Discover the allure of the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Santiago de Compostela on this full day tour.
Traveling by coach, it's a comfortable ride of just over 1 hour to this charming town that offers visitors a magical glimpse into the past. Upon arrival, you will disembark your coach for a ten-minute walk to the center of the city where you will find the famous cathedral at Plaza del Obradoiro. Here, you can appreciate the great Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral and surrounding buildings. Positioned to one side of the Cathedral is the well-known Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos, a former hospital which is now a luxurious hotel. Directly opposite the Cathedral is the Palacio de Rajoy. Built in the 18th century, the Palace today serves as the Town Hall and also the parliament building for the regional government.
Making your way to the Hostal de Los Reyes Católicos, you will be treated to a leisurely lunch of local favorites accompanied by a glass of rosé wine. Following lunch, your guide will provide you with plenty of information from the exterior of the Cathedral. Afterwards, those who wish may enter the Cathedral independently during the free time you will be provided. For those who choose to enter, you will find a unique gamut of architectural styles. Romanesque, Baroque and Ogival Gothic styles are all combined with the most elegant Plateresque throughout the vast confines of the cathedral. There is also a silver urn containing the ashes of St. James, the Apostle of Santiago. The urn is kept in a small crypt situated immediately under the ornate high altar dominated by the carved image of the Patron Saint of Spain.
Your guided tour resumes with a walk through the Old Town of Santiago de Compostela. Before rejoining your coach for the transfer back to the ship, free time will be provided to explore on your own or do some souvenir shopping.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking over mainly cobblestone surfaces. While the Cathedral is accessible to wheelchairs via the East Wing entrance (Main entrance is not wheelchair accessible), the tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. When entering the Cathedral, shoulders and knees must be covered. Shorts and short skirts are not permitted. In the event a mass is being celebrated in the Cathedral, the tour will not be able to enter. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.The Gate of Gloria in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is currently under reconstruction.
*** Due to the time in port, the tour duration will be shortened to 6 hours and will include a cocktail and snack rather than a full lunch on the Marina's September 7, 2014 call.