El Cid Tour of Spain - March 7 to 17, 2008. Group is FULL! Sorry, next trip is Egypt in 2009

Updated 27 February 2008

Weather in Borgus 2/27 is low of 41 and high of 57 with clouds
Weather in Gijon on 2/27 is low of 52 and high of 61 with clouds and light rain
Weather in Leon on 2/27 is low of 40 and high of 55 with light rain
Weather in St. Louis Missouri on 2/27 is low of 23 and high of 33 with snow!!!

Here is the REVISED flight schedule with earlier departure on the 7TH!!!

07MAR Delta 4396 STL to ATL -- 1.40PM to 4:14 PM on Atlantic Southeast

07MAR Delta 108 ATL to MAD -- 6.55 PM to 9,15 AM 08MAR

17MAR Delta 109 MAD to ATL -- 10.05 AM to 3,25 PM

17MAR Delta 4676 AT to STL -- 8.00 PM to 8.34 PM on Atlantic Southeast

PLEASE NOTE: Once the tickets are issued then they are non-refundable!

PLEASE NOTE: Name change prior to departure costs $275

PLEASE NOTE: Limit yourself to ONE checked Luggage (with a cloth bag inside for souvenirs) and one reasonable size carryon luggage.
Estimated cost (with airport taxes) $2800.
*We don't expect more, but there can always be unexpected "new" airport taxes, etc.*

The following services will be provided:
. roundtrip airfare from St. Louis to Madrid via Delta Airlines.
, hotel accommodations, double occupancy, at 3/4 star hotels. Very few singles at $340.
. breakfast and dinner daily
. transfers from and to airport in Madrid
. deluxe motorcoach with English speaking tour escort from March 9/16
. local busses for touring in Madrid. English speaking local guides in Madrid, Burgos, Santillana, Oviedo, Santiago Astorga and Leon.
. entrance fees to Monastery of Yuso and Monastery of Najera, Burgos Cathedral, Coleguiata and Museum in Santillana, Oviedo Sta Maria del Naranco, and San Miguel de Lillo, Santiago Cathedral, Astorga Palace Gaudi, Leon Cathedral and San Isidro
Not included: Porterage, drinks during/after main meal, tips, airport taxes as listed (subject to change at ticketing), and any item of personal nature.

Please note that this tour is not sponsored by St. Louis Community College. Two STLCC professional archaeologists (and their 13 year old daughter) will be there to guide you in this trip into Medieval Castilian Spain.

Professor Michael Fuller
13530 Clayton Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Telephone: (314) 434-4471; email: MFuller@STLCC.edu

March 8 – 9: Hotel Regina in Madrid

Tel. 91 5214725



March 9 – 11: Hotel Tryp Fernan Gonzalez in Burgos

Tel. 947-209441

www.solmella.com/sol/New/hoteles/isp/C Hoteldescription.jsp/


March 11 – 12: Hotel Los Infantes in Santillana del Mar

Tel. 942 8181000



March 12 – 13: Hotel Cuidad de Ovideo

Tel. 985 222224



March 13 – 15: Hotel Gelmirez in Santiago de Compostela

Tel. 981 561100



March 15 – 16: Hotel Cortes de Leon

Tel. 987 272422



March 16 – 17: Hotel Regina in Madrid

Tel 915214725


Our Overseas contact is: Pilar Alvarez, Tel. 34 91 456-8766

1st day, Friday, March 7th

Depart from St. Louis via Delta Airlines to Madrid


2nd day, Saturday, March 8th

Upon arrival, meeting and assistance followed by transfer to hotel. At 3:30 PM there will be a panoramic tour of Madrid with a local English speaking tour guide. See monuments of the 17th and 18th centuries such as the Puerta del Sol, Casa de Cerreos, Calle Mayor, Casa de Villa, Plaza de Orient, and Plaza de Colon – a tribute to the discovery of America. – Dinner at hotel.


3rd day, Sunday, March 9th

After breakfast in Madrid, then board and proceed to Santo Domingo de la Calzada to view a Romanesque church before continuing to Najera, one of the towns situated along the Pilgrim's Route. Late morning there will be a lecture at the Monastery, built in AD 1032 and mid-afternoon there will be a visit of the Yuso Monastery, a World Heritage site. Both lectures will be in Spanish and the tour escort will translate them into English. Continue to Burgos, once the capital of the unified Kingdom of Castilla-Leon for 5 centuries. It boasts a masterpiece of Spanish architecture: the Cathedral of Burgos, declared World Heritage. Dinner at Hotel in Burgos.


4th day, Monday, March 10th

Breakfast at the hotel in Burgos. The sightseeing tour starts today with the Burgos cathedral – one of the finest examples of Spanish Gothic art. It is the only one in Spain which for its cathedral alone, has received the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Then, visit the Cartuja de Miraflores, formerly the retreat of King Enrique III and later passed into the hands of the Carthusian monks. In the afternoon, depart to Vivar del Cid where Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (El Cid) a military and political leader was born around 1043. See also Quintanilla before returning to Burgos. Dinner at the hotel in Burgos.


5th day, Tuesday, March 11th

Breakfast in Burgos, then depart for Santander which is situated on the coast of the Cantabrian sea followed by a panoramic tour of the city. The historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Continue to Santillana del Mar followed by a guide tour to visit the Altamira Museum which gives the visitor a closer look at the prehistoric era of the Iberian Peninsula. After the visit to the museum see the Collegiate, the Romanesque heart of Santillana del Mar. The monastery church dates from AD 870. Dinner at the Hotel in Santillana.


6th day, Wednesday, March 12th

Breakfast at the Hotel in Santillana, Board bus and drive along the Cantabrian Coast to Oviedo stopping en route before reaching Oviedo to see Comillas with its cobbled streets and squares. Special mention should be made of "El Capricho", a building designed by Antonio Gaudi. Then enter the principality of Asaturias where there will be a stop in Llane with its historic quarter. Then via Ribadesella to Cangas de Onis before reaching Oviedo. Dinner at hotel in Oviedo.


7th day, Thursday, March 13th

Breakfast at Hotel in Santillana before visiting some major sites at Oviedo such as Santa Maria del Naranco, a pre-Romanesque architectural monument located on the slopes of mount Naranco; it was declared a world Heritage site by UNESCO. On the same mountainside is San Miguel de Lillo, another World heritage site. It was build during the reign of King Ramiro I, order to pay homage to the Archangel Michael. In the afternoon, traveling through the Galicia region to reach Santiago de Compostela, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and old world center of European pilgrimage. Dinner at the hotel in Santiago de Compostela.


8th day, Friday, March 14th

After breakfast in the hotel, there will be a walking tour of Santiago with a local guide. Spanish law requires that this is the driver's day off and there is no bus service. Walk to the Cathedral which is also the end of the traditional pilgrim's journey. The Cathedral is a key Romanesque work in which numerous architectural styles converge. The construction of the cathedral began in 1075 during the reign of Alfonso VI. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at Hotel in Santiago.


9th day, Saturday, March 15th

Breakfast at hotel before departing by bus through Castilla and Leon region known as "mesetas." It includes territory of the ancient Kingdom of Leon and the northern half of the old Kingdom of Castilla. The bus will stop at approximately 6 miles from Astorga to allow the passengers to join the walk along the Pilgrim's road. The bus will wait for the participants at the bus station in Astorga, the capital of the county of Maragateria. It offers a rich medieval legacy such as churches, convents and hospitals within the walled city and that take travelers back to the purest tradition of the Pilgrim's Road. Another outstanding feature in the town's streets is a culminating work by architect Antonio Guadi: the Bishop's Palace.

   At 4 PM meet the local guide at the bus station to visit the Bishop's Palace and at 6 PM continue to Leon, capital of the Kingdom in the Middle Ages. Proceed to Picos de Europa National Park in the area of Las Medulas, a World Heritage site and winter resort of San Isidro. Dinner at the hotel in Leon.


10th day, Sunday, March 16th

Breakfast at the Hotel in Leon. Then meet the local guide to start a panoramic tour of Leon and experience the Romanesque, Goth and Renaissance legacy, results in its splendor during the Middle Ages. See the city Hall, Palace de los Buzmanes, Casa de los Botines, another cloister, the chapels of San Juan de Regla and the Chapel of St. James.

Afternoon drive to Madrid.

Dinner at Hotel in Madrid.


11th Day, Monday, March 17th

Boxed breakfast and transfer at 7 AM to the airport for return flight to the USA

El Cid means "the lord" - a slurring of Arabic term Sayeed, his real name was Rodrigo Diaz, of Vivar

NOTE: Passengers will lose the deposit to the airline if cancelling less than 91 days prior departure. The amount forfeited will be $100. Also, there is no refund if someone cancels within 30 days prior departure. Bragging rights for the rest of your life after walking in the footsteps of El Cid. Priceless!