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Spanish Churches and Monasteries Tour

<span>Aragon, Zaragoza. The Basilica el Pilar</span>Aragon, Zaragoza. The Basilica el Pilar
<span>Aragon - Monasterio de Piedra Nevalos</span>Aragon - Monasterio de Piedra Nevalos
<span>Navarra. Leyre Monastery</span>Navarra. Leyre Monastery
<span>Navarra - Cistercian Monastery</span>Navarra - Cistercian Monastery
<span>Navarra. Sos del Rey Catolico</span>Navarra. Sos del Rey Catolico
<span>Rioja. Najera Monastery</span>Rioja. Najera Monastery
<span>Rioja. San Millan de la Cogella</span>Rioja. San Millan de la Cogella
<span>Rioja. Yuso Monastery</span>Rioja. Yuso Monastery
<span>Cantabria - Santa Maria Church</span>Cantabria - Santa Maria Church
<span>Castilla Leon. San Isidoro, Leon</span>Castilla Leon. San Isidoro, Leon
<span>Madrid. El Escorial</span>Madrid. El Escorial
<span>Castilla La Mancha. Toledo Cathedral</span>Castilla La Mancha. Toledo Cathedral
<span>Castilla La Mancha - Cuenca Cathedral</span>Castilla La Mancha - Cuenca Cathedral
<span>Castilla La Mancha. Cuenca</span>Castilla La Mancha. Cuenca
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Religion has been a part of Spanish history that has left numerous examples of consecrated buildings to different types of religion. Architectonic styles vary from building to building, each with its own special charm. The itineraries cover such places as Zaragoza, La Rioja, Madrid and Segovia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day ONE ZARAGOZA

Arrival in the splendid city of Zaragoza with it´s magnificent Basilica of El Pilar and Palacio de la Aljaferia built in the 11th century by the muslim monarchs of Zaragoza. Accommodation in Zaragoza for 2 nights.

Day TWO ZARAGOZA

Today a day trip driving south to Nevalos to visit the Monasterio de Piedra (Stone Monastery), which stands in a nature reserve full of grottos and waterfalls. The monastery was built in 1195, and although it was rebuilt in the 19th century some of the original buildings still survive. Return to Zaragoza and overnight.

Day THREE RIOJA

Next drive northwest to visit the Monastery of Leyre, in Navarra. The monastery dates back to the 11th century and tours are given by resident monks every morning and afternoon.

Continue to La Rioja to San Millan de la Cogolla to visit the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso. Suso was built in the 10th century, and the church has Romanesque and Mozarabic features. Yuso, built between 16th and 18th century, is partly Renaissance with Baroque features. It was here that the first words in Spanish were written, contained in a manuscript from the 10th Century still preserved. Overnight in Rioja.

Day FOUR BURGOS

Proceed westwards to Covarubias, south of Burgos, and visit Santo Domingo de Silos, with its monastery and neoclassical church. St Dominic gave his name to the monastery after rebuilding it in 1042 over a Visighotic abbey, which the Moors had destroyed. The ceilings are of Moorish style and the beautiful cloisters are Romanesque. The famous chanting monks can be heard daily. Overnight in Burgos.

Day FIVE POTES

Continue to Potes in Cantabria where nearby, with a backdrop of the Picos de Europa mountains, you can visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana. The monastery is only opened whenever the 16th of April falls on a Sunday. Liebana shares with Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela the celebration of Ano Santo (Holy Year). In Santo Toribio is kept a piece of the cross upon which, it is believed, Christ was crucified. Accommodation of your choice in the area.

Day SIX LEON

From Potes travel to Leon. Here San Marcos, a former Monastery  now resored as a Parador hotel and a museum, is a prime example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, inspired by the French style, the highlight of which is the stunning stained glass. Also San Isidoro Basilica with its Romanesque Royal Pantheon, superbly decorated with 12th century frescoes. Gaudi is also represented here in the Casa de los Botines, a building he designed that is now a bank. Accommodation of your choice in Leon.

Day SEVEN

Return to your point of departure.

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Day ONE ZARAGOZA

Arrival to Zaragoza. Accommodation of your choice in Zaragoza.

Day TWO ZARAGOZA

Visit Zaragoza which has a splendid old quarter and still preserves fine examples of mudejar art, such as the Palace/Castle of Aljaferia. The Cathedral of San Salvador and La Seo, are other fine buildings with mudejar decoration on the outside based on bricks and colour tiles. Also the Churches of San Pablo, La Magdalena.  Overnight in Zaragoza.

Day THREE PAMPLONA

Today travel south to Nevalos to visit the peaceful Monasterio de Piedra (Stone Monastery), which stands in a park (considered a nature reserve) full of grotto´s and waterfalls. This monastery was built in 1195, and although it was rebuilt in the 19th century some of the original buildings still survive. Next head northwest to visit Sos del Rey Catolico and Javier, the birthplace of St Francisco de Javier. Accommodation of your choice in Pamplona.

Day FOUR PAMPLONA

This morning explore Pamplona. Here you will find the medieval bridge of Magdalena, the French Gothic Cathedral and la Playa del Castillo. In the afternoon head east again to visit the Monastery of Leyre which is located high and alone amongst stunning scenery. The monastery dates back to the 11th century and tours are given by resident monks every morning and afternoon. Overnight Pamplona.

Day FIVE BURGOS

Travel through the Rioja region to San Millan de la Cogolla where you will find the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso. From here continue to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. Afterwards drive to Burgos and accommodation of your choice in the city.

Day SIX LEON

Next continue to Leon. Here San Marcos, a Monastery now restored as Parador hotel and a museum, is a prime example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. See also the Gothic Cathedral, inspired by the French style, the highlight of which is the stained glass. Also San Isidoro Basilica inside which you will find the Romanesque Royal Pantheon, superbly decorated with 12th century frescoes. Gaudi is also represented here in the Casa de los Botines, a building he designed that is now a bank. Accommodation of your choice in Leon.

Day SEVEN SEGOVIA

Today move south to Segovia. Here there are countless vestiges of the past to be seen most remarkable of which is the incredible Roman aqueduct which towers over the town. Although it dates from the 1st century AD, it was still used until 2 centuries ago. The awe-inspiring Alcazar has presided over the city since the middle ages and the imposing 16th century gothic Cathedral is also spectacular. Cochinillo Asado (roast suckling pig) is just one of the many local dishes that must be sampled here. Accommodation of your choice in Segovia.

Day EIGHT MADRID

Continuing towards Madrid we arrive at the Monastery of El Escorial, the massive monastery-palace situated to the Northwest of the capital. This imposing palace was built between 1563 and 1584, in honour of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). Its artistic wealth contains important works of the royal Habsburg collections and over 40,000 books in the library, which ceilings are decorated with frescoes by Tibaldi. Of special interest are the Royal Pantheon and the Museum of Art. Accommodation of your choice in Madrid.

Day NINE MADRID

Today enjoy a daytrip to the Monastery of Ucles, in Cuenca (Castilla y La Mancha), nicknamed the “Escorial of La Mancha”. Originally a medieval fortress it became a Monastery in 1174. The building is mainly Renaissance, but with Baroque ornamental detail. Today it is used as a seminary school. Accommodation of your choice in Madrid.

Day TEN

Return to your point of departure.

 

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Spanish Churches and Monasteries Tour Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Zaragoza ARA08 Central Hotel
1 night in Burgos CYL53 Central Hotel w/ pool
1 night in Cantabria CAN46 Country Hotel
PAR05 PARADOR Paradors
1 night in LEON CYL12 Central Hotel
PAR08 PARADOR Paradors
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Churches and Monasteries of Northern Spain (10 days) Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Zaragoza ARA08 Central Hotel
2 nights in Pamplona NAV20 Central Hotel
1 night in Burgos CYL53 Central Hotel w/ pool
1 night in LEON CYL12 Central Hotel
PAR08 PARADOR Paradors
1 night in Segovia CYL15 Central Hotel
PAR66 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
2 nights in MADRID MAD01 Central Hotel
MAD04 Central Hotel
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