A Coruna, Spain
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Approximately 6¾ hours
Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
"A network of four Christian pilgrimage routes in northern Spain, the site is an extension of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, a serial site inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993. The extension represents a network of almost 1,500 km: coastal, interior of the Basque Country -- La Rioja, Liébana and primitive routes. It includes a built heritage of historical importance created to meet the needs of pilgrims, including cathedrals, churches, hospitals, hostels and even bridges. The extension encompasses some of the earliest pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, following the discovery in the 9th century of a tomb believed to be that of St James the Greater."
A one-hour motorcoach drive through the Galician countryside will bring you to Santiago de Compostela. This site is one of Europe's principal religious shrines. Santiago was once the third most prominent religious pilgrimage site (after Jerusalem and Rome), attracting worshippers from all over Europe.
As you approach the city, you will be greeted by the sight of the twin Baroque towers capping the cathedral. Step inside to explore. Underneath the crypt of the church lies the tomb of the Apostle James. See some of Santiago's landmarks, including the Plaza del Obradoiro and Palacio Rajoy.
Enjoy lunch at the luxury Hotel of the Catholic Kings. This former hostel was originally built to accommodate visiting pilgrims.
You will have some free time to explore in Santiago before heading back to the pier.
Please note: Extensive walking during city tour with mostly cobblestone streets, wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.