San Martino sun
Galicia tour title
San Martino moon detail
Margaret Knight Tours

This diverse region, part of ‘Green Spain’, is distinctly different from the rest of the Iberian peninsula with great rivers, lakes, forested hills and fertile valleys and a dramatic Atlantic coast, the ‘Costa da Morte’.Galicia has its own language and a wealth of unique art and architecture. The Gallaeci, for whom the province is named, built their fortified Castros in the hills and the Romans created coastal and river ports and the great lighthouse called the “Tower of Hercules”. Fine Romanesque and Gothic architecture was built along the Pilgrim roads to Santiago de Compostela. In the 18th century Galician architects and sculptors created their own outrageously exuberant versions of Baroque and Art Nouveau in the early 20th.

This tour, based in Santiago de Compostela, will introduce you to a region that is physically and culturally different from the rest of Spain with stunning landscapes and beautiful and unexpected treasures of what is still unspoiled Galicia.

The Atlantic at Muxia

The Itinerary

Wednesday Sept 26

AM - Morning flight from London Gatwick to Santiago de Compostela. By private coach to Santiago to check in to our hotel.

Group lunch

PM - A walking tour of the Historic Centre of Santiago.

Group dinner at the hotel.

Thursday Sept 27

AM - The Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum. After a tour of the exterior and its many porticos we visit the beautiful Romanesque interior with its shrine to Saint James and, subject to permission, the marvellous Pórtico de la Gloria created by Master Mateo in the 12th century. The Museum housed in the Cathedral’s Gothic cloisters contains a fascinating collection relating to the history of Santiago de Compostela and a library containing the 12th century Codex Calixtinus, written for pilgrims following the Way of St James.

Group lunch

PM - Muros. By private coach to Muros at the mouth of the Ria de Muros e Noia. A thriving fishing town Muros retains its tiered structure and many fine examples of traditional Gallegan architecture. We return to Santiago via the Neo Romanesque Central
Hidroeléctrica del Tambre in a spectacular setting above the Ria Muros e Noia.

San Martino Street figure in Santiago San Martino interior detail Santiago Cathedral exterior

Friday Sept 28

AM - Lugo. By private coach to Lugo, a centre of medieval pilgrimage which was originally Roman Lucus Augusti. Built on a hill above the Rio Minho. Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by a completely intact 3rd century Roman walls, towers and gates.

Group lunch

PM - By private coach to Santalla de Bóveda, a tiny 4th century church first excavated early in the 20th century and containing wonderful and unique Roman wall paintings. On to the church and cloisters of the 10th century Cistercian Monasterio de Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes

Group dinner at the hotel.

Saturday Sept 29

AM - A Coruña, a port that played an important part in the Anglo Spanish War of 1589 and is now one of northern Spain’s most vibrant cities. We will walk through the old town and along the spectacular art nouveau Las Galerías coruñesas before taking our coach up to the Tower of Hercules and on to lunch in charming Betanzos.

Group lunch in Betanzos

PM - Santiago de Compostela. Return by private coach to Santiago de Compostela for a visit to the church of San Martiño Pinario containing some of the most spectacular sculpted Baroque altarpieces in Europe.

A Coruna Glass Wall A Coruna Tower of Hercules

Sunday Sept 30

AM - All day tour around the Costa da Morte. By private coach to Muxía on the Atlantic coast and the Sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca marking the place where, according to tradition, the Virgin landed in a stone ship. The hull of the miraculous craft, the Pedra de Abalar and the keel, the Pedra dos Cadrises can be found among the rocks outside the church. On to Cabo Fisterra, the World’s End to the Gallaeci and the Romans, the final destination on the Camino de Santiago.

Group lunch in Fisterra (Finisterre) village.

PM - By private coach to the beautiful Cascada de Ézaro where the Rio Xallas falls directly into the Atlantic Ocean from Mount Pinedo, the sacred mountain of the Gallaeci. Return to Santiago de Compostela viathe Hórreo de San Martiño de Ozón, the great 16th century stone granary, one of the largest in Galicia.

Horreo Ezaro waterfall

Monday Oct 1

AM - Ourense. By private coach to Ourense, prized by the Romans for the 65°c. hot springs rising in the city itself at As Burgas and along the banks of the Rio Minho. We will visit the historical centre andthe spectacular 13th century Cathedral which houses an exquisite polychrome version of Santiago’s Pórtico de la Gloria created by students of Master Mateo. The Museum housed in the Gothic cloisters contains apriceless collection of artifacts from the Cathedral treasury.

Group lunch

PM - Ribeira Sacra. A drive by private coach through the Ribeira Sacra where the rivers Minho and Sil have created landscapes of astonishing beauty. It was here that monks and hermits first came at the beginning of the Christian era founding the monasteries that became the centres for the art, culture and agricultural progress that spread across Galicia. We will visit Nogueria de Ramuin and the Monastery of Santa Cristina close to the Balcóns de Madrid, the natural terrace giving fabulous views of the Rio Sil canyon.

Ourense Porta de la Gloria Ourense roman bridge

Tuesday Oct 2

AM - Pontevedra. By private coach to Pontevedra on the Rias Baixas, the estuary inlets on the southwestern coast of Galicia. It was from here that Christopher Columbus is said to save sailed for the New World. We will walk through the old town and visit the Santuario de la Peregrina and the Museo which houses a finecollection of jewellery and objects from the Bronze Age.

Group lunch

PM - Santa Trega. By private coach to Monte de Santa Trega high above the mouth of the Rio Mino. Established a thousand years BC this is one of the most important sites in Galician castro (hill-fort) culture. The settlement and its museum give some fascinating insights to the lives of the Gallaeci and the impact of the Roman occupation of Galicia.

Group dinner in Santiago

Wednesday Oct 3

Return to the UK. Morning flight to Gatwick.

The itinerary may be modified if required by local conditions.

Santiago Cathedral orhan pipes detail

Prices, hotels, what's included and booking information


£1,835 per person sharing a twin or double room
Double room sole use supplement: £365

Prices include


Hotel

5* Hotel Palacio del Carmen in Santiago de Compostela
Oblatas, s/n , 15703 - Santiago de Compostela - Galicia - Spain
Tel: +34-981-552444

Flights with Easyjet.

Weds 26 Sept 2018 Gatwick / Santiago 06:00 / 09:10 EZY8589
Weds 03 Oct 2018 Santiago / Gatwick 09:40 / 10:35 EZY8590

All airport taxes, security charges and UK Government levies.
20kg checked baggage,
Priority boarding and pre-allocated seats at the front of the aircra.

7 x nights at the Hotel Palacio del Carmen in Santiago including breakfast .

Porterage at the hotel on arrival (coach to rooms) and departure (lobby to coach).
All entrance fees to the sites listed in the programme.


3 x dinners at the hotel (half board arrangements, see programme for details.)
7 x lunches. All meals include wine 1/3 bottle, water ½ L bottle and coffee per person.

All tuition.

Local tour guide for the period.

Services of a tour manager.

De Luxe a/c coach and driver for the period..

All local taxes and VAT.

Audio system for the period.

Millennium Tours travel accessories.


Not included


1. Transport from/to your UK airport.

2. Items of personal expenditure.

3. 4 x dinners and lunch on day of departute

4. Any other meals or drinks except those specified above.

5. Personal travel insurance (please see Millennium Tours booking form).

6. Any other services not stated as included above.


Booking information

For a brochure and booking forms please contact

Millennium Tours
Suite 67
95 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1BZ

Tel. 020 8875 986
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Email:groups@millenniumtours.co.uk

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