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Madrid, Santiago & the way of St James

(Tour code: SJJ17)Follow the legendary Camino de Santiago

Walk in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims before you as you follow the legendary Way of St James, from southern France and across northern Spain to the mighty cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, then continue on to discover the wonders of the beautiful Spanish capital of Madrid.


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Tour Highlights
  • Pamplona
  • Burgos
  • Léon
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Galician Coast
  • Guided tour of Madrid’s Old Town
  • Special tour of the enclosed convents of Santiago de Compostela
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

To Bordeaux

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International, we join the Eurostar service to Paris. After arrival in the capital, we continue on to the southern city of Bordeaux, where we stay over night.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

Bordeaux & on to Pamplona

We spend the morning at leisure in Bordeaux, aptly the starting point for many pilgrims making the journey across Spain on foot. This delightful city is home to a trio of Gothic basilicas, all of which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. Aside from the pilgrim connection, this handsome city is home to impressive 18th century architecture, and Esplanade des Quinconces, Europe's largest open square. Later, we take the high-speed train to Hendaye on the French-Spanish border before transferring by coach to Pamplona, the town famous for hosting the annual 'Running of the Bulls' festival.

  • Breakfast
Day 3


Made famous by Hemingway's novel 'The Sun Also Rises', the beguiling city hosts a maze of intriguing cobbled alleyways, beautiful squares and impressive monuments, including the imposing Gothic cathedral, are a delight to explore. Tonight, we head to a local restaurant for dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4

To Burgos

After a free morning to continue exploring Pamplona, we board the service to Burgos, a city on the edge of the Iberian Plateau and dominated by the grand Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Burgos Cathedral
Day 5

Historic Burgos

This morning we embark on a guided tour of the city's vibrant Old Town. The central Old Town retains much of its medieval architecture and is filled with narrow alleyways and winding streets. We visit the famous gateway of Santa Maria, the main gateway to the old city and the entrance for pilgrims through the ages. The city skyline is dominated by the Cathedral, its many spires a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. You have some free time to continue exploring Burgos in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Day 6

To Léon

This morning we transfer to the station and travel onwards to León, regional capital and ancient seat of the Reconquista, by Standard Class rail. Follow the brass scallop shells set into the pavement and walk along the pilgrims route through the town, heading to the magnificent cathedral, known as the House of Light, due to its fabulous stained-glass windows. León is a town with a strong 'foodie' culture, and in the Old Town, the tapas comes free with a traditional 'corto' drink - why not follow the locals and jump from place to place tasting the different dishes?

  • Breakfast, Dinner
St James
Day 7

To Santiago de Compostela

After a free morning in León, we travel by train (Standard Class) to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the pilgrimage of St James and our base for the next three nights. This handsome city is the capital of the autonomous Galicia region, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage city thanks to its monumental beauty and extraordinary conservation. As the final destination on a pilgrimage route with more than 1000 years of history, Santiago has been transformed into a meeting place of Western faith and thinking, and is a city with a year round sense of celebration.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Santiago de Compostela
Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago's abundant heritage features many religious orders; as the final point on the Way of St James, this pilgrimage city is peppered with tall walls and lattices of enclosed convents. As we tour Santiago with a local guide, we make our way past the many places of prayer, austere living and peace, which remain surrounded by a halo of mystery. Our tour concludes at the foot of the imposing cathedral, the reputed burial site of Jesus' apostle James, Son of Zebedee. From here you are free to tour the many sights in this historic city or to join the inspirational Pilgrim's Mass in the afternoon, as the most recent pilgrims pile through the doors of the cathedral to complete their journey.

As today is Friday, there is also the opportunity to witness the giant 'Botofumiero', or incense burner, which stands 160 centimetres tall and is ceremoniously carried in front of the mass and used to purify the air of the cathedral.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Santiago de Compostela
Day 9

At leisure in Santiago de Compostela

Explore Santiago de Compostela further at your own pace today, with a day at leisure free to spend as you wish. Steeped in ancient myth and known for its stunning architecture, the city is a delight to wander round on foot, with its charming stone streets and captivating Old Town just waiting to be discovered.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Madrid Plaza
Day 10

To Madrid

Today we transfer to the station and depart Santiago de Compostela, bound for the Spanish capital of Madrid, by high-speed AVE train.

  • Breakfast
Day 11


This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Madrid's beautiful Old Town, built during the reign of the Austrian Habsburg dynasty. We explore the main sights in this resplendent area of the Spanish capital, including the Royal Palace, state ceremonial palace of the Royal family. After our tour, you have some free time to further explore the city. The Museo del Prado, the main Spanish national art museum boasts one of the finest collections of European art in the world and includes works by the likes of Rembrandt, Goya, Monet and Caravaggio. You may wish to stroll through the well-kept hedgerows of Retiro Park, which is a fantastic spot to enjoy lunch in one of the local cafés. After exploring the city, we meet for the delicious farewell dinner at an authentic Madrileño restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
  • Delicious farewell meal at an authentic Madrileño restaurant
Homeward Bound
Day 12

Homeward bound

Today we transfer to the airport, where we board our flight to return to London. On arrival, your tour concludes.

  • Breakfast
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