Spain The Way ~ El Camino de Santiago Tours for 2012
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An adventure that will
change your life!
WAY - EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ADVENTURE THAT WILL
CHANGE YOUR LIFE - THE GALICIAN WAY - THE FRENCH WAY
For a thousand years pilgrims and
nature lovers have come from all over the world to walk
these enchanted roads leading to Santiago de Compostela.
Today they’re still coming to participate in this unique,
life-changing adventure. Now you can walk these same ancient
and historic ‘Caminos de Santiago’ (trails) that have
brought knights and pilgrims to the emerald green fields of
Galicia every year for the past millennium.
As you walk these trails, you’ll think you’ve gone back in
time. You’ll pass by castles, cathedrals, hidden sanctuaries
and gravestones with inscriptions that date back to the
tenth century. You’ll cross ancient Roman bridges and walk
by battlefields where Romans, Celts and Visigoths fought.
Our packages take you through the heart of beautiful
northern Iberian Peninsula into the mystical region of
Galicia, The Celtic Soul of Spain. Whichever one you choose,
you’ll walk through a beautiful off the beaten path,
picturesque Spanish countryside, or if you prefer you can
also be driven part of the way.
You’ll dine on local Spanish country cuisine and drink some
of Spain’s best wines. And each night you’ll stay in a
comfortable country inn, hotel or historic ‘pazo’(manor).
And the hospitality of the people you’ll meet along the way
is legendary. They love to greet pilgrims. And by the
time you reach your final destination, you’ll not only have
experienced the adventure of a lifetime but participated in
one of the world’s greatest pilgrimages. You’ll come home
completely refreshed and ready to take on the slings and
arrows of daily life. All roads lead to Santiago.
The French Way / El Camino Frances
Leon • Astorga • Rabannal del Camino •
Molinaseca • Ponferrada • Villafranca del Bierzo
• O’Cebreiro • Sarria • Portomarin • Palais de Rei-Melide • Arzua • Rua •
Santiago • 10 nights / 11 days
The French Way is the best known of all the routes to Santiago. The principle
stopover's were actually described in the Codex Calixtinus in the year 1135,
established by King Alfonso the VI. The Codex offers a complete description of
the entire experience, beginning at the border with France, crossing Northern
Spain and ending in Galicia. During medieval times Santiago was considered an
important pilgrimage to make, along with Rome and Jerusalem. Many pilgrims
walked these trails in the hopes of been exonerated from their sins.
You’ll join thousands of outdoor lovers and pilgrims from all over the world who
travel this route every year. This portion of The French Way starts in Medieval
Leon and passes through Villafranca del Bierzo, gateway to the lush region of
Galicia, en route to your final destination Santiago de Compostela.
You’ll walk through countless of beautiful towns and villages, green lush
countryside, meadows, farmlands and rivers. You’ll pass by sanctuaries, castles
and monasteries, including one that dates back to the 6th Century. You’ll stop
for a respite in each of the above villages and towns, as well as the famed
Vilar de Donas, probably the most outstanding example of Galician Romanesque
architecture still intact. And you’ll cross a raging river on a two thousand
year old Roman stone footbridge as you enter the medieval metropolis of Melide.
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The Galician Way / El Camino Portugues
Tui • Baiona • Ria de Pontevedra •
Pontevedra • Ribadavia • Cambados • Santiago • 7 nights / 8 days
The Galician Way is part of the original Portuguese Way, which starts in Lisbon
and ends in Santiago de Compostela. Its trails and paths date back to the 12th
century, many following the original roads built during the Roman occupation.
Your adventure starts in Tui along the Galician border with Portugal. The
scenery is spectacular. Your trail takes you along the Miño River. You cross
ancient bridges, country chapels, majestic cathedrals, Roman ruins, hidden
sanctuaries and a host of historic cities, towns and villages, all marked with
medieval wayside crosses.
You’ll follow some of the same paths taken by the Spanish Catholics King and
Queen’s daughter, Saint Isabel of Portugal during the 16th century. As you
travel north, you’ll see Celtic roots everywhere you look in this mystical
region. As you follow Galicia’s impressive coastline once occupied by Vikings,
you’ll visit the historic towns of Baiona, Pontevedra and Cambados.
In medieval Ribadavia, you’ll learn their process of wine-making handed down
through the centuries, and when you travel along Ria de Pontevedra, you’ll also
have the opportunity to taste some of their unique wines. The hospitality of the
people you’ll meet along the Galician Way is legendary. They welcome all
pilgrims and nature lovers especially those coming from abroad.
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