Walking the Camino de Santiago

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May 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures

​Ancient churches, Gaudi-designed architecture and Rioja vineyards. Discover all of this and more on a series of walks which take you to charming towns and cities located on the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

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What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • Return flights from Gatwick with Vueling 
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels 
  • 12 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide 
  • Welcome drink 
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation 
  • Porterage 
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports​
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Walk through vineyards & villages in Spain’s Basque country 
  • Stop at Irache Monastery and enjoy wine fl owing from the local winery fountain​
  • Winery visit & tasting
  • Visit medieval Navarrete
  • Stop at Santo Domingo de la Calzada
  • Walk through the Campos de Castilla area
  • Visit Astorga’s cathedral
  • Walk through the highlands of northern Spain
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch in the pretty village of Molinaseca
  • Visit Ponferrada’s Knights Templar Castle
  • Explore the Celtic town of O Cebreiro
  • Walk from the Mount of Joy to Santiago de Compostela
  • Pick a seashell at Fisterra – the symbol of the pilgrim

Optional excursions

  • ​Tour of Burgos
  • Discover medieval Leon
  • Tour of Santiago de Compostela​ and attend Pilgrim Mass​

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Bilbao, the largest city in Spain's Basque Country.

​Walk 5.2km - 3.2 mi – 90 minutes 

El Camino de Santiago was the most important religious and cultural route in Europe in the Middles Ages. During this tour we'll follow parts of its path, taken by pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St James. We'll even receive a Pilgrim Route Passport, which will be stamped en route.

Today we'll head to medieval Puente La Reina, the meeting point of the Jaca Pilgrim Road and the French Way. We'll pause to admire the 12th century church of Santa María de Eunate before beginning our walk along the Camino de Santiago. We'll pass though vineyards and charming villages until we reach the village of Lorca, where lunch is included. Our walk then takes us via the Monastery of Irache to the La Rioja wine region, before heading to Haro. Later we will head to a winery for a visit and to sample Spain's most famous win​e.

Walk 5km - 3.1 mi – 90 minutes

Our first stop today is at Navarrete, a town built in the 12th century by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Our walk today takes us through more vineyards of La Rioja, from the royal town of Nájera, divided by the River Najerilla. We'll continue by road to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, an important stopping point for pilgrims. 

On arrival in Burgos, where we stay tonight, you can join an optional guided tour. Highlights include its cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture.

​Walk 5km - 3.1 mi – 90 minutes

After breakfast we'll embark on today's walk, which takes us to the Campos de Castilla area, known as the 'breadbasket' of Spain due to its cereal production. The canal we'll follow was built for transportation of this commodity and a highlight will be its locks, which allow for a 14-metre drop in terrain. In the town of Frómista we'll have free time for lunch and the chance to admire the Church of San Martín, a Romanesque architectural gem. 

This evening we'll stay in León, where an optional tour will introduce us to its impressive cathedral and the Casa de los Botines, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.​

​Walk 6km - 3.7 mi – 2 hours

Today we reach the town of Astorga, where we'll admire its cathedral and Bishop's Palace, another design by Gaudi, before passing the traditional village of Castrillo de los Polvazares with its stone-built houses. 

Our walk takes us to northern Spain's highlands, where we'll stop at la Cruz de Fierro, where pilgrims would leave behind a stone or memento – a symbol of casting aside a burden. After a traditional lunch in the pretty village of Molinaseca we'll drive to Ponferrada, where we stay tonight. Highlights of our tour here are the Knights Templar Castle and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Encina.

​Walk 5km - 3.1 mi – 90 minutes 

We'll reach our goal of Santiago de Compostela today. First we'll make a stop at the Celtic town of O Cebreiro. One of the most picturesque villages on the Way of St James, we'll pause to admire its pre-Romanesque church and round stone houses. There's time for lunch in the riverside town of Portomarín – whose historic buildings were rescued stone by stone when it flooded, and moved to allow for a dam to be built on the Miño River. 

We'll then drive to Monte de Gozo, or the Mount of Joy, which is the first point at which pilgrims can view Santiago de Compostela after their long journey. Our final walk takes us into Plaza del Obradoiro, in the centre of the city​.

​Walk 3km - 1.8 mi – 2 hours 

This morning we'll head to Fisterra, a historic fishing port where pilgrims would bathe in the sea to purify their souls and collect a scallop shell – the symbol of pilgrims. On a short stroll around the lighthouse here, see if you can collect a shell to take home as a wonderful souvenir of your trip.

This afternoon why not join our optional guided tour of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, with its porticoed streets lined by granite architecture. We'll also visit the local market and we will have the opportunity to attend the pilgrim's mass, when if we are lucky, we may see the "botafumeiro" a giant incense burner, as it swings through the entire lenght of the famous cathedral.​

This evening we will gather as a group and head to a traditional Galician restaurant for a farewell dinner.

We'll head to the airport today for our flight back to the UK.

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Saturday 11 May 2019

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Saturday 18 May 2019

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Saturday 25 May 2019

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Saturday 01 June 2019

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Saturday 15 June 2019

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Local Knowledge

For a typical taste of Galicia, try the Tarta de Santiago, a delicious cake made with almonds.

Tour Blog by Danny

Tour Manager Danny led one of our Walking the Camino de Santiago tours and wrote a blog about it. Read on to find out more about the fascinating included guided walks on the tour

Puente la Reina to La Guardia (Day 2)

Puente la Reina to La GuardiaAfter a drive through the green Basque Country we reached Navarra. Our first stop was at Santa Maria de Eunate, a beautiful and simple church. From here a short drive took us to Puente La Reina, an important town on the Camino as two of the French ways meet here and continue together.

Here we started our walk on the Camino by crossing the medieval bridge and continuing through green fields and listening to birdsong. The weather was perfect for walking as we started to ascend towards our destination, Mañeru. In this wine-producing village, Pedro, the owner of the local bar, did us proud with a hearty meal washed down with plenty of the local produce, as well as a welcome drink of 'Agua de Valencia', a refreshing punch made of cava and orange juice. We continued to the Monasterio de Irache, with its adjacent winery.

In the afternoon, we continued on our wine-themed day with a visit to Bodegas Bilbainas in Haro, the heart of the La Rioja area, and from here on to the walled village of Lagurdia where we checked in to our hotel.

La Guardia to Burgos (Day 3)

We set out on a lovely sunny day and our first stop took us to Navarrete. After a visit to the impressive church with its splendid altarpiece, we walked to the top of the village for an impressive view over the surrounding countryside and mountain ranges.

La Guardia to BurgosThe short drive from here took us to Nájera. We started our Camino in this historic town and continued through the green vineyards of La Rioja to the village of Azofra. We continued to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. This is one of the most important towns on the Camino, and its founder, Santo Domingo, dedicated his whole life to improving the Pilgrim Road in this area; he built bridges, felled trees and liaised with the local noblemen to generally sponsor the passing of Christians towards Santiago. We then headed to an impressive winery to sample some delicious wine! Perfect.

We finally arrived in Burgos. Up till now we had seen towns and villages, but this is truly a historic city.

Our local guide here, Luís, proved to be not only very knowledgeable, but also highly entertaining. The gothic cathedral in Burgos is surely one of the highlights of the tour and we were all in awe at its beauty.

Dinner at a local restaurant was enjoyed by all and the staff were very liberal with the wine, which went down very well. A day to remember indeed.

Burgos to Leon (Day 4)

We left Burgos this morning and everybody had a very positive feeling about the city, its monuments, people and general atmosphere.

Our coach took us to Boadilla de Camino where we started our walk. Before that, we had a very nice experience at one of the albergues (hostels) on the way, as Eduardo, from Albergue En el Camino was kind enough to let us use his facilities and provide water before our walk. His hostel has a lovely green garden and some nice murals and a general good feeling to it.

The walk today took us through the Castilian Plains, the breadbasket of Spain with its green fields of wheat. After a while we walked alongside the Canal de Castilla, listening to birdsong, and some of the walkers even heard a cuckoo. Once we got to Frómista, we walked down by the locks of the canal and into town. Here we admired the Romanesque Church of St. Martin, so simple and unassuming. Next to that, Bar Venta Boffard proved very popular with its 'tostas' (open toasted sandwiches).

From here we continued on to León, where our very knowledgeable guide Blanca showed us the highlights of the city - St. Marks Monastery (now a Parador), the Musac contemporary art museum, Casa Botines (one of Gaudi´s few works outside of Catalonia) and finally, the spectacular cathedral with its 1,800 square metres of stained glass windows, truly amazing. The day was rounded off with dinner in the hotel where we enjoyed a great meal.

Leon to Ponferrada (Day 5)

Leon to PonferradaThis morning we made our way from León to nearby Astorga. Its grand cathedral with its baroque façade in an almost pink stone reflects its historical importance on the Camino. It is in Astorga that the French Way and the Via de la Plata (The Silver Way) coming from the south of Spain meet. Also, we have time to take photos of the bishop's palace, a fairytale construction by Gaudí. We continue on to Castrillo de los Polvazares, a delightful village, built in a special stone and with green doors, which seems to have stopped in time.

At this point the terrain changes and we start to climb into the mountains. In fact our walk today is in the Bierzo area and we have enjoyed the views, the birdsong and the smells of the abundant heather and broom. After our walk, Jesus and Toñi in Molinaseca served us a meal enjoyed by all with trout being the main protagonist on the day.

In the afternoon, once checked into our hotel in Ponferrada, we had a leisurely walk to the local church, Nuestra Señora de la Encina, nice and compact in size and with impressive altarpieces, before going up to the Knights Templar castle which dominates the city. The castle is stunning and we get great views not only of Ponferrada but also of the surrounding countryside. After the big lunch we had, a few tapas and glasses of wine on the local terraces were just perfect.

Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela (Day 6)

As we left this morning we started to go up the mountains into Galicia. The scenery gets even greener here and as we reach over 4,000 feet, the views of the rolling hills are spectacular. Our first stop is at the village of O Cebreiro.

Here we visited the oldest church that we will see on the Camino, Santa María is pre-Romanesque and dates back to the 9th century. It also has a very dark and interesting legend to it which you can find out about when visiting. There is another special building in O Cebreiro, a palloza. These date back to before the times of the Romans on the Iberian Peninsula and are of Celtic origin with thatched roofs, which are rare in Spain, where most traditional houses would use terracotta tiles for roofing. A coffee in the local bars was also a nice experience, as the thick stone walls gave a special atmosphere.

The road meanders through towns and villages, passing Sarria, the starting point for pilgrims who want to complete the last 100 kilometres of the Camino, and Samos, with an impressive monastery, until we reach Portomarin, our stop for lunch. The church fortress of St. Nicholas is a grand sight from the distance and we get a nice view of the city as we cross the River Miño. Many customers try Galician specialities such as the Caldo (a rich vegetable broth), the Tarta de Santiago (an almond cake) and the more adventurous even go for the Pulpo (octopus), the most popular dish in Galicia.

Our last walk on the Camino actually takes us right into the Plaza del Obradoiro, right in front of the façade of the cathedral in Santiago, from where we can hear traditional bagpipes playing. We have made it to Santiago de Compostela!

Santiago de Compostela (Day 7)

Having settled in to our hotel, today is set aside to explore the city. In the morning we join the guided tour of the historic centre. Our local guide Begoña starts off at the market, with its local produce, particularly seafood but also a few local farmers have come in with freshly picked fruit and vegetables. From here we walk around the cathedral stopping at its many squares, where the different guilds had established themselves - silver, jet, etc. We also admire the architecture, composed of locally sourced granite.

Santiago de CompostelaIn the afternoon some of us take the short but pleasant walk along the Rio Sarela making our way out of town towards Finisterre, such a quiet and relaxing part of the world and only a few minutes from the city centre. There were also plenty of shopping opportunities for those who were out for a bargain.

In the evening, we gathered for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant with a great atmosphere and with an excellent selection of traditional Galician dishes, washed down with Ribeiro wine.

Santiago de Compostela (Day 8)

Today we check out and make our way to the 'end of the world'. On the way to Finisterre, we stop for coffee at the pleasant port town of Muros before making our way to Carnota. Here, we admire the longest horreo in Galicia (a construction made of stone or wood to keep grain dry, typical to Galicia). A very scenic drive then gets us to Finisterre, the end of the world as it was before America was discovered. We reach the lighthouse and enjoy the views and atmosphere there. Some pilgrims actually continue the last 90 kilometres from Santiago to Finisterre. After this, we make our way to the centre of the town for our last Galician meal, right in the vicinity of the port. Our final stop takes us to Playa de Langosteiro, where we all gather a scallop shell as a souvenir of a great week enjoyed by all.

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