Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Best of the Camino

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela passing by churches and crosses marking the famous route.
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers
  • Staying at friendly, family run hotels and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes
  • Visiting Bilbao and the fabulous cities of Pamplona, Leon and Santiago with their wealth of religious and historic treasures
  • Experience the highlights of the Camino Trail

Short Description

A guided walk along the best sections of the Camino across northern Spain

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

Spain

Cities & Attractions

Bilbao Leon Pamplona Santiago

Activities

Hiking Independent

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bilbao, meet your guide and transfer to Roncesvalles or Burguete

Meet your guide at a central location in Bilbao at 3:30pm (to be confirmed prior to your departure). If you would like to visit the Guggenheim Museum you can do this in the morning, or stay an extra day in Bilbao - please ask our office for pre tour accommodation rates and suggestions. After your group meeting there's a brief stop at the Guggenheim Museum to admire the exterior of this architectural masterpiece before transferring to Roncesvalles or Burguete (around 2.5 hours drive) for dinner and overnight.

meals : D

Day 2 Pyrenees walk to Alto del Erro (4-5hrs), transfer to Pamplona

Your first introduction to the famous pilgrimage trail begins in the historical village of Roncesvalles, high in the Pyrenees and only 5km from the French border in northeast Navarre. Its famous local church has several relics dating back to the 8th Century and the defeat of Charlemagne by local tribes. Walk along the Camino to Alto del Erro then transfer to Pamplona, dinner tonight will be tapas in restaurant Bearan. Overnight Pamplona. Distance: 18km/11.2mi

meals : B,D

Day 3 Camino walk including Puente la Reina (4-5hrs), transfer to Logroño

Leaving Pamplona, we'll walk from the town of Cizur Menor with its 12th century Church of San Miguel before there's an ascent at Sierra del Perdon for a beautiful view. We'll pass through medieval villages and along a road to arrive at Puente la Reina, before transferring to Logrono (1hr). Situated on the Ebro river and on the border between La Rioja and Navarra, Logrono has many historic buildings. Dinner tonight will be at La Chula Restaurant in Logrono's lively centre. Distance 18km/11.2m

meals : B,D

Day 4 Visit Laguardia, walk Montes de Oca to San Juan de Ortega (3-4hrs), overnight Burgos

In the morning, we'll visit the town of Laguardia in the wine area Rioja Alavesa, including a visit to an unusual wine cellar. We'll enter Castile e Leon and walk from Montes de Oca, through woodlands and along the foothills of the Oca Mountains, to the medieval village of San Juan de Ortega, which was built as a safe haven for pilgrims. Transfer to historic Burgos for dinner and overnight. Distance 15km/9.3mi

meals : B,D

Day 5 Walk from Castrojeriz to Fromista (4hrs) and transfer to Sahagun

In the morning we'll have a guided walking tour of Burgos, including its UNESCO listed Gothic Cathedral. We'll then transfer to Castrojeriz to walk across the Castilian meseta to Frómista. This is gentle easy walking along winding paths through the wide open plain, such a contrast to the mountains and hills of the previous days. Transfer to Sahagun for dinner and overnight. Distance: 13km/8mi

meals : B,D

Day 6 Walk along the Castile landscape (3hrs) and transfer to Leon

Today we'll walk through the Castile landscape, characterised by small valleys and riverbeds, before transferring to Leon, once the most important city in Christian Spain. Here we'll have a guided city tour, including a visit to the magnificent Gothic cathedral, built on the site of Roman baths dating from the 2nd century. Dinner and overnight in Leon. Distance: 12km/7.5mi

meals : B,D

Day 7 Walk from Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga (4.5-5hrs)

Today's walk is between the villages of Hospital de Orbigo and Astorga. A magnificent sandstone bridge leads into Hospital de Orbigo, and from here we'll pass the holm oak and chestnut tree covered Colomba mountain and cross the Tuerto river to Astorga. With Roman ruins, a Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral and the Antonio Gaudi designed Palacio Episcopal, Astorga has an interesting architectural mix. Overnight in Astorga. Distance: 18km/11mi

meals : B,D

Day 8 Walk from Cruz de Ferro to Molinaseca (4hrs), visit Villafranca, transfer to Hererrías

The walk today is in the mountains and we begin at Cruz de Ferro, which has panoramic views over the plains below. Continue to the picturesque village of Molinaseca before strolling in Villafranca del Bierzo, nestling at the foot of the mountains. We'll transfer to Herrerias de Valcarce for dinner and overnight. Distance 16km/9.9mi

meals : B,D

Day 9 Visit O Cebreiro, walk to Triacastela (5-6hrs), Samos Monastery and on to Sarria

Our route today takes us from the province of Castile to Galicia. This is another beautiful section through the mountains as we make our way to O Cebreiro, with its imposing church and wonderful views of the Galician countryside. It is also an important point of pilgrimage. From O Cebreiro we walk to Triacastela then transfer to Samos Monastery for a short visit. Transfer to Sarria for dinner and overnight. Distance: 21km/13mi

meals : B,D

Day 10 Walk to Portomarin (5-6hrs), transfer to Arzúa

We'll walk along tracks and paths through hamlets, farmland and woodlands to Portomarin. The town was relocated higher up the slopes after its original site was flooded following construction of the Belesar reservoir. Many monuments were moved to the new site stone by stone, including the church in the main square. Quite a feat! This is rural Galicia at its best. Transfer to Arzúa for dinner and overnight. Distance: 21km/13mi

meals : B,D

Day 11 Walk the last stage of the Camino from Lavacolla to Santiago (3hrs)

Santiago is our destination today. We drive to Lavacolla then walk into Santiago. We'll arrive in time to visit the amazing Gothic Cathedral and explore the historical centre. Tonight you have time to attend the evening pilgrims mass at 19:30 hrs. Overnight Santiago. Distance: 12km/7.5mi

meals : B,D

Day 12 Morning tour in Santiago, afternoon visit to Cape Finisterre and farewell dinner

Today there's a guided tour in Santiago de Compostela. In the afternoon we take a half day excursion to Cape Finisterre, a symbolic destination as it was historically considered the edge of the known world. Farewell dinner and overnight Santiago.

meals : B,D

Day 13 Trip concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast. We highly recommend staying an extra night in Santiago to further explore the historic and beautiful town at your own pace - please ask for our rates.

meals : B

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Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.

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Only ground transport

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12 nights hotels

Physical Requirements

This is a guided walk with average daily stages of 3 to 5 hours. The km shown are the maximum each day and there are options to shorten the walking on most days by staying on the bus and being dropped off further along the trail. The trip is graded moderate as it is mainly on well defined trails, with a few off path sections only. There are many ups and downs and walking poles are definitely a good idea. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.

Rules & Other Requirements

Sunscreen, walking boots, outer layer including rain jacket, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended.

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