• The Camino de Santiago

    Follow the famous medieval pilgrimage route from France into Spain on this epic quest

    For over one thousand years, the Camino de Santiago has attracted countless spiritual and adventure-seeking pilgrims alike to visit the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the remains of the Apostle James.

    best times to go: April - June, September - October

    departures: 5 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,295 see detailed pricing

    The Mediterranean

    Moderate to Strenuous

Follow the famous medieval pilgrimage route from France into Spain on this epic quest

Hiking the old pilgrim trails to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela is a challenging quest that has enticed travelers for centuries. Eager to have you fully experience it without any added worry, we’ve included some extra perks that you won’t always find with other companies: the expertise of our local guide (an accomplished historian), full support coach, incredible meals, wine with dinner, tickets, transfers, and comfortable accommodations. What’s more, we’ve peppered your journey with informative afternoon guided tours of charming cities and towns along El Camino, including Pamplona, Burgos, and León. Whether you seek illumination or just want to enjoy the thrill of hiking this famous path, this is certain to be the adventure of a lifetime.

Activities

8 days of moderate walking on mostly flat and rolling terrain (trails, roads, and sidewalks), of significant length (6 – 16.5 miles per day), with few steep uphills.
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience one of the world’s most epic pilgrimages via the famed Camino Francès route
  • Rest assured with an exceptional guide-to-hiker ratio, and constant vehicle support—there is always the option to shorten or skip walks!
  • Explore the town of Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls; the medieval city of Burgos, home of the 11th century hero El Cid; and the ancient Christian capital of León
  • Enjoy guided visits to historic towns including tours of Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Bilbao, Spain End Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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    Day 1 : Meet in Bilbao (Spain) – Transfer to Saint Jean-Pied de Port (France)

    Meet your guide at The Silken Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain, the cultural capital of Basque country. Orientation and transfer to the scenic village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port by way of San Sebastian.

  • Day 2 : Saint Jean Pied de Port France (France) – Roncesvalles (Spain)

    Our pilgrimage begins at La Virgen de Biakorri. We’ll hike through meadows and beech forests to reach the historical pass of the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles.

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    Day 3 : Roncesvalles – Pamplona

    We’ll continue along El Camino through meadows and forests to the charming town of Zubiri, then a  transfer to the ancient Roman city of Pamplona, famous for the “running of the bulls.”

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    Day 4 : Ages Atapuerco – Burgos

    Today, we’ll enjoy a relatively flat trail and mild ascent as we head to the Meseta, the high plains of Central Spain. In the early afternoon, we’ll arrive in the city of Burgos for a guided walking tour.

  • Day 5 : Boadilla del Camino – Carrion de los Condes

    We’ll hike through grasslands and fields of sunflowers to the Carrion de los Condes, where we’ll take in a guided visit of the monasterio and stay the night.

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    Day 6 : El Burgo Ranero – Mansilla de las Mulas (León)

    The Camino offers a long, flat walk today through fields and grasslands. After lunch in the medieval city of Mansilla de la Mulas,we’ll head to León for a guided tour.

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    Day 7 : Hospital de Órbigo – Astorga

    Our walk starts in Hospital de Órbigo, with its old Roman bridge. Passing through small villages, we’ll continue along country roads and walking paths to the hilltop city of Astorga.

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    Day 8 : Villafranca – Las Herrerias – O Cebreiro – Lugo

    Today, we’ll enter Galicia and climb to the old Celtic village of O Cebreiro, where pilgrims must throw one stone in the Cruceiro for good luck. The day ends in the historical city of Lugo.

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    Day 9 : Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

    After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Pedrouzo for the last stage of our hike along the great El Camino to finally reach the Cathedral de Santiago in Santiago de Compostela, shrouded in centuries of legends.

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    Day 10 : Day Trip to Finisterre – Guided Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela

    The day begins with a tour of Santiago, followed by a guided excursion to Finisterre (“the end of the Earth”), an important site for those pilgrims coming to El Camino. The afternoon is free to explore Santiago before our farewell dinner tonight.

  • Day 11 : Departure

    Now that our pilgrimage is over, we must say “adios”! After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for departures home.

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DATES: Best time to go: April - June, September - October Departures: Sep 29, 2014 - Oct 9, 2014 Oct 13 - 23, 2014 Apr 27, 2015 - May 7, 2015 Sep 21, 2015 - Oct 1, 2015 Oct 5 - 15, 2015

PRICING:

2014 Prices
$5,295 (4-16 members)
$1,000 single supplement

2015 Prices
$5,695 (4-16 members)
$1,400 single supplement

 

  • Hotel Des Pyrenees
    Saint Jean Pied de Port (France)
  • Hotel Roncesvalles
    Roncesvalles
  • Hotel Tres Reyes
    Pamplona
  • NH Palacio de la Merced
    Burgos
  • Hotel Monasterio San Zoilo
    Carrión de los Condes
  • Parador Hostal San Marcos de León
    León
  • Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
    Villafranca del Bierzo
  • Hotel Méndez Núñez
    Lugo
  • Parador Nacional De Los Reyes Catolicos
    Santiago de Compostela

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Erik Perez

    Erik was born and raised in Asturias, Region of Northern Spain, with the big range of Mountains called Picos de Europa and Cordillera Cantabrica. He is an accomplished climber (climbing Mont Blanc numerous times), backcountry and downhill skier. Erik has been with MTS since 1989 and has received his certification to be a IFMGA/UIAGM guide which is the highest professional award attainable in mountaineering. He has written two guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the Picos de Europa. Erik studied Humanities at the University of Oviedo, Capital city of Asturias and received a Masters degree in History.

photo credits: ©Christopher Bettencourt, MTS Photo File



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Easy

Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

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Departure Dates

Sep 29, 2014 - Oct 9, 2014 Oct 13 - 23, 2014 Apr 27, 2015 - May 7, 2015 Sep 21, 2015 - Oct 1, 2015 Oct 5 - 15, 2015
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