The Route of St. James - Aragon Route or Camino Aragonés
|No. of days:
||13 days - 11 nights
|First & Last Cities:
||Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela
||Lleida, Zaragoza, LogroÃ±o, Burgos, Leon, Lugo, Sarria, PortomarÃn, Palas de Rei, ArzÃºa, O Pino
The Route of Aragon, or Camino Aragonés, is an alternative to the French Route and, normally starts at Samport in the Pyrenees. Instead, to facilitate the itinerary we start this pilgrimage in Barcelona and follow the Lleida, Zaragoza route to offer the in monumental architecture and majestic views along the way though the regions of Catalonia and Aragon. After reaching Logroño the pilgrim joins the French Route enters Galicia from O Cebreiro, a town that maintains its medieval aspect. Continue, visiting villages and towns, many of which are listed in the “Liber Sancti Jacobi” or “Codex Callixtinus”, until reaching Sarria, the most important town in this part of the Route.
Day 1: USA, Barcelona
Depart the USA on an overnight flight to Barcelona. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Day 2: Barcelona
Arrival in Barcelona where you’ll be met and assisted on your transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. [D]
Day 3: Barcelona, Lleida, Zaragoza
After breakfast visit Barcelona’s Barrio Gotico, the Ramblas and Plaza de Colon near the port from where Christopher Columbus set sail to the new world. Start your drive to Leida, an old city in the Catalonia region to visit la Seu Vella, or Old Cathedral, a Gothic-Romanesque building with views over the city from the hilltop where it was built. On the other hill, looking west is the Castle of Gardeny built by the Templars in the 12th century. In the afternoon continue to Zaragoza. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 4: Zaragoza, Logroño
The capital of the Aragon Region overlooks the Ebro River and is dominated by the imposing silhouette of its Basilica the Baroque Nuestra Señora del Pilar. This is a famous shrine of the Virgin Mary characterized for the many domes of its structure is also a famous place of pilgrimage for followers of the Virgin. The city is also known for its Mudejar style landmarks (Mudejar is unique to Spain and results from a combination of Gothic style adapted by Moorish artists who inserted Islamic decorative elements) such as the 11th century Moorish Palace, the Aljaferia and the 12th century Cathedral of the Savior. In the afternoon continue to Logroño to join the French Route. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 5: Logroño, Burgos, Leon
Leave Logroño after breakfast on your way to Burgos,marked by its intact medieval architecture. The French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary is the city’s most recognizable landmark. Inside you’ll find the Chapel of Condestable, decorated with figures of saints and the tomb of El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar), the 11th-century military commander. In the afternoon continue to artistic city of Leon, home to many churches and cathedrals. Among them is the Romanesque 10th-century San Isidoro Basilica, known for its frescoes and royal tombs, and the Gothic Cathedral, built in the 13th century, with its towers and flying buttresses. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 6: Leon, Lugo, Sarria
After breakfast visit other monuments in Leon such as the San Marcos Convent, Palacio de los Guzmanes and Casa de los Botines designed by Antonio Gaudi. In the afternoon continue to Lugo the only city in the world surrounded by intact walls. These walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were built in the 3rd century, are crowned by 71 towers and make the city accessible through 10 gates. Then continue to Sarria the starting point for the walking part of your quest for St. James. Arrival and reception. Transfer to the accommodation booked on the Camino. Dinner and overnight. [B/D]
Day 7: Sarria, Portomarín (14 miles) – Start of 70-mile walking Pilgrimage
Travel towards Barbadelo where it is possible to visit the Romanesque church of Santiago. Continuing through the town of Paradela arrive to Ferreiros which has a 12th century Romanesque church dedicated to St. Mary. Descend towards the town of Portomarín, meeting place of the knights of Santiago and later those of San Juan de Jerusalem. Last stop: Church of San Juan di Portomarín. [B/D]
Day 8: Portomarín, Palas de Rei (13.5 miles)
Travel through many small towns: Gonzar, Ventas de Narón (Chapel of the Magdalen), Lameiros (Chapel of St. Mark) and Ligonde where Charles V and later Philip II stayed during their pilgrimages to Compostela. Visit the Romanesque church of “Vilar de Donas”, the chapter church of the Knights of Santiago and home of the women’s lay order (the “Orden”). Last stop: Church of San Tirso at Palas de Rei. [B/D]
Day 9: Palas de Rei, Arzúa (17 miles)
The camino goes through Leboreiro, a medieval town with a Romanesque church, Furelos with the medieval bridge, to reach Melide, the main stop on this stage. The Camino becomes urban and winds through a historical city with a strong devotion to St. James. The historical center features many precious art treasures: the church of Sancti Spiritus, a Franciscan foundation established as a resting place for pilgrims, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria. Then comes Boente, with the church dedicated to Santiago and Castañeda. Continuing across the River Iso over a little medieval bridge, encounter another important pilgrims’ resting place: the “hospital de Ribadiso”, today a hostel for pilgrims. Last stop: Church of Santiago de Arzúa. [B/D]
Day 10: Arzúa, O Pino (13 miles)
Cross farms and cultivated fields to Arca, the capital of the municipality of O Pino. Last stop: Albergue de peregrinos de O Pino. [B/D]
Day 11: O Pino, Santiago (12 miles)
A pleasant rural path to Lavacolla, where pilgrims washed themselves and their cloaks in the river as a means of physical purification, of the spiritual journey they would be completing in Compostela. Nearby is Monte do Gozo, hill from which pilgrims would see the Cathedral of Santiago for the first time. Last Stop: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. [B/D]
Day 12 - Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela has drawn for thousands of years pilgrims to the tomb of Saint James from all over Europe because of its miraculous origins and subsequent renown. Great Saints like St. Francis and St. Bridget of Sweden have also made pilgrimages to Santiago. At the Cathedral are housed the relics of St. James and a gigantic thurible or censer, known in Spanish as botafumerio, which will incense the entire church and congregation. After the Holy Mass for the pilgrims, embrace the bust of St. James, which has been hugged for centuries by pilgrims. All of these pious practices assist in creating an unforgettable spiritual experience. [B/D]
At the end of pilgrimage after covering 100 km (62 miles), pilgrims can obtain a ‘certificate’ from the office of Pilgrims verifying the completion of the pilgrimage up to the tomb of the apostle. Make sure you keep stamps along your route in order to obtain your certificate.
Day 13: Santiago the Compostela, USA
After breakfast you may have some free time before your transfer to the airport for your connecting flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
- Airfare between the USA and Spain
- Arrival and departure transfers
- 11 nights’ accommodation:
- Barcelona – 1 night
- Zaragoza -1 night
- Logroño – 1 night
- León – 1 night
- Sarria – 1 night
- Puertomarin – 1 night
- Sobrado dos Monxes – 1 night
- Arzua – 1 night
- O Pino – 1 night
- Santiago de Compostela – 2 nights
- Breakfast daily
- Dinner daily
- Visits as described in the itinerary
- Reception, explanation of the program and distribution of credentials
- A/C transportation up to the walking pilgrimage start point
- Private transportation daily from the arrival point of the Route to the accommodations in a rural house or hotel and vice versa
- Guided tour of the city of Santiago
- English speaking guide during the tour
- Technical assistance during the program
- Document pouch and technical assistance
Not included in tour
- Airport and security taxes and related fees
- Travel Insurance
- Extras and anything not mentioned as “included”
Hotels in your Tour
||The Corner Hotel
||Hosperia Monastica Pax
|Sobrado de los Monxes
|Santiago de Compostela
MEAL PLAN: Normally we include daily breakfast and dinner for all groups. However, the meal plan may vary depending on the organizer's request
The price for the group will be quoted based on the number of passengers, season, hotel type and meal plan.
Group organizers always travel for free if the group has 15 or more paying passengers.
Inclusion of tour conductors must be considered at time of request.
- If you wish to use this program for your group please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
- In either case our specialists will work with you to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the land journey.
- Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our special Leisure Fares, buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
- We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.
Tour Code: SJ01BCN20VT
- Lunches and dinners can be arranged for groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
- We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
- Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.