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Walking the Camino de Santiago

From £2,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Oct 2024
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From £2,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Oct 2024
Tour Overview
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.
  • active holiday Walking
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide  
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels 
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 13 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walk through vineyards & villages in Spain’s Basque Country 
  • Stop at Irache Monastery & enjoy wine flowing from the local winery fountain 
  • Visit medieval Navarrete 
  • Stop at Santo Domingo de la Calzada 
  • Walk through the Campos de Castilla area 
  • Discover medieval Leon
  • Visit Astorga’s cathedral 
  • Walk to the highlands of the Bierzo region
  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Bilbao

Today, you fly to Bilbao, the largest city in Spain's Basque Country. Meals included: D

Day 2 Puente la Reina - Laguardia

Walk 6km - 3.73 miles – 2 hours

Today, we'll head to medieval Puente La Reina, the meeting point of the Jaca Pilgrim Road and the French Way. We can admire the 12th century church of Santa María de Eunate in the vicinity, before beginning our walk along the Camino de Santiago. Passing though vineyards and rural countryside until we reach Puente La Reina, where lunch is included. Our tour then takes us by minibus to the 'wine fountain' at the Monastery of Irache, and onto the La Rioja wine region for a wine tasting in in one of the reknowned bodegas, before arriving to our hotel in Laguardia. Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Laguardia - Burgos

Walk 5.5km - 3.4 miles – 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. Then we drive to Najera and start todays walk taking us through more vineyards of La Rioja. 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. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Burgos - Astorga

Walk 6km - 3.73 miles – 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 before then driving on to León, where a walking tour is included to explore the old town and cathedral (aprox. 2 hrs). Our hotel tonight is in Astorga. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Astorga

Walk 5km - 3.4 miles – 90 minutes

This morning we'll admire the Gaudi Palace and Bishop's Palace of Astorga. Then we'll drive to Castrillo de los Polvazares, a wonderful medieval village kept in a time capsule. After a short visit we will drive to the highlands of the Bierzo region, where we'll start our walk at la Cruz de Ferro, the famous landmark 'Iron Cross'. After a traditional lunch in Molinaseca, we'll drive to the Templer Castle in Ponferrada before returning to our hotel in Astorga . Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Astorga - Santiago de Compostela

Walk 6km - 3.73 miles – 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 to Lavacolla, a place some 6 miles before Santiago where pilgrims in the past would change into their best cloth, for the final stage of their pilgrimage. We walk from here 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. From here we will drive to our hotel, our base for the next 2 evenings.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Santiago de Compostela

Walk 2km - 1.24 miles – 30 minutes

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 mass.

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

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Santiago de Compostela - UK

We'll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us. Please be advised, this tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Any walk can be avoided by following the group on the coach. There will be plenty of rest stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Sturdy shoes are essential.

  1. Memorable Moment

    Sample Spain's most famous wine in its red and white varieties in La Rioja, where it’s been cultivated here for more than 1,000 years.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Hotel Barcelo Nervion Bilbao

The Bilbao Nervion is a 4 star hotel is situated in the hear of Bilbao, close to the Town Hall and a short walk from the Guggenheim Museum. The hotel is modern and equipped with modern facilities, including; the restaurant, café and wine bar. Guest rooms are contemportary and designed in avant-garde design. Bedrooms provide comfortable space, have designer furniture, and are equipped with private facilities, Wi-Fi, LCD TV, heating and air conditioning.

Hotel Silken Villa de Laguardia

Hotel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia has a range of modern amenities that complement its stylish décor to great effect. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or relax on the spacious lawn which surrounds it. There is also a restaurant that serves local cuisine which can then be eaten on the outdoor patio area. Rooms are air conditioned and come furnished with a TV and private facilities. Complimentary WIFI is also available.

Hotel Silken Gran Teatro

Astur Plaza Hotel

Located in the historic town of Astorga and next to its main square, this hotel is set on the Camino De Santiago Pilgrimage Route. Hotel Astur Plaza features a restaurant with a wine cellar, and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The EntreCepas restaurant serves traditional dishes featuring meats and a wide selection of beers and wines. There is also a large lounge-cafeteria with a glass roof. The rooms at the Astur Plaza have parquet floors and each comes with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

Lux Hotel Santiago

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Spain - Burgos - City tour of Burgos

Spain - Burgos - City tour of Burgos

Explore the city of Burgos with a Local Guide. You’ll discover the beautiful gate of Santa Maria, stroll along Espolon promenade and visit the extraordinary Gothic cathedral, a jewel of religious architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Evening excursion – moderate walking – cultural
Explore the city of Burgos with a Local Guide. You’ll discover the beautiful gate of Santa Maria, stroll along Espolon promenade and visit the extraordinary Gothic cathedral, a jew...

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Santiago de Compostela - Tour of Santiago de Compostela and attend the pilgrim mass

Santiago de Compostela - Tour of Santiago de Compostela and attend the pilgrim mass

In the company of a Local Guide, explore Santiago de Compostela – Galicia’s most famous city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is named after the apostle St James, whose relics are kept in its Romanesque cathedral.
In this famous pilgrimage destination, you’ll explore the plazas and narrow streets of the well-preserved Old Town on foot, admiring beautiful Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings. You’ll also visit Alameda Park, which offers a magnificent view of the Old Town and is home to a large variety of trees. Finally, you’ll visit the local market and will have the opportunity to attend the pilgrim mass. If you are lucky, you may see the botafumeiro – a giant incense burner – that swings along the entire length of the cathedral.
In the company of a Local Guide, explore Santiago de Compostela – Galicia’s most famous city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is named after the apostle St James, whose r...

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