat). We will observe the wild, open Atlantic Ocean along this portion of the Costa da Morte (The Coast of Death) - given it's name due to countless shipwrecks along this rugged stretch of ocean.
Santiago is the ultimate destination for those walking the Camino de Santiago. It is widely believed that the Cathedral of Santiago is the final resting place of St. James. We will make our own pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago, and explore some of the other historical sights within the walls of this fascinating city. (2 nights Santiago)
On our final days together we will travel to Segovia and spend our last 2 nights at the beautiful Parador of Segovia. Comfortably appointed with panoramic views of the ancient city, this is the perfect location to experience the warmth, culture and cuisine of Spain.
During our stay in Segovia, we will have the opportunity to visit the 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct, the Cathedral of Segovia, and the famous Alcazar Castle whose rounded spires and turrets contributed to Walt Disney's inspiration for his own legendary castles.