The Road to Comepestella was one of three great Journeys for the U S for the medieval Nom the others taking Home and J ak pom the 10th century onwards thousands of men and women locked to the W o Same and over the rain the im sada de influence on the art and culture of south-west France and northern Spain This tour lakes us through delightful consider and to the towns of Old Castile, as well as cussing the needs in the mountains of Galicia: and stars in Some outstanding hotels that were former Nerim hostels a varied and rewarding journey in every sense
Wednesday 11 May – Wednesday 25 May 1988 With The Revd Richard Chartres anda Serenissima tour manager Wednesday 5 October-Wednesday 19 October 1988 with Sir Brian Young and a Serenissima tour manager
Day 1 Fly to Toulouse Drive to the Chateau de Larroque at Gimont for three nights stay
Day 2 A leisurely excursion to Moissac, whose magnificent typanum depicts St John’s vision of the Apocalypse. The cloister has some of the finest of all Romanesque capitals
Day 3 Excursion to Toulouse; visit St Sernin, the Jacobin church and cloister and the Musce des Augustins with its outstanding collection of Romanesque and Gothic sculptures.
Day 4 Drive via St Bertrand de Comminges with its Romanesque Cathedral and 15th century cloisters, and Oloron Ste Marie to St Jean Pied-de Port at the foot of the gateway to Spain for an overnight stay in this old pilgrim halt, in the Hotel Pyrenees.
Day 5 Explore St Jean Pied-de-Port before driving across the Pyrenees by the Roncesvalles pass, site of the 8th century battle commem orated In the Song of Roland: there is a 12th century monastery which served as a pilgrim hostel Reach Pamplona for an overnight stay at the Hotel Tres Reyes Day 6 Drive yo Templar Church of San Eunate to Fuente luina, where the two pilgrims roads in France joined, and follow the is ups across the 11th century bridge.
Estella, once the capital of Navarre,
C We also pass the site of the battle of Najera.
e the Black Prince defeated the Franco Castilian army in 1367 in the third of his great victories. Drive on to Santo Domingo del la Calzada for two nights’ stay in the former pilgrim hospice and visit the pilgrim church with its live cockerels.
Day 7 Excursion to the visigothic Church of Quintanilla de las Vinas to Santo Domingo de Silos, the Spanish equivalent of Moissac, whose cloister is its rival in both capitals and low-relief carvings.
Day 8 Drive through the open country of the Castilian plateau to two monasteries in San Milan de la Colla; the villages en route have 12th century houses. Continue to Burgos for two nights stay in the Landa Palace Hotel.
Day 9 A leisurely day visiting the Gothic cathedral with its Renaissance chapel, the Cartuja de Miraflores and the monastery of Las Huelgas.
which houses the tombs of the Castilian kings and an extraordinary collection of medieval costumes in what was originally a summer palace. con verted into a convent by the daughter of Henry II of England
Day 10 Drive to Leon. stopping on the way to visit the pilgrim churches at Sasamon and Carion de los Condes and the Visigothic and Romanesque church of San Miguel del la Escalada, and Sahagun. Stay three nights in the former royal monastery, now the Hotel San Marcos.
Day 11 A leisurely day in Leon visiting the cathedral, pure Gothic in style with fine stained glass, and the royal pantheon of San Isidoro with its vivid 12th-century frescoes and treasury.
Day 12 At leisure in Leon, Optional excursion across the Cantabrian Mountains to Oviedo, Visit the cathedral with its magnificent treasury of Camera Santa, and the churches on Mount Naranco. part of a 9th century royal palace. On the return journey. visit the 9th-century church of Santa Cristina de Lena.
Day 13 Drive via Astorga to Santiago de Com postela, again following the pilgrim road through the Galician mountains. Stay two nights in the luxury Hotel de los Reyes Catolicos, itself the last of the great pilgrim hostels.
Day 14 A leisurely day exploring the town of Santiago de Compostela: visit the cathedral, one of the wonders of Romanesque and medieval architecture.
Day 15 Homeward flight to London.
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